5 Reasons why you should visit Lenggang Jakarta in Monas

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Recently opened by Jakarta’s Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Lenggang Jakarta Food Court and Souvenir Center is now ready to welcome visitors. Here are 5 good reasons why you should go there.

Located at National Monument (Monas) IRTI parking lot, Lenggang Jakarta is the city government’s answer to the problem of illegal street vendors around Monas area. Previously did not have any rights to operate, now the street vendors are happily filling permanent kiosks with an official amount of levy as low as Rp 4,000 per day.

Currently, Lenggang Jakarta houses 329 street vendors consisting of 126 food vendors and 176 non-food merchants who sells souvenirs, t-shirts, accessories, shoes, and toys. The venue opens from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on weekdays and up to midnight on weekends and public holidays.
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Cruising Around Jakarta Bay on a Quicksilver Boat

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It was barely an hour past lunchtime as the bus drove slowly, taking our group from the Jakarta Tourism Business Forum 2014, penetrating through the congested traffic of Jakarta, making our way to Sunda Kelapa harbor in the northern part of the city.

As the bus was approaching the Sunda Kelapa harbor, I could see the 12-meter-tall Syahbandar Tower — which is located in the same compound as the Maritime Museum — slightly leaning to one side from afar and reminding me of the famous Tower of Pisa. Both the museum and the tower serve as remnants of the past from back when the city’s name was Batavia. Continue reading

5 Unique Airbnb Accommodations in Jakarta

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The lodging rental website Airbnb has been growing and trending these past few years, and Jakarta is no exception.

The digital marketplace enables property owners to rent and share their private accommodations with travelers at low and reasonable rates. Not only is it cheaper than staying at a hotel, but renting rooms via Airbnb is a great way to get a more personal experience with your destination’s local culture and peoples.

If you plan to set foot in the capital city and would like use Airbnb, I have picked five accommodations that might offer a welcome alternative to a hotel. Continue reading

Know a Bit of Jakarta’s History by Riding The Jakarta City Tour Bus

citytour1Notorious with its heavy traffic jam, Jakarta still can offer tourists an interesting way to enjoy the hustle and bustle of this Indonesia’s capital without getting lost in the city.

Starting from February 2014, five city tour buses named Mpok Siti (mpok is a Betawi term refers to an older woman and Siti is Bahasa Indonesia’s spelling of the English word city) are operating to take curious passengers on a short round trip surrounding Jakarta’s touristic and historical spots. Continue reading

Taste The Authentic Thai’s Street Food at Thai Alley

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Thai food is one of the most popular Asian cuisines in the world. Renowned for its spicy and sour taste, Thai dishes is not only attracting people to revisit its authentic flavor, but also to revisit the country itself. Continue reading

Betawi Food Festival at Mercure Simatupang Jakarta

Iga Bakar Condet smlOn 22 June 2014, Jakarta will celebrate its 487th anniversary. Many events are held to celebrate the culture of Betawi including its diverse culinary heritage. Renown as the native people of Jakarta, Betawi culture is actually a lot influenced by Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Indian, Chinese cultures as well as other cultures within the archipelago itself. This interaction has given birth to a rigorous process of assimilation to produce various culinary taste in Betawi.

Starting last June 9, Biztro Graffiti serves 6 traditional Betawi main courses to celebrate Jakarta’s anniversary. Local hearty cuisines such as the legendary Soto Betawi, Iga Bakar Condet, Ayam Panggang Jatinegara, Nasi Ulam Kemayoran, Gurame Pesmol Marunda and Sate Asem Tanah Abang are ready to delight guest’s palate. Get to know more about some of those delicious dishes before you have a taste. Continue reading

Weekend Culinary Feast at Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival 2014

jfff6 The annually held Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival is here again! The venue still remains at La Piazza Kelapa Gading and I had a chance to go there last weekend. It was Saturday and when I had arrived there it was pretty hot and humid.

Since I have only very little interest into fashion, the food festival automatically became my main destination. Just like last year, the food festival which named “Kampoeng Tempo Doeloe” (old time village) is held outdoor right outside the mall. There are plenty of small stalls lining up around an outdoor area which is decorated to resemble a night market with ferris wheel miniature in a distance. Continue reading

Surviving Jakarta #1: How To Cross The Road In Jakarta

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Traveling in Jakarta means Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) = unpredictable. Time wise, nothing is ever certain in Jakarta. And unfortunately, nothing is 100% safe either. For foreign pedestrians, getting from one side of the road to another in Jakarta can be a stressful and frightening task. The heavy traffic jam might be helpful in taking you to the other side of the road, but the sheer volume of scooters flooding the streets (and also the side walks) can be overwhelming and challenging.

Then, how to get yourself to the other side of Jakarta’s street when teleporting is not an option? Being born and raised in this capital city of Indonesia, here are some hopefully useful tips from me. Continue reading

The Gastronomic Glory of Gang Gloria

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It was Saturday morning when I went on a short trip to Glodok, North Jakarta,  to look for a few things to buy. Having found what I needed, my poor growling stomach then forced me to turn my direction heading to Gang Gloria for quick early lunch. My first stop was of course Kedai Kopi Es Tak Kie. This place is a very old coffee shop which is located not so far from the entrance of the narrow street of Gang Gloria. The coffee shop is owned by a Chinese-Indonesian family and has been run by the family from one generation to the next since 1927. Even though there are plenty of food stalls filled up the road in front of Kedai Kopi Es Tak Kie, it is still pretty easy to find it because of its aged wall and its wooden tables. Stepping into the coffee shop, I could see plenty of old photos taken from the coffee shop’s early years decorating the wall.  Continue reading

Celebrating Songkran Day Amid The Busy Jakarta

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Suk san wan songkran, Happy Songkran Day. This is what Thai people say to each other during Songkran festivity. Originally celebrated on April 13th through 15th every year, Songkran festival is Thailand traditional new year celebration. More than that, Songkran is commonly used by Thais for family reunions, temple visits and also annual house cleaning. Just like “pulang kampung” tradition during Idul Fitri in Indonesia, most of Thai residents in Bangkok travel back to their hometowns to celebrate Songkran with their family and loved ones. Continue reading