If you want a unique shopping experience scented jogja and served by friendly people who are dressed in typical jogja, try the gift shop go Mirota Batik. Located on the north side Beringharjo market, orange-painted walls must be accessible browning.
What to buy: crafts, antiques, kris, and puppets, batik and many other things here
What to pay: With prices range between 10,000 ,00-50 .000,00 for a variety of wall hangings, door hangers, and many other crafts, and prices began to Rp200.000, 00 for antiques, kris, and puppets, batik Mirota could be an alternative which offers you the convenience of choosing the best gift you want from the city of Yogyakarta.
Shopping in Jogja? Of course, most of the shops are on Malioboro, and you can find a wide, very wide range of all sorts of clothing, batiks, souvenirs. . . as well as you can find lots of souvenirs next to the tourists attractions like the Sultan’s Palace or at Pasar Malam. If you like to be “trapped”, these are the places to go for shopping, as I consider that these places offer mostly cheap stuffs for high price. For batiks, there are workshops and specialised shops which offer quality items (Things to do tip). For Javanese art, nice souvenirs, real krisses (Javanese knives), clothing, jewellery, better go to some of the shops, a bit away from beaten paths!
I do not write publicity here, just write and show about what I have seen at Tjokrosuharto shop; that shop had an official website, which is now on Facebook, strange idea!
There is a wide range of small souvenirs you may like to bring back to friends and family, but also real big drums and gamelan bells. The silver ware behind the glass windows is not well photographed on picture 2, but you can see there is a big choice of krisses. These are real krisses made of top quality steel and their sharp blades are themselves works of art (picture 3). Oil paintings, carvings, toys (picture 4), whatever, you have choice, and there are also traditional clothes, even sarongs, but in traditional style, real batiks made with the iron types you can buy as antiques, like the ones on picture 5. There are also western type clothes in Indonesian style, and I brought back a silk batik shirt which is a real delight to wear on a hot sunny day!
What to buy: From antiques to souvenirs, music instruments to clothes, everything is there
What to pay: More expensive than souvenir shops, but much better quality
The whole street is lined with Batik shops. I'm not an expert with batik but they all looked the same whether they were in a boutique or on the streets.
Also try the food along the streets.
What to buy: Hmm.. I was so overwhelmed by batik that I didn't get anything. Ok.. Maybe a pair of batik bedroom slippers... remember to BARGAIN! BARGAIN BARGAIN BARGAIN! Slash the price by more than 50%. Don't be shy about it and do not increase your price. Stand your ground. Their prices will come down naturally :)
If you're into souvenir tee-shirts.. Get one for 15,000RP. I didn't bargain for these since they were already cheap.
What to pay: remember to BARGAIN! BARGAIN BARGAIN BARGAIN! Slash the price by more than 50%. Don't be shy about it and do not increase your price. Stand your ground. Their prices will come down naturally :)
Pasar Bringharjo/ Bringharjo market is in Malioboro street... this market is the right place to buy batik.... all kind of Batik is here... especially Yogya batik. From cloths till bed cover, curtain in unique style with wayang.... so beautiful design.
The Sheraton Mustika had several gift shops and all had very nice inexpensive local crafts and souvenirs
What to buy: We especially liked the wooden puppets that we bought there.
They have not been removed from their original packaging but I do still enjoy looking at them.
The place is said to be the oldest market in the city (built in 1925). Even though it was raining when we entered, the place was so warm, humid and crowded I didn't think it was conducive to shop here. Besides I could smell pickpockets here. So if you wish to buy and haggle but you want to do so under one roof, without wandering down the street, then this place is suitable for you.
What to buy: The first floor offers nothing but batik items. The second floor is where all other merchandise (western clothes, cellphones, electronics, etc.) are sold.
What to pay: No price here is fixed so haggle, haggle, haggle!
From one end of Marlioboro St. to the other and on both sides of the street, there are rows and rows of stores and sidewalk stalls that sell all manner of batik items as well as souvenirs and handicrafts. You can opt to buy (and haggle) from here of course but the problem is you can't be too sure about the quality of the clothes they sell. So to eliminate that doubt, you may choose to buy from Mirota Batik. You may also exchange your foreign currency into rupiah here, in fact their rate was even better than what our hotel offered.
What to buy: Good quality batik clothes and all possible items you could possibly want or buy, like wayang puppets, native teas and delicacies, handicrafts, antiques, prints, paintings, etc. While prices here are fixed, at least you can shop comfortably as the place is air-conditioned and clean.
Malioboro is well known as a paradise for local souvenirs hunting place in Yogya.
they sell almost everything in term of local production...in bargaining price also.
What to buy: BATIK (pls noted that Batik is solely authentic craft from Indonesia, especially Java island- the other country only being plagiator and put patent of them first) ; various batik can be found here from dress,shirt,sandals,to table cloth,bag..everything.
wooden carving; various kind of them; asthray, wayang (puppet doll from javanese; mostly made from dried cow's skin), keychain, homewares,anything!.
other hand made craft from various material ; patchwork, dried coconut leaves & fruit, dried flower, and so many other things.
