We Purple Ojol: BTS fans in Indonesia raise funds to pay for COVID-19 tests, lunch boxes for delivery drivers

After all the blood, sweat, and tears shed for the special edition BTS Meal at McDonald’s restaurants throughout Indonesia, fans of K-pop superstars BTS... Read on

Jakarta police ask McDonald’s to discontinue BTS Meal following launch day frenzy

The Jakarta Metro Police has asked McDonald’s Indonesia to discontinue the special edition BTS Meal after a number of stores were shut by authorities... Read on

#ThankYouOJOL: Indonesians pay tribute to delivery drivers for bringing them the McDonald’s BTS Meal

BTS fans across Indonesia have all the more reason to appreciate motorcycle taxi/delivery drivers (locally known as ojol), who are braving the heat and... Read on

Mac of the Soul: McDonald’s BTS Meal to go on sale in Indonesia starting Wednesday

ARMYs, are you ready to eat like Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook at McDonald’s? It won’t be too long now for... Read on

Bali’s cinnamon roll specialist Sinamon to open first Jakarta store

It seems like more and more hip dining spots in Bali are branching out to the capital, with cinnamon rolls specialist Sinamon being the... Read on

Taco Local goes north: South Jakarta’s taco purveyor branches out to PIK’s Urban Farm

Those who live in or frequent Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) for its ever-growing culinary options can now enjoy tacos from one of the capital’s... Read on

Fast Food Watch: Burger King’s plant-based burger, McDonald’s’ gulai fried chicken, and KFC’s vintage set

It’s no secret that we love fast food here in Indonesia, which unsurprisingly makes the market highly competitive. Sure, each fast food brand has... Read on

Jakarta’s Union ranks 33rd on Asia’s 50 Best Bars, named Indonesia’s best bar in 2021

There’s even more of a reason to hang out (responsibly) at Union now, as the establishment has again entered the coveted Asia’s 50 Best... Read on

Bali’s famous French bakery Monsieur Spoon opens first Jakarta café in Pantai Indah Kapuk

If you’re a fan of Monsieur Spoon’s flaky, buttery pastries and have been missing your routine visit to their stores across Bali, fret not... Read on

Mad Grass, Jakarta’s first plant-based cloud kitchen, is now open

It seems that Jakarta will never run out of options when it comes to F&B offerings, including those catering to plant-based diets. Now, the... Read on

Jakarta Provincial Government orders bars to close during Ramadan

Even though bars ostensibly have a target market that excludes fasting Muslims, the Jakarta Provincial Government has ordered for them to shut throughout the... Read on

Religious Affairs Ministry allows iftar get-togethers during Ramadan

If you’re looking forward to getting together with friends and loved ones to have iftar (fast breaking) during Ramadan, you may do so under... 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.