Sometimes all we need to kickstart our day is a great, wholesome breakfast — and for that, we don’t need to make or buy something complicated. Most of us Jakartans eat breakfast on-the-go with traditional meals sold on carts, such as bubur ayam or nasi uduk. But if you’re headed the Western breakfast route, then breads and pastries are probably what you’re after.
The popularity of croissants, or pastries in general, has been on the rise in Jakarta in the last couple of years, especially with more local artisan bakeries, or French-style patisseries popping up. The good thing is, there’s a great variety of shops you can choose from, with prices ranging from affordable to pricey.
Here are some of the local bakeries that make some of the best pastries in town. As a point of price comparison, we’re citing the cost of one plain croissant at each place so that you can get an idea of the kind of money you’ll be forking over.
Also, if you’re looking for a strong cup of coffee to go with your flaky, buttery pastries, you might want to check out coffee shops with the most intense brews in town. Or, if you prefer to brew your own cup at home, you can order your beans from some of the best Indonesian roasteries.
This one is an insanely popular spot, so expect your favorites to run out by the time you arrive — unless you’re a diehard fan who goes first thing in the morning. Animo is mainly famous for three things: offering an affordable and varied range of pastries and artisanal breads; donat gemes, which actually is a donat kampung, a traditional Indonesian-style donut made of potato; and Es Kopi Animo, their take on the popular es kopi. If you’re hankering for a fix of these baked goods, we’d suggest getting them as takeaway instead of dining in, because most of Animo’s stores are pretty small and there are almost always long queues clogging up the space.
PRICE: IDR 12,000 (we know, right?) for a plain croissant.
They might be famous for their amazing cakes, such as Key Lime Pie and Tres Leches cake, but Ann’s Bakehouse has got a pretty solid lineup of pastry offerings, too. While you’re waiting for your cakes or pastries — either for dine-in or takeaway at its Melawai HQ — you can check out the es kopi at Coffeedential to Go, which is located inside the store.
PRICE: IDR 15,000 for a plain croissant — surprisingly affordable.
Established in 2014 by pastry chef Talita Setyadi, Beau is known for its high quality artisan pastries, bread, and cakes (actually, one of our favorites in the list). Aside from the classic versions, people also come for their best-selling Salted Egg Croissant. Good coffee, great all-day brunch lineup, and a physically beautiful place — what more can you ask? If you’re going to the shop for an afternoon coffee, you might want to check out their cakes and eclairs, too.
PRICE: IDR 23,000++ for a plain croissant, IDR 26,000++ for a whole wheat croissant — a bit pricey, but considering its quality and prime location, they’re reasonable
FIND IT: There are two Beau by Talita Setyadi stores in South Jakarta: Jalan Cikajang No. 29 and Jalan Panglima Polim IX/15 in Kebayoran Baru
Beau by Talita Setyadi’s Coconuts Directory Listing, and Instagram
The furthermost place in the list, Becca’s Bakehouse is located in Muara Karang residential area, North Jakarta. So, when you’re in the area, this is the bakery to go. Customers usually prefer to dine in to enjoy their pastries along with their coffee, which is reportedly good. They usually go for more adventurous varieties such as Becca’s Salted Egg, Ovomaltine, or Truffle Cheese croissants.
PRICE: IDR 17,500 for a plain croissant
Browse around Zomato and other restaurant review platforms for insights on Chicory European Patisserie and, more often than not, you’ll see the word “pricey” used to describe the place. Most reviewers praise the quality and taste of the shop’s pastry selection, as well as its coffee, but also point out that the prices for these items can be expensive to the point of absurdity.
We went to Chicory ourselves on a Saturday afternoon to find out if they really live up to their reputation for quality baked goods, and we’re pleased to report that they really do. The plain croissant was so heavenly — buttery on the inside with the right amount of flakiness, but not too oily. As expected, Chicory’s got a solid bread, sandwiches, cakes, and pies lineup — but they come with hefty price tags as well.
PRICE: IDR 29,000++ for a plain croissant — it’s inarguably great-tasting, but still rather steep for Jakartan standards
FIND IT: Jl. Sumenep No. 9, Menteng, Central Jakarta
Chicory European Patisserie’s Coconuts Directory page, and Instagram
Alright — this one isn’t local since it hails from Singapore, but we can confidently say that Joe & Dough serves one of the meanest, most badass croissants in town. The Butter Croissant’s flaky, buttery texture, especially when paired with a cappuccino, is the stuff of dreams. Their cake selection, especially the best-selling Gula Melaka Pandan, are interesting as well. Other than the brunch menu, Joe & Dough also serves mains for lunch and dinner (interestingly, several of the menus are quite heavy, with stuff like rib bowls, among others).
PRICE: IDR 25,000++ for a plain butter croissant — a bit pricey, but considering its place in Plaza Indonesia and two other locations, it’s kind of alright.
The store might be hidden in a corner of Grand Indonesia, but the easiest way to find Kempi Deli is by looking for Paulaner Brauhaus, which are located right next each other. Kempi Deli, which is managed under Kempinski Hotel, serves freshly baked pastries and breads for dine-in and takeaway. Whenever you’re in the mood to have some quiet me time with a cup of good coffee or tea, with a pastry (or sandwich and cakes) in your hand, Kempi Deli can be your option.
PRICE: IDR25,000++ for a plain croissant — also a bit pricey, but it ain’t that bad, considering the place
Their name might be not as widely known as those of other French patisseries in town, but Levant Boulangerie et Pâtisserie should be on your radar. Their homey Cipete store is tucked opposite the French International School (Lycée Français de Jakarta), so no wonder if most of the patrons are French expats. There are varieties of pastries, baguettes, quiche, and other types of bread, and it seems like the tartlettes are the favorite among patrons here.
PRICE: IDR 12,000++ for a small plain croissant; IDR 19,000++ for a large plain croissant
FIND IT: Two Levant Boulangerie et Pâtisserie outlets in Cipete and Kemang, South Jakarta
Levant Boulangerie et Pâtisserie Coconuts Directory page, and Instagram
Possibly the most famous French patisserie in town, Sophie Authentique started from a small shop in Kemang. Today, it has six stores in South and Central Jakarta. The store got its name from the founder, a French woman named Sophie, and word on the street is that her pastries are authentically made from her own personal recipes. Aside from croissants and the other usual goods, customers love their canele and Croque Monsieur and Madame. BTW, their coffee is pretty good too, and they have their own range of es kopi called Scophie (cute name, no?).
PRICE: IDR 19,000 for a plain croissant
FIND IT: Sophie Authentique has six outlets throughout South and Central Jakarta, including Institut Français Indonesia (IFI) Thamrin and Arkadia Building, Pasar Minggu
Sophie Authentique’s Coconuts Directory page, and Instagram
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