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Central Jakarta (Indonesian: Jakarta Pusat) is equivalent to New York's Manhattan area, acting as the commercial and business district of Jakarta. By day the many office buildings are filled, by night people get their acts on the shopping malls, which answers why traffic happens all the time! The area encompasses Tanah Abang, Monas, Senen, Menteng, Jalan Jaksa, Senayan, and the road corridors along the Hotel Indonesia roundabout.

Understand[edit]

The core of Central Jakarta is the Jendral Sudirman Avenue and the M.H. Thamrin Avenue, where the high rises were erected at its backbone, followed by commercial centers and hotels at its branch roads. To the North, it continues to the west side of Monas, to the South it ends at Senayan Roundabout. The area was alive primarily thanks to the founding father Soekarno. The Gelora Bung Karno stadium, the Semanggi interchange, and the Selamat Datang statue was erected to welcome travelers to the 1962 Asian Games. Its success, followed by the booming Indonesian economy, leads big construction companies to pick land and build skyscrapers, even up to this day. The people watching scene here is fabulous. You can see a white collar worker get down to the bus stop and roam the sidewalks to his office on the 20th floor, while a socialite mother was dropped by her car in front of the mall and a handful of peaceful demonstrators walk around the roundabout to voice their aspiration. In the evening (or a short time for lunch): the crowd shifts to the cosmopolitan shopping centers for a dine and (window) shopping to wrap up their day. At Sunday morning, the road closes for you to walk on the asphalt, or even better, blend in to watch, and even join the various performances from the locals.

Pockets of commercial area to look out include the Tanah Abang wholesale market, the upscale Hotel Indonesia roundabout, the historical Monas, the artsy Cikini, and the busy Senen.The Menteng area is an upscale neighborhood, while the Jalan Jaksa and Jalan Sabang is a friendly area for foreigners as a backpacker and budget party area, respectively.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

If you are traveling by long distance trains, you will be very likely to arrive right away here. The Gambir and Senen train station is the arrival point for Jakarta. For the commuter line rail, get off at Sudirman and you are already at the heart of the city.

By bus[edit]

The Transjakarta Line Koridor 6.jpg goes to Dukuh Atas from South Jakarta, where you can connect to Line 1 by moving to the platform upstairs. Line Koridor 1.jpg itself goes from Kota at the North, to Blok M at the south, passing through Jendral Sudirman, M.H. Thamrin Avenue, Hayam Wuruk and Gajah Mada.

By car[edit]

From Jakarta's Inner Ring Road, take the exit to Semanggi. From there, take the left road that goes downhill to Jendral Sudirman Avenue. From the North, take Jalan Hayam Wuruk that leads to Monas.

Get around[edit]

The Jakarta Government provides a tour bus that will take you to attractions across the region! The Transjakarta Line 1 traverses through Jendral Sudirman, Thamrin, Monas, and Harmoni.

See[edit]

Landmarks[edit]

Statues and symbols that made up Jakarta can be traced roughly at the corridor between Monas and Senayan.

  •    Arjuna WijayaJl Medan Merdeka Barat (southwest of the Monas). A statue of Arjuna and Krishna riding horse chariot, the scene taken from Mahabharata epic. Created by Nyoman Nuarta.
  •    Farmer Statue (Pak Tani dan Bu Tani), Jl. Prapatan (near Aryaduta Hotel). Created by Matvei Manizer and Otto Manizer (from Russia). This statue commemorated the struggle for Independence by Indonesian farmers and their family.
  •    Freedom of Irian Jaya (Pembebasan Irian Jaya), Lapangan Banteng (near Hotel Borobudur and Ministry of Finance). This statue, right at the center of the court, celebrates the annexation of Irian Jaya (West Papua) into Indonesia from the Netherlands in 1963.
  •    General SoedirmanJl. Jendral Sudirman. The statue stands on the avenue named for his namesake. Sudirman is the leader of the Indonesian forces in the guerrilla war against the Dutch in Yogyakarta (1948-1949).
Monas up close and personal
  •    The National Monument (Monumen Nasional, often abbreviated Monas), Lapangan Merdeka (BRT Monumen Nasional), Gambir (only the north entrance, via a poorly signposted pedestrian tunnel, is currently open.),  +62 21 384 0451. 8AM-3PM, except the last Monday of the month. A towering 137m-tall obelisk with 50 kilos of solid gold shaped into flames up top, this is the most famous landmark in Jakarta. The monument was commissioned by Sukarno in 1961 to celebrate Indonesia's independence, it was completed in 1975 after his death and is consequently known irreverently as Sukarno's Last Erection. The 1 square kilometer Medan Merdeka (Freedom Square) plaza/park around it was created by bulldozing a squatter community. In its basement, look for the collection of dioramas depicting the struggle for Indonesian independence from a firmly revolutionary point of view, while the top has an observation deck. The musical fountain at the east side of the park dances weekends at 19:00. Museum Rp 5,000, observation desk Rp 10,000.
  •    Prince DiponegoroSurapati Park, Jl Diponegoro. This statue commemorates the rebellion against Dutch occupation (1825-1830), led by Prince Diponegoro from the Kingdom of Mataram, Yogyakarta.
  •    Welcome to Jakarta statue (Selamat Datang), Bundaran HI. This statue was an idea by Soekarno, designed by former Henk Ngantung. The statue waves to the north as athletes from the Asia Pacific region came to play the 1962 Asian Games.

Museums[edit]

Most museum in this region has a theme of patriotism, mainly because most of the action took place here.

