We've chosen the must-see highlights of this fantastic city.
Tucked on a narrow street in south Jakarta, Komunitas Salihara, or Salihara community, is a must visit. Located on a 3,800-square-metre plot, the complex consists of a rooftop theatre, café, gallery and an art store, and is a vibrant centre for Indonesian art and culture both traditional and modern.
The National Museum of Indonesia, popularly known as The Elephant Building because of an elephant statue in its forecourt, is home to more than 140,000 artifacts covering the history of all of Indonesia's territory. The museum showcases an extensive collection of ceramics, musical instruments, textiles and fine bronzes from the Hindu-Javanese period.
This bar offers a casual and laidback atmosphere for drinking and dining, with antique raised Chinese beds, decadent sculptures, carved doors and lighting via red and turquoise lamps. Enjoy the signature sangrias with a touch of live jazz every Saturday night.
Shaded by giant trees, this public park is located in the upscale Menteng area. At weekends, the Taman Suropati Chamber music group rehearses and performs Indonesian folk songs and classical music.
Jalan Suropati, Menteng
Jakarta Textile Museum
Learn the art of making batik cloth through a course at the Textile Museum in Central Jakarta. This traditional Indonesian cloth is made by waxing and dyeing the cloth by hand, a centuries-old tradition.
Indulge your taste buds at the stylish Ocha & Bella in central Jakarta. Located in the Morrissey Hotel, this dining spot serves top-notch Italian and Japanese cuisine. Grab a cocktail at the gazebo or recline in a hammock outside – it's one of the hottest spots in town.
Located in the glitzy Grand Indonesia Shopping Town complex, this store is a one-stop shop for traditional and contemporary jewellery, furniture, souvenirs and more − a showcase for Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage.
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, West Mall, Level 3 Jalan M.H. Thamrin, No 1