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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.

Church
“The mighty cathedral stands tall at the heart of the city, boasting tall spires and impressive neo-gothic architecture. Built during the colonial era, many of the cathedral’s materials and pieces of furniture are sourced from the Netherlands, including its massive pipe organ and ornate main altar. One of the spires also serves as a museum that shows Catholic relics. It was built in 1901 to replace an earlier church. Look for stained-glass features. It is a must visit religious place in Jakarta”
  • 20 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Performing Arts Venue
“The Ismail Marzuki Park houses a nice movie theatre, performance art theatre, an old Planetarium, and a child-friendly library”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bus Station
“A decent park to get a short jog around or to read a book under the cool shades of the trees around. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“Giyanti Coffee Roastery boasts the most extensive coffee experience and knowledge even for the most jaded coffee connoisseurs.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Cinema
“Metropole is a historic multipurpose building complex in Jakarta, Indonesia. Metropole is the oldest surviving movie theater in Jakarta after the Grand Theater cinema in Senen. One of its main tenants is the 21 Cineplex group, which operates the Metropole XXI movie theater in the complex's main building”
  • 8 locals recommend
Establishment
“Housed in a formal Dutch mansion, with it's antique characteristics and ambience, it makes dining in this restaurant quite an experience.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Jalan Surabaya is a unique venue for anyone interested in antiques. You will find here items of interest from the whole of Indonesia.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely park in the Central of Jakarta, with free yoga with community every Sunday morning. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For a Colonial Grand Rijsttafel or an unforgettable dinner, you'll go to Kunstkring Paleis Jakarta. Art & Dining, and great ambience.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The restaurant’s grand and elegant colonial building would be the first pleasant treat in your dining experience. The second would be the lovely interior, with sweet adornments in every corner that bring together a homey rustic feel and sumptuous ambiance in one place. Expats and locals alike love this restaurant for serving dignified versions of traditional meals from across the archipelago. Other than the elaborate and delicious full courses, Bunga Rampai is also a popular spot for high tea and soirée.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
  • 5 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“It has a lot to offer: food, clothes, book store, coffee, cinema, and so forth. It is famous as a marketplace for automobile accessories. There is also batik/handicraft outlet where you can buy souvenirs.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Experiencing coffee break with Java Mocca Coffee and fried banana (pisang goreng)”
  • 4 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“One of the most established names on Jakarta’s coffee map, Anomali is famed for the speciality coffee from across the archipelago. Over the years and seven branches later, Anomali is still trusted for the premium quality craved by avid coffee enthusiasts. Being at the forefront of coffee education in the city, both their single-origins and espresso-based are prepared passionately and thoughtfully. From the Aceh Gayo to Luwak beans, you can expect consistent quality, both within the cup and pack. Each of the seven locations has cosy and open ambiance loved by young professionals and students alike.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located at Jalan Cikini, on the left side of this one way road. The venue is quite big with old style interior and providing Indonesian food selections. The coffee is great and they offer some selections. Price is fine compare to quality and the staff is also attentive.”
  • 2 locals recommend