We got here at about 3ish on a Sunday afternoon & the place was full of activity: street performers, stalls & peddlers selling a variety of food, bicycles for rent &, naturally, people cycling around the square, locals who just came to hang out & some armed with cameras to take photos, tourists - bustling!
We'd just managed to grab some yummy fried tempe, sweet potato & tapioca to snack on & were making our way through the square when it began to rain. So, we ducked into Cafe Batavia at the opposite side of the square to have a proper meal, chill & wait for the rain to stop. I shant say much about Cafe Batavia here as I have written about it in a seperate review. I will, however, say that I'm glad we'd managed to get a table by the window upstairs that gave us a great view of the square & its happenings.
The rain had stopped by the time we'd finished at the cafe & the square was once again filled with people & abuzz with activities. Standing in front of the cafe, the Jakarta History Museum is directly across, while the Museum Wayang is to the right. Sadly, neither of these museum were open by the time we'd arrived. So, we just had to be contented with snapping photos of the facade of both the museums.
Truth be told, if you do not enjoy observing, people watching and/or snapping photos & if the museums are closed, then, there probably isn't a whole lot for you to do except go to Cafe Batavia for a meal/drink. Although this place may be listed as a tourist attraction, it is actually visited by more locals, comprising largely of youngsters who come here to hang out & also visit the street market beyond the square.
Personally, I felt it was a good experience - lots of photos taken, lots of observations made.
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