Dating back to 1760, this recently restored mansion is just about the only remaining example of a country residence (what was country in 1760 is now city centre) built by a colonial grandee when Indonesia was the Dutch East Indies. Stimulating exhibitions are often held here but the place is definitely worth a visit even if none are on. A small shop sells tasteful souvenirs.
Jalan Gajah Mada 111; Tel: 634 7744
Jakarta is overflowing with hip clubs and bars catering to all tastes. But if you want a snapshot of Jakarta's current artistic pulse head to Taman Ismail Marzuki in Cikini. There are modern, state-of-the-art theatres and cinemas, more traditional auditoriums, street performers and a cornucopia of restaurants and bars offering basic but tasty food and drink from all over Indonesia. The patrons range from the young, trendy, keen-to-be-seen set to bohemian artistes debating the latest trends.
Jalan Cikini Raya 73; Tel: 315 4087
The top of the National Monument (Monas) in Freedom Square. The 132-metre-high phallic-looking monument (dubbed "Sukarno's last erection," as it was the final grand monument Indonesia's founding father commissioned), topped with 35kg of gold leaf carved into a flame offers stunning views - haze permitting - of much of the city. Go early to beat the crowds and the haze. Easy for the less physically-abled as lifts take visitors to the top. The diorama exhibition in the basement gives such a distorted view of Indonesian history - thanks to the dictator Suharto wanting to brainwash the nation - it's amusing.
Jl Silang Monas
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