Nowadays, we can work from anywhere as long as we’ve got a reliable internet connection — and access to good food and drinks, of course. Or maybe you like working from home, but are mid-way through an assignment when your Wi-Fi suddenly drops dead.
We feel ya. We’ve been there too.
Here are the spots in the city that we know to be reliable, in all the things that matter most when you’re freelancing, working remotely, or studying: strong Wi-Fi connections, affordable food, and good coffee to fuel us through the day.
This is our go-to place, among other cool spots in the Panglima Polim area, whenever we need a homey working place (that’s not actually our own home, because our Wi-Fi is dead). Kroma really lives up to its hashtag, #BetahDiRumah (#FeelAtHome). Other than being a reliable working cafe, with well-priced grub and decent coffee, you can also book Kroma for events or attend their craft workshops.
Price: Main courses range from Rp38,000 to Rp45,000, while espresso-based drinks start at Rp22,000 (Kroma’s signature es kopi, Kopi Susu Rumah) and can go further up, ranging from Rp30,000 to Rp35,000 for a hot cappuccino and a mochaccino (or manual brew), respectively.
Doma Dona’s another coffee shop you can count on when you need a working space in the Kebayoran area (even many online reviews mention that it’s a common sight to see a lot of people working with their laptops there). The cafe has cool-toned interiors and the smell of freshly roasted coffee from their on-site roastery, which are both added plusses.
Price: main courses start from Rp45,000; espresso-based drinks range from Rp26,000 (espresso) to Rp42,000 (iced mocha or flavored lattes). Doma Dona also offers snack sets of coffee and brownies (or croissants) for Rp50,000, as well as meal sets such as iced tea with pasta (or nasi goreng bajak) for Rp75,000.
As the name suggests, Kozi Coffee is cozy to work in — actually, it’s equally cozy for chilling around with your friends, too. Originally from Bandung, West Java, we’re happy to report that Kozi Coffee Jakarta seems to bring the similar laidback vibes that its OG spot is known for. The last time we were at the Jeruk Purut cafe, we spent all day there — from lunch to dinner, because we were too kozi to move from our seat. Har har.
Price: Main courses range from Rp25,000 (ayam geprek) to Rp40,000; Drinks cost Rp20,000 each, for signatures such as es kopi, Kosangsu (es kopi with banana flavor) and Pillow Kopi (es kopi with puffy whipped cream on top). The priciest coffee in the list are Hazelnut Creme Brulee (Rp40,000) and iced manual brew coffee, made with fancy exported beans (Rp42,000).
Kozi Coffee has 2 locations in South Jakarta.
Kedai Tjikini is a place where you can likely meet people from all walks of life, because it’s more like a community space than just your average coffee shop. Located within an old house, the cafe would probably remind you of the grandparents’ house you frequently visited when you were a child — and becomes especially evocative of those times, once you order from their old-school Indonesian menu.
Prices: Indonesian dishes range from Rp35,000 to Rp65,000; coffees range from Rp35,000 (Indonesian single origin coffee/Tjikini House Blend) to Rp38,000 (cappuccino/latte).
Tjikini is at Jalan Cikini Raya No. 17, Central Jakarta 10330. Phone: 62 21 319 35521. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. Kedai Tjikini Coconuts Directory listing. Keep up with events at Kedai Tjikini on their Instagram.
Don’t get fooled by its facade — from the outside, this cafe looks more like a home office that’s nestled within the middle of Bintaro’s residential area. As you step into Kopi Manyar, however, you’ll be surprised to find that it’s actually quite spacious inside. Kopi Manyar is designed and owned by renowned Indonesian architecture firm Andramatin Architects, so no wonder the cafe looks like it’s come straight out of the pages of an architecture book or magazine.
Prices: All main courses are priced at Rp55,000 each; coffees range from Rp26,000 (espresso) to Rp50,000 (affogato).
Jl. Bintaro Tengah No. 14, Bintaro, Tangerang 12330. Instagram
Pigeonhole, one of Bintaro’s finest third-wave coffee shops, has also opened a second branch in Menteng, Central Jakarta. The cafe’s warm interiors, dominated by yellow hues, are enough to lift your spirits. They also have their own roastery, Motherpigeons Roaster, which supplies their house blend coffee, as well as other high quality specialty roasts.
Prices: Mains are only served at the Bintaro branch, with prices ranging from Rp38,000 to Rp48,000; coffees range from Rp26,000 (espresso) to Rp105,000 (filter coffee).
Are you screaming for ice cream after hours of grueling work? Well, you might want to work at Three Folks. There are three locations in Jakarta and Tangerang, with the Fatmawati branch being the biggest. You’ll find many selections for lunch to dinner, plus homemade ice cream (some flavors are seasonal).
Prices: Breakfast offerings and mains range from Rp35,000 to Rp50,000; coffees range from Rp25,000 (espresso) to Rp84,000 (“flights” menu). Ice cream starts at Rp30,000 for a premium single scoop.
Three Folks has three locations in Meruya, West Jakarta; Fatmawati, South Jakarta, and Pondok Aren, Tangerang.
“Hasea” means “successful” or “useful” in the Batak language — instead of finding traditional Batak delicacies, though, there’s mainly just Western fare here. They do serve great breakfast and brunch at Hasea Eatery, so maybe start your working hours earlier if you plan to plant yourself there for the day.
Prices: Breakfast options and main courses range from Rp31,000 to Rp56,000; coffees range from Rp22,000 (espresso) to Rp42,000 (iced creme brulee latte).
Jl. Bintaro Utama 9, Blok JB1 No. 8, Pondok Aren, Tangerang.
You’d probably guess that this spot is a Dutch-inspired coffee shop from its name. It’s a great place to head to if you’re bored with your usual lunch, as there’s a Dutch food menu here, alongside some popular Indonesian and Western fare. And if you’re in a “Diet? What diet?” mood, then try their Beng Beng frappie (a famous Indonesian chocolate wafer brand) for Rpp37,000 a glass.
Prices: Breakfast options and mains range from Rp22,000 to Rp80,000; coffees range from Rp17,000 (espresso) to Rp30,000 (flavored lattes).
Goedkoop has 2 locations in Bendungan Hilir, Central Jakarta and Karang Tengah, South Jakarta.
We’ve frequented Kopikalyan’s Cikajang branch for the past couple of years, and still love their cuppa — but we can’t lie — their meticulously designed interiors (even their smoking area looks so zen from inside) also look so, so good on our Instagram feed. And we bet there are many visitors who think the same way we do, too, since we always have a hard time securing a seat with a power outlet in reach. In case we don’t get a seat again, we’ll probably head to their newest Barito branch instead.
Prices: Mains range from Rp39,000 to Rp85,000; coffees range from Rp20,000 (espresso) to Rp40,000 (Es KopiKalyan).