Recommendation by Lemi
Wind down from the bustle of Fatahillah Square and its nearby attractions. Toko Merah is somewhat in the periphery, inspiring curiosity by its shocking red exterior (hence the name “Red Shop”) and its roster of influential residents. It was home to several Governor Generals of the Indies, the first being Baron Gustaaf Willem van Imhoff. Forego the hi-tech displays and flashy exhibits to revel in the old-school charm that radiates from this old house. Built in 1730, it is also one of the oldest buildings in Jakarta. The towering windows bring in lots of light, while the elegant interiors inspire a photo op or two for soon-to-weds and tourists. They hold irregular opening hours, so impromptu visits are hit-or-miss. Either way, the facade is always crowded with people taking mandatory pictures with the crimson walls.
Jalan Kali Besar Barat No. 11, Roa Malaka, Tambora, West Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
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