There are a number of shops along Jl. Safiatuddin next to Rex in
Peunayong. There are also many souvenirs to be found in the Central
Gold: Aceh has for many centuries been famous for its gold
handicraft. There are a row of shops along Jl. Perdagangan, next to
the Grand Mosque.
Markets: There are several small markets spread all over
town, but the major one is the Central market, directly behind the
Grand Mosque. There you find everything and is well worth a visit.
Open all day. The food market in Peunayong is also nice. Open:
05.00-08.00. The fish market further out along the river is
spectacular in the morning.
Fruits: Fruits can be found in many areas, but along Jl.
Pocut Baren in Peunayong the selection is good.
If you like betel chewing, do your shopping on Jl. Tgk
Chiek Pante Kulu, next to the Grand Mosque. From early morning until
midnight. Betel is called "sir" in Indonesian.
There are several supermarkets. Pante Pirak can
be found on three locations; Jl. Khairil Anwar in Peunayong, Jl.
Sultan Alaidin Mahmudsyah (near the big 5-street junction in
Peunayong), and JL. T. Hasan Dek Beurawe. Blang Rakal has two
locations. Barata Shopping Center on Jl. Mohd. Jam, opposite the
Mall: Hermes Palace Mall is the only modern style mall in
Banda Aceh. The department store Matahari has an outlet here. It is
on Jl. T.Hasan Dek Beurawe. Open: 10.00-22.00.
Many shops along Jl. Panglima Polim in
Peunayong sell mobile phones. Phone credit is sold everywhere along
the streets, especially in the evenings. It is a good idea to buy an
Indonesian phone number. It is very inexpensive and saves a lot on
calls and sms.
can easily be found along Jl. Pocut Baren, upper
right part of insert map.
Tailors: Tailors can for example be found next to the river
near the Grand Mosque.
Traditional Barber Shops: (Tukang Pangkas) comes highly
recommended. They cut your hair with great care, shave your chin,
massage your shoulders, and even clean your ears if you want. The
prices are just a fraction of European prices. There are many of
them in the area between Jl. Pocut Baren and Jl. Supratman. Western
style salons are called "salon".
Massage can be found in several places, for example on Jl. Alhuda.
You can also ask in your accommodation.
Kopro is a cooperative owned well educated
professionals of all kinds. They have a nice business center at
Tower Cafe opposite Taman Sari. Ph: 0812 6964 019. Good value. Open:
09.00-17.00. The Cafe is open 08.00-24.00 and has WiFi.
Tourist Information: Banda Aceh Tourist Information in Ulee
Lheue, see map, is informative. They are very active in promoting
their town. Open: Mon.-Fri: 08.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00.
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