Pick up a copy of local guides!
If you're in town, don't forget to pick up your copy of the local guides. My favorites are Jakarta/Java Kini and Free Magazine, among others. They are usually available in abundance at most cafes, restaurants, and hotels and are free-to-take.
These guides not only list the happening events in the city but they also provide a comprehensive reviews and listing of Jakarta's top restaurants and night spots. True some of them are poorly written in English, but all in all they offer great insights into what's hot in Jakarta at the moment, which is rather hard to keep up really.
The main Mosque
The main Mosque and the not far catholic church seen from the top of the national monument.The view from the top of the monument was not that great if i think to the long que to enter, I guess going there after sunset, when Jakarta turn on its lights is much better.
Any type of bag will do. But, Jakarta's road is not really suitable to drag your luggage with wheel. The roads are not all so smooth, some are really bad. Jakarta is always hot no matter what. There's no use checking the weather forecast (except if you want to know whether is raining or not, which can be different to all areas in Jakarta anyway) The temperature is always around 30-33 degree. So,... light clothing would be enough. You can't feel any different. IMPORTANT! Mosquito repellant.
Walk in old Batavia (2)
In old Batavia are also many modest looking houses, dating from the 18th century, bordering the streets, but, even they keep some charm, they really need some renovation; I am not for systematic renovation, but here, it really would be worth, before the pollution and the humid climate finish their destructive job; a bit renovation, nice colours (as they seem to have had in the past), and these houses (picture 1) could look nice and elegant with their closed wooden balconies. It seems some of the houses are undergoing some renovation (picture 2); let us hope they will soon look neat! This house here (picture 3), at the corner of Jalan Kali Besar and Jalan Bank has been renovated, but is closed. . . Traffic and pollution do not help. . .
There are a few funny buildings from the thirties in tis area, in a bit art deco-art nouveau style, like the Kota Tua hotel or this insurance office building (picture 4) nearby, also on Jalan Kali Besar.
It is a bit a pity to see the old buildings collapsing or just rotting (picture 5) on the streetsides, as they could be beautiful!
Jalan Kali Besar and surroundings
one of the exclusive shopping mall in jakarta.
not far from sport hall senayan, the pink building is one of the biggest mall with sogo in one corner and metro on the other corner.
you can find cinema until restaurant and all kind of shops.
always crowded especially during the weekend