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Here's How to Shop But Not Drop in Malioboro Street
Batik is a pride of all Indonesians, especially in Yogyakarta where Yogyakarta Batik was born. You can show your appreciation and common love for batik by hunting for some of the best batik clothes that can be found in the Malioboro Street. You can find these batik clothes easily in any street stalls or even in boutique shop in Malioboro Street, most of them are sold in affordable prices, since the type they are selling are mostly printed batik. They are all have vibrant, eye-catching colors such as orange, purple, and blue, and made by light-weight fabrics, making it a perfect holiday outfits. We advise you to go directly to the North side of Fort Vredeburg Museum and search for Hamzah (Mirota) Batik department store. The store sells plethora of batik clothes and also ethnic accessories such as handicrafted bags, shoes, and hats. You can also find unexpected, funny, bizarrre things here. Pasar Beringharjo is another perfect shopping market to buy some best-quality of batiks and accessories. Unlike the former, price of items sold in the market is not set on stone so you can still haggle the price to get the best deals. Pasar Beringharjo is located just across Hamzah Mirota Store. Better be hurry, since the market is closed at 04:00 PM.
Go to your hotel or homestay room and rest for few hours, then return to Malioboro Street at night to hunt for some of the most delicious meals in Yogyakarta. As the night comes, both sidewalks in Jalan Malioboro transformed into a huge culinary hub where you can find various street snacks and local dishes served to relief your hunger pangs. We definitely recommend you to try the 'lesehan' restaurant where you'll have to sit on a carpet facing a long wooden table. Lesehan have a much deeper meaning in Javanese society as it's a symbol of unity where no one is in higher position to another. One of the most common Yogyakarta cuisine you'll find in the lesehan restaurant is Gudeg, a jack-fruit based food that has a mixture of sweet and also savory taste. You also shouldn't miss Onde-Onde, or a round fried rice cake adorned with sesame seeds and green bean fillings. The gooey texture reminds you a lot of Japanese mochi, it also taste mildly sweet and best eaten while it's still warm. Of course, you can't possibly miss the chance to take few cartons of Bakpia Pathok for your family and friends in your home country. Bakpia Pathok is a disc-shaped with flaky skin textures filled with delicious mungbean paste, though today there are more options for its fillings, from chocolate to sweet Durian paste flavors.
Malioboro Street is connected to many famous attractions in Yogyakarta. Fort Vredeburg Museum is located just few kilometres away from the street market. The former Dutch fortress today serve as one of Indonesia's Independence Museum displaying dioramas telling about the nation's struggles toward independence. Taman Pintar amusement park is located just nearby the museum. Tugu Monument is also within walking distance, it is said that the monument was built to align with the sacred Mount Merapi and South Sea. Kraton NgaYogyakarta Hadiningrat and ancient bath Taman Sari can be reached by walking, or by motor cab if you're looking for a faster way.
How to Get Tickets?
You don't have to buy admission tickets to Malioboro Street, so yay for more free fun attractions! However you'll have to bring enough money to buy unique souvenirs, clothes, and street foods sold in this place.
How To Get Around?
Best way to get around Malioboro Street is on foot. Several main attractions are also within walking distances. Though if you want you can take a tour around Malioboro Street with rickshaws.
What Should I Wear?
You are free to wear any clothes that feel comfortable with you. Though it is best to keep your clothes polite by wearing T-Shirt and denim jeans. Malioboro Street in daytime can be too hot so it's best to wear light-weight clothes when you're exploring the street.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Malioboro Street is in the afternoon where all stalls and shops are still open and the weather will be much cooler by then. Visiting in daytime is okay too, although you should be prepared with the crowds and the heat.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you'll be fine exploring Malioboro Street on your own.
How To Get There?
Malioboro Street is located within walking distance from Tugu Station, it only takes few-minutes walk. From Adi Sucipto International Airport, take a TransYogyakarta bus Route 1A and stop at Malioboro Bus Stop. The Malioboro Street will be right in front of you.
Keep your belongings safe by leaving it inside your room's bunker and just bring certain amount of money and put them on several separated places. Never put your wallet and cellphones inside your jeans' pocket. The art of haggling prices will be useful when you're shopping in Malioboro Street. Haggle, a lot.