Like most capital cities in Asia, Jakarta too features world-class shopping malls where keen shoppers can browse international brands whilst indulging in the exclusive ambience these high-end mega-malls offer. These options are ideal for visitors seeking retail therapy in air-conditioned comfort, and also as these malls feature mostly popular labels in clothing, it’s the perfect place for visitors seeking high-fashion options.

Some of the high fashion malls in Jakarta are Plaza Indonesia, Mall of Indonesia, Plaza Senayan, Grand Indonesia and the Pacific Place. These malls offer original clothing in international brands and due to regular special sales and discounts clothing here is generally cheaper than in other fashion centres in Asia.

Downtown Jakarta features a different atmosphere. With smaller shops selling silks and batiks it is perfect for visitors looking for quality products at a reasonable price. Exploring these shops would mean that shoppers would have to walk through the downtown streets of this capital city, which allows a good familiarity with the culture of the people of Indonesia. Whilst shopping downtown one can also gain firsthand experience with the amazing Indonesian cuisine.

Further into the south-end of the city shoppers will find local markets known as ‘pasars’. Though these are jam packed with people there are plenty of interesting finds, especially for those looking for a great bargain. Shopping here is an art and involves haggling over the price; prices can be brought down to about 60% of the original prices with patient and friendly bargaining with the vendors.

Shopping centres and malls also make perfect hang-out places for the whole family. With various eateries, coffee shops and popular fast food places one can spend the whole day just browsing through the shops and simply relaxing. Most of the family friendly malls also feature various recreational activities for kids.

Visitors to Indonesia’s capital are offered a range of lodging options to make their shopping experience in the city an enjoyable and relaxing one. Hotels and serviced residence in Jakarta can easily be booked through online lodging option providers. Long stay visitors may prefer Jakarta serviced apartments as they feature all modern comforts. For a convenient stay and a convenient location with modern luxuries try the Ascott Jakarta.