Jakarta: Best Things to Do

Flickr - Jakarta Night View

Located on the northwest coast of Java island, Jakarta is one of the most visited cities in Indonesia

As the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is a metropolitan city where the Indonesian government is

Jakarta is known to be one of the most diverse cultural cities in the world

They have numerous museums, historical sites, and cultural centers

The famous tourist attractions in the city are Jakarta National Monument, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Museum Macan, Fatahilah Square, and many more

You won't be disappointed with the colorful culture and historical heritage in Jakarta



Have a sightseeing tour in the Kota Tua area. There's a popular area named Fatahillah Square in the area. The square is surrounded by classical Dutch-colonization heritage buildings. In the area, you can also find Jakarta's popular landmarks like the Jakarta History Museum, Puppet Museum (Wayang Museum), Cafe Batavia, and many more. Rent a bike or just strolling around can be a memorable experience in Jakarta.

Fatahillah Square

Bustling city square surrounded by historic buildings & museums, with frequent street performances

Address : Jl. Lada Dalam No.7, Pinangsia, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11110


The center of the city is in Jakarta Pusat or Central Jakarta. You can find almost everything here. It's filled with numerous prestigious shopping malls and luxury hotels. The famous attractions of the city are mostly located in Central Jakarta. They are Monumen Nasional (Monas), The Merdeka Palace, The National Museum, Selamat Datang Monument, and many more.

Selamat Datang Monument

Iconic monument built within a fountain depicting a man & woman making welcoming gestures

Address : Jl. Kebon Melati 1 No.5, RT.1/RW.5, Menteng, Kec. Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310


Jakarta has various kinds of shopping centers to offer, from traditional markets to prestigious shopping malls. If you want to shop at the local market, Pasar Seni Ancol can be one of your options. Located in the amusement park of Ancol (Taman Impian Jaya Ancol), the local market offers various kinds of local handmade souvenirs like woodworks, canvas paintings, traditional puppets, and many more. But, if you are looking for the best shopping mall in Jakarta, The Grand Indonesia Mall is where you go. It's one of Southeast Asia's largest mall.

Pasar Seni Ancol

Arts & crafts center on a 13-acre plot with stalls promoting local painters, sculptors & artisans

Address : Taman Impian Jaya, Jalan Lodan Timur No.1/7, RW.10, Ancol, Kec. Pademangan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14430

Grand Indonesia

Modern, multi-level mall featuring 100+ shops & more than 200 international restaurants & cafes

Address : Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.1, Menteng, Kec. Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310


You can't finish your journey in Jakarta without trying the famous and authentic Nasi Goreng. It's rice-based dish fried with meats, vegetables, and the authentic seasoning of Indonesia. The food is typically a bit spicy. They usually eat the food accompanied with fried egg and krupuk (traditional Indonesian's cracker). And for the drink, you can try their Beer Pletok. It's a nonalcohol drink having the rich taste of Indonesian herbal drink. The drink is made of ginger, aromatic pandan leaves, lemongrass, and sugar. This drink will help you to relax from the hustle.


In Jakarta, you may meet various kinds of Indonesian ethnics, but the indigenous people of Jakarta is Betawi people. They speak in Betawi language and Indonesian. The locals are very welcome and friendly to tourists.


It's best to visit Jakarta during the dry season, between June to September. Around the time, you'll find Jakarta in the clearer days. It's best to travel in the city.


Jakarta is filled with various kinds of stay and hotel accommodations. Plan your itinerary wisely, and choose the most strategic hotel to your attractions. Don't forget to stay within your budget. If you are looking for a five-star hotel located in the heart of Jakarta, Hotel Mulia Senayan is for you. The hotel offers amazing views of Jakarta city. You can reach the hotel from Soekarno-Hatta airport only in 25 minutes. But, if you are looking for a budget hotel with comfortable accommodation in central Jakarta, Simple Hotel Jakarta Wahid Hasyim is where you should book your room. This hotel has a strategic location in the city attractions and the largest mall Grand Indonesia. They offer simple and comfortable rooms. The front desk service is available 24 hours to help you, so don't worry and enjoy your trip.

