Beyond the malls, there are many streets that used to be the "downtown" areas of the old neighborhoods. The blok M area, for example, easily reachable from anywhere because it is the location of one of Jakarta's public transportation hub, has many stores to satisfy your shopping desire.
And there there are the "pasar" or markets. In various other parts in Indonesia, like in Gianyar, Bali, or in Kabanjahe, North Sumatera, you will still find markets that are only open on certain days of the week, where buyers meet sellers who are usually also producers. You can find remnant of this style of market in Jakarta, at least in names. Pasar Ikan is an example. The name implies that sometime in the past, it was a place for fishermen to meet with their customers. Pasar Baru is another. Literally means the New Market, it is has now transformed into a market where locals shop for various things like fabrics. The traditional markets where you have to walk on muddy, unpaved isles, with aroma of fresh flowers mixed with live chicken, may be harder to find in Jakarta.
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