We’ve got the lowdown on some of the best and unique stores in Jakarta. Whether you’re looking for a modern tale or an old classic, we’ve explored some of the best stores in this busy city. Bookworms get ready to shop – here is our guide to the best book stores in Jakarta!
Gramedia Bookstore is known to the public as the largest bookstore chain, the largest and most comprehensive in Indonesia. They have more than 100 bookstores scattered across the archipelago in Indonesia. Gramedia is the best source for local books, autobiographies and biographies of prominent Indonesians. Nowadays, with the advancement of information technology, Gramedia bookstore comes in the form of an online bookstore. Gramedia online bookstore is the answer for people who have difficulty accessing physical bookstores. Aside from books, they also sell school supplies for students of all ages. Gramedia still one of the major go-to places for students who are looking for books, school supplies, crafting and scrapbooking materials, and office equipment.
Gramedia Grand Indonesia, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, East Mall. Unit B-2-DS, B-3-23A, Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, +62 21 2358 0080 / 81 / 82, www.gramedia.com/store-locator/
Kinokuniya is a Japanese bookstore, with three branches in Jakarta which offers a large range of books with titles in English, Indonesian, Japanese and Chinese. Known as the best place to buy Japanese books, mangas, magazines and stationery, they also have a wide variety of import books and magazines for all ages from babies to toddlers and adults. The book collections are varied and arranged very well at the store. If you can’t find a book you want, they can order specific books for you. Kinokuniya provides the best titles and entertainment for all book lovers and enthusiasts in Indonesia. Kinokuniya is now open at Plaza Senayan, Grand Indonesia and Pondok Indah Mall II. You can also check the Kinokuniya catalogue and order books online.
Kinokuniya Plaza Senayan, SOGO Dept. Store 5th Floor, Plaza Senayan Jl. Asia Afrika no. 8, South Jakarta, +62-21-579 000 55/75 (ext. 546, 523), www.kinokuniya.co.id/store
Books & Beyond is a local multi format retailer in Indonesia, with the vision of becoming Indonesia's foremost bookstore chain and providing the preferred book shopping experience to the country’s growing leadership. Currently, Books & Beyond have 40 stores located in big city of Indonesia like Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali and other major cities in Indonesia. They will continue to grow to meet the needs of book lovers in Indonesia. Books & Beyond known as a one of the best place to buy import books. They provide privilege card for the members and we will get discount for books, toys, fancy and gift, birthday discount, welcome voucher discount, free seminars, additional discount on special events and many more. This is valid for shopping at the store only. We can also check Books & Beyond catalogue and order book online.
Books & Beyond, Lippo Mall Kemang. Lippo Mall Kemang Lower Ground #1, Jl. Pangeran Antasari Kav. 36 South Jakarta, +62 21 29056724, www.booksbeyond.co.id/store-locations.html
Aksara is quite simply the best place to find and shop for wonderful books, incredible gifts and music in Jakarta. Aksara aims to serve Jakarta’s urbanites with a thoroughly modern store in terms of comprehensiveness of products, vibrant ambience and quality of customer service. This is one of the most favorite bookstores especially for expatriates who live in Kemang or South Jakarta. Aksara offer various imported books, ranging from literary books to popular books. Aksara has books printed in both English and Indonesian. They sell books of different genres and topics. Aksara has books that other stores doesn’t sell, the books and magazines section sells imported copies of books that you won’t be able to find elsewhere in Indonesia. Besides selling books, Aksara also houses a large variety of adorable gifts and unique one-of-a-kind homewares.
Aksara Pacific Place, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53, Pacific Place 4th floor Unit 406A, South Jakarta, +62 21 57973740, www.aksara.com
Gunung Agung is a large bookstore which has been around for decades. TGA is known as the national book store chain that has branches in most of the larger cities in Indonesia. The number and range of books offered is simply amazing. They have the best collections for local textbooks and carry a limited stock of books in English. They provide the best selection of office supplies, art supplies, fancy gifts, stationary including computers and computer accessories of various brands in addition to the books they sell. During back-to-school seasons, they set up all school supplies in one area of the shop so customers can conveniently find the things they are looking for.
Toko Gunung Agung (TGA), Senayan City. Jl. Asia Afrika Lot 19, Senayan City Floor 5-29, South Jakarta, +62 21 72781427, www.tokogunungagung.com/beta/contact/store
Paperclip, Mall Kelapa Gading 5. Jl. Bulevar Kelapa Gading, Ground Floor Unit 73, North Jakarta, +62 21 45853686, www.paperclip.co.id/gerai.html