Things to do in Jakarta on weekdays
Updated 2 weeks ago

There are countless fascinating attractions around Jakarta; all you need to do is get out of your comfort zone and discover them. Depending on your work schedule, you might have some time to explore Jakarta and unwind on the weekdays. Find out all the different activities you can do and places you can visit in Jakarta during the working week.

Explore the city

Take some time to learn the ins and outs of the city and truly make it your home. Start by taking a stroll around your neighbourhood, then walk along the city roads to relax your mind. Don’t forget to take the time to walk around the smaller, winding streets. Occasionally, you will find some hidden gems, such as legendary food stalls which serve delicious local dishes or a trendy live music cafe.

Shopping malls in Jakarta

No trip to Jakarta is complete without partaking in the locals' favourite activity, shopping. Shopping malls are Jakarta’s best entertainment centres. These glamorous buildings are a common sight in Jakarta. They are one-stop shopping and entertainment centers with food courts, restaurants, and indoor recreation facilities such as arcades and multiplex cinemas.

Try visiting Jakarta’s best and most famous shopping mall, Grand Indonesia, for a fantastic one-stop shopping experience. Then, skate to your heart’s content at Mall Taman Anggrek’s and Pondok Indah Mall’s large ice skating rink, or take a look around the cool Jakarta Aquarium at the luxurious Neo Soho Mall. Additionally, several malls in Jakarta often hold food and cultural events. For the most interesting events, visit Mall Kelapa Gading, Central Park Mall, and Ancol Beach City Mall.

Discover Jakarta’s cuisine

From food hawkers and roadside food stalls to upscale rooftop restaurants, Jakarta has a lot to offer to you when it comes to food. If you are a food lover, you will definitely love staying in Jakarta. Treat yourself for a delicious meal or go out for dinner with your colleagues at work. Eating out with your friends and colleagues can be an excellent opportunity to bond with them and to learn more about the local culture.

Due to its strategic location, Jakarta’s cuisine is largely influenced by many other cuisines. You can find almost every cuisine from around the world in this metropolitan city; Chinese, Japanese, American, French, Italian, and even Moroccan. You are sure to find your favourite food in Jakarta! But of course, you can’t forget to taste some of the local specialities, such as:

Kerak telor
Nasi goreng tek-tek
Soto Betawi
Nasi Padang
Otak-otak (Grilled fishcakes)
Gorengan (Fritters)

Museums in Jakarta

Museums are always the best place to start when you are trying to get to know a country or a city’s culture an history. Visiting museums is also a fantastic way to relax and get lost in your own thoughts. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and historical heritage of Jakarta by visiting various museums around the town. Here is a list of some must-visit museums in Jakarta:

Museum Fatahillah (Jakarta History Museum)
National Museum
National History Museum
National Gallery
Bank Indonesia Museum
Mandiri Museum
Wayang Museum
Textile Museum
Maritime Museum
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Going to these museums on weekdays will give you the best and most memorable experience as they tend to get too crowded during the weekend. However, note that most of these museums close at 5 pm. Also, all the museums are closed every Monday. So, make sure to check the museums’ opening hours before visiting them.

Nightlife in Jakarta

Jakarta is a city that never sleeps; it has one of the best nightlife scenes in Asia. Even though the city is predominantly Muslim, there is absolutely no shortage of nightlife and entertainment. Whether you want a quiet evening with a glass of wine or a rowdy night at the club, Jakarta has got you covered.

As you could expect, Jakarta’s top-rated hotels are filled with upscale bars and swanky lounges. You can also chill out and get some beer in one of the bars at Jalan Jaksa, a popular tourist spot due to its relaxing ambience and reasonable prices. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit Ancol’s various bars to unwind and get a drink or two. Or, if music is more of your thing, you can find a lot of cafes and bars with live music each night; from jazz and soul music to grunge and classic rock, Jakarta has it all.

Expat exchange events

Lastly, embassies and expat forums often hold meet-ups and exchange events. Some of these meet-ups are held during the weekday after working hours. Attending these events is a great way to have fun while making new connections. Make sure to check different expat forums and websites often so you don’t miss any exciting events.

 Useful links:

What’s New Jakarta
Zomato - Restaurants, cafes, and bars in Jakarta

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