April 2014 at the end of our stay in Yogyakarta we went to Mirota Batik at Jl. A. Yani No. 9.
Jl. A. Yani is an extension of Jl. Dagen at the opposite end to the railway line. So if leaving Malioboro Mall, which is a pretty good shopping centre especially if you want clothing and non souvenir items, you need to turn left onto Jl. Dagen and its a fair way up on the right hand side of the road. Its so far that we thought we had missed finding it completely. It is not far past the Beringharjo Traditional market, its practically opposite Jl. Pabringan and just short of Jl. Reksobayan and Gedung Agung.
This is the place to shop for sure, make it your first stop instead of your last and you will get some great bargains otherwise you will be kicking yourself later. They have 3 floors full of bargains just waiting for you to discover them. The prices here are the same for locals and tourists alike. They have practically everything from batik clothing, jewellery, puppets, kites, all souvenirs, large statues, ash trays, bags, fans, umbrellas, hats, ornaments, and much more. I will almost guarantee you won't walk of there empty handed. I couldn't resist some puppet dolls in traditional dress complete with a stand which l saw at one place earlier for 210,000rp but l paid 60,000rp each at Mirota Batik. On purchase they went off and got their original boxes all in excellent condition to place them in for travel. Other breakable items were wrapped well in brown paper then put in a bag. Must say l was disappointed that l could not get the attention of the only staff member behind the jewellery counter so after a long wait l left without any service there. As with everywhere else in Indonesia I noted, Mirota also function poorly in the register areas where they are over staffed on the floors and not many checkouts available to pay for items so patrons must wait a long time to pay for their items. If they had a shorter lineup at the checkouts l could have spent more time looking around to buy more but l only had a couple of hours spare - l could easily have spent at least half a day if not longer there looking around at everything. Also there are no trolleys to carry ones purchases in while looking around and not enough width in the aisles for them anyway, its difficult for 2 people with their arms full to pass each other. Nonetheless if l ever go back to Jogja l will take a large bag and visit this store again. Highly recommended!!!! Oh and although the streets were extremely busy with traffic, we had no problem waving down a taxi at the front door when leaving.
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