People from all over the world come to Yogyakarta to see palaces, buildings and monuments that represent local and European architecture of the bygone era. But when tourists get tired after an afternoon of cultural and historical immersion, they go shopping. Shopping in Yogyakarta is a blast.
The most important area for shoppers is Malioboro Street (or Jalan Malioboro), a long walkway of street vendors, local shops, food stalls, bars and beauty parlors. Foreigners are in for a treat as they shop in this huge typically crowded Asian marketplace to buy trinkets, clothes, fashion accessories, toys, electronic gadgets, household items and all sorts of touristy souvenirs. Malioboro is always busy and jampacked with tourists and local shoppers until late in the evening. The souvenir shops close at 9:00 PM but the food joints and bars remain open until there are customers around. Some tourists come here just for the experience but end up buying so many things anyway. All items are of good quality and reasonably priced, which may still be haggled down. The bestsellers are batik (especially those in Mirota) and leather (authentic and fake ones).
Yogyakarta, pronounced as Jogjakarta, is more easily referred to as Jogja. It is located south of Central Java and popular for its archeological and historical monuments and buildings. Next to the capital city of Jakarta and the beautiful island of Bali, most Indonesian tourists and vacationers find their way to Jogja.
Jogja shopping may be done completely along Malioboro Street. One of the really cool places for shopaholics here is Pasar Beringharjo (Beringharjo Market). It is most popular for its cheap batik, wooden sandals and cushion covers, but there are many other items on sale such as T-shirts, shoes, fashion accessories, and so on, including cheap food. Prices are already very low, about $5 on average, but may still be cut down if buyers knew how to bargain well. For some reason the vendors are a bit more generous and forgiving in the morning and late in the afternoon. Vegetable, fruit and meat vendors arrive very early at 3:00 AM to prepare their stores and fresh commodities. Many tourists are seen to come this early in the day not just to buy the freshest produce but also to observe the interesting early morning hustle and bustle.
Perhaps the most crowded batik store in all of Malioboro is Mirota Batik. They sell authentic batik with interesting designs at very affordable prices. Mirota Batik is located about 15 minutes from the Hyatt Regency. It’s not difficult to find since almost everyone knows the place. Meanwhile, tourists who are interested in buying silver works and handicrafts might want to check out Ansor’s Silver Works and Art Shop located in Kota Gede. A visit to this store has its perks since Kota Gede is an exotic tourist area in Yogyakarta. This archeological site is famous for its ancient palace, royal cemetery and royal mosque, which were built in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Places like these make shopping in Yogyakarta even more exciting and exotic.