Add flavor to your Bandung shopping experience by visiting Pasar Baru Bandung.
Pasar Baru is a trade centre where we can find lots of things:
The quality of the goods vary, but, if you have good eyes you can find high quality goods there.
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. Initially it was a traditional market selling fresh meat, vegetables, etc. It was on fire sometime ago, it was rebuilt and then renovated to its current look: a modern four-stories building. It is still selling fresh meat and vegetables as well as cooked meals in the basement.
Although the kiosks in the basement open early in the morning until noon, other stores upstairs usually open around 9am until 5pm. Personally, I prefer to come to Pasar Baru in the morning when the stores just start the business, before it is too crowded and too hot.
There are many small kiosks and some even big stores full of merchandises inside Pasar Baru Bandung, but there are many more stores along the Oto Iskandar Dinata street and its surroundings, because it was the first Bandung's chinatown, witnessed by Pecinan Lama street (Pecinan Lama means old chinatown) across Pasar Baru. Hence, the area becomes the shopping district in Bandung with many independent specialty stores. Next to Pecinan Lama street is ABC street, full with electronic and household appliance stores along the 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.
Other specialty goods that you can buy in Pasar Baru Bandung 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 on the side of Pasar Baru.
There is a very unique store behind Pasar Baru Bandung, it is a herb store named Babah Kuya. It is a very famous herb supplier, not only in Sunda, but also internationally.
It is easy to go to Pasar Baru, because it is located at Oto Iskandar Dinata street (shortened as Otista), right in the heart of Bandung. It is a walking distance from the old train station (Today Bandung train station has two entrances: the old and the new one).
Otista 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 visit Pasar Baru, I recommend you to come early in the morning, when the stores start to open around 9am.
So, do you think Pasar Baru Bandung fits your shopping lifestyle? Come, let's jostled and shopping here :)
Bandung is more than just a shopping paradise. It has many beautiful park and gardens. Hang out in the old town of Braga street is fun. Even Pangandaran beach is only half day driving distance :)