A potent blend of traditional culture, colonial architecture and urban style.
Indonesia’s capital is also the most populous city in Southeast Asia. It’s a veritable city of contrasts – a booming metropolis with a heady mix of high-rise architecture, posh shopping outlets and authentic cultural attractions. A stroll through the historic Kota district reveals 18th-century Dutch colonial buildings, which eventually give way to hawker stalls and Jakarta’s own Chinatown. Head to Taman Ismail Mazurki Park to catch a line-up of events ranging from poetry readings and jazz concerts to traditional Javanese puppet shows. Or save your energy for after hours, when Jakarta’s high-octane nightlife takes centre stage.