By Julie Ng
Whether you’re from overseas looking to experience the real Jakarta or a local trying to get to know your own place better after work or in the weekend, here’s a guide for you.
First of all, mobile culture (in both the digital and transient sense) is rapidly dismantling the partitions and cubicles of traditional office spaces. Thanks to wifi and coworking, there is no need to give up hours of your life being stuck in traffic trying to reach that one office in that famous building in that famous business district.
We’ve spoken enough about the cosmopolitan hubs of our cities. So if wifi and power outlets are all you need, how about a change of scenery? Let’s get out of the shadows of these skyscrapers and explore the "hidden secrets" of Jakarta!
A place in Menteng area of Central Jakarta with an old town vibe. This is where you’ll find a bustling community of small businesses. Bring a date to the nearby flower market, take a stroll along the Jalan Surabaya Antique Market, or visit Jakarta’s very own planetarium. There’s also a place called Taman Ismail Marzuki which is an artsy complex where they hold film showings and art exhibitions. If you’re creative or simply love to explore the culture-rich nooks, you would love to work in this area.
Workspaces in Cikini:
Address: Jalan Cikini Raya No. 43/45 Cikini, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat 10330
Address: Jl. Cikini Raya No.9 Jakarta, Indonesia 10330
Peaceful and residential, Kebayoran Baru is full of restaurants and accommodations from a walking distance. You can also find a small area within Kebayoran Baru called Senopati that’s full of coffee shops, trendy eats, and high end places perfect for business meetings.
Workspaces in KB:
Address: Jalan Wijaya 1 No. 5C, (Tendean-Wijaya Intersection), RT.7/RW.4, Petogogan, Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12170
Address: Jl. Kyai Maja No.39, South Jakarta
For the adventurous foodie, we head south to Tebet. Unlike the high end places of Senopati, cheap eats are in abundance in this charming spot in Jakarta. This will make sure you’ll always have a delicious lunch without breaking the bank.
Workspaces in Tebet:
Address: Jl. Tebet Raya No.53, RT.3/RW.2, Tebet Bar., Tebet, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12810
Tebet Barat Dalam VII/21 Jakarta 12810
As one of the more affluent corners of Jakarta, Kemang has entertainment centers you don’t typically find it the quieter parts of the city such as grand shopping malls. Kemang is a fun place to bring kids (or kids at heart). Cuddle up in cat cafes, have a scifi adventure with Laser Game, escape mystery rooms like Escape Hunt Experience and Agent X, and practice surfing in artificial waves in The Wave Pondok Indah Water Park. Get inspired at Di.a.lo.gue Art Space.
Workspaces in Kemang:
Address: No., Jl. Kemang Raya No.8B, RT.9/RW.1, Bangka, Mampang Prapatan., Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12730
Address: RW.1, Bangka, Mampang Prapatan, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12720
Thamrin is known for its Welcome Monument and roundabout. Also known as the heart of Jakarta, the monument is a photographer’s favorite for giving Jakarta its unique cityscape. Surrounding this landmark are luxurious international hotels such as the elegant Pullman, Kempinski, and Mandarin Oriental.
Workspaces in Thamrin:
Address: Chubb Square, 9th Floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 10 Jakarta, 10230
Address: No. 2 Thamrin, Jl. Sungai Gerong, RT.10/RW.20, Kb. Melati, DKI Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10230
Finding accommodation and restaurants is easy. Workspaces are a little more challenging to find and contact so we’re here to solve that problem. Whether you’re looking for an office, meeting room, or coworking space in a quieter location or a glossy CBD, we’ll find you the perfect one. Ask us about it!