The diverse neighbourhoods in Jakarta each provide much to experience and here are some of the best locales for those exploring the Indonesian capital.
A former base of the Dutch during the 16th century, Kota Tua or the Old Town features historical structures and charming European-style buildings. Fatillah Square is the focal point of this area and a great place to begin your tour, while key attractions include the Jakarta History Museum, Wayang Museum and Maritime Museum.
A satellite city of Jakarta rather than a neighbourhood, Tangerang is home to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Business travellers looking for a budget hotel near Jakarta Airport can consider options like POP! Hotel Airport Jakarta while there are leisure attractions here too; check out Ocean Park BSD, the Benteng Heritage Museum and Taman Kota 2 park.
Referred to as the city’s trendiest neighbourhood, Kemang in South Jakarta is popular amongst expats and is a fashionable area with chic dining venues and cafes. Weekend brunch is a well-known offering at local restaurants, while you also get art galleries like Gallery Kemang 58 and boutiques showcasing fashion by Indonesian designers.
The Sudirman Central Business District or “SCBD”, is a business hub with towering buildings and happens to be a nightlife hotspot too; highlights include Lucy in The Sky, a rooftop bar and restaurant, the stylish Empirica and Fable where you can dance the night away. For some retail therapy, you can visit the fX Sudirman mall.