We’ve super social creatures here and while we love our besties, pals and acquaintances, sometimes we just need some “me time”. Sure, you can cook at home, catch up on your TV shows and movies, surf the Internet and basically be a shut-in at home, but if you want a change of scenery, we’ve rounded up some interesting places where you can relax, unwind, or do whatever. But most importantly, you can go at it alone.
The Single Wanderer at the National Museum
The National Museum houses priceless treasures from across Indonesia’s history and vast lands. You can get lost among the sea of artifacts ranging from jewelries to statues to some displays that are downright bizarre. Being here alone is a treat as the museum is quite big so you never feel crowded and you are able to sift through the amazing exhibits at your own pace without anyone nagging and asking you to hurry up or leave.
Museum Nasional, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat no. 12, Monas, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/386-8172. Hours: Mon and Public holidays: closed, Tues-Fri 8am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm.
Going solo, the Dia.lo.gue way
This renowned art space in Kemang is already a favourite among Jakartans who are in the arts loop. We can’t get enough of Dia.lo.gue Artspace’s stylish interior design, which exudes peace and quiet, the quaint café that keeps us longer than we planned, and the high quality exhibitions. With always something going on, lone adventurers will hardly get bored and you may even learn a thing or two from the frequent workshops that are held here.
Dia.lo.gue Artspace, Jl. Kemang Selatan 99a, Kemang, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/719-9671. Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-6pm.
A table for one at The Reading Room
Grab a chair, a cup of coffee or tea, and a book from The Reading Room’s rather impressive collection of books on display. We’ve spent hours on end just browsing through the books and flipping pages of random books that we thought we’d never be interested in. The perks of being alone? No one to judge what you read- go ahead and bust out that paperback copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. And as an added bonus: their food is pretty tasty as well!
The Reading Room, Jl. Kemang Timur Raya no 57, Kemang, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/9027-7567. Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-12am, Thur-Sat 10am-2am.
All by Myself at Jaya Pub
A golden oldie, Jaya Pub is supposedly Jakarta oldest pub. Friday and Saturday nights are where the action’s at, complete with brilliant classic rock cover bands rocking the stage. If you prefer to keep to yourself, you can always enjoy the nostalgia without feeling out of place, they are friendly like that. But it’s a bit more low-key the rest of the week and compared to other Jakarta nightspots, this pub has a relatively more welcoming atmosphere for lone wolves.
Jaya Pub, Gedung Jaya, Jl. MH.Thamrin Kav.1-2, CBD, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/3192-5633. Hours: Mon-Sun 5pm-2am.
The Lone Observer at Taman Suropati
We bemoan the lack of green space in town but every time we want to be alone we head to the fantastic Taman Suropati for some alone time, it’s always quiet and relatively empty. Even when it’s not, the verdant park (which is filled with sculptures made by Asean artists) is big enough that you can wander around with just your thoughts.
Taman Suropati, Jalan Taman Suropati, Menteng, Central Jakarta.