Solo Shopping and Districts
(Solo, Central Java, Indonesia)
Known for being a prominent textile centre, Solo produces an array of colourful clothing and fabrics, including its very own unique versions of 'batik' (wax-dyed fabric) and 'ikat' (hand-woven on a loom and dyed).
Those shopping in Solo will find that silk batik is especially popular and sold almost everywhere. Hand-made batik (tulis) is understandably more expensive than stamped batik (cap), although it should be noted that both will gradually begin to fade when washed.
Where to Shop
For general everyday shopping in Solo, the local markets offer an enjoyable and memorable experience, such as the bustling Klewer Textile Market, which is close to the Sultan's Palace. Lying in the centre of Solo and just a stone's throw from the Mangkunegaran Palace, the Triwindu Antiques Market is another shopping highlight.
Alternatively, there is a good selection of shops awaiting on the Jalan Secoyudan, while standing on the corner of the Jalan Dr Rajiman and the Jalan Gatot Subroto, the Matahari department store sells about everything that you could possibly imagine or ever need during your Indonesian vacation.
Notable shopping centres and malls in the city include the Singosaren Plaza on the Jalan Gatot Subroto, and both the Solo Grand Mall and Megaland, on the Jalan Slamet Riyadi. Nearby, the recently revamped Hypermarket is perfect for self-caterers and well stocked with groceries.