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Jakarta City Guide


Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and, with a population of over 10 million people, it is the country's largest city, as well as the largest city in Southeast Asia.  It is the 13th largest city in the world, and is the centre of Indonesian culture, politics and its economy.


Jakarta began as the Kingdom of Sunda's small trading port in the fourth century.  It eventually became known as Batavia during the Dutch colonial period until Indonesia gained its independence in 1945.


Today Jakarta is a busy city made up of many cultures, including Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Javanese, Portuguese, Sudanese and the indigenous people.  This large variety is reflected in the popular landmarks found in Jakarta: Dutch colonial buildings, the Istiqlal Mosque, the Jakarta Cathedral, Chinatown, the Chinese Langgam Building, Chinese temples and restaurants, and Toko Merah.


Other notable places are Lapangan Merdeka, the world's largest city square; the president's palace; Old Batavia; the Ancol Bayfront City; and the wonderful Thousand Islands where everyone goes to escape the city to relax.


Shopping opportunities also abound in Jakarta, including the Grand Indonesia in the Hotel Indonesia Complex, Senayan Plaza, and Senayan City in Jalan Asia-Africa ("Asia-Africa Street").  Indonesia's largest shopping mall is called Mall Taman Anggrek ("Orchid Garden Mall") and is found in West Jakarta.

Top 5 Business Hotels

Mandarin Oriental JakartaFour Seasons Hotel Jakarta

Located in the central business district, the Four Seasons is a five star hotel with 365 rooms and 43 suites.
Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said, Jakarta 12920; Tel: +62 21 252 3456 Four Seasons Website 

Grand Hyatt

The Hyatt is a five star hotel with 428 rooms located in Jakarta's business district, and near one of Indonesia's premier shopping malls.
Jalan M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta 10350; Tel +62 21 2992 1234 Grand Hyatt Jakarta Website

Hotel Mulia Senayan

The five star Hotel Mulia Senayan boasts 996 rooms and 212 suites, all in the centre of Jakarta's business district.
Jalan Asia Aftika Senayan, Jakarta 10270; Tel: +62 21 574 7777 Hotel Mulia Senayan Website

Keraton at the Plaza

The Keraton is a five star hotel with 140 opulent rooms situated in the heart of Jakarta's financial district.
Jalan M.H. ThamrinKav. 15, Jakarta 10350; Tel: +62 21 5068 0000 Keraton At The Plaza Webiste

Mandarin Oriental

After a recent renovation, the Mandarin has become Jakarta's most luxurious five star hotel with 272 rooms.
Jalan M.H. Thamrin, PO BOX 3392, Jakarta 10310; Tel: +62 21 2993 8888 Mandarin Oriental Website

Top 5 Meeting Facilities

Hotel Mulia Senayan Wise TravellerGrand Sahid Jaya Hotel

The Grand Sahid Jaya is located in the business district and close to embassies and shopping.  There are 27 meeting rooms; the largest room capacity is 3,500. Jalan Jenderal Sudirman No. 86, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10220; Tel:+62 21 5704444 Grand Sahid Jaya Website

Hotel Mulia Senayan

The Hotel Mulia Senayan is a modern hotel conveniently located in the business district of Jakarta.  There are 18 meeting rooms; the largest room capacity is 3,000.  Jalan Asia Aftika Senayan, Jakarta 10270; Tel: +62 21 574 7777 Hotel Mulia Senayan Website

InterContinental Jakarta Midplaza

The InterContinental is a contemporary European hotel with state-of-the-art business facilities.  There are 19 meetings rooms; the largest room capacity is 1,000. Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 10-11, Jakarta 10220; Tel: +62 21 251 0888 Intercontinental Jakarta Website

Jakarta Convention Centre

Also known as Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention Centre, the JCC is located in Central Jakarta and is connected to the Sultan Jakarta Hotel.  There are 13 meeting rooms and a 5,000 seat hall. Jalan Jend. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270 Tel: +62 (21) 5726000 JCC Website

Shangri-La Hotel

The Shangri-La is conveniently located at the BNI City Complex in Jakarta's business district.  There are 18 meeting rooms; the largest room capacity is 3,000. Kota BNI Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta 10220; Tel: +62 21 2922 9999 Shangri La Jakarta Website

Top 5 Business Restaurants

Jakarta Best Restaurants The Wise TravellerBunga Rampai

Set in a Dutch colonial building, traditional Indonesian dishes like "Nasi Buketan" and "Bontut Bakar" are served at Bunga Rampai.  Appropriate for a business lunch or dinner. Jalan Teuku Cik Ditiro No. 35, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310; Tel:+62 21 31926225

