Indonesian celeb Lucinta Luna drives netizens nuts with her new coffee franchise ‘Ko&Thol’

Ko&Thol’s signature coffee and menthol mix may be hard to swallow for some, but the franchise’s name stands apart. Read on

Local cheese tea chain Ban Ban of Boba Pan fame drops special collaboration with Ovaltine

You may know Ban Ban, a local chain specializing in cheese tea, from their Instagram-famous Boba Pan. People reportedly have had to queue for... Read on

Taiwanese boba specialist Tiger Sugar opens 3rd Jakarta store in Pluit today

It appears that Jakarta won’t be in short supply of bubble tea — popularly known as boba — anytime soon, as huge demand for... Read on

Sugar rush: Gandaria City mall to hold boba festival from September 25-29

If the long queues are any indication, Jakartans are very much into bubble tea — commonly known as boba — as of late (on... Read on

The Colonel’s had enough: KFC Indonesia gives witty replies to netizens who refuse to clear their tables after eating

KFC Indonesia — the crazy geniuses behind the fried chicken skin — have got to be commended for being the only major fast food... Read on

‘Es kopi’ pioneer, Toko Kopi Tuku, opens new outlet in South Jakarta’s Lebak Bulus

Toko Kopi Tuku, a humble coffee chain from South Jakarta that popularized the trend of affordable es kopi susu — a mixture of iced latte,... Read on

Popular Jakarta third-wave joint Ombe Kofie opens new branch in North Jakarta’s Pantai Indah Kapuk

Ombe Kofie, one of the most famous names in Jakarta's third-wave coffee scene, has opened a new store in PIK Read on

Filipino fast food giant Jollibee looking to bring joy of chicken to Indonesia

In 2017, we reported that Filipino fast food chain Jollibee — the country’s most famous fast food export — announced plans that it would... Read on

Taiwanese brown sugar boba milk specialist Tiger Sugar to open 2nd Jakarta store in Plaza Indonesia

Great news for boba-sipping millennials of Central Jakarta: Famed Taiwanese brown sugar boba milk specialist Tiger Sugar is opening their second Jakarta store in... Read on

BSD’s 24-hour dim sum joint Haka Dim Sum opens first Jakarta branch in Kemang

We believe that dim sum is a dish that’s appropriate around the clock. Evidently, we’re not the only ones who think that since there’s... Read on

Japanese jiggly pancakes specialist Gram Pancakes opens their first store in Jakarta

You no longer have to go to Japan to take Boomerang clips of stacked jiggly pancakes for the ‘gram, because now, Jakarta has Gram. Read on

Jakarta bakery Beau by Talita Setyadi opens second store on Panglima Polim

One of Jakarta's best known artisan bakeries is opening a second store Read on


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Jakarta is paradise for food lovers, giving them access to everything from incredibly cheap and tasty street food to fancy and sophisticated fine dining and everything in-between. But it can be hard to figure out what the best food options in town are, which is why we’re here to help. Of course, the main type of cuisine on offer in Jakarta is Indonesian food. You’ll find restaurants representing the culinary cultures of the entire archipelago in the capital, from ubiquitous and always delicious Padang restaurants to the fiery fare of Aceh and Manado to the island delights of Bali and Lombok. There is no other city on Earth with as wide a selection of Indonesian eats as here, and a few visits to Jakarta’s top Indonesian restaurants makes it easy to understand why our lands were once known as the spice islands. Of course there is much more to Jakarta’s F&B scene than Indonesian food, as the capital’s discerning gourmands also have a taste for authentic international fare. Other Asian cuisines are strongly represented among Jakarta’s restaurants, particularly Japanese, which you’ll find in forms ranging from fast food to ultra-luxurious omakase style menus; and Chinese cuisine, which has been incorporated in many ways into everyday Indonesian food (such as nasi goreng and mie ayam). There are also plenty of excellent Korean restaurants catering to their large expat population as well as a number of good Vietnamese and Thai restaurants. Western food is also becoming increasingly popular in Jakarta, with many American fast food chains like McDonald's and KFC having long been mainstays for middle class Indonesian families. These days, you’ll find more sophisticated and varied western fare including authentic French and Italian restaurants, increasingly run by Indonesian chefs trained overseas. Even though it’s on the island of Java, Jakarta’s coffee has only recently started catering to kopi connoisseurs, with many cool cafes that take coffee seriously started by Indonesians who studied in Australia and want to nurture that same cafe culture here. Although many Indonesians abstain from alcohol, you’ll find plenty of bars and nightclubs in Jakarta that serve up much more than just beer. Cocktail culture has come particularly far in the last few years, with two Jakarta bars even making the Top 50 Bars in Asia list.