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What to see in Jakarta (not much)

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It is not worth spending a single minute in Jakarta. I am sorry to begin the last story of the trip to Indonesia with this very strong and negative statement, but that is my opinion. The trouble is that I personally do not like to hurry much when I have an international flight and I preferred to return the night before to Jakarta in case there was a problem with internal flights, to have a little more margin.

Kota train station

We were at the hotel until twelve, when we were forced to check out. We leave our bags at the reception and head to the center. We asked the taxi driver to take us to the train station and then walk around and everything was bleak: streets and dilapidated buildings, circulatory chaos and a lot of pollution. The current Kota was the yesteryear Batavia, center of the Dutch colony.

Taman Fatahillah Square

We were raffling the cars as we could until we reached the Taman Fatahillah Square, which was full of young people who enjoyed a sunny morning and places where they rented bicycles with matching hats. This square was the only place in Jakarta that we saw suitable for walking at ease. In it, in a prominent place is Café Batavia, a colonial art deco restaurant where we enter to take refuge from the heat.

Bikes with matching hat.

I personally love the art deco style, I loved the atmosphere of the Batavia coffeeWhat I did not like so much was the dive that we got for a Coke: 32,000 rupees (€ 2.60) which, for being Indonesia, seems extremely expensive and very colonial.


After recovering strength, we continue walking through the Kali Kiss, which is the channel that crosses the city and in which around it, theoretically, still retains some residences from the colonial era, but they are all in such a bad state that they can hardly be appreciated. In addition, the canal is so full of crap that it literally stinks, so the ride was not very pleasant.

Interior of Café Batavia

We walked for a kilometer to go to the port, because a Portuguese boy we met in Yogyakarta He had recommended it to us, and he had told us that the typical boats that are docked there are very curious. From the square to the port you have to go through an area that is quite shabby. In another country I would have been glad to go there.

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