Central Jakarta (Indonesian: Jakarta Pusat) acts as the commercial and business district of Jakarta. By day the many office buildings are filled with workers; by night, people stream into the shopping malls. Therefore, traffic is heavy all the time! The area encompasses Tanah Abang, Monas, Senen, Menteng, Jalan Jaksa, Senayan, and the road corridors along the Hotel Indonesia roundabout.
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 at the mall lobby 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, the busy Senen, and the posh Senayan. The Menteng area is an upscale neighborhood, while the Jalan Jaksa is a friendly area for foreigners as a backpacker and budget party area.
If you are traveling by long distance trains, you will be very likely to arrive right away here. 1 Gambir railway station and 2 Pasar Senen railway station are the main arrival points for Jakarta, with trains to and from destinations throughout Java island. For the commuter line rail (KA Commuter Jabodetabek), key stations in Central Jakarta include Sudirman on the yellow line and Juanda on the red and blue lines. The train from the Soekarno-Hatta airport goes to Sudirman Baru station, which can be reached from Sudirman station on foot.
The Transjakarta Line goes to Dukuh Atas from South Jakarta, where you can connect to Line 1 by moving to the platform upstairs. Line 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.
Central Jakarta is circled by Jakarta's inner ring toll road. To reach the centre at the National Monument, the easiest way is to take the Semanggi exit of the southern ring road, and follow the major Sudirman and Thamrin roads to the north for about 4.5 km.
The Jakarta Government provides a hop-on tour bus that will take you to attractions across the city for free. The Transjakarta bus rapid transit line traverses through the main north-south roads Jendral Sudirman, Thamrin, and along the National Monument, and also several of the other Transjakarta routes traverse Central Jakarta. See the main article on Jakarta for more information on how to get around by Transjakarta, taxi, motorcycle taxi, etc.
Statues and symbols that made up Jakarta can be traced roughly at the corridor between Monas and Senayan.
- 1 Arjuna Wijaya, Jl 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.
- 2 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.
- 3 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.
- 4 General Soedirman, Jl. 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).
- 5 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.), ☎ . 8AM-4PM, except the last Monday of the month. A towering 137m-tall obelisk of solid bronze platted with 50 kilos of 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 and the first platform Rp 5,000 for adult, Rp 3,000 for student and Rp 2,000 for child; observation desk Rp 10,000 for adult, Rp 5,000 for student and Rp 2,000 for child. Only 1,800 tickets are available per day for the observation desk before noon. Since April 5, 2016, the observation desk is also open from 7pm to 10pm, with 700 tickets available at Rp 15,000/ticket and ticket sales available only until 9pm, but night observation is closed in Ramadhan (fasting) month.
- 6 Prince Diponegoro, Surapati Park, Jl Diponegoro. This statue commemorates the rebellion against Dutch occupation (1825-1830), led by Prince Diponegoro from the Kingdom of Mataram, Yogyakarta.
- 7 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.
Most museum in this region has a theme of patriotism, mainly because most of the action took place here.
- 8 National Museum (Museum Nasional), Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat no.12 (BRT Monumen Nasional, Line 1), ☎ , , fax: . 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.
- 9 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.
- 10 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.
- 11 Museum Sumpah Pemuda, Jl. 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.
- 12 Istiqlal Mosque (Masjid Istiqlal), Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma, DKI Jakarta ( stop: Istiqlal (backdoor of the mosque) or : Juanda), ☎ . 24 hours daily. 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.
- 13 Jakarta Cathedral, Jl. Katedral 7B ( stop: Juanda), ☎ . 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.
Art and culture
- 1 Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Jl Palmerah Selatan No.17, ☎ . 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.
