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Top Choice 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…
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 Museum in Surabaya

House of Sampoerna

Undoubtedly the city’s best-presented attraction, the House of Sampoerna is the home of one of Indonesia’s most famous kretek cigarette manufacturers (now owned by US-giant Altria, formerly Philip Morris). Whatever …
Cultural in Jakarta

Independence Day

Indonesia’s independence is celebrated on 17 August; the parades in Jakarta are the biggest in the country.
Top Choice Tapas in Cikini & Menteng

Por Que No

A tucked-away, super-stylish rooftop tapas bar on the 5th floor of the De Ritz Building in Menteng, and popular with those who know. They grill and slice tenderloin, do a magnificent squid-ink paella, prawns sauteed…
Cafe in Cikini & Menteng

Kunstkring Paleis

High tea or cocktails. You can have both, plus a divine Indonesian dinner in between at this re-imagined Dutch colonial, once Batavia's fine arts centre (it showed works of Van Gogh, Picasso, Chagall and Gaugin in i…
Top Choice Italian in Surabaya

La Rucola

A delightful Italian bistro serving upmarket Surabaya with authentic wood-fired pizzas and calzones topped and stuffed with bresaola, Italian sausage, oyster mushrooms, beef tenderloin, shrimp and more. It also does…
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

Flea Market

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

Plaza Indonesia

This mall is centrally located and very classy, with a wide selection of stores that includes leading Indonesian design boutiques and the likes of Cartier and Lacroix. Check out Toko Ampuh for local medicines and re…