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Central Jakarta

About Central Jakarta

Central Jakarta is the heart of the city's administrations and businesses. Home to the Presidential Palace and government buildings, the area also features Jakarta's most well-known heritage buildings from the colonial era. Jakarta's iconic National Monument stands within Merdeka Square, one of the largest city squares in the world. Monas, as it is fondly known by locals, is surrounded by other major sites, such as the Istiqlal Mosque and Jakarta Cathedral. The National Museum is also nearby, showcasing a rich collection of ancient stone sculptures, traditional textiles, and historical artifacts. Minutes away from the square lies the histo...
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About Central Jakarta

Central Jakarta is one of the important business centres in Indonesia. This city is famed as a shopping paradise and well-known for its great choice of local crafts and arts, fashion accessories, jewellery, and so on. One of the most famous shopping centres in this city is Plaza Indonesia. Central Jakarta also houses many notable landmarks such as the Jakarta Old Town, the National Monument, Istiqlal Mosque, and many more. Access to Central Jakarta is quite easy too. You can find Pasar Senen and Gambir Stations, which serve train routes from all the cities in Java. If you reach Central Jakarta via air, the nearest airport is Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport. Furthermore, public transportation options in Central Jakarta are varied. You can go with online transportation, public buses, TransJakarta Bus, or Jakarta MRT to explore the rows of tourist attractions in Central Jakarta.

Top Things to Do in Central Jakarta

There are many awesome Central Jakarta’s tourist attractions, and if you are thinking about your next vacation here, you must regard these places so that you do not miss out on the fun

Art:1 Museum

For those who have a strong connection with art, Art:1 Museum will be a great place to visit. You can find a diverse collection of artworks that present in various forms, especially contemporary paintings and sculptures. Located on Jl. Rajawali Selatan Raya No.3, RT.4/RW.6, Gn. Sahari Utara, Kecamatan Sawah Besar, Jakarta Pusat, this commercial gallery is open on Sunday, from 10.00 to 16.00 WIB, and Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.00 to 18.00 WIB. The entrance ticket is around Rp75.000 for public and Rp50.000 for students.


If you travel to Central Jakarta with children, visiting Funworld will be an excellent choice. You can find any exciting and fun games here, including carousels, arcade games, and many more. This family entertainment centre has initiated several branches in Central Jakarta, exactly in Grand Indonesia or Plaza Atrium Senen. To access all the rides, you can buy some balances at the available counters.

The National Monument

The National Monument should be included in your travel bucket list. This building was built to commemorate the Indonesian people's struggle to conquer freedom from the Dutch invaders. This monument has a height of 132 meters, and its construction began on August 17, 1961. The National Monument was officially opened to the public on July 12, 1975. Inside the National Monument, you will find a spacious room measuring 80x80 meters used as the Indonesian National History Museum. In that room, visitors can see a collection of 51 dioramas that show events from the prehistoric era until the new order. Also, there is the Hall of Independence, in which is stored the original manuscript of the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence. Additionally, you cannot miss accessing the top of the National Monument, at the height of 115 meters. This observation platform will be the best spot to enjoy the city's iconic skyline.

Jakarta History Museum

It is commonly known as the Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum. Inside the museum, visitors can see a broad collection of objects related to the history of Jakarta. For your comfort, this museum provides souvenir shops and a canteen which serves typical Betawi (ethnic group native to Jakarta) food and beverages. Around the museum area, you will also find many interesting buildings. Moreover, the Fatahillah Museum is strategically located in the fabled Jakarta Old Town.

Istiqlal Mosque

Istiqlal Mosque is also one of the most iconic landmarks in Central Jakarta. As the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, it carries the concept of modern Islamic architecture, applying simple geometries. Aside from being a place of prayer, this mosque has also become a religious tourist attraction and education centre. By visiting this mosque, tourists can admire the unique architecture which perfectly blends Indonesian, Middle Eastern, and European design.

Top Culinary in Central Jakarta

There are many famous culinary destinations you can visit while travelling in Central Jakarta, including

Restoran Trio

Located on Jl. RP. Soeroso No.29A, RT.2/RW.2, Gondangdia, Kec. Menteng, Restoran Trio is one of the legendary places to eat in Central Jakarta. Restoran Trio was established in 1947, and it will be a great place to enjoy meals with your family. You can find more than 200 varieties of food in this restaurant—all menus written in Indonesian and Chinese. The most famous menu at Restoran Trio is asparagus soup with crab eggs. The dish is prepared from crab eggs, duck eggs, shredded crab meat, savoury broth, and sesame oil.

Gado-Gado Bon-Bin

Gado-Gado Bon-Bin was founded in 1960; its original seasoning and taste are the hallmark of this restaurant. This restaurant is located at Jalan Cikini IV No 5, Jakarta Pusat. Gado-Gado itself is considered as a dish that’s similar to a Western salad. What makes the difference is that Indonesian's salad uses peanut sauce. Common ingredients used in this salad include bean sprouts, cabbage, Chinese long beans, spinach, cucumbers, potatoes, tofu, eggs, fried onions, emping (chips made of melinjo nut) and kerupuk udang (shrimp crackers).

Gandy Steak House

This two-storey restaurant has been established since 1973. The building looks classic with red shades on its interior. There is a live music performance every night, granting you a romantic dining experience at the restaurant. But of all the menu items offered, beef steaks are ordered most often. What makes Gandy's steak more special is the presence of pickled onions, and green birds eye chilli.

Where to Stay in Central Jakarta

There are many comfortable hotels you can choose during your vacation to Central Jakarta. So, here are our best recommendations for you

Takes Mansion & Hotel

Located at Jl. Taman Kebon Sirih 1 Nomor 3, this hotel offers easy access to many interesting attractions in Central Jakarta. You can even reach the National Monument, Istiqlal Mosque, or Tanah Abang Market minutes’ drive away from Takes Mansion & Hotel. Furthermore, this hotel also provides complete facilities and friendly services.

Hotel Borobudur Jakarta

Hotel Borobudur Jakarta is well-known as one of the best luxury hotels in Jakarta. This accommodation even boasts an Olympic standard-sized swimming pool. Its strategic location in the heart of the city also allows you to reach many tourist destinations easily.

Hopefully, this information can help you arrange a great itinerary to Central Jakarta. Also, always make sure to use Traveloka app to find the best accommodation that suits your needs and budget.