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Travel Theme: Street Market ~ Pasar Simpang Dago Bandung

I tell you. There is no term as “street market” in Indonesia. Why is that? Because, taking half of the street or the sidewalk and change it to shopping center is everyday phenomenon here. Not only that, you can find such thing almost everywhere. By everywhere I mean almost on every road segment on the country. At least you can find one of the so called “Pedagang Kaki Lima” five feet merchant on a segment of a road. Well, not in a tool road and highway of course.

Pedagang Kaki Lima called like that because when Dutch still around, they instructed us to build five feet wide sidewalk for each street. Gradually over time, some merchant made their own shop on top the five feet sidewalk hence “five feet merchant”.

Because we can see it everyday, Indonesian doesn’t think a street market as something special. So, when we make vacation on some tourist site, we never think to take picture of street market there. I am no exception. Now, when Ailsa invited me to join her photo challenge this week, I regret that. Why I never think that street market can an interesting object.

Here, I share some pictures of Pedagang Kaki Lima street market near my lodgement. Dago street, Bandung. The market is well known as “Pasar Simpang Dago” dago joint market. 

Morning street market on Simpang Dago

The picture above is the morning part of the market. It provides traditional Indonesian food for breakfast. At night, this street will filled with other market that sell food for dinner. At the picture below, you can see one of the Pedagang Kaki Lima. He sells “Lumpia Basah”. It literally means “wet spring roll” which means spring roll without frying. It is one of Indonesia’s food. Lumpia basah made from bean sprouts and eggs and lumpia’s skin. It tastes good you know.

Beside food, in the street market we can other merchant such as:

Magazine store

Key Master



and of course (in the other side of the street) there is a traditional market that sell vegetables and fruits.



At night, the face of the market change to sell standar food for dinner.

Fried and Baked Chicked

Sorry I don’t have any decent travel/ tourist site picture of street market. These picture is just street market near my home. Just want you to know more about Indonesia. Cheers… 😀

See what others come up with their street market here. If you have a picture of street markets on your own area please join the challenge,  I’d love to see your take on outdoor markets.

Create your own post about markets between now and next Friday, title it “Travel theme: Street Markets” and put a link to this page in your blog post to make it easy for others to find your post.

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  3. Fabulous street market photos. You really made my mouth water with those food pics and descriptions. My father was born and brought up in Indonesia, and used to occasionally cook traditional food for us when we were kids in England. I have many family in your country, but have never met them.

    • Thank you very much for your kind words. I am really glad you like the picture and very happy to know that you have family here. You really have to visit your family here sometime. Foods here are various and all of it are tasty. Maybe the one your father’s cooked was just a glimpse of it. Ever eat rendang? It is said to be the most delicious food in the world. The top five at least.

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  6. It was AMAZING … wow! Pasar Simpang Dago
    For me, this photo gives a million memories. Rindu pulaaaang. 😛 Thanks for the pingback my friend

  7. I loved seeing this…I know you see it every day but I love learning about different cultures. Thanks for sharing your part of the world. I enjoyed. You can really find almost every thing you need.

    • Yeah, I can find almost everything on that street market.
      You are welcome. And thank you for visiting my blog.
      Yeah, that’s the purpose of blog and photo challenge. Let’s share our culture each other with blogging. 😀

  8. This is perfect for the challenge, Albadr, it may be everyday to you, but to others reading your post it is all brand new and very exotic. I love the tailor working out on the street, it’s something so unexpected. Really enjoyed your post! xxx Ailsa

    • Thank you very much that you give this great challenge. Yeah, an ordinary for someone can become something new for another sometime.

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