We all know that huge cities have many things in common – a massive range of hotels, culture in abundance, gastronomy, a busy and frenetic atmosphere, night-life, theatre, shows, and of course, shopping. Jakarta is certainly a version of shopping heaven!
You might not have huge shopping malls in your mind when you picture the Indonesian capital, but the fact remains that there are a wide range of malls to suit your needs, and Jakarta is the shopping capital of the country, as well as the capital city itself! Locals flock to these huge, air-conditioned buildings at the weekends, and every other day you will find them packed with tourists too. Put simply, Jakarta is not going to leave you wanting when it comes to retail therapy.
When planning a city break, you do need to make sure you are centrally based, because there really is no point in commuting in and out of the city every single day, especially when you are on a short break as it is. There are many central hotels to choose from in Jakarta, and the huge range on offer does nothing to cut down your choices! You’re going to have to give this some thought, but you can easily find the best hotels online, from the comfort of your living room. The Gran Melia Jakarta is a great central choice, with plentiful luxury to help your feet recover after a long day shopping! Check out what you can find and make sure you base yourself in the middle of the action.
Of course, you will want to sample some of the traditional during your visit, and this will mean heading to one of the local pasars, or markets. Here you can haggle for souvenirs to take home, and enjoy the bustling and colourful atmosphere around you. If however you prefer something a little more modern, and a little more air-conditioned, you certainly won’t struggle for somewhere to go!
Basically, it all depends on what you want, but if you’re looking for serious credit card bashing with a spot of designer fashion shopping, you can find the big named designers, and then some! Versace, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Chanel, the list goes on! The best malls to head to for this kind of retail therapy include Plaza Indonesia, Grand Indonesia, Pacific Place, Mall of Indonesia, and Pondok Indah 2. These particular malls are packed with stores you will stare at in envy for hours, however if you are on more of a budget, you can easily window shop too!
If you want to try out some traditional Indonesian fashion, most malls have an area which caters for your needs, with well-known local stores, such as Obin, Ramli, Kisoon Harto, and Iwan Tirta.
Of course, you might be visiting with your little ones in tow, and in that case you there are also many family-friendly malls on offer, which give you entertainment options for all the family. Pacific Place has the Kidzania facility, which will more than keep little minds occupied, and Taman Anggrek has an indoor ice skating rink, which may offer some welcome respite from the heat outside!
Put simply, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in Jakarta, you’re not going to find it anywhere!