If you think Jakarta may lack great shopping, think again. You probably just don’t know where to go. While there are endless shopping possibilities in Jakarta – most taking shape in glitzy world class malls, department stores and markets (pasar) – our style of local shopping is a little harder to find.
Jakarta’s extravagant shopping malls – Pacific Place, Plaza Indonesia and Senayan City to name a few – each host a great selection of local designers and independent retailers. Many independent fashion boutiques and local designers are scattered in private boutiques across the city, with many congregating in Kemang.
There’s sure to be something to tease your shopping senses; whether it’s a collection of local handicrafts and artisanal furniture or young fashion boutiques and haute couture labels. Shopping in Jakarta can be a tedious task if not taken one area at a time, so strap on your sandals and shawl, grab yourself a driver and allow us to help you navigate your way through the shopping precincts in Jakarta.
There is no hipper precinct in Jakarta right now. Located in south Jakarta, Kemang is a melting pot. Ask any local and they’ll happily lead you to Kemang for a fun night out among the lanes of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs filled with locals and expats alike. As you’d expect from a prominent area, Kemang also plays host to a collection of avid Indonesian fashion boutiques. Eat your heart out fashionistas! Plan on redecorating your living space? The abundance of furniture and home décor stores will definitely be able to help you out whether your taste tends towards classic, rustic or modern.
Situated at the CBD, Pacific Place is a shopping mall fit for all luxury lovers. Indulge in a series of high-end lifestyle and living boutiques offering the latest collections from fashion capitals of the world. If you’re hunting for something a little less mainstream and more local, the mall also plays host to a humble cluster of Indonesian designer boutiques where you’ll find exclusive, one-off pieces by talented fashion enthusiasts. Pacific Place even features an indoor theme park to entertain the little ones as you partake your shopping expedition.
This classy mall is located below the Grand Hyatt; right smack in central Jakarta. Don’t let the line up of Cartier, Burberry and Lacroix put you off. As you delve behind the facade some of Jakarta’s best local designer boutiques will catch your eye. These Indonesian designers offer a fair share of traditional Indonesian fashion such as batik as well as modern evening wear with a twist of unique touches. Some designers are even willing to create customised pieces – so why not treat yourself to a dress designed just for you? If homewares and furnishing are what tickle your fancy, you’re in luck as Plaza Indonesia offers up a slew of furniture and homewares stores, most of which are located on level 3.
Just 15 minutes away from Pacific Place is Senayan City, a grandiose mall that’s bound to test the shopper in you. You’ll discover why as you step into this shopper’s paradise – boasting 10 storeys of shopping from high-end fashion to local designer boutiques, accessories, jewellery, home décor and furniture, department stores, supermarkets, bookshops, textiles, traditional batik clothes and souvenirs. You name it, they’ve got it. It is no wonder this mall sees a whopping average of 40,000 visitors each the weekend. Now that’s a great amount of serious shoppers under one roof, so we suggest heading there mid-week for a much quieter shopping experience.