If you're looking for traditional Indonesian products
or bargains, try some of the following places.
Pasar Seni Ancol
This extensive art market has a lively, carnivalesque
atmosphere and a huge variety of arts and crafts. You
can also see many of them being made by the craftsmen
and women, as well as live performances of dance and drama
from all over the archipelago.
Other good places for traditional handicrafts are: Pasar
Raya Blok M Sarinah department store on Jl. Thamrin, Plaza
Atrium on Jl. Senen Raya, or the numerous shops along
Jl. Kemang Timur Raya in south Jakarta.
500 meters of open-air market offering the most extensive
collection of antiques in the city - great for a browse
and a bit of bargaining! It is located in the Menteng
area, close to Ismail Marzuki Square, and is brim full
of bronzeware, old coins, 'Chinese' porcelains (actually
from Central and West Java), east Indonesian textiles,
terracotta, ceramics, leather puppets and all sorts of
paraphernalia that defy classification.
Alternative places for antiques are Jl. Kebun Sirih Timur
Dalam (just south of Monas) and Jl. Majapahit. For traditional
style furniture, check out Jl. Ciputat and Jl. Kemang
Raya, both in the south of the city.
Excellent for low priced textiles and fabrics located
up in the old part of town on Jl. Raya Mangga Dua. Check
the quality carefully and be aware of salesmen's trickery!
Mangga Dua is also a good place for low priced electronics,
Meaning 'fish market', it is no surprise to find that
Pasar Ikan is the location of the city's main fish auctions,
as it has been for centuries. Seafood lovers, feast your
eyes and stomachs - numerous shops & restaurants along
the streets here sell just about anything from the oceanů
This village-within-the-city has been preserved as a traditional
Betawi enclave, fruit growing and harvesting being one
of the traditional industries of the area. Condet is well
known for its orchards.
Sandwiched between Jl. Gajah Madah and Jl. Mansyur, Glodok
is great for the cheapest electronic goods in town.