North Jakarta (Indonesian:Jakarta Utara) is where Jakarta began to take shape. The colonial Dutch legacy still lives on at the Old City to Sunda Kelapa Harbor. When you are done with history, find amusement at Ancol, great food at Pluit or Kelapa Gading, and vibrant shopping destination at Mangga Dua. It is also the gateway to the Thousand Islands. More than 1 million people, many of whom are of Chinese descent, call this part of the city home.
There are train terminals at Kampung Bandan, for easy access to Ancol & the Old City, & Tanjung Priok.
Jakarta passenger port terminal ("Nusantara Pura") is located at Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. . All ferry ships to other areas across Indonesia docks there.
The Transjakarta Line takes you to the western side of town, especially Pluit, from another of downtown's corridor of business district. Line ends at Ancol from East Jakarta, Line goes right to the center of the Old City from Blok M and Sudirman, Line ends at Tanjung Priok from East Jakarta.
The Jakarta Inner Ring Road ends at Pluit in the west and Tanjung Priok at the east. The Outer Ring Road ends at Pantai Indah Kapuk in the west. The airport tollroad has a direct connection to the western side.
The Transjakarta Line is the best public transportation mode available, taking you from the west end (Pluit) to the east end at Tanjung Priok (line ) , via most important points of the area, such as Kota (Line 1), Mangga Dua (Line 5) and Kelapa Gading.
The Harbor Tollroad has the similar track as Line 12 of the BRT.
The Old City
- Sunda Kelapa Port. This is where Jakarta began as Fatahillah defeats the Portuguese in a battle to conquer his kingdom in 1527. The old port area of Sunda Kelapa remains today as a bustling hub for inter island trade. Graceful Bugis phinisi schooners, the world's last wind-powered sailing fleet used for trade, still berthed at the quay as they have for century.
- Museum Bahari (Maritime Museum). The museum has a legacy of Indonesia's world of maritime. Artifacts of boats from the Pinisi to the Navy, underwater life and the heroes of the Indonesian seas.
- Galangan VOC (VOC Shipyard), Jl. Kakap No. 1-3. Dating back to 1628, this is the former trade office and ship repair of the VOC (East Indies Trade Company) built by the Dutch. It is the center of the trade routes that stretched from Japan to Cape Town, from the Spice Islands to Persia. The place is now a restaurant, also called the VOC (Very Old Café), but still maintain what was left of history.
- Jakarta Port Authority's Lookout Tower, on the corner of Jl Pakin and Jl Pasar Ikan, Sunda Kelapa, Jakarta 14440., ☎ . Established in 1834, it functioned as the watchtower for ships docking and departing Sunda Kelapa Harbor. No longer used, the building is in eerie leaning condition.
- Muara Angke Nature Reserve (Cagar Alam Angke Kapuk), Jl. Pantai Indah Utara Raya (use the BKTB from Monas, Pluit, or Kota). This is the last nature reserve on Jakarta to see mangrove plantations and wildlife still well reserved. Watch out for the endemic birds, animals, plants... and pesky monkeys! Obtain a permit to enter at the Conservation of Natural Resources Office at Salemba, Central Jakarta.
- Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk (use the BKTB from Monas, Pluit, or Kota). Daily 08:00-19:00. Similar to the above attraction but does not require a permit. Larger, even has a place to stay and playing boats. No DSLR cameras allowed! Rp25,000.
- Ancol Dream Park (Taman Impian Jaya Ancol), Jl. Lodan No. 7 ( stop: Ancol). Southeast Asia's biggest playground! It is where the locals play for the weekend. Highlights include the Atlantis Water Park, the Dufan Amusement Park, Ocean Dream Animal Show, Ocean Ecopark, and the Jaya bowling alley. The only beach (albeit not a real beach and dirty) in Jakarta offers cottages and dining experience from seafood to chicken wings. Rp25,000 per adult, Rp15,000 per child Rp20,000 per car. Additional entry fee applies to most attractions..
- Waterbom Jakarta, Jl. Pantai Indah Barat No. 1 (BKTB from Monas, Pluit, or Kota), ☎ . Weekdays 11:00-21:00. Weekends 08:00-21:00. Take your kids (and you should too!) to the 8 challenging water slides, the lazy river or the kids playing area. You can rent a gazebo if you do not want a splash. Weekday: Rp150,000 per adult, Rp100,000 per child. Weekend: Rp230,000 per adult, Rp180,000 per child.
Most malls have at least one cinema. For a rate of Rp50,000 you have a plush seat and a big silver screen. Other theaters though are willing to go beyond just watching movies.
