Boutique hotel with stunning two-storey lofts
Indonesia’s energetic capital is fast shaking off its gritty image to become a world-class destination for arts and culture. It’s home to some of Southeast Asia’s most exciting art scenes, where promising local talent and international veterans, esteemed art collectors and dealers convene. Not only that, the sprawling city is packed with a mind-boggling array of food options, from gritty street food vendors to luxury fine-dining restaurants, where tourists can sample flavours from across the archipelago. And come nightfall, its colourful nightlife scene also has much to offer.
When to go
The best time to visit Jakarta is during the dry season, generally from June to September, when the temperatures are pleasant and there are low chances of rainfall. It’s best to avoid the wet season as tropical storms can wreck your sightseeing plans.
How to get around
Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams might be intimidating, but there are plenty of options for travelling comfortably. The most trusted taxi companies are Blue Bird and Express, which can be hailed off the streets or ordered via their apps. Grab and Gojek are also popular. If you’re in a rush and feeling adventurous, ojeks, or motorcycle taxis, can weave through tight spots during rush-hour traffic. You can also take advantage of Jakarta’s new Mass Rapid Transit system.
A legendary nasi goreng eatery that's perfect for supper
A trendy sushi bar with over 200 dishes
An Instagram-worthy café with Western brunch favourites
Indonesian-style pancakes with unique fillings
Contemporary takes on traditional favourites at this vibrant cafe
Fashion and music collide at this bar and nightclub concept
An izakaya-style bar with pop culture-themed cocktails
Enjoy sky high views while sipping adventurous cocktails
An American-inspired dive with a music selection to match
Bohemian vibes and Asian-inspired barbecue bites
Located a short ferry ride away, Thousand Islands is a great option for a day trip out of the city.
Discover this unique suburb built atop a shopping mall
A modern art museum showcasing the personal collection of Haryanto Adikoesoemo
In the heart of Jakarta lies Southeast Asia's largest mosque
A trendy lifestyle hub showcasing local brands and music
A bustling shopping centre with international brands and a waterpark
A curated department store showcasing young and rising Indonesian designers
A colourful bazaar specialising in tailormade batik outfits
Shop your favourite international brands at this sprawling mega mall
The perfect store for whimsical designs and colourful threads