This new northern neighbourhood is quickly becoming the city’s hottest spot thanks to its abundance of culinary options, family fun, and orderly new streets and amenities.
Every time we visit Pantai Indah Kapuk, PIK, we’re always surprised by all of the new spots that have opened up. Once thought as a far-away northern suburb, this neighbourhood is attracting foodies, people looking for a good night out, and even new residents.
We love the wide new streets that run through PIK, everything is really orderly and quality of the road is a dream. There is always a new restaurant opening (many of them serving pork) and the distance to the airport is a dream, especially after a long flight. On the map, PIK looks a world away but the Jakarta’s toll roads, the new Lingkar Luar and the inside toll road, can shave a lot of time off the commute.
And as an added bonus, PIK is quite close the airport, which can feel like a godsend when you return to the Big Durian after a long flight. Also, the short commute will also be very much appreciated by visiting friends and family.
Main attraction: the food!
PIK is the hottest neighbourhood for foodies right now. It’s main roads are lined with options upon options of delicious things to eat and the best part is there is always something new opening up. Check our monthly Hot New Tables section for the latest happenings in PIK but here are some of our all-time favourites:
Naughty Nuri’s Warung
The most decadent restaurant in Ubud (meaning not organic, not vegetarian), Naughty Nuri’s Warung, has brought the same finger-lickin’ flavour to PIK.
Tim Ho Wan
An outlet of the Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant from Hong Kong is now serving up their signature sweet pork buns and other steamer basket treats. Like other Tim Ho Wans across Asia, make sure to make a reservation to avoid long queues.
This adorable Japanese restaurant is a newcomer but Itadakimasu has quickly won a place in our hearts thanks to their cute panda rice and their unique take on taiyaki, also known as the fish dessert, think Nutella and croissants.
NamNam Noodle Bar
Jakarta might be an international city but it is sorely lacking in good Vietnamese options. Or it was until NamNam Noodle Bar set up shop in PIK. Enjoy authentic, yet Halal, dishes, including pho, banh mi and mi.
Yamatoten Abura Soba
Japanese food enthusiasts won’t get bored in PIK, that’s for sure! There are heaps of options for sushi, curry rice, and ramen. For something a little different, try Yamatoten Abura Soba, a dry noodle bowl. In addition to its straight-from-Japan recipes, the soba is made fresh daily.
The Cajun seafood craze is strong in Jakarta, but you don’t have to go to South Jakarta to enjoy this spicy American cuisine. Cajun Claws in PIK serves up a variety of seafood from crabs to crawfish to lobsters, all swimming in kickin’ Cajun spices.
Because PIK is so new, the developers have incorporated a lot of green space and outdoor activities including a sprawling golf course, Damai Indah Golf, a world-class 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
PIK is also home to mangroves – the only one in the city! Take a mini-holiday and take a canoe out amongst the mangroves and also learn about the conservation efforts of this unique city feature.
If you loved your visit to PIK, consider moving up. You’ll get more bang for your bucks up north as rents are cheaper and the accommodations are bigger (think condos, houses, and mansions) and newer. With the new toll roads leading north, the toughest thing about living in PIK is convincing people to come visit you!