Welcome! If you’re visiting Jakarta or the Senopati neighbourhood for the very first time it’s always good to learn a bit of history in order to understand what makes a neighbourhood tick. Here’s a few interesting facts to get you started:
- The Senopati neighbourhood is located in Kebayoran Baru, a subdistrict of South Jakarta and was established in 1948 as a satellite town to accommodate the growing population of Jakarta. It was the last residential area to be developed by the Dutch colonial administration.
- The Kebayoran Baru precinct was established solely as a residential area, but the district is now home to many commercial ventures and lifestyle businesses. Today we focus on Jalan Gunawarman, Senopati and Suryo.
- Kebayoran Baru is one of the most affluent areas of Jakarta.
Now that you know which part of town you’re in, here’s what’s included in today’s 10 Top Spots to Stop in the Senopati area edition.
- Introduce you to unique and delicious cuisine from across the archipelago
- Show you where to enjoy local art and register for a range of creative classes for you or your children
- Point you in the right direction to shop locally designed and handcrafted furniture, homewares, and artisanal food products; show you where to admire or pick up luxury International branded furniture
- Take a short pit stop to show you cool spots to chow down on a gourmet burger, grab a coffee and enjoy the best of what the Senopati neighbourhood has to offer.
Now it’s really time to hit the road or the pavement, for a day out in the hip, leafy Senopati neighbourhood.
Ayo! Let’s Go!
The latest addition to the restaurant scene in the Senopati/Gunawarman area is Attarine. The newest initiative of the talented and ultra cool guys from The Potato Head Group, the name ‘Attarine’ is derived from the Souk el-Attarine; a spices and perfume market in Tunisia.
Attarine offers modern, fresh and unpretentious food – a refreshing change in this world of seemingly over-complicated cuisine. Attarine is committed to using seasonal ingredients with unmistakable flavours of the Spice Trail evident throughout the menu (desserts and drinks included).
The ingredients are mostly sourced from the land and sea of this vast archipelago; including apples from Malang, fish from the seas around Bali and the famous spices of the Maluku Islands.
We were so excited with our experience at Attarine. The waiting staff are discretely attentive, friendly and extremely knowledgeable across the entire menu. The decor is fresh and fun! (I wanted to take the Fiat 500 for a spin… in Italy!). All in all, Attarine definitely is a restaurant that deserves your patronage.
Best for: Good quality, interesting and fresh cuisine with a genuine respect for use of Indonesian ingredients.
Other interesting notes: Did we mention the coffee? One Fifteenth Coffee have taken up residence in Attarine. Serving coffee from 11am, you can grab a cup if you work nearby, or if you’re heading out for a day of shopping at one of the many malls in SCBD, why not stop in for a coffee before you hit the shops?
Jl. Gunawarman No. 11 A
Jakarta Selatan, 12110
Phone: +62 21 2277 1256
Hours: 11am – 4pm; 6pm – 1am
2. Alvin T
Indonesian born founder and product designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo’s furniture is characterised by organic shapes, monochromatic tones and clean simple lines. His work hints of nordic influences yet his use of bamboo, rattan and wood reflect his love and respect for local material and craftsmanship. Alvin Tjitrowirjo prides himself in designing visually striking, high grade, hand crafted furniture, designed and manufactured in Indonesia, reflecting Indonesia’s artisanal heritage.
The Alvin T showroom is located on the second floor of the Goodrich Building. This building was once a 1980’s style house, and has since been refurbished to house the showroom and Alvin T studio. The showroom will provide you with plenty of visual inspiration for your next home design project.
Best for: Beautifully hand crafted furniture made from bamboo, rattan and wood.
Other interesting notes: Designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo is about to launch a contemporary furniture design project for the new Terminal 3 at Soekarno Hatta International airport in Jakarta. If you haven’t travelled through the new Terminal 3 yet, it has a minimalist-industrial feel, and utilises a lot of glass. Keep an eye out for the work of Alvin T designs at T3, next time you are heading out of town.
Alvin T showroom
Jl. Suryo no 11 a, 2nd floor
You won’t be able to miss Ambiente luxury furniture store. Ambiente is housed in a expansive, contemporary building with floor to ceiling glass windows, and a large yellow sign, located at the major intersection of Jl. Senopati and the road leading to SCBD. This is an internationally branded, contemporary luxury furniture store focusing on contemporary designs of European master craftsmen. They specialise in furniture and lighting, including smaller items such as mirrors, bookshelves, coffee tables, and rugs.
Best for: Everything! But more specifically, a great spot to stop and buy a special gift for an anniversary or significant birthday. The Tom Dixon range would be our pick for stunning objects and accessories that would fit the gift criteria perfectly. Look out for Tom Dixon copper ice bucket, cylindrical vase and candle sticks.
