The Kota neighbourhood represents what remains of the old Dutch colonial capital, Batavia. Which is not a lot, but attractive enough to undertake the d-tour, if you have a spare day in Jakarta.
The neighbourhood starts at the Kota Railway station, where all public transport seems to come together. But the heart of the matter is the old cobbled-stone town square, now called Taman Fatahillah, surrounded on all sides by colonial buildings in various states of disrepair. The prettiest building from the outside is the well-restored old town hall, the most attractive building from the inside is the delightful Wayang Museum, in an old mansion – apparently one of the oldest buildings in the country.
Many of the other buildings around the square are less well maintained, and quite a few lack a roof. It is to be hoped that the masterplan that foresees in restoration of this area does get implemented, because on a Saturday afternoon, for instance, there is a real nice atmosphere in the square, busy with people. Uniquely in Jakarta, I think, a large part has been closed for cars and is dedicated to pedestrians. Lots of artists outside are practicing their painting and drawing, a fleet of brightly-coloured bicycles is for rent, with matching helmets and hats. Café Batavia is not far off.
A 10-15 minute walk away, or a short rickshaw ride, is the Sunda Kelapa harbour, another area worthwhile of a visit.