This Jakarta Travel Guide leads you along the tree-lined streets of Menteng and Kebayoran Baru, and past the shanties along the many rivers that run from the southern mountains through Jakarta into Jakarta Bay; traditional markets and modern shopping malls; street-side food vendors and western fast-food.Greater Jakarta is now the second largest city in the world, with a population of 26 million.
Most budget travellers stay in the vicinity of a narrow street called Jalan Jaksa, which runs between Jalan Kebon Sirih and Jalan Wahid Hasyim in Central Jakarta. The Government Tourist Office is in the Jakarta Theatre Building on the corner of Jalan Thamrin and Jalan Wahid Hasyim.
The official Indonesian Government tourism website is : www.jakarta-tourism.go.id
PUBLIC SERVICES IN JAKARTA
General Post Office Jln Pos
Menteng Post Office Jln Cikini Raya
Kota Post Office Jln Pos Kota
International Phone Jln Medan Merdeka Selatan
International Phone Jakarta Theatre Building, Jln Thamrin
Govt. Tourist Information Jakarta Theatre Building, Jln Thamrin
Police Headquarters Jln Sudirman, (Semanggi) Senayan
Kantor Imigrasi Kelas 1 Khusus Jakarta Selatan Jln Warung Buncit Raya No.207, Duren Tiga, Pancoran, Jakarta Selatan
Kantor Imigrasi Klas I Jakarta Pusat Jln Merpati Blok B12 No.3, RW.10, Gn. Sahari Sel., Kemayoran, Kota Jakarta Pusat
Hospitals and Medical
(list provided by Australian Embassy Jakarta)
Jln Puri Sakti 10, Cipete, South Jakarta
Emergency: 7506001 (24 hour)
24 hour service, emergency evacuation service.
Metropolitan Medical Centre (MMC)
Jln Rasuna Said Kav C21, Kuningan, South Jakarta
Tel: 5203435, 5205201-04
Jln H R Rasuna Said Block X 1 Kav 1-2, Kuningan, South Jakarta
Tel: 5261118 (24 hrs)
The Jakarta Women & Children Clinic
Jln Prapanca Raya No. 32, South Jakarta
Tel: 72799911 (Office hours 8 a.m – 8 p.m)
Emergency Medical Services
Jl. Benda Alam I no.73, Cilandak Timur, South Jakarta
Emergencies: 7259111, 72159100 (24 hour)
24 hour service, emergency evacuation service.
Global Assistance & Healthcare
Jln Cilandak KKO Raya, Building 111-GC, South Jakarta
Emergencies: 299 78 997 (24 hour)
Fax: 299 78 955
24 hour service, emergency evacuation service.
Brawijaya Women & Children Hospital
Jln Taman Brawijaya, No.1 Cipete Utara, Jakarta Selatan
Tel: 7211337, 72799533
Website : www.brawijayahospital.com
Pondok Indah Hospital
Jln Metro Duta Kav UE, Pondok Indah, South Jakarta
Tel: 7657525, 7692252, 7651883
Jln Kyai Maja No 43, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Tel: 7219400 (hunting)
Siloam Hospitals Kebon Jeruk
Jln Raya Perjuangan Kav 8, Kebun Jeruk, West Jakarta
Tel: 2567 7888
Fax: 5369 5666
Rumah Sakit Anak dan Bunda Harapan Kita (Children’s Hospital)
Jln Let.Jen. S Parman Kav 87, West Jakarta
Email : email@example.com
Emergency : 567 2472 / 5668284 ext. 6107, 6108
Jln Gatot Subroto Kav 59, South Jakarta 12950
Tel: 5210200 (appointments)
Fax : 5210184
Travel and Tour Company
Pacto Jln Cikini Raya, Menteng
Nitour Jln Majapahit
Money Changer kiosks are found in all shopping centres and malls. They may be in an out-of-the-way position, so ask for directions from the centre front desk when you enter.
SECURITY IN JAKARTA
Jakarta is a safe city during the daylight hours. However, like most big cities things change after about 10pm. So it is best not to wander about by yourself at night.
ATM machines in the lobby of banks are safe. Those in small shops not so.