What to pay: IDR 2000-200000
vary on each goods.
just put your bargain skill to the limit. Ask for 50% from their prices.
There is one big traditional market tourists must visit. Well known as Pasar Beringharjo, this market provides complete traditional products in addition to similar goods sold along the arcade of Malioboro Street. This place will satisfy the desire of buying unique goods at reasonable price.
What to buy: In addition to local products of Jogja, products from neighbouring areas such as Pekalongan batik and Solo batik are available. There are many choices of hand-made batik, printed batik, window curtain with unique motifs and batik bed sheet.
Enjoy the shopping experience where you can hunt for exclusive souvenirs of Jogja along Malioboro Street. Along the arcade, tourists will not only enjoy shopping peacefully on sunny or rainy days but they also enjoy bargaining prices.
What to buy: There are many vendors selling their merchandises, ranging from local handicrafts such as batiks, rattan ornaments, leather puppets, bamboo handicrafts (key holder, ornament lamp, and others) as well as blangkon (Javanese / Jogjanese traditional cap) and silver goods to general little things that you may find in other trading places.
What to pay: If you are good at bargaining, you will end up buying at 75% or even half of the prices offered.
Many, many stalls line up the corridors of the shophouses on this street. There are plenty of other stuff including souvenirs, but I had the most amazing time bag-shopping. The variety of bags is amazing and the price are cheap to reasonable, but ofcourse, haggling is a must!
I got a cute little bag with sequins and beads, very suitable for dinner, at only 11,000 rp! I did buy almost a dozen to give away to friends...
What to buy: Bags... other than that there are t-shirts, shoes, sandals, souvenirs
What to pay: Just haggle the price down. The XL t-shirts are sold at 12500 rp, but we managed to get 11000 rp. There are so many stalls selling the same stuff... Just walk from one end to the other (and on both sides of the streets), and I'm sure you can find some seller who's willing to sell at your asking price (which is reasonable).
For you shopperholics out there, just take note that the main shopping district in Yogyakarta is in Jalan Malioboro (Malioboro Street) ! Rows of shophouses run the length of the street and they sell everything here, from batik-covered slippers to decadent coloured candies. Everything here costs USD1-2.
What to buy: Candy of course! Make that Geplak, Dodol and other sticky yummies.
Batik Slippers and other knicknacks
If shopping in a mall in Yogya, Java, isn't your cup of tea and you would rather rub shoulders with the locals, pop over to Pasar Beringharjo. This traditional market is cavernous and if it weren't for a very kind local vendor, I would have been totally lost. You see, I was so dazzled by the size, sights and smells of this gigantic place that I almost became disoriented and hairless. Yes, you heard me right, I nearly pulled my hair out in frustration because I couldn't find the spice ( rempah rempah) area to photograph. So, I tried my darnest to remember the phrases I learnt when I was a child and asked a local vendor in pidgin Indonesian where the darn rempah was. Somehow, I think I charmed the vendor. Not only did he think it was cute for a Japanese to speak the local tongue ( I tried to explain that I wasn't Nihon-jin to no avail) , he volunteered immediately to bring me around for free and gave me a crash course in the local lingo. On top of that, he introduced me to everyone in the market and let me try their goodies. I tasted palm sugar, savoured jackfruit and even sniffed at a sandalwood cushion cover. What an experience! It was worth every minute even if I had to become Japanese for 1/2hour. I thanked the local profusely at the end, in Japanese of course. He bowed in return.
What to buy: Spices, Batik, Sandal Wood Scented Cushion Covers sell for a song over here. But be prepared to drive a hard bargain. It helps if you speak the local lingo as the most the vendors here do not speak English. As for myself, I wasn't interested in any of the wares, I was only here for photographic interest. Still, I ended up with some fragrant spice mixture for beef rendang. The rempah rempah section was at the back end of the market, along with the basket and cushion cover section.
What to pay: Most of the goods here cost less than USD5.
Contrary to belief, Yogya isn't that backward. It's more urban compared to Hanoi, and there is a sprawling mall in marlioborough that has hair salons, branded goods (with the likes of nike and reebok), chic coffee shops and fast food restaurants (KFC). Oh yes, there are a couple of HongKong (Giodarno) and Singapore ( Osim ) brand names here too.
What to buy: The sports goods here are a steal at USD6/7 for T shirts, the expressos served here are at USD1-2 and hair treatments ( eg. l'oreal hair spa ) cost about USD5-6.
If you visit Yogyakarta, don't ever miss the spectacular 'BATIK'. Well known from the origin, batik is famous in Yogya. You can visit the batik factory to the manufacture and retailer.I had one for my lovely mum & the rest of my family.
What to buy: BATIK!!!
What to pay: Its depends on the quality of the batik.