6. Dine at a Padang Restaurant
Next, the top 10 things to do in Jakarta is dine at a Padang Restaurant. Padang cuisine is the Indonesian version of an eat-all-you-can buffet – dishes are cooked in the beginning of the day, then rationed out into individual servings. Patrons of a padang food joint are served plates upon plates of different dishes, and pay only for the plates they polish off.
The food is spicy and flavorful – beef rendang and skewered shrimp are particular favorites, as are more exotic concoctions like cow lung with fava beans and ox brain. The timid will be unsatisfied by this spread, the adventurous will be amply rewarded. For a clean, air-conditioned, yet absolutely scrumptious padang food experience in Jakarta, try Sari Bundo on Jalan Hayam Wuruk 101.
7. If it is Sunday, do the Car Free Day
If you’re in Jakarta on Sunday, then I suggest you try a bit of exercise (or it could be just a walk) on Car Free Day (CFD) in Sudirman-Thamrin street. It starts at 6 am and lasts till 12 noon. It feels so amazing to experience and see the main road (Sudirman and Thamrin) without any vehicles. Many communities also gather there and you have the opportunity to see almost all the communities in Jakarta on one morning. Take part in the Car Free Day is one of the fun things to do in Jakarta in Sunday.
8. Encounter Wildlife at Ragunan Zoo
Indonesia is a white-hot center of biodiversity, so it’s only natural that its capital should have a huge zoo to show its wildlife off to the world. The Ragunan Zoo in Pasar Minggu is home to almost 300 animal species from all over the world. It is also the site of the world’s biggest primate center, with gorillas, gibbons, and orangutans on display in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats.
The zoo is 135 hectares in size, with miles of walkways shaded by trees. Featured attractions include a crocodile section, a hippopotamus pool, and a daily orangutan tour (they’re brought around the zoo in a pony cart). Encounter wildlife at Ragunan Zoo is one of the top 10 things to do in Jakarta.
9. Visit Tourist Attractions Near Jakarta
Can not stand the congestion of Jakarta and want to ‘escape’ for 1-3 days from the city? Here are what locals usually do: we often visit Thousand Islands. The Thousand Islands are a chain of islands to the north of Jakarta’s coast. Visit the Thousand Island (Kepulauan Seribu) is one of the top things to do in Jakarta.
There are so many islands that you can explore with 1-3 hours journey by boat from Ancol (Marina harbor) or Muara Angke harbor. If you want a comfortable trip, then Macan Island and Bidadari Island are both options. If you fancy to do more adventurous things and want to travel on a budget then Tidung Island, Pramuka Island or Harapan Island could be good for you.
Other than the Thousand islands, I also suggest you consider Puncak (and probably do paragliding or just walk around the tea plantations), Bandung, Bogor (to visit the Kebun Raya), Krakatau, cultural trip to Baduy or take a look the Megalith site, Gunung Padang.
10. Visit Various Museums
Besides the National History museum, all the museum in TMII area and all the museum in Old Town, Jakarta still has a lot more museums to see! There is the Jakarta Textile museum, Bank Indonesia museum, Proclamation museum, Maritime museum and the Kite Museum. So what are you waiting for? Visit various museums is one of the top 10 things to do in Jakarta.