A bustling muddle of carts, cars, locals, and tourists, Jakarta is not the place for laid back and easy- going vacationers. Rather, Jakarta is a city brimming with energy and sounds, sights, and smells. It’s normal to get here and not know how or where to start… there are just so many different places to go and things to do! While Jakarta isn’t good for kicking back and relaxing, if you’re looking for a getaway that will leave you pumped with energy and surrounded by new cultures and experiences, this will be a destination you’ll remember for a very long time. Interested? Read on to learn more about some of our top picks for things to do in Jakarta.
Fill up your Shopping Cart at the Menteng District Flea Market
Famous for its Jalan Surabaya flea market and wonderful artisan goods, the Menteng District Flea Market is its own bustling epicenter of energy. At this market, you can find anything– from fabrics and clothing, to food and spices. Come ready to haggle, though. In this flea market, there are no prices marked, so make sure you come ready to know what you’re going to pay for a good, and how you’re going to get it. Not satisfied with just one flea market? Click here to read about all the different flea market options in Jakarta! You’re sure to find what you need, at the price you want!
Pull away from it all at Pulau Seribu
Known as Pulau Seribu in Indonesian, and the Thousand Islands in English, these islands offer locals and travelers a much- needed break from the craziness of Jakarta’s cityscape. Full of gorgeous, isolated beaches, hidden coves, and perfect little inlets for hiding away from it all, the Thousand Islands are great for those that just need a break, but want (or need) to stay close to Jakarta. Located as close as a 30 minute boat ride from the city (all the way up to a 3.5 hour ride), these islands offer great waters for snorkeling, swimming, or just soaking up some sunshine. Want more info? Click here to read more about some of the islands!
Get in Touch with your Wild Side at the Ragunan Zoo!
Though you may have visited your own hometown’s zoo a thousand times, it’s always fascinating to visit the zoo of another city– especially when that city has so many different native animals to it’s own local area! Home to Komodo Dragons, Tigers, and a plethora of local flora, the Ragunan Zoo is a great experience for both young and old. This zoo is not just a zoo, but can also be treated like a park! Because of the sidewalks and loads of walking paths, even if animals aren’t your thing, you’ll be sure to enjoy the scenery and taking in all the scents and sights of the native indonesian plants and flowers. Want to visit? Click here to visit the zoo’s website.
Watch the Sun go Down at Sunda Kelapa Port
Jakarta is a big and bustling city, and part of the reason is because of Sunda Kelapa Port. Jakarta’s access to water and large enough port to encourage through-traffic, but also accomodate a large amount of imports and exports is a big reason it became the developed metropolis it has now become. Not a lot of tourists realize the importance of this port, so if you go, it’s a good bet it might be a little less crowded than some of the other touristy spots in the city. Lucky for you though, becasue even if naval history is not your thing, it’s still a really nice place to watch the sun go down over the water and look at all the massive boats, many of which still look exactly like they did in the past. Visit here early– around 6 am– if you want to see the fresh fish of the day come in and watch all the action! Click here to learn more.
Gawk at All the Ancient Asian Remedies offered at Glodok
The largest Chinatown in Indonesia, and also one of the largest of the world, Glodok has developed it’s own distinct subculture within the larger culture of Jakarta. Full of little spice shops and herb/ health shops offering some naturopathic remedies a Westerner is sure to hesitate at, Glodok is a must- see sight for those that are interested in getting maximum exposure to different cultures while abroad. With its shops, temples, and markets, Glodok will keep you busy for awhile. While you’re there, make sure you also take a stop at the electronic store– the largest in all of Jakarta! Click here to learn more.