- Blitz Megaplex Mall of Indonesia, Mall of Indonesia 2nd Floor, Jl. Boulevard Barat Raya, Kelapa Gading., ☎ . This is one of the few theaters that screens non-Holywood movies alongside your typical blockbuster. The Satin Class has recliner seats, while the Velvet Class contains a bed fit for a couple night out at the movies. M-F Rp30,000; Sa-Su, public holiday: Rp50,000. Satin: M-Th Rp50,000; F-Weekend, Public holiday: Rp75,000. Velvet: M-Th Rp140,000; F Rp160,000; Sa-Su, public holiday: Rp200,000. Discounts apply for local movies, special fares for Hindi movies.
- Emporium Pluit XXI The Premiere, Emporium Pluit Mall Unit 5-10, Jl. Pluit Selatan Raya, Jakarta, ☎ . A movie theater experience taken to the next level. Table dining before the movie. Dedicated studio with plush pillows and bedding.
- Damai Indah Golf, Jl Marina Indah, Pantai Indah Kapuk (use BKTB from Monas, Pluit, or Kota), ☎ .
Shopping centers are concentrated on Pluit (west side) and Kelapa Gading (east side)
- Baywalk Mall, Jl. Pluit Karang Ayu B1 Utara, ☎ . A newest addition to the area with premium eateries and chain department stores. Has a dedicated seating area with view of Jakarta's seas and a seaside seafood restaurant.
- Emporium Pluit Mall (locally abbreviated EP), Jl. Pluit Selatan Raya, ☎ . The first mall you'll typically see as you enter Pluit. A small but tall mall, with premium middle-upper class fashion. Food options are abundant, both premium and budget, the food court has cheap food and on par with chain brands.
- Pluit Junction (locally abbreviated PJ), Jl. Pluit Selatan Raya, ☎ . A sleepy and lonely mall across the Emporium Pluit with basic shops. Good only for a fitness, movies (the cheapest in the area) and watch a live football match at its center stage.
- Pluit Village (locally abbreviated PV), Jl. Pluit Indah Raya, ☎ . The first mall built in Pluit, now sleepy with middle class shops. The best place to get a haircut around and eat at the food court that caters to authentic Indonesian and Chinese cuisine — no chain brands. Matahari department store and Carrefour also fill up the mall.
Kelapa Gading is a more well developed upscale center of North Jakarta, having been built since the 1970s. It's like a town of its own with malls that has basically everything!
- Mal Artha Gading (sometimes abbreviated MAG), Jalan Artha Gading Selatan No. 1, ☎ . Huge middle class mall with more than 300 shops and many food options. A batik center filled with accessories of such motifs can be found at the 5th floor.
- Mal Kelapa Gading & La Piazza (sometimes abbreviated MKG), Jl. Bulevar Kelapa Gading, ☎ . A series of 4 malls at one single street! A place for all rounders for all levels of budget. The best place to enjoy your meal with 5 food courts in different themes, and the best place to shop for fashion in the area. The adjacent La Piazza is a similar but much smaller place.
- Mall of Indonesia (abbreviated MOI), Jalan Bulevar Barat Kelapa Gading, Jakarta Utara. A middle-upper class style mall, a newest addition to the region. Has an indoor amusement park with a roller coaster. The best place for lounging with coffee shops and shophouses outside the mall.
Mangga Dua area is evenly split between North and Central area so check out the district for sleeping and more shopping options.
- ITC Mangga Dua, Jl. Arteri Mangga Dua, ☎ . This is the cheapest place in Jakarta when it comes to clothing, even then haggle is still the norm. Thousands of Independent clothing lines in line with counterfeit brands. Very crowded on the weekends, watch out for pickpockets.
- Mangga Dua Square, Jl. Gunung Sahari No 1, ☎ . A more upscale option at Mangga Dua, but modest compared to elsewhere in Jakarta. Has a modest outdoor food court caters to Chinese tastes and a club upstairs. Houses many hotels that provide an optimum connection to Ancol.
- Ancol Art Market (Pasar Seni Ancol) (Within the Ancol Theme Park). Wondering where to buy art in Jakarta? Here is the typical place the locals go, especially Indonesian traditional arts. It's a collector's paradise!
A particular feature in Jakarta's North area is the dedicated districts for delights. Head to Pantai Indah Kapuk at the west side or Kelapa Gading on the west side for all the hype and dining with all levels of budget. There's definitely too much restaurant to be listed here, you'll be spoilt with choices!
