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Top ChoiceMuseum in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

Museum Nasional

Museum Nasional

The National Museum is the best of its kind in Indonesia and an essential visit. The enormous collection begins around an open courtyard of the 1862 building, which is stacked with magnificent millennia-old...

Top ChoiceSquare in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square

It is here that Jakartans come to take a breather from the traffic. The figurative centre of Jakarta, Merdeka Square (merdeka means independence) is actually a trapezoid measuring almost 1 sq km. In the 19th...

Top ChoiceSquare in Kota & Glodok

Taman Fatahillah

Kota’s central cobblestone square, surrounded by imposing Dutch colonial buildings, is Jakarta's most attractive location and a popular gathering spot for tourists and locals. The stately bell-towered former town...

Top ChoiceHealth Food in South Jakarta

Blue Terrace

Counteract some of Jakarta's toxins at Blue Terrace, which crafts beautifully presented dishes for the health conscious. The menu is chock full of colourful salads and mains, all delicately arranged and many...

Top ChoiceIndonesian in Cikini & Menteng

Kunstkring Paleis

High tea or cocktails? You can have both, plus a divine Indonesian dinner in between at this alluring re-imagined Dutch colonial mansion, once Batavia's fine arts centre (it showed works by Van Gogh, Picasso,...

Top ChoiceFrench in South Jakarta

Loewy

Loewy

One of Jakarta’s most popular dining spots, this casual 1940s Paris–meets–New York bistro is located right in the middle of the busiest business district. It serves classic French brasserie (French onion soup or...

Top ChoiceIndonesian in South Jakarta

Nusa

Inside this grand old 1920s colonial house is one of Jakarta's best upmarket Indonesian restaurants. The menu changes nightly depending on what the chefs source from the best local markets and suppliers. Expect...

Top ChoiceMuseum in South Jakarta

Museum Layang-Layang

Families will love Jakarta's kite museum, located in a quiet backstreet in Pondok Labu, South Jakarta. Inside a traditional Indonesian house, complete with courtyard, there's a collection of around 600 kites. A...

Top ChoiceCafe in Jakarta

Lewis & Carroll

There are more than 70 types of artisanal tea on offer at Lewis & Carroll. The tea lounge serves locally sourced teas with names like Batavia Grey and Java Jewels. If you don’t know where to start, the...

Top ChoiceChinese in South Jakarta

Din Tai Fung

This branch of the Michelin-starred Taiwanese dumpling restaurant, one of many in Jakarta, is well hidden and has a relaxing ambience. It specialises in xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings), plus other exceptionally...

Top ChoiceCoffee in South Jakarta

Tanamera Coffee

A real contender for Jakarta's best cup of coffee is this third-wave roaster that offers a range of single-origin beans from around Indonesia. It now has numerous branches, but this is the original, and is where...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in South Jakarta

Loewy

One for those who take their booze seriously is this classy French bistro with a long bar you can prop yourself up at to order from a pleasing, ever-evolving menu of experimental and classic cocktails. All are...

Top ChoiceBooks in South Jakarta

Aksara

A wide selection of books (many in English) plus fine stationery and writing accessories make this hip hang-out a must-stop for anyone interested in words on paper. There's a small cafe serving coffee and cakes,...

Top ChoiceGallery in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

Galeri Nasional

Over 1700 works of art by foreign and Indonesian artists are part of the National Gallery collection. While only a few works are on display at any time, there are also large spaces for regular – and well-curated...

Top ChoiceCoffee in South Jakarta

Filosofi Kopi

Immortalised by the Indonesian coffee-lover's movie Filosofi Kopi (the film itself was shot here), this busy cafe does a range of local coffees prepared using siphon, V-60, Aeropress and Vietnam drip. It's a cool...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kota & Glodok

Museum Bank Indonesia

This museum presents an engaging and easily consumed history of Indonesia from a loosely financial perspective, in a grand, expertly restored, neoclassical former bank headquarters that dates from the early 20th...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Jakarta

Museum Macan

Opened in late 2017, Museum Macan is Indonesia's first modern and contemporary art museum and an exciting cultural development for the city. It was built to house the private art collection of businessman...

Top ChoiceAsian in Jalan Jaksa Area

Waha Kitchen

A fittingly fashionable bistro occupies the lobby of the designer Kosenda Hotel, with a 24-hour bar and a menu of modern Asian. Food appears to be served with a Western palate in mind, with classic but...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Cikini & Menteng

OKU

OKU

Inside Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, OKU is an outstanding Japanese dining experience. Its Zen-like minimalist dining room allows the food to stand out. Chef Kazumasa Yazawa serves up modernised Japanese cuisine,...

Top ChoiceMarket in South Jakarta

Pasar Santa

On the 2nd floor of a rundown old-school mall you'll find Jakarta's hipster entrepreneurs. Dozens of individual booths sell everything from retro psychedelic clothing and vinyl to handmade jewellery, cakes,...