If you are only in Jakarta for a day or even a week or more, there are bound to be places of interest to you. Jakarta is filled with sightseeing and tourist attractions, lots of shopping malls and hidden back streets for nightlife, food and fun.
In Jakarta, you will not find it short of tourist places to visit or tourist attractions to see or things to do. Here is our list to help you out.
Top Must See Tourist Attractions in Jakarta
Ancol Dreamland / Dream Park (Taman Impian Jaya Ancol)
If you are looking for a break from the rough and tough, this is as cheesy as it sounds, Ancol Dreamland is could be your dream place. It is open for 24 hours with amusement park – Fantasy World (Dunia Fantasi (dufan)), Atlantis Water Adventure, Ocean Dream Samudra (pentas lumba) for animal shows, Seaworld, beaches (pantai), Art Market (pasar seni), golf range, bowling, Ocean Eco Park, gondola, Hailai club, art academy, paintball and wakeboarding.
Being two centuries old, National Museum of Indonesia (musium nasional) is an icon that you must visit. It is located at Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat in center of Jakarta city and it is an archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographical museum. Jakarta’s national museum is well known as Elephant Building (gedung gajah) because of the elephant statue there. Visit here to get yourself acquainted with Jakarta and also Indonesia’s history and culutre.
In Jakarta’s city centre of Merdeka Square, stands the National Monument (Monumen Nasional (Monas)) tower. It is a must visit for every tourist in Jakarta as it is a symbol to be beckon with. It stands to symbolize the fight for Indonesia and constructed under direction of President Sukarno. It is open daily from 800-1500 everyday except last Monday of the month.
National Gallery of Indonesia is a combination of museum and art gallery in Jakarta, where you can enjoy culture, history and visual arts. Your visit to Jakarta would be well rounded with a visit to this place to admire the local arts.
Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Arts Theater)
Built during the Dutch colonial period, Gedung Kesenian Jakarta is a concert hall in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is situated close to the Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral. Check out the various arts program lined up, ranging from theater shows to musical performances. This is definitely the place to visit to stock up on cultural shows and concerts.
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Top Things To Do in Jakarta
If shopping is your thing to do, Jakarta offers a lot from high end to budget shopping from malls to markets. You may also want to look at places to stay near Plaza Indonesia * to maximise your shopping spree. Recommended Shopping malls or shopping centers or markets in Jakarta:
Plaza Indonesia of FX Mall – designer goods
Mangga Dua – cheap yet quality imitation goods
Blok M – shoes, clothes, bags
Pasar Ikan – souvenirs and household items
Eat and Drink
Don’t forget to check out our Top 10 Best Indonesian Food to try all the delicious local delicasies and where else but Jakarta is the best place to hunt for them! One of my favourite restaurant in Jakarta that served really good local Sundanese food is Pondok Laguna. This place is popular with the locals and also travelers alike, so you may find it really pack during peak hours like lunch and dinner. Another popular culture here is the coffee culture, many locals go to coffee shops and cafes to hang out and have a good cup of coffee. With so many choices, you may want to check out our the recommendation of a local’s favourite coffee places in Jakarta.
Jakarta, being a large city, is definitely not short of things to do at night. For nightlife, you have many choices of clubs and bar. There are places like Kemang for the younger but dynamic crowds in Jakarta clubbing scene or cafes like Ecobar. It is one of the coolest place to party in Jakarta and the club are trendier yet affordable. Or you can go to the more famous traveler street Jalan Jaksa for some choices of bars, clubs and cafe, the better reason to party here is there are more food choices.
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Spa and Massage and Beauty
There are many choices of a spa, massage or beauty here in Jakarta for self-pampering. You can go for traditional Indonesian massages, or soothing spa in the middle of the city, or even go for manicure and pedicure, facial and hair wash and styling in various malls and establishments, ranging from affordable to splurge. If you have more time in Jakarta, you can go for a weekend getaway at the Javana Spa, only 2 hours drive away from the city.
Walk around Pasar Baru (Jakarta’s market)
Come here for the nostalgic walk down the memory lane in Pasar Baru, where it is one of the rare streets of Jakarta that is actually pedestrian friendly. You will find many locals here and family-run business selling clothes and watches. There are many vintage fashions here such as shirts, dresses, belts and jackets selling as low as USD1 from second hand / old to new. Also, catch the best local Indonesian food you can find, for example, bakmi. Start walking from Metro Atom at Jalan H. Samanhudi and then walk towards the rear end which is the Jakarta Art centre ( Gedung Kesenian Jakarta).
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 near a 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, listed above. 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. 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 *
Day trip from Jakarta or a weekend getaway
Also read on Jakarta Travel Guide for more information.
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