Jalan Jaksa is a short street in Central Jakarta. It used to be a famous place among the law students during the Dutch era, thus deriving the name "Jalan Jaksa" where Jaksa means "attorney" in Indonesian. It attracts a huge youth crowd from the country and the world by being the backpackers' street providing some of the best hostels and bars and cafes for a memorable nightlife.
A backpacking Mecca for youth tourists in its heyday, Jalan Jaksa was famed amongst young travellers for its affordable lodging and hostel options, and buzzing nightlife. Bars and pubs lining the street drew large crowds to this small street. Revised visa regulations that restrict tourists to 30 days in the country without a visa ensured that those are days relegated to the past.
Jalan Jaksa received a facelift and is no more the gritty street frequented by backpackers but is a more posh and up-scale part of town populated by boutique eateries and is still a major tourist hotspot in Jakarta.
Tourists often opt to stay in Jalan Jaksa as they get to experience a blend of genuine local culture and the downtown atmosphere of Jakarta. This short street is lined up with plenty of restaurants, pubs, hotels, shops and street food stalls.
It is often regarded as a popular culinary destination by many. You get to choose from a variety of stalls, serving everything ranging from smoothies to curries to fried bananas. There are a bunch of establishments that serve as a restaurant during the day and transform into a cafe during the night. The pubs and bars usually host live music sessions and the dancing and screaming go on till late in the night.
Jalan Jaksa is the most happening on a Saturday night, attracting a lively crowd of locals, backpackers and expats. The atmosphere over here offers the perfect setting for one to mingle with locals and fellow travellers, while also exploring the regional cuisine.
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