Experience Jakarta in a Day
Taste, buy, see, and enjoy the best of the capital city all in one day with Guest Service Manager, Ascott Jakarta, Nany Sudiarti’s specially designed itinerary
Issue: Jan 2015
Experience the best sights, sounds and tastes of Jakarta with Guest Service Manager of Ascott Jakarta, Nany Sudiarti’s specially designed one-day itinerary
Jakarta is a fast-paced city, like any major city in the world. Thanks to the frenzied speed at which the place and its people function, you can accomplish quite a bit in just a little time.
So, if you happen to have just a day to spare at the capital, here’s an itinerary that will ensure you get to savour the essence of Jakarta.
9:00am – Have a Breakie like the locals
Mie goreng (fried noodles) is an Indonesia favourite that you can savour at the Frangipani Café before your day-long tour of Jakarta
Rise and shine and have a traditional Indonesian breakfast at our Frangipani Café. Local staples like mie goreng (fried noodles), nasi goring (fried rice) and bubur ayam (chicken porridge) are what you will need to fortify you for the exciting day ahead.
9:45am – Explore the city on foot
Set off on foot from the newly refurbished Ascott Jakarta which is perfectly located at the centre of the city’s business and shopping district
The newly furbished Ascott Jakarta welcomes you to a new level of refinement and exclusivity, making it a wonderful starting point for your whirlwind romance with the city. The Dutch colonial décor of each of its 204 apartments is a foretaste of the mix of old and new that the city has to offer. Upon entering the main lobby, guests will experience a completely new ambience and refreshing business concept. A collection of art pieces including Balinese paintings and sculpture featured in the lobby add a local touch and vibrancy to the renovated property.
Come stay with us at Ascott Jakarta and shop at Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, one of Southeast Asia’s largest malls
Located right in the centre of the city’s business and shopping district which we call the Golden Triangle, it is also within walking distance of Jakarta’s major attractions like the Convention Centre, Plaza Indonesia Shopping Complex, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, Jakarta City Centre Shopping Mall, and a wide variety of dining and entertainment options. Work off breakfast by taking a slow stroll around the area to enjoy modern Jakarta.
Street carts abound in the city so stop by one of these for a local snack as you explore the city on foot
I recommend the Grand Indonesia Shopping Town for a spot of shopping. It is one of Southeast Asia’s largest malls and is worth a visit based on that fact alone.
If you get peckish, there are street food vendors along the way peddling their wares on mobile carts that the locals call pedagan kaki lima. Have a deep fried banana, cashew nut murtabak (pancake filled with crushed cashew nut) or a satay (barbecued meat on a stick) for a mid-morning snack. If you dare, sip some sop kaki kambing (lamb feet soup).
12:00pm – See the historical treasure at the Museum Nasional
The National Museum is also called the Elephant Museum because of the bronze elephant statue that stands at its entrance (left); and from the Museum, remember to get a good picture of the Monas (right)
Grab a taxi next and in 10 minutes you will be transported from Jakarta today to Jakarta of old at the Museum Nasional (National Museum). The museum is also called the Museum Gajah (Elephant Museum) because of the bronze statue of an elephant that stands guard at its entrance. The sculpture was a gift King Chulalongkorn of Thailand in 1871 when he visited Batavia.
The two-century-old museum is home to a unique collection of Indonesian cultural relics as well as artefacts from the region. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the National Monument or Monas from the museum. The tower is a symbol of the country’s struggle and reconstruction under President Sukarno.
1:30pm – Lunch in Style
Fried Fish Jimbaran, Lontong Sayur Medan
Fried Chicken and Es Campur Seribu Rasa
are some of the local dishes that are must-trys at Seribu Rasa
Photo credit: www.seriburasa.com
Just 10 minutes away is Seribu Rasa (One Thousand Flavours), an Indonesia restaurant that prides itself on traditional recipes from the region. Have lunch here and rest your feet because you have an afternoon of activities ahead.
2:30pm – Turn back the clock at Kota Tua
Architectural influence from the Dutch colonial days in the 17th century can still be admired at Kota Tua (Old Batavia) where you can spend the afternoon walking through history
Track back a little and 20 minutes away is Kota Tua (Old Batavia), an area that still bears the strong influence of Dutch colonisation in the 17th century. The architecture is reminiscent of European buildings with hints of Chinese influence. Here is where historical tourism thrives and you can wander the streets and alleyways and be lost in the past.
To escape the afternoon heat, there are lots of museums here - Fatahillah Museum (Jakarta History Museum), Wayang Museum (Puppet Museum), Museum Bahari (Maritime Museum), Bank Indonesia Museum, Fine Art and Ceramic Museum - that you can pop into to learn intriguing tidbits about the city’s colourful past.
4:30pm – Have an adrenaline rush at Ancol Dreamworld
Ancol Dreamland, Jakarta's largest and most popular recreation park, has all the adrenaline pumping activities you can find all in one place
Photo credit: www.ancol.com
Since this is your day off, let the child in you out at the Ancol Dreamworld, a recreation hub on Jakarta Bay. Beaches, a marina, an amusement park, a water park, an aquarium, bars and restaurants – this place has it all. Sure, it is a little distance away. But after a leisurely historical walk, this adrenaline rush may be just the change of pace you need.
9:30pm – Have a 360-degree view of the city over a late dinner & drinks
The night view of the city can be enjoyed atop Altitude The Plaza on the 46th floor of the prestigious Plaza Office Tower where you can have luxurious meal before going up to the 49th floor to the Cloud Lounge & Living Room for a late night drink
Finally, have a late dinner at Altitude The Plaza on the 46th floor of the prestigious Plaza Office Tower. You have your pick of three amazing restaurants - Gaia by OSO Ristorante offering North Italian cuisine; Salt Grill with modern Australian delicacies; and Enmaru for delightfully fresh Japanese seafood. Watch the city lights twinkle as you relax during dinner.
When you have had your fill, go three floors up on the 49th floor to the Cloud Lounge & Living Room, a swanky rooftop bar. Here, you can nurse a drink and continue to take in the sights from up high or chill out at a cold room where you can enjoy Vodka the way Russians do.
Like most cities of today, Jakarta has old world wonders with a healthy dose of cosmopolitan charm. With this itinerary, you will be able to capture the essence of the city’s vibrancy and the rich brocade of its history all in a single day. And when your sojourn is done, come back to Ascott Jakarta for a well-deserved night of rest. Our spacious luxury service apartments make for the ideal retreat while our sauna rooms, a fully-equipped gym, a pool and tennis court provide myriad options to end an already action-packed day.
End your day out back at Ascott Jakarta where you can recharge at the fully-equipped gym or relax at the beautifully landscaped swimming pool
Stay with us:
Jalan Kebon Kacang Raya No 2
Tel: (62) 21 391 6868
Fax: (62) 21 391 3368
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Ciputra World 1
Jalan Prof Dr Satrio Kav.3-5
Tel: (62) 21 3006 0288
Fax: (62) 21 3006 0299
Citadines Rasuna Jakarta
Jalan HR Rasuna Said Kav.20
Kuningan, Jakarta 12940
Tel: (62) 21 2953 3123
Fax: (62) 21 5290 0348
Somerset Berlian Jakarta
Jalan Permata Berlian V
Tel: (62) 21 5366 8888
Fax: (62) 21 5366 7788
Somerset Grand Citra Jakarta
Jalan Prof Dr Satrio Kav 1
Tel: (62) 21 2995 6888
Fax: (62) 21 522 3737