Popular Shopping Streets in Bandung
Shopping in Bandung is one of the goals of tourists visiting Bandung. Bandung itself has numerous streets that have plenty of factory outlets or distros. The commonly visited streets are Jalan (street or commonly written as "Jl." for short) Braga, Jalan Cibaduyut, Jalan Cihampelas and Jalan R.E. Martadinata (formerly Jalan Riau). Silver factories as well as wayang golek factories are also available to visit. For those who love shopping for clothing, a visit to Jalan Cihampelas (for considerably cheap prices) is a must and for those who like higher qualities you need to visit Jalan R.E. Martadinata.
ATMs are normally available in malls. Rencently due to increasing numbers of foreign visitors from Malaysia and Singapore, a few shops in Bandung (eg. in Pasar Baru shopping center) accept payment in foreign currencies. This gives benefits for the sellers (exchange rate profits for the shops) but actually less advantages for the shoppers/foreigners (higher exchange rates compared to money changers’ rate).
Famous Shopping Streets
Once named Jalan Pedati, the street was a major commercial area in Bandung in the early 1900’s. Nowadays, there are many cafes, discos, pubs, restaurants, souvenirs shops and a mall along Jalan Braga. The local government of Bandung has been trying to revitalize Jalan Braga to bring its past glory back, but more concrete efforts are still needed. Other areas for night live entertainments are located along Jalan Jenderal Sudirman and Jalan Cibadak.
Click images above for more and bigger pictures of Jalan Braga.
If you like paintings, there are various paintings at many sizes in the corner of Jalan Braga and Jalan Asia Afrika at bargainable prices. Paintings of Indonesian landscapes, traditional dancers, local people, and so on are for sale from around Rp. 150,000. A two sq.meter (2x1m) painting might be offered at a starting price of Rp. 1,000,000 (a wood frame included). Basically you might get your painting at around 35% - 40% off the opening price.
Click the image above for more and bigger pictures of paintings for sale along Jalan Braga.
There are also a few souvenirs shops along this street, which sell gifts such as wayang puppets, statues, and so on.
|Nearby attractions||:||Museum Konperensi Asia Afrika and other old buildings, such as church of Bethel and Cathedral|
|Nearby facilities||:||ATM/banks, church, shops, hotels, a shopping mall|
|How to get there||:|| From Jl. Asia Afrika, take a walk approx. 0.12 miles to the south|
From Jl. Ir. H. Juanda, take an angkot that goes to St. Hall and get off at Jl. Braga junction (fare: approx. Rp. 2,500-Rp. 3,000, depends on the place when you get in)
From Masjid Raya, take angkot "St. Hall-Gedebage" that goes to St. Hall and get off at Jl. Braga junction (fare: Rp. 2,000 for a 10-minute of journey)
|Remarks||:||this one way street are often crowded in daily and it's difficult to find parking area. You can park you car at Braga Citywalk and take a walk along Jl. Braga.|
Jalan Cibaduyut is a street in Bandung which is famous for locally made shoes and leather products, such as bags and jackets. A shoe statue is seen at one end of the street to strengthen its identity.
You will find rows of shops, selling shoes on both sides of the road. Some of them only display a few shoes or some may be kept in shoe boxes. If you want to see all of their collections and the prices, you can find them in the catalogues, which are usually placed on walls or you can ask the shopkeepers. Don’t forget, prices are usually bargainable prices, especially in small shops.
Click the image above for more and bigger pictures of Jalan Cibaduyut, Bandung.
Jalan Cibaduyut is usually crowded in everyday. It is exacerbated by the haphazardly cars parked on the road sides (because many shops do not have dedicated parking areas). Along Jl. Cibaduyut to Leuwipanjang bus terminal you can also find stalls selling local/traditional food (such as what you can find in Pasar Baru). Today, Jalan Cibaduyut is in a good condition, after a recent upgrade.
Please click here to view a few shoe shops along Jl. Cibaduyut. These shoe shops are independently listed by Jotravelguide.com (sponsor free).
|How to get there||:|| From Leuwi Panjang terminal, take an angkot that goes to Cibaduyut and get off at Jl. Raya Cibaduyut (fare: Rp. 2,000, about 7 minutes journey).
from Kebon Kalapa terminal, take a different angkot that goes to Cibaduyut and get off at Jl. Raya Cibaduyut (fare: Rp. 3,000, about 15 minutes away) |
From the Jakarta-Bandung highway, exit at Pasir Koja exit gate and then turn to the right to Jl. Soekarno Hatta (approx. about 600 meters). From there, drive straight ahead till reaching the junction of Jl. Soekarno Hatta and Jl. Leuwipanjang (where a big shoe statue located), and then turn right to Jl. Raya Cibaduyut (approx. 2 kilometers or about 1.24 miles)
This street is famous for its factory outlets. Since 1980’s, Jalan Cihampelas is known as "jeans street" because there are plenty of fashion jeans shops. It is situated at about 5 kilometers [3.1 miles] from the Alun-alun (the City Square) or about 2 kilometers [1.24 miles] from Bandung main train station. Previously famous only for its blue jeans, shops at Jl Cihampelas now sell various fashion products for men and women.
