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Partnership Jakarta100bars & Discover Jakarta City App for Mobile

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Discover Jakarta – Free City Mobile Guide The Smartphone App "Discover Jakarta" is a location based mobile guide that shows insider places and special offers in Jakarta. The app targets mainly the clubbing and nightlife community, both for locals and expats.  The content is listed in 25 categories such as Nightlife, Food & Dining, Events, Health & Beauty and others and it has photos and comprehensive descriptions.  Especially the Google Maps function is very nice. If e.g. you are looking for the closest spa in the category Health & Beauty it shows you all offers and the directions how to get there. Jakarta100Bars has teamed up with Discover Jakarta and you can find our recommendations of the places in the App. The App is available in the Apple app store for iPhone/iPad and in Google Play for all Android devices (download for free).

The Best Restaurants for Dim Sum in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
In this post, I will give some recommendations about the best places to eat Dim Sum in Jakarta. Since the offer is plentiful, I made small categories to help you choose which restaurant is the one for you: The "Top 5": The following restaurants are generally regarded as serving the best Dim Sum in Jakarta:  1) Ah Yat Abalone in Golden Boutique Hotel Angkasa (Tel: +62-21 6220 2388) and in Mid Plaza 2 (Tel: +62-21 570 7333) with non-halal available. 2) May Star (Halal) in Central Park Mall LG (Tel: +62-21 5698 5422), in Gandaria City GF (+62-21 2905 2922), in Hotel Le Grandeur Mangga Dua ( Tel: +62-21 612 7880), in Mall Pluit Emporium (Tel: +62-21 6667 6280). The ones in Pluit and Mangga Dua have non halal available. 3) Samudra Seafood Restaurant in BRI Tower, Jl. Sudirman (Tel: +62 21 571 3600) and in Living World (Alam Sutera)

The Best Indian Restaurants in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Indian restaurants are relatively easy to find in Jakarta, and their overall quality is decent. The most authentic and cheapest options are usually located where the Indian community lives (mainly in Sunter and Pasar Baru), while in the the Center and in the South, where expatriates live, you have some more expensive and stylish restaurants.  Here is my list of Jakarta's best Indian restaurants, by category: - Indian restaurants with both excellent food and atmosphere (Fine Dining): 1) Kinara (Kemang Raya No. 78-B, Phone number: +62 21-719 2677) 2) Hazara (click to read my review on this blog) 3) Ganesha Ek Sanskriti (BRI II Building, Jl Jend Sudirman Kav 44-46., Phone number: +62-21 5719415 / 5713567) 4) Ganesha Ek Sanskriti (Kemang Square Lt 2, Jl Kemang Raya No 5., Phone number: +62-21 7196837).

Top German & Dutch Restaurants in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
After ranking the best Italian , French and Arab restaurants in Jakarta, I have a much easier task listing German and Dutch food in Jakarta. Let me know if I forgot one, but the only ones I can think of are: Paulaner Brauhaus (click to read my review) Die Stube (click to read my review) Imbiss Stube (Cilandak Town Square) - Same owner as Die Stube , Patrick Widjaja, born and raised in Germany.  Metro Sky Garden , owned by Andreas Stokowy, from Germany. Ya Udah (click to read my review), owned by a Swiss from Zurich The Tavern in Aryaduta Hotel

Italian Restaurants in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
There is a wide range of Italian restaurants in Jakarta, from fast-food pizza chains to fine dining options. I have tried, or heard of, the majority of the good places in Jakarta, and I hope this page will help you decide where you will find your favourite Italian food in the city.   Among the chains of restaurants, there are two names that are above the competition: Izzi Pizza and Pizza Marzano . The last one is actually a British brand, but they make thin crust pizza and they have a whole Italian menu. In none of these venues you will eat authentic Italian, but they have fair standards when it comes to quality and service. They can be found a bit everywhere, more specifically in malls, and the average price for a pizza is Rp80,000 and Rp60,000 for a plate of pasta. In the same price range, I advise you to try Pepenero and Trattoria , two favourites among Jakarta expats. Without sacrificing taste, they offer excellent value dishes in a quite authentic atmosphere. If you ar

The Exciting Nightlife of Pasar Rumput!

