Get energized. It comes naturally in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital and gateway to exploring its diverse regions. Dive right in from the doorstep of W Jakarta, and bask in the goings-on of the city’s Golden Triangle district. With embassies, consulates and international blue-chip companies nearby, taking care of business is extremely convenient.
Mix it up by exploring both the past and the present. Indonesia’s rich culture and colonial history come alive in the cobblestone streets of Kota (Old City) where beautiful buildings, sprawling museums and colorful Chinatown tell the stories of more than 300 ethnic groups. Wander about wooden gangplanks in Sunda Kelapa, the old port, where the fish market and schooner-lined waterfront provide breathtaking photographs waiting to be captured.
Indulge in Jakarta’s favorite pastime—shopping—in gigantic malls boasting luxury labels, up-and-coming local designers, electronics, and a dazzling selection of services. The glamorous Grand Indonesia and everything-under-one-roof Plaza Indonesia are also home to some of the city’s best dining and entertainment options. Pasaraya Blok M showcases a vibrant array of local artwork and handicrafts. To hunt down wood carvings, puppets, batik fabrics, masks and furniture, Jalan Surabaya (Antique Alley) is the ideal place to hone your bargaining skills.
Discover the myriad personalities of local Indonesian treats, from spicy street stalls to rijsttafel in vaunted institutions, or revel in world-class restaurants featuring the best of global cuisine. Revel in pulsating nightlife through a variety of trendsetting clubs, refined wine bars, relaxed lounges and lively sports bars. Always expect a great time filled with eclectic personalities and dynamic beats, and be prepared to be thrilled by buzzworthy scenes unique to Jakarta.
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- Soekarno-Hatta International Airport 30.0 km/18.6 miles