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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.

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
Semanggi, Jakarta, Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia

Semanggi

While Semanggi isn't home to many top sights, Kidzania and Pacific Place are some notable places to visit nearby.

Semanggi
Bangka, Jakarta, Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia

Bangka

3.5/5Good!(5 area reviews)

You might appreciate the restaurants and shopping in Bangka, and if you're interested in seeing more of the area, Blok M Square and Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall are just a few notable stops.

Bangka
Kebon Jeruk, Jakarta, Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia

Kebon Jeruk

Travellers like the entertainment venues in Kebon Jeruk, and MNC Studios is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Kebon Jeruk
Melawai, Jakarta, Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia

Melawai

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Visitors to Melawai enjoy its shopping, and if you want to do some exploring, Blok M Square is worth a stop.

Melawai
Pondok Indah, Jakarta, Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia

Pondok Indah

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

While visiting Pondok Indah, you might make a stop by sights like Pondok Indah Mall and Pondok Indah Golf and Country Club.

Pondok Indah

Top hotels in Jakarta

Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jalan M.H. Thamrin, Kav. 28-30, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is Rs11,858 per night from 1 Nov to 2 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
Jl. Pembangunan 3 No. 17, Soekarno Hatta Intl Airport Area, Tangerang, Jakarta
The price is Rs1,571 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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
Jalan Casablanca Kav 18, Jakarta, West Java
The price is Rs4,418 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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Jakarta

Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta
Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung, Blok E4.2 No. 1, Mega Kuningan, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is Rs6,503 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. 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
Jalan Kebon Kacang Raya No 2, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is Rs4,611 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
Ciputra World 2, Jalan Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 11, Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
The price is Rs3,952 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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