Much maligned by some but beloved by many, Jakarta is a city that elicits strong reactions from any and all who visit. It's such a large city, yet most visitors attest — Jakarta locals are as warm and friendly as in any small town.
Seriously, Jakartans (Jakartites?) are super friendly.
Jakarta's massive size and diverse population allow for a myriad of opportunities to alleviate boredom. Here are our top 10 picks for must-do/sees in Indonesia's capital city:
This old harbour is a must-see for those looking to get a taste of traditional Jakarta.
Several Taman, or parks are spread throughout the city. Take time to stop and smell the roses.
Bubur Ayam is a tasty breakfast treat that can be had for IDR 10,000 (less than $1).
If you're a fan of fitness, you can try the world-class wall climbing facilities at Plaza Festival. There is also a nearby track for runners.
Head up to Ancol for a traditional boat ride or a walk along the waterfront. Snorkelling and scuba diving in the nearby Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu) are a short ferry ride away.
Unique to Indonesia, this tabletop menu will leave your mouth (and eyes) watering. If you're not a fan of spice, tell the waiter tidak pedas!
Every Sunday morning (from 0600 to 1100), Sudirman and Thamrin streets are blocked off to motor vehicles. Join hundreds of local residents as they run, ride and shop throughout central Jakarta.
Paragliding in Puncak is a short drive South of Jakarta proper. The views are spectacular, but beware the traffic on weekends.
Jakarta's skyline offers opportunities for some seriously spectacular sunset spotting. Keep your camera ready!
There are plenty of museums, art galleries, concert halls and the like throughout the city. Museum Macan and the French Institute are current cultural hotspots.