Make June awesome with a taste of the world’s first black cheese tart, a dining session with penguins, a movie session at the coolest new cinema, and many fun happenings around the city.
Say hello to another short month of the year! The celebrations of Lebaran and the following series of joint-holidays makes the working term in June only lasts for (drumroll, please…) less than 15 days! Woohoo! From a bucket load of hot new tables to exciting art exhibitions, here are our picks of brilliant ways to make the most of June.
1. Try the world’s first black cheese tart
Tokiosei is the newest dessert concept by froyo mecca Soursally, which just launched the world’s first black cheese tart. Known as the Black Yuzu, this delicious treat is a combination of melted cheese filling, charcoal for natural detox, and Japanese yuzu, all held in the crunchiest tart crust ever!
2. Feast on New York’s most famous Halal chain
From the Big Apple to the Big Durian – the Halal Guys have arrived, ladies and gentlemen! Don’t expect roadside trucks here, their very first branch in Jakarta is situated at Senayan City, quite a difference from their location on 53rd Street. But don’t worry, they are still serving their famous platters of chicken or beef gyro (or both!) over rice covered with its signature creamy white sauce… Dig in!
3. Bring a contemporary art museum to your home
Art:1 New Museum is allowing you to catch their permanent collection for FREE throughout 2017 anywhere at anytime! This cool move is an outcome of their collaboration with eazel.io which has been helping museums and galleries move their physical exhibitions online with virtual reality technology. You can sit and relax before your computer screen at home while revelling in the amazing artworks from these galleries: Fine Art and Social Texts, Indonesian Art in the 20th, and Beyond the Mooi Indie. PS: If you own a Samsung Oculus, this cool feature will be even more incredible as you’ll be able to experience the galleries in real high definition using the 3D VR Gallery. Wow!
4. Catch up with the story of inspiring Indonesians at Tulus’ art exhibition debut
In case you missed it (well, at least you thought you did!), Tulus’ art exhibition debut “Manusia Kuat” at Dia Lo Gue artspace recently had its view term extended for its favourable responses from the audiences. The exhibition is a collaboration between Tulus and local artist Adhitya Himawan, showcasing portraits of Indonesia’s influential figures like top-notch journalist Najwa Shihab, literacy warrior Nila Tanzil, and inspiring difable activist Surya Sahetapi. The sterling Indonesian singer himself crafted the narrative writing piece for each figure on their respective inspiring contributive journeys for the country.
5. Round up your family and friends for delicious iftars at these restaurants around town
So how many buka puasa invitations have you got so far during this year’s Ramadhan? Check out our round-up of some best options to buka puasa around Jakarta. From Middle Eastern hotel buffet to luxurious Indonesian comfort food, everything on the list is legit and costs less than IDR500,000!
6. Show up at the first twin art exhibition in biennale history
Following up her stint representing Indonesia at the World’s oldest fine arts exhibition “Venice Art Biennale 2017”, Tintin Wulia returned home and is conducting the very first twin exhibition that takes place at Senayan City in Jakarta and Arsenale in Venice until 26 November 2017. It showcases her work named “1001 Martian Homes” which is her take on the future in forms of three installation works being placed similarly in both cities. Parts of the artworks will include cameras that record live and co-display the situation of the two exhibition rooms.
7. Dine with penguins at the new Jakarta Aquarium
Move aside, Seaworld! Jakarta Aquarium is officially open and named as Jakarta’s first indoor boutique aquarium. The marine exhibit takes place in NEO Soho Mal, and houses many aquatic attractions from sea-trekking for the rookies to diving with the sharks for the pros. Top off your experience there by dining with the penguins at Pingoo Restaurant.
8. Visit Benhil’s famous annual Pasar Takjil
One of the things we look forward to the most during fasting season is of course, the Takjil evening pop-up markets, and the one in Bendungan Hilir is a show-stealer. Find Ramadan delicacies like sweet kolak, all kinds of gorengan and refreshing es buah to help break your fast. Pro-tip: best to Gojek your way there as parking and leaving won’t be easy due to loads of cars being parked around the area.
