Photographer's Note

outside of a wonderful bar in old Jakarta


From 1527 until 1942 Batavia was the name of the capital of Dutch-India. When Indonesia became independent, the city changed its name to Jakarta.


Cafe Batavia is the second oldest building in central Jakarta after the Fatahillah Museum.

The building of Café Batavia was constructed ca. 1830s. It has been variously used as a residence, an office of the Dutch governors, and a warehouse.

For several years from around 1884, the ground floor of the building was occupied by the wholesale business of the trading firm, E. Dunlop & Co.

Since 1990 it is a bar and restaurant and a must-stop for all tourists visiting what's left of old Jakarta.

You can find it on the northwestern corner of Fatahillah Square, which is opposite the old city hall.



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