This is the real Chinatown in Jakarta! You will find real people doing real activities; trading, praying, sipping coffee, and everything in between. If you like to meet locals doing their activities, you want to join this tour!
The meeting point of the tour is easier to reach by Transjakarta bus because you just have to stop at OLIMO bus stop It’s approximately 200 meters from the bus stop. If you take the train, the closest station is Jakartakota station but you still need to walk around 500m.
The walk starts by exploring an old Chinese-styled house in the complex of the Novotel Hotel. You will see blend of the old house and the modern hotel-office-apartment complex. From here, we will walk to Jalan Pancoran. Be careful as the sidewalks aren’t always pedestrian-friendly. You will find cars parking on the sidewalk or street sellers occupy the space. Don’t use your smartphone while walking on the road, put it in your pocket.
We will enter the wet traditional market of Petak Sembilan but before that, our guide will tell you about what happened during the area in 1998, an unpleasant event in the area. Later, you will enter the busy Petak Sembilan alley where you will find exotic animals for food like frogs, sea cucumbers, and so much more. At the end of the market, existed an old temple and a neighbourhood ready to explore. You will find an old church also another narrow alley full of street foods and fruits. Try Salak (snakeskin fruit) or tape (fermented cassava). They’re our favorites! Even if you don’t like them, at least you have tried them…
The end of the walk will be in Gloria alley, an alley full of delicious foods! From Sekba (pork belly) to Mie Kangkung (water spinach noodle). Oh, and you must try the Iced Coffee in the old Tak Kie coffee shop. Their signature drink is the iced coffee mixed with condensed milk, so it’s sweet!
Duration: 2 hours.
Length of walk: 2 kms.
Stop Spots: Candra Naya old house – Petak Sembilan market – Dharma Bhakti temple – Santa Maria de Fatima church – Toa Se Bio temple – Gloria food alley.
Recommended Places to Hang Out:
1. Pantjoran Tea House (https://goo.gl/maps/7WSrGAKfWYr ).
2. Es Kopi Tak Kie (https://goo.gl/maps/zWUHGxFr1pP2 ).
3. Kopi Oey Candra Naya (https://goo.gl/maps/1p3ARKoA5Wo ).
1. Wonderloft Hostel
Jl. Bank no. 6, Pinangsia, Tamansari, Jakarta Barat 11110
+62 21 260 72218
2. Teduh Hostel
Jl. Jalan Pintu Besar Selatan No 82m, Jakarta Barat or click here.
+62 21 6900939 – +62 21 6904398
3. The Packer Lodge
Jl. Kemurnian IV no. 20-22, Jakarta Barat 11120.
+62 (21) 6290162