Indonesia is a great place to shop, with designer boutiques, shopping malls and humble, traditional shops. But for tourists who want to experience local life and purchase authentic, traditional products at affordable prices, traditional markets are the way to go. Discover the best markets to shop at in Indonesia.
Sukawati Art Market
Bali has countless stores and markets where tourists can find virtually everything, from international designer products to traditional handmade crafts. For tourists seeking authentic products made by locals, Sukawati Art Market is among the top places to go. Tourists can find everything from handmade bags, statues, kites, hats, clothes, silk fabrics, and more. Because of the relatively cheap prices (negotiable!), many tourists visit this market to buy souvenirs to take back home. Strategically located in the main road near Ubud, a visit to the market can easily fit into a fun day of exploring Ubud.
This traditional market is located in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, and is the region’s oldest and most popular market. Built during Indonesia’s colonial era, the market’s building reflects both Javanese and European styles, making it quite a landmark in the busy city center. Pasar Beringharjo is known as the biggest market for batik in Indonesia, selling various styles, origins, forms, and quality. Locals and tourists also head to this market to hunt for antique goods, from old currency to typewriters and cassettes.
Pasar Terapung Muara Kuin
In Banjarmasin, Borneo, with its many rivers, people often buy and sell goods on traditional boats. Sellers load their goods onto boats and wait for buyers’ boats to approach. In floating traditional markets buyers can find food, groceries, accessories and souvenirs. Such markets are very popular with tourists.
In contrast to its name (which means new market), this market is one of the oldest markets in the capital Jakarta, established in the 1800s. Even so, this market is still very popular. Every day, people come to purchase textiles, clothes, accessories, antiques, or electronics. Many of the shop owners are Indonesians of Indian descent, giving the place a certain cultural characteristic that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. The market complex is comprised of pedestrian streets lined up with stores, making the place airy and spacious, comfortable for shopping at any time of day.
Pasar Atas Bukittinggi
Located in the charming small town of Bukittinggi in West Sumatra, the market is not only a shopping paradise but also a cultural and historical destination. Tourists can expect to find Sumatra’s traditional textiles in this market, especially the popular songket. Wood carvings, cane work, and handmade souvenirs are also for sale. Street food is another attraction of this market, and the cuisine from Padang in West Sumatra is especially popular throughout Indonesia.
Pasar Santa, also known as the Santa Modern Market, used to be an old and dingy Jakarta market selling groceries and everyday households goods. While such items can still be found in this market, Pasar Santa has put on a new and more modern face, with renewed building, enhanced interiors, and new vendors selling crafts. There are even cafés and modern food vendors in the new space. That change has attracted new crowds, mostly youngsters, who enjoy spending time in the vintage building, now with a modern touch.
Pasar Gede Solo
Due to its historical and cultural value, this market in Solo, Central Java, is preserved as a cultural heritage. It reflects a unique combination of European architecture, Javanese adornments, and Chinese environment, because it was built during the colonial era on Javanese land and located in Solo’s Chinatown area. The market is known as a culinary center, where locals and tourists come to find traditional food and high-quality groceries.