The Jakarta Post
Among the places to visit on Jl. Kramat Raya, Central Jakarta, is a line of food stalls serving traditional Padang cuisine. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Located in Central Jakarta's Senen area, Jl. Kramat Raya is conveniently situated not too far from the capital city's key tourist destinations and government offices and offers a more affordable choice of accommodations.
How to get there
Jl. Kramat Raya is part of the Transjakarta's Corridor 5, which covers the Kampung Melayu-Ancol route, with a stop in Kramat Sentiong NU.
There is also a nearby train station, Sentiong, which travels the Jakarta Kota-Bekasi line. It is approximately a 10-minute walk from the station to the street.
What to wear
It is highly suggested to wear casual clothes and comfortable footwear.
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What to do
Visitors can find the Sumpah Pemuda Museum on Jl. Kramat Raya. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Jl. Kramat Raya is home to the Sumpah Pemuda Museum (Youth Pledge Museum). Here visitors can learn the history of the awakening national consciousness and growing nationalism in a yet-independent Indonesia in the early 1900s.
The museum highlights the efforts of the pemuda (youths) that kick-started the engine of nationalism into gear, as well as the two conferences — in 1926 and 1928 — that lead to the establishment of the Sumpah Pemuda (Youth Pledge).
Illustration of WG Supratman performing for the first time on the violin his creation of national anthem "Indonesia Raya" at the Second Youth Congress in 1928. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
The museum also tells the story of Indonesia's national anthem “Indonesia Raya”, which was created by WR Supratman and first performed on the violin during the Second Youth Congress on Oct. 28, 1928.
To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Youth Pledge Day, which is celebrated on Oct. 28, the museum is set to hold a ceremony.
Other than the museum, Jl. Kramat Raya does not have much to offer in terms of tourism and entertainment. However, with its strategic location, the area could be an alternative base for tourists, as there are several affordable hotel chains along the street such as Ibis, Amaris and MaxOne.
The area is about a 10-minute drive to key destinations, such as the National Monument (Monas) and the National Museum.
With its convenient location, locals and visitors can also head to the street when in need of medicine and other health-related items at odd hours, as it is home to 24-hour pharmacy Titi Murni.
The street is also the location of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), which accepts blood donations.
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Where to eat
Nasi Kapau Asli Uni Upik serves authentic Padang cuisine. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
On the northern end of the street is a line of food Padang food stalls, with vendors selling an array of traditional Padang cuisine. Among the stalls is Nasi Kapau Asli Uni Upik, which serves delectable gulai ayam (chicken with traditional curry) and dendeng (spiced beef jerky), which are made more flavorful with a variety of fresh chili sauces.
Baltic Ice Cream, first established in 1939, continues to serve creamy, icy delights in the same location. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Across the road is Baltic Ice Cream, which is one of the oldest ice cream parlors in Indonesia, established in 1939. The flavors include traditional ones such as kopyor (a traditional dessert made from coconut milk), as well as fruits such as avocado and durian.
The sweet and creamy dessert is also very affordable, with a cup starting from Rp 6,000 (39 US cents).