Ramadan is just around the corner. Despite the continued limitations applied by Jakarta’s Governor, Anies Baswedan, Muslims in Jakarta are looking forward to celebrating this holy month the best way possible. Even though small gatherings are allowed, it is recommended that we avoid big crowds and limit gathering time to a minimum this holy month. To help in that celebration, Little Steps has prepared a special coverage for you to celebrate Ramadan in Jakarta this year. From dining to fashion, decorations, and entertainment, we’ve got you covered!
Staying at home or going out just for a very short time doesn’t mean dressing up and celebrating is out of the picture! Zalora offers a variety of Muslim wear for men and women. If you're looking for matching family outfits, head over to Elzatta. For more luxurious options, you can check out Ava Prologue, Merras RTW, or Lace by Artkea.
Merras RTW, Ruko Dharmawangsa no.50, Jakarta Selatan, +62 8119424985, Instagram
After a long day of fasting, locals like to break their fast with small snacks, sweet and savory alike. Try making Kolak Pisang or Es Campur at home, or get some baklavas from Mardin Baklava Patisserie or Turkuaz Restaurant, or traditional snacks from Pastel Istimewa Ma’Cik delivered to your home. Even better, skip the dishes and order one of the Iftar delivery packages from one of the best hotels in Jakarta. The Fairmont, Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, and Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan all have 'rantangan' or 'besek' packages for a nice iftar at home. Last but not least, check out Little Steps Asia’s guide to the best dates in Jakarta.
Turkuaz Restaurant, Jl. Gunawarman No. 32, Jakarta Selatan, +622172795846 or +62 21727 5853 or +62 85921 059068, Instagram
Pastel Istimewa Ma'Cik, Multiple locations, +62 2145876864 or +62 81219315162, www.pergikuliner.com/restaurants/jakarta/
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This Ramadan, gather your family, friends, and colleagues for a truly memorable Ramadan experience at one of Jakarta's lavish hotel iftar buffets with an appetizing array of local international delicacies. Cinnamon at Mandarin Oriental, Collage at Pullman, and SATOO at Shangri-La are just a few of the many hotel restaurants to choose from. Be sure to make reservations early because space is very limited.
Find the best Ramadan Iftar Buffets Jakarta hotels have to offer here.
Celebrating Ramadan during the pandemic does not have to be difficult. Avoid the crowd and find your peace by booking a staycation at one or more of these hotels. The Shangri-La hotel has Blissful Ramadan promotion for a minimum of a 2-night stay, including daily suhoor and dining credits. Meanwhile, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski has a special Ramadan rate for staycations that include suhoor for two. In the South Jakarta area, The Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan invites you to take advantage of their Ramadan package that includes an in-room suhoor and breakfasting dinner buffet at their popular Asia restaurant for two people.
We may not be able to meet all of our family and friends this Ramadan during the pandemic, but we can still send over our greetings and wishes to the loved ones. Ramadan hampers would make the perfect token of love. We love the Sapphire package from Le Meridien Jakarta, hamper and cakes from Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan, Premium hamper from Fairmont Jakarta, Medjool hamper from Grand Hyatt Jakarta, Akram hamper from the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta, and hampers from Hotel Indonesia Kempinski; all of which are packed with premium, delicious, treats. If you prefer to send something non-perishable, Mamasan Co. has premium homeware Ramadan hampers. Aromatic packages filled with natural, hand-made soap bars and bath accessories from La Petite Joy make great hampers for individuals.
This holy month, lift your spirits and bring the festivities to your home by decorating your home with gorgeous Ramadan-themed items. Intricate lanterns make a great centerpiece, or if you can light it up, it will boost the mood for the whole house. Ketupat or Indonesian rice-cake-shaped items are trendy in Indonesia during Ramadan and Eid. Online marketplaces are great sources for decoration hunting. Tokopedia, Shopee, Blibli, and Lazada are the most popular ones in Jakarta.
Now is a great time to cuddle up with your children and pick up a book or two. Little Steps has done the reading for you and carefully selected three wonderful books that parents can use to explain Ramadan to the little ones. Bonus, they are all available on kindle!
Lailah’s Lunchbox, Click here
It’s Ramadan Curious George, Click here
Under Ramadan Moon, Click here
Keep the kids busy at home with these easy and fun Ramadan-themed crafts! Try the moon-sighting binoculars, Eid lantern, or the crescent moon and star mobile. The materials required are usually found around the house. Be sure to check out these crafting lists for more ideas!
Easy Ramadan Crafts for Children, Click here
Ramadan Crafts for Kids: Colorful and Fun Ideas, Click here
Printable Activities and Crafts for Ramadan, Click here
Praying together as a community is a big part of Ramadan. This year, the Ministry of Health has advised that Ramadan prayers and sermons are allowed only at your local communities while observing the proper health protocols. Be sure to check with your local mosque or mushalla for time and dates.