Antiques on Jalan Surabaya, Menteng. Click for bigger photos.
The Jalan Surabaya antiques market is tucked away in the back of the swanky old embassy neighborhood of Menteng in Central Jakarta. It’s quite the treasure trove… wood carvings, ceramics, stone carvings, records, jewelry, bags, traditional puppets and many other artifacts are just a sample of some of the things available. However, I’m told that many of the “antiques” are replicas, so if it’s authenticity you are after, buyer beware. But if you want cool stuff, then this is the place.
Of course, like in all of Jakarta’s traditional markets, it’s all about the haggle. I didn’t buy anything today, but I did take a close look at some of the gorgeous jeweled hairpins that Indonesian woman typically wear when dressed formally in traditional dress… the prices I was told ranged from Rp 100,000 to Rp 200,000 depending on the sizes and amount of jewels on the hairpiece, and I think you could have dropped the price by at least half with haggling… even as a bule.
Many of the traders there spoke some English, so there’s no barrier for tourists to check it out. I think I’ll definitely take any of my friends that next visit Jakarta here… you could definitely find some cool and quirky oleh-oleh (souvenirs) here.