Jakarta’s 10 Must-Try Cafés

Lucky Cat Coffee and Kitchen

Most people have their coffee first thing in the morning, but there are those who need their fix even at midnight. The good news is that Setiabudi’s Plaza Festival has this almost one-year-old café that’s open 24/7. Other than caffeine, you can also order bites such as seafood spaghetti or ribs.

Lucky Cat’s interior design is another reason why people keep coming back too. The two-story white structure was built around a lush tree, which grows past its greenhouse-like roof. Tiled floors, French windors, exposed vents, and potted plants bring the eatery its unique personality.

Monks

Japanese aesthetic served as the guiding principle for this Kelapa Gading eatery. It has a sleek and simple decor with the occasional bursts of colors, thanks to neon signs that are hoisted on the walls, including a waving Fortune Cat. Hanging lightbulbs, wicker furniture, and a surrounding indoor black fence that holds potted plants, chopping boards, and coffee table books round up the café’s overall look.

Monks will hook you up with the best of their own blends or featured coffees from other well-known coffee shops. Instagram-worthy as its surroundings are, the pièce de résistance may just be the Rolls-Royce of the coffee world: a Kees van de Western espresso machine that begs to have its photo taken.

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