I have returned from my few days in Jakarta. It was a pretty chilled trip for me and R. We both took the time to spend with family and ate some of our faves there. Yum cha was a highlight as well as my favourite hot pot place Grandma’s Suki.
Jakarta is the home of massive shopping malls and we did end up going to a fair few. I did do my rounds at Dior, Louis V and Balenciaga. I just rediscovered my love of Balenciaga so perfect timing there. There will be a reveal of something here and on YT.
A few key things the cafe culture has grown since being in Jakarta a year ago. I have to say there is a true coffee culture that is growing as there is a focus on techniques such as cold brew, pour over and syphon coffee. The uses of these methods requires technique and most of all love of coffee. I must say I had a lovely experience at Djournal Coffee at Grand Indonesia. The whole set up was impressive and in my next video you will come along with me as I take my in-laws there. Also, I believe there is more than one in Jakarta which might make it easier for those that dread the traffic there.
Another thing worth pointing out is the service is excellent. They were able to recommend coffee based on different regions and the flavours I enjoy. I will definitely be back.
Another highlight was trying LaoLao frozen yoghurt. The company is Spanish and uses natural yoghurt instead of offering millions of different flavours. You can add fruit, crunch and a sauce for your froyo.
The other place I love is Sensory Lab which I have known about for a while as there is one in Little Collins Street. Jakarta is not known to have a cafe culture. I come from Melbourne where life revolves around coffee shops and cafes. We go to catch up with friends, have meetings, complete work and simply sit and destress from the day. When I was working in the corporate world we would always make them time to pop down to our local cafe. We might not always drink coffee but it was the mere act of going that made it an experience and getting out of the office was aways a bonus 🙂
This is a recent opening in Jakarta and is a lovely place. The actual cafe has great decor and nice ambience. It actually look like it fell from Melbourne into Indonesia. Everything about it screams Aussie cafe. My coffee recommendation is the piccolo and the ice cold white which are both A+++. The traditional latte was also a nice homage to its Melbourne counterpart.
The other thing worth saying is the food menu. It is absolutely fantastic. I always struggle in Jakarta with cafe or Western food as it can often be subpar. The local food is fantastic but they have yet to master this. I have had some terrible sandwiches, salads and pastas when travelling in Indonesia and generally throughout Asia. There are always some exceptions to this and Sensory Lab is just that. The breakfast food including classic eggs on toast and eggs benny are worth coming for if you don’t do coffee. I am officially in love and know where I will be heading when back!
These are just a few places I managed to get to over the last few days. I have plenty more but so if you need others please comment or email me. Below are some extra photos from our trip. 😍
Also look out for my video from the trip – its coming and currently being edited at the moment.
xoxo – the expat