The coffee culture in Jakarta is vibrant and thriving. Nowadays, coffee shops or cafes are the places to go when you are not in the mood of being at home. Whether it is the weekend or after office hours, people in Jakarta would choose a coffee place to hang out with their friends or even to hold a casual meeting.
As the demand of coffee shop goers grows and cafes pop up like mushroom after rain, there are many (maybe too many) to choose from. With the vast amount of choices, choosing the best coffee place for yourself is no easy feat.
Here we pick our personal 10 favourite coffee places in Jakarta just for you:
This coffee shop is owned by a geologist graduate. A small place located on the left side of Jl. Prof.DR. Satrio . If you are a coffee lover, this place is just for you. Kopikina is out to present the best coffee from all over Indonesia. You name it, they have it, from Arabica, Robusta to Liberica.
Address: Jalan Kh. Abdullah Syafi’ie No. 1, Tebet, RT.1/RW.2, Tebet, Kota Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12810
Toko Kopi Aroma Nusantara
Hidden among hundreds of stores at the 4th Floor of Mall Ambassador in Kuningan, this place is a good respite after walking around and getting lost at this massive mall. Enjoying your local coffee while surrounded by coffee bean jars of coffee varieties from all around Indonesia is definitely an experience.
Address: Mal Ambassador, Lt 4 No 18, Jl. Prof. DR. Satrio, RT.11/RW.4, Karet Kuningan, DKI Jakarta, 12940
Cikini has been well-known in the area with the ambience of old Jakarta around. Bakoel Koffie is one of them which has its history dated since the 1870s. The decorations, the wooden chairs and the other classic furniture will surely give you the nostalgia at this historical coffee shop. The coffee signature from Bakoel Koffie belongs to black coffee made with the hereditary recipe from the founder.
Address: Jalan Cikini Raya No.25, RT.16/RW.1, Cikini, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10330
Do you really have the heart to finish your coffee with a cat-shaped latter art in front of you? Despite this carefully and beautifully crafted kitty-shaped foam, you will not be able to resist drinking their blend of espresso, steamed milk till the last drop. This coffee shop apparently is owned by a popular Indonesia fashion blogger, Sonia Eryka.
Address: Citra Garden 6, Ruko Sixth Avenue J5A-18, Jl. Peta Utara, RT.1/RW.5, Tegal Alur, Kalideres, Jakarta Barat, DKI Jakarta 11810
Brought to the reality based on the movie with the same name “Filosofi Kopi”, this coffee shop shows a small corner in a former obsolete building to be a place of Jakarta people to associate. This coffee place is decorated with paintings displayed at a long table in the corner and a brick wall drawn with a giant cup of coffee.If you are here after watching the film, don’t expect to get a cup of Ben’s Perfecto here or a card from Ben.
Address: Jalan Melawai 6 Blok M No 8, Kebayoran Baru, RT.3/RW.1, Melawai, Kota Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12160
In Javanese, “Tuku Kopi” means buying coffee. This is one of the happening coffee shops to visit around Jakarta. If you a signature coffee taste from Tuku Kopi, you should try the Kopi Tetangga. There is a philosophy behind its name. The owner hopes everyone in the settlements would be able to enjoy coffee. Hence, the coffee here is sold underprice compared to other coffee shops in Jakarta. Also, to adjust to the taste and needs of the society, there are three different coffee grinders for a light roast, medium roast, and medium dark roast.
Address: Jl. Cipete Raya No.7, Cipete Sel., Cilandak, Kota Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12410
A shopping mall may not be the place you want to go to enjoy your coffee, but do not judge before trying out this place yourself. Located inside STC Senayan, Kuppie Coffee can be enjoyed without looking out the glass door to the crowds. It is quiet inside here and you can take your time to sit, sip the taste of coffee you selected, read your favourite book, or just have some good conversation. Kuppie Coffee is probably one among the minority who doesn’t provide Wi-Fi since we are asked to transport ourselves back to 1845, a life without that addictive connection.
Address: STC Senayan GF/56, Jalan Asia Afrika Pintu IX Gelora Senayan, RT.1/RW.3, Gelora, Kota Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10270
Purported to sell only 100% Arabica coffee from Indonesia, Tanamera has caught the attention of many coffee lovers around Jakarta. It is located in Central Jakarta and the best thing is that they only brew original coffee from Indonesia like Aceh, Toraja, Manggarai, and Malabar coffee. You can have either coffee from manual brewing or espresso from the machine.
Address : Thamrin City Office Park Blok AA No. 7, Jalan Kebon Kacang Raya, Tanah Abang, RT.8/RW.9, Kb. Melati, Kota Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10230
Es Kopi Tak Kie
If you’re looking for an authentic coffee in Jakarta, Es Kopi Tak Kie is a must go to place. Founded in 1927 by Liong Kwie Jong, it is now run by their 3rd generation. The classical taste started by their predecessor remained unchanged. Ayauw, the current owner, also makes a variant blend of coffee into one glass, such as Arabica and Robusta coffee from Lampung with Toraja and Sidikalang coffee. While already widely known, thanks to the social media, Es Kopi Tak Kie got a surge in popularity. Previously you will see many old people here enjoying their coffee as usual but now, young people flock here to taste the original coffee since the colonial days of Indonesia.
Address: Jl. Pintu Besar Selatan III, Gang Gloria No. 4 – 6, Glodok, RT.7/RW.6, Pinangsia, Tamansari, Kota Jakarta Barat, DKI Jakarta 11120
ABCD (A Bunch of Caffeine Dealers)
This coffee place is actually more of a coffee stall located inside a traditional market called Pasar Santa. Please note that they are only open on weekends since this place is used for the school of barista on weekdays. There is a few uniqueness you can find at ABCD, which opened in 2014. It is owned by Hendri Kurniawan, one of World Barista Championship Judge and this coffee kiosk opens based on their stock of coffee. Check their Instagram @abcd_coffee for opening information before visiting. They also implement the concept “ pay as you like it”t. All the barista and the owner are only volunteers here to serve the best coffee to the people. They do not profit but instead use what the people pay to purchase the coffee beans and restart the cycle.
Address: Pasar Santa Level 1, Block AL.01-BKS No. 75-77, Jl. Cipaku I, South Jakarta
If you are a typical coffee addict who only needs a shot of coffee at home, you can also order the coffee via online ojek (online taxi bike) through an application. Almost all the above coffee shops have a partnership with the online ojek provider. But if you are looking for a good coffee place to escape to, then just check out the cafes we have suggested above for some good coffee and a good hangout with friends!