Click the image on the right for more and bigger pictures of Jalan Cihampelas, Bandung.
Stores at Jalan Cihampelas have some unique features, such as huge superheroe statues in front of the stores. Moreover, some of them have even had famous or important foreign guests. Along the street, you also will find stalls selling local food, souvenirs, and so on. Jalan Cihampelas usually busy every day and crowded on weekends.
|Nearby attractions||:||Bandung's Taman Sari Zoo, Zoo Museum, Institut Teknologi Bandung|
|Nearby facilities||:||ATM/banks, shops, hotels, shopping mall, money changer, hospital|
Jalan Ir. H. Juanda/Jalan Dago
Jalan Ir. H. Juanda or also known as Jalan Dago is known as one of the iconic areas in Bandung. This road is considered quite comfortable for pedestrians, a road with decent pedestrian sidewalks under a line of big shady treeswith many open-air restaurants and cafes. Jalan Dago is famous for its factory outlets, and hotels as well. It also has a wide variety of public facilities, such as hospital, banks and money changers, minimarkets, pharmacies, and even colleges. Therefore that Jalan Dago has become a one stop holiday for many tourists from around Indonesia, especially from Jakarta, as well as foreigners.
Click the image above for bigger pictures of Jalan Ir. H. Juanda/Jalan Dago, Bandung.
Usually Jalan Dago will be crowded on weekends, especially by teenagers. You can find many food stalls selling grilled bananas and corns, motorcycle communities hanging out on the roadside, group of teenages and if you are lucky, you might also see famous Indonesian singers “singing on the traffic lights”, and many more. Every Sunday morning, Jalan Dago or Jalan Ir. H. Juanda is closed for cars as it is the Dago Car Free Day, a weekly event adapted from the Jakarta Car Free Day’s event.
Jalan R.E. Martadinata/Jalan Riau
Jalan R.E. Martadinata joins the other streets as destination for shopping in Bandung as one of the shopping destinations in kota Bandung (city of Bandung). Many people believe it is slowly taking over Jl Cihampelas as Bandung's favorite factory outlets street. The prices are more expensive but they have better quality products. Here, some products are bargainable, some are not (anyway no harm trying to bargain!). A few well known factory outlets at Jl. R.E. Martadinata are Heritage, Terminal Tas, Oasis, The Secret, The Summit, and so forth.
Click the image above for more and bigger pictures of Jalan RE Martadinata, Bandung.
Moreover, there are a lot of hotels and restaurants on this street. Public facilities such as ATMs, pharmacies, hospital are also available here. Along the street, you will find stalls selling local food, souvenirs, and so on. On weekdays, Jl. R.E. Martadinata will usually be crowded only in certain areas. While on weekend, the whole streets will usually be crowded and there will also be diversion routes set up for traffic.
Don't miss one of Bandung's main attractions, its factory outlets and distribution stores. Find them here!
Your Comments on Shopping in Bandung: (4 Comments)
|JoTravelGuide||8 Jul 2012|
|Halo Anto, terima kasih untuk komentarnya. Mungkin waktu kesana Jalan Cibaduyut lagi dalam perbaikan. Sekarang ini sudah bagus jalannya dan jauh lebih lancar.
Kalau mau lebih lancar lagi, sebaiknya hindari akhir pekan. Kalau harus kesana saat akhir pekan, sebaiknya pagi hari sebelum jam 12. Selamat berkunjung kembali ke Jalan Cibaduyut :).
|Anto Jkt||7 Jul 2012|
|Terakhir kesana Cibaduyut macet banget!!! Udah kayak Jakarta aja...|
|Contributor Bandung JoTravelGuide.com||27 Oct 2011|
|It depends on your needs. Jl. Riau has plenty of good factory outlets, while Jl Cihampelas normally has less good quality products to buy (but of course they are cheaper or I could say "good value for money" - at least to many people). Happy shopping Christian and Marie!|
|Christian + Marie||27 Oct 2011|
|Can you give me a suggestion where to go for a nice clothes shopping please?|