Late Night Guide: Jakarta Indonesia
Dec 07, 2019

Late Night Guide: Jakarta Indonesia

Cheap eats on the street to delicious baked goods brought to you by Le Cordon Blue trained pastry chef Talita Setyadi, vibrant flowers from the Raya Flower Market, here's a quick look at what to do in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Capital cities have the best nightlife and Jakarta is no exception.

Jakarta is on borrowed time as the capital of Indonesia, as the Government has announced a new capital will be built on Borneo. Even so, we can guarantee Jakarta will be the heart of food, culture and entertainment in the country for a while yet. 

This cosmopolitan city boasts of a vibrant nightlife which provides locals and tourists with great locations for excellent eats and amazing buys at affordable prices. You will never find yourself hungry or bored in the middle of the night. With this Late Night Guide, we give you a rundown of the city’s best local haunts to get you started on your nocturnal adventures.

Eat

Mamink Daeng Tata’

Jalan Casablanca No. 33, Manggarai Selatan, Tebet, RT.13/RW.5, Bukit Duri, RT.18/RW.1, Tebet Bar., Tebet, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12840, Indonesia

Monday to Sunday | 9am to 9pm

You can’t explore the city on an empty stomach. At Mamink Daeng Tata’, you can enjoy a solid meal at a great price, with each food item ranging from 30,000 to 58,000 Rupiah. The most expensive item in their menu is their signature grilled beef ribs, which they call “Tata Ribs”. Topped with rich peanut sauce, these tender, juicy ribs are full of flavour and they taste even better with a squeeze of lime. Served with rice and soup, this will give you that extra boost of energy to get you through the night.

Besides the ribs, this humble no-frills restaurant also offers a variety of delicious Indonesian dishes from the Makassar region in South Sulawesi – from Coto Makassar (spiced beef and offal stew) to Nasi Goreng Merah, which literally translates to Red Fried Rice. From our experience, seats get snapped up pretty quickly so do head over to the restaurant early to avoid disappointment.

Bang! Martabak

Jl. Panglima Polim Raya No.102, RT.1/RW.5, Kramat Pela, Jakarta Selatan, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12160, Indonesia

Monday to Sunday | 10am to 12am

You haven’t really been to Jakarta unless you’ve tried this popular street-side snack. Martabak Manis is a griddled pancake which comes in many different flavours and fillings. It is also known as Terang Bulan (which means moonlight) in some parts of Indonesia due to its resemblance to the moon. Spongy, fluffy and soft in the middle and crispy around the edges, it is the ultimate guilty pleasure. After one bite, you’ll be wondering where this gooey, sinful treat has been all your life.

At Bang! Martabak, you have the option of getting Nutella, Green tea, Oreo and even Durian flavored martabak. However, if you prefer to stick with the classics, you can’t go wrong with their best-seller – the Classic Complete, which includes generous helpings of chocolate sprinkles, cheese, sesame seeds and condensed milk. Buttery, chocolatey, cheesy and nutty all in one sweet pancake; this is a sugar rush that will get you buzzing.

Do share with your friends as the portions can get pretty big. 

BEAU By Talita Setyadi

Jalan Cikajang No. 29, RT. 01 / RW. 05, Petogogan, Kebayoran Baru, RT.1/RW.5, Petogogan, Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12170, Indonesia

Sunday to Thursday | 7am to 8pm 

Friday to Saturday | 7am to 10pm

There’s no better place to grab breakfast than at BEAU. Opened by talented Indonesian pastry chef, Talita Setyadi, who was culinary-trained at Le Cordon Bleu, this artisanal bakery is said to have the best pastries in town.

What makes the food here so good? Well, all their bread is baked on site for maximum freshness and Chef Talita believes in using mostly locally-sourced ingredients and spices with no artificial flavorings added to any of their food

One of our favorites is the Blackout Éclair. To incorporate an Indonesian twist to the dish, Kecap Manis, or sweet soy sauce caramel is used to enhance the flavours, resulting in a truly decadent dessert. This is no ordinary éclair.

Aside from their baked goods, BEAU’s Eggs Benedict is very popular. The poached eggs are served on a tall piece of Brioche with either salmon, pastrami, prosciutto or spinach. All topped with a generous serving of freshly-prepared Hollandaise sauce.

Shop

Tulisan

Jl. Kemang Raya No.6, RT.14/RW.1, Bangka, Mampang Prpt., Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12730, Indonesia

Monday to Sunday | 10am to 9pm

Take a break from the food and check out Jakarta’s inspiring art and design scene. There’s no better place to start than at Tulisan, a shop located in the trendy neighbourhood of Kemang; a suitable home for this eclectic local lifestyle brand. Increasingly popular, Tulisan is known for the unique, hand-drawn illustrations that are printed onto their products. These include cushion covers, aprons, tote bags and stationery. Each design and collection tells a story, some of which are inspired by traditional Indonesian folklore.

Once you enter the shop, it’s easy to get drawn in by the intricate designs and soon enough, you may find yourself immersed in the storytelling. If you do decide to buy something, it’ll make you feel like you’re taking a part of Jakarta home with you.

Rawa Belong Flower Market

Jalan Sulaiman No.56, RT.10/RW.3, Sukabumi Utara, Kebon Jeruk, RT.10/RW.3, Sukabumi Utara, Kb. Jeruk, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11540, Indonesia

Monday to Sunday | 24 hours

While Jakarta is highly urban, it also has many hidden gems. It is home to Southeast Asia’s largest wholesale flower market, the Pasar Bunga Rawa Belong or Rawa Belong Flower Market. Open 24 hours, the market offers a wide variety of beautiful flowers at a bargain since the vendors usually get their supply straight from the farmers. Aside from home-grown flora, the market also sells imported flowers from Thailand, Vietnam and as far away as the Netherlands.

Explore the market and get lost in the vibrant displays as you take a stroll along the narrow pathways. From individuals stalks to beautifully arranged bouquets, the colours and aromas are enchanting. Most vendors don’t accept cards though, so bring cash and loose change.

A thriving metropolis, Jakarta does not disappoint when it comes to food and culture. With these late night offerings, it’s easy to pull an all-nighter and enjoy what the city has in store.

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