8 Places to Take Your Expat Friends

Your expat friends are coming to Jakarta? Let’s impress them with these eight places!

Martabak Hunting

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One thing for sure, martabak hunting is a MUST THING TO DO when you bring your expat friends to Jakarta. You can easily find it almost everywhere and usually they open their stall at night. But there are also several places that open from noon such as Martabakku Menteng and Martabak Boss. If you’re too lazy to queue, you can also use Gojek application to deliver the food to you.

Here are the list of our favourite martabak in town:
1. Martabak Sinar Bulan, Muara Karang
2. Martabak Bangka Akim, Tanjung Duren
3. Martabak Johan, Sunter
4. Martabak Pecenongan 65, Pecenongan
5. Martabak San Fransisco, Rawamangun

Kota Tua

Kota Tua is one of the historical places in Jakarta that you should visit. You have to visit some of the popular museums like Bank Indonesia Museum, Bank Mandiri Museum and Wayang Museum. If you prefer something to eat, you can go to the instagenic Café Batavia.

Tips for you:
1. If you want to avoid the crowds, we recommend you to come in the morning
2. Wear comfy shirts and shoes so you can walk freely
3. You can also rent a bicycle to stroll around (IDR 20.000 per 30 minutes)

Grand Indonesia Shopping Town

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Shop until you drop! Grand Indonesia Shopping Town would be an excellent choice for your expat friends. This mall is super spacious with a lot of stores to choose. If you want to buy Indonesian souvenirs, you can go to Alun-Alun Indonesia. At this place, you can also spot the first flower market themed restaurant in Jakarta, Lewis & Carroll Flower Market. And, don’t forget to try the very popular red velvet cake in town at Union Deli. Grand Indonesia Shopping Town is situated near Selamat Datang Monument (Monumen Bundaran HI), one of the historical landmarks in this town.

When: Monday – Sunday / 10:00 – 22:00

Where: Jalan M.H. Thamrin No.1
Thamrin, Central Jakarta

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Ragusa Ice Cream

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The legendary ice cream in Jakarta! Ragusa has stood since 1932 and still a prima donna until now! This ice cream shop was originally built by two Italian, Luigie Ragusa dan Vincenzo Ragusa. They don’t use preservatives to produce all the ice creams. The texture is soft and melts in your mouth perfectly. Tutti Frutti and Spaghetti Ice Cream are must try. Along the road, you can also spot many traditional foods like satay, otak-otak and many more.

When: Monday – Sunday / 10:00 – 22:00

Where: Jl Veteran 1 No. 10
Gambir, Central Jakarta

More info: +6221 3849 123

Es Kopi Tak Kie

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Another legendary place to eat in Jakarta. Es Kopi Tak Kie has opened their place since 1927. The coffee has legendary taste and somehow we just can’t get over it. The place isn’t fancy and convenient but many people still urge to come here. You have to try Es Kopi Susu, Nasi Campur and Bakmi Ayam!

When: Monday – Sunday / 06:30 – 14:00

Where: Jl. Pintu Besar Selatan III
Gang Gloria No. 4 – 6
Glodok, West Jakarta

More info: +6221 6928 296

Jakarta China Town

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Another must visit place in Jakarta is China Town a.k.a. Glodok! It’s situated not too far from Kota Tua. The place is very crowded especially during Chinese New Year. Toa Se Bio Temple and Gereja Katolik Santa de Fatima are the most popular sightseeings in this area. Not far from that, you can stroll around Petak Sembilan and find many traditional market that sell fruits and flowers. FYI, the legendary Kopi Es Tak Kie is also located in this area.

Tugu Kunstkring Paleis

If you want to impress your expat friends with Indonesian fine dining, Tugu Kunstkring Paleis would be the right place. This restaurant serves delectable authentic Indonesian foods. The place itself is very artsy and instagenic, inspired by colonial era. Tugu Kunstrkring Paleis truly deserves applause for the architecture.

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When: Monday – Sunday / 06:30 – 14:00

Where: Jl. Pintu Besar Selatan III
Gang Gloria No. 4 – 6
Glodok, West Jakarta

More info: +6221 6928 296

Jakarta City Tour

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It’s also a great idea to use Jakarta’s public transportation when you bring your expat friend. You can ride a City Tour Bus to spot popular sightseeing in Jakarta such as Pasar Baru, National Museum, Masjid Istiqlal, Gereja Katedral and many more. It’s easy and convenient, you don’t have to pay because it’s free. Just spot the bus stop with “city tour” sign and wait until the purple double decker arrive to pick you up.

More info: @citytourjakarta

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