Simple Hotel Jakarta Wahid Hasyim

a comfortable accommodation hotel with reasonable prices in central Jakarta

Address : Wahid Hasyim St No.65, Gondangdia, Menteng, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta 10350

Hotel Mulia Senayan

an opulent high-rise hotel in Jakarta featuring plush furnishings, sitting areas, and desks, as well as Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some provide city views

Address : Central Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia


Indonesia is known to be a food paradise for tourists. They have various kinds of food that will satisfy your tongue. The first recommendation restaurant, serving the best local cuisines, is Plataran Dharmawangsa. It's a Joglo (authentic Javanese house) blending with the luxury contemporary interior design. They serve the best Indonesian cuisines from all over cities in Indonesia. But, if you want to experience the local street foods, Kulineria Pujasera Melawai is where you go. The area is filled with various kinds of local street food at very affordable prices. You can find the famous authentic Indonesian satai there.

Kulineria Pujasera Melawai

a local street food market area

Address : Jl. Melawai Raya XIII No.3, RT.1/RW.3, Melawai, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta City, Jakarta 12160

Plataran Dharmawangsa

A beautiful & nostalgic Indonesian traditional style Restaurant

Address : Central Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia


Not only food paradise, but Indonesia has various kinds of homegrown coffee beans that will satisfy coffee lovers. If you are one of them, list down these coffee shops to your itinerary. The first cafe is the One-Fifteenth Coffe, also known as 1/15 Coffee. The cafe is founded by the winner of the Indonesia Barista Championship 2013. They serve the famous 12 hours pressed coffee blend with soda and lime juice that is the must-be-ordered coffee in the cafe. Have a quality cup of coffee in the cafe that will please your tongue and refresh your mind. But, if you are looking for a different vibe cafe with a relaxing view of nature, Arborea Cafe is where you go. Located in the office area of the Ministry of Environment, this cafe offers a nature interior and exterior of a forest. Order and enjoy your coffee with relaxing to the green trees.

Arborea Café

Cozy cafe with outdoor seating in a tree-shaded green space offering elevated local fare & coffee

Address : Manggala Wanabakti complex, Jl. Gatot Subroto No.1, RT.1/RW.3, Gelora, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta 10270

1/15 Coffee

a famous coffee shop in Jakarta known best for the 12-hours pressed coffee

Address : South Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia


Jakarta doesn't sleep at night. It has various kinds of nightlife entertainment to spend your night in Jakarta. If you want to spend a classy night while drinking the best cocktail in town, Burgundy is perfect for you. Not only serving great cocktails, but this bar also serves the amazing view of Jakarta at night. But, if you are looking for a loud party club, Dragonfly club is where you go. With great interior design, this club is always crowded. You can make a reservation before coming to the club. Dress nicely and don't forget to bring your ID!


Prominent nightclub with cutting-edge music, a glamorous interior & crafted cocktails

Address : Ground, Graha Bip, Jl. Gatot Subroto No.Kav. 23, RT.2/RW.2, Karet Semanggi, Setia Budi, South Jakarta City, Jakarta 12930

Burgundy Bar

a bar located Inside Grand Hyatt Jakarta

Address : Central Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia


As a cultural heritage city, Jakarta has many heritage and national monuments that attract locals and tourists. The most iconic landmark of the city is Jakarta National Monument or Monas. It is a memorial monument of Indonesian independence struggle from colonialism. The monument is placed the sacred "Bendera Pusaka", the first flag of Republic Indonesia. Numerous dioramas are displaying the history of the country's independence struggle. Visit the monument and explore the great independence struggle of the past Indonesian true heroes. Another landmark displaying the culture-rich of Indonesia is the TMII (Taman Mini Indonesia Indah) Science Center. It is a culture-based recreational area filled with the synopsis of Indonesian cultures like the authentic houses of every ethnic, ethnic dresses, and even the artificial miniatures of Indonesian islands displayed in the area. The area is quite wide, but you can have a tour by the cable cars to explore the area.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is among the most visited places in Indonesia.

This theme park is bringing Indonesian culture and nature to life through museums, gardens, and replicas of famed sights.

Address : East Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Monument

Well-known obelisk built to commemorate Indonesian independence from the Netherlands

Address : Gambir, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta


Jakarta has many instagramable spots for you. Museum Macan is a must-visit place for Instagram people. The museum displays various kinds of Haryanto Adikoesoemo's personal collection. The museum is filled with numerous spots colorful spaces for your Instagram. One of the popular artworks in the museum is the "Infinity Mirrored Room". It's a room filled with mirrors that create an amazing photo of your Instagram post. But, if you want to portray the historical local site of the city, Sunda Kelapa's port docks are where you go. This pork dock site is popular among youngsters and tourists for photo hunting. It's best to visit the place for sunset. You'll get the beautiful color of the golden time.

Museum MACAN

Modern and Contemporary Art Museum

Address : West Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia

Sunda Kelapa harbor dock

a container port near Kota Tua

Address : North Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia