Top 10 Things To Do and Must See in Jakarta

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.

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Top Must See Tourist Attractions in Jakarta

Beach at Ancol Dream Park, Jakarta, Indonesia

Beach at Ancol Dream Park, Jakarta. Photo by Pureisme


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.

National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Museum, Jakarta. Photo by Vasenka

National Museum

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.

National Monument (Monas), Jakarta, Indonesia

National Monument (Monas), Jakarta. Photo by Vasenka

National Monument

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, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Gallery, Jakarta. Photo by DMahendra

National Gallery

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 (Arts Gallery), Jakarta, Indonesia

Gedung Kesenian (Arts Gallery), Jakarta. Photo by Black_Claw

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

Shopping at Mangga Dua, Jakarta, Indonesia

Shopping at Mangga Dua, Jakarta. Photo by nSeika

Shopping 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
Grand Indonesia
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.

Ecobar at Kemang Nightlife, Jakarta, Indonesia

Ecobar at Kemang Nightlife, Jakarta. Photo by siska maria eviline

Nightlife

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 Pasar Baru, Jakarta, Indonesia

Walk Pasar Baru, Jakarta. Photo by nSeika

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 a good choice becuase most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility.
Agoda.com is another good one because they have the most extensive hotel listings in Asia.

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.
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  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jakarta Pacific Place, Kuningan, Central Jakarta
    For those who want 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.
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    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.
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  • 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!
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Day trip from Jakarta or a weekend getaway

If all the above is not enough or you have more time, there is always day trip from Jakarta like Bogor and Taman Safari or escape to nearby Bandung for more shopping.

Also read on Jakarta Travel Guide for more information.

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14 thoughts on “Top 10 Things To Do and Must See in Jakarta”

  1. Hello, Thanks a lot. I got many information about Jakarta. We are around 25 teachers from Papua New Guinea planning to visit Bali and Jakarta. Our stay in Jakarta will be from 17th – 21st Sept ’13. We will visit some of the international schools as well. Can you please give me some information on must see places and city tour and accommodation etc. I will send my travel itinerary latter.

  2. Im planning to visit jakarta this year with my husband, i hope to visit the cheapest places to go shopping with :) Is there any cheapest route, we are traveling kuala lumpur malaysia to singapore, and from singapore we will travel to jakarta, though it takes long but im sure its gonna be amazing! i hope to find the cheapest place to buy some goods!

  3. Jakarta is such an amazing mix of colours and cultures, and the shopping is superb. The Ascott Indonesia is a dream of a stay too!

  4. This is very helpful. Thanks for sharing. I will in Indonesia late November and will travel solo. Hope I can cover every item in your list.

    Next thing to do on my part now is to check for public transport route/stops.

  5. I will travel in Indonesia (Raja Ampat) and on my way back, I will stop for 2 days and nights in Jakarta. Interested in cultural atractions, history, monuments, museum, dance and local tradition! Please recomand my a cheap, safe and decent place to stay in Jakarta and what I can visit! Were I can change some USD in local currency at a better exchange rate? Thank you very much!
    Do you have any reccomandation for a Dive resort in Raja Ampat (basic accomodation but best places to dive and professional dive guide at a resonable-budget price)? I have a reccomandation for Kri Resort but the prices there are high! There is things to do or to see in Sorong?

  6. Hi, I visiting Jakarta next week. Could you suggest me good Indian restaurants? Also cheap places for shopping and lodging? :)

  7. Hi Shabbir, If u looking for Indian restaurant in jakarta, then i share you my experience. After lot of hard work and travel in jakarta, i only found one indian restaurant that only in Near Kemang Village.

    That one not cheap for eat. One plate Biryani 10$.

    Hope, before u visit there must bring lot of money :)

    Hati-hati….

  8. Hi! We are going to Jakarta end of July. Any recommendation for drivers/ car rental that can bring us to wonderful places in Jakarta ?

    Thank You

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