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Jakarta Travel Guides 2020

Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is a bustling and beautiful city, surrounded by charming mountains and coastal lines. Behind the majestic modernity of high-rise buildings and streets, Jakarta possesses a traditional strange beauty that hardly found in any other land on this planet.

Jakarta Travel Guides

1. Best time to visit Jakarta

Jakarta is characterized by the typical climate of Indonesia, with hot and humid weather. Indeed, the weather in Jakarta, Indonesia is hot and humid during the rainy season, from October to April, hot and dry during the dry season from May to September. Therefore, the best time to travel to Jakarta, Indonesia is from April to October each year.

2. Flights to Jakarta

In addition to the direct flights, you can choose transit flights via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, the price will be more preferential but as a result, it will take 1 or a few hours more to reach Jakarta. Also according to the travel experience travelers who have been to Jakarta, you should check on Tiger Airways tickets for reasonable prices and attractive promotions.

3. Transportation to the center of Jakarta

Damri Bus

The first and most economical way to reach central Jakarta is to use the Damri bus from Soekarno Hatta Airport. The locals here often call it Airport Bus, which has a cheap price and a lot of routes. Damri bus departs every 10-15 minutes with a ticket price of 40,000 Rp/person. When getting off the airport, you just need to walk a little to catch the Damri bus (very close to the airport gate).

Blue Bird Taxi

This is a very simple way to move to the city center, suitable for a group, but the cost is a bit more expensive. Blue Bird Taxi is the cheapest and most reputable taxi company in Indonesia. Identified as a light blue with the logo on the side and on the roof is a white bird symbol. You absolutely should not take a yellow or green taxi.

Blue Bird Taxi in Jakarta

4. Popular means of transportation in Jakarta

Becak: Like Vietnam‘s cyclo or tuk-tuk in Cambodia.


Delman (horse-drawn carriage): You can rent a Delman car to stroll around the national historical sites in Jakarta or run along the river.  Visitors will be surprised to see these cars with bright and impressive decoration.


Bajaj: There are currently about 20,000 Bajaj cars in Jakarta, so tourists can easily see them running on the road and there will be different circles on the cars’ doors showing the allowed area.


Mikrolet: These are small vans that run mainly inside the city, similar to buses but much smaller. Each car can only carry 9-12 people with the ticket price depending on the distance. The front of the vehicle is always labeled with the first and last stops of its route to inform the passengers. For example, Tanah Abang – Meruya M11.

5. What to see in Jakarta

The Old Town

Old Town and Old Batavia are the two oldest neighborhoods in Jakarta. Around the Old Town, there are plenty of museums that are popular with visitors such as the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum), the Museum of Fine Arts and Pottery, etc. On the other hand, the Batavia area has Puppet Museum – a type of typical performing arts in Asia. Here, you can rent a bike (about 3 USD) to explore the Sunda Kelapa harbor.

Jakarta Old Town

Setu Babakan village

This is a great place to learn about traditional life in Jakarta. This village is 66 hectares wide, called Perkampungan Budaya Betawi or Betawi Cultural Preservation Village. Coming to Setu Babakan village, you can admire many Betawi cultural features such as lenong (a traditional Betawi comedy), topeng dance, traditional Betawi wedding, and of course Ondel-ondel. The people here still use Betawi. The best time to visit the village is in June and July since numerous special festivals take place to celebrate Jakarta’s independence during this time.

Setu Babakan

Jalan Surabaya

Jalan Surabaya is a famous old town in Jakarta. Surabaya specializes in selling antique items and antique replicas for tourists visiting and shopping. However, you should be careful when purchasing things here because some shop owners often mix fake goods with real goods to make a profit.

Jalan Surabaya in Jakarta

6. Jakarta cuisine

Nasi Uduk – Jakarta traditional dish

The main ingredients of this dish are rice cooked with coconut milk wrapped with banana leaves. The available fresh ingredients, with featured spices such as cogon grass, make a very unique flavor for the dish. Nasi Uduk is usually served with fried chicken and soybean cake.

Nasi Uduk

Gado gado – Jakarta specialty

Gado gado is Indonesia’s national salad. The meaning of the name of this dish is “mixed”, which has also reflected the recipe to make this delicious food in Jakarta. Indeed, all ingredients after being prepared will be mixed together and seasoned with spices.

Gado gado
Photo by Don Pedro

Sop Buntut – The characteristic of Jakarta cuisine

Sop buntut – oxtail soup – is one of the most famous specialties of Jakarta and as well as Indonesia. Made from oxtail but the soup has an elegant, odorless flavor. In fact, the soup is often enjoyed with white rice.

Sop Buntut

Some delicious and cheap bars, restaurants in Jakarta:

Sate Khas Senayan – fX Lifestyle X’nter: Address: Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Fx Lifestyle Unit 22-23, Tanah Abang, opening hours: 09:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Bakmi Megaria: Address: Metropole XXI Building Cikini, Jakarta Pusat, opening hours 09:00 am – 09:00 pm

Sumoboo Dessert – Grand Indonesia: Address: Jl. MH.Thamrin No.1, Grand Indonesia West Mall 3A Floor

Kue Cubit Kemang – Food Garden Kemang: Address: Jalan Kemang Raya, Kemang, Jakarta Selatan, Kota Jak Tim

Rumah Makan Laguna: Address: Jl. Batu Tulis Raya, Jakarta Pusat.

7. Souvenirs  in Jakarta

Crafts and antiques

The traditional Jakarta souvenirs are exquisitely made of wood and have always attracted the special interest of visitors around the world. For recommendation, you can buy small knives, wooden statues, or tribal masks to decorate your home.


