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Flea Market at Jalan Surabaya
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Private Tour: The Old Batavia Trail from Jakarta
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Owner description: The Jalan Surabaya market is the place to find antiques, rare finds, and other oddities.
Reviewed April 22, 2014

We went to Jalan Surabaya only to look, but we saw that is possible to get a very good bargain. The place is huge, like 1.2 Km with a lot of antiques and arts, and the products are fantastic. We loved that place and in the next weekend we are going to buy our antiques there.

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Reviewed April 21, 2014

Loads of shops selling antiques, reproductions, and inexplicably, the occasional Singapore Merlion souvenir circa 1999. Also on sale - "VOC (maybe)" stoneware, Chinese ceramics,Javanese cannons, and at one store, a carved wooden life size statue of a women holding a pineapple. Check out the puppet store - for a mere USD$150, he'll carve any famous figure you want in the Javanese puppet store - I saw Obama and Mahathir. There's a record store and a book store as well. Watch out for the reproductions though; the store keepers have limited knowledge of their products, so they will quite happily tell you that everything is really really old. Drop by Cafe Deli or Giyanti for a cuppa afterwards. Stores close around 5pm.

1  Thank SarahMI_2012
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had read was souvenirs there - nope! NOTHING - nada - waste of time - old things though so if you like that - okay then go - is lots of shops - old lights and silverware etc etc

Where do you get souvenirs - THE AIRPORT when you leave - we found shirts for $5 USD and what not - nice ones! We were Terminal 2 International Departures! Just a tip - we looked in Department stores, the malls - NOTHING NOTHING - only at the airport and had lots!

1  Thank Dean P
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

I arrived at the market at around 11am and was one of the first shoppers of the day. The vendors are all very keen to get the first sale of the day so if you arrive early make sure you're ready to bargain and you can get a good deal. I was looking for souvenirs for friends and family back home and was not disappointed with the Indonesian arts and crafts items available. If I'd had more room for luggage I would have taken a closer look at some of the "antique" decorative items - chandeliers, cameras, and other home furnishings.

Don't be shy to insist that you are just looking or you will end up with many items picked out just for you to admire and buy. If you do spot something you like be prepared to discuss the price for a while and have fun with it.

2  Thank MyrrPurr
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

A very eclectic collection of genuine antiques, reproductions and oddities line Jalan Surabaya. Although there are many genuine antiques, there are also a lot of reproductions which are perfectly acceptable so long as you get the right price. This is very obvious when you see lots of boxes in some of the shops with 'made in China' which were mainly porcelain and antique phones based on my last visit. You will also see a lot of 'antique' wall clocks which usually have the original clock face and movements but are often placed in reproduced wooden cases which you can see from the common design on lots of the clocks woodwork.

The layout is a bit unusual with one end of the road dealing in 60s and 70s audio visual equipment and old records, followed by a string of stores selling new luggage bags and ending with a huge array of antique stores which account for the majority of the street.

Browsing can be a bit painful especially if it is quiet as most of the shop keepers insist on asking you to go into their stores and then proceed with the usual ritual of following you around and pointing out the obvious - 'here are some very nice plates' ,'here are some old paintings' etc. etc.

I decided to write this review after visiting an antique store in Kemang in Jakarta where most of the expats live where I saw similar antiques for 3-4 times the price you will find in Jalan Surabaya so it is definitely worth the trip if you want something unique at a good price!

A final note is that there is only one cafe that I noticed on the street so you may want to bring some drinks with you if it is hot. Also Sunday seems to be the best day to visit when traffic is not so bad.

3  Thank Bowsy
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