- 2 Ismail Marzuki Park (Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM)), Jl Cikini Raya no.73. Tu-Su 7AM-4PM. Contains the planetarium, multiple theaters and art galleries. This is the home for Indonesia's famous non-profit theater club, the Teater Koma. There is also a planetarium (Rp7,000 children over two years until finishing elementary school, otherwise Rp12,000). Tu–F shows at 16:30, Sa-Su 10:00, 11:30 and 13:00. Shows are 50-60 minutes long. Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
- 3 Aula Simfonia Jakarta, Jl. Industri Raya Blok B 14 Kavling 1, Kemayoran, ☎ . Concert days 10AM-end. 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 organ.
- 4 Jakarta Arts Building (Gedung Kesenian Jakarta), Jl. 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.
- 5 Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim 133, Central Jakarta, ☎ . Daily 9AM-9PM. Pamper yourself after a day at the hectic city with Indonesian style massages. For your well-being, the spa also offers swimming pool, sauna, gym, whirlpool, and manicure & pedicure. Massages from Rp150,000; spas/body scrubs from Rp250,000.
A common stereotype is that Jakartans are all work and no play, mainly because of the rarity of parks. However, empty lands and former shanty homes have increasingly been redeveloped into public parks, oases beneath the concrete jungle. In the parks, 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.
- 6 Menteng Park, Jl. 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.
- 7 Suropati Park, Jl. Untung Suropati, Central Jakarta. A smaller park that but has more high trees that can function as shade. Regular community performances, especially classical music under the trees every weekend!
- 8 Situ Lembang Park, Jl. Lembang, Central Jakarta. A giant lake with a fountain at its center, jogging track and seating area on its rim.
- 9 Jakarta International Expo (PRJ (Pekan Raya Jakarta)), Jalan Benyamin Suaeb No. 1, Pademangan Timur. Typically the largest events held in Jakarta are held here. The most crowded being the Jakarta Fair held in June and July where impressive deals in food, shopping, and amusement can be found.
You might assume upon arriving that only upscale shopping options exist here, 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!
- 1 Citywalk Sudirman, Jl. K.H. Mas Mansyur no. 121 (stop: Karet 2), ☎ . Daily 10AM-11PM. Many options of food and drink, decent shopping options such as Daiso Japanese 100 yen shop.
- 2 Grand Indonesia (popularly called GI), Jl. M.H. Thamrin no. 1 (entrance slightly hidden, southwest of Hotel Indonesia roundabout. stop: Tosari ICBC). Daily 10AM-10PM. 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.
- 3 Harco Mangga Dua, Jl. Mangga Dua Raya, Central Jakarta 10730 (: ITC Mangga Dua), ☎ . M-Sa 10:30AM-6PM. This is the place for computers and gadgets (but in most cases, not mobile phones). Come here to get a fix.
- 4 ITC Roxy Mas, KH. Hasyim Ashari St. No. 125, Cideng, Gambir, Jakarta 10150 (: RS Sumber Waras), ☎ . Daily 9AM-9PM. The Roxy strip is the place to look for mobile phones (but likely you won't get a new iPhone here). If you need a temporary smartphone and phone number, it is best to come here as you can hurriedly check for comparisons between shops. Haggling is the norm here, if possible get a local buddy to help with what is the best shop.
- 5 Jakarta Design Centre (JDC), Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto Kav. 53, Petamburan, Tanah Abang, Jakarta 10260 ( stop: Slipi Petamburan), ☎ . 7 floors of furniture showrooms, from vintage to modern minimalist.
- 6 Mangga Dua Mall, Arteri Mangga Dua, Central Jakarta 10730 ( stop: ITC Mangga Dua), ☎ . Daily 10AM-8PM. 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.
- 7 Plaza Indonesia (locally abbreviated PI), Jl. MH Thamrin No. 28-30, Central Jakarta ( 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 with a bit more class. 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.
- 8 Plaza Senayan (locally abbreviated PS), Jl. Asia Afrika 8 ( stop: Bundaran Senayan), ☎ . Daily 10AM-10PM. 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.
