JAKARTA | Kota Tua #1

After major revitalization in this area, Kota Tua has become one of the most highly sought tourist destination in Jakarta for the last few years. After being famous of its Dutch colonial architecture and history, Kota Tua is also now increasingly in demand to visit with the presence of cafes, local culinary, and folk markets, which make Kota Tua an attractive choice for weekends not for tourists but also for Jakarta citizen. So, here is my several places to visit and to try in Kota Tua.

To Get There

Toko Merah @ Kali Besar

It is very easy to visit Kota Tua, because of its strategic location which integrated by several transportation modes. You can take KRL Commuter Line with the destination of Jakarta Kota Station, Transjakarta busway with the destination Kota (close to Fatahillah park) and Kali Besar Barat (to get off at Kali Besar) or you can also take the Transjakarta #JakartaExplorer bus (and the good news is: IT’S FREE!).

I also highly recommend that for those of you who drive, you can park in the Kali Besar parking area, because it is safer and more organized (don’t forget to bring an electric money card, because parking fees are paid through automatic machines).

To Visit # 1: Kali Besar

Kali Besar is the new famous spot in Kota Tua, here we can see the line of white old buildings along the river sidewalk.

After a little walk along the river, you can also try several local snacks culinary, as Pecel (mixed vegetables with peanut sauce, Gorengan (various fried snacks) and my favorite childhood snacks; Egg Rolls!

Egg Rolls or in Indonesian : Telur Gulung. Rp2.000,00 / pc

In addition, I can say, Kali Besar scenery is very pretty to visit any time; day, evening or night and in each time, it always shows different impressions. Kudos for the revitalization!

Buildings in Kali Besar at sunset. So pretty :’)

To Visit # 2: Taman Fatahillah

Fatahillah Museum (Jakarta History Museum) photo spot from Taman Fatahillah

Walking a little from Kali Besar, we can immediately enter the most famous main area in the old city: Fatahillah park. For visits on weekends, the Fatahillah park is quite crowded and is usually people chose to sit around, relaxing, watching music busking or renting bicycles.

Besides these activities, there are several museums to visit around Fatahillah Park, such as the Fatahillah Museum (Jakarta History Museum), Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang), Bank Indonesia Museum, Mandiri Museum, etc. For museums, the time of the visit is generally open Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 15.00 WIB.

To Try: Acaraki @ Gedung Kerta Niaga

After being in the sunshine too long, there are also many beautiful cafes you can visit to cool down a bit and rest, and Kerta Niaga Building attract me the most. Kerta Niaga Building itself is the newest building revitalized and now opened to become a modern market place for culinary shops, cafes, and souvenirs.

So, after looking to several cafes, I decided to try something new: Acaraki. What’s interesting is, this cafe is not selling coffee but jamu which is a Javanese traditional herbal medicine drink. Maybe for those of you who don’t like jamu because of its strong flavor are not interested to give it a try, but worry no more, this traditional herbal medicine has been processed so it is lighter to consume, especially for a modern palate like us.

I tried 3 different menus, Iced Saranti and Golden Sparkling which are their specialty menu, and Hot Tubruk Medium which they called as a new wave jamu menu.

Iced Saranti, Beras Kencur (rice & aromatic ginger) with creamer, milk and sugar. Price : Rp25.000,00

For Iced Saranti, the taste is very similar to milk tea or latte, as they used milk and creamer composition to the recipe. It is very suitable for coffee lovers.

Golden Sparkling, kunyit asam (turmeric & tamarind) with sparkling soda and sugar. Price : Rp27.000,00

As for Golden Sparkling, for me, tastes very similar to orange soda, and doesn’t taste like herbal medicine too much. If you are a sparkling soda lover and need something refreshing to cool yourself, I recommend you to order this menu

For people who used to drink jamu regularly as herbal medicine, Hot Tubruk is recommended for you, because of its quite familiar jamu taste and it is very good for relieving your cold (if you are not in a good condition)

Tubruk Medium, kunyit asam (turmeric & tamarind) with sparkling soda and sugar. Price : Rp20.000,00

From the three menus, I preferably chose Iced Saranti, because it doesn’t have strong herbal scents, and taste very light. I really recommend this menu for a not-too-fan of jamu like me.

So, this will wrapped up my first post for Kota Tua trip. There are still many spots and places to visit in Kota Tua area, and maybe I will make a follow-up post for remaining places (if you are interested, of course hehe). So, stay tuned and keep wandering, wanderers!

