Shopping on Lake Toba
Below are some good places where you can buy local products for a gift or personal use. Most of these shops do not label their products with price tags, so you must bargain. Even if they do, the tags are just the asking prices. The general rule is to negotiate for a half price and settle at somewhere between 60% and 70% of the original asking price.
If you look for modern shopping centers with import and branded products, you can find plenty of them in Medan.
Souvenir Market, Tomok
Besides being known for its culture and natural attractions, Tomok is famous for shoppers. Its souvenir market is located right in front of the dock and by the lake. It has become the biggest of its kind in Samosir Island. Thousands of types of products, ranging from ulos, key chains, accessories, handcrafted wooden carvings, Lake Toba themed clothes, jackets, sculptures, Batak weapons and more are available here. To see it on the map, click here.
Ulos Market, Tarutung
Ulos is the traditional Batak crafts and fabrics, often used in various custom activities and other events in the community. Ulos sold at Tarutung market is known for quality and affordable prices. The market carries different types of original ulos, such as sadum ulos, passamot ulos, sipirok ulos, yeast hotang ulos, songket ulos, etc. The ulos prices start from Rp 15,000 but may range up to Rp 10 million apiece. The price of songket ulos ranges from Rp 400 thousand to Rp 3 million per item. To see it on the map, click here.
Souvenir Market, Berastagi
The Karo souvenir market is at Gundaling Street, Lau Mulgap Lake, Berastagi, Karo. Just near this market is the Berastagi fruit market, which is considered one of the city icons. This souvenir market is claimed to have existed since 200 years ago. Many Karo cultural crafts such as themed t-shirts, songkets, the miniature of indigenous Karo houses, and other wooden crafts are available here. You can also buy fresh fruit, such as oranges, and vegetables at the nearby fruit market. The area is quite crowded over the weekend. To see it on the map, click here.
Ringroad Citywalks, Medan
Ringroad City Walks is a new mall and city icon for Medan. The mall is in the center of Jalan Ringroad, Medan. It is spacious and perfect for family dinner. The shops sell branded stuff as well as local products of decent quality, yet the prices are affordable. To see it on the map, click here.
Souvenir Market, Bukit Lawang
Bukit Lawang is famous for wildlife attractions and a far drive from Lake Toba. But for those of you who want to buy souvenirs, no need to worry because there are a large number of shops that sell the same variety of souvenirs that you find elsewhere on Lake Toba. Also, you can buy wooden carvings with orangutans or similar wildlife themes. Right next to the Bukit Lawang bridge, there is also a store that sells greeting cards with photos or pictures of orangutans, elephants, etc. To see it on the map, click here.