- 9 Sarinah, Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 11. Central Jakarta (stop: Sarinah), ☎ . Daily 9AM-10PM. The first mall in Indonesia. Indonesian batik, arts and crafts for a cheaper rate, and an increasing number of eating and entertainment options.
- 10 Senayan City (locally abbreviated Senci), Jl. Asia Afrika Lot 19, Jakarta (: Bundaran Senayan), ☎ . Daily 10AM-10PM. 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.
- 11 Surabaya Street, Surabaya Street ( stop: Tosari ICBC; station: Cikini). A famous flea market located in Central Jakarta. Art, antique and souvenir shops. Favorite place for bargain hunters. Beware of pickpockets.
- 12 Pasar Baru ( stop: Pasar Baru). An open market operating 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 in Jakarta.
- 13 Pasar Tanah Abang, Jl. K.H. Mas Mansyur no.1 ( stop: Sarinah, go to the west 300 meters and then to the north 250 meters). This is the prime place for garments in Jakarta or even Indonesia. The biggest in Southeast Asia and usually export to Africa and Middle East, arrangement delivery in all countries in the world. Groceries and semi retail (minimum 3 pieces) sale. All types of fashion are abundant. Haggling is not too necessary, mainly if you buy in bulk to get a large discount, the prices can be the cheapest you can find in Jakarta. There are 20,000 kiosks spread in Block A to F, Metro Block AA and BB, including Kebon Dalam Market near Hok Tek Tjen Sien Temple and also including Jembatan Tinggi Tanah Abang Bukit Shops. Because of the huge multi-purpose area, make sure you get to Metro Block AA & BB (the high brown and green building) for the quality garments, but still lower quality than ITC Mangga Dua's. Due to heavy traffic jams, walking a couple hundred meters may be necessary.
Being at the center of the city where the commuters work and business travelers & tourists stay, expect a cornucopia of restaurants at all price ranges! A mouthwatering Indonesian soto at a street vendor can be just 100 meters away from the most opulent table for two on the 35th floor with food courts peppered around it.
While typically any restaurant at the food court belong to this category, those that wish to explore the better taste of Jakarta's multicultural foods should venture away from the air-con buildings to standalone or street side restaurants. They are pretty easy to find at the side streets of Soedirman and Thamrin.
- Bakmi Gang Kelinci, Jl. Gang Kelinci Raya No. 1-3, Pasar Baru, ☎ . M-Sa 10AM-8:30PM, Su 10AM-7:30PM. By default, go with the mie ayam that features yellow noodles with braised chicken and mushrooms. Other dishes include vermicelli, kway teow, and Chinese style snacks and entrees. And they are halal which factors in the frequent crowds. From Rp25,000.
- Gado-Gado Bonbin, Jalan Cikini IV No.5, ☎ . Daily 10AM-5PM. A very popular place for the Indonesian salad gado-gado and the so-called lontong cap gomeh. Entrees Rp30,000 to Rp45,000.
- Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih, Jalan Kebon Sirih Barat Dalam I, ☎ . Daily 5PM-midnight. A street stall which has been a longtime favorite for Middle Eastern lamb (or mutton) fried rice, in which it has a complex scent made from various spices. Expect to be very packed! Rp20,000 to Rp45,000.
- 1 Ragusa Es Italia, Jl. Veteran I No. 10, Gambir, ☎ . Daily 10AM-midnight. 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.
- Happy Day, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No 19, ☎ . Daily 10AM-midnight. This restaurant can satisfy those that are on the budget while missing food especially from European or the US, or if you feel peckish for anything else. And where else can you find pizza for just Rp35,000? Rp25,000 to Rp60,000; steaks from Rp80,000.
- Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang, Jalan Kebon Kacang 8 No. 5, ☎ . Come in to treat yourself with nasi uduk, Jakarta's style of rice cooked in coconut milk and your choice of chicken or beef anyhow you want to have it on the side. Rice platter Rp35,000.
