After 2 weeks in Jakarta, I feel that it is not my (our) place of choice to travel. It’s too busy and polluted. Yet, is very authentic and way cheaper than Bali, if I have to compare. Because Anisa is Indonesian, I wonder if she could see it a bit easier than I do, but her answer was:
“In the past, I loved Jakarta because of its challenges: facing the crazy traffic and the pollution. Deal with so many people and chaos. But since I moved to Bali, I can’t really connect with Jakarta anymore.”
Places we went:
- Portugal Embassy (to collect Anisa’s visa),
- Candra Naya and Chinatown
- Kota Tua
- Muara Baru Fish Market
- Failing attempts because they close on Mondays: National Museum and National Monument
- Pasar Baru
- Bus City tour
- We went (a lot) to malls to meet friends.
The food we tried:
- Soto betawi
- pempek palembang,
- es teler garut,
- coto makasar,
- ayam kampung bakar (my favorite roasted chicken!),
- kue lumpur (they almost look like the Portuguese / pastel de natal – egg tarts),
- …and, since we don’t like rice in the morning, many Indomart breads for breakfast!
Do we recommend Jakarta for a visit?
Honestly, if you are coming for a short trip to Indonesia and you don’t have any friends in town, definitely don’t bother it. On a country with more than 1000 beautiful islands, and hundreds of tribes (more than 700) and unique places, hand’s down that, you will just loose your time in Jakarta. It’s a crowded huge city with more than 10 million habitants (more than the whole population in Portugal), and you will be stuck in traffic if you want to go around.
PS: We came to Jakarta to exclusively do the Schengen Visa for Anisa, otherwise, we would stay in Bali until today ;P