Since I decide to stop working 9-5 in a multinational company (well… I lie, my previous work was not always 9-5), I have become a full-time freelance now. Doing things that I like and enjoy my new world. This also means that I don’t really have an office. My office can be anywhere I want it, as long as it has an Internet connection (free wi-fi), cozy ambiance and nice food and or drinks. This freedom has given me a nice chance to explore Jakarta.
I don’t really want to share my ‘office’ with a lot of people because some of these places are special (quiet and cozy) – and pleasurably secret – to me, but since I will be leaving Jakarta pretty soon (really look forward for it) I will share it anyway! You can have it now :-p
Anomali is a coffee chain and there are four (Senopati, Kemang, Setiabudi, Menteng, Pakubuwono, Pondok Indah, WTC 3, and PIK Avenue) of them located around the city.
Anomali coffee has a new outlet called Anomali Menteng. The address is at Jl. Cik Ditiro No. 52 Menteng, Jakarta Pusat. It is located before the Jakarta Eye Center. It’s a good place (or try Giyanti too) to go if you also want to check out the famous flea market in Jakarta, Jalan Surabaya. Here are some pictures of Anomali Menteng.
My second choice is the one in Senopati. The reason I like Anomali so much is because they have really good coffee. If you want to try regional coffee from Indonesia then this is a great place to do it.
The Anomali in Setiabudi has lots of comfortable chairs and is just perfect before lunch or after lunch time. It gets quite busy at lunch time.
Reading Room located on Jalan Kemang Timur Raya ( the number is 57). It is quite tricky to find this place as the numbers on Jalan Kemang Timur Raya are not in any real order (so after 47, you will find 99 instead of 49 for example). The easiest way to find it is to look out for a mosque; Reading Room is on the same side of the road as the mosque, but three or four house down.
What I really like here is the cappuccino, it is really tasty. The food is a little bit overpriced, but it is tasty. Oh! Since it is called the Reading Room, you will be able to find lots of book to read!
Eatology -it is permanently closed 🙁
The address of Eatology is; Jalan K.H. Agus Salim No. 22 D – E, Sabang, Menteng, Jakarta. This is not so far away from Jalan Jaksa.
In terms of the layout, Eatology is my favorite office, because there is a high glass ceiling that allows the air to circulate and lets in lots of natural light. The disturbing thing about Eatology is that it has tiny chairs. They provide a cushion to make it more comfortable, but somehow it feels awkward to sit there for hours. However, the staff are friendly and the food portions are large.
Dialogue (Dia.lo.gue) is an arts space combined with a cafe and a small shop in Kemang-Jl. Kemang Selatan 99 a, opposite the Habibie Center. It is another perfect spot to work! Even though they don’t have very comfortable chairs, Dialogue is very peaceful. The cafe is really large and there is a lot of space and they have some very unique art work, which they always update.
The food is very tasty food and the greatest thing about the cafe is that the staff are really friendly. It almost feels like you’re in your own house. Fully comfortable!
Poste – it is sadly permanently closed now.
The most comfortable sofa ever! Oh I really love this place just because of the sofa! Poste has great live music every Friday night, I love it! All the (mostly) decoration is white and there are candles, which gives Poste a very comfortable romantic ambiance. The prices are quite high, but they have meals promotions at lunch time and have so many choices for drinks. It is definitely worth it!
Poste is located inside the East building, Kawasan Mega Kuningan.
Giyanti Coffee Roastery
Another place I want to suggest to go to is Giyanti Coffee Roastery. The cafe that is located in Jl. Surabaya no.20, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, next to Cali Deli (you won’t miss Cali Deli sign board). Giyanti takes roasting coffee very seriously! They are closed on Sunday – Tuesday for roasting and open only on Wednesday – Saturday: 09.30 – 17.30. Giyanti Coffee is a hip place and if you want to enjoy Giyanti without the crowd then the best time to visit is at 09.30 – 11.00 am. I love this place for the ambiance and definitely the coffee, for me it is the best place in town!
Since there are two places that are permanently closed (so sad), I would like to add some more coffee shops around the town that you should check out. I’ll mark them with “great spot for work” if it is. Other than that, I love them because they are serving tasty coffee, have a great interior/trendy and good service. Here are my recommendations:
- Crematology Coffee Roasters (South Jakarta)
- Six Ounces Coffee (North Jakarta) – great spot for work
- Blumchen Coffee (South Jakarta) – great spot for work
- 1/15 Coffee (Kemang, Macan Museum, Menteng and Gandaria) – great spot for work
- Djournal Coffee (Central Jakarta; Grand Indonesia Mall)
- Ottoman’s Coffee Brewers (Central Jakarta in Kuningan area and South Jakarta in Cilandak area)
- Hello Sunday (Central Jakarta; Metropole XXI) – great spot for work plus they have tasty ice cream!
So that is it, my favorite offices, but not in any particular order. Your welcome to use my offices while I’m away, I don’t mind at all. I would love to hear your experience if you visit these place in the future. Do you have other interesting hang outs, cafe/restaurant I should know about?
Btw, check here if you need suggestions about nice cafes / restaurants in Ubud, Bali. Need info about things to do in Jakarta? Feel free to check this link. Last, don’t forget to check this post for weekend getaway ideas from Jakarta!