It’s wines-day next Wednesday: Come celebrate Coconuts Jakarta’s 5th anniversary party with free-flow vino (Oct. 16)

Red and white are the colors of the Indonesian flag, and they also represent the colors of all the wine we’ll be imbibing at... Read on

Jokowi’s eldest son Gibran says he’s handing over F&B businesses to brother Kaesang, shifts focus to political career

It appears that President Joko Widodo’s eldest child, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, will close a chapter in his life as an F&B entrepreneur and open... Read on

Yet another bubble tea festival: Kota Kasablanka to hold ‘Boba Week’ (Oct 8-13)

Boba — the umbrella term for bubble tea beverages — has been around for ages, but the recent so-called renaissance in the last few... Read on

Fizzing out: Pepsi hard to find amid reports that it will cease distribution in Indonesia

The perennial debate between Pepsi and Coca Cola has pretty much been settled in Indonesia, in large part because the former looks to be... Read on

Take a walk down memory lane with Coconuts Jakarta’s greatest hits at our 5th anniversary party (Oct. 16)

It’s been five fun-filled years since Coconuts Jakarta launched in 2014. We have had a blast bringing you the funniest/weirdest/most frustrating/most wondrous stories out... Read on

Hell, no: Indonesian clerical body declares food and restaurants with Satanic names ‘haram’

Indonesians love their spicy food as much as many F&B establishments in the country like to invoke nouns related to fire and brimstone to... Read on

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


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Coconuts Jakarta Food & Drink

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.