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Pasar Rumput is a great place to visit during the day if you are a tourist or an expat. It is close from the city center, and only 5 minutes away from Jalan Sudirman or Jalan Rasuna Said. It is one of the biggest traditional markets in the center of Jakarta, and I don't think it will be long before new towers and buildings replace it. It is a bit dark, but still, you can see some very colourful stalls and people will be quite amused to see you wandering in its alleys. Great place to take photos as well: Surprisingly, it is also a famous area for low-end nightlife, along with nearby Pasar Manggis and the Manggarai Railroad . You will never see an expat in there, nor a colleague, but maybe your ojek driver or your gardener. In Pasar Rumput, you will find everything there can be, just like in Kota's biggest one stop entertainment (except for the spa): Massage Parlours, Karaoke, Discos, Bars, etc.. Prices are extremely low: Rp. 50,000 for a massage, Rp 25,000 for a large beer. I h

Street Food In Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I have to feel very ambitious today to write an article in this blog about street food in Jakarta. It's pretty much like planning to write about French cheeses in 500 words: Too much information, too little time... So I won't aim to be exhaustive, but only give a short overview of the street foods in Jakarta. A huge majority of Indonesian never set foot in a restaurant, and even a meal in a Rumah Makan (basic eatery) is not always common. However, eating in street stalls, because it is very cheap, can be considered almost as common as eating at home. In fact, you will see in Jakarta's smallest streets that a woman cooking at home may sell some of her dishes, while buying another dish to someone's other house.

10 Sexiest Indonesian Women

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
FHM models, actresses, singers, TV presenters, "selebritis"... If you just arrived in Indonesia as an expat , there are some girls' names that you will hear over and over... In no particular order, here is a list of the 10 sexiest Indonesian celebrities of the moment. Please add a comment at the bottom of the page indicating your favourite Indonesian girls, so I can make an updated list soon. More pics of sexy Indonesian model and actresses: Hot Indonesian girls with tattoo . 1) Sandra Dewi Actress, she is also famous for shooting many TV spots, for brands such as Ponds, Clear and You C1000. 2) Tiara Lestari Tiara, the "first Nude Playboy Model from Indonesia". 3) Dwi Putrantiwi FHM model...

Is Jakarta Dangerous?

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Many people ask me if Jakarta is a dangerous city or not. I tend to think that it is very safe because after living four years here, I’ve never had a problem except for a few very minor annoyances. But bad things happened to other people and I want to be as fair as possible in order to give you an objective point of you on whether Jakarta is a dangerous city or not. Danger is not limited to robbery or crime. To be complete, here is a list of the 10 dangers you may face while staying or living in Jakarta as an expat or foreigner. I also write an estimation of the level of risk. If you are going to Jakarta without a travel insurance, you should read the following: Choosing Your Travel Insurance in Indonesia . Safety on the road: High I think that your biggest threat while being in Jakarta will be dealing with motorized vehicles, whether your are walking, in a car, or in a motorcycle. If you take the taxi for instance, you will notice cars don’t have a safety belt in the back.

Playing Pool in Jakarta (Billiard)

By The Jakarta Team →
Jakarta, like many other metropolises in Asia, is in love with the game of pool. A great thing is that it is popular with both expats and locals so it will also be a great way to meet Indonesians. The most popular venues are equipped with the latest equipment and charge competitive prices (around Rp. 50,000 per hour). The number of nightspots featuring pool tables is very large, ranging from a single table in a Jalan Jaksa bar to some huge pool halls. You will notice that some pool halls feel just like nightclubs, with really loud music played by a resident DJ or even live bands. In other places, you may be able to choose an accompanying lady that will play with you and entertain you, just like another girl might do in a karaoke joint. Even though gambling is strictly prohibited in Indonesia, local people will often spice up the game by making bets. There is a game that involves cards which is pretty fun to play but cost me a lot of money… Be careful because Indonesians are real

