In this edition of Hot 50 Cafes, we highlight neighbourhood joint Komunal 88.
A strong player in Jakarta’s crowded cafe scene, Komunal 88 is just about everyone’s favourite Kemang spot to grab a morning latte before the daily grind. This is a neighbourhood cafe with substance – no-frills, just well-made market-inspired goodies as delicious as your grandmother makes. At Komunal 88, bread and pastries are baked daily on-site to consume at the cafe or for a quick takeaway. Caffeine monsters can drink their fill of coffee in the form of steaming lattes and cappuccinos thanks to beans by the incredible Caswell’s (another upcoming contender on our list of 50 Best).
We’ve popped by more than a few times before, as have many a returning customer, and this sweet spot is always buzzing. The crowd ranges from the glowing post-yoga set on Saturday mornings, hungry families in the morning, and the typing furiously remote worker all day long. The long communal table is a great place to hang out, meet old friends, and make new ones. Indeed, it is easy to park yourself there for hours on end as the cafe’s menu ranges from easy early eats to heartier all-day meals. Start with breakfast ricotta pancakes and ease into the afternoon with a dish of authentic homemade pasta. Their pastry selection is also one to write home about with gorgeous freshly baked goods like their addictive parmigiano puffs (try to stop at just one), tangy lemon meringue pie and warm madeleines.
If that’s not enough, you can pick up your hit of caffeine and make someone else’s day by participating in Komunal 88’s suspended coffee movement – a simple act of kindness where you can pay for an extra cup of coffee or tea that will be given to a person in need. What’s not to love?
Komunal 88, Jl. Ampera Raya 5-6, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 719 4673.