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Besides its glorious nature and lively culinary scene, Bandung is also notorious as a shopping destination, where tourists leave with shopping bags and happy heart, but not necessarily a flat wallet. For an authentic, local shopping experience and unique affordable goods, discover the best street markets in Bandung.
This neighbourhood is renowned for its passion for shoes. The street is lined with shops selling all kinds of shoes with good quality and bargain prices—a combo no one would want to miss. But the best thing about this street market is the impeccable craftsmanship. Most products are handcrafted with careful detail, and you can ask the shoemakers directly to create something special for you and finally see your ‘dream shoes’ idea realised.
One of the most-visited areas in town, Cihampelas Street is inhabited entirely by shops and outlets. If you’re on a budget or simply want to get more stuff with your money, this is the place to go. With the rows of shops, you can find anything from quality jeans to cheap t-shirts, jerseys to accessories. If afterwards you still fancy more shopping from familiar, branded stores, head to Cihampelas Walk Mall that is also in the area.
Still on the fashion department, this alley is a popular shopping destination specialising in denim. The shops sell all kinds of jeans in all variants, colors, and creations. And if you still can’t find the perfect piece of clothing for you, talk to the shopkeepers about making your own, custom-made jeans and they will arrange it for you. Beyond jeans, some shops also sell shirts and other fabrics to go with your brand new, quality jeans.
The street of Dago is one of the liveliest areas in Bandung. Many of the city’s best hotels, restaurants, shops, and outlets are located in this neighbourhood. But at one end of the road known as Simpang Dago, things get even more interesting. The Simpang Dago market is always busy, either with people buying groceries for the day, or youths scouring the area for good street food at night, when the market transforms into a culinary destination.
This market pops up every Sunday morning, right in front of the iconic Gedung Sate. And when it does, the whole street, from the city park to the battle monument, will be swarmed with sellers and shoppers alike, bargaining for all kinds of things from clothes to toys, books to electronics. This lively market is also an excellent spot for breakfast, if you’re feeling the local street food.
This modern street market is open day and night, bringing tourists a wide selection of food for every taste and mood. If you want to experience Bandung’s culinary hype in a modern, well-managed setting, this is the place to go. This culinary destination is also famed as one of few places to come across pork meals, which could be pretty hard to find in the Muslim-majority city. But if you want to keep it halal, no worries, they have a separate district for exclusively non-pork dishes.
This market is popular not only among locals—tourists come all the way from nearby towns to buy and sell their used goods. Dating back to the 1960s, this area has always been a popular market for antiques, only now the streets are mostly filled with vendors selling machinery spare parts, mostly second-hand ones. If you like vintage stuff, you’ll enjoy combing the streets around this market and perhaps finding hidden treasures for yourself.