  •    National Museum (Museum Nasional), Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat no.12 (BRT Monumen Nasional, Line 1),  +62 21 3868172, +62 21 381 1551fax: +62 21 3447778. Tu-F 8AM-4PM, Sa-Su 8AM-5PM. Step back in time from humble prehistory to the Hindu Kingdoms, from the Dutch to the Independence. It has a fine collection of Hindu sculptures and cultural artifacts from around the country, as well as an impressive treasure room filled with gold items. Look out for the elephant statue at front, a gift from the King of Siam (Thailand) in 1871. The Gold room is closed 1 hour before the museum normal closing time. Indonesian Rp 5,000, foreigner Rp 10,000.
  •    Presidential Palace (Istana Merdeka), Jl Medan Merdeka (in front of the Monas square). Sa-Su, 9AM-4PM. Along with the Negara Palace and others minor buildings, it forms the Presidential Palace complex. Built in 1796 as a mansion for a Dutch businessman,, it became the center of the Dutch administration during the 19th century, and the official residence of every single president. As of 2014, the Palace doesn’t seem to be open for public.
  •    Proclamation Museum (Museum Perumusan Naskah Proklamasi), Jl. Proklamasi 56. Tu-F 08:00-16:00 (F closes 11:00-13:00), Sa-Su 08:30-17:00. This is where the Declaration of Independence is read on August 17, 1945, by the founding fathers Soekarno and Hatta. Complete storyline of how the Independence came to be, through dioramas, mock-ups, and propaganda posters. Indonesian Rp2,000; foreigner Rp10,000.
  •    Museum Sumpah PemudaJl. Kramat Raya No. 106. Tu-F 08:00-16:00; Sa-Su 08:00-17:00. In 1928, a group of youth at the 2nd Youth Congress declares one motherland, one nation, one language. The museum has complete information on how the dispersed youth tied their home region gathered in unity for an idea of a country that was yet to be officially formed, and when the creator of the Indonesian national anthem, W.R. Supratman, performed this piece by violin for the first time ever. Indonesian Rp2,000; foreigner Rp10,000.

Religious places[edit]

The Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral at the center right are across each other!
  •    Istiqlal Mosque (Masjid Istiqlal), Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma, DKI Jakarta (Koridor 2.jpg stop: Istiqlal (backdoor of the mosque) or Koridor 2.jpgKoridor 3.jpg: Juanda),  +62 21 3483 0375. Any hour. For non-Muslims, preferably not during prayer time (noon, 3:30PM, 6PM). Not far from Gambir Station and Monas is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Designed by a Christian architect, the mosque was deliberately erected in front of an older cathedral by former president Soekarno to show religious harmony and diversity. The mosque is grand and gorgeous both inside and out, virtually every element was designed meticulously to reflect philosophical meanings of the Muslim world. Be sure to wear proper attire if you are going here for the day, or a sarong can be lent if you are wearing shorts. Get a guide to explore if you are on your own, but expect to pay a tip (arrange the amount before the tour) both to the guide and to the mosque.
  •    Jakarta CathedralJl. Katedral 7B (Koridor 2.jpgKoridor 3.jpg stop: Juanda),  +62 21 345 7746. The century-old neo-gothic church is the seat of the Jakarta Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church. After you admire the design inside and out, go to the 2nd floor for a museum.

Do[edit]

Art and culture[edit]

  •    Bentara Budaya JakartaJl. Palmerah Selatan no. 17 +62 21 548 3008. M-F 08:00-17:00. A collection of paintings, especially from Bali, ceramic from the Chinese dynasties, Buddhist statues with hand praying gestures, and other arts and crafts from across the archipelago. Sometimes there is a thematic exhibition or a cultural performance.
  •    Ismail Marzuki ParkJl. Cikini Raya no. 73. Mostly performing arts, but there are also exhibitions of fine arts. This is the home for Indonesia's famous non-profit theater club, the Teater Koma.
  •    Aula Simfonia JakartaJl. Industri Raya Blok B 14 Kavling 1, Kemayoran. The only building in Indonesia whose sole purpose is for classical music hall. Regular performances by the Simfonia Jakarta Orchestra conducted by Stephen Tong and the gigantic 3217 pipes of the pipe organ.
  •    Jakarta Arts BuildingJl. Gedung Kesenian no. 1. One of the most well known places for performing arts in Jakarta. Indie and contemporary music and dance, and orchestra performances.

Spa[edit]

  •    Taman Sari Royal Heritage SpaJl. KH Wahid Hasyim 133, Central Jakarta +62 21 314 3585. Pamper yourself after a day at the hectic city with Indonesian style massages...in Indonesia! For your wellbeing, the spa also offers swimming pool, sauna, gym, whirpool, and manicure & pedicure.

Park[edit]

A common stereotype is that Jakartans are all works and no play, mainly because of the rarity of parks. However, empty lands and former shanty homes were increasingly made up to good use, into parks for every citizen to enjoy, an oasis beneath the concrete jungle. In the park, some hawkers set up stalls for a cold drink on a hot day, and most of the visitors come here for a date! The Menteng area is well-known for such a spot behind the skyscrapers.

  •    Menteng ParkJl. HOS Cokroaminoto, Central Jakarta. The newest addition to Central Jakarta, 40 hectares of land made use into an excellent park. Wide pathways, fountains, collection of plants, are a remedy for the eyes and the body. At night and on the weekends, there are numerous community performances or doing lessons. There is a greenhouse that, unfortunately, has no plants.
  •    Suropati ParkJl. Untung Suropati, Central Jakarta. A smaller park that but has more high trees that can function as shades. Regular community performances, especially classical music under the trees every weekend!
  •    Situ Lembang ParkJl. Lembang, Central Jakarta. A giant lake with a fountain at its center, jogging track and seating area on its rim.

Buy[edit]

Your first impression when you arrive might be the shopping options here are upscales only because what you see is nothing but skyscrapers. But in truth, Central Jakarta is a shopper's mecca, anything you can think of can be bought here! From arts and crafts to fashion, both cheap and expensive, you will never run out of choice. If there is something that you do not like, the next mall is just a short distance away!

