Chow down on Indonesian street food specialities, or find a rooftop restaurant with beautiful views in Jakarta. Home to around 300 ethnic groups, this capital city’s menu selection is as diverse as its population. Jakarta street cooks in Jalan Jaksa deliver convention, and upscale chefs in Kemang never shortchange your five-star encounter. Hot, spicy, sweet and salty, food in Jakarta is rich in taste and drenched in tradition.
- Eat Traditional Street Food at Gang Gloria (Chinatown, Glodok)
Inside the biggest Chinatown in Indonesia, you won’t have any trouble finding many Indonesian street foods in Gloria Alley or Gang Gloria. The quaint street is the place to some famous favourites like Bakmi Amoy, which is adored for its fried-meatballs and Kopi Es Tak Kie. In here, you will discover traditional iced coffee, in addition to a yummy round of local dishes. Don’t stop at the clear, however. Jakarta city is the birthplace of Soto Betawi (beef in coconut milk), and Gloria Alley is where local cooks made it famous!
- Enjoy Indonesian Street Food at Gading Food City (Kelapa Gading)
Situated in the middle of KG (Kelapa Gading), Gading Food City is where local flavours and international cuisine collide. Not only will you find a decent range of Indonesian, Chinese, Korean and Western menus-with pork, you can also find live music, and a chilled-out atmosphere all night.
Where is the best place to eat in Gading Food City? The answer is Ibu Jum’s restaurant. The restaurant is famous for its Nasi Uduk, or blended rice. The dish begins with steamed rice that has been cooked in coconut milk garnished with cloves, lemongrass, cinnamon and pandan leaf. What you add to it’s your decision! Ibu Jum’s is renowned for its Nasi Uduk due to the selection of side dishes that come with it, from stir-fried papaya flowers to grilled squid. Here, you can also eat up in an outdoor chair in front of a large screen.
- Satisfy Your Upscale Food Cravings at Kemang
Kemang is Jakarta’s elite business district that serves as the gathering hub for professionals and visiting internationals who like to eat. In Kemang, you can enjoy brunch from the rooftop of FJ on 7, or share a feast of grilled meats at El Asador. Afternoon time in Kemang is somewhat laid back. Still, at night and on weekends, the place is full of live music and foodies ready to sample the best of Jakarta’s French, Italian, German and other international cuisines.
- Treat Yourself with Indonesian Satay and Local Dishes at Jalan Jaksa or Jalan Sabang
Street food does not get any more authentic than the grub you can find on Jalan Jaksa and Jalan Sabang. Situated just south of Merdeka Square, the two parallel places serve rows and rows of food stalls, operated by local chefs who know how to whip up some tasty originals. Enjoy a middle-of-the-night snack since these streets never sleep and continuously have ready order of Indonesian satay, fried Lele (catfish), and all of the Gado-Gado you can pile on one plate.
- Eat at a Local Warung at Bendungan Hilir
There can be no better place than Bendungan Hilir, popularly known as Benhil, to experience authentic Indonesian street food. Stuff your face with local favourites, all sold from a friendly warung (streetside restaurant) or by the rear end of a kaki lima, or “five-leg” seller, parked on the street. The mobile food carts get their name out of the three wheels on the carriage itself and the two legs of the seller who pushes it!
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