Travelling in a city without visiting shopping centre is vapid. Besides buying some items to be brought home as souvenirs, visiting shopping centre gives us a chance to meet and to interact directly with local people.
You can take this opportunity by coming to Pasar Aceh. One of the shopping centres in Banda Aceh, Aceh Province. Its location is very strategic, at the heart of the city, on Jalan Diponegoro. It is side by side to Baiturrahman Grand Mosque. Literally, this market is the centre of a super-complete Muslim clothing trade.
Although the shopping centre is well-known as traditional market, in fact, the market which was inaugurated by the Minister of Trade Gita Wirjawan in 2013 is equipped with various modern facilities.
For those of you who are not comfortable using stairs, escalators and elevators are available to facilitate your shopping activities. You also don’t need to worry about feeling hot or tired after strolling, because this market is also equipped with air conditioner (AC). There are a number of ATM machines around the market that can ease your transactions while shopping. Hence, with those facilities, it is unsurprisingly this market has become a popular place of citizens to shop.
In a certain events, ahead of the feast such as Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha, this market will be filled with abundance of people. This has become an interesting sight to witness and has its own uniqueness.
There are various models of clothing sold here, with varied prices, so that it becomes a special allure for buyers. Especially on the third floor, clothes are sold specifically for women. You can buy up a variety of typical Acehnese accessories that are sold on the first floor too.
When Pasar Aceh offers more traditional concepts, it will be different from Suzuya Mall which offers modern concepts. This shopping centre is located on Jalan Teuku Umar which is not so far from the city centre.
The items sold here are more complete; ranging from knick-knacks, clothing, various kitchen and household needs, and household furniture, to food courts that sell a variety of foods such as meatballs, ice cream, bread, donuts, and fast food stalls like KFC and Pizza Hut.
If you don’t want to go grocery shopping, just come here for window shopping and filling in your hungry stomach.
Ahh, certainly, your trip to Banda Aceh will be more complete and colourful after stopping by at these two places. 
Reporter: Munawar Hafizhi
Translator: Ayu ‘Ulya