Shopping Malls[edit]

  •    Citywalk SudirmanJl. K.H. Mas Mansyur no. 121 (Koridor 1.jpgstop: Karet 2). Many options of food and drink, decent shopping options such as Daiso Japanese 100 yen shop.
  •    Grand Indonesia (popularly called GI), Jl. M.H. Thamrin no. 1 (entrance slightly hidden, southwest of Hotel Indonesia roundabout. Koridor 1.jpg stop: Tosari ICBC). A big mall with high-end boutiques (both branded and independent) on its West mall, and a myriad of eating options at the East mall and the Skybridge. Highlights include Alun-Alun Indonesia arts and crafts, Seibu department store straight from Japan, the hourly Dancing Fountain at the 3A floor of the West mall, and Galeri Indonesia Kaya cultural performance at the 8th floor.
  •    Harco Mangga DuaJl. Mangga Dua Raya, Central Jakarta 10730 (Koridor 12.jpg: ITC Mangga Dua). This is the place for computers and gadgets (but in most cases, not mobile phones). Come here to get a fix.
  •    ITC Roxy MasKH. Hasyim Ashari St. No. 125, Cideng, Gambir, Jakarta 10150 (Koridor 3.jpg: RS Sumber Waras),  +62 21 630 5001. The Roxy strip is the place to look for mobile phones (but likely you won't get a new iPhone here). Haggling is the norm here, if possible get a local buddy to help with what is the best shop.
  •    Jakarta Design Centre (JDC)Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto Kav. 53, Petamburan, Tanah Abang, Jakarta 10260 (Koridor 9.jpg stop: Slipi Petamburan). 7 floors of furniture showrooms, from vintage to modern minimalist.
  •    Mangga Dua MallArteri Mangga Dua, Central Jakarta 10730 (Koridor 12.jpg stop: ITC Mangga Dua),  +62 21 601 7771. One part of the Mangga Dua strip is where the locals shop for electronics, from game consoles to Hi-Fi speakers. Note that unless you ask not to, most of the software sold here are pirated.
  •    Plaza Indonesia (locally abbreviated PI), Jl. MH Thamrin No. 28-30, Central Jakarta (Koridor 1.jpg stop: Tosari ICBC). The standard-bearer of swank, but no longer the only game in town. Well located at the very center of Jakarta, similar options as Grand Indonesia, but slightly less classy. Good food courts and a well-stocked Periplus and Aksara bookstores. One of the top places to hang out in the Jendral Sudirman & M.H. Thamrin corridor with many f&b options, cafés and bars. No department stores.
  • Plaza Senayan (locally abbreviated PS), Jl. Asia Afrika 8 (Koridor 1.jpg stop: Bundaran Senayan),  (62) (21) 572 5555. Anchored by Sogo and Metro department stores, this is the self-proclaimed "most stylish mall in Jakarta" and they just might be right, at least if you equate style with the ilk of the Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci shops that fill up the first floor. Check out the Kinokuniya book store on the 5th floor of Sogo, the largest in Jakarta with an excellent selection of English books. The Arcadia annex, lurking in the back across a parking lot, has a cluster of high-end restaurants, ice cream bar, and health centre. Next to Senayan sports complex.
  •    SarinahJl. MH. Thamrin No. 11. Central Jakarta (Koridor 1.jpgstop: Sarinah),  +62 21 322008. The first mall in Indonesia. Indonesian batik, arts and crafts for a cheaper rate, and an increasing number of eating and entertainment options.
  • Senayan City (locally abbreviated Senci), Jl. Asia Afrika Lot 19, Jakarta (Koridor 1.jpg: Bundaran Senayan). Right in front of Plaza Senayan, this brand new building is a combination between shopping arcade, office tower, apartment, and hotel. A lot of exclusive brands can be found there, including its major tenant, Debenhams, a big department store from UK, and Topshop, a unisex boutique from UK. For you gadget lovers, Best Denki, the biggest electronic store from Japan has its biggest outlet outside of Japan in this Mall. An exclusive Studio XXI cinema with its 4 deluxe theaters and 1 premiere theater and a variety of food stalls from all over the world is here as well, including Krispy Kreme and Burger King. Senayan City also has restaurants open up until midnight in its "Crystal Lagoon" section.

Markets[edit]

  •    Surabaya StreetSurabaya Street (Koridor 1.jpg stop: Tosari ICBC; Logo kcj baru.png station: Cikini). A famous flea market located in Central Jakarta. Art, antique and souvenir shops. Favorite place for bargain hunters. Beware of pickpockets.
  •    Pasar Baru (Koridor 3.jpg stop: Pasar Baru). An open market opened since the Dutch colonial era in 1820. Famous in Jakarta for selling textiles, sporting equipments, shoes, cameras and accessories. For numismatic lovers, this is also the place to go to. Tens of sellers display their collection of old Indonesian currency and also currency from around the world. Pasar Baru is also home to the Indian community living in Jakarta.
  •    Pasar Blok A & B Tanah AbangJl. K.H. Mas Mansyur no.1 (Koridor 1.jpg stop: Sarinah). This is the prime place for garments in Jakarta or even Indonesia! Especially famous for Muslim garments and designer women hoods (hijab), but other types of fashion are abundant. Haggle extensively and buy in bulks to get a swell discount, if you are lucky the prices can be the cheapest you can find in Jakarta. Because of the huge multi-purpose area, make sure you get to Block A & B (the high brown and green building) for this purpose.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Frankfurter HotdogThe Plaza Semanggi, Central Jakarta +62 21 2553 6246. American fast food. Menu: frankfurter, bratwurst, winner, mask hotdog, corizo, hamburger, tafein, salad, friezz. Price: approx. US$ 5/person.
  • WinnerJl. Cideng Timur 40, Jakarta 10160 +62 21 6322052. European restaurant. Menu: sausages, chicken katsu, cordon bleu, bratwurst, steak (hotplate). Drinks: calipso, tropical green, pink guava, lychee, milk shake. Price: US$ 5/person.

Italian:

  • Kafe PisaJl. Gereja Theresia 1, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat +62 21 3928568. Italian restaurant. Menu: salad, pasta, spaghetti, pizza, sandwich, Opening hours: 10.00AM - Midnight. Price: approx. US$ 9/person.
  • Spaghetti HousePlaza Indonesia, lower basement +62 21 310 7181. Italian restaurant. Menu: salad, seafood, pasta, lasagna, spaghetti, sandwich, pizza macaroni, risotto. Opening hours: 10.00AM to 10.00PM. Price: US$ 9/person.
  •    Ragusa Es ItaliaJl. Veteran I No. 10, Gambir +62 21 384 9123. Daily 09:30-23:00. Established by the Italian Ragusa brothers in 1932, this hole-in-the-wall gelato parlor provides your imaginable ice cream menu, but has an antique charm that entices you to come back for more. Rp20,000-Rp70,000.

