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Jakarta Travel Guide

Whether you like to sit in the lap of luxury or scavenge for basement bargains, Jakarta shopping never ends! Shopping malls in Indonesia’s capital city total more than 120, and outdoor markets are even more widespread. On any given day, shopping in the city with the world’s largest shopping mall floor space (5.5 square kilometers) could begin in an upscale fashion mall and end at a flea market!

AGODA EXTRA: Shopping in Jakarta is so popular that the city reserves an entire month for it! The Jakarta Great Sale is an annual event that takes place during June and July, and more than 130 malls, markets and hotels join the festivities by offering shoppers discounts of up to 70 percent.

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Knowing where to stay in Jakarta before you get there gives you a head start on attractions in this capital city’s six most popular regions. Check out the most popular places to visit in each unique district, and get your holiday in Indonesia underway!

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Travel Jakarta to discover links to early-day spice trading – like a water canal system, fortresses and warehouses – and then learn how the city became the nation’s capital, finally, in 1949. This popular Indonesian destination has survived periods of Dutch, British and Japanese occupation, and the remnants that remain from these eras give the city a unique depth of history like few others. From its 4th-century origins of a Hindu settlement to its modern-day independence, Jakarta is a national treasure waiting to be explored.

AGODA EXTRA: Jakarta is the city of many names. In the fourth century under Sundanese rule, the settlement was called Sunda Kelapa. It was renamed Jayakarta 1,200 years later, after being conquered by the Banten Sultanate. The Dutch called the city Batavia, and nationals chose the name Jakarta, meaning “victorious deed,” when the country (sort of) gained its independence in 1945.

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Indonesian street food featured photo

Chow down on Indonesian street food specialties, or find a rooftop restaurant with an elegant view in Jakarta. Home to more than 300 ethnic groups, this capital city’s menu selection is as diverse as its population. Jakarta street cooks in Jalan Jaksa deliver tradition, and upscale chefs in Kemang never shortchange your five-star experience. Hot and spicy, sweet and salty, food in Jakarta is rich in flavor and drenched in tradition.

AGODA EXTRA: Jakartans love to eat, and that’s why street food vendors are open around the clock. The favorite way to eat, however, is family-style. In traditional homes and even in restaurants, everyone shares different dishes placed around the table, and the meal is normally started by the oldest member of the family or male head of household.

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Featured image - view of mountains in Puncak Pass near Jakarta, Indonesia

Historical Jakarta is said to be home to the most museums in Indonesia, the most shopping floor space in Asia … and the worst traffic in all the world! Enduring the craziness is part of the adventure, but once you’ve explored the city’s landmarks and scoured through its markets, head for the hills (or the sea) to discover Indonesia’s lush jungles and remote islands during any of these Jakarta day trips.

AGODA EXTRA: Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, but listen closely on your journeys, and you’ll hear dozens of dialects inside Jakarta, as well as on the outskirts. English and Dutch are widely used for business, making visiting a snap for internationals, but a couple of Bahasa phrases you’ll want to know are “terima kasih” (thank you) and “apa kabar?” (how are you?).

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Facade of National Museum in Merdeka Square in Jakarta, Indonesia

With a population of more than 10 million people, it’s no surprise that Jakarta attractions cover everything from theme parks to Indonesian culture and economics. Plan your next family holiday, group adventure or solo travel expedition today to see beaches, markets and more in Indonesia’s capital city and the second largest metropolitan city in the world!

AGODA EXTRA: Because of its fast-paced growth, Jakarta has been compared to New York City, but rather than The Big Apple, locals prefer to call their capital The Big Durian, after Asia’s most notorious (and smelliest) fruit.

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