About The Malls and Special Shopping Places
Jakarta has many malls that located almost in its every district. Depend on the location and the facilities each mall has a different demographic crowd and loyal visitor. Through this short guide, We hope you can navigate which mall is the most comfortable for you to distribute your product or services, or to develop a business or simply just for shopping purpose.
1. Senayan City and Plaza Senayan
These two malls are facing each other, located at Asian Afrika Street, near Sudirman Street in Senayan Area. Both Malls are basically has a similar tenants inside, and of course similar visitor. Plaza Senayan was developed first then followed by Senayan City.
Equipped with Apartment and Exclusive F&B building, Plaza Senayan has several international luxury brand complex that arranged nicely on each floor. Some of the brands are Bvlgari, Gucci, Hugo Bos, Mont Blanc, Zara, Manggo etc. And also it has a famous international night club goes by the name X2. You can visit Plaza Senayan Website at http://www.plaza-senayan.com for your further detail information.
While Senayan City has more modern in concept as the building is newer. It has many comfortable restaurants, cafes and also has international brands such as Versace, Zara and built up luxurious cars showroom. You can find more of its information by visiting their website at http://www.senayancity.com. Both are frequently visited by class of Social Economic Status (SES) A people who resides nearby the area. Their visitor traffic is very stabile and more visitors during weekends.
2. Ratu Plaza
This Mall located behind Plaza Senayan and most of its tenants are selling Information Technology product from different brands. Some of the brands are Apple, Lenovo IBM, Dell, Microsoft etc. Other than desktop and lap top this Mall also provides cell phone center. So if you are looking for computer and stuff product in South Jakarta this mall is your destination.
3. Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia
Just like Senayan City and Plaza Senayan, Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia are located side to side to each other at Bunderan Hotel Indonesia, Thamrin Area. Both also has a similar tenants and visitor and is a go to mall for an executive or professional that works from nearby office buildings. The size of these two malls is extraordinary. You will need more than a day to visit the whole area inside the mall. You can visit http://www.plazaindonesia.com and http://www.grand-indonesia.com.
Both Malls are merged with 5 star international Hotel. Grand Indonesia is merged with historically famous Hotel Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia with Hyatt Hotel. Since both are located in the center of 5 Jakarta’s district and surrounded by office buildings, the visitor is denser than Plaza Senayan and Senayan city whether in weekdays or weekends. The Visitor SES Class is ranged from B – A class, with consumptive lifestyle.
4. Epicentrum Walk
This mall is located inside the exclusive complex of Rasuna Said which belongs to Bakrie family, (One of Indonesia’s richest businessman) at Rasuna’s Said Street (Kuningan ). The mall is located near Rasuna apartment which known as expats residential area. No wonder the visitor of Epicentrum Walk mostly foreigner.
The mall is equipped with largest cinema studio and enriched by many fine restaurants and cafés. This Mall have a must visit destination called MANEKINEKO which provides unique clothing and retail product that will not be found in any other malls. There’s also E-corner, some sort of bar with a very comfortable chatting zone. You can visit Epicentrum Walk website at http://www.epiwalk.com for your further information.
5. Taman Anggrek Mall
It is a largest mall at the West of Jakarta. The tenants provides variety of products and services. Merged as one with Apartment, Taman Anggrek Mall is also equipped with indoor Ice Skating Ring for public. Most of the visitors are Indonesian with Chinese descent and has a different taste of product compare to south Malls. The traffic is stabile for weekdays and increase significantly during weekends. For further information you can visit http://www.taman-anggrek-mall.com.
6. Pondok Indah Mall
The Mall is located within Pondok Indah exclusive residential area. It is the main mall for every Pondok Indah residents. The Mall is well organized and provides many international or local famous brands as their tenants. The traffic each day is stabile and mostly a resident from nearby housing area. It is a famous mall for expats and wealthy locals. You can visit their website at http://www.pondokindahgroup.co.id/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=78
For mall tours you can visit our referal blog at http://rubyjoymurray.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/mall-to-mall/. The author is also a foreigner, so if you look for another point of view about his experience visiting malls in Jakarta you can read his article.
Alternative Shopping Places
The alternative shopping place section will provide you with certain information from local knowledge to hunt specific product with cheaper price. However, We strongly suggest you should bring a trustable local if you want to hunt the product in these special places, or else you might ended up got scammed there.
1. Glodok – North Jakarta.
If you want to hunt cheaper electronic products such as TV, sound system, Household and stuff you can check this place. The price is relatively cheaper than the mall because their location is near the harbor. All prices here is negotiable but if you bring local who can negotiate well you will most likely get a cheaper price. However, unless you want to buy more than one product that also being sold in malls, We suggest you just go for the mall instead of Glodok as the transportation, delivery cost and etc will cost you equal if you go to Glodok and only purchase one product.
2. Taman Puring – Mayestik, Kebayoran Baru – South Jakarta.
It is a place to go for hunting product such as shoes, bag, and car sound system. We should warn you this area is severely not comfortable especially for foreigner. The prices are also very cheap and negotiable. You can find many branded shoes here but in rejected condition or lower quality. You better be with local if you want to visit this place.
3. Mangga dua – North Jakarta
This area is located near Glodok location but its allotment is more like computer and stuff. Just like Ratu Plaza but in much cheaper price. Other than that, Mangga dua also has a famous clothing district which has a very cheap price on products that being sold here and even some of the products here are actually being resold at malls with a higher price.
4. Pasar Rumput – Jatinegara – Center Jakarta
This place is a go to destination if you want to look for sanitation product. Most of the products that are being sold here is used product or recycled product. Other than sanitary product, this market is also selling cheap bicycle and its tools. The entire price is remarkably cheap, you just have to know how to negotiate with them in the modest and reasonable way.
5. Pasar Uler – Sunter – East Jakarta
The market is selling miscellaneous international branded products such as clothing, wallet, bag etc. The price is all negotiable and very cheap. The seller claimed that the product is a rejected product or directly brought from nearby port. But is not a secure place to go especially if you go there without a local companion. If you want to go there be sure to bring only adequate amount of money and be sure to take a local with you.
6. Surabaya Street – Menteng – Center Jakarta
Surabaya Street is a famous destination for foreigner and tourists. The street is full of antique, craft and Indonesian’s art seller. They are all familiar with foreigner so if you go alone it won’t be a problem. However, it is wise to bring a local for more effective negotiation.
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