The Best Traditional Massages in Jakarta (Non sex massages)

By The Jakarta Team →
"Your website has many references to "men" spa in Kota, with a sexual connotation in them.. I'm coming with my boyfriend to Jakarta in two weeks and we would like to experiment some good value traditional massages... Which places do you recommend?" Email from Laura Even though Jakarta is probably not a heaven destination for massage like Bali or Thailand, there are some good options for traditional massages and where you and your boyfriend can go without running the risk of ending up in a dirty massage parlour. This section will only be about traditional massages, which do not include any sexual services. If you are interested in massage parlours with extra service/handjob, you can visit this article I wrote: Jakarta's Top 10 Spas & Massage parlours .

Visit Jakarta: Visa On Arrival Indonesia list of countries

By The Jakarta Team →
Citizens from the following countries may apply for a visa on arrival upon their arrival in Indonesia. Argentina, Hungary, Oman, Australia, Iceland, RRC, Austria, India, Poland, Bahrain, Iran, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, Qatar, Brazil, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, Japan, Russia, Cambodia, Kuwait, South Africa, Canada, Laos, South Korea, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Spain, Denmark, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Egypt, Maldives, Sweden, Estonia, Malta, Surinam, Finland, Mexico, Taiwan, France, Monaco, The Netherland, Germany, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Greece, Norway, United Kingdom, United States of America, Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,Tunisia. To be able to get this visa, you will need a passeport valid for at least six more months after your arrival in Indonesia. It is not required to have a return ticket with you, but customs will probably make it harder for you if you don't, and they will try to get a bribe to l

Jakarta Nightlife Blogs and Websites:

By The Jakarta Team →
We invite you to check the following websites and blogs for more information about nightlife in Jakarta: blogm.jakartablokm.com is a blog made by the creator of the website jakartablokm.com : He describes nightlife in Blok M almost exclusively in an humourous way. Some photos there. Not updated since 2009. jakartabar.com features reviews posted by readers about bars and clubs in Jakarta.. A good listing but it lacks photos and updates. indonesiaclubbing.com is also a good community website for clubbing in Jakarta, up-to-date, but it is a professional website so don't expect fair and honest reviews of the bars and events it promotes. It is actually advertising the events of a few clubs, namely Stadium , X2 , Blowfish and Dragonfly , and tends to forget the diversity of Jakarta nightlife. I found out recently that they bought fans on facebook to make their site look more popular, so I sent them an email to tell them how it annoyed me. They are still doing it so I wouldn'

Cost of Living in Jakarta for Expats

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Cost of Living in Jakarta: This article was updated in June 2011. Thanks for those who sent me feedback. The cost of living in Jakarta for an expat can be very different whether you try or not to buy products or services that are imported . Generally speaking, things are much cheaper than in Europe so you should enjoy a much greater quality of life here, provided you can live without a few things. If you have an expat salary, the cost of living will seem low and you will have access to a luxurious quality of life. You will be able to sleep in great serviced apartments or huge houses, employ a guard, a gardener, a driver, a maid, a cook and a baby-sitter, go to the restaurants twice a day, party in the hippest clubs, etc... Normally, your company should pay for housing, cars, school and plane tickets, so you won't have to worry about money . I've worked in an oil company and Indonesia was among the favourite destinations for that reason (also because of girls, see my articl

Restaurants, Bars & Clubs in Kemang

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
This post is a photo journey of all the bars, clubs and restaurants located in the main street of Kemang Raya, Jalan Benda and Taman Kemang. I have not visited all of these venues, very few of them actually, but I thought it could give you an overview of places to visit if you go there. If you are mostly interested with nightlife, you can also read my review Kemang Nightlife . For the list of restaurants I visited and reviewed in Kemang, please click here: Kemang . Fabric Lounge (Ex-Splash): Cheap Beer Fez (expat bar) & Kinara (Indian Restaurant) Cafe Firenze (Italian Restaurant)

