Everyone and guidebook will mention Malioboro Street and Beringharjo Market as the major shopping hotspots in Yogyakarta.
The front section of Pasar Beringharjo is selling similar batik boutiques like any shops along Malioboro Street. I think the rear section of the market selling dry food and spices are more enchanting.
We could see more traditional merchants and entrepreneurial ladies selling variety of products.
If you couldn’t stand the strong scent of the typical South East Asia’s market, you may not like walking in the dimly lit maze of stalls.
And let the strong scent of the spices and dry food invade your senses.
One tip for tourists: do watch out for those ‘warm’-hearted’ local who offers extraordinary help and imposed as local guide. According to many tourism guides, they will gradually gain your trust and eventually try to lead to some shops (batik or silver), and you may ended up buying over price products. We saw so many of these individuals in every tourist hot spot. So, beware and just ignore them.
The rear section (especially ground floor) of Pasar Beringharjo was ‘messier’ or having more ‘character’ than the boutique shops.
The Beringharjo Market and Malioboro Mall are two good indoor shelter to avoid the hot sun or rain.