Keen to do a weekend getaway in a city? Well, editor and millennial Aishah Azali explores the vibrant city of Jakarta and all its cool and not to mention, Instagram- worthy places to visit for a weekend of fun.
As a millennial, I’m always looking for interesting places to visit, eat and explore so I can gain new experiences while curating a colourful Instagram feed. Initially, Bangkok is always the city I hear when people talk about weekend getaways filled with endless shopping and hip eateries.
But the expansion on television highlighting the greatness of Jakarta made me wonder what kind of treasures can I discover there. As a foodie and lover of architecture, I was looking more into that direction. Then, of course, there is my love for shopping and the overall excitement of getting to know new people. Jakarta surprised me in many ways so here are some tips on how to really enjoy yourself in the capital of Indonesia.
THE LAND OF HISTORY AND ART
Little did I know that Jakarta’s museums are located in a gigantic square of connecting pre-war buildings that have been transformed into museums and cafes, located at North Jakarta. The Old City, formerly known as Old Batavia, now known as Fatahillah Square was once the city hall during the reign of the Dutch.
The old colonial buildings retain its charm and grandeur from the outside even though they now serve as various museums like the History Museum, the Wayang Museum and the Fine Arts and Ceramic Museum. The History Museum is mostly filled with grand oil paintings of patrons and Dutch officers, hanged alongside antique furniture of that time like meeting tables and settees.
Lovers of Indonesian art should definitely stop by the Wayang Museum that features the tools for wayang kulit (shadow puppeteering) that is so synonymous with Indonesian culture. The square itself were filled with teenagers lounging by the steps, taking selfies and busking out songs as tourists rent out neon coloured bicycles to circle around in. It feels like a hangout spot for the young locals as much as it is a tourist attraction.
Art galleries are a plenty at the trendy neighborhood of Kemang. The Hadiprana Gallery and Edwin Gallery are just some of the art places along Kemang Raya that feature contemporary paintings from local and international artists.
THE LAND OF HIP EATERIES
If you thought neighborhoods like Bangsar or Damansara in KL has cool concept eateries, then you would be mind blown by the restaurants in Jakarta. The industrial theme that is popular here extends to the neighboring country but is done in a more diverse kind of way, not just carbon copies from place to place.