Jl. Senapati No. 70
4. Chief Barber & Supplies Co.
We will be completely up front with you. Neither Liz nor I have had a hair cut at Chief Barber (or any other barber, for that matter..!) BUT in the name of accurate research, we did send my husband along to check it out. He arrived without appointment on a Saturday mid-morning and was politely told that there would be a 20 minute wait. To his delight, the wait was just that and before he knew it his ‘hot towel shave’ had begun. He is quite the connoisseur of the barber’s chair – and could be described as a fussy customer. So I was relieved and excited when at the end of his experience, the message “excellent experience – definitely will go again” appeared on my phone. He also felt that the price (Rp120,000) was very reasonable.
So based on this extensive customer research (!), we have concluded that Chief Barber certainly is a pretty good choice. My husband did say that the fit out is very cool, the chairs very comfortable and although his barber’s proficiency of English wasn’t particularly strong, he knew his craft well. All in all, a good experience!
When we visited (around lunchtime midweek), some of the authentic barber chairs were occupied by Jakarta hipsters getting their beards expertly trimmed and their hair styled just so…!
Best for: Fine gentleman grooming services (eg: close taper shave, hot towel shave, hair dye).
Other interesting notes: Chief Barber also stocks a wide selection of pomade (hair product) from around the globe (eg: Australia – Uppercut, USA – Auavecito, American Pomade, Layrite & JS Sloane, The Netherlands – Reuzel, England – Daimon Barber, Indonesia – Chief Pomade & Happy Lavender, Germany – Schmiere).
Chief Barber & Co.
Jalan Senopati No.82, Kebayoran Baru
Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
Phone: +62 856-9500-2800
Hours: 10am – 8pm, 7 days a week
5. Kedaung Home
There are three Kedaung Home outlets in Jakarta; Kemang, Menteng and Senopati. While you are in this neighbourhood why not drop by this outlet (opposite Three Buns which is also on this list) for porcelain dinnerware, enamel cookware (the kind our mothers cooked with when we were children) stainless steel flatware and kitchenware accessories, all at very affordable prices.
Best for: Maison jars, drinking glasses, glass storage containers, white porcelain dinner sets and platters
Interesting notes: Keduang was founded in 1969 by Mr. Agus Nursalim, and according to their website are one of the largest glassware manufacturers in the world.
Jl. Senapati No. 71
Web: Kedaung Home
6. Ruci’s Joint
Heading along Jl. Senopati, the road veers to the right and becomes Jl. Suryo. Keep your eyes peeled to the left of the road for a white building located on the corner (just after the sports field). You will see a light-bulb sign just inside the door that says, ‘Ruci’s Joint’. Now stop the car! (or stop walking…!) You’ve reached your destination!
What is Ruci’s Joint? Well, it’s many things… perhaps first and foremost it is an Artspace. Located up the central stairs is a compact sized gallery featuring contemporary artwork by local artists. With a view onto busy Jl. Suryo, it is relaxing to browse the exhibited works whilst casting the occasional eye to the hustle and bustle of the world beyond the glass.
After soaking up the artwork, head back downstairs and find yourself a comfy seat. There are many to choose from thanks to the furnishings by Nagarey Furniture. But before you settle in too well, make your food and beverage selections from the hawker-style eatery. There’s a good variety to choose from: Dim sum, various types of nasi goreng, acai bowls, coffee (see Tuku Kopi below). This is the perfect place to sit, relax and read a book. Or else, consider bringing your laptop and catching up on some long-overdue work. It’s a cruisey place to simply ‘be’ – which is why we really like Ruci’s Joint.
Best for: A quick ‘hit’ of local art. The small urban gallery upstairs always exhibits works by local artists. Entry is free. Have a wander and soak up the works on display, It’s a great antidote to the bustling life that awaits you outside the doors.
Jl. Suryo No.49, Kebayoran Baru
Phone: +62 812-1010-3374
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10am – 10pm; Friday – Saturday 10am – 12am
7. Tuku Kopi
Our first encounter with Tuku Kopi occurred a while ago when we popped into their sweet little coffee shop on Jl. Cipete Raya in South Jakarta. Roasting their own beans, Liz and I could smell that irresistible aroma even before we stepped inside. After discussing our coffee ‘needs’ with the knowledgeable barista, we had our highly anticipated cup in hand. All it took was a single sip and a brief pause (to savour the flavour), and within seconds, we knew that Tuku coffee was a genuine contender for ‘Best coffee in Jakarta’. Since this time, we always drop into Tuku for a quick coffee or a takeaway whenever in the Cipete neighbourhood.
