Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Baby shopping at ITC Mangga Dua

ITC Mangga Dua has been a baby shopping haven for the past decade. Mommies from all corners of Jakarta would come there at least one time during their pregnancy or during early motherhood days. Despite all the nasty traffic outside and even nastier crowds inside, ITC Mangga Dua definitely still have that tempting shopping appeal.
Here are some of my favorite highlights:

1. Go there early before 10am, the later you arrive the more crowded it become. Make time to taste the famous Soto Mie at the fourth floor boutique corner (ask someone for direction, everybody should know where it is). And be amazed at the crowd that line up there for a bowl of hot Soto Mie.

2. Kasih Ibu, lt 2 blok A no.92-96. Ph: 6015342-43
This is my favourite shop, they have piles of all the baby necessities local and imported, be prepared to spend on trivial stuffs. If you are pregnant, you will be given a sheet of paper that list over a hundred items that they think you ought to have, from bottle sterilizer to nanny's uniform. All the famous brand are there, you name it, Avent, Mothercare, Pigeon, Aprica, Medela, Mustela, and the list goes on.
Kasih Ibu also have a shop branch at Darmawangsa Square 1st floor, no.36-37. Ph:72801816

3. Baby Mart Toys Mart, lt 1 Blok D no.8, or lt2 blok A. no 73. Ph: 6018016, 6015317
This shop really looks like a warehouse of toys. Boxes are piled up high to the ceilings and you have to squeeze between them to be able to see all the suff. They have complete stock of Little Tikes toys, from baby gym to little kitchen, various stuff from Tomy a japanese toy maker, and lots of made-in-china toys. Their best selling is battery operated mini cars, (from Rp850.000 to Rp 3.850.000) you literally see them flying off the rack everytime you are in that store.
But the lady who owns it is quite vicious, don't even think of bargaining here, she will pretend that she doesn't hear you.


Ferlyn said...

Hi, I am a Singapore gal who married an indonesian guy. I am staying in jkt now . I liek to ask if you know of any places selling allerhand or bb bjorn back pack diaper bag ? Thanks for the help .

mommy ape said...

Hi Fer,
Basically the official Allerhand distributor is Mom's and I boutique, that is located at Jl Kemang Raya 18c. I would recommend you to go there for the full range of Allerhand's bags.
If you are feeling adventurous, you might like browsing the numerous shops at Mangga dua (some also carries Allerhand) who are likely to carry several brands in one shop.

Anonymous said...

Hi Fer,

I will be going to Jkarta n Bandung later this morning.Would really appreciate you advise.Is ITC mangga dua selling lots of ladies stuff at a bargain price?Is it something like a bazaar or a really shopping mall kinda of enviroment.As Ive 3 kids Im not favour of going to places which are very very crowded for safety reason. Kindly provide some tips!!

Irene said...

Hi anonymous,

well, basically ITC mangga dua is a small mall with too many shops inside. Yes you can find billions of bargains for children stuff, ladies stuff, the latest fashion, fake bags, made in china household items...everything
But of course it's not a place for children (especially 3 of them).
FInd your own sweet time to go to this place, preferably in the morning like 10 o clock sharp.

Karen said...

Hi, I am an English gal married to an Indonesian, living in Jakarta. I'm trying to move my son in to his own bed, and am desperate to find a little tikes racing car bed here in Jakarta..any ideas where i can find one?

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I am a pregnant mom who is on the look out for a baby stroller. Your blog seems like a familiar place to ask :) Do you have any idea where I might find the Maxi Cosi Mura here? Thanks in advance!

Irene said...

You can try to call the Little Tikes Distributor here in Jakarta.
I only know the mobile phone of one of the sales, her name is Ella: 08179148917.
I hope she can help you.

The Children Store in Pacific Place 3rd floor, ph: 57973277, has the most complete range as they are the main distributor for Maxi Cosi and Maclaren stroller.
You can find rows of colorful stroller there. Don't go to Mangga Dua for this brand as there is no service warranty.

Karen said...

Thank you Irene, will definately give her a call.