The Most Ideal Jakarta Neighborhoods for Expats

The Most Ideal Jakarta Neighborhoods for Expats

If you are an expat who has just started a new life in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta, you want to live in a cozy area close to where you work. Or at least you want to live in an area with easy access to various famous places in Jakarta. Some Jakarta neighborhoods in this regard are ideal to live in.

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Why Jakarta is an Expat-Friendly Indonesian Metropolis  

As the center of government and the economy of Indonesia, there is no doubt that Jakarta is one of the most expat-friendly metropolises of all cities in Indonesia. Not only do all international flights departing for Indonesia have to arrive at Soekarno Hatta International Airport in advance, but all matters relating to expats and foreigners are also usually carried out in Jakarta.

In addition, many international companies have also opened their Indonesian branch offices in Jakarta. Because they work for these companies, expats are usually stationed in Jakarta with their families.


The Ideal Neighborhoods  

If so, which Jakarta neighborhoods are the most suitable for expats like you and your family to live in if, for example, you bring them to Jakarta?


The first example of Jakarta neighborhoods that are ideal for expats is the Kuningan area, which is known as the main business district in Jakarta. Not only famous for business, but the Kuningan area's proximity to various embassies and international schools also makes this area popular for expats.  

Moreover, this area is also filled with apartments and housing usually inhabited by expats who often use access to various entertainment venues in Jakarta.

Permata Hijau  

If you like green spaces and friendly areas for your children, consider living in the Permata Hijau area in South Jakarta. This area is quite famous for expats who usually bring their families to live in Jakarta. Moreover, this area also has many apartments and houses suitable for your family.

Pondok Indah  

This area is perhaps one of the most ideal Jakarta neighborhoods for you and your family because of the Jakarta International School (JIS), also located in this area. Apart from these international schools, there are also many entertainment venues such as water parks, golf parks, and shopping centers such as Pondok Indah Mall I and II that you can occasionally visit to shop for your daily needs.


If you don't like crowds, living in Kemang can be a good choice because living in this area can feel like living in a small international village in a small city with many facilities specially built for expats and their families.

Apart from international schools, there are also shopping and entertainment venues such as Lippo Mall Kemang, with facilities such as a gym, cinema, and restaurants for your family's entertainment on weekends.


When looking for information on Jakarta's famous neighborhoods for expats, Sudirman is one of the names that will come up in your search results. You may have heard the name of this area because of the Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD), which is one of the most famous business areas in Jakarta and Southeast Asia. This area is complete with apartments, restaurants, bars, gyms, and other facilities that are tailor-made only for expats.

Kebayoran Baru  

Apart from Sudirman, the Kebayoran Baru area is also one of the business centers in Jakarta. Therefore, many international companies have opened their branches in this area. They also invite many expats to live in the area. The famous areas in Kebayoran Baru for expats are Dharmawangsa and Senopati.


Since this area is also home to many Indonesian political officials, Menteng is one of the most affluent Jakarta neighborhoods. Inhabited by the Dutch colonial government since the early 19th century, this area has been inhabited for generations by politicians and expats who like living in areas that don't feel so modern. Even though it's a bit far from international schools, this area can still be your choice of place to live if you work in an area near Menteng.


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By living in one of these Jakarta neighborhoods, rest assured that your new life in Jakarta will be one of the most wholesome experiences as an expat in a country far from your own. Cherish every single moment of it, only in Jakarta!

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