When you look at labels of your clothes or some dinnerware you purchase in the States, you often see “made in Indonesia”. When I was moving to Indonesia, I thought that I was going to the land of cheap shopping. On the contrary, the actual prices I saw at stores and shopping malls where expats frequent were rather high and far from bargain. Apparently I was not looking at right places. I kept thinking there have got to be cheap places to shop. Sure enough, little by little I started hearing about places.
I already wrote about one great outlet store for housewares: Kedaung. Then now, two years after we arrived in Jakarta, I was introduced to two more stores that sell dinnerware and cookware with bargain prices thanks to two of my friends. They are Fatma and Toko Dewi.
I bought a Turkey roast pan at Fatma shown in the photo below. I’ve always wanted to own one, but I have never purchased it and have used the disposable ones in the past. The turkey roast pan at Fatma was only IDR 60,000 ($6.00). How can you pass this up? I am happy to finally own one!! I also bought a white serving dish at Fatma.
After we shopped at Fatma, we drove to another store “TOKO DEWI”. Toko Dewi was more like a whole sale store for dinnerware to cookware. The dinnerware and serveware were not as cheap as Fatma, but the cookware was a bargain and the selection was wide.
At Toko Dewi you walk into the store and you’ll see local snack in a showcase on the right.
I picked up a frying pan from Dewi. I’ve been wanting to have a new one for a while, so I was excited to find one with a bargain price. The one I got was about IDR 100,000 (US$10). I also bought a big and small strainers and ice tongs.
There you go. If a couple of dishes got broken during the move to Jakarta or some were dropped on a marble floor and shattered, fret not. You have Fatma and Toko Dewi to shop for a whole new set of dishes.