The Jakarta Post
While it is common for traditional markets to open from early morning to the afternoon, some traditional markets well-known for offering certain goods see more business in the evening and even until dawn. We list five traditional markets you can visit after office hours.
Hungry for fresh seafood? Come to Muara Angke traditional fish market in North Jakarta in the evening when fishing boats return from the sea with tons of fish. Seafood lovers can also visit the similar Muara Baru fish market, also located in North Jakarta.
Muara Angke and Muara Baru also have auction centers that sell fish in large quantities and at a lower price. Most of those buying at the auction are fish merchants.
Today, Santa Market in Kebayoran in South Jakarta has earned itself a name as Jakarta's latest hip place to hang out, where visitors can find dozens of vinyl stores, coffee shops, boutiques, secondhand shops and snack shops.
Santa Market management head Bambang Sugiarto said that the market's top-most floor had been empty of vendors since its renovation in 2007. It is now filled with young and creative entrepreneurs.
'The market's top-most floor is now open everyday from 3 p.m. Many young people come here to drink coffee, shop, or just hang out until midnight,' Bambang told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Thursday.
Pasar Kue Subuh Senen
Pasar Kue Subuh (dawn cake market) in Senen, Central Jakarta, can easily be spotted with its rows of merchants selling cakes, bread and pastries next to Senen bus station.
The market, which has been in operation since 2005, is busy from dawn, closing a few hours later.
Visitors can indulge in traditional cakes and cookies, as well as modern ones, such as Danish bread and rainbow cake. Most of the buyers in the Senen dawn cake market purchase in large quantities.
Historically, Pasar Minggu was developed by the Dutch colonialists for fruit cultivation with what we know now as Pasar Minggu traditional market as the center. Most of the area has been converted into a residential area.
The market is among the busiest in the capital, with hundreds of street vendors outside the market building, particularly at night. The market operates 24 hours a day as most of the vendors restock with fruit and vegetables after midnight.
The market's popularity was documented in a popular song that includes the lyrics 'Papaya, mango, banana, guava [..] they were bought in Pasar Minggu.'
Pasar Induk Kramat Jati
As the biggest traditional wholesale market in the capital city, Pasar Induk Kramat Jati is open 24 hours a day. Built in 1973, the market occupies 14.7 hectares off Jl. Raya Bogor in East Jakarta.
Trucks come and go during the day and night as market vendors generally buy supplies from producer areas outside Jakarta. Certain products, such as nutmeg, are transported from eastern Indonesia. ' JP