Shopping: Bandung, Indonesia
Cibaduyut - The Shoe Lovers' Haven
If you have been to Cihampelas and the Ci Walk in Bandung, there is one more spot that one has to visit to experience shopping at its best in Bandung. This spot is called Cibaduyut, and Cibaduyut is to shoes what Cihampelas is to jeans and clothes. You would be able to find a fine collection of shoes in all types of designs, colours and types from all the renowned designers here at Jalan Cibaduyut. As you get to the place, a statue made out of two bronze shoes would greet you at the entrance, giving you an indication of what to expect once you start walking along Cibaduyut.
The bulk of shops along this street sell shoes of all sizes and sorts for your viewing and purchasing pleasure, and trust me when I tell you that you can get absolutely fantastic deals here, if you know the art of bargaining of course. The shops owners tend to raise the prices of their items further when they encounter foreign tourists, thus ensure that you are well-versed in the art of bargaining if you want to obtain excellent deals while you hunt for shoes that match your needs and budget.
The street is quite narrow, thus you would need to watch your step while you walk along the street looking for shoes, or you might end up nursing a twisted ankle before you can even reach a store. You would also need to be careful with the constantly moving traffic around the area that fills the atmosphere with undesirable fumes from the vehicles. Tourists brave these challenges for the simple fact that you can actually get really good bargains here at Cibaduyut, ask anyone who has been here, the mere size of the collections that are available would make you want to but a few pairs.