Crystal Jade

There are several branches of this restaurant.  Crystal Jade at Pacific Place serves Cantonese and Teowchew cuisine.  Appropriate for a business lunch or dinner. Jl. MH Thamrin No 1, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, East Mall, Unit UG-33A, Jakarta; Tel: +62 21 235 80768

The Face

There are two restaurants and a bar featured at The Face: "Lan Na Thai" serves Thai food, while "Haraza" serves Indian cuisine.  Appropriate for a business lunch or dinner. #85 Kusuma Atmaja, Imam Bonjol Jakarta: Tel: +62 21 31925037

Lara Djonggrang

Serving Indonesian dishes, Lara Djonggrang is located in central Jakarta.  Appropriate for a business lunch or dinner. Jalan Teuku Cik Ditiro No.4, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10350; Tel: +62 21 3153252


Located at the Marriott, the Sailendra offers a buffet of Chinese, European, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Malay and Thai food.  Appropriate for a business lunch. Jalan DR Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung Kav E.1.2 No 1&2, Kawasan Mega Kuningan, Jakarta, 12950; Tel:+62 21 57988888

Jakarta After Hours

Jakarta After Hours The Wise Traveller

Jakarta Attractions

Jakarta offers many options when meetings are wrapped up for the day: the Jakarta Arts Theatre (Gedung Kesenian Jakarta), the Museum Nasional, wayang kulit shadow puppet performances, movie theatres, and karaoke are some of the choices.

- Top 10 Things To Do In Jakarta
- Enjoy Jakarta
- Jakarta Things To Do - Virtual Tourist 

Jakarta Nightlife The Wise Traveller

Jakarta Night Life

Although Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim country, bars and clubs abound in Jakarta.  Upscale choices include X-Lounge, Plaza Indonesia's EX Annex, Hard Rock Cafe, B.A.T.S. and Plaza Senayan's Arcadia Annex.  If you are looking for something a little more lively and cluby you can try Empirica or Potato Head Garage. Less posh options include places like Blok M, Crown, Malioboro, Jalan Jaksa, and Club 36.

See also:

- Jakarta Nightlife Tripadvisor
- Entertainment In Jakarta Lonely Planet
- Jakarta City Life

Jakarta Travel Tips & Etiquette

Jakarta Travel TipsJakarta Travel Tips

Amongst many things Jakarta is known for the traffic being at times horrendous.  Avoid taking taxis at peak during the peak hours of 7am-9am and then 5pm-7pm.  Regardless of the time of day leave plenty of time to get between meetings.

There are plenty of taxis in Jakarta however the ethics and professionalism can vary greatly.  There are a number of taxi companies typically identified by the colour of the taxi. It has been known that some lesser credible taxi drivers have re-painted their taxis to that of a different company.  Be wary and either arrange a taxi through the hotel or arrange a reputable driver for the day the costs are not unreasonable.

Petty Crime
Unfortunately crime can be an issue in Jakarta, it is recommended to avoid wearing expensive looking accessories or jewellery as well as being always cautious about your pockets and handbags when in public.

Credit Cards
Although Jakarta is very credit card friendly it is recommend to only use your credit cards at larger hotels and restaurants and use cash in smaller establishments.  ATM’s are available throughout the city.

Tipping is not expected in most places however a smaller gratuity or rounding of the bill in restaurants or in taxis is customary.

Business Etiquette

Although it is a hugely diverse country, it remains largely Muslim, so respect for the Islam religion is essential. As in many Asian cultures, indirect communication is a product of the concept of "saving face."

Do be polite and never show anger.
Do greet with a handshake.  This is sometimes accompanied by a slight bow.
Do exchange business cards and treat your counterpart's card with respect.
Don't express disappointment if business is not discussed at the initial meeting; the purpose of this meeting is generally for both parties to get to know each other.

Jakarta Practice Information

Jakarta Travel Tips

Important Phone Numbers

Police: 110
Ambulance: 118
Fire Department: 113
Information: 108
Jakarta City Tourism Office: +62 21 520 5455

Jakarta Fast Facts

Country: Indonesia
Province: Jakarta
Population: ~9.6 million
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) rate
Language: Indonesian (Bahasa),
English and Chinese also spoken.
Timezone: UTC+7

Further References

Jakarta Wikipedia
Jakarta Lonely Planet
Jakarta Tourism Board
Jakarta WikiTravel
Official Site Of Jakarta City



Jakarta City Map 

Categories : City Guide
Tags : Stay In Comfort, Southeast Asia, Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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