Shop 'till you drop is a tour you can book in many big cities all over the world, but most of them don't even mention Jakarta. But Jakarta has a lot to offer for those who are just shopping crazy. The malls are big, very big and the prices are much lower than you could probably imagine! Below is a list of the biggest and best malls of Jakarta. You will find much more of them if you want to, each mall has it's own atmosphere.
Blok M is a business and shopping quarter located in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Indonesia. It runs east from Iskandarsyah street to Bulungan street in the west. North from Falatehan street to Melawai street in the south. The development is less modern than some of the developments near Kota, West Jakarta and many of the buildings are run down. The area becomes quite crowded daily, and even more so nightly. Much of the popularity of the quarter is due to the prices of goods (which are often low due to the relatively inexpensive property costs for vendors), the night life, and the accessibility of the center, considering it contains one of the largest bus stations in Jakarta.
Blok M Mall, the main shopping portion of the quarter. Built on the terminal basement since 1993, it is nice place to purchase any variety of goods. The mall is notorious for having low prices but bargaining is considered a requirement. Outside of the Blok M Mall, Blok M Plaza and Pasaraya Grande are main shopping center in Blok M. Built on 1992, the Plaza is a modern mall. Pasaraya Grande is a giant department store run by Abdul Latief. Its two contiguous buildings include a big food court in the basement and an international standard with corresponding prices movie theater at the top.
Club and Cafe
The most popular portion of Blok M and certainly what has given it most of its notoriety is the Falatehan street, which is the portion of the quarter that contains the bars and clubs. Many of the bars become extremely crowded at night and are known to stay open extremely late. Melawai street in the south, also spreads the nice cafe in the city. In 1980s - 1990s, Melawai street (called Lintas Melawai) popular as youth center of Jakarta.
Last revised on September 21, 2009
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