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Cilandak Jakarta
by: Dina Indrasafitri

One of the greener districts in Jakarta, the Cilandak district had for long been the option of many for residence and finding tranquility. The area is not necessarily packed with hyperactive entertainment spots or soaring business towers but that does not necessary puts it in the ‘underdeveloped’ category. The area is a perfect residential choice for those who do not wish to be over-exposed to Jakarta’s bustle.

For those with a penchant for sports, there is a well-known football stadium in Lebak Bulus which has had its share of musicians and national footballers lending their grace their from time to time. However, this does not mean that other sports are neglected, as the rest are just as excellent, if not famed.

Residential options here are wide. Those who prefer to feel the ground beneath their feet may opt for a house in the well-planned neighborhood of Cilandak Commercial Estate. Another choice is the elegant houses in the green havens of Cipete. Town Houses are also available, such as the Mawar Town House in Cilandak.

That being said, the most peaceful residential area there, and also Jakarta is , the State Marine’s complex or popularly known as the Marinir KKO. However, since it is reserved for the members of the Indonesian Marine Corps only, the odds of living there diminish, unless you’re sporting the uniform.

As for apartments, several excellent and well-known options can be found in the district. One is the Cilandak Apartment and Sport Center with its large swimming pool, a good choice for family living. Other options are the Bona Vista Apartment in Lebak Bulus  and the Puri Selatan Apartment in Gandaria.   

The Cilandak Commercial Estate, one of Cilandak’s business areas, stands humble and slightly un-metropolis compared to the gleaming Kuningan or Thamrin business complexes. It is not to be underestimated, however, for it is home to several Industrial giants such as Dowell Anadrill Schlumberger or Ingold Management.

While there is a lack of entertainment centres, you can be assured that you will get your fair share of ‘down’ time there. The Cilandak Town Square is a large entertainment center instantly became a hit with the youth when it was opened a few years ago. Inside this hip melting pot, you will be treated to countless restaurants, an excellent pool and dining center named Score! and the stylish Liquid Bar. Naturally, what’s hip is subjected to the acronynm plague and the centre is not spared. Now known as “Citos” , its bearing to its similarly popular namesake ( think chips) is testament to its burgeoning popularity.

Shopping-wise, the Poins Square in the Lebak Bulus will be your best bet.  You can’t go wrong with this all-encompassing mall and hypermarket.

Already famed for its residential areas,  those who are interested in having a taste of the ‘Cilandak’ culture can use  the four-star Hotel Kristal for their temporary sojourn. While there is some question of locality with it being closer to the Pondok Indah district, it is still within close range to the district. However, those who want to spend time in the Cipete or Gandaria area during their stay should seek the service of hotels inside the Kebayoran Baru district instead.

Aside from the restaurants inside the Cilandak Town Square, there are several treats to be found in the district. Many consider the Abuba steak in Cipete as a must-try for steak lovers. The constantly crowded roadside restaurant offers delicious steak with jaw-dropping low prices.  If you are into elegance, try the French restaurant, La Bastille in the same area.

Calm and collected – except when football teams or rock stars are coming to play in the stadium, of course – The Cilandak district could be a choice for those looking for their oasis in Jakarta.

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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