For anyone staying in the city, enjoy the most peaceful and traffic-free Jakarta all year round, a rarity that only those ‘staying behind’ can enjoy. But what to do during this almost 2 weeks long holiday break? Here are some ideas!
1. Picnic in the park
Living in Indonesia, sometimes we forget the fact that we are blessed with (nearly) a year round sunshine. In a clear day, pack a little basket and discover the few green areas or parks in the city to unroll your picnic mat, and enjoy some light bites you bring in your picnic basket. Just dare to explore and you WILL find the perfect spot.
Read also: City Parks in Jakarta
2. Enjoy the empty roads!
This is the chance to go to areas or places you don’t normally go on a normal day; lunch on the other side of the city? why not! South Jakarta to Kelapa Gading in 20 minutes? done. The only caveat is, to not do this ON lebaran days, when most Jakarta moslems travel around to visit their relatives.
3. Enjoy a relaxing day at the spa
Spa or massage retreat is one Jakartans favourite destination because it provides instant therapy for tired body and mind after a long day. Check out our list of must try spas in the city or the best traditional spas, for a more Indonesian approach of pampering, to get pampered enjoy a whole afternoon, or even a whole day at the spa.
4. Hit the rink for some ice-skating
Yes, it is possible. Check out some of this ice rinks in the city that you can try:
BX Rink, Bintaro (Rp. 65,000 all day for weekdays, Rp. 80,000/2 hours for weekends)
Bintaro Xchange Mall Lt.UG/3A, CBD Boulevard Bintaro Jaya, Sektor VII, Banten 15227
Sky Rink Jakarta (Rp. 65,000 all day for weekdays, Rp. 85,000/2 hours for weekends)
Mal Taman Anggrek, Lt. 3, Jl. Letjend. S. Parman Kav. 21, West Jakarta
5. Get yourself a good game of bowling!
Although we have lost a number of bowling alleys over the year, Jakarta still has some good ones that you should check out for a fun game of bowling. A great way to get out of the routine and a good reason for lots of drinking too!
Jakarta Bowling Center, Plaza Festival Kav. C No. 22, South Jakarta
Jaya Ancol Bowling Center, Jl. Lodan Timur Ancol No.01, North Jakarta
Price: 10 AM – 16 PM Rp.27,000/game. 4PM – 24AM : Rp.33,000/game.
Weekend: Rp 38,000 /game
Artha Gading Bowling Center, Mall Artha Gading, Jl. Artha Gading Selatan No.1, Jakarta Utara
Price : Rp.30,000/game
Weekend: Rp 35,000 /game
6. Do some water sports
Ancol bay area has some spots where you can rent Jet Skis by the hour, or for wake-boarding junkies, head to Epic Cablepark in Ancol Dreamland. Prices start from Rp. 125,000 per 2 hours or 250,000 for one whole day.
You can also make your way to Jakarta’s mangrove conservation in Pantai Indah Kapuk, where you can find some canoes for rent for Rp. 100,000/40 minutes, while the Jakarta Paddling Club holds regular trainings for all levels of paddlers.
Read Also: Where to Do Watersports in Jakarta
7. Play an escape room game
Engaging your family or friends in a mystery solving is one the many ways where you can interact and have fun with each other, completely gadget free. Jakarta has some really cool escape rooms that will guarantee a gripping mind game. Check out our full list of recommended escape rooms in Jakarta.
8. Trampoline Parks
In this park, kids will literally bounce off the wall with excitement! Let them do all sorts of jumping, running up a wall, bouncing for fun, slam dunking or maneuvering all day long. Other than the trampolines, the foam pits, Bounce also has the Aero Ball, a combination of volleyball and basketball where two players stand in separate cages and shoot the ball in the other ones goal.
There’s also the fun Spider Tower a spherical maze where kids can climb and slide down into the foam pit below. The Gladiator War Zone enables you to battle an opponent standing on a narrow beam and try to knock them off.
Amped Trampoline Park Indonesia
Pergudangan Ex-Goro, Jalan Kirana Avenue No.88, Kelapa Gading
Phone: (021) 29569215/16/17
9. Fun staycations in Jakarta’s best hotels
Leave the cleaning and tidying up at home and spend a worry free staycation in one (or more!) of Jakarta’s best hotels with the whole family. Check out our pick for best places for family staycations in Jakarta.
10. Explore Jakarta’s abundant dining options
From street food to fine dining restaurants; not even a year will be enough to try all the different places. Explore trendy area like Senopati and Gunawarman, authentic Korean BBQ, fine dining restaurants, steak, Indonesian restaurants, to weekend brunches, the choice is yours.
Check out our full list of Jakarta Best Dining recommendations.
11. Take Instagrammable pictures
Underrated and undiscovered, there is tremendous hidden beauty behind the concrete jungle of Jakarta 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.
Check our full list of hidden place for a picture-perfect shot.
12. Enjoy Jakarta’s mesmerizing sunset
Jakarta might be dull during the day, but the city offers such a healing moment during the golden time. When the sky is in its best form, you may witness a picturesque view of the sunset in this bustling city. There are several places in Jakarta where you can witness such beauty, be it at rooftop bars to even in a harbor.
Check our full list of best places to enjoy the sunset in Jakarta.