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The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Jakarta, Indonesia

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, composed of more than 13,000 islands, is much more than a metropolitan hub. This dynamic city filled with culture, tradition and historic ruins tells a unique story to those who are eager to delve deeper into its secrets. Within hidden alleyways, age old religious sites and rustic bookstores, Jakarta has a few hidden gems in store for you. We’ve created a unique guide so that you can unravel Jakarta’s best-kept secrets.

The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta © Stefan Magdalinski / Flickr

The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta © Stefan Magdalinski / Flickr

Hunting for Rare Orchids

The Ragunan Orchid Garden in South Jakarta is an amazing botanic collection that travelers will be able to explore while touring the well-renowned park. This recreational site features blooming gardens of Moth orchids, conserved species like Sugar cane orchids, and much more. Established back in 1973, the five-hectare expanse is a natural habitat of stunning plants. 

Jl. Harsono No.1, Ps. Minggu, Jakarta, Indonesia+62-21-78847114

 

The Ragunan Orchid Garden in South Jakarta is an amazing botanic collection © Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

The Ragunan Orchid Garden in South Jakarta is an amazing botanic collection © Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

 

Local Food at Glodok Market

Take a hearty bite of Rujak Shanghai Encim, a spectacular dish that provides wholesome nutrition and unique flavors. A massive chunk of boiled cuttlefish is served with water spinach that goes well with ground peanuts, soaked into a spicy red sauce. For a tangy kick, take a dollop of Sambhal that you can wash down with a glass of Medan-style coffee at the traditional coffee shop of Warung Tak Kie. 

Jl. Gajah Mada, Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota, Jakarta, Indonesia

Local Food at Glodok Market © Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr

Local Food at Glodok Market © Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr


Spooky, Historical Island of Cipir

Pulau Cipir or Cipir Island welcomes history buffs to explore its medieval ruins that have been given the status of a heritage site by the local government. While you snap pictures of the monitoring tower at the island, another peculiar sight to come across are the ruins of a hospital building that held a quarantine for infectious diseases during the Dutch colonial period. The traces of a colonial past and the eerie ambiance make this a fascinating site to explore.

 

 

Traditional Jewels and Stubborn Bargaining

For a local shopping experience visit the gem market in Jakarta, located in a bustling street of energetic locals and tenacious merchants. Pasar Rawa Bening in East Jakarta is famous for hosting numerous stalls that sell traditional home accessories, Indonesian antiques and an assortment of precious jewels. Whether you’re hunting for solitaires or are on the lookout for brilliantly carved rubies, this market offers local stones, available in rough and polished forms.

Jalan Bekasi Barat, Kota Jakarta Timur, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 13350, Indonesia

For a local shopping experience visit the gem market in Jakarta © Cobalt123 / Flickr

For a local shopping experience visit the gem market in Jakarta © Cobalt123 / Flickr


The Black Dog of Pasar Santa

Black colored hot dog buns with a crispy sausage at the center make up the Black Dog, a unique Indonesian delicacy that has become a signature dish at D.O.G. Dudes of Gourmet. This establishment at Pasar Santa, a traditional market and popular culinary destination in South Jakarta, celebrates the culinary fame of the site by introducing this local favorite dish that you can feast on in the midst of vintage collectibles. While you pass through vinyl banners, cake obsessed bistros and punk rock melodies, this hot dog shop provides a unique experience sampling charcoal buns and herb marinated meat. 

Pasar Santa, Lantai 1, Jl. Cipaku I, Senopati, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Nautical Explorations at Kota Tua

The historic city of Jakarta, Old Batavia, exhibits an ancient lineage of ruins including a unique establishment that celebrates Indonesia’s nautical achievements. Also referred to as the Bahari Museum, this age old museum houses more than 1800 traditional boats and showcases the folklore of fishermen and the prominent figures in the country’s maritime history. Some of the most incredible exhibits are the Lancang Kuning boat from Riau, and the Kora-Kora boat from Maluku, presenting traditional Indonesian designs. 

Jl. Pasar Ikan No. 1, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14440, Indonesia+62-21-6693406

Maritime Museum, Old Port City, Jakarta © Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr

Maritime Museum, Old Port City, Jakarta © Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr

 

Footprints of a Spiritual Community – Istiqlal Mosque

The largest mosque in Jakarta, the Istiqlal Mosque, established in 1978, is located right next to the Jakarta Cathedral and the Merdeka Square. With around seven entrances that represent the seven gates in the Islamic heaven, this sacred pilgrimage site built in modern Arabesque style features an impressive water fountain that operates on Fridays only. The main dome of the mosque which has been embedded with a stainless steel pinnacle was built in the shape of a crescent and a star, the original symbol of Islam. The rectangular shaped prayer hall, supported by 12 columns, accommodates more than a hundred visitors and was built to celebrate Indonesian independence. 

Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10710, Indonesia+62-21-3811708

The largest mosque in Jakarta is The Istiqlal Mosque © Anthony Cramp / Flickr

The largest mosque in Jakarta is The Istiqlal Mosque © Anthony Cramp / Flickr


Seafood Treats at Bandar Djakarta

Bandar Djakarta is one of the most popular restaurants in the city. The restaurant serves seafood dishes cooked with a traditional twist in the midst of a lively atmosphere, often hosting live band performances. The Seafood platter is a must-try, offering a wonderful assortment of seafood treats from stir fried prawns to marinated mussels. The fine dining establishment is placed in a beautiful location and showcases grand interiors in the large banquet hall. Come and sample all kinds of sea food delicacies, fresh and laden with spices typical of Indonesian cuisine.

Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Pintu Masuk Timur, Jl. Kw. Wisata Ancol, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14430, Indonesia, +62-21-6455472

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Explore Mini Indonesia

One of the most exciting places to visit in Jakarta is the Taman Mini Indonesia Park, located in East Jakarta. The park represents the whole country in a miniature setting. Spread out over a 100 hectare area, the park showcases traditional architecture, regional handicraft exhibits and a mini-scale Borobudur. The orchid garden and the bird park at Mini Indonesia are just the beginning of the guided tour that allows visitors to witness cultural performances, historical museums and a beautiful expanse of miniature islands.

East Jakarta, Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia+62-21-87792078

Wild Encounters Underwater

Enjoy a one day trip off the shores of Marina Ancol in North Jakarta as you visit Sangiang Island for a diving expedition. The diving tour will let you catch a glimpse of a vivid coral habitat at a depth of 11 – 15 meters around the Tanjung Bajo area. You’ll pass groups of yellowtail fish and colorful clown fish. Sangiang Island is a popular diving destination that not only conserves a soft coral habitat but is also home to many unique species such as the crab-eating macaque. 

Enjoy a one day trip off the shores of Marina Ancol in North Jakarta © Michio Morimoto / Flickr

Enjoy a one day trip off the shores of Marina Ancol in North Jakarta © Michio Morimoto / Flickr