- Platinum, ☎ (62)(21) 4585 3730. Mall Kelapa Gading, 3rd Fl. Chinese restaurant. Menu: Dim Sum, Steak, Fried Rice, Noodle. Drinks: Fruit punch, juice. Price: budget, approx. US$ 4.00/person.
- Sapo Oriental Restaurant, ☎ (62)(21) 4533449. Kelapa Gading Mall Gnd Fl, Chinese-Indonesian restaurant specializing in claypot (sapo) dishes from Rp 20,000. Opening hours: 11.00 AM to Midnight.
- Goiza, ☎ (62)(21) 4533441. Mall Kelapa Gading Lt. 3. Japanese restaurant. Menu: teriyaki, shabu-shabu, katsu, udon. Price: approx. US$ 6/person.
- Penang, ☎ (62)(21) 66690565. Jl. Pluit Karang Timur O8/2, Muara Karang. Malaysian restaurant. Menu: noodle, kwee teow, fried rice, porridge, canai bread, prawn, yong to fu. Drink: fruit juices, o peng, tarik tea. Opening hours: 10.00 AM to 10.00 PM. Price: approx. US$ 4/person.
- Thai Kitchen, ☎ (62)(21) 4586 4389. Mall Artha Gading, Atrium Persia Level 2, Blok A2 No. 9-11. Thai restaurant. Menu: tom yum kai soup, salads, seafood, curry, noodle, cashew chicken, beef phrig khing. Drink: fruit juices. Price: approx. US$ 6/person.
- Sari Kuring, Jl. Boulevar Kelapa Gading, Block M7, Jakarta Utara. Tel.: (62)(21) 450 9081, Fax.: (62)(21) 4509066. Sundanese seafood restaurant. Menu: gurame fish, keong kaker, prawn, crab, salad, soup. Price: approx. US$ 7/person.
- David G. Tasman Resto & Cafe, ☎ (021) 458 72747. Paladian Park Apartment Kelapa Gading, Lobby, Jakarta. Menu: Five Stars Oxtail Soup and Roasted Oxtail, Steak, Grilled Chicken, Fish Steak, Spaghetti, etc. with a large number of variety drinks, also he have a Great Espresso Coffee! & variety of Coffee with an Antique Environment and pool side dining. Opening hours: 11.00 AM to 11.00 PM. Price: approx. US$ 3-5/item.
- Shabu Tei, ☎ (62)(21) 4585-3626. Mall Kelapa Gading 3, Lt. 3,#R05. Japanese restaurant. Rp 63,000++ gets you a large set (enough for two) of reasonably authentic cook-it-yourself Japanese shabu-shabu (hotpot).
- Cita Rasa, Gedung Pluit Bakery, Jl. Pluit Kencana Raya No. 106-110, Tel. (62)(21) 6610983, (62)(21) 6694220. Menu: tofu, tempe, soup, bread, salad, mushroom. Opening hours: 11.00-23.00 (daily).
- Green House, ☎ (62)(21) 4527620. Jl Sumarecon Agung III Bl E-3/4, Jakarta 14240. Menu: tofu, tempe, soup, salad, mushroom.
- Natural, ☎ (62)(21) 6518672. Jl. Sunter Paradise Barat Raya II, Blok K No. 65,Jakarta 14350. Menu: tofu, tempe, gluten, soup, salad, mushroom. Price: approx. US$ 15/person.
- Padmanadi, ☎ (62)(21) 6625131. Komplek Mitra Bahari, Jl. Pakin No. 1 Blok A No. 11A-12. Vegetarian restaurant. Menu: tofu, tempe, soup, salad, mushroom. Price: approx. US$ 20/person. Opening hours: 08.00 - 21.30 (daily).
- Paramitha, ☎ (62)(21) 6506482. Jl Danau Sunter Utr Metro Sunter Plaza Lt Dasar, Jakarta 14340. Menu: tofu, tempe, soup, gado-gado, salad, mushroom. Price: approx. US$ 17/person.
- Selera, ☎ (62)(21) 45843139. Jl Boulevard Raya Kompl Kelapa Gading Permai RA-19/21, Jakarta 14240. Menu: tofu, tempe, soup, salad, sate mushroom.
- Segara, Ancol
Ice cream and pastry
- Ollino, ☎ . Jl. Danau Sunter Utara Block C1/2A, Sunter. Ice cream parlor. Great Tutti Fruti.