Japanese:

  • Beppu MenkanPlaza Indonesia EX +62 21 315 8501. Japanese noodle restaurant. Menu: gyoza, tofu, prawn, ramen, udon, tempura, teriyaki. Price: approx. US$ 7/person.

Korean:

  • Bee Bim BabPlaza Indonesia, Jl MH Thamrin Kav 28-30 EX 35-36 Lt 1 +62 21 315 7518. Korean restaurant. Menu: kalbi, bulgogi, bokum, fried rice, bab jun, noodles, soup, kimchi. Opening hours: 11.00AM to 11.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 7/person.

Chinese:

  • Bakmi Gang Kelinci.
    • Jl. Kelinci Raya No. 1- 3, Pasar Baru, Jakarta Pusat (Pusat Bakmi Gang Kelinci), Phone: 35 22288, 997 22288, 70 100 100.
    • ITC Kuningan, Jembatan 2 Lt. 4, Blok BS No. 6, Jakarta Pusat, Phone: 5793 8280
    • Johar, No. 6E Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, Phone: 3901 712 / 9511 6400
    • Kemayoran Gambir Expo Blok C, Jakarta Pusat, Phone: 98966434
  • Komala'sSarinah Building, Jl. MH Thamrin 11, Jakarta 10350 +62 21 390 3533fax: +62 21 390 3534. 10.00AM- 11.00PM. Indian vegetarian food, fast food style. The interior does not look Indian but more like modern. Rp 50,000.

Oriental:

  • Panda ExpressPlaza Indonesia Level 3 #S9 Jl. MH Thamrin Kav. 28-30 Jakarta 10350 +62 21 3107178fax: +62 21 330278. International fast food. Menu: teppanyaki, Korean, soto, mimosa steak, Singaporean food. Opening hours: 10.00AM to 10.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 7/person.

Seafood:

  • Pondok LagunaJl. Batu Tulis Raya No. 45-47, Central Jakarta. Seafood restaurant. Simultaneously big and noisy yet outdoors and peaceful, this popular seafood joint is packed every night of the week with punters queuing up for their famous grilled fish (gurame goreng) and fried tofu with shrimp (tahu kipas). Wash it down with an improbably tasty glass of cucumber juice (es timun) and enjoy the bill, which won't be much more than Rp. 50,000 per head. Cards accepted, but no reservations.

Traditional:

Javanese:

  • Bu TjitroJl. Kalilio 11 +62 21 345 6727. Traditional Javanese restaurant. Menu: gudeg, grilled chicken, soup, fish, prawn, salad. One of the best Gudeg (rustic stew of young jackfruit) restaurant in Jakarta. Opening hours: 09.00AM to 08.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 4/person.
  • Sate Khas SenayanJl. Tanah Abang II/76 +62 21 392 8763. Traditional Maduranese/Javanese restaurant. Menu: soup, salad, fried rice, seafood, chicken and beef sate (thin strips of grilled meat threaded on skewers, with peanut sauce). Drink: juice, ice blended coffee. One of the best sate restaurant in Jakarta. Opening hours: 10.00AM to 10.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 7/person, except crab US$ 14.
  • Spice GardenPlaza Senayan +62 21 3107575. Traditional Javanese restaurant. Worth a special mention, this upscale food court has been done up to resemble a cluster of rustic kaki lima, only with air-con and without the cockroaches. Indonesian choices from all across the archipelago, plus token Japanese and Korean options. Meals from Rp. 20,000. Opening hours: 10.00AM to 09.30PM. Price: approx. US$ 5/person.
  • Wong SoloJl. Samanhudi no. 57, Pasar Baru +62 21 3800448. Traditional grilled chicken. Menu: grilled chicken, fried fish, prawn, tom yam, salad. Opening hours: 10.00AM to 10.30PM. Price: approx. US$ 4/person.

Manado:

  • FillyJl. Cikini Raya No. 73, Kompleks Taman Ismail Marzuki, Central Jakarta +62 21 31936535. Traditional North Sulawesi/Manado seafood restaurant. Menu: fish, prawn, salad. Opening hours: 10.00AM to 09.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 8/person.

Mid-range[edit]

Western:

  • California Pizza KitchenPlaza Indonesia Lt. 1/21, Jl. Thamrin Kav. 28-30 +62 21 3107667. Italian fast food restaurant. Menu: soup, salads, pizza, pasta, focacia sandwiches. Opening hours: 11.00AM to 11.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 11/person.
  • Chili's2nd Floor, Sarinah Building, Jl. MH Thamrin,Jakarta +62 21 314 6587fax: +62 21 314 6907. Mexican restaurant. Menu: fajitas, nachos, tortilla, pico de gallo, steak BBQ beef ribs, sandwich, salad, grilled chicken/beef, ribeye and prawns, pablo rice. Drinks: margarita presidente, gold tequila, trisec, cointreau, brandy. Opening hours : 11AM - 10:45PM. Price: approx. US$ 18/person.
  • DomusVeteran I/30-32, Central Jakarta +62 21 344 7288fax: +62 21 384 4644. Italian restaurant with cigar smoking lounge. Menu: pizza, spaghetti, fish, dal nostro caminetto a legna, dolci dessert. Cigar: Cuban and Dominican. Opening hours: 11.00AM to 11.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 12/person.
  • Gandy SteakhouseJl. HOS Cokroaminoto 90, Menteng, Jakarta. Tel. (021) 310 2542. European restaurant. Menu: steak, grilled chicken, seafood. Opening hours: 11.00AM to 11.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 21/person.
  • Tony Roma. American restaurant. Menu: salad, soup, steak, BBQ, ribs. approx. US$ 22/person.
    • Jln K. H. Wahid Hasyim, No. 49/51, Jakarta 10350 +62 21 384 5511fax: +62 21 315 0754.
    • Jln Jend Sudirman, Ground Floor, Panin Bank Centre, Jakarta 10270 +62 21 720 2735fax: +62 21 720 2744.

