Set in Jakarta's bustling Chinatown district, the Mangga Besar Night Market specializes in exotic meats such as snakes and lizards. Cobra satay is served with sliced fresh shallots, pickles, pepper, and sweet soy sauce. The area is also famous for its many traditional porridge restaurants: an Indonesian staple. The surrounding nightlife is lively, catering mainly to male expatriates.
Hotels in Mangga Besar are within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Jakarta, including the Jakarta International Exhibition Center and the Old Harbor. Business hotels like The Novotel Mangga Dua Hotel are equipped with 11 meeting rooms that can hold up to 1500 people. While the area is best enjoyed on foot, taxis from the Blue Bird Group offer the swiftest access to the rest of Jakarta.