Batam offers many shopping malls across the island. The whole island is “Duty Free”, so prices is considerably cheaper compare to Singapore. Where to buy, what to do and what to eat? The malls and most shops are open from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm every day and are normally open throughout all public holidays. Mind you, Prices are fixed and you cannot bargain. Usually visitor tend to buy Kueh Lapis and bird nest as it is 50% cheaper compare to Singapore.
From what I experienced, some malls might not be Grab/Gojek friendly, and they will not pick up passenger since it is controlled by local taxi drivers. You might want to consider chartering a car and driver to save the hassle.
Here are all the recommended Batam shopping malls.
1. Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall
Nagoya Hill, not to be confused by a hill in Japan, (I think it gotten its name from WW2 Japanese occupation) is the biggest shopping mall in Batam. It is divided into two different dividers and one would easily spot the eatery street when you are there. They categorise all food and beverages at one part and on the other side would be apparel, handbags and souvenir stores.
The basement has a Hypermarket selling everything from food, clothing and electronics. You could stock up a month’s worth of groceries, toiletries, and daily necessities. Since Batam is very close to Singapore, goods in Nagoya Hill is kinda alike with Singapore. They do have some snacks that are unique to Indonesia. Electronics product like DSLR Cameras, Digital Cameras, Mobile Phone, Gaming Equipment, Computers are also available. You might wonder how do claim warranty? Not sure myself.
1st Floor Nagoya Hill Food Street provides a wide range of food & cuisine. There is a variety of fast food like KFC (the chicken is relatively smaller as compare to Singapore, and that’s because the KFC here uses Kampong Chicken), vintage A&W and Pizza Hut. And also the restaurants that are popular in Batam is Solaria (Chinese Food), Happiness Restaurant (Indonesian Food) Also available specialties from various regions in Indonesia such as, Padang Food, Meatballs (bakso), Chicken Noodle, Soto, and others. Not to mention Korean and Japanese food.
There is an arcade center on the third floor. With 1 token that cost 1000 rupiah (10 cents), you can keep playing and dying and never run out of lives. I was stuck there for 3 hours playing. LOL
Highlights: Rekindle your childhood with A&W fastfood
What’s nearby: Near to Nagoya Citywalk amusement park and Nagoya Entertainment District for clubbing and nightlife.
15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal
Address: Jl. Teuku Umar, Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432 (open in google map)
2. Kepri Mall
Located walking distance from Radison hotel, Kepri mall is not as crowded compare to the rest but it offers all the essential to spend the time away. This Batam shopping mall offers 325,000 square feet over three storeys with 1000 parking bays and about 100 retail outlets.
Surrounding: There is a famous Spa place call Eska. It is located right inside their Eska hotel. Enjoy Jacuzzi and sauna at Shangri-la massage spa nearby as well. A cheap family KTV call Masterpiece is within walking distance from the mall and the famous Anchor Cafe is like a 5 minutes drive away. It is also near to a few golf courses. A lot Japanese and Korean visitors from Singapore love to come over the golf courses here. Don’t know why, maybe to get away from their wife.
First floor: There is a Carrefour Mega Mart to stock up cheap groceries and unique Indonesia tibits,. A Tokyo Miniso lifestyle store to buy your Muji lookalike items and many restaurants, cafes like Morning Bakery, JCO Donuts, KFC, and local eateries. Second Floor consists of mostly clothing outlet, restaurants, and manicure & pedicure parlour. Prices are really cheap. Have to keep saying it, it’s really cheap, ladies.
On the third Floor, there is a new CGV Blitz cinema that offers really cheap movie tickets (about 4 SGD) updated with all the new films. Also a Timezone arcade to tired your kids out so you could sleep at night.
Its a good place to past the time. It has many entertainments and restaurants around and many family friendly places to enjoy.
Highlights: Sing your face out at Masterpiece KTV or go for a massage at Eska Hotel and Spa. (Beside Kepri Mall)
Whats nearby: Eska hotel and Spa, Anchor Cafe, Radison hotel,
15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal
Address: Sukajadi, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)
3. BCS Mall - Batam City Square
There are plenty of makan places on every level in BCS mall. Don’t forget to top-up your mini bar for snack food and drinks at the Supermarket. You will also find a few money changers offering a good rate compared to Singapore. You can withdraw Rupiah in their local ATM on the first floor too.
