Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Jakarta

Fri Apr 8, 2011 11:29am EDT
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By Olivia Rondonuwu

JAKARTA (Reuters Life!) - The first things that come to mind about Jakarta -- one of the world's biggest and most chaotic cities -- may be traffic jams and floods.

But try conquering the clubs, restaurants and colonial heritage buildings in the capital of the world's most populous Muslim country and you might change your views on "the Big Durian" -- named after a smelly fruit that is divine to locals.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help you make the most of your time in the Indonesian capital.


6 p.m. Most Jakartans will head home at this time or go for coffee to pep themselves up for a big night. For a happy hour drink, head to the wood-paneled Facebar near the central Plaza Indonesia roundabout, where you can down the local Bintang beer or lychee martinis on daybeds.


8 p.m. Head to the north of the city and the colonial area to sample Peranakan cuisine, a fusion created by 19th century Chinese immigrants to Dutch-ruled Java. Restaurant Dapur Babah serves up dishes such as potato and crab croquettes and stingray cooked in ginger, in a refurbished shop of dark colors and antique statues. (http:/

11 p.m. The night beckons at the Stadium club in the old town area. The four-floor venue is the pride of Jakarta clubbers and it is so dark you wouldn't recognize your twin dancing next to you to the blast of techno and house tunes. (http:/   Continued...

<p>Children play at an electricity pylon in Jakarta, February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta</p>