- Beirut Lebanon Restaurant (Beirut Restaurant), Jl. H Agus Salim 57, Menteng, Central Jakarta, ☎ . Reasonably authentic and affordably priced Lebanese eats, with bonus points for the bizarre decor of Arabic weaponry and plastic scenes of green rural idyll. Entrees from Rp65,000.
- Ganesha Ek Sanskriti, BRI II Building 9th Floor, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 44-46, Jakarta 10210, ☎ . Daily 11AM-11PM. While Indian restaurants are few and far between, this establishment nails it by serving both the northern and southern Indian delicacies. From Rp50,000.
- Kafe Pisa, Jl. Gereja Theresia 1, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, ☎ . Daily 10AM-Midnight. A longtime favorite for Italian cuisine and some gelato. Live music every night. Pizzas from Rp120,000; entrees from Rp80,000; Gelato from Rp50,000.
- 2 Lara Djonggrang, Jl. Teuku Cik Di Tiro 4, Menteng, Central Jakarta, ☎ . Old house named after a legend from Prambanan and retrofitted with the contents (and roof!) of a 300-year-old temple that was 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 room just for your group, with unique interiors. Menu packages from Rp200,000; entrees from Rp50,000.
- Maple & Oak, Jl. HOS. Cokroaminoto No.91, ☎ . Daily 8AM-9PM. Bistro featuring all-day brunch with diner style menus and a modest selection of desserts. Or drop by to drink coffee and mocktails (soda cocktails). From Rp68,000.
- Martabak Pecenongan 65A (Across Red Top Hotel), Jl. Pecenongan no. 65A, ☎ . Daily 6PM-Midnight. Mouthwatering sweet martabak with a few classic flavors like bananas, cheese and chocolate, in addition to more expensive ingredients like the Ovomaltine, Toblerone and Green Tea Kit Kat. 10 pieces in a medium would already get you through 2 to 3 meals, and even more for the regular 16-piece. The savory egg martabak is also worth to try. From Rp50,000.
- Pondok Laguna, Jl. Batu Tulis Raya No. 45-47, Central Jakarta, ☎ . Daily 11:30AM-3PM, 5:30-1-PM. Seafood restaurant. Simultaneously big and noisy yet outdoors and peaceful, this popular seafood joint is packed every mealtime 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). From Rp50,000.
- Putu Made, Senayan City, Lantai 5, Jl. Asia Afrika, Senayan (Senayan City Mall), ☎ (ext. 501). Daily 10AM-10PM. An authentic Balinese restaurant by Bali's most renowned chef, Mandif Warokka. Serves mostly Balinese dishes with their own traditional spices. Starts from Rp40,000 for appetizers.
- 3 Kikugawa, Jl. Cikini Raya IV No. 13, Central Jakarta, ☎ . Daily 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-9:30PM. Established in 1969, Kikugawa is the oldest Japanese restaurant in Jakarta since the Second World War. Serving authentic Japanese cuisine in simple Japanese house atmosphere. The owner is Japanese-Indonesian couple who had also established "Bengawan Solo" Indonesian restaurant in Tokyo. From Rp60,000.
- Tamnak Thai, HOS Cokroaminoto (Menteng), Jakarta Pusat, ☎ . While their seafood and tom yam are expensive, they are worth the price for using fresh catches. Their pineapple fried rice is a hit. From Rp70,000.
- Ya-Udah Bistro, Jl. Johar No.15, ☎ . Su-Th 8AM-midnight, F-Sa 8AM-2AM. A budget to mid-range option for European specialties, with an emphasis on German breads and pork. Don't let the old interior throw you away! Rp40,000 to RP90,000.
A typical all you can eat buffet in a hotel would cost Rp300,000; in most cases you can just jump in to any hotel to ask for it. While they are frequented by families on weekends or possibly dinner, you can usually get a better deal on weekday for lunch where occupancy is the lowest.
