For antique lovers, going to Surabaya Street or Jalan Surabaya is a must. This antique market presents a vast contrast against the modern, classy malls that have sprung up all over Jakarta. Likewise, it stands out in the elegant neighborhood of Menteng, where it is found. The market began decades ago as a small gathering of merchants that sold Chinese porcelain.
Over the years, the number of merchants grew and the wares became more diverse. Eventually, it became a themed market for antiques. Today, the street is lined with stall upon stall of antique shops. In this open-air market, you will find all sorts of antique pieces and trinkets, such as Javanese puppet dolls, old cannons, body armors, teapots, jewelry and accessories, ancient musical instruments, porcelain, wooden statues, old books, silver and brass materials, Victorian lamps, glass chandeliers, decorations, and even plates salvaged from sunken ships. [Read more…]