For many Indonesians, Batik is a way of life, we wear batik for many special occasions and for daily activities too. searching and shopping for batik that meet to our needs wouldn’t be easy, sometimes we must visit to some famous batik cities such as Pekalongan, Jogja or Solo, just for shopping batik. Thamrin City, a shopping center located nearby Tanah Abang, is well-known as batik center in Jakarta, you can find hundreds of batik vendors from many cities from Pekalongan to East Nusat Tenggara (NTT), gathered there and sell their unique and affordable batik. All the merchants in Thamrin City originally came from their own cities. Therefore, the quality and authenticity of batik is very well-maintained.
Moreover, the price is affordable, from the cheapest Rp10 thousand to approximately Rp2.5 millions. There are wide range of diverse option for qualities, off course if you’re looking for high quality batik then you must spend extra money, but if you just want a regular batik for everyday occasion then you can buy cheaper batik. The batik vendors sell you batik in small scale and also for large scale, just like in Tanah Abang, they will happily help you send your large scale batik via cargos or expeditions.
The good things about shopping in Thamrin City, not only because it’s a very nice and luxurious place (compare to hectic Tanah Abang) but also the place is quite easy to find, it’s located in the middle of town, so you can go there by using public transportation or private car, there are many restaurants and cafes in there, and also you don’t need to bring too many cash, because you can find many ATMs, and also the vendors accept credit cards and debit cards too.
So if you’re looking for batik for yourself or for your love one, Thamrin City is a right place to browse for good quality batik from all over this country.
How to get here (see the route map):
From Juanda / Gondangdia / Cikini go to platform 2 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Bekasi/Depok/Bogor and change your route in Manggarai go to platform 5 then take the Yellow Line heading to Angke/Jatinegara and stop at Karet. Take a 15 minutes walk to the north
See the link map or the map below