Jakarta 3 Days 2 Nights DIY Itinerary

Honestly, I had no high expectations when we planned our Jakarta trip. It was just because of a seat sale from a budget airline that we get to decide to visit it. And to say that I enjoyed it is so much of an understatement. It was an amazing experience as Jakarta took me by surprise.

Jakarta, Indonesia’s massive capital, was not within my travel radar. Places like Bali or Bandung resonated more in people’s must-see destinations. If you breathe the city life like I do, you would want to escape the urban jungle – all the hustle, pollution, and traffic. Jakarta, like Manila, encompasses all of these and all the wilderness of the metro.

Beautiful pavilions at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.

Beautiful pavilions at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.

But if you look closer, Jakarta is not just your typical city. It’s rich in history, culture, and tradition. And there are these warm Indonesians who never fail to reply sama-sama whenever you get to extend your terima kasih. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the fabulous or bewildering getaway that you’re dreaming of. But if you’re into the things I mentioned plus some unique experience, Jakarta definitely has something in store for you.

Day 0: Fly from Manila to Jakarta


From Jakarta International Airport (Soekarno Hatta Airport), we booked a grab car to Hotel Puri Kwitang where we stayed. We paid Rp174500 (~ PHP645). Travel time is around 45 mintues.

Hotel Puri Kwitang is an affordable hotel in Menteng/Central Jakarta area. Aside from the attractions being easily accessible from this location, it’s near the Gambir station where we took the train for our one day tour in Bandung.

Note that there also a lot of taxis at the airport. From what I read, the following are the recommended taxi companies: Blue Bird (Blue), Taxiku (Yellow), Gamya Taxi (Green), and Express (White).

Day 1: East and Central Jakarta Tour

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), literally translated as “Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park” is a huge amusement park showcasing museums, religious buildings, garden, recreational facilities, and rides. Make sure to visit Museum Indonesia and be mesmerized with its beautiful Balinese architecture. Enjoy a quick cable car ride to get a nice aerial view of the entire park. The pavilions are also really lovely since they display the architecture and daily life of Indonesia’s 26 provinces.

Cable Car Ride at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Admission Fee: Rp 25,000 (~ PHP 93)
Operating Hours: Daily, 7AM-10PM
Address: Jalan Raya Taman Mini, East Jakarta, Jakarta

Merdeka Square and National Monument (Monas)

As what our grab driver said, “You haven’t been to Jakarta if you haven’t seen Monas.” Indeed, Monas (Monumen Nasional) or the National Monument located in Merdeka Square is more than a towering landmark at the heart of the city. Standing tall at 132 meters, Monas is the symbol of Indonesia’s clamor for independence against Dutch colonization.

Monas at Merdeka Square

Monas at Merdeka Square, symbol of Indonesia’s clamor for independence against Dutch colonization.

Masjid Istiqlal (Istiqlal Mosque)

Masjid Istiqlal or Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Istiqlal is an Arabic word for independence and this national mosque of Indonesia was built to commemorate the country’s independence. It looks like a typical mosque on the outside but it’s really beautiful inside. And yes, non-Muslim visitors are allowed to enter the place but only in a designated area. It was my first time to enter a mosque and this was actually one of my favorite pieces of experience in Jakarta.

Istiqlal Mosque, largest mosque in Southeast Asia.

Istiqlal Mosque, largest mosque in Southeast Asia.

Jakarta Cathedral (Gereja Katedral)

Located just across Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta Cathedral encompasses that astonishing neo-Gothic architecture from the Dutch colonial era. Serving as the seat of the archbishop of Jakarta, masses are being held weekly.

Jakarta Cathedral

Jakarta Cathedral possessing the astonishing neo-Gothic architecture from the Dutch colonial era.

Pasar Baru

After visiting Istiqlal Mosque and Jakarta Cathedral, we walked our way to Pasar Baru with the help of google maps and some inquiries to strangers. It is actually one of the oldest shopping complexes in the capital. If you’re looking for some affordable shopping within the city, Pasar Baru is the place for you.

Pasar Baru

Pasar Baru offers affordable shopping within the city.

Day 2: The Old Batavia Tour + Glodok Chinatown

Old Batavia, also known as Jakarta Old Town or Kota Tua Jakarta, refers to the original downtown area of Jakarta. It was established in 1619 as the capital of the Dutch East Indies under the Dutch colony.

