Pasar Baru Bandung
The Textile Centre
Add flavor to your Bandung shopping experience by visiting Pasar Baru Bandung. You can find lots of things here: baby and children wear, as well as men and ladies wear, trendy Moslem clothes, underwear, batik, bags, apparels, bed sheets, bed covers, and many more. The quality of the goods vary, but, if you have good eyes you can find high quality goods there.
There are many kiosks inside Pasar Baru Bandung, but there are many more stores along the Oto Iskandar Dinata street. In addition, there are plenty sellers on the pedestrian walk, in front of these stores. Unfortunately, the crowd makes it difficult to walk here and you must take care of your belonging, watch out for pickpockets.
The best thing I like about Pasar Baru Bandung is that the price is cheaper than other places, especially if you buy it in bulk, then you can get wholesale price. The term in wholesale we use is either dozen (12 pieces) or score (20 pieces). Usually one dozen consists of the same items and sizes with 3 or 4 different colors. Hence, you will get wholesale price if you buy 3, 6 or 4 items taking each color available. You can also bargain the price in some stores.
Pasar Baru means new market. It was a traditional market selling fresh meat, vegetables, etc. It was on fire sometime ago, rebuilt and then renovated to its current look: a modern 4 storey building. It is still selling fresh meat and vegetables as well as cooked meals in the basement.
Other specialty goods that you can buy in this market are traditional snacks such as fried tempe, fried oncom, and chips. Oncom is a unique food you can only find in Sunda. It is made of peanuts fermented with fungi, while Tempe is made of soy bean fermented with yeast. You can find them in the front kiosks of Pasar Baru.
It is easy to go to Pasar Baru Bandung, because it is located on Oto Iskandar Dinata street, right in the heart of Bandung. It is always be one of the busiest street in this city. The traffic here is always congested during the opening hours of the stores, between 9am until 5pm. Moreover, the parking space is limited. So, if you intend to look around here, I recommend you to come early in the morning, when the stores start to open around 9am.
Alternatively, you can go to Cibadak street. This street is full of wholesalers too, but selling different items. Many stores in Cibadak street are wholesalers for kids birthday party, books and stationeries. I know there are a couple stores selling baby wear. Some other stores sell gifts and action figures, while others sell toys. Most of the toys are plastic toys and made in China. The opening hours are similar to Pasar Baru, around 9 am until 5 pm.
If you come to Cibadak street at night, the stores are already closed, but there will be many food carts along the street. Cibadak is a famous food center in Bandung. You can either dine there in the bench on the pedestrian walk or take it home.
So, do you think Pasar Baru Bandung or Cibadak street fits your shopping lifestyle? Come, lets jostled and shopping here :)
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