More often than not, people would rather spend more time and money doing their pre-wedding photoshoots outside the capital city, in the hopes of capturing unparalleled photogenic backdrops. But underrated and undiscovered, there is tremendous hidden beauty behind the concrete jungle just waiting to be captured – you just need to know where to look. From urban skylines to lushes nature and classy joints, we have highlighted 7 diverse and picture-worthy spots in the metropolitan that is guaranteed to offer undeniable scenic shots for your pre-wedding album.
Located along Jakarta’s coastal waterfront, Ancol is one of the most popular photoshoot spots to consider. Featuring tropical scenes that almost mirror those found in neighboring islands. Couples are spoilt for backdrop choices here, from classic shots on the beach to one that captures the kaleidoscopic sunset on the bridge. As well as fun-loving ones at a beach club and even on a rented boat surrounded by a body of water. Instead of moving venues to obtain a variety of pictures with different backdrops and looks, you could simply achieve that by spending an entire day at Ancol.
Address: Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Pantai Carnaval, Ancol, Pademangan, Jakarta Utara
2. SKYE Bar & Restaurant
Placed 56 floors above the ground, Skye offers spectacular panoramic views of the city skyline, which is sure to leave couples in awe and feeling on top of the world. Bring in a classy and chic twist to your pre-wedding album with the rooftop bar’s Southern-American inspired indoor and outdoor designs. As an added bonus to the experience, some couples can choose to enjoy a boozy photo-shoot while capturing the beautiful sunset.
Address: BCA Tower Lt. 56, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 23586996
3. Jalan Surabaya
For couples with a vintage heart, head down to Jalan Surabaya lane, a market dedicated to selling a wide range of unique antiques, everything from wooden sculptures and decorative lamps to old-fashioned ornate like analog cameras, sculptures and rotary telephones. A picture taken from any angle at any time of the day here is sure to radiate that vintage vibe, sans filters!
Address: Menteng, Jakarta Pusta
4. Raffles Jakarta Hotel
Raffles Jakarta hotel commemorates artistry with every corner of the estate from the lobby to the rooms. Opulently decked in rich Indonesian aesthetics, elegant interiors, and vibrant colors. Its tasteful décor brings out an elite ambiance, making it an ideal spot for a glitzy and glamorous photo shoot.
Address: Jl. Prof. DR. Satrio No.3-5, Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (+6221) 29880888
5. Kota Tua
Kota Tua, which translates to “Old City”, screams picture perfect thanks to the crafty blend of preserved, timeworn and crumbling colonial-era infrastructure and its strong Indonesian heritage. This vicinity is filled with unique spots catering to couples looking for out-of-the-box photographs. If you and your partner are feeling particularly adventurous, head on to the mystical, roofless building called Rumah Akar or House of Roots. The birth of its name derived from roots of century-old trees that have naturally consumed every nook and cranny of the infrastructure. Embrace the marvelous contrast of old and new at Kota Tua and be prepared to capture bold and unique photographs.
Address: Jl. Pintu Besar Utara No.14, Pinangsia, Tamansari, Jakarta Barat
Phone: (+6221) 6915534
6. Branche Bistro
Imagine having a photo shoot inside a greenhouse, enclosed by glass windows and ceiling. Well, Branche Bistro is Jakarta’s very own ‘greenhouse’ café, where couples can gather urbane and sophisticated portraits under the natural light and twinkling stars at night.
Address: Jl. Senopati Dalam No.33, Senayan, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (+6221) 5734448
7. Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk, Pantai Indah Kapuk
For couples seeking to escape the concrete jungle, head on to the lushes mangrove forest located in the North of Jakarta. Here, couples can trade the usual mainstream shots for more adventurous ones, such as sailing around the river, hiking through the camping grounds and water huts, walking on the wooden bridge, cycling around bamboo and wooden paths, and simply exploring the rich nature.
Address: Jl. Garden House, Kamal Muara, Penjaringan, Jakarta Utara
Phone: (021) 29033066
Author: Divyha Pridhnani-Bhojwani