Indonesia’s cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world and even just staying in Jakarta you’ll notice that. You may well have an idea of what you want to try but where to try it is a different matter. Here’s our guide on the best places to eat in Jakarta.
Street food is the backbone of Indonesia’s food scene so we had to make sure we got a couple of food markets on here. First things first, Lenggang. It’s a reliable market with plenty of different stalls. Grab some noodles for dinner or maybe some classic Indonesian deep fried banana.
Pecenongan Night Market
Out late and looking for something to eat? This street food market has got you covered, opening until the early hours of the morning. It’s a social area for families and young people alike so you’ll be greeted by a warm and buzzing atmosphere. Like Lenggang, it’s got plenty of the street food classics you’ll want to try – read our blog to learn more about those.
Cranking things up a few gears in class, we present Kunstkring Paleis. It’s not cheap (around 500,000 IDR for a meal) but you’ll notice why. It’s home to an art gallery which has displayed the likes of Van Gogh and Picasso, which continues running today. Kunstkring is a little more for the fancy experience than the authentic Indonesian food. You can still guarantee you’ll get some high quality food on your plate and will feel pretty elite for the night. Plus, Indonesian cultural dances can often take places during the meal times, which definitely adds to it.
Vegan or veggie and worried about finding places to go? Overall, you don’t need to worry too much as Indonesian cuisine is pretty veggie friendly. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a tasty, reliable restaurant where you can get vegan food then Burgreens makes for a reliable fall back. There are a few of these vegetarian and vegan restaurants dotted around Jakarta and the food they serve is delicious. Tuck into a wide range of Indonesian dishes plus, if you’re missing home, they also serve vegan burgers!
If you didn’t know, Jakarta is a coastal city. This restaurant prides itself on serving fresh seafood. If you find it difficult seeing animals alive before they’re eaten then we suggest you head back to Burgreens. This restaurant is located on the waterfront so you can try some crab and fish taken straight from the aquarium in the restaurant. Take some time to look out onto the sea on its outdoor seating as you enjoy your fresh seafood dinner.