Jakarta Travel Guide

Jalan Sudirman


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

Glodok Chinatown

Glodok (or Kota) is the hub of the local Chinese business district. Specialising in retailing, wholesaling and banking, the Chinese of Jakarta have taken over the old Dutch quarter north of the Presidential Palace. Outdoor stalls abound in the area after dark when the usual businesses have closed, especially on Jalan Pecenongan, Jalan Mangga Besar and Pasar Baru.

Kota Tua Old Dutch Town

Kota Tua, or Old Town, is the area of the early Dutch walled-city centred on Kali Besar or Main River (now called Kali Krukut or Krukut River). The main thoroughfares at the time were the roads that ran both sides of this river.
The southern boundary of Kota Tua was near the current Kota Railway Station, the Museum Mandiri and Museum Bank Indonesia. On the western side of the Kali Besar river is the Standard Chartered Bank building, and on the eastern side is the Cipta Niaga building. There are several dozen colonial era buildings in this area.
Further north near the old port of Sunda Kelapa is the Maritime Museum in an old fort. Generally speaking, the buildings closer to Sunda Kelapa are older than the buildings nearer Fatahillah Square and the railway station.
In 1808, Governor Daendels ordered that the Dutch administration be moved two km south to the area called Weltevreden, near the current Presidential Palace, Monas Square and the adjoining suburbs of Menteng and Cikini.
Kota Tua remained the centre of commerce, industry and banking. The existing canal down the centre of Jalan Gajah Mada and Jalan Hayam Wuruk connected the two areas.



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)


International SOS
Jln Puri Sakti 10, Cipete, South Jakarta
Emergency: 7506001 (24 hour)
Fax: 7506002
24 hour service, emergency evacuation service.

Metropolitan Medical Centre (MMC)
Jln Rasuna Said Kav C21, Kuningan, South Jakarta
Tel: 5203435, 5205201-04
Fax: 5203417

Klinik Medikaloka
Indorama Building
Jln H R Rasuna Said Block X 1 Kav 1-2, Kuningan, South Jakarta
Tel: 5261118 (24 hrs)
Fax: 5261119

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

Medic One
Jl. Benda Alam I no.73, Cilandak Timur, South Jakarta
Emergencies: 7259111, 72159100 (24 hour)
Fax: 7399303
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
Fax: 721-1364
Website : www.brawijayahospital.com

Pondok Indah Hospital
Jln Metro Duta Kav UE, Pondok Indah, South Jakarta
Tel: 7657525, 7692252, 7651883
Emergency: 7502322
Fax: 7502324

Pertamina Hospital
Jln Kyai Maja No 43, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Tel: 7219400 (hunting)
Emergency: 7219365
Fax: 7203540

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
Tel: 5668284
Fax: 5601816
Email : info@rsab-harapankita.go.id
24-hour Service
Emergency : 567 2472 / 5668284 ext. 6107, 6108

X-Ray/Ultrasound Physiotherapy

Medistra Hospital
Jln Gatot Subroto Kav 59, South Jakarta 12950
Tel: 5210200 (appointments)
Emergency: 5210201
Fax : 5210184
Email: customercare@medistra.com

Travel and Tour Company

Pacto Jln Cikini Raya, Menteng
Nitour Jln Majapahit

Money Changers

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.


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.



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

Backpacker -Priced

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.

Jalan Thamrin


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

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.

Block M

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


The safest way to travel around Jakarta is by taxi. All legal taxis have meters and are air-conditioned, and you can get to most places for $2-4. The noisy Bajaj are not a very good alternative because you have to bargain a price before you get in, and they are very hot and dusty, especially when you stop next to a bus or truck. And you may end up paying more than you would in a taxi.

On-line providers include Grab, Go Jek and Uber. As in other countries, many drivers have moved from the traditional taxi and Ojek to the online version. You will need a local account to access these services.

Ojek  Motorbike Taxi

An Ojek is motorbike taxi. They are usually used to get from the main road to people’s homes on the smaller side streets. The price needs to be set before you get on, and is around Rp 5,000 – 10,000. Be warned that most traffic accidents in Indonesia involve motorbikes.

The Jakarta Commuter Train System

The Jakarta commuter train system is not really an option for visitors, as the stations tend to be in out-of-the-way places. This situation will change in 2018-19 with the completion of the Mass Transit train line running from south-north from Lebak Bulus, past  Kebayoran to the Hotel Indonesia roundabout. The light rail system under construction is planned to bring commuters from the outer suburbs into the city centre.

