Flights to Jakarta (CGK)

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For the adventurous traveller looking for a city break with an edge, there's never been a better time to visit Jakarta.

Each of the capital's districts has its own distinct identity that alternatively soothes and thrills. Central Jakarta is home to Lapangan Merdeka, or Merdeka Square, as well as the National Museum of Indonesia and the National Gallery of Indonesia. Some of the best shopping malls are here too, while backpacker hub Jalan Jaksa is full of budget hotels and affordable restaurants and cafes.

At the west is where you'll discover Old Jakarta, also known as Kota Tua. Here, you’ll find the Jakarta History Museum and Indonesia's largest shopping mall, Orchid Garden Mall (Mall Taman Anggrek). There are colonial buildings dating back to the Dutch rule (Jakarta was known as Batavia during the European Colonial empire), and then there’s Chinatown (or Glodok), with its delicious street food and mesmerising temples.

Well-heeled South Jakarta is the city's most affluent area, with malls, hotels, restaurants and nightlife venues all catering to those with a penchant for the more extravagant. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Kemang, a heady mix of backpackers and younger locals filling an increasingly trendier selection of lounges.

No trip to Jakarta is complete without seeing the stunning Thousand Islands, which actually comprise more than 100 small islands, many of which are uninhabited. North Jakarta (Jakarta Utara) is known as the gateway to this terrific network, and it’s a district well worth visiting to enjoy its famous seafood and beaches.

All in all, Jakarta is one of the most lively, exciting and cosmopolitan cities in Asia.

Visit the Istiqlal Mosque

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

Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma
+62 21 381 1708

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 down version of some of the most interesting and intriguing buildings, areas and cultures, each representing one of the 27 provinces.

Jalan Raya Taman Mini
Jakarta Timur
+62 21 87792078

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.

Pusat Kota

Hang out at Aksara Bookstore

Open until 10pm every night, Aksara is more than just a bookstore – it has become something of an ideas factory, packing 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
+62 21 719 9288

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 street food vendors lining the roads.

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

Tour the Thousand Islands

Thousand Islands – well, closer to 125 actually – 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 day trips to extended stays on some of the luxury resorts that have been built on the islands.

Thousand Islands Tour
Jalan Nusa Indah
Harapan Indah
+62 21 3302 9759

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 is the perfect balance between authentic traditional cuisine and modern cooking.

Jalan Veteran I 18-19
Pusat Kota
+62 21 385 5653

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 candyfloss leaves, fall somewhere between science and art.

Jalan Barito 5
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan
+62 21 7280 0011

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 savoury satay-flavoured popsicles and meringue cooked at your table in nitrogen. Try the 17-course taster menu.

Jalan Gunawarman 42
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan
+62 21 3306 1000

Warung Sate & Sop Kambing M Sani (Street food)

This makeshift street food stall in Jakarta is tricky to find, but a hidden gem 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

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
+62 21 718 1843

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 specialises in northern Italian cuisine, and Enmaru is a Japanese restaurant.

The Plaza
Lantai 46
Jalan M.H. Thamrin 28-30
Pusat Kota
+62 21 2992 2448


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
+62 21 3192 5888

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 centre 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
Pusat Kota
+62 21 5068 0000

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
+62 21 5296 0492

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
Pusat Kota
+62 21 3192 1111

Mandarin Oriental Jakarta

Perhaps the most luxurious hotel in the city, the Mandarin Oriental stands proud 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
Pusat Kota
+62 21 2993 8888

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 call the area home.

Jalan Kemang Raya 1
Jakarta Selatan
+62 21 719 7989

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