9. Lock your reservation down at this hot new Indonesian restaurant
No more popping up at someone else’s kitchen, KAUM now has its own permanent outpost in Menteng. Prepare to smack your lips on authentic Indonesian dishes like sate sapi wagyu maranggi, laksa bogor oncom merah, bebek betutu and the oh-so-addictive kue lumpur!
10. Ayo ke Jakarta Fair!
In celebration of Jakarta’s upcoming birthday, Jakarta Fair returns to JIExpo Kemayoran from 9 June to 16 July. Just like previous installments, the event will feature an exciting food and fashion bazaar, music performances, as well as a range of exhibitions from automotive and furniture companies, and enjoyable night rides. Woohoo, ayo ke Jakarta Fair!
11. Get your nails ready for Lebaran and long holiday
Whether you’re celebrating Lebaran or simply thrilled to welcome the very long break that comes along with it, there’s always a reason for a top-to-toe pampering session, true true? Save time by visiting Dandelion, the all-in-one beauty parlour that currently is one of our favourite salons in town.
12. Take a culinary trip to Setu Babakan, the centre of Batavian culture.
To celebrate the anniversary of Jakarta, you might want to pedal your way to the neighbourhood of Setu Babakan, known as the most prominent Batavian cultural centre in Jakarta. Catch a sight of authentic Batavian houses and enjoy various outdoor performances from traditional dances, martial arts (pencak silat or palang pintu) to Lenong the Batavian theatre show. Circling the side of the danau (setu), spot street vendors offering the best Batavian cuisine like kerak telor, nasi begane, gado-gado and bir pletok.
13. Watch Wonder Woman take out the bad guys on the silver screen!
The long wait is over! Follow the journey of Wonder Woman, the kick-ass superheroine fighting for the good and justice. Since its initial release in May, the movie has been receiving stellar reviews and even named as one of the best superhero movies since the Batman trilogy as well as one of the best movies in the ongoing DC cinematic universe. Find out for yourself in a movie theatre near you!
14. Pop up at the biggest batik fiesta of the year
Gelar Batik Nusantara is one of the biggest annually held events that celebrates batik as an Indonesian’s pride. Taking place at Jakarta Convention Centre from 24 to 28 June, the 5-day event will cover a set of interesting talkshow, batik youth ambassador search, and pop-up market of everything batik. Catch excellent local batik brands like Sharaja and Shazel, Bendoro Batik Tulis and A-Line by Mille.
15. Share some blood on World Blood Donor Day
Did you know that World Blood Donor Day falls on 14 June every year? For those of you who haven’t done this before, perhaps the time is now! Dare yourself to share some of your precious juice of life for our brothers and sisters who are in need.
16. Get your tickets to see Liam Gallagher’s solo concert
Friendly reminder to you, dear fellow Oasis fans! Liam Gallagher is coming to town on 8 August, and you can already purchase your tickets now. Don’t miss your chance to finally catch his solo show as he’s set to perform a number of songs from his upcoming solo album As You Were.
17. Shop designer duds for less at the annual Huntstreet Market
Yes honeys, your dearest (and biggest!) branded sale of the year is back! Following the previous year’s Huntstreet Market hosts luxury brands with the likes of Gucci, Prada and Alexander Wang at up to 90% off retail prices. Pop in at Grand Indonesia Function Hall from 13 to 18 June to catch this one stop luxury designer supermarket!
18. Sail away on a wallet-friendly weekend to the palm-fringed beaches of the Thousand Islands
Since you can lock down another round of days off in June, why not sail away from the concrete jungle to the mini paradise that is the Thousand Islands? To help you decide which one to visit, go through our review of which islands are actually worth the trip.
19. Get up close with masterpieces by local artists
ROH Projects was first established in 2012 and has since lived up to the spirit of becoming a leading gallery for contemporary art in Indonesia. Its current presentation is named OPQRSTUDIO Two Years In (2015-2017) — on view until 14 June, featuring a line-up of local artists include Arin Sunaryo, Faisal Habibi and Syagini Ratna Wulan.
