Home' A Plus Magazine : July 2013 Contents Where to eat
• Belly Clan Trendy Asian-Australian
fusion. Intiland Tower Lobby, Jalan
Jend. Sudirman Kav. 32. 5790-6000.
• Café Batavla Good international food
in iconic square. Taman Fatahillah.
• Kampoeng Makan Joglo 21 Ikan asin
(salt fish) and seafood on the city's
western outskirts. Jalan Joglo Raya 21.
• LanNa Thai Central city spice
institution. Jalan Kusuma Atmaja 85.
• Restoran Sederhana Padang-style
rendang and other spicy dishes. Jalan
Pasar Bendungan Hilir. 570-5049.
Where to stay
• Alila Jakarta Minimalist opulence
close to Kota. Jalan Pecenongan Kav.
• Hotel Aryaduta Jakarta Business
favourite near Monas. Jalan Prapatan
• Gran Mahakam Hotel Ornate charm
in Blok M. Jalan Mahakam I 6.
• Hotel Indonesia Kempinski
Legendary hotel has had a makeover.
Jalan M.H. Thamrin 1. 2358-3800.
• MandarinOriental Luxury service in
perfect central location. Jalan Kebon
Kacang Raya. 2993-8888.
What to see
• Gereja Sion Baroque European
church in Old Town. Jalan Pangeran
• Jin De Yuan Imposing Buddhist temple
built by Chinese settlers in 1755. Jalan
• Museum Nasional Indonesia Telling
the country’s remarkable story. Jalan
Medan Merdeka Barat 12. 386-8172.
• Taman Impian Jaya Ancol Waterfront
recreational park. Jalan Pantai Indah.
• Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Traditional houses showcase each of
Indonesia’s provinces. Jalan Raya TMII.
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common, while the Chicken Market Bridge is
the city's last colonial-era drawbridge.
Kota is the tourist centre of the city, and
includes several museums among its more
than 250 listed buildings, such as the Musium
Wayang, devoted to Indonesia's classical pup-
pet theatre, the Museum Batavia and the Musium
The area's centrepiece is Taman Fatahillah,
a large cobblestoned square. The former Dutch
governor-general's palace, now the Museum
Sejarah Indonesia, a history museum, domi-
nates the plaza. Women seeking to become
pregnant will straddle the cannon in the mid-
dle of the square while holding flowers as an
Nearby is Glodok, the city's Chinese quar-
ter, and Tanah Abang, home to the Museum
Tekstil Jakarta, which features lavish displays
of Indonesia's signature fabrics, such as batik
and ikat. Pasar Tanah Abang, Jakarta's biggest
market, is also in the vicinity.
East of Tanah Abang is Medan Merdeka
(Freedom Square), the largest open-air space in
the downtown core. At its centre is the National
Monument, known as Monas, which offers pan-
oramas of the city from its viewing platform.
South of Medan Merdeka is Menteng, an
affluent area full of peaceful pocket-sized
squares and mansions belonging to Indonesia's
elite, and Sudirman, the major commercial
centre, while further east lies Lapangan Ban-
teng, a 19th century district that showcases
some of Jakarta's best colonial architecture.
Outside the city centre, South Jakarta is the
site of two interesting private museums with
a more modern outlook on presenting their
exhibits. Museum Layang Layang in Pondok
Labu is devoted to kites, while Tengah Kebun,
in Kemang, is the city's premier archaeological
display. (Kemang -- a leafy, prosperous district
with many restaurants and boutiques -- is worth
further exploration, as is the funky Blok M area.)
Indonesia has a rich and varied cuisine:
Jakarta abounds in Sundanese, Balinese and
Padang restaurants, which are among the most
popular. The area around Plaza Indonesia fea-
tures many high-end eateries, while the hum-
ble warteg, or street stalls, offer quick bites.
The local Betawi cuisine includes dishes
such as sayur gabus pucung (a seafood stew),
pecak ikan (a spicy fish dish) and soto Betawi
(offal and coconut soup).
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