One of the best things about Indonesia are its amazing arts and handicrafts. Each province of Indonesia has its own distinctive characteristics which is reflected in the traditional crafts. Not only in crafts, the diversity is evident in cuisine, textiles, ornaments and carvings.
Indonesian traditional handicrafts have become one of the favorite gifts that tourists bring from Indonesia. If you’ve been planning to buy souvenirs from Indonesia, here are 5 best places to shop souvenirs in Jakarta:
- Sarinah Department Store
Dubbed as “The Indonesian Emporium”, Sarinah is the Jakarta’s first modern department store. It is famous as the favorite place to buy souvenirs among expatriates. In Sarinah Department Store, you can buy various kinds of wood carvings, wayang (leather puppets), paintings, handicrafts, and many more souvenirs from art galleries all around Indonesia. You can also find Batik fabrics and clothes here.
Jalan MH Thamrin No 11, Central Jakarta
- SMESCO Building (Galeri Indonesia WOW!)
Shopping whilst ‘traveling’ around Indonesia sounds fascinating, no? You can do this at Galeri Indonesia WOW! (WOW! Indonesia Gallery) at SMESCO Building, Jakarta. The gallery is a place for handcrafted souvenirs, fabrics, food and drink from all over Indonesia. There are 34 anjungan (pavilions) displaying the specialty handicrafts and goods from each province in Indonesia. It’s really a great place to find souvenirs from Indonesia.
Jalan Jend Gatot Subroto Kav 94, South Jakarta
- Pasaraya Blok M
Pasaraya Blok M is also a great place to shop souvenirs in Jakarta. The place is filled with various handicrafts from Indonesia such as batik, wooden carvings and sculpture, traditional fabrics, sparkling silver jewelries and much more. For coffee lovers, you can get coffee beans from Indonesia such as Flores, Bali Kintamani, Kopi Toraja, Robusta, and many more!
Jalan Iskandarsyah II Blok 2, Blok M, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
- Alun-alun Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
This is the upscale place to shop Indonesia’s finest traditional handicrafts. Wall decorations, jewelries, ornaments, kids’ toys, handicrafts, and traditional fabrics are available here. Located at a mall in the city centre, Alun Alun Indonesia is one of the most favorite places to shop souvenirs and handicrafts from Indonesia. The prices are bit more expensive than the others, but it’s all worth the quality.
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, West Mall – Level 3
Jalan MH Thamrin No 1 Central Jakarta
- Batik Keris
In Batik Keris, you can find various kinds of batik such as handmade batik (batik tulis) printed batik, polyester batik, and silk batik. Here you can also find crafts and souvenirs from all around Indonesia, home décor, as well as aromatherapy. The great thing about Batik Keris is this store is available in almost all major malls in Jakarta, so you can find it easily.
Keris Department Store
Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto 87-89, 4th and 5th floor Menteng, Central Jakarta
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