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The capital city of Indonesia is a bustling metropolis, famous for its colonial-era relics, beautiful mosques, plentiful shopping and family entertainment.

Jakarta is a destination of contrasts and that’s why it’s often referred to as the “Big Durian.” Like the local durian fruit, this city, located on the northwestern corner of the island of Java, has a layer of ruggedness yet is also bursting with rewarding flavor and color.

Start your exploration in the picturesque central district of Kota, formerly Batavia, where the cobblestoned square Taman Fatahillah still shows some Dutch influences. Trace the city’s history since the Stone Age at the Jakarta History Museum. Spot work by Indonesian artists at the Balai Seni Rupa gallery and Ceramics Museum.

Head to Jakarta’s historic port, Sunda Kelapa, and watch brightly painted fishing boats arrive from the outer islands. Learn about Indonesia’s naval history at the Maritime Museum, housed in a 17th-century spice warehouse.

Gaze up at the 450-feet (137-meter) tall National Monument (Monas Tower), in the heart of Medan Merdeka public square. Ride the elevator to the tower’s summit for impressive city views. Check out the ethnographic artifacts at the National Museum. Take a tour of the Presidential Palace or visit the sparkling white Istiqlal Mosque, which can host 120,000 devotees. Admire over 2,000 fabrics and materials at the Textile Museum.

Browse the market stalls of Jalan Surabaya for traditional Indonesian wayang puppets and sarongs. Sample the local street food, which mixes Arab, Chinese, European and Indian influences. Shop for high-end brands at Grand Indonesia or go to the out-of-town Living World, a huge retail and entertainment complex.

Ride the waterslides at Ocean Park or the roller coasters at Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland). See replicas of traditional Indonesian houses at the Taman Mini Indonesia cultural park.

Jakarta is hot and smoggy and monsoon showers are frequent from November to March. Avoid the heat and rain by traveling between sights via low-cost taxis or the large bus network.

This fascinating city is the gateway to many of Indonesia’s natural treasures, including pristine coral reefs, volcanoes, surfing beaches and wildlife, such as orangutans and Komodo dragons.

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Where to stay in Jakarta

Old Jakarta

Old Jakarta

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

Theme parks, shopping and cafes are some highlights of Old Jakarta. Make a stop by SeaWorld Ancol or Jakarta History Museum while you're exploring.

Old Jakarta

Top hotels in Jakarta

Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
5 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is SG$218 per night from 14 Nov to 15 Nov

Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury hotel is steps from Bundaran Hi and Plaza Indonesia. Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and Sarinah Mall are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (277 reviews)
8 of 10

"great hotel...location was perfect..need some renovation on carpet and the wall before you go to your room.....service quite pleasing and look forward to stay with you again"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb,2020

Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Days Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Jakarta Airport
Days Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Jakarta Airport
3 out of 5
The price is SG$29 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Balekota Mall and within 9 miles (15 km) of Summarecon Mall Serpong and TangCity. Bina Nusantara ...

3.4/5 (50 reviews)

"Asked to be picked up from the airport which was communicated well. Sadly that is where it ended. The pick up took nearly hour half to get to the hotel and we had to be moved rooms twice due to the cleanliness of the rooms. We were only staying one night and that was long enough. When I came back ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Apr,2019

Days Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Jakarta Airport
Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta
Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$81 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

This family-friendly Jakarta hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kota Kasablanka Mall and Jalan Surabaya Flea Market. Grand Indonesia Shopping ...

4.2/5Very Good! (45 reviews)
Business trip

"It was pleasant"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar,2020

Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Jakarta

Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta
Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta
5 out of 5
The price is SG$119 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

This family-friendly Jakarta aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Golden Triangle and Kuningan City Mall. Kota Kasablanka ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (259 reviews)

"super nice apartment style rooms - great staff, very quiet and comfortable. Lovely stay"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan,2020

Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta
Ascott Jakarta
Ascott Jakarta
4 out of 5
The price is SG$85 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and Thamrin City Shopping Mall. Plaza Indonesia and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (347 reviews)

"the location is very central, easy to walk around. room is very spacious, my kids enjoy it very much"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan,2020

Ascott Jakarta
Ascott Sudirman Jakarta
Ascott Sudirman Jakarta
4 out of 5
The price is SG$73 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

This family-friendly Jakarta aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Golden Triangle and Kuningan City Mall. Kidzania and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (54 reviews)

"Loved the room. Clean and tidy. Bed is comfy."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jun,2020

Ascott Sudirman Jakarta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Jakarta

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 31.182795698924732%
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4 - Good 50.53763440860215%
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2 - Disappointing 3.225806451612903%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Typical metropolis with a surprising number of Western shops and brands available nearby. Friendly people often with good levels of English language. Some terrible pedestrian pavements and few road crossing points. Polluted rivers and traffic fumes.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

MRT

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Traffic is bad. But if you like to shopping or eat, Jakarta will surprise you and it has plenty to offer.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Dec 2019

Almost perfect! Just the traffic that's quite tiring...

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

Nothing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Nov 2019

Jakarta has bunch of surprises to reveal along the way. Just brace yourself for some fun here, including the crowded traffic :)

Istiqlal Mosque featuring a square or plaza and modern architecture

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Menteng showing modern architecture

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