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BEST OF travel
Voted Time Out Jakarta magazine’s top
hang in 2010, Social House (that’s
SOHO to those in the know) ser ves
tapas and wine, and has a groovy
vibe. Situated in Har vey Nichols, in
the Grand Indonesia mall, the lounge
bar is open 8am-1am daily (ismaya.
com/socialhouse). And the Big Durian’s
best-known nightclubs are rivals as
well as sisters: Blowfish (blowfish-pur o.
com) and Dragonfly (the-dragonfly.com).
Pasar Bur ung (the Bird Market) is
a traditional market with not only
birds, but also lemurs, monkeys,
iguanas and pythons on sale. Daytrip
to Bandung (an hour out of the
city), best known for its Dutch art
deco architecture, rolling hills... and
factory outlets. Further afield, tap
into the serenity at Borobudur, a
UNESCO-listed Buddhist temple
complex built in the 9th century.
A feast for the eyes as much the tastebuds,
Orient8 at Hotel Mulia is a glamorous new
pan-Asian restaurant decorated richly in playful
French colonial style. Expect foie gras and
top-notch seafood, but save room for what’s
surely one of the best dessert spreads ever
(www.theorient8.com). Headed by Aussie chef Alex
Ensor of Sydney’s Guillaume fame, Buddha
Bar follows the successful Parisian formula of
East-meets-West-meets-DJ, all set in a 1913
colonial building (buddha-bar.co.id).
48 hours in
t’s our closest Asian neighbour, surprisingly
warm and welcoming, and a wallet-friendly
shopping destination, plus we all love its
little brother, Bali... So, why aren’t we
flocking to Jakarta?
Linked by a billion-dollar web to Australian
commerce, Jakarta has long been on the business
traveller’s list. But now, with Garuda Indonesia’s new
fleet flying daily from Perth and the introduction of
onward connections through to Amsterdam, Tokyo
and key Chinese cities, the Big Durian is shaping up as
the new Asian ‘shopover’ destination.
The cityscape flips the international media’s
downbeat descriptions on its head: hyper-modern
glass skyscrapers, twisted into fantastical shapes, are
pinned to the ground by tiny, hole-in-the-wall cafes
ser ving sweet, milky tea to elderly marathon chess
players. The city is (only just) clinging to its Dutch
colonial heritage, still blissfully untouristy, and its
quirky nightlife doesn’t call it quits till 4am.
Jakarta shops on an epic level and the pickings are
rich, especially with muscular Aussie dollars in your
wallet. The city is also one of the world’s cheapest
destinations for electronics g oods after mainland
China, with all the major camera and mobile phone
brands represented – although Indonesians are
maniacal Blackberry tragics, rather than iEverything
obsessives. Here, we give you the guide to this
emerging stop-over destination.
An insider’s guide to the new Asian ‘shopover’
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