Albeit its hot and humid weather and the miserable traffic, Jakarta can be quite romantic for those willing to go out of their ways to find the best activities to do with their loved ones. Sure, fancy dining is always an option, but in a city so scarce of proper open spaces, finding the right amount of romantic can be quite a challenge. So we list 10 that we think should well suffice.
With the abundance of rooftop bars and restaurants throughout the city, it really isn’t hard to find one that should do you well. So how about some authentic Nikkei cuisine with the city view from the 67th floor? Henshin is the perfect choice for you and your partner. Choose the seats with the best view of the city and celebrate an evening of love with your loved one.
Levels 67-69 The Westin Jakarta (Gama Tower)
Reservations : (+62-878 000 2 8008) / [email protected]
This is probably not a very smart idea considering the pollution (both noise and air), but give Taman Suropati a chance on a warm Sunday afternoon (4.20 would be best) then you will find that chilling with your significant other in a humid weather can be a pleasurable experience.
Jl. Taman Suropati, Menteng
Stargazing is romantic. This is a pre-dinner activity that can be an option for you and your partner to do. To maximise the experience, why don’t you pop a bottle of vino in the parking lot (since they don’t serve alcohol here) before enjoying the show? Entrance fee is quite affordable, so you need not worry about breaking the bank before a fancy dinner.
Jakarta Planetarium & Observatory
Taman Ismail Marzuki
Jl. Cikini Raya No. 73, Cikini
SPA AND DINE
Some hotels in Jakarta, like The Dharmawangsa, you can enjoy a good spa at their Bimasena Club with world-class treatment along with your partner, and after the treatment, you can order in on their Bimasena Club for an exquisite culinary experience. Definitely, a must, if you both just had a rough day!
Jl. Brawijaya Raya No. 26, Kebayoran Baru
AN OCEAN BREEZE
Ancol can be quite hectic for those looking to distance themselves from the crowd. Granted that Baywalk Mall can be a bit hectic too, but with good restaurants lining up by the ocean side, and a proper sidewalk where you can stroll and enjoy the sunset with selections of good food and beverage, then perhaps Baywalk Mall should be high on your list of all romantic things to do in Jakarta.
Jl. Pluit Karang Ayu Utara B1, Pluit, Penjaringan
A GOOD JAZZ
Nothing beats the soothing sounds of Jazz, and there is no place better in this city than to enjoy it at Motion Blue at Fairmont Hotel Jakarta. Their selections of alcoholic beverages and culinary experience will tip off the romantic side of you. And make sure you check their programs to see who’s playing live at the exclusive venue.
Fairmont Hotel Jakarta, 3rd Floor
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, Senayan
SUNSET AT SETU BABAKAN
With an artificial lake of about 32 hectares, Setu Babakan has one of the most amazing sunset views in Jakarta. And if the two of you feel a tad adventurous, then rent a water bike for a mere Rp. 10,000 / person. You can even have your picnic here as the green area is quite admirable.
Betawi Cultural Village
Jl. Mohammad Kahfi II, Srengseng Sawah
FINE AND DINE
Fine dining has always the favorite for couples looking for an exceptional night. But where to have one in Jakarta? With the abundance of good selections out there, we’ll save you a headache by recommending AMUZ Gourmet Restaurant. Located in the heart of the city’s busy district, AMUZ is a fine dining French restaurant founded by Chef Gilles Marx who consistently provides the city with the best, most authentic French cuisine that is famous the world over.
The Energy Building
Jl. Jend-Sudirman Kav. 52-53, SCBD
A DRIVE AWAY
If you’re willing to drive a little outside of the city, then perhaps it’s best if you book a room at Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis Resort in Bogor. This new resort will offer you fantastic views of lush greeneries and mountains along with that romantic vibe that comes from the breezy Bogor weather.
Jl. Pasir Angin, Gadog, Bogor
(+62-251-7563800) / [email protected]
Double Decker Fun!
Take advantage of the double-decker city tour bus provided by the government running throughout the main Sudirman center to Kota. The official Jakarta tour bus can be an option for those of you wants to enjoy Jakarta on a Sunday, yes we do recommend you do this on a Sunday because the traffic is just no fun on weekdays! And who knows, perhaps the idea of proposing on a double-decker bus amidst Jakarta’s main hub can be quite challenging. Check out @CityTourJakarta on Instagram and Twitter for more information!