To plan a short itinerary for one of Indonesia’s largest city Jakarta would definitely be a challenge. Nonetheless, by sacrificing a few things, we may be able to check out much of the must visit places in Jakarta.
This city is the main and largest city of Indonesia, located on the island of Java. It is well known for its notorious traffic on one hand and for its hidden treasures and shopping delights on the other. Another highlight here is the nightlife in Jakarta.
Flying into Indonesia will also bring you here as it is the home to the international airport. Taking a few days to visit this city may be rewarding. Read on for our suggested itinerary for 3 days in Jakarta.
Day 1 – Jakarta’s Old City, Chinatown and surroundings
With limited days, we shall visit mainly the inner cities of Jakarta. Head to Fatahilah Square (Jakarta’s old city), walk around and marvel at the old Dutch colonial architecture. The Jakarta History Museum is also located here when of interest. Also, do pop by Cafe Batavia, a favourite of both tourists and locals alike, with vintage atmosphere and high-quality local food.
Next, head to Glodok, Jakarta’s Chinatown, where you can find Jakarta’s well preserved oldest temple, Jin De Yuan Temple and many other interesting features. Since we are in this area, sneak in some shopping at the local’s favourite Mangga Dua Mall.
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Day 2 – Merdeka Square, arts and culture
Today we shall explore the Merdeka Square and its surrounding. This place is the very heart of Jakarta. You can get here via train to Station Gambir. First check out the National Gallery that is just across the station, which is a combination of museum and art gallery.
Then head north passing by the many attractive spots such as the Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral. Then check out the vibrant Pasar Baru (market), where you will find many locals and family-run business selling everything from clothes and watches to food and drinks. After that, look for the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Arts Theater), a Dutch colonial concert hall. There are various programs here from theater shows to musical performances.
Next, loop back to Merdeka Square, pass by the National Monument that symbolizes the fight for Indonesia. Also, visit the National Museum here to get yourself acquainted with Jakarta and also Indonesia’s history and culture. Before heading back, have a quick look at the National Monument again, as it lights up beautifully during the night.
Day 3 – Shopping Bonanza
For your shopping in Jakarta, it does require a day from you thanks to the traffic in Jakarta. But if you are short on time, choose out one or two from these shopping places. At central Jakarta, check out the Plaza Indonesia for designer goods and the large shopping mall, Grand Indonesia. If you are looking for cheap yet quality imitation goods, head to Mangga Dua in the north (if you have not check it out yet the one your second day). Else, head south to Blok M mall, where you will find all sorts of fashion goods from shoes to clothes and bags.
Best Accommodations in Jakarta
Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place Jakarta when I am planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. The best areas to stay in Jakarta would be the north and central Jakarta, having most of the tourist attractions here. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Jakarta:
- Luxury (from 150 USD)
- The Hermitage, by Marriott, Central Jakarta
A really beautiful refurbished colonial house made into an elegant hotel. The location is also really strategic, being a near train station and quick access to the city center and beyond. With an outdoor pool, a gym, luxurious lounge area and restaurant situated in a courtyard, this hotel also gives a romantic atmosphere with some rooms opening up to a back garden. Truly a dream. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jakarta Pacific Place, Kuningan, Central Jakarta
For those who wants a high security and well-known hotel with world class services. You will find all the usual luxury here, with impressive outdoor pool and bar, featuring a view of the city skyline. Kuningan area is also well known for its upmarket, shopping malls and restaurants all well located with good sidewalks. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)
- Oakwood Premier Cozmo Apartment Hotel, Kuningan, Central Jakarta
For those looking for luxury and with comfort of a home. This hotel comes with apartment suites completed with kitchen, dining and washing facilities. Breakfast are also included and the location is also strategically located in Kuningan. This would also be a good fit for a family or a group. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Harris Vertu Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta
For those who are looking for the best value mid-range hotel in the middle of the action. It is situated smack in between all the top must see things in Jakarta. Recommended for smart travelers who wants to cover everything in a short time. Modern clean rooms, an outdoor pool with a view, spa, gym and restaurant. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Budget (below 50 USD)
- Yello Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta
For those on a budget but wants an alternative to a hostel. This place comes with private rooms set in a hip and stylish budget hotel style. The location is great, just walking distance to the National Monument park. There is also a restaurant if you are too lazy to go out and brave the traffic at the end of the day.Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Wonderloft hostel, North Jakarta
For those on a budget and still want to be in the city center. Located in the north, this hostel is right at the corner to the famous Jakarta’s Old City, Fatahillah Square, where we start our walking tour on day 1 in this itinerary. It has a charming mix of old colonial style with hipster-inspired interiors. Best value for money! Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *