Most malls have a good retail mix with several anchor department stores, small clothing boutiques, stationery/book stores, framers, toy stores, household furnishings and even car dealers. Visit the various malls to familiarize yourself with the stores available. The information desk near the main entrance often has a brochure or listing of all the stores in the mall.
Malls are not only a place to shop, but increasingly, a recreation site. Movie theaters, ice skating rinks, arcades, laser tag, simulated rock climbing, simulator rides, coin operated children's rides, food courts and restaurants abound. In clean, air-conditioned surroundings you can shop, entertain the kids and have a nice meal or snack. Restaurants feature Indonesian, Asian and western menus from snacks to fast food to family restaurants.
Malls utilize that great Indonesian service, the car call. Your driver drops you off at the entrance and disappears into the bowels of the parking lot to await your departure call. When you're ready to leave, look for the car call counter outside the main exits. Tell the attendant the name of your driver and he will call him from the garage to pick you up. Such convenience!
While the current economic slump has effected the buying power of consumers, the malls still seem to be popular destinations for window shopping, buying the basics, or weekend fun.
Pasaraya Grande, Jl. Iskandarsyah II No. 2, Blok M. Phone: 722-2221, 726-0170 http://www.pasarayagrande.com
Plaza Blok M, Jl. Bulungan No. 76, Blok M. Hours: 10:00-22:00, Phone: 720-5586, 720-9288,720-9101 plazablokm.com
Plaza Senayan, Gelora Bung Karno, Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, Senayan. Hours: 10:00-22:00, Phone: 572-5555 http://www.plaza-senayan.com
Pondok Indah Mall, Jl. Metro Pondok Indah Blok 3B, Pondok Indah. Hours: 10:00-22:00, Phone: 750-6750 email@example.com,
Must sees at Pondok Indah Mall:
Plaza Semanggi, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 50 Lt 6, Jakarta 12930. Tel. (021) 527-5878, 2553-6388, Fax (021) 2553-6305
Plaza Gajah Mada, Jl. Hayam Wuruk No. 19-26, Gajah Mada. Hours: 10:00-22:00, Phone: 231-1011
Jakarta International Trade Center (JITC), Jl. Arteri Mangga Dua, Mangga Dua. Hours: 10:00-18:00 Phone: 601-7771
Sarinah, Jl. M.H. Thamrin 11, Menteng. Hours: 9:00-21:00 Phone: 3192-3008
Plaza Indonesia, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 28-30, Facing Welcome statue on Bundaran HI. Hours: 10:000-22:00 Phone: 310-7272, 390-3728 firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.plazaindonesia.com
Mal Ciputra (Citraland), Jl. Letjen. S. Parman, Grogol. Hours: 10:00-22:00, Phone: 566-2121
Mal Taman Anggrek, Jl. Letjen. S. Parman No. 21, Slipi. Hours: 10:00-22:00. Tel 560-9964 email@example.com, http://www.mta.co.id
Mal Kelapa Gading, Jl. Bulevar Kelapa Gading, Kelapa Gading. Hours: 10:00-22:00 Phone: 453-0690
Megamal Pluit, Jl. Pluit Indah Raya, Pluit. Hours: 10:00-22:00 Phone: 668-3888
Supermal Karawaci Jl. Bulevar Diponegoro No. 150, Karawaci, Tangerang Phone: 546-6666, 546-7777 Hours: 10:00-22:00 M-Sun
When planning a trip to Jakarta, consider spending a day at one of the many modern shopping malls the city has to offer. You may welcome a day off from tourist and cultural sites and enjoy spending time in air-conditioned comfort, where you can relax and shop without annoying hawkers.
If you've spent much time visiting outlying provinces or rural areas, it will be quickly evident during a trip to the capital city that Jakarta showcases the wealth of Indonesia. Skyscrapers, impressive monuments, wide boulevards (albeit crowded) and large malls rival those of any major world capital.
In traditional Indonesian society, open common areas in villages and towns or the courtyard of the Sultan's palace have long been a place to gather and spend late afternoon and evening hours. Small vendors set up their wares, food carts gather and people stroll around meeting friends and sharing gossip. Jakarta's shopping malls are a modern urban equivalent of traditional meeting points – a place to shop, eat and gather with friends and have some fun on the weekends.
International fashion items may not be at the top of your Jakarta shopping list. But if you enjoy window shopping and following fashion trends, you'll enjoy the fashion showcased at Plaza Indonesia and Plaza Senayan. Shops offer the latest collections from the fashion capitals of the world – Milan, London, Paris and New York – to titillate the fancy of well to do Indonesians and visitors alike.
Prior to the opening of luxury malls, Indonesians had to shop in Singapore, Europe or the U.S. to buy such well-known international brands as Bvlgari, Prada, Cartier, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Bally, Aigner, Ferragamo and Escada. Now, these brands, and many more, are available in Jakarta.
Amongst Indonesia's emerging middle and upper classes international brand-consciousness is strong. Discerning shoppers seek original goods, which these shops can guarantee. Often, due to special sales or discounts, international fashions may actually be cheaper in Jakarta than in other fashion centers.
While fashion malls don't offer as many recreation opportunities as the family-oriented malls, a big attraction is 'people watching' for the see-and-be-seen crowd. The elegant marble, expansive open spaces and lofty atriums offer a sense of luxury that is further enhanced by no-smoking policies, good housekeeping and security.
Take a dip into the world of traditional medicine at Toko Ampuh, a shop in Plaza Indonesia's basement selling traditional Indonesian medicines and potions from across Indonesia. You'll be greeted by the pungent smell of balsem, healing rubs, as you enter the store. Nearby shops sell Ginseng from Korea and delicious Oolong tea from Taiwan. Stop in for a taste test and discover the medicinal properties of these popular drinks.
The many cafés at Plaza Indonesia and Plaza Senayan are excellent places to spend a few quiet hours, drinking coffee and chatting with friends. The young, trendy be-and-be-seen crowds hang out in the coffee shops scattered throughout these two malls.
Taman Anggrek is the largest mall in Jakarta and a prominent landmark on the toll road into Jakarta from the airport due to the 8 distinctive blue-topped apartment towers crowning the 7-floor shopping mall. The interior is a marvel of space, light and marble – and serious noise levels on the weekend.
Dapur Anggrek food court at Taman Anggrek offers hundreds of traditional regional specialties - pempek from Palembang, South Sumatra (fish balls), 27 kinds of sate at Aneka Sate Djitoe, and fried rice and noodle dishes galore. The truly adventurous can even try goat testicles (terpedo) at Sop Kaki Kambing.
Pondok Indah Mall is a popular family mall in suburban South Jakarta. The adjacent Water Park and Climbing Wall are the main tourist attractions. The mall offers a good variety of shops and services, but no handicrafts.
Hanging out at malls is part of the affluent Indonesian teens' lifestyle. They have "acronym names" for their favorite malls -- tay ahh (TA) for Taman Anggrek and pay ess (PS) for Plaza Senayan and pim for Pondok Indah Mall (all reflecting the Indonesian pronunciation of the letters in the acronym).
Weekends see a literal flood of families into malls; visitors average 20,000 at Plaza Indonesia, 40,000 at Plaza Senayan, 100,000 at Taman Anggrek and 40,000 at Pondok Indah Mall. Taman Anggrek alone projected 25 million visitors.
Those traveling in private cars can call your driver from the parking garage via the Car Call near the mall's entrances. Be sure you know your driver's name or other identification to call him to the front the pick you up.
Enjoy a great shopping adventure … at one of Jakarta's premier malls.
by Danielle Surkatty