Pickpockets on  Public Transportation

Pickpockets are a danger if you take public transport, so check your belongings if someone brushes up against you. Trying to save a few cents by catching a bus, means you could lose your passport and all your money. TransJakarta buses, which operate along special lanes down the middle of the main roads, are a better alternative. The fare is more than a normal bus, but cheaper than a taxi over long distances.

Kebayoran Skyline

Kebayoran Skyline

Public Transportation in Jakarta


There are 12 main routes which usually run along dedicated lanes down the centre of the main arterial roads. There are limited stops, at purpose-built bus shelters, which are accessed via elevated walkways. TransJakarta uses large air-conditioned buses.

The fare is Rp 3500 per trip, except between 5 am to 7 am when it is Rp 2,000

Operating Hours: 5 am – 10 pm

For more information visit: http://www.transportumum.com/jakarta


Koridor 1 – Blok M – Kota

Route: Blok M – Jalan Jendral Sudirman – Senayan – Semanggi – Bendungan Hilir – Karet – Jalan M.H. Thamrin – Bundaran Hotel Indonesia (HI) – Monumen Nasional (Monas) – Harmoni – Jalan Gajah Mada – Jalan Hayam Wuruk – Glodok – Stasiun Kota

Koridor 2 – Pulogadung – Harmoni

Route: Pulogadung – Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan – Cempaka Putih – Pasar Senen – Gambir – Harmoni

Koridor 3 – Harmoni – Kalideres

Route: Harmoni – Grogol – Jalan Daan Mogot – Pesing – Cengkareng – Kalideres

Koridor 4 – Pulogadung – Dukuh Atas 2

Route: Pulogadung – Rawamangun – Jalan Pramuka – Matraman – Manggarai – Guntur – Dukuh Atas

Koridor 5 – Kampung Melayu – Ancol

Route: Kampung Melayu – Jatinegara – Jalan Matraman Raya – Salemba – Kramat Raya – Pasar Senen – Jalan Gunung Sahari – Mangga Dua – Ancol

Koridor 6 – Ragunan – Dukuh Atas 2

Route: Ragunan – Simpangan Jalan T.B. Simatupang – Warung Buncit – Pejaten – Mampang Prapatan – Simpangan Jalan Gatot Subroto – Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said – Kuningan – Karet – Setiabudi – Dukuh Atas

Koridor 7 – Kampung Rambutan – Kampung Melayu

Route: Kampung Rambutan – Jalan T.B. Simatupang – Pasar Rebo – Kramat Jati – Cililitan – Universitas Kristen Indonesia (UKI) – Cawang – Jalan M.T. Haryono – Bidara Cina – Jalan Otto Iskandardinata (Otista) Raya – Kampung Melayu

Koridor 8 – Lebak Bulus – Harmoni

Route: Pulogadung – Rawamangun – Jalan Pramuka – Matraman – Manggarai – Guntur – Dukuh Atas

Koridor 9 – Pinang Ranti – Pluit

Route: Pinang Ranti – Taman Mini Garuda – Jalan Tol Jagorawi – Universitas Kristen Indonesia (UKI) – Cawang – Jalan M.T. Haryono – Tebet – Pancoran – Jalan Jendral Gatot Subroto – Kuningan – Semanggi – Senayan – Jalan Letjen S. Parman – Slipi Palmerah – Slipi Jaya – Kemanggisan – Tomang – Grogol – Jalan Prof. Dr. Latumeten – Jembatan Besi – Jembatan Dua – Jembatan Tiga – Pluit

Koridor 10 – PGC Cililitan – Tanjung Priok

Route: Pusat Grosir Cililitan (PGC) – Universitas Kristen Indonesia (UKI) – Cawang – Jalan D.I. Panjaitan – Penas Kalimalang – Prumpung – Rawamangun – Jalan Jendral Ahmad Yani – Simpangan Jalan Pramuka Pemuda – Pulomas – Simpangan Cempaka Putih – Cempaka Mas – Jalan Laksamana Yos Sudarso – Kelapa Gading – Plumpang – Permai – Tanjung Priok

Koridor 11 – Kampung Melayu – Pulo Gebang

Route: Kampung Melayu – Jatinegara – Stasiun Kereta Jatinegara – Jalan Bekasi Timur Raya – Cipinang – Jalan I Gusti Ngurah Rai – Klender – Buaran – Penggilingan – Pulogebang

