Surabaya Town Square (SUTOS)


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Surabaya Town Square (SUTOS)

Both a mall and a hangout venue for the local young crowd, Surabaya Town Square has admittedly lost some of its former prowess, yet still remains attractive to many. Food stands, cafés, estaurants and even a number of nightlife establishments run shop on its premises.


Surabaya has several handicraft and antique shops that sell carvings and textiles from Java, Bali and other islands. The city’s large shopping malls are also good places to shop in air-conditioned comfort for international-brand clothing, and other goods at very competitive prices (check out the monumental Tunjungan Plaza). The city’s gold market is on Jalan Bauram, lined with jewellers and goldsmiths shops, most products are of 24 carat purity. For a colourfully authentic shopping experience, head to one of the city's many markets. Those in the Arab Quarter, for example, feature dozens of vendors that sell cotton and silk sari lengths, batik and ikat cloth, herbs, spices and perfumes.