Middle East:

  • Ali K. Baba (Beirut Restaurant), Jl. H Agus Salim 57, Menteng, Central Jakarta +62 21 3193 8147. Reasonably authentic and affordably priced Lebanese eats, with bonus points for the bizarre decor of Arabic weaponry and plastic scenes of green rural idyll. Rp.50000 will get you one main dish or two mezze to share.

Japanese:

  • Chikara-TeiJl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 10-11 (Mid Plaza), Central Jakarta +62 21 574 4318. Cavernous Japanese eatery with a sumo theme and portions sized to match. Caters squarely to Japanese businessmen with a huge menu covering everything from sushi to deep-fried pork cutlets. Set meals from Rp. 50,000++..
  •    KikugawaJl. Cikini Raya IV No. 13, Central Jakarta +62 21 315 0668. 11:30-15:00. Established in 1969, Kikugawa is the oldest Japanese restaurant in Jakarta since the Second World War. Serving authentic Japanese cuisine (no fusion of any kind) in simple Japanese house atmosphere.The owner is Japanese-Indonesian couple and had also established "Bengawan Solo" Indonesian restaurant in Tokyo. Rp.20,000 to Rp.90,000..

Chinese:

  • Chinois BistroMidPlaza 1, B1 Floor. Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 10-11, Jakarta 10220 +62 21 570 0550. Chinese restaurant famous for roasted duc. Menu: soup, seafood, hotplate, claypot, salad, fried rice. roasted duck. Opening hours: 11.30AM - 10.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 16/person.
  • Summer PalaceJl. Cikini Raya 58, Jakarta Pusat +62 21 390 4640. Chinese restaurant. Menu: soup, chicken hainan, duck, noodle, salad, beef. Price: approx. US$ 22/person.

Indian:

  • Ganesha Ek SanskritiBRI II Building 9th Floor, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 44-46, Jakarta 10210 +62 21 571 9415. Indian restaurant. Menu: kebabs, vegetarian food, biryani rice, pulao, breads, gulab jamon. Opening hours: 12.00-15.00, 18.30-22.00. Price: approx. US$ 8/person for lunch, dinner about US$20 to get a decent meal.

Thai:

  • Tamnak ThaiHOS Cokroaminoto (Menteng), Jakarta Pusat +62 21 392 3000. Thai restaurant. Menu: salad, soup, prawn, lobster, squid, crab, asparagus, fish, sapo soya bean curd, fried chicken, duck, grilled beef. Opening hours: 11.30AM to 03.00PM, 05.30PM to 10.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 22/person.

Malaysia:

  • Penang BistroJl. Kebon Sirih Raya No. 59, Central Jakarta (021) 7260303. Asian food include tasty if not particularly authentic versions of Penang dishes from Malaysia, served in one of Jakarta's newest and hippest spots with sleek, atmospheric lighting, interior garden and a full-wall waterfall. Main courses mostly in the Rp 20-50,000 range. Open daily from 11AM to 10PM.

Seafood:

  • Chili BowlTaman Ria Senayan East End Building Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto Jakarta 10720 +62 21 570 3703fax: +62 21 574 6755. Seafood restaurant. Menu: soup, shark fin, fish, prawn, crab, fried chicken, kung pao, bean curd, salad, noodle. Opening hours: 11.00AM to 11.00PM. Price: approx. US$ 12/person.

Vegetarian:

  • MuditaJl Batu Ceper Raya No. 7 +62 21 380-6739. Vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Menu: tofu, tempe, spring rolls, gado-gado, salad, soup, mushroom. Opening hours: Lunch 09.00 - 14.30, Dinner 17.00 - 21.00. Price: approx. US$ 14/person.
  • NuraniPangeran Jayakarta Center Blok H, Jl. Pangeran Jayakarta No. 8-9 +62 21 6000236. Chinese vegetarian restaurant. Menu: tofu, tempe, soup, salad, mushroom. Opening hours: 09.00AM to 09.00PM (daily). Price: approx. US$ 13/person.

Splurge[edit]

Japanese:

  • Olive TreeNikko Hotel, Jl. M.H. Thamrin 59, Jakarta 10350, Jakarta Pusat +62 21 2301122fax: +62 21 3143631. Menu: sushi dan sashimi, robatayaki, tempura, sukiyaki. Japanese food buffet. Opening hours: lunch (10.30-14.30) and dinner (18.30-22.30).

Chinese:

  • Shang PalaceHotel Shangri La, Kota BNI,Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta 10220 +62 21 570 7440. Chinese restaurant. Menu: Shark Fin, Scallop Seafood, Fried Sliced Beef with Kailan, Chao Zhou Dumplings with Shrimp Paste, Crab Stick and Crab Meat Filling.

Thai:

  • Baby BuddhaMidplaza 2 (ground floor), Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav. 10-11 +62 21 5707774. Open 11:30AM-2:30PM, 6-11PM daily. Restaurant, bar and lounge with slick, minimalist, modern Thai design and, more surprisingly, very authentic food. The humble pad thai (Rp 75,000) not only looks like a work of art, but tastes like the real thing, and you can wash it down with a selection of Thai rice whiskies. Rp. 200,000++.

Traditional:

  •    Lara DjonggrangJl. Teuku Cik Di Tiro 4, Menteng, Central Jakarta +62 21 315 3252. Old house named after a legend from Prambanan and retrofitted with the contents (and roof!) of a 300-year-old temple in Semarang, serving up pompously self-styled "imperial Indonesian cuisine". The staff will be happy to show you around if it's quiet, be sure to check out the gorgeous Lara Djonggrang room. If you are eating with a big group (more than 20 people), book ahead and you will be assigned a rom just for your group, with unique interiors. Rp50,000-Rp70,000.
  • Oasisrestaurant with the famous rijsttafel, Jl. Raden Saleh Raya Jakarta 10330 +62 21 315 0646. /Indonesian restaurant. Beautiful old house with paintings, and tribal arts. Menu: rijstafel, veal served in a cream sauce with mushrooms, crabmeat, and asparagus. Live music. One of the best restaurant in Indonesia. Opening hours: 07.00PM to 10.00PM.

