The Jakarta Post
Shoppers flock to stores in Thamrin City mall on Wednesday. (JP/Masajeng Rahmiasri)
Aside from Tanah Abang, the nearby Thamrin City shopping mall is another place that is frequently visited by shoppers seeking new clothes, especially during Ramadhan and prior to Idul Fitri. Apart from locals, the place is also popular among foreigners such as Singaporeans and Malaysians.
Although smaller in size, Thamrin City offers goods similar to those sold at Tanah Abang. As it is less crowded, some people find it a more convenient place to shop.
However, visiting the mall can be confusing as the different sections are rather unorganized. In some areas, the stores are very cramped and visually similar, making it almost impossible to pinpoint a store’s location unless you are familiar with the place or have the exact address.
To ease your way while exploring Thamrin City, here’s a glimpse of the general categories of goods within the mixed-use building.
Occupying the largest part of the mall, visitors can find Muslim wear stores almost anywhere throughout Thamrin City, especially on the D1 (Ground 1), D (Ground), 3A and fifth floors. From men and women’s Muslim clothes to accessories, everything related to Muslim wear can be found here, with a range of prices.
Known as a place to shop for batik in Jakarta, the batik section at Thamrin City offers various designs of ready-to-wear batik from regions countrywide. Batik can be found on D1, D and the first and second floors.
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Family wear and cellular center
Family wear, from adults to children’s clothes, can be found on the mall's second floor. There is also a cellular center on the same level, concentrated near the main escalator.
Woven fabric and crafts
Visitors can find a variety of Indonesian woven textiles in the Pusat Tenun (Woven Fabric Center) on the first floor. Meanwhile, Indonesian crafts are available on the third floor.
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Pasar Tasik (Tasik Market) is a term used to describe stores run by people from Tasikmalaya, West Java, on the third and 3A floors of the mall. Unlike other stores, this area is only available on Mondays and Thursdays. Shoppers can find locally made goods from Tasikmalaya, with cheap Muslim wear products being the most popular. As the goods sell out very fast, the stores are usually only available between 4 a.m. and 12 p.m. (kes)