City Guide


Indonesia’s energetic capital is fast shaking off its gritty image to become a world-class destination for arts and culture. It’s home to some of Southeast Asia’s most exciting art scenes, where promising local talent and international veterans, esteemed art collectors and dealers convene. Not only that, the sprawling city is packed with a mind-boggling array of food options, from gritty street food vendors to luxury fine-dining restaurants, where tourists can sample flavours from across the archipelago. And come nightfall, its colourful nightlife scene also has much to offer.

When to go

The best time to visit Jakarta is during the dry season, generally from June to September, when the temperatures are pleasant and there are low chances of rainfall. It’s best to avoid the wet season as tropical storms can wreck your sightseeing plans.

How to get around

Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams might be intimidating, but there are plenty of options for travelling comfortably. The most trusted taxi companies are Blue Bird and Express, which can be hailed off the streets or ordered via their apps. Grab and Gojek are also popular. If you’re in a rush and feeling adventurous, ojeks, or motorcycle taxis, can weave through tight spots during rush-hour traffic. You can also take advantage of Jakarta’s new Mass Rapid Transit system.

Where to Stay in Jakarta

Where to Eat in Jakarta


Contemporary takes on traditional favourites at this vibrant cafe

Where to Drink in Jakarta


An izakaya-style bar with pop culture-themed cocktails


Enjoy sky high views while sipping adventurous cocktails

What To Do in Jakarta

Thousand Islands

Located a short ferry ride away, Thousand Islands is a great option for a day trip out of the city.

Cosmo Park

Discover this unique suburb built atop a shopping mall

Museum MACAN

A modern art museum showcasing the personal collection of Haryanto Adikoesoemo

Where To Shop in Jakarta

The Goods Dept

A curated department store showcasing young and rising Indonesian designers