Drink[edit]

List of Bars:

  • Absolute CafeJl Jaksa No.5, - Jakarta Pusat +62 21 319 09 847. Free play 9ft pool table, big screen Tv, Live sports, excellent pub food, Budget priced beers! Opening hours: 4.00PM to Late.
  • After HourSarinah BuildingLt. 2, Jl.MH Thamrin No. 11 - Jakarta Pusat +62 21 39832047fax: +62 2139832048. Facility: a pool (billiard) venue with 2 bars, 20 excellent pool tables and a lone snooker table. Two floors. Opening hours: 12.00PM to 02.00AM.
  • BacchusMidplaza Intercontinental Hotel, LG Jalan Jend Sudirman Kav 10-11, Jakarta 10220 +62 212510888. Fine wine bars and bistro. Opening hours: 04.00PM to 01.00AM.
  • Burgundy BarJl MH Thamrin Kav 28-30 Grand Hyatt, Jakarta Lt 4, Jakarta 10230 +62 21 390 1234. Bar with burgundy (dark shade of red) decoration. The special drink from this bar is called "burgundy crush". Opening hours: Su-Th - 5PM to 1AM, F-Sa - 5PM to 2AM. Facility: live jazz performance, cigar smoking room. Drinks: fine wine, frozen vodkas, spirit, martini, Caipirinha, Caipiroska etc. Snack: temaki rolls, foie grass. Price: splurge.
  • CazbarJl Mega Kuningan E3.3, unit A1, Jakarta +62 21 5764582. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, free Wi-Fi, billiards, darts, sports cafe. Saturday night ladies night with live music. Close to Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Gran Melia
  • Churchill BarJl Lap Banteng Slt 1 Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta 3rd Fl, Jakarta 10710 +62 21 380 5555.
  • CJs BarJl Asia Afrika Hotel Mulia Senayan Lt Mezzanine, Jakarta 10270 +62 21 574 7777. Dance, clubbing. Young crowd, affluent, live music show. Opening hours: 05.00PM to 02.00AM. Price: splurge.
  • Cuba LibreJalan Veteran Satu, No. 32, Jakarta Pusat +62 21 3446703fax: +62 21 384 4844. Latin cigar bar next to Domus Italian restaurant. Facility: extensive selection of the best Cuban cigars, 2 private rooms, dance floor, latin music. Opening hours: 06.00PM to 11.00PM.
  • F BarPlaza Indonesia L1-2#EX, Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 13, Central Jakarta +62 21 319 9079. Super-stylish bar/club with DJ spinning nonstop and Fashion TV on all the walls, and an expensive fusion restaurant downstairs for quieter moments. Draft Bintang a mere Rp 25,000, but this is the kind of place that calls for a strangely named cocktail — if the Flaming Gorilla Tits (Rp. 80,000) isn't your scene then go for a well-mixed Kamikaze (Rp 55,000).
  • Gelato BarJl MH Thamrin Kav 28-30 EX 37-38 Lt 1, Jakarta 10350 +62 21 315 1874. Next to Sogo/Plaza Indonesia.
  • Grand ManhattanJl Lap Banteng Slt 1 Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta Lt 1-3, Jakarta 10710 +62 21 384 2223.
  • Gumarang BarJl KH Wahid Hasyim Hotel Ibis Tamarin, Jakarta 10350 +62 21 391 2323.
  • Oak RoomNikko Hotel GF, Jalan MH Thamrin 59, Jakarta 10350 +62 21 230 1122fax: +62 21 314 3631. A wine bar with English club atmosphere. Drink: fine wine, liquor, beers.
  • Tiga PuluhLe Meridien 1F, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 18-20. Jakarta 10220 +62 21 251 3131. The Jekyll and Hyde of Jakarta's nightclubs: as you step in, you'll find a stylish, quiet, well-lit wine bar, but behind the double doors lies a dimly lit and noisy nightclub packed with girls. The live bands are, however, a notch above the average. Rp. 75,000 cover on weekends.

Sleep[edit]

Most visitors staying in Jakarta will stay at Central, especially along the Sudirman-Thamrin strip, mainly because of its easy access to all attractions the city has to offer.

Budget[edit]

Jalan Jaksa[edit]

Jalan (street) Jaksa as well as nearby Jalan Kebon Sirih at the northern end of Jaksa and Jalan K H Wahid Hasyim at the southern one are Jakarta's main backpacker hangout, with numerous low-priced hostels (dormitory bed from Rp.60,000, fan room Rp.80,000-120,000, aircon from Rp.150,000) as well as some mid-range hotels. Whilst the area itself has a laid-back feel (which may be what attracts backpackers), it's not worth hanging around at the expense of seeing greater Jakarta. The area is just south of Gambir station (where DAMRI buses from the airport also arrive/depart every 15-30 minutes) and now fairly accessible on the busway (Sarinah stop on line 1, just walk 200-300 m to the right from the southern end of Jl. Jaksa).

  • Bali HotelJl. K H Wahid Hasyim, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat (half way from the southern end of Jaksa to Sarinah; good option if you want a budget place in this area but outside of Jaksa itself). Balinese-designed rooms are a bit basic and without a window but are big for that price range; TV and air-conditioning are available. However, the bathroom is shared and is not too clean. Internet-connected computers and printer are available in the "lobby" on entrance. Rp.100,000.
  •    Six Degrees HostelJalan Cikini Raya 60 B-C, Menteng +62 21 314 1657. European-style hostel opened Nov 2011, efficiently run with superb amenities/extras. A welcoming respite if Jaksa does not appeal. Do not miss the top floor, where the fun is at! Rp.115,000.
  • Bloem Steen HomestayJL Kebon Sirih Timur no 174 (Just off JL Jaksa.),  3192-5389. 18. fan single/double rooms with outside bathrooms. Nice front terrace. Rp80.000/100.000.
  • Wisma DelimaJL Jaksa 5 +62 21 3190 4157. The first and only IYHF licensed hostel in Indonesia. Rp60.000/100.000/120.000.
  • Borneo HostelJL Kebon Sirih Barat No. 35 (Just off Jl Jaksa.),  +62 21 341-0095. fan single/double rooms with share/own bathrooms. RP100.000/130.000.
  • Memories HostelJL Jaksa 17 +62 21 316-2548. fan and a/c double rooms with own bathrooms. Rp100.000150.000.

