Flights to Jakarta (CGK)

With its diverse mix of cultures and cuisines, Jakarta guarantees something for everyone.
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Jakarta, Indonesia

What to do in Jakarta

Explore Taman Mini Indonesia India

To learn more about the rich history of the country, you should head for Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park. It is, exactly as the name suggests, a scaled version of some of the country's most interesting and intriguing buildings, areas, and cultures, with each model representing one of the 27 provinces.

Jalan Raya Taman Mini
Jakarta Timur
13560
+62 21 87792078
tamanmini.com

Hang out at Aksara Bookstore

Open until 10pm every night, Aksara is more than just a bookstore; it has become something of an idea factory, packing together cool tech, rare vinyl, and indie magazines from around the world. Mingle with Jakarta’s creative types to find out where the best gigs and entertainment shows are that week.

No 8B
Jalan Kemang Raya
Mampang Prapatan
12730
+62 21 719 9288
aksara.com

Take a Sunday stroll

Explore the city on foot on Sundays, when all vehicles except public buses are banned from many of Jakarta’s busiest streets, including the original point of rebellion, Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin. The roads belong to walkers, joggers, and cyclists. It gives the area a party feel, with stalls and food vendors lining the roads.

Between Jalan Sudirman
Jalan Thamrin
Pusat Kota
10310
+62 21 9060 2020

Visit the Istiqlal Mosque

The Istiqlal Mosque is among the most sacred in southeast Asia. Equally beautiful is the neo-Gothic Catholic Cathedral, but here's the interesting thing: they stand just across the street from one another, which makes for a beautiful picture as the sun sets behind them both.

Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma
10710
+62 21 381 1708
masjidistiqlal.or.id

Bag a bargain at Jalan Surabaya Market

Whether you're buying or browsing, a rummage through Jalan Surabaya Market's antique stalls is always rewarding. The area has since developed into a bric-a-brac spot with records, books, bags, ceramics, and sculptures. Don’t be afraid to haggle.

Menteng
Pusat Kota
10310

Tour the Thousand Islands

The Thousand Islands—actually, closer to 125—are a collection of beautiful tiny islands stretching out into the Java Sea to the north of the city. They are widely considered among the best diving spots in the region, with many spectacular reefs beneath the surface. Visitors can choose from options ranging from day trips to extended stays on some of the luxury resorts that have been built on the islands.

Thousand Islands Tour
Jalan Nusa Indah
XIII Blok MG
Harapan Indah
Bekasi
+62 21 3302 9759
thousandisland.co.id

Where to eat in Jakarta

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Pipiltin Cocoa Barito (Chocolatier)

Imagine Willy Wonka's chocolate factory designed by 21st-century Scandinavian architects, and you have some idea of what a feast for the senses Pipiltin is. The desserts, such as the chocolate soup or the cotton candy leaves, fall somewhere between science and art.

Jalan Barito 5
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan
12160
+62 21 7280 0011
pipiltincocoa.com

Altitude (International)

Altitude is three restaurants in one on the 46th floor of the Plaza with panoramic views of the city. Salt Grill by Luke Mangan offers modern Australian fare, Gaia specializes in northern Italian cuisine, and Enmaru is a Japanese restaurant.

The Plaza
Lantai 46
Jalan M.H. Thamrin 28-30
Mentebg
Pusat Kota
10350
+62 21 2992 2448
altitude.co.id

Warung Sate & Sop Kambing M Sani (Street food)

This makeshift street-food stall in Jakarta is tricky to find, but it's well worth tracking down for the spicy soups alone. Grab some satay to munch on the go as you explore the surrounding area.

Warung Sate & Sop Kambing M Sani
Pasar Tanah Abang
Jalan K.H. Fakhruddin

Dapur Babah Elite (Asian)

Stepping into Dapur Babah Elite, with its long dining tables, antique furniture, and stunning artwork, is like stepping back in time. This is not only one of Jakarta's best restaurants, but also one of its most beautiful. The food strikes the perfect balance between authentic traditional cuisine and modern cooking.

