The Best Markets to Shop in Jakarta

Best markets in Jakarta | © U.S. Embassy, Jakarta/Flickr
Best markets in Jakarta | © U.S. Embassy, Jakarta/Flickr
Traditional markets (pasar) are an important part of Indonesians’ daily lives. More than just a place to get daily needs, pasar have been part of locals’ lifestyles for centuries. Discover the best markets in Jakarta, from old-style to trendy.

Pasar Mayestik

This market is popular among expats living in Indonesia for its good location and wide selection of goods. It’s especially renowned for its fabric collection. There are many tailors in the market, if you have a design in mind that you’d like custom made with your newly purchased textile.

Pasar Mayestik, Jalan Lauser, Gunung, South Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia

Tanah Abang

Tanah Abang is a well-known wholesale center specializing in textiles and clothing. Many sellers from all over the city source their products from this market, meaning that prices here are lower than elsewhere in Jakarta. Tanah Abang also has a large collection of Muslim wear.

Pasar TANAH ABANG, Jalan Jatibaru Gang V, Kampung Bali, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia, +62822-6079-3102

Pasar Baru

This huge complex sells everything from textiles to Indian spices, antiques to musical instruments. Considered one of the oldest markets in Jakarta, many vendors have managed their stores for generations. The market streets are also lined with small restaurants and food stalls to recharge your strength before more shopping and bargaining.

Pasar Baru, Jalan Gereja Ayam, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia

Pasar Seni Ancol

Located near Ancol Dreamland in North Jakarta, this market sells artworks and crafts made by local artists. Tourists can find anything from sculptures to paintings, traditional puppets to pieces of jewelry, sold and showcased by their own makers. Art exhibitions and performances are also held regularly in this market to keep the artistic vibe beating.

Pasar Seni Ancol, Jalan Binaria 1, Ancol, North Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia


Glodok is also known as Jakarta’s Chinatown, with streets packed with stores, booths, and stalls selling everything from food, herbs, to electronic devices. The Chinese-style items available in this area are particularly appealing, such as lanterns, clothing, and ornaments.

Glodok, Tamansari, West Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia

The atmosphere in Glodok |© Sept./Flickr

Taman Fatahillah

Situated in the touristy old town area of Kota Tua, street vendors offer their goods along Taman Fatahillah, selling toys, clothes, and souvenirs. Here, you can visit Jakarta’s historical buildings and museums while shopping for local crafts and souvenirs. You can even get temporary tattoos here, or have your portraits drawn by local artists.

Fatahillah Square – Jakarta Old City, Pinangsia, West Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia