Top 10 Things To Do and Must See in Jakarta

If you are only in Jakarta for a day or even a week or more, there are bound to be places of interest to you. Jakarta is actually filled with sightseeing and tourist attractions, lots of shopping malls and hidden back streets for nightlife, food and fun.

In Jakarta you will not find it short of tourist places to visit or tourist attractions to see or things to do.

Top Must See Tourist Attractions in Jakarta

Beach at Ancol Dream Park, Jakarta, Indonesia

Beach at Ancol Dream Park, Jakarta

Ancol Dreamland / Dream Park (Taman Impian Jaya Ancol)

If you are looking for a break from the rough and tough, this is as cheesy as it sounds, Ancol Dreamland is could be your dream place. It is open for 24 hours with amusement park – Fantasy World (Dunia Fantasi (dufan)), Atlantis Water Adventure, Ocean Dream Samudra (pentas lumba) for animal shows, Seaworld, beaches (pantai), Art Market (pasar seni), golf range, bowling, Ocean Eco Park, gondola, Hailai club, art academy, paintball and wakeboarding.

National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Museum, Jakarta

National Museum

Being two centuries old, National Museum of Indonesia (musium nasional) is an icon that you must visit. It is located at Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat in center of Jakarta city and it is an archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographical museum. Jakarta’s national museum is well known as Elephant Building (gedung gajah) because of the elephant statue there.

National Monument (Monas), Jakarta, Indonesia

National Monument (Monas), Jakarta

National Monument

In Jakarta’s city centre of Merdeka Square, stands the National Monument (Monumen Nasional (Monas)) tower. It stands to symbolize the fight for Indonesia and constructed under direction of P President Sukarno. It is open daily from 800-1500 everyday except last Monday of the month.

National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Gallery, Jakarta

National Gallery

National Gallery is a combination of museum and art gallery in Jakarta, where you can enjoy culture, history and visual arts.

Gedung Kesenian (Arts Gallery), Jakarta, Indonesia

Gedung Kesenian (Arts Gallery), Jakarta

Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Arts Theater)

Built during the Dutch colonial period, Gedung Kesenian Jakarta is a concert hall in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is situated close to the Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral. Check out the various arts program lined up, ranging from theater shows to musical performances.

Top Things To Do in Jakarta


Shopping at Mangga Dua, Jakarta

Shopping in Jakarta

If shopping is your thing, Jakarta offers a lot from high end to budget shopping from malls to markets. Recommended Shopping malls or shopping centers or markets in Jakarta:
Plaza Indonesia of FX Mall – designer goods
Grand Indonesia
Mangga Dua – cheap yet quality imitation goods
Blok M – shoes, clothes, bags
Pasar Ikan – souvenirs and household items


Don’t forget to check out our Top 10 Best Indonesian Food to try and where else but Jakarta is the best place to hunt for the best food itself! One of my favourite restaurant in Jakarta that served really good local Sundanese food is Pondok Laguna . This place is popular with the locals and also travelers alike, so you may find it really pack during peak hours like lunch and dinner.

Ecobar at Kemang Nightlife, Jakarta, Indonesia

Ecobar at Kemang Nightlife, Jakarta


For nightlife you can go to the many clubs and bars in Jakarta. There are places like Kemang for the younger but dynamic crowds in Jakarta clubbing scene or cafes like Ecobar. It is one of the coolest place to party in Jakarta and the club are trendier yet affordable. Or you can go to the more famous traveler street Jalan Jaksa for some choices of bars, clubs and cafe, the better reason to party here is there are more food choices.

Spa and Massage and Beauty

There are many choices of spa, massage or beauty here in Jakarta for self pampering. You can go for traditional Indonesian massages, or soothing spa in the middle of the city, or even go for manicure and pedicure, facial and hair wash and styling in various malls and establishments, ranging from affordable to splurge. If you have more time, 2 hours drive away from Jakarta city is the Javana Spa for a weekend getaway.

Walk around Pasar Baru (Jakarta’s market)

Walk Pasar Baru, Jakarta

Come here for the nostalgic walk down the memory lane in Pasar Baru, where it is one of the rare streets of Jakarta that is actually pedestrian friendly. You will find many locals here and family-run business selling clothes and watches. There are many vintage fashions here such as shirts, dresses, belts and jackets selling as low as USD1 from second hand / old to new. Also catch the best local Indonesian food you can find, for example bakmi. Start walking from Metro Atom at Jalan H. Samanhudi and then walk towards the rear end which is the Jakarta Art center ( Gedung Kesenian Jakarta).

Day trip from Jakarta or a weekend getaway

If all the above is not enough or you have more time, there is always day trip from Jakarta like Bogor and Taman Safari or escape to nearby Bandung for more shopping.

Also read on Jakarta Travel Guide for more information.

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