Jakarta is a city of extremes and an assault to the senses. That is how one could describe the spectrum of experiences offered from a visit to the Indonesian capital. One would expect such from a metropolis that is rapidly developing and home to a population of more than 10 million. But despite the city being the country’s epicenter for commerce, business, and politics, it is not the country’s primary tourist destination. Many often forego the hustle and bustle (and traffic) of the capital and head directly to vacation hotspots such as Bali and Yogyakarta. However, if you look beyond the city’s concrete exterior, there are many surprises lurking in its backroads and old neighborhoods: new tastes and smells to experience (not all of which may be subtle) and different sites and places to explore.

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