If you happen to live in Jakarta but have yet to experience the city to the fullest, or are planning a little trip to visit the capital city of the Indonesian archipelago, you could probably use a little guide to the city's hidden gems. Living in Jakarta definitely has a either you love it or hate it feel to it. For those of you who reside within the city, are most probably (hopefully) well aware of the city's daily ups and downs. You might find yoursef wondering sometimes, "I wish there was more to see"... and you're in luck, because there IS a lot to see in the city! Here's some light to the end of your tunnel; Jakarta actually has a lot in store for you. Soon enough after reading what we've put together below for you, "there's no place like home" will surely be applicable to you!
If you happen to be a very sociable person, then you probably enjoy the cuisine-hopping lifestyle of the modern day Jakarta society. And for our readers who are more on the clueless side as to where to begin, where to go or which place could give you an instant boost to your instagram feed, you should check out The Garden located in Pantai Indah Kapuk in North Jakarta. Of course, there are plenty of other places aside from the one mentioned, yet SweetEscape has reasons for picking The Garden out of all other restaurants within the area.
First off, we definitely need to mention the decor of the place alone. If you're thinking, is The Garden really like a garden? Believe it or not... it is! Both their interior and architecture screams everything-garden, and everywhere you in the restaurant, you'll be pleased by all the floral and and green decor surrounding you. Moving on from the design, you won't have to worry about going broke by your trip to this heavenly restaurant because the prices are wallet friendly. So, not only will you have an entire place of trendy backgrounds and decor for your pictures, but you'll also have a full tummy afterwards... with still money left in your account!
As Indonesia's capital city, there is bound to be numerous cultural landmarks spread throughout the city to keep you in mind of the country's ancestors. Although the metropolitan is developing at such a fast rate, it's always a good idea to keep yourself cultured by going to educational places such as the National Museum of Indonesia, located in central Jakarta not far from the Palace.
Within the museum, you will find a mixture of both historic and modern buidlings to bring you back in time while you go on an adventure about the developments of the country. As Indonesia is well known for its multi-cultural exsistence, you will be glad to see the many aspects of the diversed Indonesian cultures all in one place! From historic statues and statuettes, to attires and even traditional crafts, the Museum will not only give you a great Instagrammable opportunity, but you'll know more about the country than you've ever known before!
Are you not into the usual shopping malls in Jakarta? Do you happen to be bored of the same old dull and daily activities, and you just feel so limited as to what else you can do? News flash! Over the past few years, Jakarta has made it sort of a "culture" to host seasonal and occasional exhibitions and interactive museums for you to enjoy. What's even better is that it's always one after the other with these exhibitions, so you're never left with zero options to choose from!
Jakarta definitely has quite recently developed an eye for social activities such as exhibitions and contemporary arts, especially because the metropolitan city has seen enough of shopping outlets and culinary spots already. Aside from the fact that it's the lifestyle that has been developed by the people residing in the city, it also adds color to the, what seems like, the monotone life in Jakarta. We highly suggest for you to check out Haluu World, an ongoing exhibition located in Plaza Indonesia located in central Jakarta. You'll be surprised at the colors and art that will change your mood drastically. With a theme similarly to that of a themepark, you will surely enjoy yourselves throughout the maze-like exhibition.
For our escapists who enjoy the malls too much and can't seem to live without 'em... we totally get it! Especially in the case of living in Jakarta, shopping malls play a huge significant amount in our lives and daily activities. As strange as it may seem, the city's tropical temperature makes it hard for many of its people to cope long in the outdoors as it can get way too humid sometimes. The solution? Shopping malls! One after another, shopping malls are built in almost every corner of Jakarta's main areas for it's people to explore. To top it off, the malls are usually made as comfortable and convenient as possible to ensure the comfort and loyalty of its visitors... smart, eh?
In this shopping outlet, you'll be pleased to know that there are not only great stores for you to shop in and cafes of different cuisines you can try, but the whole area is made of modern architectures and decor that you can easily use to capture your pictures. The shopping mall has a natural overall, where the buildings are decorated by plants and minimalist decor throughout the area. With that said, you will surely enjoy this mall as it will fulfill all of your necessities.
Hold your horses! Jakarta isn't only about the metropolitan city life and busy roads full of traffic... If you look in the right places, you'll even find yourself stumbling upon beaches located in parts of Jakarta that you might not have looked into ever before. Head over to Ancol Park located in the Northern part of Jakarta, and you'll be surprised to find a few attractions and places that would remind you of the seaside boardwalks abroad.
The entire area of Ancol provides you with all your neccesities, ranging from beachside food hubs to its own themepark and hotel for your convenience. However, if you're just looking for some short term beachy-fun, then the beach alone will also satisfy your beach needs and of course - vitamin sea. A tip from us, you should definitely check out the area during weekdays or certain times of the weekend - and you'll be glad to find yourself some solitude in the beaches when it's quiet and serene!
Modernization and technological developments are always a lot of great fun. Who would say no to new technologies, modernized buildings and better methods of transportation to ease our lives,? It's probably debateable, but for the most of us, we are more thankful for these inventions because it brings us forward with a more "enhanced" way of living. Although you must admit, there are times when you can't help but wonder and reminisce back to those times before all of your surroundings came to be. How was Jakarta back in the days? What did buildings look like, and what kind of delicacies were people's favorites?
If you constantly have those questions in mind, then you should definitely check out Kota Tua or Old Town located in the western part of Jakarta. Once you enter the premises, you'll be glad to know that vehicles are limited up to only certain roads within the area, allowing you to roam and explore the area freely without any traffic interruptions and much pollution. You'll find the infamous Cafe Batavia awaiting your visit to enjoy a nice afternoon coffee with some traditional Indo-Dutch fusion style foods.
Want to experience a more luxurious and fancy kind of environment? Jakarta has a lot of these fancy places for you to explore, from their restaurants to rooftop lounges, you will surely feel the fancy vibes just by going to one. The Jimbaran Lounge is one fancy place that you definitely need to go to, and it is located in the Ayana Midplaza building, within the buzy streets of the Sudirman District in southerns Jakarta. No need to worry about the views from the top, because you will be amazed at how gorgeous the layout and setting of the lounge is.
Too much of anything is never a good thing, and the same goes for city living - which is an everyday life for (most of) you. Once in a while (or more), you might feel the need to get out of the city regime routine that you are tied to, and would probably desire going to places of refreshments far away from the city. For you nature lovers, you can easily find your green haven located just in the northern part of Jakarta.
In this part of town, you will find the Mangrove Forest, providing you with various activities that you can do within the area. If you're into kayakin and little boat rides floating through exotic marshes with some friendly "surprise friends" waiting for you in the the swampy waters, then you will most definitely enjoy the Mangrove Forest! We suggest for you to visit during the earlier hours of the day, so that you would be able to see everything more clearly - hence a more enjoyable experience!
Last but not least, here comes the adrenaline section of Jakarta's sweetspots. The city might not have Disneyland, and it might not have Universal Studios like many of you would hope for. However, Jakarta has an iconic theme park that has been quite sucessful ever since its establishment, and has been a regularly visited place for the citizens of Jakarta as well as visitors from outside of the city.
Constantly renovated and renewed, the theme park aims to satisfy your visits with their rides and up-to-date restaurants. It might not be Disneyland... but just like many other countries, they have their own versions of themeparks that are actually quite noteworthy for its uniqueness. With over 35 rides spread throughout the amusement park, you will be able enjoy theme park's unique layouts.
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