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Surabaya Street and other Jakarta Shopping Tips

Jakarta is chocked full of places to shop. Besides the glut of modern malls, there are enough specialty markets in Jakarta to keep a dedicated market Rambo engaged for months.

If you’re really wanting to explore Jakarta’s markets in detail, Gagus Ulung recently published, Pasarnye Jakarte, 100 Tempat Belanja Barang Khas & Grosir Di Jabodetabek. In English – The Markets of Jakarta – 100 Special Places to buy Goods & Groceries in Greater Jakarta. It’s in Bahasa Indonesian, but there is plenty of pictures, so it’s easy to understand what each market is all about; addresses are also included. Most of the bookstores around town have it.

I have my favorites too, but there are not nearly 100 of them.

First on my list is Surabaya Street – a combination antique and flea market. On Surabaya street you can buy a old cannon, a steering wheel from a 18th century schooner, heirloom body armor, traditional handicrafts (carvings, puppets, musical instruments, art) jewelry, or a suitcase – pretty much anything.

One word of caution though – if you’re really looking for antiques, they are there, but there are also plenty of replicas.

Surabaya Street Jakarta

Surabaya Street Jakarta

Surabaya Street Jakarta
Alfin Com, Jl Surabaya 182 Ph:0858 85548425

One of the friendlier shopkeepers, Alfin (photo above) is a really nice guy, and his English is good. Look him up while you’re there – he may be able to help you find what you’re looking for. I cannot vouch for his business practices though, as I have not bought anything from him.

Surabaya street is in Central Jakarta in an area known as Menteng. It’s open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. everyday. Every taxi driver should know where it is.

Other Noted Markets

Pasar Baru is one of the oldest markets in Jakarta. It has shoes, textiles, clothes, household goods, sporting goods, and a number of other things at very good prices. Located in Central Jakarta.

Sarinah Department Store was the first department store in Jakarta. In addition to the variety of modern goods, it has two floors of traditional items from all over Indonesia. Located in Central Jakarta.

Pasar Tanah Abang features all things imported from Arab countries. It’s located in Central Jakarta near Plaza Indonesia Mall. Its huge, lime green building is hard to miss.

The artists of Pasar Baru Lukisan Potret will sell you original artwork, or accept a commission, and paint something just for you. It is in Central Jakarta on Jl. Gedung Kesenian. Another place to find all kinds of artists is at Pasar Seni Ancol in North Jakarta in the Ancol Recreation Complex, where you’ll also find a traditional Shadow Puppet Workshop.

Coin collectors congregate at Pasar Baru Uang Kuno, on Jl. KH Samanhudi, in Central Jakarta.

Pasaraya Grande is a huge, modern department store where you can find all kinds of things. Of special interest to travelers is the two floors of traditional handicrafts. It’s located in South Jakarta in an area known as Blok-M.

Pasar Rawabening Batu Akik is one of the regions largest precious stone markets. It’s located in East Jakarta on Jl. Bekasi Barat, Jatinegara.

Jakarta is a city of specialty markets where entire streets are dedicated to one product. I probably could not find them again, but as I was sitting in a taxi, I have spotted streets of wheel chair shops, BB gun shops, dolls, car upholstery, and just about everything else you can imagine.

For the urban shopper, Jakarta is certainly a mecca of opportunity. The American Womens Association has published 30 years of Jakarta shopping wisdom in The Jakarta Shopper’s Guide, available at Kinokunia bookstore in Plaza Indonesia, or at their center. Call 021 718-1877 for directions.

Enjoy your Jakarta shopping experience!

How to get a 60 Day Indonesia Tourist Visa in Bangkok

It’s very easy to get a 60-day Indonesia tourist Visa in Bangkok.

The Indonesian Embassy is located at 600-602 Phetchaburi Rd, in Bangkok.

If using the sky train (BTS), get off at the Ratchathewi station and go down the stairs on the east side of the platform. Hmm, which way is East? It’s opposite the Asia Hotel Bangkok. After exiting the BTS station, you’ll be on Thanon Phaya Thai. Walk about 100 meters North to Phetchaburi Rd and turn right. The Indonesian Embassy is about 600 meters down, on the right.

What you’ll need

  • Passport, valid for 6 months with two blank pages.
  • Copy of Passport photo/identification page, the page with the most recent Thai entry stamp, and the Thai departure card that is stapled in the passport.
  • $45 U.S.
  • Two passport photos.
  • Proof of an onward ticket out of Indonesia.
  • Application.


The embassy is open Mon – Fri from 9:00 a.m. to Noon to process applications. The application is quick to fill out, and they’re usually not too busy, so you should be out of there in 20 – 30 minutes. You’ll have to wait in line first to get the application, and then wait again to submit it, and then wait in another line to pay the fee.

Once the fee is paid, the cashier will give you a receipt that says when to return to pick-up your passport and visa. It is usually on the third business day between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m (be sure to take the receipt). If you go on a Monday, your passport is usually ready on Wednesday, unless there is a Thai or Indonesian holiday. The embassy is closed on both Thai and Indonesian holidays, so processing time will be longer.

If you forget to make the required copies, the embassy staff will tell you to go to Pantip Plaza, just down the street, to get the copies made. Perhaps there used to be, but there is currently no place in Pantip Plaza that makes copies. It turns into a big hassle, and will cause you to lose a day if you can’t get back to the embassy before noon with the copies.

Other options

If you plan on being in Indonesia 30 days or less, a 30 Day Visa on Arrival  – for a fee of $25 U.S. – is available to citizens of the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and The United States of America.

If you’re from Brunei, Chile, Equator, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macao SAR, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, or Vietnam, no visa is required. You’ll get a free 30 Day entry stamp when you arrive.

These visa policies are correct now, but things do change. Please check the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism website for the latest visa requirements and other important information before planning any travel.