The Jakarta Post
It is recommended to explore Jl. Sunda on foot as the paved roads are spacious and free from street vendors, a rarity in Jakarta. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Jl. Sunda is a short stretch of road located in Menteng, Central Jakarta. Strategically located in the heart of the capital, it is surrounded by office buildings, making it convenient for business travelers.
Here’s a list of what you can do on Jl. Sunda.
How to get there
Take a Transjakarta bus to the Sarinah Station and walk to Jl. Sunda.
Alternatively, simply use an app-based ride-hailing app to get a car or ojek (motorcycle taxi), such as Go-Jek and Grab.
What to wear
Because the weather this time of year can change from humid to dry, it is recommended to wear a comfortable outfit, such as jeans, a t-shirt and sneakers, while exploring Jl. Sunda.
Where to stay
ARTOTEL Thamrin-Jakarta. (Artotel/-)
ARTOTEL Thamrin-Jakarta is suitable for both business and leisure travelers. Located on Jl. Sunda No. 3, the building features graffiti by local artist Darbotz, making it a must-see destination for art enthusiasts. Its rooms are equipped with a 32-inch LCD TV, Wi-Fi, an iPod dock and Dolce Gusto coffee maker.
Read also: Jakpost guide to Jl. Wahid Hasyim
What to do
Located off Jl. Sunda is St. Theresia church on Jl. Gereja Theresia No. 2.
The Catholic Church was built in 1933. Following the Jakarta Cathedral church board’s request, architect Johannes Theodorus Smits van Oyen designed the house of worship without a pillar in the center, allowing churchgoers to see the altar from any seat.
Nowadays, the church hosts Mass in Indonesian and English, the latter of which is conducted on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, business travelers may want to check out the EV Hive D.Lab working space, located a stone’s throw away from Jl. Sunda. Here, you can meet all your business needs by renting a temporary desk starting at Rp 1 million (US$72.62).
At night, visitors to Jl. Sunda can drop by BART, a rooftop bar located in ARTOTEL Thamrin-Jakarta. The bar offers a view of the capital city’s skyscrapers. The laidback ambience makes BART a suitable spot for a relaxing drink after a long day.
What to shop
If you’re in search of organic snacks, stop by Michele Organic Corner on Jl. Gereja Theresia. The small shop offers a wide array of healthy food products, varying from organic rice, honey, granola to fresh vegetables and fruits.
Read also: Jakpost guide to Jl. Sabang
What to eat
Food options are quite limited in Jl. Sunda. However, the two available food outlets, namely Hong Kong Café and Bakmi GM are still worth a visit.
Dim sum at Hong Kong Cafe on Jl. Sunda, Menteng, Central Jakarta. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
The former, as its name implies, serves Hong Kong’s favorite delicacies, such as dim sum, Hong Kong-style French toast and more.
Hong Kong Café is quite spacious, making it a convenient place for those who want to hold business meetings or events.
Meanwhile, Bakmi GM is one of the most popular noodle restaurants in the capital. The eatery is recognized for two things, bakmi (noodles topped with minced chicken and mushroom) and pangsit goreng (fried wonton). The pangsit goreng is crunchy yet soft, making it a popular side dish among locals.
- It is recommended to explore Jl. Sunda on foot as the paved roads are spacious and free from street vendors, a rarity in Jakarta.
- First-time visitors are recommended to use taxis or ride-hailing apps, as it could be difficult to find the road.
- Bring an umbrella or raincoat as the recent weather is quite unpredictable. (wng)