One cannot visit Indonesia and not make a stop in Surabaya. While it is home to numerous fantastic attractions, one of the top things to do in Surabaya is to shop! Yes, you heard that right! Surabaya is a shopper’s paradise. Filled with mega-sized malls, quaint boutiques and wonderful shopping streets, Surabaya is visited by tourists from across the world for its numerous shopping options.
Surabaya is known for being home to some of Indonesia’s biggest and best shopping malls, such as: .
Tunjungan Plaza is the best place to shop with the whole family. The biggest shopping mall in Surabaya, Tunjungan Plaza consists of four blocks of high-end and more affordable apparel stores, home appliance stores, electronic stores, a selection of great restaurants and cafés, a variety of entertainment options and much more. A popular spot amongst locals and foreigners alike, Tunjungan Plaza has become an iconic destination for all. .
Galaxy Mall, one of the best and largest shopping centres in Indonesia, is a must-visit for all shopaholics. Consisting of two futuristic buildings, Galaxy Mall is home to stores selling international brands, such as Marks & Spencer, Zara, Mango and Guess, as well as a couple of department stores, supermarkets, food courts housing local and internationally known food outlets, a play area for kids, a cinema & much more.
Some of Surabaya’s other well-known malls include; Grand City Mall, Surabaya Town Square, Surabaya Plaza, Golden City Mall, Ciputra World Surabaya, Royal Plaza Surabaya, Supermal Pakuwon Indah, and Surabaya Town Square. .
The city is however also home to a variety of colorful markets that must be visited just for the experience and atmosphere they offer tourists, if not for the items on sale. Some of the must-visit “pasars” in Surabaya are: .
Located in Surabaya’s Arab Quarter, the famous Pasar Ampel is where locals and visitors go to buy good that are usually found in the Middle East such as dates, prayer beads, perfumes, prayer garb, dried fruits and so on. Apart from the numerous stores and the unique Arab-style houses, also found here is the Sunan Ampel Mosque and a variety of fabulous Arabic restaurants. .
Pasar Genteng is another of Surabaya’s must-visit markets. While the market is dominated by stores selling electronic equipment, shoppers will also find a variety of fresh food items here, as well as a selection of local food items and ingredients, along with souvenirs and handicrafts, to take back home. . Other must-see traditional markets include Pasar Atum; which is a market frequented by the local Chinese, Pasar Kapasan Baru, Pasar Keputran, Pasar Turi, and Pasar Blauran. Fans of antique hunters can head to Jalan Indragiri or Jalan Padmosusastro.
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