Kota Tua (Jakarta’s Old Town) gives a glimpse of the city’s colonial past. Stop for a drink at local institution Café Batavia, an airy, elegantly traditional restaurant, set in the Dutch East India Company’s former headquarters. I also recommend that first-time visitors see picturesque Sunda Kelapa, which is still very much a working harbour, where the day’s catch is hauled in.
In Menteng, close to Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta, you’ll find the Jalan Surabaya flea market.It's lined with vintage and antique shops that have been here since the 1970s. You can shop here for everything from ornate wood carvings to vinyl records. Just don’t forget to haggle.
The towering National Monument, in the centre of Merdeka Square, is the most famous landmark in Jakarta. It’s a beloved symbol of Indonesia’s fight for independence, which was declared in 1945 after years of Dutch colonial rule. The main draw is a trip to the observation deck at the top, which affords 360° views across the city. Back at ground level, stroll to the vast Istiqlal Mosque and the city’s spire-topped Catholic cathedral, which stand almost directly opposite one another.