Jakarta Eats

2020, Mar 25

When in Jakarta, you'll find that these are the top 3 things to do:

  • Eat (and drink coffee)
  • Shop (so many towering shopping malls)
  • Get stuck in traffic (sometimes for hours)

Let's begin with the eating...

Red velvet cake at Union

For a nice afternoon coffee and cake date, you must visit Union...

union jakarta indonesia outside
union jakarta indonesia vibes

...for their beautiful, towering, Red Velvet cake.

union jakarta indonesia red velvet cake

I have more than 20 pictures of this damn cake in different arrangements because it was so good looking...but I promise these are the only photos I'll inundate you with.

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A glance at their menu:

union jakarta indonesia menu

Must get a tea to wash down that cake, of course.

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Filosofi Kopi

filosofi kopi jakarta indonesia outside

There is no shortage of hip espresso cafés in Jakarta. An example of one is Filosofi Kopi.

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Everyone's got a cool coiffure and lumberjack shirts.

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filosofi kopi jakarta indonesia barista making latte

Loved this water dispenser off the post.

filosofi kopi jakarta indonesia drinkable tap water

Grungy and homey vibes.

filosofi kopi jakarta indonesia inside

Tanamera Coffee

You have to come here for the cute latte art!

tanamera coffee jakarta indonesia latte kitty
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And so many floors to just chill out at:

tanamera coffee jakarta indonesia upstairs

They have a ton of magazines from Australia and Asia, and this was where I discovered my favourite independent publication, Frankie Magazine. I've been a devoted subscriber for the past 5 years.

tanamera coffee jakarta indonesia equipment
tanamera coffee jakarta indonesia espresso machine
tanamera coffee jakarta indonesia water glasses

Publik Markette

This place is bougie to the max! All the women who dined here were so done up.

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This quiche was so delicious.

publik markette jakarta indonesia quiche

Smile, there's cocktails.

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Everything Else

This café has either been renamed or closed down because I can't find a ton of information on it, but I remember their espresso being so delicious and rich. It used to be called Tek Sun Ho at Koffie Warung Tinggi, inside the Grand Indonesia West Mall, but now I think it's called Warung Koffie Batavia?

warung koffie batavia coffee jakarta indonesia

Shopping malls in Jakarta are similar to the ones in Tokyo ro Hong Kong – towering at least 5 floors. Good coffee is everywhere, too. It would be such a shame to get coffee at, say, McDonald's or even Starbucks. The local coffee is better than I've ever had.

Fast food spots have rice as an option, which I really appreciated! For example, KFC would be served with rice or deep fried wonton wrappers instead of fries, which tasted way better!

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My memories of Jakarta include getting stuck in traffic all the time. It wasn't just "rush hour"; at any given time of the day, people are getting somewhere.

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Jakarta is this dramatic blend of very modern malls and cafés juxtaposed with scrappy street vendors offering authentic bites. It's chaotic and sleepless but also zen and measured in other ways. Even though Indonesia is so small on the map of the world, there is so much diversity all over and ever changing. You will get hooked!