Koridor 12 – Pluit – Tanjung Priok

Route: Pluit – Penjaringan / Bandengan – Kota Tua – Stasiun Kereta Jakarta Kota / Beos – Mangga Dua – Jalan Gunung Sahari Raya – Jalan Angkasa – Kemayoran – Sunter – Jalan Laksamana Yos Sudarso – Kelapa Gading – Plumpang – Permai – Tanjung Priok

Koridor 13 – Ciledug – Blok M

Route:  Ciledug via elevated busway to Jln Kapten Tendean, Kuningan


Mikrolet Mini Bus

There are dozens of mikrolet routes in Jakarta’s suburbs that go along most main roads. Passengers jump in and out wherever they like, and the van will often stop along the way and wait for more passengers if the driver feels it is not worthwhile going with only 1 or 2 passengers. The fare starts at Rp 3,000 and the maximum is Rp 5,000.

For a full list of Mikrolet routes visit: http://www.transportumum.com/jakarta/mobil/


Sunrise over Kuningan

Leaving Jakarta – Transport Hubs

Leaving Jakarta by Plane

Jakarta has two airports. Sukarno-Hatta Airport at Cengkareng on the north-west edge of the city and the smaller Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in the south-eastern suburbs.
Allow plenty of time if leaving from Sukarno-Hatta. Between 6am and 9pm the drive to the airport will be around two hours (up to three hours if raining). Allow one hour to get to Halim, except between 3-7pm when you should allow 2 hours.

Sukarno-Hatta airport, which is usually known as Cengkareng, has three terminals: T1, T2 and T3.
Terminal 3 is for all Garuda Indonesia flights, both domestic and international. When being dropped off by car or taxi, enter the terminal via Entry 2. Be aware that the terminal is very long. If leaving from Gates 20-28, the walk is several hundred metres, so allow 20 minutes to walk from check-in to your departure gate.
Terminal 2 is for most other international flights.
Terminal 1 is for most other domestic flights.

The airport has a free shuttle-bus that runs in a loop between the three terminals.
When catching a taxi to or from either taxi, specify to the driver to take “Jalan Tol or Toll Road”, as the parallel side roads can take two hours longer.

Leaving Jakarta by Bus

Kalideres Bus Terminal on Jalan Daan Mogot, for buses to Merak, Carita Beach and Sumatra;

Pulo Gebang Bus Terminal on Jalan Raya Bekasi Timur for buses going to Central and East Java;

Kampung Rambutan Bus Terminal near Taman Mini Indonesia for buses going to Central and East Java.

Lebak Bulus Bus Terminal has been closed to make way for a train terminal.

Pulo Gadung has closed and moved further along Jalan Raya Bekasi to Pulo Gebang.

Jakarta to Bandung by Shuttle Bus

These companies offer shuttle buses from Jakarta airport, and also other departure points.

Xtrans – Ontime Shuttle –  www.xtrans.co.id
Cipaganti Travel  – www.cipaganti.co.id


Leaving Jakarta by Train

Railway Stations in Jakarta

Kota Station           Jln Pintu Besar, Kota
Gambir Station      Jln Medan Merdeka Timur
Jatinegara Station    Jln Bekasi Raya
Sudirman Station     Jln Sudirman, Jakarta Pusat

The trains listed below are all Eksekutif or Executive/Business Class, with limited stops.  It is worthwhile to pay the extra.

They all leave from Gambir Station which is on Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur, Central Jakarta.

For more information visit:

Stasiun Gambir Jakarta

Jakarta to Yogyakarta / Jogja by Train

KA 52 – Kereta Api Taksaka Siang (Eksekutif)
Departs 8.30am, arrives 4.25pm

KA 54 – Kereta Api Taksaka Malam (Eksekutif)
Departs 8.45pm, arrives 4.15am

There is a Damri bus from the International Airport to Gambir Station

Jakarta to Surakarta / Solo by Train

KA 8F – Kereta Api Argo Lawu (Eksekutif)
Departs 8.15pm, arrives 5.00am (via Jogja)

KA 10 – Kereta Api Argo Dwipangga (Eksekutif)
Departs 8.00am, arrives 4.35pm (via Jogja)

Jakarta to Surabaya by Train

KA 2 -Kereta Api Argo Bromo Anggrek Pagi (Eksekutif) to Pasar Turi

KA 4 – Kereta Api Argo Bromo Anggrek Malam (Eksekutif) to Pasar Turi
Departs 9.30pm, arrives 6.30am