Museum di Tengah Kebun, Kemang

As residents of Jakarta, we always thought that Jakarta offers pretty limited options to spend our time on weekends, and it is always been between eating, drinking coffee, watching movies or shopping, which sometimes makes us fed up with these options. But did you know that our city offers more than those options; one of them is a museum tour!­ Well, this time I will share my trip to one of the private museums in the Kemang area, named the Museum in the Middle of the Garden, or in Indonesian, Museum di Tengah Kebun.

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Announcement! :)

Assalamu’alaikum, hello dear wanderers!

It’s been a while since I updated my blog, honestly, I had many difficult thoughts about which way I wanted this blog to be. After a long consideration, i have a little bit announcement about my upcoming posts: I decided to bring this blog to a halal and muslim friendly traveling and lifestyle way, as this is very difficult for muslim travelers. So, InsyaAllah, I will share about halal foods, place of interests, to a muslim friendly itineraries. I hope this will help you more, especially for muslim wanderers out there, bismillah.

And still, don’t forget to keep wandering, wanderers!

Wassalamu’alaikum 🙂

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TOKYO | Food Guide

Traveling to Japan is not complete until you tried their local foods, which is too many to try at one visit. So, this time I tried to compile my food experience in one post (which many of you has voted in my IG stories poll). PLEASE TAKE NOTE : Not every restaurants listed here is Halal Certified, but basically most of it is an beef, chicken, or vegetarian menu and some of it also only served beef/chicken menu.

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FUJI | Hakone in Spring

After Kawaguchi-ko, Hakone is surely one of the most visited region to see the Mt. Fuji scenery and for this trip I chose to have a one day trip. After learning pretty much from my previous trip to Kawaguchi-ko, I tried to get more prepared for this trip (even though it is not as perfect as I expected it to be), I want to share a bit for you guys so you won’t make the same mistake as I heehee.

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TOKYO | Top 6 Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo Area

Hello wanderers! I came back as the spring wind blows, finally… So sorry not being able to write as much you requested, but this time I’m too excited as I recently just got back from my first spring trip to Tokyo. And lucky me, I was being able to see cherry blossom in its full blooming season! This year, cherry blossom in Tokyo was unusually blooming earlier than last year (it usually full bloomed in mid to late April), so this time I want to share every popular cherry blossom spots I visited, and the most favorite spot for me!

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SYDNEY | City Sightseeing Part 1

So, truthfully, I missed posting about my new years trip to Sydney last year…. But! Since we’re coming to another new years celebration in 2 days, I hope my late late late post about new years eve in Sydney will be quite helpful if you’re currently in your way to or already in Sydney.

My Sydney trip is not as well planned as the other trips, we mainly just used Hop On Hop Off Tour inside the city, and using a bus tour recommended by the hotel. Just in case my post will be too long, I will divide this post into two parts. So, here is my first part of Sydney City Sightseeing Highlight! (click this to see part 2).

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JAPAN | Steak Land, Kobe + Ikuta Shrine

I was not planning to visit Kobe at first, but since we’re in Japan, we can not leave Kobe Wagyu Beef out of our list. So, here we are, chasing the Wagyu beef to its origin town (little bit crazy but I guess not for my family, since we’re a big meat lover). And we’re told that Steak Land was very famous for its teppanyaki, and always full reserved even before its open hours (11:00 AM-14:00 PM).  Continue reading “JAPAN | Steak Land, Kobe + Ikuta Shrine”

JAPAN | Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama is one of my favorite destination in Kyoto. Unlike Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama is the perfect place to have a nice, quiet, and healing time after you visit other busy and crowded places. Every nook in Arashiyama, including houses, shops, pleased my eyes so much that makes me almost considered to live here someday (hehe). Continue reading “JAPAN | Arashiyama, Kyoto”

JAPAN | Fushimi Inari Shrine + Street Food Galore

Fushimi Inari Shrine is currently the most popular tourism spot in Kyoto, and I can guarantee you that every tourist who visit Kyoto, will add Fushimi Inari Shrine on their to-visit-list. To get here, you can just take JR Nara Line in Kyoto Station, and alight at JR Inari Station. Fushimi Inari Shrine main gate is just 5 minute walk from the station. Continue reading “JAPAN | Fushimi Inari Shrine + Street Food Galore”