When you think of vacationing in Indonesia, the first few places that usually come to mind are Bali, famous for its gorgeous beaches and attractions, Ubud, where you can find a ton of art museums, temples and the famous Monkey Forest or maybe even Jakarta, Indonesia's massive capital city that is in famed for its historic mix of cultures and abundance of shopping districts ?
Few would think of Yogyakarta as a potential tourist destination and that's where they'd be wrong. Yogyakarta (often called 'Jogja') is located on the Indonesian island of Java and is known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. There are many things that you can do while on vacation to Yogyakarta - but for shopaholics, a trip here means a golden opportunity to go on a complete shopping spree! From unique, traditional souvenirs to value for money trinkets, here’s a list of the top 10 shopping spots in Yogyakarta you don’t want to miss out on visiting ?
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1. Malioboro Street
Starting off the list is Malioboro Street - a famous shopping street located in Yogyakarta City that lies between Yogyakarta Kraton and Mount Merapi. Any bargain hunter who has visited Yogyakarta before will tell you that it’s a must-visit place if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping on a budget ?
Famous for its abundance of ‘batik’ cloth and traditional souvenirs like batik t-shirts and accessories (such as the ‘blangkon’ - a traditional Javanese headdress worn by men and made of batik fabric), you can easily spend hours wandering through Malioboro Street. Additionally, if you’re good at bargaining, you can also easily walk away with your chosen souvenirs at incredibly low prices ?!
Open daily; 24 hours. (Do note that some shops may have specific opening hours)
Jl. Malioboro, Sosromenduran, Gedong Tengen, Yogyakarta City, Daerah Istimewa, Yogyakarta.
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2. Beringharjo Market
The Beringharjo market has been around since 1758 and is one of the biggest local markets you can find in Yogyakarta. Located on Malioboro street, this market is one of the 'four in one' poles (consisting of the South Square, Sultan Palace, North Square and Beringharjo market) that symbolises the economic functions of Yogyakarta ?
Known for selling a complete range of batik collections - ranging from cloth to clothes and accessories made from both cotton and silk materials at wholesale prices, Beringharjo also offers a variety of other souvenirs, like traditional snacks, Javanese herbs and imported, antique goods - such as shoes, bags and designer clothes ?.
Open daily, 8.30AM - 9PM
Jl. Margo Mulyo No.16, Ngupasan, Kec. Gondomanan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta.
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3. Hamzah Batik
If you don’t have time to wander through the streets of Malioboro or Beringharjo Market or if you’re not confident in your ability to be able to haggle down prices, one of the best places to satisfy your craving for authentic souvenirs is at Hamzah Batik (also known as Mirota Batik) ?
Established around 1980, Hamzah Batik is located opposite of Beringharjo Market and sells a variety of traditional souvenir items that is unique to Yogyakarta - such as batik, puppets, statues and temple miniatures, bracelets, necklaces, even children's toys.
The only downside to this place is that it’s oftentimes very packed with people. You will need to have constant vigilance as pickpocketers often use the massive crowd to their advantage ?
Daily, 8AM - 9PM.
Jl. Margo Mulyo No.9, Ngupasan, Kec. Gondomanan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
+62 (0274) 588524
4. Senthir Market
Who doesn't love a good flea market? Arguably the best flea market in Yogyakarta, Senthir Market (which got its name from the traditional ‘lampu Senthir’ (oil lamps) that traders used to rely on in the past) is located in the Beringharjo parking area and is a great place to shop for people who like to collect antique souvenirs ?
You can find an impressive collection of antiques and old school items at Senthir market; ranging from used books and magazines to motorcycle and car parts - making it a very interesting place to visit, snap photos and procure unique souvenirs ?
Open daily; 7.40AM - 4PM
Jl. Pabringan No.Selatan, Ngupasan, Kec. Gondomanan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta.
5. Jolie Jogja Wirobrajan
A veritable paradise for fashion and accessories lovers, Jolie Jogja Wirobrajan (or Jolie for short) is one of the most complete clothing and accessories stores in Yogyakarta ?
Consisting of three floors - the first-floor holding accessories and beauty items, the second floor carrying home decor items and the third-floor holding fashion and clothing items, Jolie not only offers an abundance of contemporary, ready-made accessories (ranging from beach hats, sunglasses and earmuffs to rattan baskets, cute bags and colourful artificial flowers) but this fun and unique store also offers little ‘selfie stations’ for people to pose among fun and colourful home decor setups ?!
Open daily; 9AM - 9PM
Jl. Kapten Piere Tendean No.29, Wirobrajan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta.
