The Jakarta Post
Hidden behind the rows of pet markets along Jl. Barito I is Taman Langsat, a lush public park measuring 6.3 hectares in area. Stepping into the park instantly transports you away the busy Jakarta streets and slows down your day as you enjoy the secluded tranquility. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
Amid the hustle and bustle of a crowded Jakarta, it's not unusual to feel suffocated and crave some space to breathe.
If that's what you're looking for, then you should head on over to Jl. Barito in Kebayoran Baru, where the South Jakartan street is home to two public parks, giving plenty of space to catch some fresh air and a break from your daily routine in the capital city.
How to get there
Several modes of public transportation travel along the street, making the area relatively easy to reach.
As many as four different Metro Mini routes pass through Jl. Barito I, namely S69 traveling from Ciledug to Blok M, S74 Blok M - Rempoa, S72 Lebak Bulus - Blok M and S71 Blok M - Bintaro. The Kopaja route S614 Cipulir - Pasar Minggu also travels along the street.
Located near Blok M Square, traveling to Jl. Barito is quite convenient as buses travel to the square from almost all over Jakarta. There is also a Transjakarta Blok M bus stop.
Read also: Jakpost guide to Blok M Square
What to wear
Depending on what you are looking to do in the area, a casual and comfortable outfit would be suitable if you're just planning to go for a stroll or even stop by for a quick bite. The public parks in the area, meanwhile, are perfect exercising, where you could come in your complete workout gear to get straight to business.
What to do
Taman Langsat provides a convenient destination for sports enthusiasts. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
Hidden behind the row of pet market stalls along Jl. Barito I is Taman Langsat, a lush public park boasting an area spanning 6.3 hectares. Stepping into the park instantly transports you away from the busy Jakarta streets and slows down your day as you enjoy the secluded tranquility.
Taman Langsat features a 750-meter jogging track, where runners can enjoy weaving through towering trees that frame a lily pond in the middle of the space.
Stepping into Taman Langsat instantly transports you away from the busy Jakarta streets and slows down your day as you enjoy the secluded tranquility. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
In the afternoon, it's not uncommon to see locals taking advantage of the facility, as people of all ages can be seen exercising in the park, either running, power walking or riding a bicycle.
Taman Ayodya on Jl. Barito I, Kebayoran Baru in South Jakarta. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
Across the road is another park called Taman Ayodya. Presenting a different layout, the park features a large pond in the middle of the open space. Although it has comparably fewer trees, the park is still a relaxing spot to enjoy yourself.
Take a late afternoon stroll around Taman Ayodya and sit down on its steps to face the west, as you catch the sunset and see it sink into the horizon of trees created from the outline of Taman Langsat.
What to buy
Pet market on Jl. Barito I, Kebayoran Baru in South Jakarta. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
Jl. Barito is well-known for the pet market that lines its street. There, shoppers can buy a wide range of pet supplies, including pet food, toys, home aquarium, as well as other accessories.
Additionally, the market is also where you can find pets, such as cats, birds, hamsters and fish. Those looking for a unique companion may also find iguanas, snakes and even scorpions.
A smaller portion of the market is also home to stalls selling fruit baskets, where medium sized packages of mixed fruits go for an average of Rp 200,000 (US$15) to Rp 250,000. Shoppers can choose from ready made baskets or create their own.
Further down the street meanwhile, on Jl. Barito II, which is actually a continuation of the same street, is the Vinora store, a luxury clothing label founded by creative director Vinora Ng.
What to eat
Nestled on the corner of Jl. Barito I and Jl. Kyai Maja is D'Gallery, an art gallery focusing on Indonesian contemporary art, which also hosts a cafe inside. The cozy atmosphere mimics that of a living room at home, making it a comfortable spot for a coffee break.
For a filling plate, there is a restaurant on the corner of Jl. Barito I and Jl. Lamandau IV called Segoan "The Dancing Rice", which serves Indonesian cuisine.
Read also: Jakpost guide to Jl. Kramat Pela