Malls List by Area: Central, North, South, West and East
Originally, shopping mall was built to satisfy the need to buy everything you need in one place, a one stop shopping. However, as time goes by, shopping malls also serve as a meeting point where friends meet and hangout, a place to see and to be seen, a place of recreation for the whole family, and sometimes it's just simply a place to go when you don't know where else to go!
Upscale Fashion Malls
International fashion items may not be at the top of a tourist's Jakarta shopping list, but expatriates and local wealthy people may look at these shopping opportunities differently! If you enjoy window shopping and following fashion trends, you'll enjoy the fashion showcased at Plaza Indonesia, and Plaza Senayan and Senayan City.
These four malls mentioned above are the most exclusive malls that sells international branded fashion and jewelry collections such as Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Prada, Bvlgari, Tiffany, Salvatore Ferragamo, Cartier, Bally, Aigner, Escada, Versace, etc. These 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 expatriates alike.
Amongst Indonesia's emerging middle and upper classes international brand-consciousness is especially 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.
Come and enjoy the shopping experience in the elegant marbled with expansive open spaces and lofty atriums that will offer a sense of luxury that is further enhanced by no-smoking policies, good housekeeping, and security. Beside for shopping purpose, these upscale malls also served as traditional town centers as locations for community interaction, a place to see and be seen.
Family Oriented Malls
Nowadays, malls do not only serve as place to shop. The focus is on recreation and family fun in addition to a wide range of shops and services or one-stop shopping to meet the needs of the family. So it is no coincidence that during weekends, most of these malls are packed with clusters of families. One expression that might fit the atmosphere of these malls during weekends is : It really is a jungle out there!
Pondok Indah Mall is a popular family mall in suburban South Jakarta. With the addition of Pondok Indah Mall II it has doubled its shopping area and added many new attractions to the mall. The adjacent Water Park and Climbing Wall are the main tourist attractions.
Mega mall in Pluit North Jakarta is another family oriented mall. Anchored by two supermarkets, Carrefour and Matahari, this mall also has numerous furniture stores, clothing stores, cinema, wide range of restaurants.
Taman Anggrek is 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. The indoor ice skating rink and movie theatres are a very popular attraction. Travelers will find a place to get their hair cut, buy medicine or toiletries at the drug store, get money exchanged at a bank or withdraw funds from an ATM, eat a meal, enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee and of course shop!
If you're traveling with your children, check out the photo sticker booths popular with children and teens found in most family malls. The stickers make great memories.
If you love to buy bargain clothing and the accessories, then the JITC Mangga Dua is the right place for you. Don't expect to shop in a spacious marbled-floor store, with one-on-one store assistant. As one of the biggest wholesale clothing center in Jakarta, this mall is almost always crowded, with all the foreign and domestic buyers, and the regular customers. One word to express the shopping experience here is CHAOTIC!