1. Sample some street food
The city’s street food scene comes alive at night as people flock to places with delicious Chinese cuisine and exotic delicacies. Jalan Mangga Besar, Jalan Wahid Hasyim, Jalan Sabang, and Pecenongan are popular locations to check out the thriving scene, which is conveniently surrounded by late-night restaurants if you decide to opt out of this style of dining.
2. Visit a 24-hour restaurant
Everyone in the city is familiar with the always-open Warteg Warmo restaurant. It’s a simple eatery but they are known for their authentic Indonesian food that’s sure to impress. The in-demand eatery is such a constant operation that there aren’t even doors because they have no reason to close.
3. Check out the bar scene
Located inside the second oldest building in Central Jakarta (it’s 200 years old), Café Batavia is situated in the north-western corner of Fatahillah Square and still has a 19th-century colonial-era vibe. Staying open until midnight or 1am, depending on what day it is, it’s a great place to catch live music and if you get bored of people-watching, there are plenty of iconic pictures and posters on the wall to keep you entertained.
4. Dance the night away
Located on the seventh floor of the Artotel, the Bart bar offers a range of incentives to get people in each evening. It’s a nice place to have a drink as the sun sets and watch the lights turn on in the city. Every week, they do special nights accompanied by cool R’n’B and EDM sounds.
5. Take in a live gig
There are many places to enjoy live music in Jakarta, including the internationally iconic Hard Rock Café. Located in Pacific Place Mall, rock music fans can enjoy the action in front of the spacious stage and roomy bar area. Beware if you hate public restrooms; the venue is accessed via the mall’s bathrooms. Now that’s what you call quirky.
6. Hit the shops
Angke Muara’s fish market and flower markets, Cikini and Rawa Belong, plus Pasar Mampang Prapatan and Pasar Senen, are open all day and night. So score yourself a deal in the wee hours of the morning if you want the authentic Indonesian experience. Alternatively, high-end shopping centres generally stay open until 10pm and there’s plenty to do apart from shopping. Plaza Indonesia (below) has hotels, a nightclub and even a rooftop lounge within its space.
7. Snap a stunning rooftop photograph
Situated on the 49th floor of the Plaza Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the city, Cloud Lounge & Living Room is popular with expats and draws a sophisticated crowd of customers. At around Rp130,000 (US$10) each, the drinks are on the pricier side for Jakarta but it’s worth it if you consider the effort they put into making the venue what it is. It offers 360-degree views of the city skyline so you can get the perfect Instagram shot, and they even have a cold room so you can enjoy your vodka at optimum temperature.