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Top Choice Clothing in South Jakarta

ARA

On the hunt for the best local fashion labels? Then head to ARA, a concept store and independent fashion boutique inside the Colony shopping mall. There’s no other shop quite like this in Jakarta, showcasing Indones…
Top Choice Museum in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

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 statuary …
Top Choice Square in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

Merdeka Square

The figurative if not the literal centre of Jakarta, Merdeka Square (merdeka means independence) is actually a trapezoid measuring almost 1 sq km. In the 19th century, the Dutch called it Koningsplein (Kings Square)…
Top Choice Indonesian 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 building, once Batavia's fine arts centre (it showed works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Chaga…
Top Choice Bar in Jalan Jaksa Area

Awan Lounge

Set on the top floor of Kosenda Hotel, here is a lovely rooftop garden bar that manages to be both understated and dramatic. There's a vertical garden, ample tree cover, plenty of private nooks flickering with candl…
Top Choice Museum 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 cen…
Top Choice Indonesian in South Jakarta

Nusa

Inside this gracious old colonial house (1922) is one of Jakarta`s best Indonesian restaurants. The menu changes nightly depending on what the chefs source from the best local markets and suppliers. Expect creative …
Top Choice Amusement Park in Jakarta

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

This 100-hectare park has full-scale traditional houses for each of Indonesia's provinces, with displays of regional handicrafts and clothing, and even a mini-scale Borobudur. Museums, theatres and an IMAX cinema ar…
Top Choice Square in Kota & Glodok

Taman Fatahillah

Kota’s central cobblestone square, surrounded by imposing colonial buildings including the former town hall, is where you can get your bearings. You can rent a bike, join a tour, have a good meal or just wander abou…
Top Choice Gallery in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

Galeri Nasional

Over 1700 works of art by foreign and Indonesian artists are part of the National Gallery collection, which opened in 1999. Only a few works are on display at any time but there are large spaces for regular – and we…