Market Feature #2 : Ayo ke Pasar Santa

Until quite recently, Pasar Santa (located in the hip neighbourhood of Kebayoran Baru in South Jakarta), was not considered a funky place to hang out. The traditional market had become tired and struggled to attract stallholders.  And yet, when screening locals for recommendations on pasars to frequent for our monthly Pasar feature, the Continue Reading

Goni Coffee

There are some new kids on the 'coffee block' in Kemang and they are already making quite an impact.  In recent months I have regularly passed the shop space, watching the construction and fit out of the building with curiosity. As soon as the words, 'Goni Coffee' were inscribed on the window, my anticipation piqued. Another good cup of coffee in the Kemang Continue Reading

Pasar Mayestik – The Market that has something for everyone!

South East Asia is known for its colourful and varied markets, where you can buy just about anything that you desire. And in Jakarta, a city that boasts more than 173 shopping malls, many of which are opulent shopping meccas, it would be easy to settle for all that endless glossy marble and air conditioned comfort, never setting foot in the more traditional Continue Reading

An Introduction to Jamu – and How To Make Your Own

Jamu is the name for traditional herbal therapy in Indonesia and most typically involves the consumption of tonics, expertly prepared by Jamu ladies using traditional ingredients sourced from nature. The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 70% of all Indonesians use Jamu on a daily basis to enhance their health, treat a myriad of Continue Reading