The designer and founder of Jakarta Vintage shares his top picks of the Indonesian city’s cuisine and shopping.
I can’t recommend the Padang-style lunch at Medan Baru enough; located in the Pasar Baru area of Central Jakarta, the no-frills restaurant serves the world’s best fish-head curry and burung puyuh goreng (fried quail). The nearby Metro Atom Plaza is worth a stop to hunt for vintage outfits. For heavenly gelatos, I go to Gelato Secrets on Jalan Teuku Cik Ditiro—my favorite flavor is Vanilla Bamboo Charcoal.
The outlet is part of Shophaus Menteng, a lifestyle complex that also houses Namelaka (for French and mod-Asian desserts) and Pigeonhole Coffee. The Menteng neighborhood is also where you’ll find Kaum, one of the best new restaurants in town. From the outside it looks like any other vintage house in the area, but the interiors are partly Indonesian contemporary and partly a throwback to the 1960s.
This article originally appeared in the December 2017/January 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Jakarta Rising”).