The vast and dynamic country of Indonesia tends to offer two sides of everything: traditional and modern, cheap and expensive, native and innovative. If you’re up for traditional and affordable shopping, walking around its best local markets can be an experience you’ll cherish.
There are plenty of things to shop in Indonesia. Among the favorite shopping items are batik cloth, woodcarvings and sculpture, silverwork, woven baskets and hats, bamboo articles, keris (small daggers), paintings and woven cloth.
With every conceivable item readily available is an excellent place to buy an incredible variety of souvenirs, arts and crafts, clothes, batik, and woodcarvings.
To purchase traditional arts and crafts at much cheaper prices it is best to head out to the smaller. Along with these more traditional street stalls, there are large western style malls in some of the bigger cities. They house more up market clothes shops and western fast food restaurants.
Jakarta has the largest array of these malls, prices here are normally fixed.
Whether you’re looking for some essentials you forgot to bring with you, or something special to take home, your holiday in Indonesia will not lack in shopping opportunities.
Visit Jakarta for some of the biggest malls in the region, with shiny, modern blocks featuring a wealth of international and local brands.
Elsewhere on Java, Yogyakarta offers a number of places to pick up traditional Javanese art and silver jewelry, sold by both local craft markets and stylish modern galleries.
It’s also possible to find authentic Indonesian products on Bali, with religious icons, patterned batiks, and other handicrafts sold by most markets in the main tourist towns and farther afield.
Bali is well-known for its souvenir shops, with entire promenades seemingly devoted to little trinkets, mementos, funny T-shirts, and the like. Check the quality of the products in such places before purchasing to make sure you’re getting what you pay for.
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