As you guys know I just came back from Jakarta. Just in case you have no idea where on earth Jakarta is, it’s the capital city of Indonesia, the very same country where Bali’s at.
Jakarta is a very exciting city. Every month people in Jakarta will hear about something new opening. Whether it’s a new mall, cafe, restaurant, nightclub or bar. So every time I go back to Jakarta, I always get my friends to bring me to new places in town. I was so happy when I found out there were three huge and awesome malls that has opened/going to open near my apartment.
Unfortunately, exciting city like Jakarta came with a huge price: the traffic jam. Okay, I don’t know what’s going on in other countries, but have you ever complained about being in a traffic jam in Sydney? I had, and I shouldn’t have. Because the traffic jam in Jakarta is like that times… a hundred. I live in an apartment in the CBD. Sometimes getting OUT of the apartment complex took AT LEAST 30 minutes. I have to say that the traffic jam in Jakarta gets worse and worse each time I visit. So I wouldn’t even want to imagine what it’s going to be like in the next five years.
However, it still doesn’t stop me from going back every so often. It’s nice to take a break from the laid back and peaceful Canberra, and try to win the race of “who’s going to get out of this traffic jam first” in Jakarta.
What I did back in Jakarta (March-April 2013) : from top left corner, clockwise.
- Meet friends and had coffee at Djournal Coffee Bar. If you’re bored with having Starbucks coffee (because there are so many Starbucks there), come and sit at Djournal. It’s one of the hippest new coffee place in Jakarta. In fact, I took this picture during their soft opening week.
Grand Indonesia, West Mall, Ground FloorZ
- Afternoon cocktail at The Belly Clan. That cute cocktail I had was called Madam Choo, and it was Yum-o!
Intiland Tower, Jl Jend Sudirman Kav 32, Jakarta
- Browsing books and goods at Aksara. Aksara has always been, and will always be, one of my favorite shops in Indonesia. It’s a popular shop for designers and artists because of its wide variety of design books.
Jl. Kemang Raya 8B, Jakarta
- Wining and dining at Skye. The best time to visit Skye is in the evening. It’s located on the 56th floor, so the city lights at night is pretty amazing. You can view Jakarta’s famous Bunderan HI from up above, directly from the restaurant.
Menara BCA, Jl MH Thamrin no 1 level 56, Jakarta
- Social House-ing. This is my favorite place in Jakarta. Despite of all the other hip bars and restaurants appearing around the city, Social House is still the best (for me). They have great food, dessert, cocktails, and I have to say their coffee is the best I’ve ever tasted in Jakarta.
Grand Indonesia, East Mall, 1st Floor
- Taste some local culinary dishes in Sate Senayan. They are not the best place to eat Indonesian food. But the best Indonesian dishes are usually cooked and eaten on the side of the streets. They are dirty, unhygienic and you have to eat while standing up or sitting down in the heat. Fortunately, for us Indonesians, we don’t need to have Food Safety Officers to close down all those amazing street-side food stalls and dirty restaurants. In fact, we love them. Look at us, we are still alive! But if your stomach can’t handle the bacteria, go to Sate Senayan. it’s the best safest way to taste some local culinary.
Jl HOS Cokroaminoto no 78, Menteng
- Eat some Ramen. Yes, I know, Ramen is not Indonesian food. But Ramen restaurants are in hype at the moment, and some of them are direct franchises from Japan. Plus, Sydney-Jakarta flight ticket is cheaper than Sydney-Tokyo. So if you can’t go all the way to Japan, try Hakata Ikkousha, one of the best Ramen I’ve ever tasted in my life.
Rukan Crown Golf, Bukit Golf Mediterania, PIK, Jakarta Utara
- Snap cute pics at Benhil Cafe. I just happened to pass by this place after taking my friend to her wedding dress fitting. I thought the interior was really cute. So even though I only took two sips of their coffee, I managed to take some cute pictures of the interior.
Jl Penjernihan 1, no 1 kav 1, Bendungan Hilir