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Kawasan Pluit
by: Dina Indrasafitri

Pluit District

There are many theories surrounding the fact that many harbor cities are considered ‘tough’ and ‘merciless’. Some say that it is due to the many sailors or ship workers who had endured many obstacles at sea and expecting to get their share of fun in the land, some say that it’s just the weather, but there’s no denying that the northern part of Jakarta is considered one of the hard-knock areas to encounter in the capital city.

Pluit is included in the Northern Jakarta area. Hot weather and threats of flood constantly hovers over the district and maybe the only thing keeping it from becoming a Bronx-styled neighborhood is the fact that it is mainly a residential area with quite a few estates for those who can afford them.

However, there are many hopes expected from Pluit. The local government aims the area as the next target, after the Kelapa Gading area, to realize the concept of an ‘ideal’ neighborhood in the Northern Part of Jakarta. ‘Ideal’ equals facilities and infrastructures, and some of them are already visible and ready to enjoy.

For the shopping pleasure, there’s the Pluit Mega Mall, a large shopping center sporting the Carrefour, the renowned hypermarket, a cinema and of course tons of other shops and entertainment facilities inside. A sport center concentrating on Futsal Football called the Sports Planet, a branch of the Malaysia Sport Planet, was opened in 2005. The center offers three decoflex pitches with artificial turf and other facilities such as a lounge and a spectator area. For accommodations, a middle-range hotel called the Sanno Hotel in Jl Pluit Raya Selatan is a sensible pick.

Another sample of how the Pluit district holds many expectations is the building of a large Central Business District (CBD). The CBD will feature commercial and business centers, basic facilities such as a hospital, swimming pool, restaurants and health centers. Its housing options include town houses, exclusive apartments and condominiums.

Many Chinese ethnics reside in the area, thus the large number of Chinese Restaurants that are mostly said to serve wonderful authentic dishes such as the Ta Yang Restaurant in Jl Pluit Putra Raya, the Yung Ho Restaurant and Mongol Khoru Restaurant in Pluit Indah Raya or the roadside Shantung 78 in Pluit Karang Timur.

Yet, most people swear that the ultimate seafood eating experience is the nearby Muara Karang where you can shop for your own ingredients, any kind of fishes, squids, and other sea morsels, and bring them to the nearby cook to have it cooked the way you wanted. If you are feeling adventurous, try the local way: roasted plainly with salt and dipping them in the mouth watering sambal (spicy condiment). Before going there with the image of a perfectly cooked crab with sweet and sour sauce, take heed that the marketplace is seriously wet and messy so you can forget about wearing your best suit. It would be even more sensible to bring rubber boots along. If you are looking for high class seafood dining, might as well step into the nearby seafood restaurants.


About The Author

Dina Indrasafitri, Travel Writer

Dina writes for SD Indonesia Editorial team for Streetdirectory.co.id. Robert J Steiner manages Streetdirectory.co.id & FlowerAdvisor.co.id, well known for for online Flowers & Gifts in Indonesia.

Dina finished her Major in Sociology in 2005. After working in Medan for several months and giving a shot at different jobs she finds that her love for writing, food, interior design and her hometown Jakarta had lead her to become a writer at Streetdirectory.com.

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