Top Choice Indonesian in Cikini & Menteng

Kunstkring Paleis

High tea or cocktails? You can have both, plus a divine Indonesian dinner in between at this alluring re-imagined Dutch colonial building, once Batavia's fine arts centre (it showed works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Chaga…
Top Choice Indonesian in South Jakarta


Inside this gracious old colonial house (1922) is one of Jakarta`s best Indonesian restaurants. The menu changes nightly depending on what the chefs source from the best local markets and suppliers. Expect creative …
Top Choice Indonesian in Jalan Jaksa Area

Jalan Kampung Lima Food Stalls

Look in the shadow of the Mandiri Bank headquarters and you'll discover this tiny lane lined with food stalls. Tarps overhead provide shade to tiny stools and tables where you can slurp up fresh-to-the-minute Indone…
Top Choice Italian in South Jakarta

Mamma Rosy

There's a real Mamma Rosy and she's actually in the kitchen at this very authentic (and very popular) Italian trattoria. With her son Daniel, Mamma have brought a taste of the Old World to trendy Kemang. Fresh pasta…
Top Choice Indonesian in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

Lenggang Jakarta

One of Merdeka Square's best features is this well-organised assortment of food stalls. Sample foods from across the archipelago from more than 50 cheap and cheerful vendors. Enjoy the bounty at long communal tables…
Top Choice Cafe in Kota & Glodok

Pantjoran Tea House

One of the first buildings restored as part of the government program to revitalise the Old Town, this pie-shaped 1928 beauty makes a good first impression for Glodok visitors. As you'd surmise, there's many types o…
Top Choice Indonesian in Kota & Glodok


Historia's tasty dishes from around the archipelago include fried fish with a Sumatran sambal (Ikan goreng sambal adaliman), Javanese mixed rice and all manner of oxtail – in soup, grilled, deep fried or braised wit…
Top Choice Tapas in Cikini & Menteng

Por Que No

A tucked-away, über-hip rooftop tapas bar in the De Ritz Building in Menteng, and popular with those who know. They grill and slice tenderloin, do a magnificent squid-ink paella, prawns sautéed with chilli and garli…
Top Choice Indonesian in Jalan Jaksa Area

Warung Ngalam

A warung (eating house) for a new age, this narrow, open-sided cafe serves up Indonesian dishes with a panoply of Asian influences. Patrons swoon for crispy duck, fried tofu, homemade noodles and more. Vegetables ar…
Top Choice Indonesian in Cikini & Menteng


On one of the best coffee strips in Jakarta, this appealing cafe has an alluring vintage style with bentwood chairs and tiled floors. Coffee drinks are superb; the menu has creative takes on Indonesian fare.