Surprisingly, Surabaya is home to some of the biggest shopping centers in South East Asia, making the city a shopper’s paradise. A good percentage of the locals are engaged in the retail industry, which only begins to indicate how huge the retail market of Surabaya is. For busy business travelers, there are upscale shopping malls conveniently located near top of the line hotels. For the more leisure-focused visitors, markets serve as great places for bargain hunting. Shopping in Surabaya then offers something for everyone.
With Indonesia’s 27 provinces and 300 ethnic groups, the country most certainly has a great range of handicrafts produced by different provinces. From primitive wood carvings to totems and delicate puppets and even kitchen pans, Surabaya is a melting pot of all things made out of wood. Antiques are also an attractive buy as they come in a great variety. This can then attest to the rich cultural heritage of the country that is easily available in the city of Surabaya. Several handicrafts and antique shops from around the region are found at the Toko Bali along Jalan Jend Basuki Rahmat just across the Hyatt Regency.
You’ll want to make sure to stop by Sarinah, which is Surabaya’s branch of Jakarta’s famous department store. Locals come here to buy good quality cotton and linen wear, shorts, dresses and Indonesian textile. But for a more authentic Indonesian shopping experience, head to Jalan Kyai Mas Mansur, which is the main market of the Arab Quarter. Here, several shops that sell cotton and silk, batik, herbs, spices and perfumes can be seen. Surabaya also offers the best produce in terms of quality and selection at Hero Supermarket at the Plaza Tunjungan I. Now if gold is what excites you most, the city’s gold market along Jalan Bauram shall probably be your go-to location.
For your one-stop shop, the city boasts of their Plaza Tunjungan and the Plaza Pemuda, both of which are adorned with designer boutiques, electronics and appliance stores, furniture showrooms, sporting goods, duty free stores, fast-food outlets and endless stalls at the food courts. These large shopping malls are great places to shop because of their air-conditioned comfort and competitive prices. One of the biggest shopping complexes is the Plaza Tunjungan, which stands at the very center of the city and is comprised of four individual malls. It also has a branch of the famous SOGO department store with direct bridge access to the BBD Tower and the Sheraton Hotel.
Another famous shopping plaza is the Galaxy Mall, which is another large shopping center that is located in the eastern part of the city. The Galaxy Mall is equipped with a huge supermarket, a bigger food court area and a cinema complex. Finally, the Surabaya Plaza is another glitzy shopping center along with Supermall Pakuwon Indiah, Surabaya Town Square and the Royal Plaza.
Locals from all over the country head to Surabaya for its excellent shopping malls, especially during the months of May and June. Aside from the influx of tourists because of the city’s peak season, Indonesians also head to Surabaya because of all the major sales that take place during this time. With huge discounts and even bigger savings, shopping in Surabaya is just too tempting to resist.