Credit cards may be skimmed in small shops or restaurants, so it is better to get a cash advance from a bank ATM, and then use the cash. It will cost more in bank interest, but you won’t get a big shock when you arrive back home.
The best place to change money is at the small money changers that are found in all shopping centres. Larger note denominations will receive a better exchange rate. Many small bank branches will not change money if you do not have an account with them.
HOTELS IN JAKARTA
Up-Market 5 Star
Four Seasons Jln Sudirman, Kota BNI, Setia Budi,
Grand Hyatt Jln Thamrin
Hotel Indonesia Jln Thamrin
JW Marriot Mega Kungingan Roundabout, Kuningan
Mandarin Jln Thamrin
Nikko Jln Thamrin
Sari Pan Pacific Jln Thamrin
Ritz Carlton Jln Sudirman (SCBD), Senayan
Sahid Jaya Jln Sudirman, Jkt Selatan
Shangri-La Jln Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta
Sheraton Grand Jln Iskandar Muda, Gandaria City Mall, Kebayoran
Ambhara Hotel Jl. Iskandarsyah Raya No. 1, Block M, Kebayoran
Aryaduta Jln Prapatan Raya, 44-46, Menteng
Asoka Jln Thamrin 28-30
Borobudur Hotel Jln Lapengan Banteng Selatan, Jkt Pusat
City Jln Medan Glodok, Jkt Kota
Djakarta Jln Hayam Wuruk 35, Petojo
F Hotel Jln Polim Raya No. 101, Blok M, Kebayoran
Favehotel Melawai Jalan Melawai 4 No. 3, Block M, Kebayoran
Garden Jln Kemang Raya, Kemang
Horison Inside Ancol Complex
Interhouse Jln Melawai Raya 18-20, Kebayoran
Jayakarta Tower Jln Hayam Wuruk 126, Jakarta Kota
Kartika Chandra Jln Gatot Subroto, Kuningan
Kebayoran Inn Jln Senayan 87, Kebayoran
Manhattan Hotel Jln Dr. Satrio, Kuningan (Casablanca)
Menteng Jln Gondangia Lama 28, Menteng
Neo Hotel Jln Melawai, Block M, Kebayoran
Putri Dayang Cottage inside Ancol complex
Mercure Hotel Sabang Jln Agus Salim 11, Jakarta Pusat
Sultan Jln Gatot Subroto, Senayan
Borneo Hostels Jln Kebon Sirih Barat Dalam 37, Menteng
Djody Hostel Jln Jaksa No. 27, Jakarta Pusat
Hotel Istana Ratu Jln Jaksa 7-9, Jakarta Pusat
Ibis Budget Jakarta Cikini Jln Cikini Raya No.75, Cikini, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
Ibis Budget Jakarta Menteng Jln HOS Cokroaminoto No.79, Menteng, Jakarta
Karya Hotel Jln Jaksa 32, Menteng
Six Degrees Backpackers Hostel Jln Cikini Raya No.60BC,, Cikini, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat.
Wisma Delima Jln Jaksa 5, Menteng
Taxi Instructions to Jalan Jaksa:
Jln Jaksa runs between Jln Kebon Sirih and Jln Wahid Hasyim, Jakarta Pusat.
Jln Kebon Sirih Barat Dalam runs off Jln Jaksa.
RESTAURANTS IN JAKARTA
Jakarta is home to hundreds of places to eat, ranging from restaurants, shopping mall food courts, street-side food stalls and mobile food carts plying the streets and back alleys (not recommended due to dirty crockery and cutlery). While the locals may travel to other suburbs to go to their favourite eating place, this can be very time consuming due to the constant traffic congestion. So eat close to where you are staying, or eat when you see somewhere that looks clean, and preferably air-conditioned.
Jalan Pecenongan in the Chinatown part of Jakarta is an evenings-only/open-air eating street which sets up after the businesses in the street have closed after 6pm. Jalan Pecenongan is located to the north of the Presidential Palace, on the northern side of the canal, running off Jalan Ir H Juanda.
Jalan Kebon Sirih and Jalan Agus Salim
Jalan Kebon Sirih and Jalan Agus Salim (Jln Sabang) also have several good restaurants. Nearby is Pondok Sarina in the Sarinah Building on Jalan Thamrin.