The list below are standalone restaurants that are worth to tantalize your taste buds:
- Al Jazeerah Signature, Jl. Johar No. 8, ☎ . Daily 10AM-midnight. A splurge Arabian fix frequented especially at dinnertime. The hummus and pita bread are desirable while the rice has a variety of fragrant you can choose from. Top it with a huff of shisha. Curries from Rp50,000; grills from Rp125,000.
- Bistro Baron, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.28-30 (In Plaza Indonesia), ☎ . W,F,Sa 7:30AM-1AM; M,Tu,Th,S 7:30AM-Midnight. Upscale bistro that serves French haute cuisine with a selection of premium tea and desserts to accompany. From Rp120,000.
- Kintan Buffet, Senayan City, Jl. Asia Afrika No.19, ☎ . Daily 10AM-10PM. All you can eat Japanese BBQ where you can also upsize to savor the top quality wagyu beef. Lunch from Rp150,000; Dinner from Rp200,000.
- Mother Monster, Jalan MH. Thamrin, Thamrin (Plaza Indonesia 1st floor), ☎ . Sunday - Thursday 10AM-12AM, Friday, Saturday 10AM - 2AM. A fancy restaurant from two established dining and coffee spots in Jakarta, Common Grounds in Thamrin Citywalk and Biko Group. Approx. Rp300,000 for two people.
- Momozen, The Plaza Level 46, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No 1, ☎ . Daily noon-3PM, 6PM-10:30PM. A fusion of Japanese and French cuisine that is mainly frequented for tapas. Premium meat and seafood entrees. Reservation required. Rp80,000 to Rp350,000.
- Pardon My French, Jl. K.H Wahid Hasyim No. 154, Tanah Abang 10250, ☎ . Daily from 8AM-11PM. The newly opened restaurant serves Japanese-European fusion food. Famous for their signature dish Ube Bomb. Approx. Rp350,000 for two persons.
- 4 Skye, BCA Tower 56th floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1, ☎ . M-Th 4PM-1AM, F 4PM-2AM, Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 11:30AM-1AM. Take your dining experience up, way up on the rooftop of a 56-floor building overlooking the forest of Jakarta's skyscrapers. European and American cuisine, some with an Asian twist, and an extensive collection of booze. Appetizers from Rp55,000; entrees from Rp80,000.
If you are in for a drink, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, you're in for a treat! The numerous coffee shops and cafes at malls are often where work colleagues meet and small meetings are sometimes held, while the bar is where they relax after a week's hard work. All of them are quite close to each other and are aplenty.
Due to the conservative nature of Indonesians, you may not see a whole lot of them in the bar with alcohols, save for businessmen and adolescents who just entered the legal age of drinking.
- Lewis & Carroll Flower Market, Grand Indonesia Mall, UG Floor, Central Dept. Store, Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1, ☎ . Inspired by the namesake author, it serves a humongous line of tea that for a while makes you imagine the teatime in Alice in Wonderland. If you are hungry for something substantial, they also provide a few items.
Cafés and coffee houses
Coffeehouses are abundant in Jakarta, especially in the heart of the capital city, where you can almost find many newer coffee shops around besides the big-franchises such as Starbucks and The Coffee Bean. The numbers are increasing and surely you'll almost find a new one every month or two.
- Bakoel Koffie, Jalan Cikini Raya No.25, RT.16/RW.1, Cikini, Jakarta 10330, ☎ . 9AM–11:30PM. The oldest coffee roaster in Jakarta since 1878. Had several stores opened throughout Jabodetabek area but now only has one shop in Cikini.
- Giyanti Coffee Roastery, Jalan Surabaya No.20, Menteng, Jakarta 10310, ☎ . 9.30AM-5.30PM. Mainly serves coffee and has indoor and outdoor spaces for drinking. No smoking allowed.
