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The Best Places To Eat In Jakarta


As the capital and largest city in Indonesia, Jakarta is one of the most important cities in South East Asia, easy to reach with cheap flights and is also at the heart of culture and cuisine in the country. Naturally, Jakarta has an amazing range and selection of restaurants ranging from the small stalls serving local cuisine through to high end restaurants serving some of the best Indonesian and international cuisine to be enjoyed in the region. One important thing to note when visiting a restaurant in Jakarta is that many will offer visitors a bowl of water with lime before the meal, and this is not a drink, but as food is consumed with the hands is provided to allow diners to wash their hands.

Kembang Goela

One of the best traditional Indonesian restaurants that can be experienced in Jakarta is Kembang Goela, and is an attractive restaurant that has been decorated in a distinctly colonial style. While the main dining room is large and spacious, the small rooms off the main dining rooms are cozy and welcoming and are particularly good for couples on a romantic evening. Among the highlights on the menu are dishes such as the excellent beef rendang, which is slow cooked in a sauce including coconut milk, while the Dendeng Balado is a great dish of beef strips that are served with chillies.


Italian cuisine may not be the first thought for visitors to the thriving city of Jakarta, but located within the Shangri-La Hotel, this Italian restaurant is one of the best available outside Italy itself. The stunning surroundings at Rosso are beautifully designed and give the restaurant a superb atmosphere, and the prices are surprisingly reasonable for what is truly a top end dining experience. Some of the highlights on the menu include the wonderful porcini mushroom cappuccino soup, which is served as a starter in its own coffee cup, while the veal tenderloin cooked in three ways is an excellent dish.

Koi Mahakam

This is a true crossover restaurant where an Asian and Indonesian inspired menu stands side by side with a great selection of the best European dishes, all making the most of the great local produce on offer. The style of the dining room is quite rustic, and the colorful chalk boards with their wine lists and changing specials menu also help to give the restaurant a relaxed atmosphere. The food itself is very good, with the duck confit being among the best of the European dishes on the menu, served with a lovely dish of bacon, green beans and potatoes as a side. The tenderloin steak is another excellent dish, and shows the flair of a chef who was trained in Belgium.

Tiga Nyonya

This restaurant is a Peranakan Indonesian style place which serves some of the traditional dishes of the Peranakan culture which not only uses traditional Indonesian influences but also includes a Chinese influence too. The restaurant itself is in a small two-story building with a nice dining area upstairs, and enjoys a relaxed atmosphere that is popular among locals as well as visitors to the city. The food itself clearly shows the Chinese influences that are seen in this type of cuisine, with dishes such as the excellent grilled mackerel, which is one of the house specialties, and the spicy Asam Asam Iga, which is a great beef soup.

Face Jakarta

This restaurant is associated with the Face Bar, which is a part of a chain of popular bars that can be found across Asia, and is often considered a good place to go for dinner before heading out on the town in Jakarta. The cuisine itself here aims to bring together some of the best of Asian dishes, and is particularly good at Thai dishes such as mango sticky rice and Gai Hor Bay Toey, which is a deep fried chicken that is then cooked in leaves, and served with sweet dipping sauce. As you would expect for a restaurant that shares a building with a popular bar, the range of drinks and cocktails available here is particularly good.

The Top Activities To Enjoy In Indonesia

indonesia-beachesAs a country which is made up of thousands of small islands, it is no surprise that much of the tourism activities in the area are associated with the sea.  However, the thriving melting pot of tribes and ethnic backgrounds to be found across the country also means that the culture of Indonesia is very varied, and adds to the experience of the visitor.  A holiday in Indonesia will usually be a step away from the traditional package holiday, and for many people the country benefits significantly from being more than the average destination.

Scuba Diving And Snorkeling

One of the most important aspects of tourism in Indonesia is that of scuba diving, with so many of the islands in the country being close to beautiful coral reefs that boast beautiful and colorful marine life.  Many of the islands with a well developed tourist industry such as Bali have a well developed scuba diving industry that will cater to novices as well as more experienced divers.  However, in the more remote islands such as in some of the Raja Ampat islands, divers will often have to explore by themselves or hire one of the locals as a guide.

For those lacking the confidence or the equipment for scuba diving, snorkeling is a pleasant alternative that involves staying much closer to the surface, but still offers a good view of the marine life.


This is another of the most popular activities for visitors to Indonesia, and with many of the islands enjoying great surfing conditions the destinations can be as developed or as remote as the visitor would like.  The island of Bali is one of the most popular locations for those looking for good surf, and along with the offshore island of Nusa Lembongan has over thirty five popular surfing locations to enjoy.

Another of the country’s most popular surfing sites is to be found on the island of East Java, where the G-land surf break was discovered in 1972.  Today the bay that lies around a half day’s journey from Bali is another popular surfing destination.

Animal Spotting In Sumatra

Sumatra is one of the main islands that make up the country of Indonesia, but it is the mountainous region of the island that will be of particular interest to animal lovers.  There are nine species of animals to be found on the island that are only to be found in Sumatra, and many of these are now critically endangered, including the Sumatran variants of the tiger, rhinoceros, elephant and orangutan.  The three main national parks in which these species can be found are high on the list of natural places to visit within Indonesia.

White Water Rafting

Although the water sports industry in Indonesia is dominated by sports associated with the sea, there are also many companies offering white water rafting excursions along some of the exciting rivers in the country.  Because of the established tourist industry on the island of Bali, there are several companies offering rafting trips, with the Balian river during high water periods offering particularly thrilling excursions.

