Billed as one of the best shopping destinations in South-East Asia, Batam Island has a lot to offer in the area of shopping. And while most tourists whisper the island’s name in disapproving tones because of its front-for-prostitution reputation, self-proclaimed shop addicts only have praises for the island. And why not, when shopping in Batam Island means shopping without paying for duties and taxes? On this shopping paradise, one of the best places to get duty and tax-free merchandise is the Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall.
The Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall is the biggest mall in Nagoya City in Batam Island. Built in 2007, it is the newest mall in Batam. And although it is not located on a hill, most call the mall the Nagoya Hill SuperBlock. The mall in fact is located in the center of Nagoya, which is found in the Southern region of Batam.
The Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall is a low-rise mall with only three floors to it. It has, however, several buildings clustered close together with rows and rows of shopping stalls displaying their wares in glass windows of their shops. It also has the two very popular retail companies in Indonesia as its tenants, occupying prominent spaces in the mall. The Hypermart can be found on ground level and the Matahari is on second level.
Inside the mall, you’ll find lots of shops selling everything, from luggage to pencils. The most popular shops are the stores selling clothing for men and women, as well as the electronic and gadget shops selling the latest inventions in televisions and computers.
And because the mall is quite popular with locals as well, it can get crowded on weekends. If you don’t like shopping with a big crowd, you can stay away from the mall on weekends and just visit on weekdays. If shopping with a festive ambiance all around gives you the high, though, don’t let the Indonesians and the Singaporeans drive you away from the mall. But the mall is a great place to explore either way.
At ground level you’ll find everything you need from fresh food to freshly baked goodies at Hypermart. On the same floor, you’ll also find retail stores selling home appliances, office equipment, computers and accessories, mobile phones and accessories, music players, TVs, DVDs and many other goods.
The 1st floor is where you’ll find restaurants, fast food shops, bistros, cafes and many others. You can eat while watching the locals, and feast on Batam’s local food as well.
On the 2nd level is the huge Matihari Department Store where you’ll find clothes, bags, accessories and many others.
On 3rd level is where you’ll find the movie house. The mall’s Cinema 21 shows international as well as local movies.
Like most shopping malls in Batam, it is open every day even on public holidays from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. So, unless you prefer the smaller shopping malls with smaller crowds, the Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall is definitely worth a visit. And with Batam’s low prices, you’ll certainly find shopping in the island hard to resist.