The Best Street Markets in Surabaya, Indonesia
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Surabaya is a big shopping destination, with mega-malls stuffed with local and imported goods in fashion, food, accessories and everything else. Tourists visiting for a distinctive shopping experience with authentic goods and affordable prices can trade in the air-conditioned malls for the al fresco street markets across the city
. Discover the best street markets in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Originally a bird and fish market, during the last few years this market has been swarmed with new vendors who sell quartz and antiques. The open-air first floor is where you’ll find chirping birds and swimming fishes of every color, and the second floor is where the gemstones are. The second floor also houses some of the antique sellers relocated from the renowned Bodri Street Antique Market.
Tugu Pahlawan Market
This street market opens in the vicinity of the Pahlawan Monument landmark, extending to a few blocks around. The market opens only in the morning, from 5 AM to 9 AM daily, and there are so many things to see and buy from accessories, homeware, toys, to new and used clothes. Don’t shy away from haggling when you have an eye on something to buy. More than shopping, you can also find scrumptious local breakfast in this area or visit the monument as well.
This market is especially popular among students for its wide collection of used and new books. But beyond that, tourists can also shop for affordable goods and stationaries, as well as munching various traditional snacks sold along the market’s street. Do try the refreshing beverage dawet and Surabaya’s distinctive fruit salad, rujak cingur, to alleviate the hot weather and weariness after shopping.
Named after a revered Muslim cleric from Java, this market mostly sells religious items like prayer beads, Muslim clothing, and such. But even for non-Muslims, the unique Middle Eastern ambience is interesting enough to make this market worth discovering— even the vendors are mostly of Arab descent. Tourists can also feast on aromatic and delicious Middle Eastern delicacies, from the lamb stew to date palms.
Located near a busy train station, this market is easy to discover. Turi Market is mostly known as a wholesale market, where buyers can get a discount for purchasing a certain amount of the same goods, be it garments, homewares, even electronics. Also present at this vibrant market scene is Surabaya’s distinctive local snacks
, food and drinks.
Gunung Sari Decorative Fish Market
Even if you’re not a fishkeeper and don’t even have an aquarium at home, you can still enjoy the exciting and colorful scene at this fish market. But if you are, this is where you get exotic fish and ornate aquarium decorations. The vendors have everything from common goldfish to rare and expensive flowerhorns.
Genteng Night Market
Genteng is an electronic market by day and a culinary center by night. The market also has many vendors selling popular souvenirs from Surabaya, including its distinctive food, snack, and crafts. At night, street food vendors swarm the area, each bringing their own specialty to choose from, whether you’re looking for a heavy meal or to sample dozens of different local snacks.
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Pucang Anom Traditional Market
For decades, the Anom area in Surabaya has been somewhat identical with the image of a big market. Pucang Anom Market is best known as a fruit market, where tourists can get various produce from local farmers at an affordable price. If you have the time to wander around the neighborhood, you can also find small stores selling a myriad of things from handmade souvenirs to antiques.