Having finished my teaching at the school I go to in the mornings, I was picked up by the driver and was told that he had to go to Pasar Baru to pick up a camera. Seemed fair enough.
Pasar Baru or 'new market' is a semi covered street in the city and sells all sorts of stuff but mainly shoes and textiles and suits. It is located near Istiqlal Mosque and the Cathedral and you can get to it by going on Transjakarta and getting off at Pasar Baru, by train from Juanda or just take a taxi there. Easy.
It is very reminiscent of Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur or a poor relation of it. Both are covered and full of stuff but as usual in Jakarta you can drive your car or bike through the street which in my opinion is a big mistake.
I ended up in an airless no AC plaza which had no working escalators and seemed to have had better days although I was told the camera repair shop is one of the best there. Who am I to argue at that?
Petaling Street Kuala Lumpur
The big arch on the way in, Pasar Baru Jakarta
Watches and gold
Non branded cheap and cheerful stuff
Why are cars allowed?
Lots of traditional snacks here
I don't think I would enjoy the place when it is busy but it was an interesting to have a quick wander around and see whats what. Not sure it is a place for tourists either as there did not seem to much in the way of tourist tat and stuff, although I am not again sure if that is a bad thing.