- Goedkoop Warung Kopi Belanda, Jl. Bendungan Hilir No.62, RT.5/RW.1, Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta 10210 (Near RSAL Dr. Mintoharjo), ☎ . Weekdays 10AM-10PM, Fridays and Saturdays 10AM-11PM, Sunday 7AM-10PM. Food starts from Rp10,000, drinks from Rp15,000.
- Saudagar Kopi, Jalan Haji Agus Salim No.26F, RT.2/RW.1, Menteng, Jakarta 10340 (Near the infamous Jalan Sabang (Sabang Street)), ☎ . 7AM-10PM. Mostly under Rp50,000.
- Tanamera Coffee, Jalan Kebon Kacang Raya, Tanah Abang, RT.8/RW.9, Jakarta 10230 (Thamrin City Office Park Blok AA No. 7), ☎ . 7AM-8PM. A wide selection of many Indonesian coffee beans. Offers training classes as well such as barista class, latte art basic class, roasting class etc.
- Watt Coffee, Jalan Kramat Kwitang No.14, RT.1/RW.7, Kwitang, Jakarta 10420 (Near Aryaduta Hotel), ☎ . 8AM–10PM. Has an open roasting site and comfortable seats for hanging out or just working.
- Workroom Coffee, Jalan Cikini Raya No.9, RT.16/RW.1, Cikini, Jakarta 10330, ☎ . 10AM-10PM. A coffee shop designed for a suitable working environment.
- After Hour, Sarinah BuildingLt. 2, Jl.MH Thamrin No. 11 - Jakarta Pusat, ☎ , fax: . Daily 12PM to 2AM. Have a shot or snacks as you play pool. Drinks from Rp40,000.
- Bacchus, Midplaza Ayana Hotel, LG Jalan Jend Sudirman Kav 10-11, Jakarta 10220, ☎ . Daily 3PM to Midnight. Fine wine bars and bistro.
- Burgundy Bar, Jl MH Thamrin Kav 28-30 Grand Hyatt, Jakarta Lt 4, Jakarta 10230, ☎ . Daily 9AM-1AM. Bar with burgundy (dark shade of red) decoration. The special drink from this bar is called "burgundy crush". Facility: live jazz performance, cigar smoking room. Drinks: fine wine, frozen vodkas, spirit, martini, Caipirinha, Caipiroska etc. It also acts as a bistro that serves snacks to full fledged meals. From Rp130,000.
- Churchill, Jl Lap Banteng Slt 1 Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta 3rd Fl, Jakarta 10710, ☎ . Daily noon-midnight. An old-school wine bar that also provides an assortment of cigars to puff.
- CJs Bar, Jl Asia Afrika Hotel Mulia Senayan Lt Mezzanine, Jakarta 10270, ☎ . Opening hours: 5PM to 2AM. Attracts a younger crowd or the youth in spirit because of live music. Cover charge for non-hotel guests: Rp250,000.
- Cuba Libre, Jalan Veteran Satu, No. 32, Jakarta Pusat, ☎ , fax: . Opening hours: 6PM to 11PM. Latin cigar bar next to Domus Italian restaurant. Facility: extensive selection of the best Cuban cigars, 2 private rooms, dance floor, latin music.
- Grand Manhattan, Jl Lap Banteng Slt 1 Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta Lt 1-3, Jakarta 10710, ☎ . Retro style cafe with some alcoholic beverages, but the live music & DJ is what draws the crowd.
- Tiga Puluh, Le Meridien 1F, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 18-20. Jakarta 10220, ☎ . M-Sa 6PM-3AM. 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.
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.
Jalan Jaksa as well as nearby Jalan Kebon Sirih at the northern end of Jl Jaksa and Jalan K.H. Wahid Hasyim at the southern end are Jakarta's main backpacker hangout, with numerous low-priced hostels (dormitory beds from Rp60,000, fan room Rp80,000–120,000, aircon from Rp150,000) 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 Hotel, Jl K.H. Wahid Hasyim, Menteng (half way from the southern end of Jl 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. Rp100,000.
