The traditional wet markets of the bustling city of Tanjung Pinang are treasure troves waiting to be discovered. Take in the sights and smells as you maneuver the newer Pasar Baru I with stalls selling an amazing variety of meats, fresh vegetables, and vibrant tropical fruits stacked high on wooden carts. You may even spot items out of your usual supermarket buys. Not to worry though; the amicable store owners will gladly provide an introduction.
Sitting at the corner is a Jamu stall (traditional medicinal hall); look out for the hanging bags of herbs. The jamu lady has a concoction to solve almost every ailment; she may even produce a beauty potion upon request.
Nearby, the fish market sits above the sea with rows of fishmongers showcasing their freshest catch of the day. Visit the market to purchase the must-eat Bintan seafood delicacy, Gonggong (sea snail). Even if you are not looking to purchase anything, the market makes an fascinating visit to see locals in their natural element and gape at ginormous fish of every kind.