This trip was totally unplanned and occurred because of my skipped brain (I blamed sleep-deprivation for this), so we boarded on a public transport that goes to area opposite to where we were supposed to head to, and ta-da, me and Ina (this time minus Debby) found ourselves lost in Passer Baroe. Yeay!


Posing in front of the gate!

Also known as Pasar Baru in its newer spelling edition—when people still referred Jakarta as Batavia, they called this place Passer Baroe—actually reminded me to a similar place in Tokyo and Osaka, which I visited in summer last year. Well of course Takeshita-dōri in Harajuku and Dōtonbori at Osaka were much bigger, neater, more established and well-maintained than Passer Baroe was. However, it was no less interesting for me and Ina, because we were always happy to visit a place we were both never have been to before.

Before I went through about our experience there, Passer Baroe or Pasar Baru is located at Kecamatan Sawah Besar, Jakarta Pusat. It has been a popular shopping district ever since the era of Dutch colonialism (and nowadays can also be an alternative escape from the mall!); as stated on the gate, it has been there since 1820, and thus earned the acknowledgment as the oldest shopping district in Jakarta.

In the earlier time, it was said that only elites and riches shopped here, but then now we can see the diversity in the visitors and customers of Passer Baroe. The architecture of the place also said to be influenced by Chinese and Europe cultures, but not from what I saw; probably since most of the place has been renovated or is in renovation to acquire a modern look. However, yes, there were remnants from the past that can be seen from the high-ceiling and wide-front-display almost all the stores have.


Passer Baroe is a hectic street!

What can we find there? Hmmm, a lot; mostly the stores are selling textiles for gown or kebaya, shoes, optics, various fashion accessories, toys, mouth-watering street snacks, etc. There was also one store, about in the middle of the street, which sell assorted things, such as wall-stickers, PSY-doll, and many random and mundane things. Oh, right, you can also find sellers of antique money: old banknotes and coins. Their customers were usually antique money collectors or bridegrooms who needed antique money as their dowries. Passer Baroe also known to have discounts from 20-70%, and apart from that fact, the stores already offered a relatively cheap prices for their good-in-quality commodities.


Pa-pa-passer Baroe style!

Anyway in this area too, you can find an eatery famous for decades for it’s noodles: Bakmi Gang Kelinci; and since we were there, we decided to give it a try, and duh, don’t the noodles worth the penny you spent! It tasted real good, and I bet it’s as good even without the topping!


It’s Bakmi Spesial Gang Kelinci (YUM!) and Es Pacar Cina (SLURP!). Less than IDR 28.000 for both.

If you asked me, this unexpected trip was a good walking down memory lane, cos’ it certainly felt like walking in the past, the nuance you got there was just different. Or perhaps, it’s just me being melancholic, again. Heh.

Oh, and at last, here is another peek at Passer Baroe by culinarybonanza.

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