SHOP­PING in JAKARTA

Asia Dreams - - THE JOYS OF SHOPPING: JAKARTA -

A trip to Jakarta would not be com­plete with­out a visit to one of the city’s shop­ping malls. With the mul­ti­tude of new malls sprout­ing all over the city, visi­tors have plenty of shop­ping des­ti­na­tions to choose from.

Why shop here?

Avisit to a shop­ping mall is the epit­ome of liv­ing in Jakarta. Much more than a shop­ping des­ti­na­tion, malls are mini cities of­ten con­tain­ing of­fices, movie theatres, ar­cades, or­ganic gro­cers and even su­per­car show­rooms and ball­rooms! A refuge from Jakarta's trop­i­cal weather, malls are of­ten brim­ming with lo­cals and tourists alike on leisurely week­ends. The va­ri­ety of malls tar­get­ing dif­fer­ent clien­tele en­sures that there is some­thing for ev­ery­one, from art afi­ciona­dos look­ing for tra­di­tional In­done­sian crafts to the high-fly­ing ex­ec­u­tive look­ing to pur­chase the new­est Rolex time­piece. Be­sides shop­ping, malls are also din­ing des­ti­na­tions. A se­lec­tion of food courts, fast food chains, ice-cream par­lours, as well as fine-din­ing restau­rants and bars, means that there are al­ways new de­lights to savour. In ad­di­tion to the wide va­ri­ety of prod­ucts and ameni­ties, a range of di­verse ac­tiv­i­ties is avail­able for mall­go­ers. Live mu­sic per­for­mances, lux­ury prod­uct road shows, lively pop-up bazaars and daz­zling magic shows are some of the spec­ta­cles that visi­tors will be treated to on their weekly stroll through Jakarta's shop­ping malls.

Where to shop?

One can find mega malls in all of

Jakarta's dis­tricts. How­ever, the largest and most op­u­lent malls in Jakarta are lo­cated in Cen­tral and South Jakarta where a se­lec­tion of de­signer goods and high-end in­ter­na­tional brands are show­cased. Renowned brands such as Gucci, BVLGARI, Prada, Zara and Nike vie for prime re­tail space. Se­lect depart­ment stores are an­chor ten­ants in the lux­u­ri­ous mega malls, such as the In­done­sian hand­i­craft hub Alun Alun, Thai­land's lead­ing depart­ment store Cen­tral,

Ja­pan's re­tail con­glom­er­ate Seibu and the up­scale French fash­ion des­ti­na­tion Ga­leries Lafayette.

The Grand In­done­sia shop­ping com­plex is sit­u­ated strate­gi­cally in the heart of Jakarta's cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict. Fac­ing the iconic Ho­tel In­done­sia round­about (Bun­deran HI), Grand In­done­sia wel­comes an end­less stream of visi­tors daily. Ex­plor­ing the colos­sal estab­lish­ment is a whole day's task, with eight floors of re­tail space, restau­rants and cafés spread out be­tween the East and West malls. The flashy SKYE Bar & Restau­rant lo­cated on the 56th floor of BCA Tower is also ac­ces­si­ble via a lift. Op­po­site Grand In­done­sia is the glitzy Plaza In­done­sia, renowned for its ul­tra­lux­u­ri­ous fash­ion brands. In­ter­na­tional fash­ion giants such as Her­mes, Ver­sace, Louis Vuit­ton and Dun­hill are some of the choice bou­tiques in Plaza In­done­sia. To com­mem­o­rate its 27th an­niver­sary, Plaza In­done­sia re­cently held Plaza In­done­sia Fash­ion Week's 10 Years of Style, which was at­tended by renowned de­sign­ers and artists.

Ven­tur­ing fur­ther south, the up­scale Pa­cific Place is an ex­clu­sive shop­ping mall pop­u­lar amongst the ex­pats and in­hab­i­tants of South Jakarta. With over­the-top of­fer­ings such as the stun­ning Mclaren show­room, in­ter­na­tional F&B of­fer­ings such as the tempt­ing Ip­pudo Ra­men and the fancy PAUL bak­ery and the most ex­clu­sive suites-only Ritz­carl­ton ho­tel in Jakarta, Pa­cific Place sets it­self apart from other lux­ury malls in Jakarta. Nearby malls such as Plaza Se­nayan and Se­nayan City of­fer a va­ri­ety of spe­cialty prod­ucts and ser­vices. With the re­cently widened pave­ments and pedes­trian cross­ings, one can spend an af­ter­noon hop­ping be­tween the three malls, as well as vis­it­ing the nearby Fair­mont Jakarta ho­tel famed for its ex­quis­ite din­ing.

City of fash­ion

The in­flux of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers set­ting up spe­cialty bou­tiques in Jakarta in re­cent years has seen a dra­matic rise in global in­ter­est in Jakarta's top fash­ion show – Jakarta Fash­ion Week. Pas­sion­ate lo­cal de­sign­ers show­case their orig­i­nal cre­ations dur­ing the week-long pageantry at­tended by celebri­ties, artists and ma­jor play­ers in the fash­ion world. Fash­ion pieces as di­verse as sports­wear, evening gowns and ce­ramic/tin ac­ces­sories are some of the items on dis­play. De­sign­ers from the US, Hong Kong and Bali join the fes­tiv­i­ties with their own cre­ations.

Visi­tors in­spired by the event can do a spot of in­spired shop­ping with a choice of fash­ion bou­tiques in the Ke­mang dis­trict, such as Ara, which show­cases the works of var­i­ous lo­cal de­sign­ers. For ur­ban trendy street wear, fine leather goods and fash­ion­able ac­ces­sories, check out one of The Goods Dept fash­ion out­lets scat­tered all over Jakarta. Those look­ing for some­thing con­tem­po­rary with a heavy dose of cul­ture can check out the flag­ship Lucy's Batik store lo­cated at Lippo Mall Ke­mang. For pre­mium in­ter­na­tional la­bels, chic de­signer goods and quirky or­na­ments, try The Papil­lion Duo lo­cated at Pa­cific Place.

Plaza In­done­sia

Plaza In­done­sia

Se­nayan City

Plaza Se­nayan

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