STAYING IN JAKARTA
Welcome to Jakarta, Indonesia's young, thriving and vibrant capital. From its diverse neighbourhoods to glittering malls, frenetic CBD and late-night culture, Jakarta offers something for everyone. Here you'll find some of Indonesia's top corporations, as well as a burgeoning start-up scene bursting with tech entrepreneurs. Jakarta's locals are industrious and friendly - a must in a city with a population of over 9.6 million.
In many ways serviced-apartment-style living epitomises life in Jakarta. The sprawling metropolis is more a collection of boroughs and neighbourhoods than a homogenised grid, so people tend to spend much of their time 'living local'. Jakartans are young and educated, and it shows. In recent years numerous neighbourhoods such as Kemang, Panglima Polim and Pantai Indah Kapuk have been rejuvenated as young entrepreneurial Jakartans have moved in to start up cafés, boutique shops, restaurants and galleries.
When it comes to business, Jakarta works hard and plays hard. The centre of commerce and government can be found in Jakarta's 'Golden Triangle', an area which extends through Central and South Jakarta and encapsulates most of the city's commercial offices, government buildings and tourist attractions. Kuningan and Sudirman-Thamrin are two of the busiest, stacked with skyscrapers housing the headquarters of some of Indonesia's and the world's top corporations.