This maritime museum on the docks at Sunda Kelapa is housed in a 17th century Dutch warehouse. It has a fascinating collection of traditional sailing vessels from all over the Indonesian archipelago along with maps, prints and photos of sailing vessels and veteran steamships.
TIM is the country’s main venue for traditional and contemporary cultural events, including dance, drama, music and film. There are frequent appearances by troupes of dancers from Bali and elsewhere and by gamelan musicians. You can find the monthly calendar of events at hotels and tourist offices, or check the Jakarta Post for listings.
This huge modern mosque stands on the northeast side of Taman Merdeka, with its graceful dome and soaring minaret reflected in a mirror-like pool. Completed in 1978, it was designed by the Indonesian architect Frederic Silaban (himself a Christian), and it's the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, with room for more than 10,000 worshipers.
Built in 1710 and located in the Old Town, this museum houses a remarkable collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, sculptures and ceramics by artists and craftsmen from Europe, Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia. The staff is helpful and will gladly answer all your questions.
In a beautiful old building, once the first bank of Indonesia, you now find this interesting museum. Visitors here can learn about the financial history of Indonesia and watch notes and coins from all over the world. Do not miss the gold safe where the country's gold was stored without the population knowing about it.
Street food in Jakarta is a must-try, giving a deep insight into Indonesian culinary traditions and featuring a comprehensive and diverse selection of scrumptious bites to choose from. It is what most locals opt to go for when dining out, due to food hawkers' convenient fares and appetizing delicacies. The offering includes a blend of flavours from all over Asia, as well as local specialties such as "pisang goreng sambal roa" (fried banana with chili) or "gorengan" (a mixture of fried fruit or vegetables ).
The Grand Hyatt’s seafood restaurant is probably the best place in town for fresh fish, lobster and other seafood dishes prepared in a variety of Asian and European styles. It is located on the 5th floor by the swimming pool and the menu include also lighter snacks like sandwiches, pizzas and ice-cream.
This Asian restaurant is located at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and serves international food, prepared in an open kitchen, offering everything from generous breakfast spreads to scrumptious bowls of noodles. The restaurant also has one of Jakarta’s largest buffets. Do not miss the appetizing Sunday Brunch between 12 am and 3 pm.
The first Duck King restaurant opened in 2003, developing into the biggest chain of Chinese cuisine in Indonesia. They have several outlets across the city and despite it being a chain, their food is well-recommended and said to be one of the best places for authentic Chinese food in town.
The Steak House at the Four Seasons hotel offers juicy steaks grilled to perfection on a wood-burning grill. The different dishes do not only please the sense of taste but are also visually pleasing. The wine list comprehends wines from all over the world, carefully selected.
Taman Anggrek is the city’s largest shopping and leisure mall and it is part of a huge residential tower complex on the airport toll road, making it convenient for last-minute shopping before leaving Jakarta. Seven floors of shops sell designer fashions, sportswear, electronic goods, souvenirs, gifts and authentic antiques, featuring also an extensive food court. It is a favourite weekend destination for Indonesian families, with an average of 100,000 visitors each weekend.
There are gift boutiques and arts and craft stores in the lobbies of most of the large international hotels along Jalan Thamrin, as well as international newsstands. Jalan Thamrin houses also the flagship branch of Sarinah, the Indonesian department store chain, selling batik clothing, designer wear, sports equipment and leisure good - it is the perfect place to pick up bargain priced tropical clothing, swimwear and camping equipment.
Jalan Jaksa is the the old-fashioned shopping street where Jakarta’s budget accommodation options are located and where you will need to make good use of your haggling skills. It is lined with antique and craft stores, selling Chinese and Indonesian antique pottery, wood carving, textiles, colonial-style furniture and brassware.
Plaza Senayan has a good choice of Indonesian designer boutiques, including Sebastian’s, Ghea and Biyan, all of which offer stylish and modern evening apparel, as well as colourful traditional dresses, suits, jackets, shirts and blouses. The Sogo Seni handicraft centre, with Plaza Senayan’s branch of Sogo, has one of the best selections of Indonesian handicrafts.
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town is an enormous shopping complex located in the heart of Jakarta. Combining national and international shops and restaurants, the complex is one of the city's favourite shopping destination. Adidas, Banana Republic, Birkenstock, Camper, Clarks, Converse, GAP, Guess, H&M, Lacoste, Levi's, Massimo Dutti and Swatchare are just some of the stores located here.
Soeharto-Hatta International Airport is located 20 km from the city centre. Taxis take around 30-45 minutes. Fixed price Silver Bird Taxis should be arranged at the taxi desk in the arrivals hall, immediately after passing through Customs and Immigration. DAMRI Bus Service operates between the airport and Kakarta's downtown every 40 minutes. Journey time is around one hour to Blok M or Gambir Railway Station in the central business district. Facilities at the airport include currency exchange, post office, business centre, a tourist information desk, car rental desks and tax free shopping. All main hotels offer mini-bus shuttle transfers or chauffeur-driven meet-and-greet service.
Jakarta has a wide range of transportation options. Buses are operated by a good number of private operators and by the state-owned PPD bus company. Mayasari and Patas AC buses are air conditioned and flat fares are charged and are posted by the entrance door. Three-wheeled, two-seats scooter taxis (bajaj) and Bemo minibuses also operate on fixed routes throughout Jakarta, as do Mikrolet or Angkot minibuses.
For visitors, taxis are the most sensible option as public transports tend to be extremely crowded, slow and petty theft is common. The most reliable taxi companies include Silver Bird and Blue Bird. Drivers should carry a rate sheet showing the current fare to most destinations – check the fare before getting into the taxi. More sensibly, ask your hotel or restaurant to call a cab for you. Blue Bird also offers a premium Golden Bird limousine service, which can be booked through your hotel or on the company’s website.
There are well stocked international pharmacies in all the main shopping malls and department stores. You can also find several local pharmacies across the city, called "Apotik". One of them is Apotik Melawai, which has a 24/7 outlet located at 27 l. RS Fatmawati, in South Jakarta.