Batik is a typical Javanese fabric from Western Indonesia with extremely unique designs and eye-catching color schemes. While the small fabrics that can be used to make bags, tablecloths, the large fabrics are used to make clothes.

Jewelry and gemstones

Jakarta is famous for making the most sophisticated gold, silver, and copper jewelry in the world, you can buy them at markets or in major shopping centers. You can also consider buying gemstones with many sizes here because compared to many countries around the world including Vietnam, the price in Jakarta is considered cheaper.

8. Important notes

  • Do not drink alcohol on the street or in public places. If you want to drink, you should drink in the hotel, but remember to ask the staff.
  • Especially, do not show excessive affection in public such as hugging, kissing.
  • You absolutely should not look straight at the women on the street.
  • Do not use your hands to directly touch food, it will be considered impolite and unclean.
  • Do not take photos in mosques. If you want to, you need to ask for permission.

9. Explore Jakarta in 24 hours

9.1. Morning

Enjoy arts at Kemang after breakfast

Kemang is one of the most popular and most interesting places in Jakarta. This is an ideal place for self-sufficient tourists to enjoy a local breakfast to start a new day full of energy.
A cup of coffee and fragrant cakes at Komunal 88 will be great. This is a coffee shop that offers a lot of snacks made from the selection of Indonesian original ingredients. The dishes at Komunal 88 are prepared in different styles such as Italy, France, Turkey, or Iran.

If you want to enjoy delicious food while immersing yourself in the art space with lots of exhibitions from different schools, you can visit the most popular gallery in Jakarta, Dia.lo.gue.

Coffee Komunal 88
Address: 5 – 6 JlAmpera Raya, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00.

Dia.lo.gue Gallery
Address: 99A JlKemang Selatan, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Business hours:
9:30 – 18:00 (Monday – Thursday).
9:30 – 21:00 (Friday).
9:00 – 21:00 (Saturday – Sunday).

National Memorial- National Museum

Visiting these two places when traveling on your own to Indonesia, you will be able to get on the time machine to learn about Indonesia’s long history, the development process, as well as the unique cultural features through valuable antiques and documents. Tourists often say that in order to learn about a nation or ethnicity on their journeys, the shortest and most vivid way is to visit the museums.

National Memorial

Address: Gambir, Central Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 7:00 – 12:00.

National Museum

Address: 12 Jl Medan Merdeka Barat, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Business hours:
8:00 – 16:00 (Tuesday – Thursday).
8:00 – 17:00 (Saturday – Sunday).
Close on Monday.

Lunch at Menteng
Located near the National Memorial is the Menteng area. This is a busy and luxurious area in ​​Jakarta, which brings together high-class restaurants and Indonesian specialties. Almost all self-sufficient tourists in Jakarta visit this street to immerse themselves in the unique culinary space. Bunga Rampai restaurant is a prominent example of Menteng. Bunga Rampai serves the unique flavor of Indonesia in a Dutch architectural space. On the other hand, Seribu Rasa has a richer menu, adding more Southeast Asian cuisine.
Bunga Rampai Restaurant
Address: 35 JI CikDitiro, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00.
Seribu Rasa Menteng Restaurant
Address: 128 Jl Haji AgusSalim, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Business hours:
11:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:00 (Monday – Thursday).
11:00 – 22:00 (Friday – Sunday).
The largest Istiqlal Mosque in Southeast Asia
Religious diversity is also a characteristic of Indonesia. With 6 official religions, this is an opportunity for tourists to visit more famous churches and temples.
Istiqlal Mosque
Address: Jl Taman WijayaKusuma, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 5:00 – 00:00.

9.3. Afternoon

China Town
In Northern Jakarta, there is a large part of Chinese living and working, which has long become a unique cultural feature and interesting destination for tourists. Because traveling to Indonesia on your own will be very comfortable in time so please take your time to enjoy the atmosphere here. In China Town, you can find many ancient temples, jewelry shops, and handicrafts in Chinese style. In addition, the market in this area is also where you can buy many cheap goods such as fruit, pants, shoes, and even electronics. However, please double-check the goods and ask for a price before deciding on a purchase.
Old Quarter in Jakarta
Batavia was chosen as the capital of Indonesia during the colonial period of the Dutch, later changed to Jakarta. This is the gathering place of the important administrative buildings of the country. Many buildings bear the classical European architectural style crept in the old quarters. Walking around the old town in Jakarta and especially the Fatahillah Museum, you will have the opportunity to learn more about people, and culture during your trip to Indonesia. Fatahillah Museum is considered as the second version of Dam Palace in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Fatahillah Museum
Address: 27 JlLada, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 8:00 – 17:00 (Closed on Mondays).

9.4. Evening

Experience the bustling nightlife
At sunset, the colorful lights shine on most of the walking streets, shops, shopping malls, restaurants, and bustling bars. It’s such a pity if you travel to Indonesia without taking advantage of the free time to enjoy the night atmosphere here. You can go to SKYE Bar & Restaurant or Lucy Restaurant, which owns an amazing panoramic view of Jakarta at night shimmering in the lights and enjoy a luxurious dinner.
SKYE Restaurant & Bar

Address: BCA Tower, 56th floor, 1 Jl MH Thamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 16:00 – 1:00.

Lucy in the Sky

Address: Kawasan SCBD, 52 – 53 JlJendSudirmanKav, Lot 14, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 16:00 – 1:00.

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