+62 (0274) 379797 or +62 (0274) 374678
6. Gabusan Art Market
Besides being famous for its batik craft, Yogyakarta is also pretty well known for various other handicraft products such as leather crafts, keris, carvings, wooden batik blocks, jars, and even silver. If any of these items have piqued your interest, you’ll be glad to know that you can easily procure these various craft items from one place - namely from the Gabusan Art Market ?
Located in Bantul, the Gabusan Art Market was established in 2004 and spans over 4-hectares. Easily accommodating up to 444 craftsmen, the market is also separated neatly into 16 stalls, each one selling a different range of unique handicrafts. You can find everything from contemporary rattan accessories to bamboo woven bags, delicate trinkets and jewellery to even ornamental plants. In short, there’s definitely something for everyone here ?
9AM - 7PM (Mon-Thurs, Sat); 1PM - 7PM (Fri), 9AM - 5PM (Sun)
Jl. Parangtritis, Balong, Timbulharjo, Kec. Sewon, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta.
7. Kota Gede
Kota Gede which is often called 'Sargede' is located about five kilometres southeast of Yogyakarta and was made the first capital of the Mataram Kingdom in 1582. Now the area has become an upmarket suburb of Yogyakarta and is famous for its silverwork industry ?.
With the main street lined with shops on both sides that sells practical and decorative silverwork items, Kota Gede is definitely worth a visit! For those of you who have a little extra money to spend, you can drop by any one of the many, bustling workshops to get yourself unique souvenirs like hand-beaten bowls, stunning and intricate silver jewellery, miniature figures made of silver, and even exquisite filigree work ?!
Open daily; 9AM - 8.30PM
Jl. Kemasan No.13, Purbayan, Kec. Kotagede, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
8. Klithikan Pakuncen Market
Located along the west side of Mangkubumi Street, the Klithikan market is unrivalled in terms of quality and the sheer uniqueness of items offered. Established in the 1960s, this well-maintained market is definitely a must-visit spot if you consider yourself a rather adventurous shopper. With no permanent building for use of trading, this sidewalk stall markets offer a veritable treasure trove of items for the discerning eye ?.
From old watches and stencils (rare books which were banned from circulating at one point), vintage typewriters to musical instruments, there’s plenty of things that can catch your interest. In fact, there are also some stalls that sell various strange food items which are said to be used as treatments - such as cobra blood! Even if you don’t end up walking away with anything, you’ll definitely enjoy the unique experience ?!
Open daily; 10AM - 11PM
Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto No.34, Pakuncen, Wirobrajan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
9. Hartono Mall
If you're tired of sidewalk stalls and are seeking someplace to shop that is a little bit more modern and comes with air conditioning to beat the tropical heat, head on over to Hartono Mall- a shopping complex under the auspice of PT. Delta Merlin World Property who was also responsible for building several hotels and malls such as The Alana Solo, Hartono Mall Solo and the Hartono Trade Center ?.
First opened in 2015, Hartono Mall is the largest shopping mall in Yogyakarta and Central Java with a total of 300 tenant units - including various big brands like H&M, Adidas, Converse, Charles & Keith and many more. Boasting the tagline, 'Your Shopping World', you can find a variety of stores that can easily meet your shopping needs ?.
Open Daily; 10AM - 10PM (Individual shops may have their own hours)
Jalan Ring Road Utara, Sanggrahan, Kaliwaru, Condongcatur, Kec. Depok, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
10. Chocolate Monggo Factory Outlet
If you’re more of a foodie and would like to bring a (literal) taste of Yogyakarta back home with you, you should definitely give the Chocolate Monggo Factory Outlet a visit. Now for those of you who have never heard of this brand of chocolate before, Monggo (which means 'please' in Javanese) was founded by a Belgian man who arrived in Yogyakarta back in 2001 and was rather disappointed with the quality of the local chocolates at the time. Determined to take matters into his own hands, he proceeded to create his own chocolate using the specialities of Yogyakarta and proceeded to become Yogyakarta's very first chocolatier ?.
You’ll definitely learn more about Monggo chocolates at the factory outlet - including the whole Monggo origin story as well as its development into one of Indonesia’s finest chocolates. Additionally, you can also buy a variety of Monggo chocolate products at the Factory outlet, including decadent praline chocolates, eclectic dark chocolates and bite-sized caramel treats ?.
Daily, 8 am - 6 pm
Jl. Dalem KG III No.978, Purbayan, Kec. Kotagede, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
So there you have it - your ultimate shopping guide for everything you could ever wish for from Yogyakarta! If you’re planning on a trip to Yogyakarta anytime soon, be sure to drop by these 10 shopping spots to get the most bang out of your buck and to enjoy a truly magnificent shopping adventure ?