Shops are usually open all weeks
including Sundays from 9am until 9pm. In smaller
cities, shops maybe closed between 1 pm and 5 pm.
Bargaining is customary in small
shops and markets, the arts, which is to start at
half the asking price and slowly increase your offer
until a compromise is reached. Remember it helps to
smile while bargaining.
Jakarta has plenty of options for
the diehard bargain hunter. If you are after
something unique, check out the antique, carvings
and handicrafts at Jl. Surabaya and Ciputat raya
where rows of stores are packed to overflowing with
everything from antique furniture, and brass ship's
compasses to Dayak swords from deepest, darkest
If you prefer air conditioners comfort and designer
labels, head for the modern shopping malls such as
Plaza Indonesia, Plaza Senayan, Pondok Indah Mall,
Pasar Raya, and Taman Anggrek said to be the largest
mall in South east Asia.
Find the best shopping for electronics in Mangga Dua
Electronics Center I West Jakarta or Ratu Plaza in
South Jakarta. The Pasar Seni Art Markets in Ancol
is famous for its paintings and other handicrafts.
Another interesting place is the Jatinegara gemstone
market, where you can find a huge variety of
precious and semiprecious stones. Stroll through the
Pasar Baru pedestrian area and browse through the
traditional textile shops.