Those of you who regularly read my posts will know that I’m a sucker for markets. Clean, A/C’d malls have their place from time to time, but for the most part I’m never happier than when I’m getting down and dirty and bitten to death in the various markets that I’ve come to know and love here in Jakarta. I’d be lost without them; they add the colour, excitement and smells that are distinctly lacking in the high-end malls.
The antiques market in Jalan Surabaya is no exception. This 500m strip of tiny shops and stalls is situated in the ‘Beverley Hills’ area of Jakarta known as Menteng. What I especially love about this place are the stallholders. They are a jolly bunch of souls, and despite the fact that this time I went with an almost empty wallet, they were still happy for me to take photographs and idle in their shops which I appreciated. There were a million things that I would loved to have bought but I ended up putting a deposit down on some old baroque style crystal side lamps which I’m having converted into candle holders. I defy anyone to come here and not find something that excites him or her, its veritable Aladdin’s cave of everything you didn’t realise was missing from your life but will now want! In fact I was so entranced by everything, especially the blue and white china, that when a fat rat shot across my foot I could hardly be bothered to scream.