The world's smallest escalator perhaps?

Shopping in Jakarta

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Senayan City. Credit: Rossrightangle

The world's smallest escalator perhaps?

The world’s smallest escalator perhaps?

Shopping in Jakarta is supposed to be very cheap. So we decided to ask at the hotel reception for good places to shop. The 2 giggling over excited receptionists sent us to Senayan City which was by any means not cheap. It was very similar to the high end malls in Singapore, just bigger. Needless to say we didn’t buy anything there except Crispy Kreme doughnuts and the ever reliable Chai Latte at Starbucks. 

The next day I googled for factory outlets and off we went to D’ Brasco Factory outlet, South Jakarta.

D’Brasco Mall. Credit: The Honeycombers

 

D'Brasco

D’Brasco

It was exactly the kind of place we were looking for. With 3 floors to boast, it housed brands like Burberry, Abercrombie and Fitch, Levis, Nike and others. We did some shopping there. Now I’m not sure if the clothes were authentic or not but they were definitely good quality. I wouldn’t say no to a $25 Jeans which was as soft as velvet even if it was fake. 

Another place we went to was Block M mall opposite our hotel Ambhara (opp Pasaraya Mall). Our main purpose there was to buy DVD’s and we definitely found a lot of those. Block M Mall is one of those cheap malls where they sell fake stuff. Didn’t buy anything else there as the quality was definitely not good. Nonetheless, its a huge mall where you can buy trinkets for your friends and family back home.
Our bargain treasures

Our bargain treasures

If you want to shop in Jakarta for cheap I suggest you do your research beforehand as it’s easy to get lost in one of the many high-end shiny malls which are a dime a dozen in Jakarta.
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Travel Time – Jakarta, Indonesia

indonesiaWe are off to Jakarta, Indonesia for the Good Friday long weekend. Since we can never track holidays and book in advance all the fancy places like Bali and Chiang mai are already booked or way too expensive.

Jakarta was relatively cheaper. We love traveling. We don’t mind going to the non-touristy places as well.

We’ll be there for 3 days so want to make the best of it. We are making lists. On the list are places mentioned in lonely planet, a bar and probably a disc. And shopping. We’ll see.

There are more books to be read and lists to be made.  Sometimes I feel just planning for the trip, looking up places and generally just reading up on a certain place is pretty interesting in itself.

Suggestions are always welcome!