- Manon Chocolatier & Patissier, ☎ . Jl. Nias Raya GN no.6, Kelapa Gading. A French pastry and chocolate shop. Known for signature macaroons, delicious cakes, and chocolates.
- Golden Time, ☎ . Jl Agung Utr Raya Sunter Agung Podomoro Bl A/5-A,
- Metropolitan Bar, ☎ . Jl Enggano 96,
- Zebra Bar, ☎ . Jl Laks L RE Martadinata 1 Hotel Ancol,
- Boarding House, Jl Kelapa Puan Timur 2 Blok NB 2 no 2, ☎ .
- Cempaka Jaya Cottage, ☎ , fax: +62 21 430 2137. Jl. Plumpang Raya. 3 star.
- Grand Asia Hotel, Jl. Bandengan Selatan No.88 (: Jembatan Tiga), ☎ . One of the best hotels at the Pluit area. Contemporary Asian minimalist interior. Executive lobby lounge,Cathay Chinese restaurant and The Cafe international cuisine. Dragon Phoenix lounge for a karaoke and bar. From Rp700,000.
- Harris Hotel & Conventions Kelapa Gading, Jl. Bulevar Kelapa Gading Blok M ( stop: Sunter Kelapa Gading), ☎ , fax: +62 21 4587 8222. The best hotel within the Kelapa Gading area. Modern and minimalist style interior with a sense of orange, in both the rooms and the public areas. Decent restaurant and swimming pool. Direct access to Mal Kelapa Gading. From Rp650,000.
- Mercure Ancol (formerly Hotel Horison), Jl. Pantai Indah, Ancol., ☎ , fax: +62 21 640 6123. The former Horison Hotel has its exterior relatively unchanged, but the rooms are slowly being renovated. Ask for the newer rooms. Two restaurants and bars each, and a big pool for a swim. From Rp450,000.
- Novotel Mangga Dua, Jl. Gunung Sahari Raya No. 1. (stop: Gunung Sahari Mangga Dua), ☎ , fax: +62 21 6231 2900. Attached to Mangga Dua Square, convenient to Ancol. Nice and crisp rooms with parquet flooring, either face the pool or the city. An ordinary restaurant, but exceptional pool and cheap massage. From Rp500,000.
- Sanno Hotel, Jl. Pluit Selatan Raya No. 2 (in front of Pluit Hospital, Line : Landmark), ☎ , fax: +62 21 660-4944. In-room Wi-Fi provided at the more expensive rooms. Complimentary shuttle service to airport and shopping mall. From Rp750,000.
- Sunlake Hotel (formerly Hotel Danau Sunter), Jl.Danau Permai Raya Blok C.1 Sunter., ☎ , fax: +62 21 650 9970. All suite hotel facing Lake Sunter. Some restaurants specializing in Korean, Japanese, and Indian. Big pool and bar. From Rp900,000.
All of the listed hotels here are at the Ancol area.
- Pondok Putri Duyung, ☎ , fax: +62 21 260 1691. The place to stay in Ancol that has cottages, bungalow and a secluded beautiful beach. From Rp1,300,000.
- Aston Marina, Marina Mediterania,Tower A, Jl. Lodan Raya No. 2A,, ☎ . 358 units of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments plus 2 exclusive penthouses. Apartment style hotel with kitchen, but you still can have breakfast downstairs. From Rp2,000,000.
- Ambulance: ☎ 118.
- Police: ☎ 110.
- North Jakarta Police station, Jl. Yos Sudarsono, ☎ +62 21 431394, +62 21 491017, +62 21 490287.
Hospitals with 24 hr emergency room, Unit Gawat Darurat (UGD) (ER)
- RS Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jl. Pantai Indah Utara 3, ☎ +62 21 588 0911, +62 21 588 5188, Fax:+62 21 588 0910, +62 21 588 1414.
- RS Atma Jaya, Jl. Pluit Raya No. 2 Jakarta Utara, ☎ +62 21 6606127, +62 21 6606130, +62 21 6690771, +62 21 669109. Fax: +62 21 6606122.
- RS Medika Griya, Jalan Danau Sunter Utara, Sunter Paradise Real Estate Jakarta-Utara, ☎ +62 21 689877, Fax:+62 21 686240.
- RS. Pluit, Jl. Raya Pluit Selatan No. 2, ☎ +62 21 668-5006, +62 21 668-5070, +62 21 669 8066.
- RSU Daerah Koja, Jl. Deli No. 4, Tanjung Priok, Jakarta Utara, ☎ +62 21 498 699, +62 21 496 132. Fax:+62 21 498699.