Yogyakarta’s central market, Beringharjo Market, can be a fascinating and adventurous stop for tourists visiting the city. This traditional market is a lively place. Where thousands of people, both sellers, and buyers alike flock daily. Beringharjo has been a vital part of Yogyakarta’s economy since 1758.
The market is one of the oldest markets in Yogyakarta. Beringharjo is founded on a piece of land where banyan trees used to grow abundantly. Bering or “Beringin” means Banyan Trees, while Harjo means prosperity. The market holds philosophical importance.
It’s a part of Catur Tunggal, four important places that constitute Yogyakarta Sultanate. The other three are the Palace (Kraton), The North Square, and South Square. There are around 6000 merchants at this market, distributed into two buildings, the east wing, and the west wing.
Its art deco architecture is a mix of Javanese traditional architecture and colonial architecture. The name of the market is inscribed on its gate with both Latin and Javanese letters. During the colonial era, the market was called “Passer Op van Java”, means “the most beautiful market in Java”.
Get Lost in The Crowd of Beringharjo
Stepping into the market would feel like going into a battlefront. Hundreds of people brushing elbows with each other. The air is filled with smells from nearby food stalls and noises of people buying, selling, and bargaining. Get ready for an ultimate local experience.
It might be intimidating at first, but after seeing products being sold here (and their cheap prices), everyone soon forgets about the initial worry. Bargain and bargain, that’s the key to shopping at Beringharjo.
Sellers rarely display a fixed price, even the ones who do will happily give a discount after a bit of persuasion. Browse through endless choices of textile products, bags, shoes, and souvenirs. Beringharjo is also the best place to buy in bulk.
Hunt for The Best Batik The Indonesian Handicraft
There’s nowhere better to hunt Batik than in Yogyakarta, the heart of Javanese Culture. Hundreds of vendors here sell this most celebrated Indonesian textile piece. Yogyakarta’s batik pattern is distinct, regarded as the oldest form of Batik art. To buy the best quality batik, visitors must know some basic knowledge.
The cheapest form is Batik Printing, means that the pattern is being printed by a factory machine. An authentic batik is drawn by hands, called Batik Tulis. Their prices are expensive, starting from hundreds of thousands rupiah to millions.
To spot a hand-painted Batik, examine the pattern details, each is unique than the others. A hand-drawn batik also feels coarse when touched, because of the wax residue left from the painting process.
Market Delicacies “Jajanan Pasar”
There are no short of choices when it comes to delicacies at Beringharjo Market. Many vendors have been serving hungry customers for decades, and they have developed quite a reputation. Mbah Hari is a grandma who’s been selling dawet for 40 years.
Dawet is a sweet dessert soup from green jellies cendol with pandan and coconut milk. To taste Mbah Hari’s legendary dawet, go early in the morning. Else there would be a long queue. These dishes also are worth to try: The sweet stew Gudeg, Satay, and Indonesian salad pecel & gado-gado.
For dessert, mouth-watering snacks and sweets are on display at many food stalls here. Try Lemper, a sticky rice snack with chicken filling, or Jenang, a chewy confection made from palm sugar. Eat to heart’s content, and forget calorie intake for the day.
Beringharjo Market Antique Section
Travel back in time by going to the antique section of the market. This is where many peculiar items from old times ready for buyers to discover. Browse through large collections of old records from the ’50s and ’60s. The collection varies from Indonesian music to international music. There’s a choice for everyone.
Another artifact to shop here is the old currencies. There are coins from the Dutch colonial era and hundreds of years old Chinese coins. Check out various old Indonesian bills and coins, the vendor’s collection could be more comprehensive than a museum’s.
The price varies from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of rupiah, depending on the item’s rarity. Another man’s junk could be one’s treasure. The antique section of Beringharjo also offers secondhand items in search of new owners.
Even if visitors not buying, it’s still fun to look around old paintings, table lamps, kitchenware, trophies, and plenty of home knick-knacks. These items have had their own history, ask the seller for the most interesting ones and the story behind each of them.
Beringharjo Maret Opening Hours
Since April 2018, the market has extended its opening hours until 9 PM. Beringharjo Market opens daily, with stalls and shops start opening at 8.30 AM. It’s best to go on weekdays to avoid too many crowds. While shopping, watch out for the safety of personal belongings.
|Beringharjo Market Opening Hours|
|Every day||08:30 – 21:00|
There is an information center located at the market’s main gate. Public toilets are available in several spots inside the building. Other facilities include ATM, food courts, security officers. map and information board, and spacious parking lot. The parking fee is IDR 5,000 for a car and IDR 3,000 for a motorcycle.
How To Get To Beringharjo Market
Beringharjo Market is only a walking distance from Malioboro or Kraton Yogyakarta. Its address is Margo Mulyo No.16, Gondomanan, Yogyakarta. The easiest way to find the market is simply asking locals for direction, they’ll gladly point out the way.
From any other points of the city, the market is accessible with the local bus TransJogja. One trip costs only IDR 4,000. From Adi Sutjipto Airport, take Route 1A and stop at Beteng Vredeburg Shelter.
Visitors from Tugu Train Station can take Route 1A or 2A. From Giwangan Bus Terminal, take Route 3B then Route 2B. Stop at Malioboro Shelter before continue walking 400 m to the market.