Today, Old Batavia is still comprised of Dutch-style structures and establishments.

Fatahillah Square/Old Town Square

Fatahillah Square is the center of Jakarta Old Town. Visiting it on a weekend, there were so many things going on in the area. You can rent a bike or savor a quick food trip from street vendors.

Fatahillah Square or Old Town Square

Fatahillah Square or Old Town Square

Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)

The building of Jakarta History Museum was originally built as the city hall of Batavia. Today, it houses collections belonging to the prehistorical period until the beginning of the 20th century. You can sight archeological objects, ceramics, and paintings among others.

Admission Fee: Rp 5,000 (~ PHP 19)
Operating Hours: Tues-Sun: 8AM-5PM | Mon – Closed
Address: Jalan Taman Fatahillah No 1 West Jakarta
Contact Nos.: (62 21) 692-9101 | 690-1483

Wayang Museum

Wayang refers to a traditional form of storytelling with puppets. Indonesia is known for using a mix of leather (Wayang Kulit) and wooden (Wayang Golek) puppets and you can find them both in Museum Wayang. More interestingly, puppet shows are being regularly held. Museum Wayang also houses an enormous collection of puppets from other countries like Vietnam, India, and China.

Wayang Museum

Admission Fee: Rp 5,000 (~ PHP 19)
Operating Hours: Tues-Sun: 8AM-5PM | Mon – Closed
Address: Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No.27, Pinangsia, West Jakarta
Contact No.: +62 (0)21 692 956 0

Café Batavia

Just as I thought it was just a regular café, Café Batavia is a two-storey establishment with a bar and lounge area. Its huge dining hall located on the second level can accommodate around 150 guests. Beautiful inside out, you can choose to sit along the window area so you’ll get a nice view of the Fatahillah Square. They surely serve sumptuous cuisines so you better take your lunch here.

Cafe Batavia’s huge dining hall at the second level.

Operating Hours: Sun-Thurs: 9AM-Midnight | Fri and Sat: 9AM-1AM
Address: Jalan Jl. Pintu Besar Utara 14
Contact No.: +62 21 6915531

Museum Bank Indonesia

Museum Bank Indonesia’s collection includes old currencies starting from the 14th century pre-colonial era. They equip the place with audio and nice visual display to present the history of currencies and trade in Indonesia. The most interesting part is the room with a stack of gold. I was really amazed being able to hold a bar of gold!

Museum Bank Indonesia

Museum Bank Indonesia – my first time to hold a bar of gold!

Admission Fee: Rp 5,000 (~ PHP 19)
Operating Hours: ​Tues-Fri: 7:30AM-3.30PM | Sat-Sun: 8AM-4PM
Address: Jl. Pintu Besar Utara No.3 West Jakarta
Contact No.: 021-26001588 ext. 8111

Glodok Chinatown

Because of its proximity to Old Batavia, we also visited Glodok Chinatown. The name Glodok was derived from the sound of running water, “grojok grojok”, which was pronounced by the Chinese people as “glodok”. We visited some temples here like Toa Se Bio Temple and Vihara Dharma Bhakti. We ended our tour with a light snack from Pantjoran Tea House.

Glodok Chinatown

Glodok Chinatown

Day 3: Jalan Surabaya Market + Souvenir Shopping + Jakarta Departure

Jalan Surabaya Market

Jalan Surabaya Market consists of numerous antique shops where you can find almost anything – cameras, ceramics, ornaments, bags, books, and Javanese puppets among others.

Jalan Surabaya Market

Antique shops at Jalan Surabaya Market.

Sarinah Mall

This is where we bought most of our souvenirs because of the cheaper price compared to other malls. Go to the upper level if you’re looking for some magnets, keychains, shirts, and the likes. They also have a dedicated floor for different batik items like clothes and scarves.

Sarinah Mall

Sarinah Mall – you can hunt for cheap souvenir here.

Grand Indonesia Mall (Alun Alun shop)

Trying to find more souvenirs to take at home, we went to Grand Indonesia Mall. We specifically looked for the Alun Alun shop for some locally inspired keepsake. Items here are more expensive as Grand Indonesia is a more upscale shopping place.

Alun Alun shop at Grand Indonesia Mall

Departure from Jakarta


From Hotel Puri Kwitang, we booked a grab car to the airport. We paid Rp135500 (~ PHP501).

Jakarta 3 Days 2 Nights Itinerary Summary + Expense

February 21, 2019