Central Jakarta District is rich in typical authentic Indonesian cuisine and culinary dining experiences. A recommended restaurant is the Bengawan Solo Restaurant. It upholds the tradition of Indonesian culture. Their staff offers wayang puppets shows and popular traditional Indonesian food such as gado-gado and Ayam Bakar Taliwang.
Dapur Babah Elite Old style restaurant is set in the Peranakan area and complete with antiques and famous Peranakan cuisine such as Nasi Tjampoer. You can try it with chicken, pulled beef, sambal kentang, and crispy "peyek". Pondok Laguna serves the best curry fish head in Jakarta while Sate Padang Ajo Ramon serves the best sate in town with nasi ketupat and a peanut curry sauce.Shopping
Shopping in Central Jakarta District includes the main shopping malls of Senayan City and Grand Indonesia for branded and local boutique products. However, Surabaya Street is an unusual flea market famous for antiques and souvenirs. The Pasar Tanah Abang is a great place to shop for garments, textiles ,and souvenirs. This is a sprawling complex of more than 20,000 shops dealing in retail and wholesale selling.