Local Food & Shopping

Seafood is a specialty of the Riau Islands. Chinese style Indonesian cooking is also popular in Bintan. Try the traditional “kue lapis” (layered cake) an all time Indonesian favorites. Drop by for a spot of shopping and local food against a rustic kampung backdrop at Pasar Oleh Oleh. Or simply sit back and enjoy some local food and a nice icy Bintang beer.

Local Food

“Bulu” Shells

Try not to miss this kind of food when you traveling to Bintan, especially for seafood enthusiast. Locals call it “bulu” shells. This kind of shells in other places, it has medium size, approximately 2.5 cm to 3 cm in diameter. The different is only on it skin surface which is mostly come in black hairy color.

A Cuttlefish Otak-otak

This typical food is very famous and much be looking for by tourists visiting the Bintan. If in elsewhere the “otak-otak” has a rough texture compare to the fish “otak-otak“. If eaten, feels elastic on the tongue but certainly delicious and tasty.

A fish Otak-otak

A fish otak-otak is very easy to find in Bintan. Almost every tourist area in Bintan has a special shop that sells these distinctive food. In fact, in many locations, the fish otak-otak sold outside of tourist areas such as markets, harbor or at a crowded places.

Ubi Tapai

The fermented cassava may be found everywhere in Indonesia. But the fermented cassava “made in” Bintan is classified as having a distinctive packaging. The tapai is wrapped in leaves of forest trees strung with palm leaves. It was sweet and the texture is smooth.


Souvenir Shops at BBT Ferry Terminal

In Bintan, this souvenir center located at BBT Ferry Terminal is quite famous. Its position, precisely along the right and left of the entrance of the ferry terminal. Very easy to grasp, because it is always crossed by the visitors in and out of the harbor area.

Pasar Oleh Oleh

The Pasar Oleh Oleh is a central of souvenir shops owned by Bintan Resort, Lagoi. Its position is approximately one kilometer from the Bandar Bentan Telani (BBT) Ferry Terminal or ten minutes away by motorcycle or four wheel drive vehicles.

A Woven Pandanus

Looking for miscellaneous handicraft of woven pandanus, its very easy to find in Bintan. Its from varies from mats, bags, hats, placemats, napkins, coasters, trash, archive boxes, pencil boxes, etc.