Other areas[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Most visitors coming to Jakarta stay in Central Jakarta, where a plethora of mid-range to splurge hotels are located.

  •    Alila JakartaJl. Pecenongan No. 17 +62 21 231 6008. Modern, airy lobby and rooms. From Rp900,000; Suites from Rp1 million.
  •    Cipta HotelJalan Kyai Haji Wahid Hasyim No. 53, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia 10350 +62-21-3904701. Air-conditioned rooms with comfy beds, a telephone, mini-bar, refrigerator, and a writing desk and chair along with complimentary bottles of mineral water. Breakfast for a separate fee at Blueberry Pancake House. From Rp500,000.
  •    City M HotelJl Tanah Abang 1, No 11 +62 21 34834741. At the northwest side of Monas, near Tanah Abang, secluded outside the main road. A few standard rooms have no windows. Limited but decent options for breakfast. From Rp400,000.
  •    DoubleTree by HiltonJl Pegangsaan Timur No. 17 Cikini, +62 21 3190 4433. Contemporary hotel with more than 230 rooms. 3 restaurants for lunch or tapas, considering the medium size of the property, and a bar. From Rp750,000.
  •    Grand Cemara HotelJl. Cemara 1 +62 (21) 390 8215. A decent average room. Breakfast at the coffee shop. Balinese style spa and pool. From Rp500,000.
  •    Grand Mercure Harmoni JakartaJl Hayam Wuruk No 36 37, +62 21 3453777. One of the premium hotels by Accor in Jakarta. Good hotel with spacious rooms. Only has 1 restaurant but offers 2 bars. From Rp700,000.
  •    Gren Alia CikiniJl. Cikini Raya No.46 +62 21 230 3000fax: +62 21 315 1354. 8 floors. Rooms, except suites, have connecting doors. The restaurant opens 24 hours. Less than 50 meters to Ismail Marzuki Park. From Rp450,000.
  •    Harris Suites FX SudirmanJl. Jenderal Sudirman, Pintu Satu Senayan +62 21 25554333. Prime location at Senayan, attached to the FX mall. Small hotel that has somewhat narrow rooms, but all of its rooms at level 40s has stunning views of the city. No breakfast in hotel but a lot in the mall. From Rp770,000.
  •    MarcopoloJl. Teuku Cik Ditiro 19 +62 21 230 1777fax: +62 21 310 7138. A decent hotel midway between the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout and Cikini. Rooms can be booked with or without breakfast. From Rp600,000.
  •    MaxOneHotels @ SabangJalan Agus Salim no 24. Small hotel and small rooms in a strategic location, an expat's playground. Dining at Coffee World. From Rp500,000.
  •    Millennium Kebon SirihJl. Fachruddin No. 3, Tanah Abang +62 21 230 3636fax: +62 21 230 0880. The recently renovated hotel has wonderful views of the Sudirman and Thamrin skyline. Close to Tanah Abang and Monas. Has Japanese restaurant, and Café Sirih that serves Indonesian and Chinese food. From Rp900,000.
  •    ParagonJl. Wahid Hasyim 29, Menteng +62 21 391 7070fax: +62 21 316 0715. Simple hotel near Jalan Sabang. Cheap rooms and a café. From Rp500,000.
  •    Redtop HotelJl. Pecenongan No. 72 +62 21-3500077. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. A four star hotel close to the Pecenongan late-night dining area. Rooms are small though. Note that Wi-Fi and airport transfer requires surcharge. from Rp700,000.
  •    Studio One ResidenceJl. Talang Betutu No. 15 +62 21 314 0777. A simple and small hotel, adjacent to Hotel Indonesia Roundabout. From Rp385,000.
  •    Thamrin ARTOTELJl. Sunda No.3. A boutique hotel with artsy interior and extraordinary paintings at its rooms. There is also the real art gallery at the ground floor. Strategic location to Thamrin. From Rp575,000.
  •    The Acacia JakartaJl. Kramat Raya No. 81 +62 (0) 21 390 30 30. Offers 208 well-appointed rooms and suites, all of which have individually controlled air conditioning, 40 channels of Cable TV, and free High Speed Internet up to 1 MB. Amenities include fitness center/gym, spa, and swimming pool. The Chinese restaurant has the all-you-can-eat dimsum at lunchtime! From Rp900,000.

Splurge[edit]

The Soedirman-Thamrin strip is home to worldwide chain hotels, especially catered to businessman for easy commute for a meeting, or even to do it at the hotel.

Soedirman-Thamrin strip[edit]