Jalan Veteran I 18-19
Gambir
Pusat Kota
10110
+62 21 385 5653
tuguhotels.com/dapurbabahelite

Namaaz Dining (Indonesian)

This molecular gastronomy restaurant serves Indonesian food filtered through a giant chemistry kit, with results as delicious as they are creative. Think savory satay-flavored popsicles and meringue cooked in nitrogen at your table. Try the 17-course taster menu.

Jalan Gunawarman 42
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan
12110
+62 21 3306 1000
namaazdining.com

Common People (International)

Common People has a reputation for being one of the coolest Sunday brunch spots in Jakarta. But it's no slouch when it comes to breakfast, lunch, or dinner either, with as much style and attention to detail in its food as in the vintage decor.

Jalan Kemang Raya 2
Mampang Prapatan
Jakarta Selatan
12730
+62 21 718 1843
facebook.com/commonpeopleJKT

Places to stay in Jakarta

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Keraton at the Plaza

The clue to the luxury on offer here is in the name. "Keraton" translates to "palace" in Indonesian, though this high-rise in the center of town has put a very modern twist on the term. Floor-to-ceiling windows wrap most of the rooms, while the decor is clean and crisp throughout.

Jalan M.H. Thamrin 15
Menteng
Pusat Kota
10350
+62 21 5068 0000
keratonattheplazajakarta.com

Kemang Icon by Alila

Easily the coolest boutique hotel in Jakarta, Kemang Icon sits in the young, bustling Kemang district to the south. There are lots of trendy lounges, cafes, and restaurants nearby, and the style of the hotel fits in with the creative class that calls the area home.

Jalan Kemang Raya 1
Jakarta Selatan
12730
+62 21 719 7989
alilahotels.com/kemangicon

Pullman Jakarta Indonesia

For convenience alone, the Pullman Jakarta Indonesia has plenty going for it. With the shopping district nearby and good access to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, it’s great to use as a base. That it has five-star luxury is merely a bonus.

Jalan M.H. Thamrin 59
Menteng
Pusat Kota
10350
+62 21 3192 1111
pullmanjakartaindonesia.com

Mandarin Oriental Jakarta

Perhaps the most luxurious hotel in the city, the Mandarin Oriental stands proudly in the high-end central district. Guests can enjoy fine dining at either Lyon or Xin Hwa, while the terrace pool is wrapped in enough greenery to take you away from the city.

Jalan M.H. Thamrin
Menteng
Pusat Kota
10310
+62 21 2993 8888
mandarinoriental.com/jakarta

POP! Hotel Kemang Jakarta

POP! is a chain of budget hotels with branches all over the region. The best rated, and best to look at, is POP! Hotel Kemang Jakarta, with a location in the arty part of town that is bettered only by the pared-down, quirky decor.

Jalan Kemang Raya 3
Mampang Prapatan
Jakarta Selatan
12730
+62 21 5296 0492
pophotels.com

ARTOTEL

From graffiti to graphic design, the walls, floors, ceilings, sideboards, and pretty much every other surface here are a tribute to the creative side of the city. Supporting local artists first and foremost, it is part modern boutique hotel, part specialist art gallery.

Jalan Sunda 3
Pusat Koto
10350
+62 21 3192 5888
artotelindonesia.com

Articles from Open Skies

Jakarta - Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and GalleriesConsidered the cultural and economic hub of Indonesia, cosmopolitan Jakarta certainly has a lot to offer visitors who are eager to explore the city’s vivacious and eclectic offerings. This bustling, hot and humid locale has rapidly expanded over the past decade, and the pace shows no sign of slowing. Take full advantage of the fantastic food, stylish hotels and seriously good shopping by venturing far and wide in this unique and contrasting metropolis
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Jakarta - Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Galleries

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