“Is it too much to find a place with decent coffee?” a friend asked on many occasions early on in our posting.
Catch ups would be scheduled at new cafes each month or so and secretly we would both hope that this cafe would be the one! We were desperately seeking a place to call our “regular”, you know the one place we would always frequent for these much needed catch up sessions. This went on for a good 18 months. Where is all the good kopi?!
Over the past 12 months a few new cafes have opened across the city here and there, and some even close to work and home. Here are a few recommendations for sourcing a “secangkir kopi yang baik” in South Jakarta that are not Starbucks.
Blumchen Cafe, SCBD.
A cafe situated close to Gran Lucky supermarket and to Pacif Placa Mall which is handy if you need to pick up a few groceries or treat yourself to some new threads. The staff are friendly and the cafe offers muffins or a spot of lunch if you’re keen for food too.
Agro Plaza is my pick as it is a lot quieter than the sister cafe in Senopati and offers more parking. You may purchase something sweet to accompany your cuppa as well as indulge in a savoury dish for lunch.
St Ali, Setiabudi.
An Australian styled cafe that offers coffee to an Australian standard (very good) and a tasty breakfast and lunch menu. Close to a small IGA type supermarket also.
Plenty of comfy chairs and lounges to sit on while enjoying a coffee in the place. The staff are friendly and the cafe offers a small range of tasty treats to sample along with your order. Close to a small IGA type supermarket.
D’Journal, Grand Indonesia Mall.
A busy cafe with a range of beverages including a delicious nutella shake. The coffee is good as are the sweet offerings available to complement your coffee. Friendly staff and a great people watching spot if you can secure a table out the front.
There are so many cafes about the place, however these suggestions should be enough to get your started 🙂