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Cafes You Should Visit in Jakarta

Indonesia is known for its coffee culture and is the 4th largest producer of coffee in the world after Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia. And, drinking coffee has become a tradition and a part of everyday lifestyle. Jakarta is a bustling city and hence, a caffeine fix is in continual demand no matter a cuppa before work, afternoon tea or a warm evening cappuccino. Let’s find out some of the cafes you should visit in Jakarta. 

Tujuhari Coffee

Tujuhari Coffee is a coffee shop and multipurpose space located in the South of Jakarta. As it promotes a productive and collaborative culture, it is designed to be more than just a coffee shop but an open platform for programmes that are related to work, art and culture. Hence, with the office work setting, it is a place that is suitable to have a meeting or get work done alone. Tujuhari Coffee stands out with a striking steely facade. Furthermore, their coffee culture is a symbol of modern, progressive and productive lifestyle for urban consumers.

Kokonut & Curtains by Wakimukudo

As its name suggested, Kokonut & Curtains is a cafe with outdoor seating surrounded by lush trees, green lake and white curtains. It is an indie cafe with strong chilled and relaxing island vibes. With the combination of clean white ornaments and greenery landscape, every corner of the cafe is very instagrammable. Speaking of the menu, they are serving a wide variety of beverages along with Asian and Western food. Although the price range is a bit on a high side, the plus point of the cafe is their vibe and environment.

Kopi Manyar 

Nestled in Bintaro area, the South of Jakarta, Kopi Manyar is a place where coffee meets art exhibition. The overall interior is simple, clean yet cozy. The seating area of the cafe is separated into three sections: homey sofa in front; long communal table in the middle; and casual seating in the minimalist zen-like garden at the back. Although the exterior looks like a home office, the interior looks like it’s come out of the pages of a magazine. As for the menu, Kopi Manyar serves espresso based coffee and some light food as well as some comfort food.

Lucky Cat Coffee & Kitchen

Lucky Cat Coffee & Kitchen is a two-storey establishment with a catchy white brick facade. The cafe is designed with a homey, cozy yet modern vibe. The interior focuses on lush green plants, marble tables, wooden furniture and a glass see-through roof. The place is spacious and it’s suitable to hang out among friends and family. It is also a spot to have your caffeine and all-day breakfast craving fixed.  

JimBARan Outdoor Lounge

Located in Ayana Midplaza, JimBARan Outdoor Lounge is a semi-private lounge space. It has sophisticated digs with a lush garden that feel like entering an oasis. It is a meeting place, where business and social networks intertwine. JimBARan Lounge is one of the best places to relax and enjoy creative cocktails and eclectic global fare.

Onthree

Onthree is a cafe tucked in the Senopati Suites Building at South Jakarta. With bright accent walls, fun geometric furniture and eye-catching arts, Onthree is a trendy loft that combines both stylish and comfort. Besides indoor seatings, this cafe has an outdoor seating area with a cozy wooden patio surrounded by tall buildings. Onthree is a place that fits business meetings and casual hangouts. For the menu, they are serving espresso based beverages and some Western delights. 

Kopi Nako Tebet

Having more than 10 branches in Jakarta itself, Kopi Nako is the official brand while Tebet is Indonesian subdistrict. Kopi Nako Tebet is a cafe that displays a minimalist impression on the architecture of the building. The cafe is a light and bright steel structured combined with concrete wall architecture. With see-through windows, natural light is optimised through the skylight. It is a place where local coffee meets urban concepts.

1/15 Coffee

One Fifteenth Coffee opened in June 2012 and was one of the first coffee shops that serves specialty coffee in Jakarta. 1:15 is a well-known coffee-to-water ratio that yields an ideal cup. This cafe is a community space where good coffee and good conversation meet. It incorporates Australia coffee culture into Indonesia’s and has a lot of branches all over Jakarta but the homey vibe always takes place. Besides aiming to bring the community the best possible coffee experience, 1/15 Coffee also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Insta-worthy Spots in Ipoh City That is Worth Visting

Ipoh is the capital city of Perak, located in Northwestern Malaysia. It was developed into one of Malaysia’s main cities from the early 19th century due to the tin mining boom. Ipoh is known for its rustic beauty and food. And, there are plenty of places to capture gorgeous Instagrammable shots. Check out some of these Insta-worthy spots in Ipoh and plan to visit the places in your next itinerary. 

