Discover Pasar Baru - Jakarta
While its name actually means "New Market," Pasar Baru is located inside Jakarta's Old Town. When it was still a young and bustling market, it used to be the most modern downtown market. Now, it's a mixture of modern and traditional wares. If you're itching for shopping amidst an old-world background, Trip Guru recommends a trip to Pasar Baru.
Pasar Baru is one of the main hubs for trading, and various shops and stalls have set up shop there, selling quality items for low prices. If you're looking for the lowest prices for shoes, makeup, cameras, sports equipment, food, jewelry, sunglasses and even watches, then this is definitely the place to be. You can bring your car or bike through the shopping center, but it's still worthwhile to explore every nook and cranny of the area on foot—it’s the best way to immerse yourself in the mixture of traditional and modern sundries while observing the daily lives of the people.
As Pasar Baru is the very center of Jakarta's Indian community, it's the best place to get authentic Indian foods and spices--where your choices are much larger than they would be in the supermarket. And for those who are musically inclined, you can even find musical instruments here. Always keep in mind that stall owners in this market are inclined to inflate their prices for foreigners—always haggle courteously to get the best price for the both of you. If you’re lucky, you can get 20% off, and it may be even higher depending on how skilled you are. It’s definitely a thrill to purchase a good pair of shoes or clothes, so prepare ample room in your suitcase!
Jakarta is one of the cities of the world where the government provides tour buses. They're called the City Tour Jakarta, are double-decker and you can ride them for free. The bus follows a loop road, and you can take one to get to Pasar Baru from the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout. As of mid-February 2013, you can also get a bus that stops at Pasar Baru—take Line 3 (to Kalideres).