For a pleasant morning, head to Kota Tua Jakarta, a neighborhood that comprises the original downtown area of Jakarta. The top tourist area contains Dutch-style structures mostly dated from the 17th century, when the port city served as the Asian Headquarters of the Dutch East India Company during the heyday of spice trade. The well-preserved buildings here serve as a reminder of the centuries of Indonesian history dominated by Europeans. For a short and fun ride, rent one of the colorful vintage bicycles parked right by the plaza, which come complete with matching hats.
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