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Shopping in Jakarta

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.

Pondok Indah Mall II
Malls and places to shop in Jakarta

Jalan Metro Pondok Indah Blok III B
Jakarta Selatan 12310
+62 21 750 6750

PIM2 was first advertised as an ambitious huge amalgam of residential and hotel-apartment tower complex, office space and commercial hub. However due to the 1998 financial crisis, funds were unavailable to proceed.

After a change of ownership, the expansion was finally realized in 2004 with the opening of Mall 2. A controversial, contemporary design was introduced with no relation to the previous design. The pedestrian bridge was torn down to make way for the two multi-level so-called "Skywalk North" and "Skywalk South" which spanned the newly enlarged Jalan Metropolitan Pondok Indah (from 4 lanes to 6, and new 4-lane underpass) to link the two malls.

The architect was again Development Design Group for the same developer PT Metropolitan Kencana. The constructor was a subsidiary of PT Adhi Karya: Adhi Jaya, again with PT Cakra Tunggal steel and PT Semen Gresik cement. It is near identical in size, general layout and appearance to the "Menlyn Mall" in Pretoria, South Africa.

The 57.100 square meter design comprised - excluding the car park - four levels of shopping with Sogo Department Store as anchor tenant. Upscale designer boutiques were sited on the ground floor such as Versace, Aigner and Hugo Boss. Food is cited on the uppermost so-called "Restaurant Row" level which incidentally houses a large food court- although some small eateries and cafes exist in the "Skybridges".

The stores PIM2 are similar in size to PIM1, although the actual building is much larger and large amount of space was wasted in an overly large gallery between pedestrian walks and the general oval shape of the entire building. The internal style was generally an interpretation of classical European of the 18th-century, though more garish and not entirely authentically interpreted nor rendered.

It was claimed double glazing for the very large skylights was used- yet PIM2 is frequently quite hot. Additionally, government enforced power rations had meant the Centre Management cease central air conditioning at specified times, which coincided with very hot sun.

In a refreshing move, four-storey "North Skywalk" and "South Skywalk" housed approximately 30 local and international specialty lesser-known and independent and very fashionable boutique tenants per floor, with a staff-only conduit on the lowest storey, which provides direct access to public transport via TransJakarta shelters on the "South Skywalk" A new cinema with four screens was cited on the fourth floor with luxurious VIP lounge.

Last revised on September 21, 2009
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