Once you have planned to take flights to Jakarta, just don’t miss the opportunity to head towards Bintan Island that is offering you some really neat bargains and unique souvenirs. Though you don’t have to cover miles and miles for some amazing shopping-spree here yet this place invites you with its unique and distinguished products that are genuinely worth purchasing.
You will find a huge array of exotic and beautiful Indonesian handicrafts like cultural arte-facts and hand-drawn batiks- the attention-grabbing decorative ornaments that will definitely impress the customer. Majority of the excellent and inspiring variety is found in local markets and you can also haggle on the prices to make them affordable.
Bintan Ferry Terminal (Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal) is the most famous and exclusive destination for shopping purpose and is situated at the ferry terminal. You can easily find a large variety of traditional handcrafted items that range from batik sarongs to paintings. It also features heavily discounted accessories as well as clothing items. Other specialties are handcrafted jewellery, silver accessories, leather goods and local snacks like ‘keropok’. Pasar Oleh Oleh is another worth visiting destination that is situated in close vicinity to Bintan Resort.
It features a cluster of traditional-style huts that sell everything from wrap-around batik sarongs to the sweet and spongy kueh lapis. This food and shopping hub is a treasure trove of local delicacies, souvenirs and clothes that is set against the charming backdrop of a rustic village landscape. The restaurants are reasonably priced that serve international and local delights as well. You can also hit the neighbouring spa that helps you to sooth your muscles. It is a good shopping venture that consists of more than 20 outlets and also operates a shuttle service for the comfort of the visitors.
Pujasera Shopping Market is also very famous in Bintan that is known as one of the island’s best-kept secrets. It features a wide array of small shops that sell provisions, groceries, arts and crafts and many other products as well. For all those visitors who are on a real tight budget, this shopping destination is a heaven. You should not miss a trip to Tanjung Pinang where street peddlers and Shop houses offer a colorful range of locally made goods on very cheap and pleasantly affordable prices, so you don’t have to bargain a lot.
The local specialities are traditional cakes, local snacks, dried fish, Javanese batik in vibrant hues, clothing, decorative items, hand-made toys, precious stones, jewellery, handicrafts, ceramics, antiques and electronic goods. The 2nd main town of Bintan is Tanjung Uban so it also features a large number of retail shops in ‘Pelantar’ fashion. It is famous for all kinds of tidbits, gigantic sea prawns and dried anchovies. You can also purchase a large variety of vegetables and fresh tropical fruits that are normally piled up on wooden carts. For branded clothes and other fashion accessories, just don’t miss the chance to head towards the Real Bandung Factory Outlet that is situated very adjacent to Bintan Ferry Terminal.