Nowadays, coffee is no longer just a steaming aromatic hot drink that boosts you up in the morning. For many, it has become an essential social element, a ritual for cosy gatherings, meetings and chit chats with friends and besties. And of course, Jakarta, being the capital of the biggest archipelago in the world, this city has more than just a few places to enjoy that warm cup of jo while gabbing with friends.
But where best to go in Jakarta? That is never quite a simple question. For, Jakartans do not only look for where to find the best coffee, but they are also very finicky as to location and surroundings where best to chat with friends. So, when you're looking for inspiration on where to go, we've selected 5 cafes in Jakarta that serve the perfect brew in Insta-worthy surroundings that you really must pick up your camera to take that best shot.
1. Ruang Seduh
No, this is not a Star Wars gallery, although you may well think so when you are greeted with an awesome Storm Trooper helmet upon entering the place which is located hidden at the back of the Aksara bookstore in Kemang, in South Jakarta. The helmet is no other than a coffee grinder that grinds some of the best beans Indonesia or the world has to offer.
Ruang Seduh's minimalistic interior is predominantly white, with as main highlight, of course, the iconic helmet, which is just the snapshot and post waiting for your social media platform. And if you are looking for a more comfortable setting to sip your fine coffee, then a doorway away are comfy seats and cushion sat the private mini-theater Kinosaurus, that is, unless the place has not been booked before.
This unique coffee establishment only offers a few types of hot coffee from carefully selected beans which are changed every few months. For those who enjoy a colder option, some cold brew bottles are there for the taking. Don't forget to sample some of their delectable pastries while you're at it.
Another awesome perk? Customers can choose to brew their own coffee while guided by one of their baristas.
Jl. Kemang Raya 8B
Kemang, South Jakarta
(Behind Aksara Bookstore)
Opening Hours: 08.00 – 21.00
2. 1/ 15 Coffee (One Fifteenth Coffee)
One Fifteenth Coffee has grown to be a favorite among coffee lovers in Jakarta since it opened a few years back. Its eye catching yet simple exterior lures customers in while its warm and cozy ambience makes it hard to leave. This is the perfect place for some alone time, after-work stress relief with friends or a simple chit chat about coffee with the experienced baristas.
The place is named after the most well-known simple way of brewing coffee: the 1:15 ratio. It offers customers with all kinds of brewing methods, such as the French press, Kalita wave or syphon. If you're a drinker who doesn't understand brews, you can simply ask the proficient barista to apply the best brewing process for the selected beans.
Jl. Gandaria I/63
Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta
Opening Hours: 09.00 – 21.00
3. Sophie's Authentique
Ladies, if you ever dream of taking a bite of a delicious buttery croissant while sipping on a fragrant cup of coffee in a romantic Parisian cafe, then dream no more, for now you don't need to go all the way to France for this.
Sophie's Authentique is a quaint French bakery that offers yummy cups of goodness and tasty authentic French pastries, baked goods and well known brunch menu. Not only is this a haven for pastry lovers and brunchers, its unique charming decor carries us to that dreamy classic French song now appearing in reality. If you're lucky, you may even get to sit on the swinging seat that is available at all of the bakery's outlets.
We recommend checking out the Cipete Raya branch because it has a lovely rooftop that's perfect for enjoying a late afternoon rendezvous while enjoying the sunset.
Jl. Kemang Selatan I/ 20a
Kemang, South Jakarta
Opening Hours: 08.00 – 17.00 (Sun – Friday), 08.00 – 18.00 (Sat)
Kuningan City – Ground Floor #40
Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 18
Kuningan, South Jakarta
Opening Hours: 07.00 – 22.00
Jl. Cipete Raya No. 11
Fatmawati, South Jakarta
Opening Hours: 08.00 – 22.00
Jl. Cikajang No. 48,
Senopati, South Jakarta
Opening Hours: 08.00 – 22.00 (Sun – Thu), 08.00 – 00.00 (Fri – Sat)
4. Giyanti Coffee Roastery
This is the perfect place for coffee afficionados, art enthusiasts or those who simply love a good place to hangout alone or with friends. Tucked away behind Cali Deli restaurant and Nujaniv Spa on Jalan Surabaya,the street famous for scrounging for antiques, this cafe gives customers good food, great coffee and a unique yet playful interior decor comprised of vintage items and cozy sofas. Meanwhile, the outdoor area is a vibrant splash of color spruced up with quirky slogans and colorful paintings.
Giyanti serves authentic Indonesian roasts sourced directly from farmers across the nation. Upon observing the interior scene, it is hard to miss the owner's most prized espresso machine, a Victoria Arduino, used to brew one of the best cups of coffee Jakarta has to offer. But that's not all, this place also serves some of the best yummy baked goodness in town. Don't forget to sample Giyanti's delicious beef pie or authentic Australian lamington cake along with your coffee.
Oh, take note that the place is only open from Wednesday – Saturday because they roast their beans from Sunday – Tuesday.
Jl. Surabaya No.20
Menteng, Central Jakarta
Opening Hours: 09.30 – 17.30
5. Pipiltin Cocoa
Although it promotes itself as a chocolate shop, Pipiltin Cocoa serves some of the finest cups of java in Jakarta. However, this place did not make this list on its tasty concoction alone, which is the same coffee offered in its sister cafe Anomali. When you enter one of its outlets, it seems like just another cozy cafe… until you order one of its desserts!
Yes, this is truly a haven for sweet tooths who love to take pretty pics of food and upload them on their Instagram accounts. The heavenly desserts are served in such an artistic manner it would be hard to resist taking a snapshot or two, or even ten. Not only do the desserts look good, they taste so delicious and unique you would even be craving for more in your sleep.
Some to sample are their signature Tabanan Farm Chocolate, which really does look like a chocolate farm, and Another Egg “No”, which is actually white chocolate panna cotta and mango ravioli that looks like an egg nesting upon a bed of soil.
Sarinah Building Ground Floor
Jl. MH Thamrin no. 11
Jl. Senopati no. 27
Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Jl. Barito 2 No. 5
Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Opening Hours: 10.00 – 22.00