Jakarta is a city that offers a different kind of travel buzz. Its energy is modern rather than historical, and visitors fall in love with its experience rather than aesthetic. Indonesia’s capital city is charging into the future on its own terms and this has given birth to some of the best shopping and entertainment to be found in Southeast Asia. If this is your calling, choose and book from our list of Jakarta CBD hotels and put yourself right in the middle of the party.
You’ll have all the shopping malls you could ask for here, with many venues catching up with the long-established Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall, one of the largest in the city. Between them all you’ll be able to take your pick for whatever product you want, whether it is electronics or handbags you are after.
The problem with the malls here is that their prices are fixed and often high due to import taxes, but this is where the Jakarta markets come in. You can and should bargain your heart out at the flea market on Surabaya Street, or with the vendors in Pasar Baru. You may not have the selection you’ll find in classy malls, but there are deals to be had on textiles, cameras, shoes, electronics and more. Be mindful of your belongings in the markets though, as there can be pickpockets in the crowds.
For leisure, Jakarta has its fair share of spas and cinemas, or you can even hit a round of golf at Padang Golf Merah without having to leave the city centre. Restaurants number in the same range as its shopping outlets and allow for all budgets. Then, come nightfall, the CBD doesn’t slow down but changes gear as the clubs and bars open their doors. Many of them are in hotels and even the malls, and visitors can spend some time finding a venue that suits their tastes.
High-class clubs will have good live music; rule of thumb is the pricier the drinks, the better the bands! However, if you like electronic and dance tunes, it’s the reverse; the seedier the venue, the better the DJs. Be aware though, clubs will close at midnight during Ramadan if they open at all.
So wot are you waiting for? Book your Jakarta CBD accommodation and flights to Jakarta and hit the ground running.