- Jakarta Restaurant The DharmawangsaJalan Brawijaya 26, Indonesiarecommended Jakarta Restaurant The DharmawangsaIt is another classy place that serves excellent and authentic Indonesian food and it has a nice ambience too!
- PayonJalan Kemang Raya No. 17, Jakarta 12730 Indonesiarecommended PayonIt serves delicious Javanese food and is decorated with traditional furniture in a "Joglo" (Javanese house). Nice ambience.
- Kembang GoelaJalan Lingkar Mega Kuningan Kav E 1. 2 No 1&2, Jakarta Capital Region 12950, Indonesiarecommended Kembang GoelaIt is such a classy restaurant with first class authentic Indonesian Dutch food. Love all the items on the menu, especially the desert!
- Sunda Kelapa HarborJalan Maritim Raya, Grogolpetamburan 14440 Indonesiarecommended Sunda Kelapa HarborSunda Kelapa harbor is located in North Jakarta, part of the older town of the city. It is the house of many traditional Bugis schooners which transport all sort of products from (and to) Jakarta to ... read moreother places within Indonesia. It gives you a sense how trades were done since hundreds years ago. If you happen to go there, you can "explore" those Bugis schooners - typically, they don't mind if we ask for permission to go into them! you will have better view of the harbor from one of those schooners.Yanti
Jakarta is not well known for tourism - one of the places I'd recommend because of its authenticity is Sunda Kelapa Harbour. If you are visiting this site, drop by at the nearby restaurant: Cafe Batavia, which is located in a historic building (beware of the horrific traffic). Another authentic Javanese restaurant you might want to try is Payon at Jalan Kemang. Ayam Goreng Suharti (Suharti's fried chicken) is another must go restaurant in Jakarta, in addition to Sate House Senayan. A more upscale Indonesian restaurant that you may want to try is Merah Delima and Kembang Goela.
recommended JakartaAffectionately 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 ... read moreonly 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.Matthew Crompton
Indonesia is a street-food culture, and personally, I think the best way to experience what the city has to offer in a culinary sense is to eat from the countless street-food carts and stalls that line the avenues. Go for classics like mie ayam (chicken noodles), satay (skewers of grilled chicken with tangy sauce), bakso (meatball soup), or the ubiquitous nasi goreng (fried rice). I personally find street food in Indonesia quite hygenic by developing-world standards, but if you've got a weak stomach, you may want to go for the slightly more upmarket versions of these in the food courts of any of Jakarta's literally dozens of luxury malls, like Pondok Indah in the southern suburbs or the colossal Plaza Indonesia mall smack in the city center. The malls (including Plaza Indonesia) will also have a few scattered batik shops with excellent-quality merchandise, but prices will likely be high. For a market experience (bring your haggling skills) try your hand at batik-hunting in Jalan Kebon Sirih Timur market. Good luck! =)recommended JakartaJakarta 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 ... read moredifferences 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.Baxter Jackson
Batik is just about everywhere in Jakarta and as far as eats go, it's been a while so if you just ask around, you're sure to get the down-low once you're there on the ground.
recommended BogorWhen the sultry, tropical heat of Jakarta has got ya ready to run amok, hit the cool, tea covered hillsides of Bogor, just an hour south of the capital. Heaps of colonial Dutch villas dot this ... read moreaccommodating hill station and if you fancy becoming a gong owner (that's gong, not bong), you can get your gong on in Bogor (one of the only places in the world where they're hand crafted as they have been for centuries).
- Thousand IslandsPulau Seribu, Menteng 10330 Indonesiarecommended Thousand IslandsThe Thousand Islands is not only a salad dressing, it's a real place called Pulau Seribu. It was our weekend getaway from the steaming, teeming masses of Jakarta. The aquarium like waters of the Java ... read moreSea played host to my boyhood Robinson Crusoe fantasies and the ruins of Japanese fortresses on the islands only provided further fodder for my imagination. A magical place for a kid (or adults even :-) And the snorkeling is world class!
recommended Jakarta Hilton InternationalThe Jakarta Hilton International is a sprawling 32 odd acres of indulgence catering to the whims and needs of the expat jet-set. Twelve tennis courts, three olympic sized swimming pools, four squash ... read morecourts, a bowling alley, two health clubs (including on-staff masseuses) are but some of the diversions on hand. Did I mention the nightclub, French, Japanese, American and Indian restaurants? I actually lived here for 6 months way back when and it was pretty easy to get the kids from JIS (Jakarta International School) to come over play, back in the day.
- Monas National MonumentPetojo Selatan Jakarta Capital Region 10250, Indonesiarecommended Monas National MonumentKnown flippantly to the local expats as Sukarno's last erection, this National Monument is worth a quick visit if you happen to be on the Jakarta monument circuit during your visit. It's a good place ... read moreto meet locals interested in practicing their English too.