Cultural Venues in Jakarta

By The Jakarta Team →
As I’m getting tired of reviewing club, bars and spas, (and since my girlfriend is getting angry about it), I’ve entered a new phase of reviewing cultural venues in Jakarta. The art scene is not as minuscule as it used to be when I first arrived in Indonesia, and if you aren’t too picky, you will get a chance to attend lots of great performances and expositions. I think there are two broad kinds of cultural events in Jakarta: Those organised by foreign cultural institutes, and those organised by Indonesian art centres. Among the foreign cultural institutes, the most active in Jakarta are the Goethe Institute (Germany), the Centre Culturel Français, the Erasmus Huis (Nederland) and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Those institutes may sponsor a few local talents, but most of the time, they are about promoting their home country art scene in Indonesia. There is a vast array of events proposed: Exhibitions, film projection, festivals, concerts, lectures, etc. I regret that many events se

Preparing a Party Weekend in Jakarta?

By The Jakarta Team →
Don't worry, you are not alone! Every Friday, the expats in Jakarta try to leave their work early, hoping they can beat the traffic and arrive at the airport on time to enjoy a week-end in Bali or Singapore, away from the pollution. News September 2015: I wrote a guide to organize a bachelor party in Jakarta with updated information. On the same day, on the contrary, another crowd of people, expats and locals from nearby Asian countries actually choose to spend their weekend in Jakarta. These people have one thing in mind: To enjoy the great atmosphere of the nightlife in our city! Many of them write us because they don’t feel as safe in Jakarta as in KL, Singapore, or even Bangkok. Forums on the internet are full of stories about scams, tourist traps, annoyances and even terrorism that it makes sense to have people scared. We, at Jakarta100bars, cannot tolerate that! But since we cannot pick up each of you at the airport, we decided to write this little guide. We hope

Jakarta Nightlife Top 10 Best Bars & Clubs

By The Jakarta Team →
For an updated article about nightlife in Jakarta in 2014, please visit this link: Jakarta Nightlife Update 2014 . For the 2015 updates,  The Best Bars in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Beer Gardens in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Strip Clubs in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Rooftop Bars in Jakarta in 2015 ,  Jakarta Nightlife in 2015

Jakarta city guide for travellers and expats

By The Jakarta Team →
In this section, you will find all the articles that are not related to one bar or club in general but to living or travelling in Jakarta. Most of the articles are actually answers to questions that some of the readers asked me, and I thought that it could be nice to put in in the blog in case it could help someone else. Please, don't hesitate to ask me any questions regarding Jakarta, or even Indonesia and I will do my best to help you. I'm still compiling the email I sent to everyone so it might takes some time for this section to fill up but be patient and in the future, I hope this page can become quite popular. Jakarta nightlife guide : This short guide is a must read for anyone in the city before going clubbing! Cost of living in Jakarta : Can we live in Jakarta with less than 600$ per month? (Question from Audrey)

Jakarta Accommodation for expats (kos, apartment, house)

By The Jakarta Team →
Is it easy to find a place to stay in Jakarta? How Much does it cost? From my experience, I think Jakarta has many high-class and low-class accommodations, but it is lacking of places in the average price range. By average I mean a clean place, with air-con, security and hot water, not too luxurious, nor cheap, costing between US$300 and US$700.The cheapest option is to rent a room in a kos (shared-accommodation). The prices range from US$50 to US$400. For the cheapest, it will be very small and not in the center, but if you pay more, you can get some nice facilities including free wifi, hot water, air-conditioning (some addresses here: http://www.acicis.murdoch.edu.au/hi/docs/JPP/Kos_Descriptions.pdf or you could also look at the ad in the forum http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.org/ ). If you walk by, you will see quite often the sign “kos” written, especially in some areas like Casablanca (where many “young executive” kos can be found), Mangga Besar or around Jalan Jaksa. Ask aroun