If you are looking for Indonesian antiques, then Jalan Surabaya in the Menteng area is your answer. Just be aware that there are authentic and “new” antiques so you must search with professional eyes. But its is fun to just walk along the street and see the many knick knacks and strange objects sold in the roadside kiosks.
They have anything from Dutch porcelain, old watches, old kerosene lamps, Balinese statues to Kalimantan machetes and blowpipes, the list is endless.
- Jakarta Gems Centre, Rawabening
Jakarta Gems Centre, Rawabening
Located near the Jatinegara railway station in East Jakarta, the Jakarta Gems Centre offers four floors of kiosks and stores, all selling precious stones, semi- precious stones, rare stones or just fancy colourful stones for necklaces, bracelets and rings.
- Ancol Art Market
The Ancol Art Market is open air where you may find many of Indonesia’s up and coming artists gather to display and sell their paintings, carvings, and other handicrafts. Browse here and you may well find some pure artistic gems. Meet the artists, and have your own portrait painted on the spot.
On weekends the Art Market presents traditional performances, from wayang to contemporary dances based on ancient traditions.
- Pasar Baru
Pasar Baru is the oldest shopping center in Jakarta built in the early 1800s. Located near Lapangan Banteng and Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, this shopping street was, in its heydays, the exclusive haunt of the colonial elite. Today, Pasar Baru is passable only for pedestrians. The textile shops owned by Indian Bombay merchants are still there attracting their regular clientele looking for Indian silks, brocades and a variety of textiles at reasonable prices.