Depok is a charming Indonesian destination. Blending attractive colonial architecture and great food, Depok is within easy reach of the stunning mountains of western Java and the sheer energy of the capital, Jakarta.
Also known as Sunda, western Java is on Depok's doorstep. See idyllic beaches like Pangandaran and take day trips to lovely cities like Cianjur and Bogor.
Depok was founded in the late 17th century and was a key part of Dutch Batavia (now Jakarta). Wander around and take in sights like the Immanuel Church and the President Huis.
Fast trains take 30 minutes to reach Jakarta, and it's just as quick to drive, so it's easy to reach key attractions like Merdeka Square and the National Museum.
A few miles away from Depok, Setu Babakan is the best place to enjoy Betawi culture, including its mesmerizing mask dances.
Depok is one of Jakarta's shopping hubs, largely thanks to Margo City, a massive mall that manages to mix international and domestic brands while providing an excellent place to dine.
The best time to visit is probably between May and September, when the temperature will hover around 85 degrees and rainfall is rare.
The closest airport is Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta, which is around 30 miles to the north. From there, take the DAMRI bus to Pasar Minggu (Rp20,000) then take the Debora bus to Depok. Taxis cost around Rp120,000.
Trains run every hour from Jakarta to Depok; the trip takes between 30-120 minutes and costs around Rp17,000.
From Jakarta, take the Jalan Lenteng Agung straight into Depok.
Debora buses run from Jakarta into central Depok.
Anyone looking for luxurious accommodation should check out the Margo Hotel, which is handy for the mall, or the smart Hotel Santika Depok.
Universitas Indonesia - located in the north of Depok, Universitas Indonesia is Jakarta's biggest college, and the area around it is a lively place to drink and socialize.
Pancoran Mas - the home of Depok's main station, the area also features some excellent restaurants, like Hospitalis and Khasanti 16 Resto & Food Court.
Cimanggis - located east of central Depok, Cimanggis is a laid-back place with family attractions like the Wiladatika Recreation Park and no shortage of places to eat.
Angkot minibuses travel between Depok's neighborhoods and charge Rp2,000 for every journey.
Expect to pay around Rp6,500 for the meter drop, followed by Rp6,000 per mile after that.
Car rental options in Depok include Fadhilah and Woro Woro, and you should find deals for Rp35,000 or less.
Margo City is Depok's largest and most popular mall, and it's really the city's entertainment hub, but there are other options like Dmall and Depok Town Square, too.
Local supermarkets include Alfamart and Carrefour; expect to pay around Rp20,000 for 12 eggs.
If you like spicy food and interesting seafood dishes, Depok is the place to be. Jl Margonda Raya is home to most of the best restaurants, including Hospitalis, Warung Tekko, and Japanese options like Sakura. In general, meals will come to about Rp30-40,000.