Bored at home, but still want to sit down with a good book and a great cup of coffee? We picked out the best coffee shops in Jakarta to read and work without distraction.
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 or get some work done on the laptop. Luckily, there are amazing hidden gems that are perfect for parking yourself for the day with your laptop and favourite paperback. Here we’ve listed our go-to spots whenever we want to escape the crowds in the big city: from the cosy cafés in Kemang to coffee shops in Jakarta with the best brews that will make you stay for hours…
QUIET COFFEE SHOPS IN JAKARTA: WHERE TO READ AND WORK IN PEACE
1. Twin House Coffee & Kitchen
If you’re looking to park yourself in a homey cafe, then you’ll want to check out Twin House. Each of its cafes gives you the comfort of a home, with a large indoor space, air-conditioning, potted plants and glass windows with natural lighting shining through. The seating is well-spaced, giving you enough room for an intimate chat or work-from-cafe day. You can’t go wrong with any of the coffees and pastries, and to feel even more at home, browse through the selection of international comfort food, from pasta and French toast to Nasi Goreng and Beef Gyudon too! Our fave is the Cipete cafe, complete with outdoor seating in the tranquil garden.
Twin House Coffee & Kitchen, multiple locations across Jakarta.
2. Eric Kayser Indonesia
An artisan boulangerie that’s quickly dominating Jakarta’s cafe scene, Eric Kayser is all about great pastries matched with perfectly brewed coffees. With the sophisticated interiors and the Instagrammable sweet treats, it’s the perfect spot for those who fancy themselves remote working fashionistas!
Eric Kayser Indonesia, multiple locations across Jakarta.
3. First Crack Coffee
Working remotely from a cafe really isn’t complete without a hit of caffeine. Luckily, First Crack Coffee is not only one of Indonesia’s leading roasters, it’s also a cosy cafe where you can escape the Jakarta crowds. While we love the well-spaced seating, the quiet nooks and the industrial designs, it’s the coffee that keeps us coming back for more. Our fave is the strong cold brew to cool down from the city’s heat and traffic. And psst… if you love the brews, First Crack Coffee is also a barista academy that teaches you the secrets to perfectly brewed coffee.
First Crack Coffee, multiple locations across Jakarta.
4. Myriad Kitchen and Pastry
A modern Aussie-meets-Asia cafe in the heart of South Jakarta, Myriad Kitchen and Pastry has one thing in mind: bringing nothing but the best to your table. Yep, not only is it a coffee shop where you can sip on a cuppa all day long, it’s also a space for working and reading whilst grazing on buttery pastries and Instagrammable cakes. Think fluffy waffles with butterscotch sauce and chocolate ganache, or the fancy Pertiwi’s Garden (pictured above) that’s made an appearance on everyone’s Instagram feeds. And their savoury dishes are worth trying too!
Myriad Kitchen and Pastry, Jl Prof. Joko Sutono SH No. 31, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 2708 1206 / +62 858 8000 7310; Open Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm, Sat & Sun 9am – 10pm.
5. Dua Coffee Shop
Hipster coffee shop meets modern coworking space, Dua Coffee is all about brewing the best cuppas to go with a good book, an intimate catch-up and your remote work. It’s no surprise that the cafe is a favourite amongst the locals and expats alike. Think comfy sofas in a space designed like a living room, with the wonderful smell of coffee brewing all day long…
Dua Coffee Shop, multiple locations across Jakarta.