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Eat and meet


Shanghai Blue 1920
Jalan Kebon Sirih Raya 79, Jakarta

It somehow pulls together two separate concepts and marries them with all the success and style we have come to except from these operators. The cocktails here do creep into the price range of some bars in the West, but the setting and quality here justifies the price. If you have a bit of money to spend, do yourself a favour and check this place... Read our full review of Shanghai Blue 1920.

Jalan Kebon Sirih Raya 77, Jakarta

Samara is tastefully decorated in a modern Middle Eastern-style which closely mirrors much of the food on the menu. The food is primarily a mix of Indonesian and Middle Eastern flavours with an accompaniment of fine wines. For a splurge, this is a great choice. Try the... Read our full review of Samara.

Sabang 16 Coffee Shop
Jalan Sabang 16b, Jakarta

You'll find it serving up delicious coffees from right across Indonesia including the famed Sumatra Lintong. The coffee is usually served black to allow the full flavour of the coffee to come through, but there are a range of milky coffee drinks on offer too. A tiny snack menu will keep you going, but it's all about the coffee here. A bonus is the free... Read our full review of Sabang 16 Coffee Shop.

Margo Cafe
Jalan Jaksa, Jakarta

The menu here is extensive and covers a range of Indonesian and Western foods as well as cheap beer. Some might say the menu is a little too extensive. Lots of travellers come here to relax, surf the free WiFi and sip on an ice cold beer and perhaps snack on a nasi goreng. There's a good vibe in this place and it's worth a visit when in the Jalan Jaksa... Read our full review of Margo Cafe.

Memories Cafe
Jalan Jaksa No.17, Jakarta

What makes this place so successful is the very safe looking menu and most importantly the cheap beer -- so cheap in fact that this place is often heaving at night time with people from all over the world drinking to excess in order to block out any memory of the Jalan Jaksa area and their grotty room. Come here for cheap clean food and drinks and you'll leave a happy... Read our full review of Memories Cafe.

Jalan Kebon Sirih No. 40, Jakarta

Choose from steak and vegetables, French fries, spag bol and soup at prices only slightly higher than those at nearby warungs. This is a great choice for people staying on Jalan Jaksa who don't want to mingle with the other tourists on the main... Read our full review of Weston.

KL Village Kopitiam
Jalan Jaksa

On offer is fried chicken, Indonesian toast with interesting toppings and a variety of refreshing fruit juices. You'll find this place popular with locals rather than foreigners which is all the more reason to try it out. This is one of the better options on Jalan Jaksa if you want Indonesian... Read our full review of KL Village Kopitiam.

Cafe Batavia
Taman Fatahillah, Kota, Jakarta

The food here is tasty, but nothing special, and the cocktail selection is impressive. The main reason to visit is to gaze at the magnificent interior of the fabulous building in which the cafe is housed. The atmospheric two-storey building has high ceilings, wooden floors and huge wooden-framed windows through which light bursts through. This is a great place for lunch, but will be too... Read our full review of Cafe Batavia.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Jakarta? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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