Best things to do in Jakarta Indonesia

Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia. Home of over 10 million people, Jakarta is the capital that expatriate love to hate. The capital of Indonesia is often the entry and exit point to Indonesia. Jakarta is an interesting city to visit. Crowded, noisy and busy, but you won’t get bored. Here are the best things to do in Jakarta Indonesia.

Things to do in Jakarta Indonesia : Getting Around

Traffic jams in Jakarta is definitely one of the worst in South east Asia. However; there are plenty of transportation options offered in the capital.

Jakarta traffic jam
  • Taxi: Blue Bird taxi are available and affordable. Other option Grab/ Uber are available.
  • Bus: TransJakarta is well linked. And have an easy and regular connectivity.
  • Train: Cheapest way to get around the city. Avoid the peak hours.
  • Go-JEK: The most common way to travel inside Jakarta. Faster way to get around the city.
  • Tuk-Tuk: You can use tuktuk for short distance. Make sure to bargain.

Daily Budget Suggestion

Indonesia is quiet affordable for any traveler. If you are planning a trip to Jakarta, you could spend around 15/25$ a day per person. Meal and accommodations included. This will depends on your travel style.

How to Stay Safe in Jakarta

Indonesia is a pretty safe country, you can even be traveling as a solo female.

Please note what you need to know before travelling to Jakarta :

  • If you are using crowded public transport; be aware of the threat of pickpockets.
  • Drinking tap water is not safe.

Here more details on how to stay safe in Indonesia.

Best things to do in Jakarta, Indonesia

1. Mosque of Istiglal and surroundingsthings to do in Jakarta Indonesia, visit Mosque Istiglal

Kota Tua or reffered as the Old Town Batavia is one of the most historically site of Jakarta. You will notice the Dutch colonial architecture (17th to 18th Century) as you walk around. Don’t forget to stop by Cafe Batavia where you can enjoy vintage atmosphere and high-quality local Food.

In the afternoon, visit Istiqlal Mosque. Known as the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. And has a capacity of 120,000 worshippers. Muslims and non-Muslims are welcome to visit the mosque outside of prayer. You can also visit Jakarta Cathedral. A Roman Catholic cathedral built in 1901 with neo-gothic style. Situated just in front of the mosque in sign of tolerance. End up the day by visiting Jakarta’s Chinatown, where you can find the oldest temple, Jin De Yuan Temple. You will also see, Chinese migrants whom established in Jakarta since the 17th century.

2. Explore Indonesia at Taman Mini Indonesia Indahthings to do in Jakarta Indonesia, visit Taman Mini Indonesia

This is a great place to come with your family. The park will give an overview about Indonesia.You will find traditional homes. You will learn about the local traditions, costumes, and diverse ways of life across the archipelago.

3. Visit the National Monument (Monas)

Start your Jakarta adventure by visiting the iconic National Monument, locally known as Monas. This towering monument symbolizes Indonesia’s struggle for independence and offers a panoramic view of the city from its observation deck. Explore the historical exhibits inside the monument, stroll through the surrounding park, and learn about the country’s rich history.

4. Immerse Yourself in History at Kota Tua

Kota Tua, also known as Old Town, is a charming area in Jakarta that takes you back in time. Explore the colonial-era buildings, such as Jakarta History Museum and Wayang Museum, which showcase the city’s heritage. Take a leisurely walk along the cobblestone streets, visit the local cafes, and admire the beautiful architecture of this well-preserved district.

5. Discover Indonesian Art at the National Gallery of Indonesia

Art enthusiasts should not miss the National Gallery of Indonesia, a prominent institution dedicated to showcasing Indonesian art. Explore the vast collection of traditional and contemporary artworks from renowned Indonesian artists. The gallery often hosts temporary exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events, providing a deeper insight into the country’s artistic heritage.

6. Experience shopping at Grand Indonesia Mall

For a modern shopping experience, head to Grand Indonesia Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in Southeast Asia. Discover a wide range of local and international brands, luxury boutiques, and entertainment options. From fashion and electronics to culinary delights, the mall has something to cater to every taste and preference.

7.Explore the Beautiful Thousand Islands

things to do in Jakarta Indonesia

Just few hours boat ride from the busy and crowded Jakarta. A trip to thousands island is the perfect plan for the weekend. These tropical islands offer the perfect weekend escape from Jakarta. You could have a day trip or two days trip. I would recommend you Pulau Pelangi and Pulau Pari. It is a fun things to do in Jakarta Indonesia and easy to be organised. You can either ask your hotel in you’re staying at in Jakarta to organise your tour. Or if you want to have a cheaper trip, you could join a sharing trip.

Other things to do in Jakarta


  1. Visit the sailboats at Sunda Kelapa Port: Located in Sunda Kelapa in north Jakarta. The port was the early 16th-century trading post from the Dutch colonial.
  2. Relax on Ancol Beach: Escape to the north Jakarta where you can find sandy beach
  3. Visit Museum Wayang: Wayang is the Indonesian name for the traditional puppet. Visit the museum to learn more about the history and cultural importance of wayang. Explores a unique aspect of Indonesian culture : Cost: $1 This ancient form of storytelling originated on the Indonesian island of Java is a heritage of Humanity. The UNESCO proclaimed Indonesian puppets as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”
  4. Shopping in Menteng: The main market is known as Jalan Surabaya Flea Market. Get there and buy some great souvenirs. You can find items of furniture, jewelry, trinkets, and pottery. Make sure to bargain well.
  5. Night life in Jakarta views at Awan Lounge: At the rooftop of the Kosenda Hotel is Awan. You can enjoy having some drink and enjoying the view of Jakarta.

What do you need to pack for Jakarta

Here are a few important gear recommendation to have with on for your trip to Jakarta, Indonesia:

  • Walking/Hiking Shoes: Get a good pair of comfortable shoes with you.
  • Light Shirts: Indonesia has a humid weather. Make sure to get plenty of light t-shirts. Here my recommendation of 4 nice pack blend t-shirts.
  • Water Bottle
  • A Large Backpack: Make sure to have a nice backpack to carry all your stuff for your trip in Indonesia. I recommend you to get the Osprey Atmos AG 65.

Check my entire selection of the essential travel gear.

I hope this article gave you a good overview on the things to do in Jakarta Indonesia. Enjoy your trip ! And remember respecting and adapting yourself to the local values will help you have a better stay.