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Best Things to Experience In Jakarta (2021)

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Many tourists hate Jakarta because they visit it the wrong way. They check the things to do in a guidebook or on the internet and then try to do as many as possible in a short time. Since they are not familiar with the city, they get stuck for hours in traffic, walk in the heat from one sight to the other, and spend more time bargaining than actually talking with Indonesians. I am not saying that Jakarta is perfect, but if you know what to do, you can definitely have a good time. Below is my list of the most recommended things to do or experience in Jakarta, starting from the best. An alternative title for the article could probably have been "How Not To Hate Jakarta". Your suggestions are welcome, please just write a comment at the end. You can also read  Is Jakarta worth visiting?  for more information. Try Indonesian food Every time I come back to Jakarta from Europe, the first thing I do after landing is to eat some Indonesian food. It is a very underrated cu

Jakarta Nightlife: Top 10 Nightclubs (2021 Covid Update)

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Note: I updated this review of Jakarta's best nightclubs on May 2021. The following is a ranking of the most happening nightclubs in Jakarta at the moment. If you are new to the city and you don't know where to start your night out, I recommend going to either one of two areas with clusters of bars/clubs: The first one is in Mega Kuningan, with popular venues like Basque/Moonshine/Flow/Loewy and the other one is in SCBD, within the Fairgrounds complex (home to Fable and Swillhouse). The line between a club and a bar can be thin. Some places are great for dancing and drinking but I didn't include them here because I considered they were bars. Check my guide of the  Best Bars in Jakarta  for more party recommendations. If you think I forgot to mention a venue, please leave me a comment! Tips About Clubbing in Jakarta: Here are a few things you should know before heading for a night out: - All the nightclubs in Jakarta are expensive . Expect to pay IDR150,000

Best Online Dating Apps In Indonesia (Updated 2021)

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Whether you are holidaying in Bali or working in Jakarta, online dating is by far your best chance at finding someone special in Indonesia. It is now very common for Indonesians of any age or background to use dating apps, and the most popular ones have tens of thousands of members. Among my friends living in the country, the majority of them have met their partners online and it is no longer something to feel shameful about. To quote a famous pick-up line: No, you no longer need to pretend you've "met at the zoo" when you introduce your boyfriend or girlfriend to your parents. As dating apps became mainstream, the quality and the diversity of the profiles have improved as well. Gone are the days when datings apps were full of creeps and freaks. Nowadays, you can definitely find a potential wife or husband, someone attractive, smart, with a good job or career with whom you can build a serious relationship. That said, if you are a newcomer to the online dating scene in In

Jakarta Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs (2021 Covid Update)

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This Jakarta nightlife guide was updated in May 2021. I removed many bars and clubs that have closed down because of COVID-19, and I added a few as well. If you are a first-time visitor, you might also be interested in my  Jakarta Travel Guide . Nightlife Areas There are so many nightlife areas in Jakarta that it can be confusing even for residents.

Best Bars in Jakarta (2021 Covid Update)

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This is my updated ranking of the best bars in Jakarta (2021). Because of COVID-19, many venues have closed down, permanently or temporarily, but the majority of them are still open. Even better, I have added quite a few names here such as Caspar, Chao Chao, Holywings, and Black Pond Tavern. I'm sure there are plenty more that I forgot so don't hesitate to drop me a message/comment with your recommendations. For more information about where to party in Jakarta, you can also read: 10 Best Nightclubs in Jakarta Jakarta Nightlife Guide Best Beer Garden and Beer Houses in Jakarta Best Expat Bars in Jakarta Currently, the top bars in Jakarta are:

Fable Nightclub (Jakarta)

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Perfectly located in the center of the city and with an underground vibe, Fable is one of the most famous nightclubs in Jakarta. It is part of the group All In, which also manages Mirror Club in Bali. The best thing about Fable is that it is part of a nightlife complex called Fairgrounds (known previously as "Bengkel"). There, you have several popular bars and clubs such as Lucy in the Sky, The Swillhouse, and The Pallas so it's easy to switch from one place to the other. If you are a newcomer to Jakarta, I would really advise going there for your first night out as you are certain to meet new people and have fun. Fable itself is popular with younger Indonesians in their early 20s (or even younger) and some foreigners. It is usually full during the weekend but quieter on weekdays unless there is a special event. There is an entrance fee on weekends only (around IDR 150k) that includes one free drink. Beware that the security will refuse anyone who is wearing shorts, sanda