Get the best of April with the sugary treats from Cuca, a pre-loved barter party, a Disney on Ice spectacle and more fun happenings in the city.
Not only are there TWO sets of glorious long weekends in a row this April, there’s chockloads of fun things to do in Jakarta this month. What did we ever do to deserve this? From yummy Easter brunches to unmissable art exhibitions, here are our top picks of activities that will inspire you to make April the best month yet!
1. Get your all-in package of Art, Music, and Market at Blibli Fun Festival 2017
Among over 15 musicians on the lineup, we’ll have Panama, Goldroom, and Teza Sumendra serenading us with their music while we shop! This event takes place at Ancol Ecopark on Saturday and Sunday, 8 & 9 April 2017.
2. Run, Honey, Run!
Keeping score as one of longest running competitions in Indonesia, Jakarta Race Series returns this year on Sunday, 16 April 2017. Serious runners can test their limits in the 5km race, but if you’re not in the mood for a challenge, a 2.5km fun run with the family still sounds like a plan!
3. Try out another hip new drinking spot in Senopati
BaxterSmith recently joined the hip neighbourhood of Senopati as one more watering hole to hit up after a long day in the Big Durian. Catch live acoustic performances every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday on their rooftop bar while enjoying a pour of your favourite shooter.
4. Join Jakarta’s most creative minds and check out this newly opened social space
Have you only ever seen a 3D printer in viral videos spread over the Internet? Well, here’s your chance to finally see one before your eyes! The newly opened Jakarta Creative Hub, a fruitful collaboration between Indonesian Handicrafts Council (Dekranasda) and Basuki Tjahaja Purnama with his rockstar team at the provincial government of DKI Jakarta, provides cool facilities just like this, at a surprisingly wallet-friendly price, aiming to become collaborative space for aspiring creative talents in the city.
5. Witness the legendary life of Yves Saint Laurent close up
Take a good look at top notch France-born fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, in 49 different situations, expressions, and frames through the lens of world class photographer Pierre Boulat. These wonderful creations were snapped by Pierre when he had the rare chance to follow Yves as part of the fashion genius’ journey.
6. Take in a seminar on Reverse Glass Painting by Jerome Samuel
Do you know that Reverse Glass Painting was once a hit back in Java during the 19th to 20th centuries? Institut Francais d’Indonesie (IFI) invites you to catch a seminar that will give you better understanding about this figurative art form and guide you on its making technique.
7. Get yourself a trending Indomie cake from Tot Aw
Gone are the days when people were obsessed with challenging themselves with downing extremely spicy noodles. The mie-related buzz these days is the incredible Indomie cake, after an image of this drool-worthy dish at Tot Aw trended among Internet users for the past few weeks. Care to have it as your next birthday cake, April Squad?
8. Nab yourself a Hari Kartini present for all Indonesian women
Ladies, there’s a Hari Kartini perk for you from Atlantis Water Adventure! Get a free additional ticket after you purchased one. You can use this Buy One Get One promo between 1 to 21 April 2017 with conditions as simple as showing your identity card when you make a purchase.
9. Get your new apparels at this hip bazaar inside mall
Opened in March 2017, Open Lab aspires to support local brands by offering slot on its creative space that’s situated inside FX Mall in Sudirman. So what other local brands do you think would join Erigo and Loony on the scene?
10. Join the fun crowd at Jakarta’s new cool co-working space launch party
Strategically located within 5 minutes walking distance from Selamat Datang Monument in Bundaran HI, GoWork is a stunning addition to the coolest co-working spaces in the Big Durian. And hey, we’re happy to tell you that it’s also home to Honeycombers Jakarta’s editorial team. There’s a launch party on Thursday, 6 April 2017, and yep, you’re all invited!
11. Figure out how fit you actually are
Always wondering if you’re a fitness person? Well, you’ll never get the answer unless you try. Get yourself enrolled at Plaza Indonesia’s Pop Up Fit Class for a chance of experiencing these invigorating classes: Pound Fit, Zumba, Bootcamp, Cardio Boxing, Strong, Barre Conditioning and Vinyasa Yoga. You choose!
12. Lock reservations for this exclusive sugary treat pop-up
Cuca, the Jimbaran restaurant known for its constant effort in celebrating local ingredients in every menu they serve, is flying all the way to Jakarta to present its next pop-up “Sugar Rush” this month. Jakarta tapas bar Basque will host this upcoming sugary event from 12 to 14 April, so make sure you get your name on the list to try their famous Caramel Apple and Tearamisu.
13. Catch up on Japan’s best animation studio’s masterpieces at the local cinema
If you’re a longtime fan of Chihiro’s journey in the spirited world (who isn’t really), you won’t want to miss the chance to catch up on its exclusive screening at Studio XXI movie theatres in Jakarta from 1 to 7 of April. Spirited Away is the first movie on the line to open the Studio Ghibli Festival in Jakarta.
