Jakarta Travel Guide

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

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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.




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Mobile Sewing Business




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



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.