Top things to do in Jakarta

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

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 century…
Top Choice Health 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 garnish…
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 mansion, once Batavia's fine arts centre (it showed works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Chagal…
Top Choice French in South Jakarta

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 ste…
Top Choice Indonesian 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 crea…
Top Choice Museum 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 10-m…
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, visit a museum, have a good meal or just wander a…
Top Choice Cafe 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 fragrant …
Top Choice Chinese 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 exec…