Bandung Shopping Tips

Bandung Shopping Tips

Shopping in Bandung, Indonesia, has been the popular agenda for many travelers for decades. It is due to the fact that you can find many different products sold at very reasonable prices here. You can find almost anything here, such as clothing, shoes, sandals, collectibles, antique goods, street food, just name it!

If you plan to go to Bandung for shopping, make sure you read the shopping tips below for your ultimate shopping experience.

Shopping in Bandung factory outlets

There are so many factory outlets in Bandung scattered all around the city. If you plan to stay in Bandung for only a few days, which ones should you go to? The answer depends on a lot of factors, such as:

  • Are you a budget traveler?
  • Are you looking for exceptionally good products?
  • Are you looking for imported products?

If you are a budget traveler, then you can try visiting the factory outlets around Riau street where you can find many factory outlets, some of which sell good at discounted prices. However if you’re looking for special kind of products, you can go to Setiabudi or Dago street where you can find many stores selling special products not available at many other factory outlets.

Tips for shopping in factory outlet

  • All factory outlets give you fixed prices.
    So there’s no need to hassle or waste time for bargaining.
  • Make sure you try the products first before you buy them.
    Most factory outlets allow you to try their products before you purchase them. However not many stores have refund policy, therefore make sure you try first before buying them.
  • Beware of pickpockets!
    This doesn’t only apply to factory outlets which seem crowded. Make sure that you keep an eye to your belongings, especially in crowded areas.
  • Most factory outlets accept payment in credit cards.
    This is good news! If you happen to run out of cash in the middle of your shopping spree, don’t panic! Most factory outlets in Bandung accept payment in credit cards (Visa or Master).
  • Money changers are around the city.
    If you prefer paying by cash, you can also exchange some money in one of the money changers available in many shopping districts. Just make sure that you bargain or ask for the best rate before you deal as most of the time buyers can bargain for the better exchange rate at many smaller money changers. It’d be wise to compare the exchange rate at other neighboring money changer before you exchange your money, too. Sometimes you can get even much better rate at another place next door!

Shopping in the Open Market

Some people prefer going shopping in the open market for various reasons. Below are some useful tips to read if you plan to shop in the open market:

  • Make sure that you bargain as low as possible.
    Sometimes bargaining 50% of the offered price is no longer a good practice. At some places, you need to bargain even as low as 90% of the offered price! You’d be surprise to find out that many vendors are willing to sell their products at the price far below their asking price.
  • Try the product first.
    If possible, you can try the product first, such as clothing or food.
  • Beware of pickpockets!
    Pickpockets are more common in the open market than in the shopping malls or any stores. So always be extra careful if you plan to go shopping in the open market in Bandung.
  • If you plan to go to Pasar Baru, make sure you come as early as possible, say 8:30 to 9 am, as the later you go, the more crowded it is.

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