With a head count of over nine million and a rich tapestry of culture and people from countries near and far, Jakarta is a city that is constantly expanding. The Indonesian capital was also named in the 2014 Global Cities Index by consultancy A.T. Kearney as the top emerging city in the world. It is no surprise then, that Jakarta welcomes an influx of visitors every day, from all walks of life. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, use our essential guide to help you explore the city in style.
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Jakarta is a large city, and by becoming familiar with each of its six districts, business travellers can plan ahead to avoid recurring congestion issues and help steer taxi drivers in the right direction to reduce the chance of setbacks. Visitors are advised to avoid settling for flat fare taxi fares, as some drivers tend to overcharge those in a hurry. If in doubt, private cars and bus links are readily available, and the city operates a reliable e-ticket train pass system.
The city is filled with religious and historical landmarks for your exploration during your stay, such as the 137-metre National Monument (Monas) found in Merdeka Square, while the Museum Nasional offers a broad range of exhibitions dating back to prehistoric times. Visit Fatahillah Square for a dose of local culture at Jakarta History Museum, then unwind as the plaza fills with artisans and street performers at the weekend.
Travellers can also visit various mosques and churches situated across the city, while the 185 hectares of Ragunan Zoo and the annual Jakarta Fair offer an ideal respite from business proceedings. All of this and more can be discovered by taking one of the many tours operating in each district, often at a low cost.
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Fine Indonesian dining
Sari Pan Pacific Jakarta offers two on-site restaurants, a relaxing lounge and a well-stocked delicatessen filed with freshly baked pastries and a range of meats prepared in-house. Our Keyaki restaurant features the finest authentic Japanese cuisine, prepared before your eyes by skilled Teppenyaki grill chefs, who dish out succulent grilled seafood, hearty beef hotpots and more.
Whether it is time for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Restoran Fiesta boasts a diverse menu starting with Indonesian classic, Nasi Goreng – a generous bounty of fried rice, sunny side-up egg, beef satay and chicken, together with fresh vegetables. It is the perfect way to fuel up at lunch ahead of a long afternoon of meetings or explorations.
Elsewhere in the city, consider Altitude, a critically acclaimed concept restaurant located on the 46th floor of the Plaza office tower, incorporating three eateries in one. The establishment incorporates the tender Australian meat dishes of Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, the filling North Italian pasta and fish options of Gaia, and the Japanese selection of Enmaru, with bold colours and vivid tastes.
Where to stay in Jakarta
For those seeking a central base during their stay, Sari Pan Pacific Jakarta offers a central location and close proximity to modern conveniences, such as fine Indonesian dining establishments and the sunny delights of nearby Ancol Beach.
The hotel benefits from a magnificent outdoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre, courtesy of Clark Hatch International Fitness Centre and Spa. Our comprehensive meeting facilities are available to guests in need of administrative services, with an executive business centre, versatile meeting rooms and advanced audio-visual equipment. Those looking to bolster their wardrobe ahead of meetings may find what they are looking for in our on-site leather shop, with garments crafted by skilled local artisans.
With the range of activities available for you to experience, Jakarta will leave you spoiled for choice. Tell us about some of your favourite spots in Jakarta in the comments section below.