Jakarta's National Monument at night

Where to stay

  • Artotel Indonesia, Plaza Permata #07-23, Jalan M.H. Thamrin 57; +62 21 3192 5888; artotelindonesia.com. A boutique hotel with colorful rooms designed by emerging local artists.
  • Days Hotel & Suites Jakarta Airport, Jln Pembangunan III No. 17, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Integrated Area, Tangerang, Banten; +62 21 5573 7271; dayshotelandsuitesjakartaairport.com. This full-service hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle bus transfers, making it ideal for travelers in transit. It also features a spa and wellness center, a lobby lounge and bar, and a sizeable rooftop pool.
  • Discovery Hotel & Convention Ancol, Jln Lodan Timur No. 7, Ancol Taman Impian; +62 21 293 77 777. A family-friendly hotel with an outdoor pool and children’s playground.
  • Hotel ibis Jakarta Harmoni, Jln Hayam Wuruk No.35, Kebon Kelapa; +62 21 2949 3999; www.ibis.com. The 212-room eco-friendly hotel offers standard and more spacious family rooms, complete with complimentary WiFi and comfy beds. Great value for both business and leisure travelers.
  • Hotel Morrissey, Jln Wahid Hasyim No.70, Menteng; +62 21 2993 3333; iammorrissey.com. Sleek and stylish serviced apartments ideal for both short- and long-term stays. All studios come with a kitchenette.
  • Millennium Hotel, Jln Fachrudrin 3; +62 21 230 3636; millenniumhotels.com. An affordably-priced business hotel with clean, comfortable and spacious rooms.
  • Pullman Jakarta Central Park, Podomoro City, Jln Let. Jend S Parman Kav 28, Jakarta Barat; +62 21 2920 0088; pullmanjakartacentralpark.com. A five-star hotel geared towards business travelers, with a fully-equipped business center.

Where to eat

  • Anomali Coffee, Jln Senopati No. 19; +62 21 5292 0102; www.anomalicoffee.com. A popular local café that stands out with its cozy and rustic interiors. Fill up with a sizeable breakfast platter, and wash it all down with a cup of its signature coffee.
  • Bakmi GM, Mall of Indonesia, Lt. 1, C3-5 dan C15; +62 21 4586 8246; bakmigm.com. Locals frequent this popular fast food chain for its signature bakso (meatball) and mi (noodles).
  • Beautika, Jln Hang Lekir No. 1, Kebayoran Baru, Daerah Khusus Ibukota; +62 21 722 6683. Serves up excellent (and very spicy!) Manadonese fare. End your meal with Dutch pastries, which the establishment is known for.
  • Bebek Bengil, Jln H. Agus Salim No. 132, Menteng; +62 21 3918091; bebekbengil.com. This Bali transplant is famous for its namesake dish, bebek bengil (crispy fried duck).
  • Bebek Kaleyo, Jln Pemuda No. 290, Rawamangun; +62 21 9570 0044; kaleyo.com. Serves up tender and juicy bebek muda (fried young duck).
  • Beer Garden Menteng, Jln KH Wahid Hasyim No. 108, Menteng; +62 21 3192 6588; beergardenjkt.com. This stylish drinking spot attracts a chic crowd of locals and expats who love to wind down at a well-designed space with a bottle — or a bucket — of beer.
  • Historia Food and Bar Café, Jln Pintu Besar Utara No. 11, Kota Tua; +62 21 690 4188; facebook.com/HistoriaJakarta. Enjoy Indonesian classics like ayam goreng (fried chicken) at this uber-cool restaurant, which boasts interiors straight from the pages of a magazine.
  • Le Quartier, Jln Gunawarman No. 34, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan; +62 21 7278 8003; lequartier.co.id. Head to this upscale restaurant for fine French fare. Get a table at the main dining area, where sunlight streams through the sun roof. The vintage chandeliers and wooden interiors will transport you to a world away from the bustling streets of Jakarta.
  • Restoran Garuda, Jln Pluit Putra Raya No.16; restorangaruda.com. Enjoy a hearty, buffet-style nasi padang meal.
  • Sate Senayan, Jln HOS, Cokroaminoto No. 78, Daerah Khusus Ibukota. Head here for mouthwatering gado-gado (Indonesian salad served with peanut sauce) and sate ayam (grilled chicken on skewers).
  • Seribu Rasa, Jln Haji Agus Salim 128, Menteng, Daerah Khusus Ibukota; +62 21 392 8892; seriburasa.com. One of the best restaurants in the city for authentic Indonesian fare, such as chicken and beef satay (skewered and grilled meat).
  • Suntiang, Grand Indonesia Level 3A, West Mall; +62 21 2358 0448; suntiang.com. Ever tried Indonesia’s Sumatran Padang food fused with Japanese cuisine? Now you can at this restaurant. The extensive menu here features traditional spicy, rich Padang dishes mixed with light, subtle Japanese flavors, including signature dishes like Rendang Sushi Rolls.
  • The Holy Crab, Jln Gunawarman No. 55, Kebayoran Baru; +62 21 2923 6155; theholycrab.co.id. This Louisiana-style seafood restaurant is all about one thing — finger-lickin’ good crabs. Take your pick from local mud crabs to imported king crab legs.
  • Tugu Kunstkring Paleis, Jln Teuku Umar 1, Menteng; +62 21 3900 899. Dining here is a multi-sensory experience. Enjoy excellent Indonesian cuisine in a restored Dutch building, which also houses a gallery of Indonesian handicrafts.

