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...more
Nice upscale design store selling locally produced home decor and fashion. The selection is limited but quality levels are good and prices aren't brutal. Located in the lobby of the Alila Hotel. Definitely not your typical gift shop.
Old Dutch colonial area in Jakarta -- also known as Batavia or Old Jakarta. One of the more interesting parts of Jakarta for tourists but in desperate need of a renaissance. Home to a number of museums and Cafe Batavia. The only place I visited that was even close to pedestrian friendly -- though motor...more
The atmosphere is lush Southeast Asian but the counter-style bar and pool table cause it to feel less secluded and chic than its predecessor in Bangkok. Still a good spot to pop in for a drink or bite but this is an expat hangout and you won't find many locals....more
This and Kota are the two areas of primary interest to tourists in Jakarta. The square is surrounded by the major sights in this part of the city. None are spectacular but worth prioritizing if you want to see the local sights.