2nd Level consist of clothing outlets – a bookstore – restaurants. At the highest level there’s a arcade and a Family KTV.
Highlights: Stock up your Kuah lepis at Lamoist Layers Whats nearby: 5 min drive to Hook cafe and Habit coffee
15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal
Address: Jl. Bunga Raya, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29442 (open in google map)
4. Mega Mall Batam Centre
This mall is integrated with the Great Mosque Batam Center, Batam Ferry Port, the mayor’s office, the Office of Parliament, office of the Bank of Indonesia and with close proximity to the Batam Authority Office and modern residential complexes Coastarina. There are Hypermarts and Matahari Department Store n this mall. You can find a lot of fashion retailer and restaurants residing in BCS.
20 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal
Address: Jl. Engku Putri No.1, Tlk. Tering, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)
5. BayFront Mall
Directly connected to Harbour Bay Terminal, BayFront mall is a brand new mall that is recently built. There is a gathering of famous Kueh Lapis bakery shops on the second floor like La Moist and Lapis Legit. Also highly rated Eska Spa is located there. There is a few money changer here wth good rates, Tourist sim card and a Guardian Pharmacy.
There is Starbucks and Excelso Cafe. Excelso is a Indonesian cafe chain that specialise in western and Indonesian fusion coffee. Don’t always drink Starbucks la. Give this a try, especially their unique blend of Kopi Luwak. The food is exceptionally good too. Cost about 10 SGD per person for 1 full hearty meal including coffee. There is mini mart stores selling bird nest, which is 50% cheaper than Singapore. Many Retailers from Singapore get their stock here, so there you go, a business plan in the making.
Highlights: A quick place to stock up all kinds of Kueh Lapis and cheap bird nest.
Whats nearby: Harbour Bay Terminal, Harbour Bay Mall, Zest hotels, Swiss Bel Harbour Bay Hotel and seafood restaurants by the sea.
Directly connected to Harbour Bay Terminal
Address: HarbourBay Complex, Jodoh River, Batu Ampar, Batam City, Riau Islands (open in google map)
6. Harbour Bay Mall
Harbour Bay Mall is walking distance from Harbour Bay Terminal. It is quite a empty mall but with a few hidden gems situated inside.
One of the first and oldest indie cafe, Pounce (closed), is located on the third floor right beside the cinema. (Check out pounce review here) The tickets for a movie is about 3-4 SGD and usually less crowded compare to the rest.So you don’t have to worry about not getting a seat.
On the second floor, there is MANZU family massage & Reflexology Gallery and Jco Donut on the first.
Be sure to check out the giant supermarket in the basement whereby you can stock up the infamous indomie potato chips and salt egg yolk indomie at a fraction of the price.
And there’s Oki store, where everything is only Rp8000. Yes, you got it, it’s only ~S$0.80, concept similar to Daiso. Oki is at the other end of the mall if you enter through the link bridge from Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal (just walk straight, exit and go down to basement from outside. Entrance is facing outside towards the car park).
Highlights: A quick place to stock up all kinds of indo titbits at the supermarket.
Whats nearby: Near to a stretch of zi char Seafood restaurants by the sea.
5 minutes walk from Harbour Bay Terminal
Address: Jl. Duyung, Sungai Jodoh, Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)
7. Grand Batam Mall
Last but not least, the latest and most upscale Shopping Mall in the whole of Batam. Open in 2019, Grand Batam Mall is huge! Lots of food, restaurants and there is a cinema at the top level.
The first Uniqlo and H&M is has also open here to test the market and consumer sentiment. It is one of the main places to let your rupiah fly. Many food outlet and restaurant for you choose. We tried Simetri Coffee Batam located on the 1st floor. Food is quite good and the red velvet coffee is excellent.
Highlights: Nice Cinema.
Whats nearby: BCS Mall is a short drive away.
Address: Jl. Pembangunan, Batu Selicin, Kec. Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444(open in google map)
So what are you waiting for. This whole island is like a DFS shop, safer than JB and no dragful queue in the causeway. Shop to your heart content in this duty free paradise!