Victoria Bridge

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Victoria Bridge is a single track railway truss bridge located in Karai, a small town near Kuala Kangsar, Perak. These railway bridges were constructed between December 1897 and March 1900 by the Perak Government Railway. Victoria Bridge is one of the oldest railway bridges in Malaysia. It remained in use until 2002. Although the old bridge is closed to rail traffic, the adjoining footbridge is publicly open to pedestrians and motorcycles. This place is increasingly popular among the locals, especially photographers, because of its aesthetic and nostalgic vibes. 

Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village

Qing Xin Ling means “serene hill” in Mandarin. Located between the famous cave temples of Sam Poh Tong and Kek Lok Tong, it is a cultural village with mountains and lakes. Qing Xin Ling is a 20-minute drive away from Ipoh old town. The place is captivated by stunning landscapes of mountains and jungles. Besides taking photos at the village, visitors can also do jungle trekking, bicycle riding, barbeque, fish feeding, and campfire.

Kong Heng Square

Located just a stone’s throw away from Concubine Lane, Kong Heng Square is a cluster of pre-WWII buildings. It was abandoned and now it  has been restored. Kong Heng Square now combines heritage walks, boutique hotels, restaurants and a weekend artisan market. Started with humble unique craft shops, the square now is where artists and artisans promote their handiwork in Ipoh.

Birch Memorial Clock Tower

Birch Memorial Clock Tower is located in a square inside the Old Ipoh. Constructed to commemorate James W. W. Birch – the first British Resident of the State of Perak, this four-sided clock tower stands in front of Ipoh State Mosque. The four sides represent the four pillars of British administration: patience, justice, loyalty and fortitude. Birch Memorial Clock Tower consists of these four panels illustrative of the growth of civilization. On a side note, it has a mother bell and four smaller bells to strike the chimes.

Tasik Cermin

Tasik Cermin is literally translated as “Mirror Lake”. The lake probably derives its name from the water where it reflects the surrounding which makes it an Insta-worthy place. It is not recognised as a tourist attraction yet this picturesque lake is one of most photogenic places in Ipoh. Tucked in between greenery and limestone mountains that have earned the city the nickname “Guilin of Malaysia”, Tasik Cermin is located at a 20-minute drive from the heart of Ipoh.

The Concubine Lanes

According to the locals, Concubine Lane was built by mining tycoon Yao Tet Shin for his three wives. Each lane was gifted to his 3 wives respectively with the names of Wife Lane, Concubine Lane and Second Concubine Lane. Meanwhile, some locals said it was the place where rich men hide their mistresses. Concubine Lane is the most lively with its colourful little shops, stalls and a vibrant vibe. Concubine Lane has been transformed into a popular hangout spot in Ipoh among the locals and tourists.

Ipoh Town Hall

Ipoh Town Hall was completed in 1916. The building was originally used as the main administrative offices in Ipoh, while the back portion housed the former Post Office. From 1948, the Town Hall served as the District Police Headquarters for several years. The building was designed in an Edwardian Baroque architectural style. The architect, Arthur Benison Hubback also designed the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Jamek Mosque (near Merdeka Square) and more colonial buildings. Ipoh Town Hall currently serves as a function space.

Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh Railway Station was officially opened in 1917. It was affectionately known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh by its locals. It was initially meant to be a hospital and used before the 20th century before being turned into a station. This building is also designed by Arthur Benison Hubback (same as the architect of Ipoh Town Hall). This railway station is an impressive landmark which combines Moorish architecture with modern decorative features.

Sam Poh Tong Temple

Sam Poh Tong Temple is also known as the Three Buddhas Cave. It is a Chinese temple built within a limestone cave. Moreover, it is the oldest and the main cave temple in Ipoh. There is a stunning landscaped garden designed around a large fish pond in front of the temple. Besides, the temple also contains artwork such as a reclining Buddha figure.

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