Top things to do

Top Choice Performing Arts in Cikini & Menteng

Taman Ismail Marzuki

Jakarta's premier cultural centre has a great selection of cinemas, theatres and exhibition spaces. Performances (such as Sundanese dance and gamelan music events) are always high quality and the complex has a coupl…
Top Choice Cultural in Jakarta

Independence Day

Indonesia’s independence is celebrated; the parades in Jakarta are the biggest in the country.
Top Choice Tapas in Cikini & Menteng

Por Que No

A tucked-away, über-hip rooftop tapas bar in the De Ritz Building in Menteng, and popular with those who know. They grill and slice tenderloin, do a magnificent squid-ink paella, prawns sautéed with chilli and garli…
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, once Batavia's fine arts centre (it showed works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Chagall and Ga…
Top Choice Lounge in Cikini & Menteng

Cloud Lounge

Gourmet bites, mixologist approved cocktails, an indoor outdoor lounge with views of the entire city from the 49th floor of The Plaza tower, this spot already has enough charms to lure you in. Rotating DJs, a 360-de…
Top Choice Indonesian in Cikini & Menteng


On one of the best coffee strips in Jakarta, this appealing cafe has an alluring vintage style with bentwood chairs and tiled floors. Coffee drinks are superb; the menu has creative takes on Indonesian fare.
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…
Indonesian in Cikini & Menteng

Lara Djonggrang

While many Jakartan restaurants lack atmosphere, that accusation could never be levelled at Lara Djonggrang. As you enter it's easy to think you've stumbled across some lost temple – one that serves perfectly execut…
Amusement Park in Jakarta

Dunia Fantasi

This fun park must have raised eyebrows at the Disney legal department. Spectacular rides here include the Halilintar twisted roller-coaster, the Niagra flume and a Ferris wheel. The park gets very crowded on weeken…
Market in Cikini & Menteng

Pasar Jl Surabaya

Jakarta’s famous street market is in Menteng. It has woodcarvings, furniture, textiles, jewellery, old vinyl records and many (dubious) antiques. Bargain like crazy.