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outside of a wonderful bar in old Jakarta

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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.

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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.

Cheers!

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song title reference: Serge Gainsbourgh

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