Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia and a major business hub. People from all over the world visit the city annually for business meetings and leisure. Though the popularity of the city in terms of tourist attraction is not as intense as that of Bali Island also in Indonesia, Jakarta has so much to offer its visitors and the locals alike. One of the major attractions of the city is shopping and people from across the globe come here to buy practically everything. Besides shopping, Jakarta has other wonderful places to visit, things to do and excellent places that offer first class accommodation and food.
Indonesian tourism would not be what it is today without Jakarta. If you are travelling to city and you need a tour guide to take you around all the great places for shopping, you can always check in with your hotel for assistance. The city also boasts of some of the best luxury hotels in the country that offer excellent accommodation and other packages. A hotel such as Ayana Midplaza Jakarta, which is one of the Ayana 5 star hotels in Jakarta, is convenient for travellers because of its location. Being in the heart of the city, the luxury hotel is near the major shopping malls and markets and other city centre attractions.
Five of the most popular places to shop in Jakarta
Considered to be one of the city’s shopping and lifestyle destinations, Plaza Indonesia is internationally recognised as the centre of style, luxury and fashion. The plaza attracts people from all over the world for high-end shopping experiences. Its location is also very convenient as it is right in the middle of the business centre and surrounding it are some of the best hotels in the city. The plaza has everything from food, entertainment and fashion with majority the retailers being from around the country.
A visit to Jakarta would be incomplete without checking out some of the most popular markets such as Pasar Baru. The market, which dates back to the 1800’s, sells a variety of things ranging from street food to clothing. Majority of the shops at the market are Chinese, Indonesian and Indian owned. If you want to understand the Jakarta local culture, this would be one of the best places to start because here you can find anything you want and interact with the locals as much as you want. The most basic thing you need to learn though before venturing into the market is to learn the art of bargaining in jar kata because being a foreigner, you may have to pay more expected.
Pesar Seni Ancol
One of the things that set Indonesians apart from many other countries is their love for art. If you love art, then a visit to the Pesar Seni Market will not only leave in awe but it will allow you to buy as many art pieces as you please. Located far from the hustle and bustle of the city, the market is the best in Indonesia for interior decoration and art pieces. Other things to find in the market are canvas paintings, traditional woodwork, puppet work and beadwork.
Almost all the major cities in the world have a China Town and Jakarta is no exception. Gladok makes you feel like you are in the middle of a province in China. It is also one of the biggest and best street shopping centres in Jakarta. From here, you can practically buy anything Chinese ranging from electronics, toys and medicine among many others. You can also have the opportunity to sample some of the best Chinese delicacies such as dumplings and noodles.
Indonesian fabrics are also another attraction and in Tanah Abang, you can whatever fabric pleases your eyes. The well air-conditioned market has thousands of shops that sell traditional fabrics at very affordable prices. It is also one of the busiest and largest textile markets in south Asia so make sure to have a guide with you in case you get lost in the mass of people that throng there to buy fabric and textile at cheap prices.
Wrapping it up
The above are just a fraction of the many shopping places in Jakarta. There are many other places where you can buy things like jewellery, watches, shoes, clothes, batiks, branded stuff, antiques and much more. Book a memorable holiday to Jakarta and enjoy shopping, as you have never seen before.