Kempinski Blog Article
Not many cities are able to proudly claim to be both a gateway to the rest of a beautiful country, and a metropolis to be discovered within its own right - but that is exactly what Jakarta has managed to do. Jakarta is known as Indonesia's cultural, political and financial centre, with glorious beaches, fascinating scuba-diving, and jungle adventures only an island hop away.
Although there are small airports dotted around the country which are required due to the fact that Indonesia comprises over 17,000 islands - international flights will land in Jakarta's main airport, the Soekarno Katta International Airport, which sits just to the north of the city.
For a city that is home to 9 million people, with an additional 2 million arriving for work each day, it is unsurprising that the airport has three terminals. This large airport maintains great links with the city centre - on landing here, you can take a taxi into the city centre (but opt for the ones bookable at the booths by customs), take a shuttle bus (an inexpensive, but sometimes unreliable option), or hop on a train.
The same rules generally apply when you are looking at getting around central Jakarta. The sheer amount of people in the city means that driving can be very stressful, especially during rush hour - instead, opt for taxis, and allow the experts to take you to your destination. Your hotel will be able to call a reputable provider for you, but if you do want to explore the city a little more independently, you will find that the city centre has many connecting train stations - for which trips can be booked for online.
Regardless of how you are looking to travel, your hotel will be best placed for helping you get to your destination - that is certainly the case at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, where our welcoming staff can help you see the best of Jakarta.
There is no denying the fact that Jakarta is very much a gateway to other parts of the country. It is not typical for a visitor to spend a large about of time in the city, but that is perhaps where visitors are going wrong. There are some areas of beauty, history and culture here that are quite unexpected.
As well as having a growing international food scene, Jakarta is also a great place to familiarise yourself with some of the more traditional cuisine you will find in Indonesia. From the commonly-found nasi goring (egg-fried rice that is usually served with prawns or chicken, but can also be served with anything from fish to goat) to the deliciously sweet martabak manis (a thick pancake that is served with chocolate toppings, and often cut into layered squares), you will find plenty to tempt your taste buds.
While in the capital, be sure to also sample some pempek - a fish cake that is considered a delicacy, often served with noodles and vegetables in a rich soy sauce - and for a light bite, some satay. Cooked over hot coals on skewers, the chicken, rabbit or goat meat takes on a lovely flavour thanks to a special turmeric-based marinade, although every chef has their own way of preparing this signature dish.
From museums and temples to markets, there is a wide range of things to explore in Jakarta. Below, you will find out about some of our favourites…
Grand Indonesia Mall
Looking for some retail therapy while in Jakarta? You should plan a visit to the Grand Indonesia Mall. Expect a tremendous range of designer and high street labels, as well as a huge choice of jewellery stores, coffee shops and restaurants - in fact, there is so much here that many say it takes them over a day of dedicated shopping to see it all!
Museum Bank Indonesia
Housed in one of the most architecturally intriguing buildings in the city, Museum Bank Indonesia takes visitors through the nation's financial history in an engaging and often exciting way. The museum's interior is grand and modern yet the entrance fee is minimal - expect to pay less than one US dollar for admission.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
A combination of a museum and an amusement park, this attraction is a great place for families to visit. Not only can you discover more about the history of this fascinating island country, you will be able to have some fun together while doing so! Allow around three hours to see everything there is here - including stunning examples of traditional architecture - and expect a modest entry price for the family.