20. Get your Hari Raya shopping done at Hij-Up
Shopping for your new Lebaran outfit is made easier with new e-commerce HijUP! It is a pioneering online Moslem fashion store in Indonesia that has partnered up with top-notch Moslemwear designers like Dian Pelangi, Jenahara, and Ria Miranda. Pssst… they now also have collection for men!
21. Celebrate World Music Day by hunting down your favourite record
In the spirit of celebrating World Music Day on 21 June, honour the good old days of hunting down records by taking a trip to your nearest record store to browse through some old vinyl collections . We may have Spotify these days, but nothing will ever sound better than a classic vinyl.
22. Get the red-carpet movie-watching experience at this new movie theatre
Calling all cinemaphiles: a new kind of silver screen has opened in Jakarta. FLIX Cinema is situated at PIK Avenue, and has a family-friendly and homey atmosphere. Visitors will get the red-carpet movie-watching experience with a cool premium lounge, high-quality sound system, reclining seats, larger leg rooms, and… (ok, we think this is the coolest…) slots to charge your phones! PS: there’s a 50% off discount for all tickets until 9 June 2017. Reserve a seat, stat!
23. Eat unicorn everything
Unicorns do exist, you guys! Not one to ever miss out on an Instagram food trend, Jakarta has jumped on the rainbow coloured food wagon with plenty of Unicorn-themed dishes. There’s the frappe from Kiko Kopi, smoothie bowl from Berry Well and mochi waffle sea-salt soft cream from Shirokuma. We’ll admit they are almost too pretty to eat… almost!
24. Try the special edition Ramadhan green cheese tart
In celebration of the festive Ramadhan season, Pablo Indonesia launched a limited edition green cheese tart, a brilliant combination featuring their signature cheese tart with pandan paste and mung bean you won’t want to miss out on.
25. Enjoy an array of dance spectacles at Salihara
There’s no such thing as running out of spectacular performances to catch at Salihara. The community is now hosting Helatari 2017, a set of dance performance from 5 distinctive choreographers including Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh from France, Katia Engel from Germany, Melati Suryodarmo, Yola Yulfianti and Mohammad Hariyanto from Indonesia. Tickets run out fast so check out the schedule here!
26. Check out Douglas Diaz’ first solo exhibition in Indonesia
If you are an aficionado of abstract paintings, you won’t want to miss Douglas Diaz’ first solo exhibition in Indonesia. Titled SHUKKE, the show captures the artist’s journey to find inner peace through a series of elaborate paintings. On view until 2 July at Art:1 New Museum. Hope to run into you there!
27. Get inspired at TEDxJakarta
Derived from Sankrit, Niyata becomes the root of nyata in Bahasa Indonesia, carrying the meaning of being real, distinct or true. Confirmed for the 12th installment of TEDxJakarta, are Faye Hasian Simanjuntak the little girl behind Rumah Faye, Firly Savitri the founder of Ilmuan Muda Indonesia, Mirza Kusrini the jungle explorer cum advocate for reptilian and amphibian conservation in the country.
28. Learn how to make your own jewellery at Indoestri
You can buy jewels anytime but you don’t always have the chance to create your own. Lucky for you, the time is now! From Tiny Islands will walk you through the making of basic jewelries in a one-day workshop taking place in Jakarta’s huge creative atelier Indoestri Makerspace. Sign up before the class sells out!
29. Book your mat for a Ramadhan-edition yoga class
The fasting ritual and a session of yoga are both done to dispose of negativities and reach an utmost peace. That’s why Burgreens is collaborating with Union Yoga to host Holy Month Ultra Detox, a set of yoga classes held every Friday in June throughout Ramadhan. Every session is topped off with Burgreen’s nutritious breakfasting meals for all the participating zen seekers.
30. Get on the fidget spinner bandwagon
If you’re still wondering what the fidget spinner is all about, here’s the lowdown. The latest internet sensation is a three-winged device that rotates around the player’s fingers. Amongst people who find it fascinating, some believe that it can help reduce anxiety. Well believe what you may, but since everyone seems to have it, why don’t you have one too? It amazingly comes in many different shapes like Shuriken, Batman’s Bat, and the Golden Snitch from the universe of Harry Potter. Get this revolutionary device from the likes of Tokopedia, Blibli.com and Shopee.