Below are a few lists of items and shopping malls intended to ease your time when shopping in Batam.
Location: Jll.Teuku Umar No.1, Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk BajaOperating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
2. Batam City Square (BCS) Mall A massive mall with different kinds of shops, the Batam City Square Mall is a must-visit for individuals who want to pamper themselves at the very affordable nail and hair salons. A classic gel manicure (no design) ranges from USD 5 - USD 10. It is often accompanied by a relaxing neck, shoulder and head massage. Apart from this, there are a lot of clothing stores. There are not many designer brands, but that is what makes this mall so interesting. Do keep an eye for the fake items sold here as sometimes tourists get swindled to buy them at much higher prices claiming its original.
This place for shopping in Batam also hosts a duty-free liquor shop where imported alcohol can be bought at very reasonable prices. A wide range of food is also available on level 3. The cineplex on level 4 is well equipped with the seats being comfortable, the sound system equipped with Dolby 7.1, and the toilets are well maintained.
Location: Jalan Bunga Raya, Batu Selicin, Lubuk BajaOperating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
3. Diamond City Mall A relatively older place for shopping in Batam, the Diamond City Mall is famous for its cheap products that are good in quality like clothes, shoes, local snacks, electronic items and personal needs. The residents of Batam most visit the mall. It has a supermarket and some shops selling second-hand laptops, home appliances and other electronic items. The prices are reasonable since they can be 30-50% cheaper as compared to the other local shops. Several hours can be spent in this mall bargaining, shopping and just walking around.
The whole mall has lots to offer as clothing for men, women and children. One can bag great quality pyjamas, t-shirts, etc. for around $6 or $7. Be cautious regarding the fake items sold on the ground floor. Customers are often tricked into buying fake Longchamp having perfect designs and look immaculately real.
Location: Jalan Duyung
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
4. Mega Mall Shopping Centre The mall is the best-accessed one in Batam. It is connected to the Batam city ferry terminal by an overhead pedestrian bridge. You are sure to stumble upon this mall during your sightseeing in Batam. The mall is packed with a significant number of shops and restaurants ranging from fast-food to local food.
The mall has earned an excellent reputation for shopping in Batam for being pleasant and clean. Bargaining skills, however, are not of much use in this mall since the prices here are fixed. The mall hosts decorated brands like the A&W and Lamoist Kueh Lapis cakes. It also has a spa on the top floor, which happens to be a highly recommended spa chain.
Location: Jl. Engku Putri No.1, Tlk. TeringOperating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
5. Kampung Oleh-Oleh Kampung Oleh-Oleh is one of the best souvenir cum handicrafts shops in Batam. Located in downtown Nagoya, the shop primarily deals in local handicrafts and souvenirs like key chains, wallets, mini bags, sarongs, assorted local Indonesian desserts and sweets and local handwoven items. Kampung Oleh-Oleh can prove to be a one-stop solution if you are in the dilemma of buying souvenirs or mementoes for your loved ones back home.
Location: Komp Penuin Centre, Jl. Pembangunan, Batu Selicin, Lubuk BajaOperating Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Must Buy Things When Shopping in Batam
3. Bags: Being gifted with their skills in handicrafts, the Indonesians are experts in efficiently copying the designs of bags(even luxury bags) with acute precision. You would have a vast number of options to choose from. So choose wisely, bargain to the top of your calibre
4. Shoes: Being one of the leading producers of rubber, local shoes of ‘not-so-popular’ brands made from rubber are naturally of really high quality and extremely cheap. Slippers, stilettos, boots, sports shoes, men’s shoes are too good for their prices to be missed.
5. Kids’ Toys and stationery: Although the quality of the stationery is not top-notch, they are entirely pocket-friendly. Kids bags, pencil cases, girls hair ties and other stationaries are just too cheap.
6. Seafood: One cannot say they went shopping in Batam till they bought some of the freshest catches that the city is famous for. The seafood of Batam is to die for. It is cheap, delicious and sumptuous. The following are some colloquial words used for seafood that may prove to be helpful:
- Fish means Ikan
- Shrimp means Udang
- Squid means Sottong or Cumi-Cumi
- Clams mean Kepah
- Crab means Kepiting
- Crayfish mean Udang Kipas
- Small Conch mean Gong-Gong
- Lele means Catfish
- Tiram means Oyster