- Bloem Steen Homestay, JL Kebon Sirih Timur no.174 (Just off Jl Jaksa.), ☎ . 18 fan single/double rooms with outside bathrooms. Nice front terrace. Rp80,000/100,000.
- Borneo Hostel, Jl Kebon Sirih Barat No.35 (Just off Jl Jaksa.), ☎ . fan single/double rooms with shared/own bathrooms. Rp100,000–130,000.
- Memories Hostel, Jl Jaksa 17, ☎ . fan and a/c double rooms with own bathrooms. Rp100,000–150,000.
- 1 Six Degrees Hostel, Jl Cikini Raya 60 B-C, Menteng, ☎ . European-style hostel opened Nov 2011, efficiently run with superb amenities/extras. A welcoming respite if Jl Jaksa does not appeal. Do not miss the top floor, where the fun is at! Rp115,000.
- Wisma Delima, Jl Jaksa no.5, ☎ . The first and only IYHF licensed hostel in Indonesia. Rp60,000/100,000/120,000.
- 2 Tune Hotels Pasar Baru Jakarta, Jalan K.H. Samanhudi no. 25, Pasar Baru, ☎ . AirAsia group hotel adopting its business model. You pay what you use! From Rp300,000.
- 3 Favehotel Pasar Baru Jakarta, Jl. K.H Samanhudi, Pasar Baru, ☎ . Budget style boutique hotel. Standard room (the suite only has a sofa next to it). Breakfast options are slightly less than plenty but satisfactory. From Rp350,000.
Most visitors coming to Jakarta stay in Central Jakarta, where a plethora of mid-range to splurge hotels are located.
- 4 Alila Jakarta, Jl. Pecenongan No. 17, ☎ . Modern, airy lobby and rooms. From Rp900,000; Suites from Rp1 million.
- 5 Cipta Hotel, Jl. Kyai Haji Wahid Hasyim No.53, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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.
- 6 City M Hotel, Jl Tanah Abang 1, No 11, ☎ . 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.
- 7 DoubleTree by Hilton, Jl Pegangsaan Timur No. 17 Cikini,, ☎ . 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.
- 8 Grand Cemara Hotel, Jl. Cemara 1, ☎ . A decent average room. Breakfast at the coffee shop. Balinese style spa and pool. From Rp500,000.
- 9 Grand Mercure Harmoni Jakarta, Jl Hayam Wuruk No 36 37,, ☎ . 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.
- 10 Gren Alia Cikini, Jl. Cikini Raya No.46, ☎ , fax: . 8 floors. Rooms, except suites, have connecting doors. The restaurant opens 24 hours. Less than 50 meters to Ismail Marzuki Park. From Rp450,000.
- 11 Harris Suites FX Sudirman, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, Pintu Satu Senayan, ☎ . 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.
- 12 Marcopolo, Jl. Teuku Cik Ditiro 19, ☎ , fax: . A decent hotel midway between the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout and Cikini. Rooms can be booked with or without breakfast. From Rp600,000.
- 13 MaxOneHotels @ Sabang, Jalan Agus Salim no 24. Small hotel and small rooms in a strategic location, an expat's playground. Dining at Coffee World. From Rp500,000.
- 14 Millennium Kebon Sirih, Jl. Fachruddin No. 3, Tanah Abang, ☎ , fax: . 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.
- 15 Paragon, Jl. Wahid Hasyim 29, Menteng, ☎ , fax: . Simple hotel near Jalan Sabang. Cheap rooms and a café. From Rp500,000.
- 16 Redtop Hotel, Jl. Pecenongan No. 72, ☎ . 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.
- 17 Studio One Residence, Jl. Talang Betutu No. 15, ☎ . A simple and small hotel, adjacent to Hotel Indonesia Roundabout. From Rp385,000.
- 18 Thamrin ARTOTEL, Jl. 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.
- 19 The Acacia Jakarta, Jl. Kramat Raya No. 81, ☎ . 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.
