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Batam Center is one of the two major shopping districts on the island of Batam, located in a part of northern Indonesia located at the opposite end of the Singapore Strait from Singapore. Singapore is also where a large percentage of Batam Center Shopping Area visitors come from because the ferry terminal is just a short walk across a bridge from the Batam Center Shopping Area and most Batam shopping centres accept payments in Singapore dollars.
Two of the biggest shopping centres in the Batam Center Shopping Area are Mega Mall and Panbil Mall. The five-floor Mega Mall lies across from the Batam Center Ferry Terminal and next to outdoor and multi-storey car parks. Mega Mall's ground floor is home to a Hypermart supermarket where baked goods are served fresh every day, while the second floor contains a cinema with half a dozen screening rooms. The best bargains can be had during Christmas, Chinese New Year, and Ramadan.
The other major Batam Center Shopping Area shopping centre, Panbil Mall, is located next to a 24-hour medical centre and not far from Muka Kuning Industrial Estate. Dishes from throughout Indonesia and the rest of Asia are served at the food court on Panbil Mall's second floor. Both Batam Center Shopping Area shopping centres sell a wide variety of clothing, electronics, furniture, and Indonesian handicrafts.
Address and contact: Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia
Opening times and fees: Most Batam shopping centres are open between 10:00 and 21:00 every day, including most public holidaysWhere to stay
Hotels near Batam Center Shopping Area are conveniently located in the middle of northern Batam's scenic coastline near the Batam Centre ferry terminal. The ferry terminal is also where the best deals on hotels near Batam Center Shopping Area can be found and reservations can most easily be made.
Most hotels near Batam Center Shopping Area are rated between three and four stars. Guests should expect flat screen cable televisions and coffee makers in their rooms in addition to onsite outdoor swimming pools, restaurants, and fitness centres. Additional features at some four-star hotels near Batam Center Shopping Area include photocopying, faxing and currency exchange services.