KA 48 – Kereta Api Sembrani (Eksekutif) to Gubeng
Departs 7.15pm, arrives 6.00am

KA 56 – Kereta Api Bangunkarta (Eksekutif) to Gubeng
Departs 3.00pm, arrives 3.30 am

Jakarta to Malang by Train

KA 42 – Kereta Api Bima (Eksekutif) via Surabaya

leaves 4.30 pm, arrives 8.15 am

KA 42 – Kereta Api Gajayana (Eksekutif) via Surabaya

leaves 5.40 pm, arrives 9 am

Jakarta to Bandung by Train

Kereta Api Argo Parahyangan (Eksekutif & Bisnis)

KA 20 – Departs 8.30am, arrives 12.00 Noon
KA 22 – Departs 10.15am, arrives 1.35pm
KA 24 – Departs 3.30pm, arrives 6.30pm
KA 26 – Departs 6.15pm, arrives 9.30pm
KA 28 – Departs 8.00pm, arrives 9.30pm
KA 30 – Departs 12.45pm, arrives 3.50pm

Mobile Sewing Business


Walk Around Menteng in Central Jakarta

Menteng is an up-market residential suburb of central Jakarta that dates to Dutch colonial times. Most of the homes are built on large blocks with lots of greenery.

– Starting from the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout, head east along Jalan Iman Bonjol, between the Mandarin Hotel on your right, and the Deutsche Bank building on your left.
– Continue along Jalan Iman Bonjol, cross over Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto, and continue east to Taman Suropati park on your left.
– Turn left into Taman Suropati, head north through the park, and exit the park onto Jalan Teuku Umar. Continue along Jalan Teuku Umar, past the homes of various ambassadors and former heads of government, as far as Jalan Prof. Moh. Yamin.
– Turn left into Jalan Prof. Moh Yamin and head west. There is a canal down the centre of this road. The other (northern) side is named Jalan Sutan Syahrir. Each side is one-way traffic.
– Just before you reach Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto, turn left into Taman Menteng park. Left (south) along Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto is the small up-market Menteng shopping area, which includes a Batik Keris showroom.
– From the shops return to the corner of Jalan Prof. Moh Yamin, turn left (west) and head back towards the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout.

The distance from the roundabout to Taman Suropati is 1.1 km, so the full walk is around 2.5 km.



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.

Central Jakarta

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.

Glodok Chinatown

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.

South Jakarta

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.

Shopping Areas

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.


Laneway in South Jakarta



North Jakarta (Jakarta Utara) and Kota Tua (Old Town):

Pasar Ikan –  Old Dutch stone fort located on Jalan Pakin.

Sunda Kelapa – Port for cargo sailing boats located on Jalan Maratime.

Taman Fatahillah – Old Dutch town square located on Jalan Pos Kota.

Jembatan Merah – Old Dutch bridge located on Jalan Kali Besar.

Museum Wayang –  Wayang Puppet museum located at Jalan Pintu Besar Utara 27.

Museum Bahari – Maratime museum located on Jalan Pasar Ikan.

Balai Seni Rupa – Museum for The Arts located at Taman Fatahillah Square

Ancol Complex – Waterfront parkland, Pasar Seni art market and recreation area located on Jalan Lodan Timur.

Central Jakarta (Jakarta Pusat)

Presidential Palace – Dutch colonial Governor’s residence located on Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara.

Monas (National Monument) – obelisk monument located between the Jalan Jaksa area and the Presidential Palace, set on 1 sq km of parkland.

Istiqual Mosque – largest mosque in SE Asia located on Jalan Pos to the east of Monas.

Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) – Exhibition and performance complex for the Arts located on Jalan Cikini Raya, Menteng

Bharata – Venue for performance on Wayang Orang Traditional Javanese Dance Opera located on Jalan Gunung Sahari, Senen

Museum Nasional – Archaeological museum located on Medan Merdeka Barat.

Museum Textil – Museum specialising in tradional weaving and batik located on Jalan Jembatan Tinggi, Tanah Abang.

The Arts – Live Venues

Radio Republic Indonesia      Jln Medan Merdeka Barat (traditional dance)
Taman Izmail Marzuki      Jln Cikini Raya, Menteng (dance, music, painting, exhibitions etc)
Bharata      Jln Gunung Sahari, Senen (wayang orang)
Museum Wayang      Jln Pintu Besar Utara (Wayang Kulit)


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.




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