Top 10 Things To Do and Places to Visit in Jakarta

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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, and things to do. Here is our list to help you out.

Top Places to Visit 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 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.

Beach at Ancol Dream Park, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Beach at Ancol Dream Park, Jakarta. Photo by Pureisme

National Museum

Being two centuries old, National Museum of Indonesia (musium nasional) is an iconic tourist attraction in Jakarta. It is located at Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat in the center of Jakarta city and 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 acquainted with Jakarta and Indonesia’s history and culture.

National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

National Museum, Jakarta. Photo by Vasenka

National Monument

In Jakarta’s city center of Merdeka Square stands the National Monument (Monumen Nasional (Monas)) tower. It is a famous tourist attraction in Jakarta as it is a symbol to be beckoned with. It stood to symbolize the fight for Indonesia and was constructed under the direction of President Sukarno. It is open from 800-1500 daily except the last Monday of the month.

National Monument (Monas), Jakarta, Indonesia

 

National Monument (Monas), Jakarta. Photo by Vasenka

National Gallery

National Gallery of Indonesia combines a 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.

National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

National Gallery, Jakarta. Photo by DMahendra

Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Arts Theater)

Gedung Kesenian Jakarta is a concert hall built during the Dutch colonial period in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is situated close to the Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral. Check out the various arts programs lined up, from theater shows to musical performances. This is the place to visit in order to stock up on cultural shows and concerts.

Gedung Kesenian (Arts Gallery), Jakarta, Indonesia

 

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

Top Things To Do in Jakarta

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 maximize 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

Shopping at Mangga Dua, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Shopping at Mangga Dua, Jakarta. Photo by nSeika

Eat and Drink

Don’t forget to check out our Top 10 Best Indonesian Food to try all the delicious local delicacies and where else, but Jakarta is the best place to hunt for them! One of my favorite restaurants in Jakarta that serves delicious local Sundanese food is Pondok Laguna. This place is popular with locals and travelers alike, so you may find it packed 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 recommendation of a local’s favorite coffee place in Jakarta.

Nightlife

Being a large city, Jakarta is definitely not short of things to do at night. For nightlife, you have many choices of clubs and bars. There are places like Kemang for the younger but dynamic crowds in Jakarta clubbing scenes or cafes like Ecobar. It is one of the coolest places to party in Jakarta, and the club is trendier yet affordable. Or you can go to the more famous traveler’s street Jalan Jaksa, for some choices of bars, clubs, and cafes, the better reason to party here is there are more food choices.

Ecobar at Kemang Nightlife, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

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

Walk around Pasar Baru (Jakarta’s market)

Come here for a nostalgic walk down memory lane in Pasar Baru, one of the rare streets of Jakarta that is pedestrian-friendly. You will find many locals here and family-run businesses 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 of the Jakarta Art center ( Gedung Kesenian Jakarta).

Walk Pasar Baru, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Walk Pasar Baru, Jakarta. Photo by nSeika

Spa and Massage and Beauty

There are many spas, massage, or beauty choices 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.


Best Accommodations in Jakarta

Booking.com is a good choice because most of the bookings can be canceled 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 north and central Jakarta, having most of the tourist attractions here. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend for a stay in Jakarta:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

The Hermitage, by Marriott, Central Jakarta
A charming refurbished colonial house made into an elegant hotel. The location is also strategic, near a train station and quick access to the city center and beyond. With an outdoor pool, a gym, a luxurious lounge area, and a restaurant 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 high security and a well-known hotel with world-class services. You will find all the usual luxury here, with an 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 with good sidewalks.
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Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Oakwood Premier Cozmo Apartment Hotel, Kuningan, Central Jakarta
For those looking for luxury and the comfort of a home. This hotel has apartment suites with kitchen, dining, and washing facilities. Breakfasts 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.
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Harris Vertu Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta
For those looking for the best value mid-range hotel in the middle of the action. It is situated smack between all the top places to visit in Jakarta. Recommended for savvy travelers who want to cover everything in a short time. Modern clean rooms, an outdoor pool with a view, spa, gym, and restaurant.
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Budget (below 50 USD)

Yello Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta
For those on a budget but who want an alternative to a hostel. This place has private rooms in a hip and stylish budget hotel style. The location is excellent, within walking distance of 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 who still want to be in the city center. This hostel is located in the north, right at the corner of 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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Nearby Jakarta

Check out our Top 10 Day Trips from Jakarta list or if you are looking for some sun and sea, see our Top 10 Beaches near Jakarta. Popular trips around Jakarta are Bogor and Taman Safari or Bandung for shopping.

Also, read on Jakarta Travel Guide for more information.

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