14. Visit Plataran’s new home in Menteng
If you are situated in Menteng, it’s hard to miss this gorgeous three level venue that pays homage to Indonesian heritage. On the outside, Plataran Menteng‘s new venue looks like the kind of grand colonial home you always wished you could live in. Inside, there are gorgeous spaces for events, gatherings and weddings. Make sure you reserve a seat at their comfy rooftop so you can enjoy their signature creation of Asian-fusion meals.
15. Nibble on these tacos that you’ve never had before
Tapping into the vegetarian market, FLOW is dishing out new non-meat menu called Veggie Tacos. Tempeh substitutes meat, while filling and blending perfectly with loads of mayonnaise and sour cream.
16. Get your inner K-pop fan out and catch BTS’s concert in Jakarta
If you are a diehard fan of these Oppa(s), perhaps we’re not the first to tell you that tickets are ready to purchase in this time around.
17. Enjoy JFFF’s awesome showcase of Indonesia’s diversity
This year’s Jakarta Food and Fashion Festival still takes place in the Kelapa Gading neighbourhood from April to May 2017, while cramming in a set of fashion shows, model hunts, food festivals and cultural performances in an evening carnival. Rest assured, you’ll head back home with a little something for your belly and more things to fill in your wardrobe.
18. Practice bartering in the 21st century
A perfect send-off for your pre-loved outfits, while welcoming new ones at zero cost! Head to dia.lo.gue from 7 to 8 April between 3 to 6 pm to experience this unique apparel swapping party. This event is open for public with pre-loved outfits as the only admission!
19. Wave to Mickey, Minnie, and friends as they slide their ways on ice
Mickey and friends are back sliding their ways on ice from 20 to 24 April, making a perfect must-watch spectacle for your kiddos to keep the Wonderful World of Disney legacy passed on.
20. Hear these gifted children sing their hearts out
Celebrating a decade since their first melodious warbling, The Resonanz Children’s Choir is performing their International-award winning renditions of Yamko Rambe Yamko, Bungong Jeumpa, Janger, etc. Reserve your best spot to watch these talented kiddos sing their hearts out on Sunday evening, 9 April at Ciputra Artpreneur Theatre.
21. Satisfy your never-ending craving for dim sum
Eat all the dim sum! Tien Chao’s new All You Can Eat Dim Sum package at Gran Melia hotel is a winner in our books. Make sure to also try the award-winning Chinese resto’s signature Fresh Fruit Prawn Salad if you haven’t.
22. Give Haruki Murakami a chance
It’s never too late to start consuming Haruki Murakami’s works. Here are three top picks we think are best for you to start with: The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, Kafka on The Shore, and Norwegian Wood.
23. Spend your long holiday booking a five-star staycation
Does having two consecutive long weekend in a month makes you feel like a King? Then you might want to live up the thought by spending a couple nights at Keraton at The Plaza, a Palace-themed outstanding pick located in the heart of Jakarta.
24. Show up for a night of Queen Beyonce’s top tunes
Calling all Beyhives! Jakarta’s pop singer Tina Simanjuntak will present to you her interpretation of Queen B’s top tunes. Pedal your way to catch the show at Pacific Place’s @America on Saturday, 15 April at 7 to 8.30 pm.
25. Every. Vote. Counts!
The final round of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election is just around the corner. Make sure you don’t wash your ink-dipped pinkie finger right away as that could be your key to many good deals throughout the day. From discounted items, buy one get one promos, to cash backs, we’ll post the information we gather on our social media. Stay tuned!
26. Try to reach a ZEN state
27. Binge-watch mind-blowing shows on Netflix
If your idea of a perfect long weekend is Netflix and chilling at home (we don’t blame you honestly), Sense8 is one show we’d like to recommend in this edition. The story revolves around 8 strangers from different backgrounds and scattered all around the world realizing they are somehow connected to each other emotionally and cognitively.
28. Get something for the little munchkins at home
Plaza Indonesia is hosting Miniapolis Kids and Baby Fair 2017 from 13 to 16 April 2017. Check out if this Bazaar has something cool for your little munchkin at home!
29. Jump, jump, jump!
It’s time to bounce our stresses away by checking out this cool place filled with trampolines. Reserve your first jump at Bounce Street Asia, situated in Kelapa Gading neighbourhood.
30. Load up on dazzling treasures at the Jakarta Jewellery Festival.
Aside from being an annual trading platform, Jakarta Jewellery Festival 2017 also provides opportunity to level up your understanding of the gleaming treasure you own by conversing with fellow collectors on current values or any pro-tips on maintenance issues.