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Shops are normally open every day including Sundays from 9am until 9pm. In smaller cities, some shops may close between 1 pm and 5 pm.

Bargaining is customary in the smaller shops and markets. The technique is to start at half the asking price and slowly increase your offer until a negotiation is reached. It helps to smile whilst bargaining.

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Jakarta has plenty of options for the diehard bargain shopper. If you are in search of something unique, head to the antique, carvings and handicrafts at Jl. Surabaya and Ciputat raya. Here rows of stores are abundant with anything from antique furniture, and brass ship's compasses to Dayak swords from Borneo.

If you prefer air conditioned comfort and designer labels, visit the modern shopping malls such as Pasar Raya, Plaza Senayan, Plaza Indonesia, Pondok Indah Mall, and Taman Anggrek, 1 of the largest mall in South east Asia.

There are many streets that used to be the "downtown" areas of the old neighborhoods. The blok M area is easily reachable from anywhere has many stores to satisfy your shopping desire.

The best shopping for electronics is in Mangga Dua Electronics Center I West Jakarta or Ratu Plaza in South Jakarta. The Pasar Seni Art Markets in Ancol is a good place for paintings and other handicrafts.

An interesting place is the Jatinegara gemstone market, with a huge range of precious and semiprecious stones. The Pasar Baru area presents many traditional textile shops.
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