Indonesia’s massive capital, Jakarta, offers its visitors a unique mix of multicultural influences including Javanese, Chinese, Arab, Malay, and Indian. This diverse mix makes Jakarta an ideal place to visit for food, sightseeing, shopping, and more!
Where to go
Jakarta has no shortage of places to see and, if you’re a first-timer in Jakarta, you’re going to want to see the majestic National Monument. It stands at a towering 132 metres right in the middle of Merdeka Square. Entrance to Merdeka Square is free, but you’ll need to pay to get into the monument itself. Other sightseeing attractions in the city include the Old Town of Jakarta (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Jakarta Cathedral, and the National Museum of Indonesia.
What to eat
The best way to get a taste of Jakarta without breaking the bank is to head straight for the street food stalls. Indonesia is best known for its sate (skewered and grilled meat) and nasi goreng (fried rice), both of which you can enjoy at Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih, an open-air food stall located south of Merdeka Square in Jalan Kebon Sirih. For as little as US$2, you can enjoy a serving of nasi goreng kambing (mutton fried rice) which is a local favourite.
Where to stay
Retire for the night in the luxurious serviced apartments of Fraser Residence Menteng, Jakarta located in the heart of Central Jakarta. Enjoy a wide range of world-class amenities including a 24/7 gym, a spa, a pool, and more.
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