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.
- 20 Aryaduta Semanggi, Jl. Garnisun Dalam No. 8, Karet Semanggi, Jakarta 12930, Indonesia, ☎ . 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.
- 21 Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.1, ☎ . 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.
- 22 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.
- 23 Mandarin Oriental, Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Jakarta 10310, ☎ , fax: . 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 starred 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.
- 24 Grand Sahid Jaya, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 86, Jakarta 10220, ☎ , , fax: . A local luxury hotel chain, decent facilities for the rate. from Rp1,300,000.
- 25 Sari Pan Pacific, Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 6, Jakarta 10340, ☎ , fax: . 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.
- 26 Shangri-La Jakarta, Jl Jend Sudiman Kav. 1, ☎ . 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.
- 27 The Sultan (formerly Jakarta Hilton), Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta, 10270, ☎ , fax: . 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.
- Akmani Hotel, Jl. KH. Wahid Hasyim 91, ☎ . 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.
- 28 Aryaduta Hotel Jakarta, Jl. 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.
- 29 Atlet Century Park, Jl. 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.
- 30 Borobudur, Jl. Lapangan Banteng Selatan, Jakarta 10710, ☎ , fax: . 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.
- 31 The Hermitage, Jalan Cilacap No. 1 Menteng. Classic colonial Dutch style hotel and all-suite rooms. French restaurant, rooftop bar. From Rp1,100,000.
- 32 Le Grandeur Jakarta, Jl. Mangga Dua Raya, Jakarta 10730, Indonesia, ☎ . 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.
- 33 Kosenda Hotel, Jl KH Wahid Hasyim No.127, Kebon Kacang (Midway between Thamrin and Tanah Abang. A short walk down the western branch of Wahid Hasyim, opposite Sarinah), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Boutique hotel that applies concept of natural wood throughout its furniture and colors. Restaurant specialising in peranakan flavours. Rooftop terrace bar. Walking distance to Sarinah department store, and Grand Indonesia malls. Fast WiFi in rooms and public spaces. From Rp900,000.
- 34 Media Hotel (formerly Sheraton Media), Jl. Gunung Sahari 3, Jakarta 10720, ☎ , fax: . 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.
- 35 Morrisey, Jalan KH. Wahid Hasyim No. 70, Menteng,, ☎ . 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.
- 36 Mulia, Jl. Asia Afrika, Jakarta 10270, ☎ , fax: . 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.
- 37 Ascott Kuningan Jakarta, Ciputra World 1. Jalan Prof Dr Satrio Kav.3-5, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. One, two and three bedroom apartments are available. This property offers an indoor playroom, an outdoor playground for kids and a barbecue area.
- Ambulance: 118.
- Police: 110.
- Central Jakarta Police station, Jl. Kramat Raya No. 61, ☎ , , .
Hospital with 24 hours emergency room (ER):
- RS St Carolus, Jl. Salemba Raya 41, ☎ , fax: , .
- RS Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo, Jl. Diponegoro No. 71 Jakarta Pusat, ☎ , fax: .
- RSU Daerah Tarakan, Jl. Kyai Caringin 7, ☎ , fax: .
- RS PGI Cikini, Jl. Raden Saleh No. 40, ☎ , fax: .
- RS Budi Kemuliaan, Jl . Budi Kemuliaan No. 25 Jakarta Pusat 10110, ☎ .
- RS Husada, Jl. Raya Mangga Besar No. 137-139 Jakarta Pusat 10730, ☎ , , fax: .
- If you make your way down Gajah Mada street, you will be at the old city of both North Jakarta and West Jakarta.
- South Jakarta is the district of many upscale shopping malls and residential areas, as well as more skyscrapers.
- In East Jakarta, you can find the Taman Mini theme park, which is centred around the culture of Indonesia and its provinces.
- The spacious campus of the University of Indonesia can be found just south of the city in Depok.
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