It is therefore fortunate for us (and all coffee lovers!) that Tuku Kopi is also located in Ruci’s Joint in Senopati. In fact when I first met Liz at Ruci’s, I was so excited to see the Tuku sign that I had two lattes in quick succession. I was in caffeine heaven – and as if it couldn’t get any better, I was then handed the bill. Want to know the price? – Only Rp25,000 per cup (that’s about $2.50 AUD). How good is that!
Best for: Top notch coffee, using only Indonesian beans which have been roasted in house.
Other interesting notes: The guy who owns Tuku Kopi is also the man behind Toodz House on Jl. Cipete Raya (just opposite Tuku Kopi). Toodz House is a cafe and coffee spot that is known for its tasty food. It also offers catering and is available for function hire.
8. Temple Trees
*** Sadly since posting, Temple Trees has closed. Establised in 2002, Temple Trees is the go-to place in the Senopati area for gifts. Take your time browsing the shop as it’s stocked with so many beautiful and interesting things, you don’t want to miss anything.
At Temple Trees you will find homewares and handcrafted pieces including fabrics, furniture, bags, jewellery, bespoke children’s toys as well as colourful cushions.
Best for: Most Temple Tree pieces have an ethnic feel; including the utensils which are made from Javanese timber, colourful natural fabrics from Sri Lanka, glassware from Spain and toys from Thailand. The more recent addition of our absolute favourite, Javara food products adds yet another dimension to gift giving. At Temple Trees there really is a gift for everyone (including one or three for yourself!)
Other interesting notes: Head upstairs to find Temple Trees’ multipurpose studio. When we visited recently, a fabric painting workshop was underway, conducted by our friend Nabila of Srou Design. The space is also used for yoga, capoeira, drawing workshops and more.
To find out what’s on offer, we recommend dropping in to Temple Trees and grabbing their latest program.
And while we’re speaking of Interesting Notes .. don’t forget to mosey downstairs to Temple Trees’ new cafe, The Cubbyhole. This means that you can recharge mid-shop and when you’re ready again, easily access all your shopping needs once more!
Jl. Senopati No.66
Phone : +6221 726 1211.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 7pm
Instagram: Temple Trees
9. The Gunawarman
The Gunawarman is a very new boutique hotel (only six months young) featuring a distinctive European facade on leafy Jl. Gunawarman. The Gunawarman is fast becoming very popular for its fine dining experience; but on the occasions we visited we chose the more casual dining options. In the lobby lounge area with comfy sofas and chunky leather stools, we enjoyed small bites from the Sofia restaurant; handcrafted cocktails, and delicious cakes from the KITTE Patisserie and Boulangerie. On another occasion we stopped by just for coffee, and we were thrilled to learn The Gunawarman was brewing from local beans.
Best for: Fine dining or casual dining options.
Jl. Gunawarman No. 3
Telephone:+62 21 2277 0007
10. Three Buns Burgers and Cocktails
Three Buns (also of Potato Head Family fame) is the perfect day time spot to stop for families, looking for a place to eat outside of the busy Jakarta malls.
The two most obvious things you will notice when you stop out the front of Three Buns is the ‘Wilfrid the bulldog’ sign and the Three Buns van taking pride of place at the restaurant entrance. Wilfred is the Three Buns Mascot, and his cute, chubby face motif can be seen throughout the restaurant. Kids will love this. The vintage van is a sign that this place is hip and happening…and it most certainly is!
Best for: Families. Three Buns has an excellent selection of gourmet burgers made from quality prime beef and lamb from Australia and cooked to your liking. You can also accompany any order with a fresh delicious salad. Our top pick is the Beets By Dre (roasted beetroot, caramelised and pickled squash, feta and sage). You can also have your favourite burger protein style, sans the bun and wrapped in iceberg lettuce. Our favourite is the ‘Aint Nuttin But A Peanut’ (prime beef patty, peanut sauce, pickled chilli, cucumber, carrot, coriander, wrapped in iceberg lettuce.
Interesting notes: Three Buns also acts as a hub for supporting and building the Jakarta creative community, whilst also working closely with like-minded international talent from the fields of Art, Music and Fashion. Follow Three Buns on Instagram for their next artistic pop-up.
Jl. Senopati Raya No. 90,
Why not spend some time away from your usual mode of transport and visit our 10 top spots to stop on Jl Gunawarman, Jl Senapati and Jl Suryo on foot. Take your time strolling around, stopping to recharge, take some photos, and don’t worry if you don’t get to visit them all, you can always come back!
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Words: Liz and Jo Photography: a journey bespoke
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