Fatahillah Square (or Taman Fatahillah) is located in Kota in North Jakarta. It was the town square for the Dutch settlement of Batavia, and as such features some well-preserved buildings from that era.
Today, this cobblestone square is a bustling hive of activity, particularly at the weekends. Locals come to socialize and visitors come to marvel at the colonial buildings and tour the museums. In the evenings and weekends, the square comes alive with street vendors, artisans, jugglers, and international tourists.
Three of the city’s best museums can be found at Fatahillah Square. Wayang Museum, with its huge collection of Javanese puppetry, sits on the west side of the square. The old Jakarta History Museum is located on the north side, while the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum sits to the east of the square.
There are a set of brightly colored bicycles parked around Fatahillah Square, which are available to rent (along with a colonial-style helmet) so visitors can take a two-wheeled tour of the area.
To reach Fatahillah Square, either take a taxi or use the TransJakarta Busway (Corridor I, Blok M) and alight at Kota Tua.