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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Monument / Landmark
“Learn some of the history of Indonesia here - National History Museum, Hall of Independence, Observation Deck and Flame of Independence. Monas is also where thousands of people gather to celebrate Indonesian Independence Day. You can go up the observation tower to enjoy the view. You will need to purchase a ticket to go up. Ticket can be purchased onsite. It is best to go early, preferably arriving before 08.00 am, and proceed directly to the lift to the observation tower. The lift has a capacity of perhaps 160 people per hour so long queues build up quickly. The other parts of the monument, including the dioramas in the hall below the Monas, can be viewed later. Note: Please check opening hours before you go. The last time I checked, the monument and the museum are open daily from 08.00 until 16.00 Western Indonesia Time (UTC+7) throughout the week except for the Mondays when the monument is closed. Since April 2016, the monument also opens during night time, from 19.00 until 22.00 in Tuesday to Friday, and from 19.00 until 00.00 in Saturday and Sunday.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This large and complete mall is right in the city centre and houses a good selection of shops of high-end brands and entertainment outlets. There’s a supermarket, department store, home improvement depots, health and beauty centres, ATM and money changers, a supporting facilities ensuring convenience for shoppers. You’ll need to cross between the two wings - east and west - in order to browse through its vast collection. It also houses Blitzmegaplex, Indonesia’s largest cinema, on its ground level. Kids will love its play land and game arcade, as well as the mall’s iconic Dancing Fountain Show, which presents an hourly spectacle of multicolour-lit spouts dancing to symphony. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Upscale mall featuring dozens of high-end, global fashion boutiques, many good selection of restaurants and Foodhall supermarket. The cinema XXI is also onsite. Also connected to Grand Hyatt hotel. Open: 10am-10pm. Closest MRT Station: BUNDARAN HI station. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Temple
“Must see. Unesco heritage site. Even when you live here you go there every once and while. Keeps amazing this huge Buddhist temple complex. Consider doing a Borobudur Sunrise excursion. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Museum
“The name shows clearly that this is the place to learn of Indonesian History. Enjoy the exhibits. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Premise
“The Kraton, Reflection of Javanese Cosmos The Kraton (also spelled keraton or karaton) or the Palace of Yogyakarta, is a grand complex that was meticulously planned to reflect the Javanese cosmos. This elegant complex of pavilions was constructed based on ancient beliefs, of the connection between the God, human and the natural realms. Each feature holds a special symbolic meaning related to the Javanese worldview, who consider the importance of Mount Merapi and The Indian Ocean. The Kraton was built in the center, facing directly north towards the majestic Mount Merapi. Its south side was built facing the Indian Ocean, believed to be the abode of Kanjeng Ratu Loro Kidul, the Queen of the South Seas and the mystical consort of the Sultan. This splendid example of traditional Javanese architecture has no equal. The basic and original layout of the main building of The Kraton began its construction during the reign of Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, in 1755 - 1756. Get Around Visitors can explore the palace’s interiors on foot. The palace is open to visitors from 08.30 am to 12.30 pm except on Fridays and Saturdays which it closes at 11.00 am. It is closed in the afternoons. Note that there are also special rules made to be respected when you visit The Kraton, so please make sure you follow them for a memorable experience in Yogyakarta. After visiting The Kraton area, you can also stroll around the nearby attractions, such as Malioboro Street and Beringharjo Market. Taman Sari complex is also related to the royal history, and it consists of a beautiful water castle and a unique underground mosque named Sumur Gumuling. Address: Jl. Rotowijayan Blok No. 1, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta Get There Located about 12 km from our stay, The Kraton can be accessed by cars, taxi, bus and local transports like becak and andong. Becak and Andong - a horse-drawn cart - ride are the fun way to explore The Kraton area while experiencing a glimpse of Yogyakarta’s city vibe with its warm-hearted locals.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Temple
“An UNESCO world heritage, most famous Hindu temple in Yogya. No need to join any tour to go there, you can book online taxi (Grab or Gojek). You can see Ramayana ballet in the night, and the temple as the background.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“it is nice place, many good restaurants (indonesian, japanese, western, korea), cafes (starbuck) ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Park
“Taman Hutan Raya Bandung, perfect for family picnic or just walking around. Don’t forget to put a nice shoes for long distance walk, the air is very fresh, many trees and monkeys too. Perfect for people who love nature vacation.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Park
“As the name suggests, it represent a miniature of Indonesia. The specific pavilions from all the provinces are available for us to see what is the main attraction of each province. A lot of museum showing specific interest such as Wayang, Transport, and others. But a lot of locals jus enjoy strolling and playing at the gardens and other attraction available there. Food from all over Indonesia definitely available. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“it has everything for a family, tourist to traveller food, bargain branded cloth to reflexology too”
  • 40 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“You can not miss this mall. One of the most famous mall in Bandung. Your favorite brand is waiting in here ! Great food also.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bus Station
“The branch mark tower of Jakarta, go in the morning or late afternoon to avoid long line up. On the top, you can see The city of Jakarta.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Park
“The Bogor Botanical Gardens (Indonesian: Kebun Raya Bogor) is a botanical garden located in Bogor, Indonesia, 60 km south of central Jakarta. It is currently operated by Indonesian Institute of Sciences (Indonesian: Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia or LIPI). The Garden is located in the city center and adjoin the presidential palace compound of Istana Bogor. It covers an area of 87 hectares (210 acres) and contains 13,983 different kinds of trees and plants of various origin. The geographic position of Bogor means it rains almost daily, even in the dry season. This makes the Garden an advantageous location for the cultivation of tropical plants.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“roof top bar with 360' vie of Jakarta from 57th floor. located on top of Menara BCA, next to Grand Indonesia Mall Thamrin.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Lodging
“One of Jakarta’s high-end malls, Pacific Place is home to Indonesia’s own Kidzania, located on its 6th floor. Various boutique stores are attached to it, as well as notable establishments such as Hard Rock Café Jakarta and even a Ritz-Carlton hotel.”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“roof top bar with 360' vie of Jakarta from 57th floor. located on top of Menara BCA, next to Grand Indonesia Mall Thamrin.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“Delicious milk! Cheap entrance ticket! fresh air! clean & beautiful nature! All you can touch animals! Very perfect place for people who love nature. I suggest you to come at weekday, because it always crowded at weekend.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“My favorite - everything fresh - even mayonnaise made a la minute - my choice is always a Ceasar Salad: the best really. Good wine by the caraf and reasonably priced. Run by Kamil who brings the best of France to this place. Also they sell home made French bread. Lunch and dinner. When we go for dinner we go at 5, than all the tables free. Have a drink and appetizer and we still walk out 3 hours later. Come at 7 you'll be waiting for a table. Pass by earlier in the day and make a reservation for a time that is better for you;”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
“Really nice food with good surrounding. The glass house is my favourite place when i visited this cafe. They also have playground for your kids.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“One of the interesting shopping mall, complete and a lot of food choices. Easy to getting around.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“In the South of the city, and one more location more central, but we always go to the south. Al fresco garden style dining. Really nice thin crust pizzas. And a complete Italian menu. Also serve beer. Our favorite pizza place.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Straightforward theme park featuring classic rides, including a ferris wheel & bumper cars. Kids & adults will definitely love it! Check it out in www.jungleland.co.id”
  • 12 locals recommend
Noodle House
“Good for small bites and munches, the yamien noodle is very tasty. This place is quite close to The Wiltshire villa.”
  • 18 locals recommend

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