The Best Shopping Places in the Big Durian


Jakarta is a shopper’s paradise. Not only will you find exclusive things but the prices are also quite competitive. Shopping in this city can be a breeze if you know where to go and tough when you don’t. 

You must have a starting point or you will be stumbling in and out of places in a daze. In addition, you must have an idea of what you need to buy. While the prices are competitive, you do not want to go on a shopping binge. 

There is a lot you can find here including the following:

  • Yards of textiles
  • Local arts and crafts
  • Antiques
  • International brands
  • Fashion boutiques

This is not going to be a one-day affair. Hence, you need to check into your Hotel Jakarta for the length of your shopping trip. The following places will give you unparalleled shopping experiences.

Grand Indonesia

Naturally, we are going to start this off with the largest mall in the country. The Grand Indonesia is located in the center of Jakarta. Apart from being the largest mall in Indonesia, it is also one of the largest in Asia. 

The massive mall is divided into two parts:

  • The East Mall
  • The West Mall

The size of the place hits you when you get inside. You could easily lose your way and get lost inside. You will find EVERYTHING here including top internal brands such as Gucci and Burberry. You will also find a wide range of food options. It is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Central Park Mall

You will know it by the two towers that overlook a large park. The main atrium is oval in shape and contains five floors. These host a large variety of places to shop such as fashion houses with both local and international brands. 

Also housed in this mall are various fast-food restaurants. The park is spacious and has an outdoor playground that you can access for free. Once you are done with your shopping errands, you can enjoy the beautiful gardens as well as the koi ponds. 

You can also feed the fish and extend your visit for the multi-colored dancing fountain show from 7:00 pm.

Tanah Abang Textile Market

Away from the malls, you will find Tanah Abang with its amazing array of textiles. There are hordes of vendors selling everything from textiles to shoes and accessories. If you are looking for some beautiful textiles, this is your go-to place for them. 

While it is mostly patronized by locals shopping for cheap wholesale clothing, visitors also throng the market. It is, after all, the largest textile market in South East Asia. After spending a good amount of time checking the textiles, try some of the traditional cuisines. Delicious!

Pacific Place

You cannot miss out on the only Lafayette mall in Asia. PP, as the locals call it, is one of the largest malls in Jakarta. It is located in Sudirman Central Business District and therefore mostly attracts office workers. 

As a result, it is one of the many prestigious malls in Jakarta. It is also child-friendly as it hosts Kidzania, hailed as the best playground in the city. Kidzania is on the 6th floor of the mall and keeps your little ones occupied as you shop. 

Treat yourself to a lovely smoothie bowl at the mall’s Salad Bar as you catch your breath. The healthy smoothie will do your body−and taste glands−a world of good. The mall is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm every day. 


There is no shortage of exciting places to shop at in Jakarta. The malls are numerous and because of competition, they offer more than just the shopping experience. They must outdo each other to remain relevant. 

Apart from ensuring they store everything you could need, they also give you strive to make your experience memorable. In addition, they provide extra amenities such as parks, playgrounds and restaurants. 








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