With cultural diversity and history beckoning from every corner, Jakarta offers a plethora of attractions. Here’s how you can make maximum use of a weekend in Jakarta.
Begin your weekend by learning about Jakarta’s history at the National Monument and the National Museum in Merdeka Square. If your chosen accommodation is a Jakarta serviced apartment, many such properties, including Citadines Rasuna Jakarta, are located a few minutes away from Merdeka Square. Nearby to Merdeka Square is Istiqlal Mosque, a large mosque located opposite Jakarta Cathedral, symbolising religious harmony.
Back to Batavia
Head north from Merdeka Square to arrive at Batavia, or ‘old Jakarta’, a hive of commercial activity during Dutch rule. Explore Batavia’s architecture on a colourful bicycle, or relax at Fatahillah Square. Snap some fantastic views from Syahbandar watchtower and savour the local cuisine from one of the many quaint eateries.
Jakarta’s cuisine and wares
Devote some time in your weekend to sample Jakarta’s array of cuisines. Visit authentic Indonesian restaurants in Menteng district and Merdeka Square, or street vendors offering dishes influenced by Java, China and Europe. Shopping malls are in abundance, but visit the Jalan Surabaya market if you are looking for exquisite trinkets and antiques.
Skye is the limit
End your weekend by sipping a cocktail 56 storeys high at SKYE Jakarta. It is an excellent spot to unwind after an eventful weekend, featuring an infinity pool and breathtaking views.