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.
So, what’s there to do?
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.
A walk in the park
Several Taman, or parks are spread throughout the city. Take time to stop and smell the roses.
The most important meal of the day
Bubur Ayam is a tasty breakfast treat that can be had for IDR 10,000 (less than $1).
Test your spidey senses
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.
Get out on the water
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!
Car free day
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.
Fly above it all
Paragliding in Puncak is a short drive South of Jakarta proper. The views are spectacular, but beware the traffic on weekends.
Spot a sunset
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.
Are you ready to give living in Jakarta a go?
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