Top 10 Things To Do and Must See in Jakarta.
If you are only in 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.-> Or jump to see the Best Accommodations in JakartaTop Must See Tourist Attractions in Jakarta.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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
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. -> Find the best hotel deals in Jakarta with Booking.com * Top Things To Do in Jakarta.
Shopping at Mangga Dua, Jakarta.
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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 goodsGrand IndonesiaMangga Dua – cheap yet quality imitation goodsBlok M – shoes, clothes, bagsPasar Ikan – souvenirs and household itemsEat 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.
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. -> Find hotel deals near the vibrant nightlife of Kemang * 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.
Photo by 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 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 because 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:The Hermitage, by Marriott, Central JakartaA charming 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 a restaurant situated in a courtyard, this hotel also gives a romantic atmosphere with some rooms opening up to a back garden.
Truly a dream.
Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jakarta Pacific Place, Kuningan, Central JakartaFor those who want high security and 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 all well located with good sidewalks.
Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *Oakwood Premier Cozmo Apartment Hotel, Kuningan, Central JakartaFor those looking for luxury and with the comfort of a home.
This hotel comes with apartment suites completed 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.
Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *Harris Vertu Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central JakartaFor those who are looking for the best value mid-range hotel in the middle of the action.
It is situated smack in between all the top must see things in Jakarta.
Recommended for smart travelers who wants to cover everything in a short time.
Modern clean rooms, an outdoor pool with a view, spa, gym and restaurant.
Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *Yello Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central JakartaFor 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.
Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *Wonderloft hostel, North JakartaFor those on a budget and still want to be in the city center.
Located in the north, this hostel is 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!Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *Check out the latest prices on Booking.com * Nearby Jakarta.
Check out our list or if you are looking for some sun and sea, see our.
Popular trips around Jakarta are Bogor and Taman Safari or for 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” Anthony August 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm 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.
p.venkatesan October 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm please give me advice I need to visit Bali Reply November 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm hi check out our Bali Travel Guide for more information Reply.
gyne February 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm 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.
Racheal May 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm 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.
iAn | freedom wall October 18, 2014 at 12:35 am 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.
CALIN FLORA January 27, 2015 at 2:29 am 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.
Reply June 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm you may find many decent choices in Agoda.com or Booking.com for your stay in Jakarta.
Also, check out our guide for to get more information and places to stay.
Shabbir Mehtawala January 23, 2016 at 11:57 pm Hi, I visiting Jakarta next week.
Could you suggest me good Indian restaurants.
Also cheap places for shopping and lodging.
Babar Khan June 20, 2016 at 7:51 pm 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….
Yasmin July 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm 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 Reply.
Marc August 27, 2016 at 4:55 am This is a good article about what to do there.
It was really helpful.
sharin September 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm i believe there will be as pretty as shown in the pictures.
i ll be there this dec.
meet me there.
ndivakar December 18, 2016 at 7:02 pm Can you suggest one day sight seeing at Jakarta and which points to cover.