Food courts are located in all the large shopping malls. Here the selection is good, and everything is clean. You can find good authentic local food as well as the foreign
Eating out is one of the favourite pastimes of the residents of Jakarta, so there are a multitude of choices. Street vendors are the cheapest, but you will probably end up with an upset stomach. Stalls set up on the edge of roads in the early evenings are safer.
The Block M shopping area in south Jakarta has lots a restaurants and bars.
Jakarta’s best Sports Bar is Aphrodite at Epicentrum, Jln Rasuna Said, Kuningan.
Jakarta Travel Guide
SHOPPING IN JAKARTA
The shopping experience in Jakarta ranges from traditional markets (which are getting harder to find) to new glitzy shopping malls with all the name brands.
ITC or International Trade Centre are found everywhere on main arterial roads. They have 3-4 levels with the same format including IT and cameras, clothes, supermarket and food court on the top level.
In Central Jakarta the luxury shopping malls, Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia, are adjacent to the Hotel Indonesia roundabout on Jalan Thamrin. Head west between these two mall along Jalan KH Mansur for about 200 metres and you will find Thamrin City, which is a more traditional shopping centre, similar to an ITC. Thamrin City is less congested than the nearby wholesale Tanah Abang markets. The price range and quality is more for the common people. Be sure to bargain. Tanah Abang has several large, crowded, wholesale textile markets. Pasar Baru is a shopping area located across the canal from the Presidential Palace. Jakarta’s best known “antique” market is located on Jalan Surabaya, Menteng.
The Jakarta Chinatown is named Glodok. It is located on the northern end of Jalan Gajah Mada. The Glodok Market (Pasar Glodok) is on the left and Harco Electrical and Whitegoods market is on the right side of Jalan Gajah Mada. Turn left at Pasar Glodok into Jalan Pancoran which is the busiest retail area and is closed to vehicles. Kota Tua is on the northern side of Glodok – keep the Kota Railway Station on your right.
In south Jakarta is the Senayan upmarket shopping area. Continue further south to Block M, which has a number of malls catering to all price ranges. Ambassador Mall on Jalan Dr. Satrio, Kuningan-Casablanca has many electrical, camera and IT shops, and next door is ITC Kuningan which sells budget priced goods.
Block M Square Jln Melawai, Kebayoran — general
Pancoran Kota Jln Pancoran — general, fruit, material
Jalan Surabaya Jln Surabaya Menteng – antiquities and souvenirs
Pasar Baru Jln Pasar Baru— music, clothing, shoes
Sabang Jln Agus Salim, Menteng— music, stationery, photographic supplies
Pasar Senen Senen general merchandise
Tanah Abang Tanah Abang — batik and general
Harco Jln Pintu Besar, Kota — electronics and white goods
Up-Market Shopping Malls
Grand Indonesia Jln Thamrin, Jakarta Pusat (next to Hotel Indonesia)
Plaza Indonesia Jln Thamrin, Jakarta Pusat (next to Grand Hyatt)
Senayan City Jln Asia Africa, Senayan
Plaza Senayan Jln Asia Africa, Senayan
Kuningan City Jln Dr Satrio, Kuningan
Block M Plaza, Block M Mall Jln Melawai, Block M, Kebayoran
Kota Kasablanka Jln Casablanca, Tebet, Jakarta Selatan
Pondok Indah Mall Jln Metro Pondok Indah, Jakarta Selatan
Mall Taman Angrek Jln S Parman, Grogol, Jakarta Barat
Central Park Mall Jln S Parman, Grogol, Jakarta Barat
Gajah Mada Plaza Jln Gajah Mada, Kota
There are bookshops such as Periplus or Gramedia in most upmarket shopping malls. Also:
Gunung Agung Jln Kwitang, Senen
Gramedia Jln Air Klinci, Pasar Baru
Newsagents can be found at most upmarket hotels.
Unfortunately, the first thing that most travellers want to do when they arrive in Jakarta is leave. Don’t worry about the noise and the maniacal drivers. There is a great deal of interest and beauty to be found in this ever-swelling mass of around 26 million people. All you have to do is look.