If we had to pick a favourite ‘hood to chill out on the weekend, Kemang would win by a landslide. This charming neighbourhood has everything to offer – and we mean everything. If you ever find yourself wondering what there is to do in Kemang, well the answer is a lot. From unbeatable cafes for weekend brunch to incredible boutique shopping and, wait for it, Jakarta’s very first cat cafe, Kemang is seriously where it’s at. Don’t believe us? Watch the video above.
Blow Plus Bar
Treat your tresses at the ultra-chic Blow Plus Bar, an award-winning hair salon with stylists that are the best in the game. Their swish hairdressers have major skills, from working Pinterest-worthy updos to unbeatable signature permanent blowouts. We also love the salon’s friendly, buzzy vibes, making this our go-to primp spot before a big night out.
Blow Plus Bar, Lippo Mall Kemang, First Floor, Jl. Pangeran Antasari No.36, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 2952 8436. Hours: Mon–Sun 10am–9.30pm.
There’s nothing we love more than wandering into a neighbourhood book store, and it doesn’t get better than Aksara’s flagship store in Kemang. This is the best place in town to shop awesome gifts. Aksara stocks everything from best-selling paperbacks to the latest independent magazines, and hard-to-find vinyls to Star Wars collectibles, and glittery stationery you didn’t even know you needed. Even without agenda, we guarantee you won’t walk out empty-handed.
Aksara, Jl. Kemang Raya No. 8B, Bangka, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 719 9288. Hours: 10am-10pm.
Sneaker obsessed? Time to put KIXXX on speed dial. The sneaker boutique stocks a curated selection of collectible trainers, so if you’re chasing down limited edition Air Force 1s or the sold-out-everywhere Fenty by Puma red velvet creepers to add to your stash, KIXXX is the place you’ll want to call.
KIXXX, FJL Building, Jl. Kemang Raya 25, South Jakarta. p. +62 878 8000 0237. Hours: 12pm-10pm.
Baconerie is our go-to neighbourhood brunch spot in Kemang and, as its name suggests, the masters of bacon everything. Think maple bacon pancakes, maple glazed bacon, bacon burgers, maple bacon doughnuts, bacon scones, bacon straight up, everything. But don’t just take our word for it, do yourselves a favour and try it for yourself.
Baconerie, Jl. Benda No. 1, Kemang, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 7883 8291. Hours: Tues-Sun 7am-7pm.
Brainchild of Melissa Sunjaya, Tulisan is a sweet boutique selling a selection of colourful printed accessories such as canvas tote bags and passport holders. Nab artist illustrated accessories for a good cause – we especially love their latest collection adorned with playful orang utan prints.
Tulisan, The Colony Building, Jl. Kemang Raya No. 6, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 2952 9927. Hours: 10am-9pm.
Wondering where you can shop some of the city’s best local finds? Ara is a multi-label boutique unlike any other in Jakarta. Here’s where you can find fabulous independent designers like Peggy Hartanto, TOTON, and Laison by Aurelia S (our favourites), plus score cool jewellery and other local accessories.
Ara, The Colony Building, Jl. Kemang Raya No. 6, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 2952 9958. Hours: 11am-8pm.
Cutie Cats Cafe
The Big Durian has gone cat crazy, and Cutie Cats Café is fine proof of that. The first cat café in Jakarta has purrfectly adorable kitties to play with. There’s plenty of catnip to feed these furry felines with, but we do recommend making a reservation before your visit.
Cutie Cats Cafe, Jl. Kemang 1 No. 12F, South Jakarta. p. +62 81 1100 9660. Hours: 10am-9pm.
With its casual Bali vibes, Queens Head is a contemporary take on your friendly neighbourhood pub. Escape here for a cheeky afternoon cocktail, or, if you’re looking for something lively on the weekend, we love having a go on their dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights.
Queens Head, Jl. Kemang Raya No. 18C, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 719 6160. Hours: Sun-Tues 11.30am-1 am, Wed-Sat 11.30am-Late.
Words by Thalia Yanuar.