  •    Aryaduta SemanggiJl. Garnisun Dalam No. 8, Karet Semanggi, Jakarta 12930, Indonesia +62 21 251 5151. Hotel Aryaduta Semanggi, with its 57 floors, stands tall in the heart of Jakarta. Located in the heart of Sudirman business center and just next to Plaza Semanggi shopping complex. Old hotel (handover from Aston) showing a little sign of wearing at its furniture, most rooms are actually suites. from Rp1,700,000.
  •    Hotel Indonesia KempinskiJl. M.H. Thamrin No.1 +62 21 2358 3800. Most likely the first splurge hotel built in Jakarta for the 1962 Asian Games. Nestled in front of the infamous roundabout for its namesake. Renovated sleek and spacious rooms. Despite the renovation and handover to the chain brand, the hotel still lefts a portion of its heyday heritage. 6 restaurants, including the Paulaner German brewery. Accessible from Grand Indonesia as well. from Rp2,500,000.
  •    Keraton at The Plaza. Posh big hotel but has only 2 restaurants(Mexican and a tea lounge). A hidden gem behind the glory of chain brands around the Hotel Indonesia roundabout. from Rp2,500,000.
  •    Mandarin OrientalJl. M.H. Thamrin, Jakarta 10310 +62 21 3983 8888fax: +62 21 3983 8889. Right at the HI roundabout, the friendly staff of the hotel will pamper you with the slightest details during your stay. Airport transfer require additional fee, but offers many options. The refurbished rooms back in 2009 give a clean and modern touch. 6 restaurants and bars, the French has a Michelin stared chef. Multiple options for massage and spa. On the weekends, a complimentary chauffeur service can take you to Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia malls. From Rp2,500,000.
  •    Grand Sahid JayaJl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 86, Jakarta 10220 +62 21 570 4444, +62 21 570 1184fax: +62 21 573 2563. A local luxury hotel chain, decent facilities for the rate. from Rp1,300,000.
  •    Sari Pan PacificJl. MH. Thamrin No. 6, Jakarta 10340 +62 21 390 2707fax: +62 21 390 4815. Midway between Monas and the Hotel Indonesia roundabout, this hotel is in a strategic location. The Keiyaki Japanese restaurant is an open kitchen concept and has a number of signature dishes. Rooms are simple for the price, but has adequate facilities. from Rp1,300,000.
  •    Shangri-La JakartaJl Jend Sudiman Kav. 1 +62 21 2922 9999. Located within the BNI 46 complex, nestled slightly behind the strip. The Asian chain hotel has 661 spacious rooms, all with stunning views of the city. The 6 restaurants and a New York style bar should not be missed. The Satoo even has a special station for herb drinks (the Indonesian jamu)! Even the locals do sometimes pay a visit to eat. from Rp2,750,000.
  •    The Sultan (formerly Jakarta Hilton), Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta, 10270 +62 21 570 3600fax: +62 21 570 3089. Old hotel famous in the heydays of Hilton. A vast outdoor garden. Close to Senayan sports complex and malls at the southern edge. Interior is rather old. from Rp1,500,000.

Other areas[edit]

  • Akmani HotelJl. KH. Wahid Hasyim 91 6221 3190 5335. A well defined hotel at the corner of Sarinah. Complete facilities in rooms and has a large bathroom. Italian style restaurant and lounge, with an indoor and outdoor bar. From Rp2,000,000.
  •    Aryaduta Hotel JakartaJl. Prapatan No. 44 - 48. Conveniently located at the east side of Monas. Another premium local brand. More than 600 rooms with glorious city views of the monument and the skylines. Has an Italian, Japanese, international restaurant, and a German tavern. The pool and spa are managed by Grand Odiseus, all in a Balinese style. from Rp2,500,000.
  •    Atlet Century ParkJl. Pintu Satu Senayan. A cheap hotel in the middle of Senayan close to Gelora Bung Karno. Semi-Olympic size swimming pool. The restaurant only provides Indonesian food. The 16th floor executive room will also entitle you to an executive lounge with never ending helping of snacks. from Rp1,100,000.
  •    BorobudurJl. Lapangan Banteng Selatan, Jakarta 10710 +62 21 380 5555fax: +62 21 3806533. A luxury local brand. Near Monas. Extensive garden, while rooms are slightly outdated. 7 restaurants to choose from, both local and international. The Bogor Café is known for its oxtail soup (Sop Buntut), while the Churchill Bar resembles a sports bar. From Rp1,500,000.
  •    The HermitageJalan Cilacap No. 1 Menteng. Classic colonial Dutch style hotel and all-suite rooms. French restaurant, rooftop bar. From Rp2,600,000.
  •    Le Grandeur JakartaJl. Mangga Dua Raya, Jakarta 10730, Indonesia +62 21 612 8811. 350 room business hotel. At the Mangga Dua shopping complex. The La Avant is the primary restaurant and despite its French name, it is famous for the pulled Chinese noodles (La Mien) that has a silky taste. From Rp1,200,000.
  •    Kosenda HotelJl. KH Wahid Hasyim No.127, Jakarta. Midway between Thamrin and Tanah Abang. Boutique hotel that applies concept of brown wood throughout its furniture and colors. 3 restaurants with minimalist design. From Rp2,100,000.
  •    Media Hotel (formerly Sheraton Media), Jl. Gunung Sahari 3, Jakarta 10720 +62 21 626 3001fax: +62 21 626 3011. Near Mangga Dua and Kemayoran area. Rooms are old. The 17th and 18th floor offer executive rooms in Chinese and Balinese theme, respectively. Chinese, Thai restaurants, many lounges. From Rp1,000,000.
  •    MorriseyJalan KH. Wahid Hasyim No. 70, Menteng, +62 21 29933333. Surprise, this is not an international chain (yet)! Surprise, it is actually apartment style, each room has a kitchen! Downstairs is the Ocha & Bella Italian & Japanese fusion restaurant. The tricycle named Ed can take you free of charge to a culinary trip at the nearby Sabang(H. Agus Salim) street! From Rp1,400,000.
  •    MuliaJl. Asia Afrika, Jakarta 10270 +62 21 574 7777fax: +62 21 5747888. The local luxury hotel chain. At the strip that leads to the sports stadium and Senayan shopping complexes. Rooms are many but old (on its way for refurbishment). Premium and wide options of dining experience. Wi-Fi is free in public area, paid at your room. Restaurants can be crowded deeper into meal time. From Rp3,500,000.

Stay healthy[edit]

Emergency numbers:

Hospital with 24 hours emergency room (ER):

  • RS St CarolusJl. Salemba Raya 41 +62 21 390 4441fax: +62 21 310 3226/315 4185.
  • RS Dr. Cipto MangunkusumoJl. Diponegoro No. 71 Jakarta Pusat +62 21 330808fax: +62 21 3148991.
  • RSU Daerah TarakanJl. Kyai Caringin 7 +62 21 384 2934fax: +62 21 3810149.
  • RS PGI CikiniJl. Raden Saleh No. 40 +62 21 336961fax: +62 21 324663.
  • RS Budi KemuliaanJl . Budi Kemuliaan No. 25 Jakarta Pusat 10110 +62 21 384 2828.

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