Semarang is the center of business in Central Java. Therefore, shopping centers and shopping malls are abundant. They usually open from 9 am to 9 pm seven days a week.
During Indonesia’s biggest public holiday, Ied, most major stores are close in the morning and are open in the afternoon. Stores offer discounted goods at certain days. You should look for offers to get the most of your shopping
If you are interested in shopping for batik and other Indonesian arts and crafts, contact the International Office for a list of stores that sells such items. In some stores, you need to bargain the prices of goods.
Traditional markets, similar to the farmer’s market in some countries, sell food, fresh vegetables, meat, fish, and groceries. Depending on how well you can bargain, the prices are often cheaper than those in big supermarkets. If you have not mastered the art of bargaining, buying your needs from a supermarket with clear price tags are better.