For those wanting to combine rafting and animal spotting, it is also possible to arrange some rafting trips in Sumatra, where the river Alas offers grade three to four rapids while cutting through stunning deep gorges and primary rainforest.

Visit The Buddhist Temple At Borobudur

The temple complex at Borobudur is probably one of the most historic sites in Indonesia, and it is also somewhere the visitors really should visit to appreciate the sheer scale and ambition of this ninth century temple.  The structure of the temple sees six large stone steps topped by three circular platforms on top of these, and it is the thousands of artistic stone carvings and the hundreds of Buddha statues that make this site unique.  A visit to Borobudur is unlikely to be a peaceful one however, as it is the single most visited tourist attraction in the country.

Ten things to do in Bali

Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple

The temples of Bali are some of the grandest and most beautiful temples in South East Asia and there is none more impressive than the Besakih Temple. Besakih Temple, also known as the mother temple of Besakih is Bali’s largest and holiest Hindu temple. Situated at an altitude of 1000m on the slopes of Mount Agung, Besakih is a visually and architecturally impressive sight consisting of at least 86 temples.

Tanah Lot Temple

If the Besakih Temple takes your breath away and you are looking for more spiritual wonder the Tanah Lot Temple is possibly Bali’s most pure and iconic spiritual destination. This stunning sea temple is situated on a large rock, which is constantly battered by the surrounding ocean. Tanah Lot Temple has been described as one of the most amazing places to witness a sunset in the whole world.

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu is the final must see temple. Situated on the south-western Bikit peninsula it is another ideal spot for a dreamy sunset, a great place to witness Kecak fire dances and surrounded by a forest of bountiful natural wildlife and monkeys.

Party at Kuta Beach

If you need to let your hair down in Bali, Kuta Beach is the bars and clubs loci of the province. This vibrant destination hosts one of South East Asia‘s most famous party scenes and will be sure to keep you up until daylight.

Kecak Dance

The Kecak is a ritual dance created in the early 1930s by German artist, Walter Spies. The dance features an impressive chorus of up to and over 100 male performers, featuring sensational and hypnotic choreography which will blow your mind.


The small village of Ubud is rapidly becoming one of the most popular spots for travellers. Full of traditional charm, quaint beauty, Ubud is full of markets, shops and stall selling an incredible array of traditional arts and crafts.

Experience the wildlife

Bali is teeming with exotic and impressive natural wildlife. The Ubud monkey park, the Bali Safari and Marine Park and the Elephant Safari Park of Desa Taro are just three destinations in which you can experience animals such as elephants, tigers and monkeys first hand.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Garuda Wisnu Kencana is a cultural park on the mountainous southern coast of Bali. The iconic and enormous statue of Vishnu riding on the back of a ‘garuda’ (a large eagle), is still being built and is one of the most popular attractions within the park. This park has also become a centre for art and cultural performances, theatre and exhibitions.

Batur volcano

The active volcano of Batur provides one of the most impressive views of the lake below and the surrounding countryside. Take a local cab to the top of Mount Batur and hike around the amazing countryside.

The Elephant Cave

The Goa Galah or Elephant Cave is one of the most beautifully time worn and weathered pieces of ancient architecture in the world. Carry on inside the cave to find the broken statue of a giant Buddha sculpture that collapsed and fell from the cliff above the cave.


Lloyd documents his travel and culture experiences on his own website as well as various other publications and blogs. He is currently working on behalf of Cheapflights Australia.

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Enjoy your Bali Holidays

Bali is an island in Indonesia that lies between Lombok and Java. It is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands and is located on its western most end. The country of Indonesia is divided into 33 provinces, Bali being one of them.

Most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority community of 3,891,000 lives in Bali. Bali is the biggest tourist destination in Indonesia. It is famous for its traditional as well as modern dance, music and arts. Painting, sculpture, metal works and other highly developed art thrive in the island.

Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy their Bali holidays. There are a number of hotels and resorts catering to the traveling crowds. The 4.5-star Padma Resort Bali a huge beachfront resort situated in one of the best places in Legian. The resort has a huge swimming pool, high quality Italian and Japanese restaurants, bars, a number of shops, and a Mandara Spa. The resort is located close to the market and other shopping centers in the region.

The Courtyard by Marriott is situated located on the southern coast of Bali is just a short distance from the pristine beaches in the region. The hotel is located inside the expansive grounds of Nusa Dua. The spa, health club and outdoor swimming pool provide vacationers the chance to relax and rejuvenate their bodies.

Located at the center of Seminyak, the Sentosa Private Villas and Spa is a 5 Star facility close to boutique shops and restaurants in the region. There are a total of 38 villas which feature luxurious and chic interiors for maximum comfort for guests. The villas designed by Ground Kents are high walled to provide total privacy. He also designed the Four Season Jimbaran which won him many accolades. Each of the villas comes with a private pool and a landscaped garden with a lotus pond.

Located along the southern coast of Bali and high on top of a cliff top plateau, the Alila Villas Uluwatu is a 5 Star facility hardly thirty minutes from the Ngurah Rai International airport. The Jimbaran Bay which is close to the Uluwatu Temple can be reached within 15 minutes. Vacationers can relax in this beachfront property in style and luxury.

The Samaya Seminyak Bali is a 5 Star facility situated right on Seminyak beach. It comprises of 18 pool villas which come with their own private pools. The villas also have private terraces which pop out through the thick tropical foliage. The Samaya Seminyak is close to the entertainment and shopping district of Legian.

Enjoy Bali holidays in one of these luxurious and exclusive resorts and hotels and have a great tropical holiday. It could be the best holiday experience of your life.