Here are 10 ways you can make the most of a weekend in Jakarta!
Located in Merdeka Square, the monument was built to commemorate Indonesia’s struggle for independence. With a 360-degree viewing platform at 155 meters up, the monument is widely regarded as one of the best places to view the city.
At the bottom of the monument, you will find a small gallery where you can learn about Indonesia’s history and its journey to independence.
We recommend an evening visit when the temperatures are cooler followed by a stop at the Lenggang food stalls where you can sample cuisines from across the archipelago.
2. Waterbom Jakarta
This water paradise is located at Pantai Indah Kapuk, 10 minutes away from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport.
The perfect option for a hot sunny day, Waterbom Jakarta is of international standard, with high-quality facilities and amenities, as well as a fabulous design aesthetic. Its signature landscape offers a truly relaxed atmosphere and its waterslides not only offer fun but tons of thrills.
3. Taman Mini
Perhaps the world’s most quirky amusement park, Taman Mini is centred around a miniature scale Indonesia built onto a man-made lake.
Within the park, visitors will find a museum, flower garden, beautiful Chinese temple, bird park and various scheduled theatre shows.
Be sure to take a hat! The park is a full 250 acres and can easily take a day to visit completely.
4. Grand Indonesia Mall
One of the most visited malls in Jakarta, Grand Indonesia is the perfect destination for a rainy Jakarta day. This impressive mall is home to 209 shops, 124 restaurants a cinema, dancing fountain show, karaoke studio, and mini arcade.
5. Istiqlal Mosque
Built in 1978, in close proximity to Merdeka Square, the mosque also commemorates Indonesian independence. The Istiqlal mosque is the largest mosque in South-East Asia and is a must see. Their very informative website provides information on visiting, architecture, and history.
6. Kota Tua
Kota Tua is the historic site of old downtown Jakarta. A visit to Fatahillah square will surround you with Dutch colonial buildings, a variety of museums, and beautiful streets for riding antique rental bikes or joining bike tours.
7. Cooking Class
Learn to cook traditional cuisine with family or friends at one of the many institutions Jakarta has available. Some courses even offer a trip to the local markets where you will select fresh produce before the class.
8. The National Museum
The National Museum features a large collection of artefacts from across the archipelago. For only Rp 5.000 (Rp10.000 for foreigners), the museum provides great insight and education into the diverse cultures spread across the country.
9. Weekend Getaway Bandung Glamping
Fancy a weekend trip? Try glamping on the outskirts of Bandung! Here you can enjoy various activities such as barbequing, trekking, strawberry picking, rafting, star-gazing and a quick journey to Kawah Putih.
10. Jalan Surabaya
Enjoy a stroll along the Jalan Surabaya flea market and explore the plethora of antiques… and replicas (buyer beware). The street is full of unusual finds and quirky gift ideas. You can even order a customised wayang puppet!