Bored at home, but still want to sit down with a good book and a great cup of coffee? We picked out the best places in Jakarta to read peacefully.
The introvert in us loves curling up at home with a great book and cosy comforter on a lazy Sunday, but for the days we’re feeling a bit of cabin fever all we want is a quiet café and a fresh hot cuppa to accompany us while we read. (Yes, we are all out and proud bookworms here at HC!) Luckily, there are these amazing hidden gems that are perfect for parking yourself for the day with your favourite paperback. From bookstore cafés to coffee shops, we’ve listed out our favourite places in Jakarta to read. You’ll want to stay there for hours!
The Reading Room
Established by writer and movie director, Richard Oh, The Reading Room is got to be one of devoted book lover’s sanctuaries in Jakarta. The two-storey café is also home to many literary events and workshops. Even local literary heroes such as Joko Anwar and Ayu Utami are frequently spotted on the scene either giving a talk or just hanging out with their laptops plugged in. Our favourite corner is on the second level where you can enjoy the owner’s personal collection of books while sitting by the window with vibrant views of Kemang.
The Reading Room, Jl. Kemang Timur No.57, South Jakarta, p. +628 5777277449
Situated in the area of Kalibata City, Bookopi is known for its vintage ambience and decent coffee with pocket-friendly price. The café’s rustic bookshelves are more than just mere decorative additions to the scene – from vintage comic book series to encyclopedias, there are plenty of books and magazines for the customers to read. Ah, one more thing, its WiFi connection is no turtle-speed!
Bookopi, Kalibata City Square, Tower S, Jl. Kalibata Raya No. 1, South Jakarta, p +6221 29316912
Comic Café is appealing to all diehard comic book readers out there who happen to pass the busy area of Tebet. This semi-outdoor café is a perfect escape from the city’s intense heat – order a refreshing lemon squash while getting lost in the pages of your favourite comic book. Comic Café’s vast collection of books includes the likes of Marvel and DC best-selling issues. When you fancy a break from the fantasy world, stay through the night to enjoy a killer jam-sesh by local musicians.
Comic Café, Jl. Tebet Raya No.53D, South Jakarta, p +6221 8355216
Kopium Artisan Coffee
Kopium Artisan is one of our favourite neighbourhood coffee joints, as it is located just inside Hero Kemang’s Periplus bookstore. Grab the latest edition of your favourite indie magazine, and sit back on one of the comfortable couches as their baristas whip up your go-to order of coffee.
Kopium Artisan Coffee, Peripus Kemang, Jl. Kemang Selatan 1, South Jakarta, p +6221 21889061 (ext: 413)
Eric Kayser at IFI
Having Eric Kayser on the lot adds another reason to spend a lot more time at Institut Francais d’Indonesie (IFI) Jakarta. One of our go-to breakfast spot chains, this Eric Kayser is conveniently located on the first level of IFI, just a floor away from the site’s public library. Easy access for when you’re in the mood to nibble on the café’s famous pastries mid-read. Bien fait, IFI!
Eric Kayser, IFI, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 53D, Central Jakarta, p +6221 23557900
Ruang Seduh is a cool coffee spot hidden just behind the back of Aksara Bookstore Kemang. What’s so special about this place is that we are allowed to brew our own coffee using their fancy looking machines. If you’re not confident to do that yourself, fret not, the baristas would be more than happy to walk you through the whole process of making your order!
Ruang Seduh, Jl. Kemang Raya 8B (back of Aksara bookstore), South Jakarta, p +628 821088748