What to do

  • Café Batavia, Jln Pintu Besar Utara No.14, Daerah Khusus Ibukota; +62 21 691 5531; cafebatavia.com. This café is a destination in its own right, thanks to its location in the heart of the Dutch colonial area, and its art deco sensibilities. It serves up several cuisines, from local delicacies to continental favorites.
  • Fatahillah Square, Jln Kali Besar Timur 4 No.29, Tamansari. The town square of the former Dutch settlement of Batavia is currently the site of three museums. Be sure to visit the Museum Nasional, which houses Indonesian artworks ranging from ancient artifacts to detailed Balinese woodcrafts.
  • Grand Indonesia Mall, Jln M.H. Thamrin No. 1; grand-indonesia.com. Jakarta’s largest shopping mall is home to some of the city’s best restaurants and fashion stores.
  • National Monument, Merdeka Square, Jln Taman Silang Monas, Gambir. This historical monument was built to commemorate Indonesia’s struggle for independence. The tip of the monument is shaped like a flame, symbolizing the Indonesian spirit. Enjoy great views of Jakarta’s Central Business District and its attractions from the 137m-high observation deck.
  • Ride a tour bus. Hop on the free double-decker bus that shuttles visitors to key attractions in Central Jakarta, such as Istiqlal Mosque, Monument Nasional, Museum Nasional and City Hall. Operates daily from 7AM to 7PM; email sobatmpoksiti@gmail.com for more info.
  • Sarinah Department Store, Jln M. H. Thamrin No. 11, Jakarta Pusat; +62 21 3192 3008. This emporium, which was the city’s first shopping center, is where you’ll find paintings, batik, silverware, rare gems and ceramics.
  • Skye Bistro & Lounge, 56/F BCA Tower, Jln M.H. Thamrin No. 1; +62 21 2358 6996; ismaya.com/skye. The highest bar in Jakarta offers commanding views of the city’s urban patchwork.
  • Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jakarta Timur; +62 21 8779 2078, tamanmini.com. This recreational park is a microcosm of Indonesian culture, with pavilions depicting Indonesian architecture, clothing, dances and more.
  • Taman Safari, Jln Gandaria Tengah III, No. 62 A-C, Kramat Pela Kebayoran Baru; +62 21 720 8880; tamansafari.com. Visitors are encouraged to drive through the zoo and feed the animals by hand. You can also have your picture taken with baby lions, tigers, orang-utans and leopards for a small fee.
  • Yogyakarta. Take an overnight train to Yogyakarta to visit the world-famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples.
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