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- 98%Local Culture
- 76%Adventure Travelers
- 73%Nightlife Lovers
- 66%Business Travelers
- 65%Family Travelers
- 63%Budget Travelers
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- JakartaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 10
A bustling and lively capital city of Indonesia. You will have a taste of food, entertainment and lifestyle of this rising consumer nation. Just be patient with the traffic.Recommended for:
- JakartaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4
This sprawling metropolis represents 2 things that I love -- big cities and Indonesia. Unfortuantely, the big city is just a bit too big for her infrastructure so the traffic and grit make travel here feel a bit constrained. A difficult place for pedestrians. Plan to spend a lot of time in traffic but look forward to the reward of good food and gorgeous enclaves once you can find them.Recommended for:
- JakartaMember ofLocal CultureAdventure Travelers
Jakarta is the teeming, broiling megalopolis of my formative years. Being a expat brat at Jakarta International School (JIS), I found my fair share of mischief to get into but still found the cultural differences to be fascinating and I certainly didn't mind being called 'Tuan Jackson' (Lord Jackson). Rackino, our houseboy, Pok Pono, our gardener and Sithswardi, our driver were all too willing to indulge me in my never ending quest for even more powerful fireworks. The kampong was never so much fun with them as my guides through the long nights of Ramadan and the eternal stories of the shadowy world of the Wayang Kulit that played out just on the other side of our concrete and bobbed wire fence. My only regret is that I didn't pay more attention in my Bahasa Indonesian class at JIS.Recommended for:
- JakartaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure Travelers
Affectionately known as "The Big Durian", the sprawling, disorganized and chaotic (and, yes, stinking) megalopolis of Jakarta is worth a night or two in your travels through the island of Java, if only to get a perspective on the true face of the modern, business-oriented Indonesia. While the city lacks sights (you'll notice your guidebook is stretching to find you things to do here), it's also a cosmopolitan place with some of the country's best international dining, and lots and lots of ultra-luxe shopping malls to explore (I once spent three solid hours lost in the city wandering from back alley to mall to different back alley and into a different mall). Jakarta also has a famous (and famously drug-fueled) party scene, and while reports of the city's dangers are largely exaggerated, you may want to be on your guard at night.Recommended for:
Definitely worth the recommendation!
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- JakartaFirst to Review
Great place to find cheap things in Jakarta. Clothing, pants, underwear, kid's clothing, bow, bag, buttons, toys, party supplies (limited), office supplies. All things are "Made in China" so expect quality would detoriate in a year (or in a few months). Huge place, careful not to get lost. Would suggest to take a cab because parking is dreadful (unless you have a driver); another alternative is to come early around 10ish. Mangga Dua has banks inside as well - BCA, Danamon, to name a few. Food are plenty - from American fast food to local dishes.
- JakartaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5
My first impression of central Jakarta was how clean and well city planned it is. There are modern buildings right along side more tradition ones. I've heard how horrendous the traffic situation that is and I thought I've seen really bad jams...well, not before my visit to central Jakarta. Despite the traffic jams that really exist in ALL major cities, I've enjoyed Jakarta for what it is...a modern (and modernizing) world city.
- JakartaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9
Watch our video about Jakarta's culinary in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7724yTN1uw. There are various choices of Jakarta's most popular street foods.
Our mini guide to eating in Central Jakarta is available in our web http://bit.ly/XgczUE
To make short, here's one of them.
Kedai Nasi Uduk & Ayam Goreng Zainal Fanani.
The Kebon Kacang area offers an abundance food vendors selling a Betawi signature dish: nasi uduk (coconut milk-steamed rice). However, Zainal Fanani’s establishment stands out thanks to its comfortable restaurant and the availability of two clean sinks for hand-washing – a very important feature since you will eat with your hands. Start your culinary journey by ordering something to eat with rice. The options are displayed at the front of the restaurant, all cooked and will be fried a bit so you can enjoy them piping hot. Choose from chicken, prawn, tempe and tahu (tofu). On the table you will find 20 mini nasi uduk topped with fried shallots and wrapped in banana leafs. Pick one to eat with your fried food and feel free to go back for seconds if you’re not full yet. For more flavor, dip the fried dishes in the peanut sauce or combine it with the chili sauce and sweet soy sauce as you please.
Located at: Jl. Kebon Kacang VIII/5
Nasi uduk (coconut milk-steamed rice) – Rp 2,000
Ayam goreng (fried chicken) – Rp 12,000
Udang goreng (fried prawn skewers) – Rp 12,000
Tahu – Rp 2,000
Tempe – Rp 2,000
- JakartaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers
Very Busy city, lots of things to do and see. I especially like the coastal area. I have been here over a twenty year span and seen a lot of improvement and modernization happen.
- JakartaMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersGreen Travelers+ 3
This place is already too crowded, no more spaces left behind for activities such as park, playground, etc. And when raining season come, this city is practically turn into a mini Venice in the Italy, you can almost see any places are flooded
Ok yes: the traffic blows, the streets don't smell the greatest, and accessibility to cool spots is hard to find much less find out about. The culture is different, and the food may be hard to get used to. However, after living in this city and working at Sampoerna Foundation for 2 months I fell in love with Jakarta, the expat life, the people, the adventure and livelihood that exuded from it. It is definitely under the radar, and you never hear someone's trip around the world involving London, Paris, and Jakarta. But without a doubt, meet some local Indonesians, find some good places to hang out and shop, and take an ojek if you dare. Its so worth it.
- JakartaMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersGreen Travelers+ 2
I would not recommend any one to go to Jakarta if you intend to visit Indonesia for sight seeing as it is primarily a business town (the more interesting places is outside Jakarta). However, while you are in Jakarta, there are some interesting places that you must visit such as the old town (near Kota train station) and Sunda Kelapa Harbour - although traffic can be crazy (avoid rush hour)
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