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.
Pasar Baru is also popular with owners and operators of beauty salons all over Indonesia since here you can find almost anything a salon may need, from shampoos, lotions, to special scissors and hair dryers. Besides there are shoes and clothes at sales prices.
After a tiring stroll, stop at the nostalgic Bakmi Gang Kelinci for some of Jakarta’s most popular bowl of noodles and meatballs.
- 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.
- Klender Furniture Market
Indonesia produces some of the best furniture that are sold here, but most are the fine wood furniture imported from the handicraft centers of Jepara and Kudus in Central Java. Here you can find beds, dining table sets, cupboards, dividers, either simple or ornately decorated.