Jakarta’s secret gems you should try even tho you’re broke as Fuck !. Part 1



Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Famously known as the most crowded traffic city in the world, the central of urbanization in Indonesia, full of people, vehicles are everywhere, and sometimes can be freaking chaotic. A huge city with so much of modern skyscrapers towering above 10million+ citizens, you’ll find Jakarta full of contrasts, from a wealth and poverty, historical and high end modern places, you’ll overcome life, tears, and love also in Jakarta.

Let’s back to the main purpose of this story. My point is, id like to tell everyone some (secret) places in Jakarta (mostly place to eat) that is not that expensive but worth a visit!. Whether you’re currently living your life in Jakarta or Have a plan to visit Jakarta these places should be on your Bucket list, FOR SURE!!!

1. Waytuki Vegetarian, Indian Cuisine. 

This vegetarian restaurant would definitely get 5 stars from me, compared with any other Vegetarian restaurants I’ve been up to. My first impression about this place was, clean, quiet, tidy, the strong aroma of Indian spices and of course cheap price!. The India atmosphere when entering this restaurant will make you think that you’re in Mumbai with a Bollywood music echoing and a beautiful mural on the wall. This restaurant serves of course Vegetarian food in Indian style from a thick curry to a tasty Briani. I ordered Briani rice with curry, pratta bread, and Mango Lassi’.

All the dishes came with side dish sauce and curry so you could your bread into. The portion of Briani Rice was big, Prata Bread was filled with some potato and some “fake” meat, the Curry, however was seriously stunning and Mango Lassi’ was a bit sour yet still delicious!. The Good News. The total price was bellow 120K Rupiah for 3 Persons! Approx: 40K / Person. 

Location: Waytuki Vegetarian, Jl. Pintu Air Raya No.28, RT.6/RW.1, Pasar Baru, Sawah Besar, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta 10710, Indonesia

2. Ragusa (Es Italia).  

Next Time you feel sweaty on a sunny day, then have a stop to this place RAGUSA (Es Italia), but be patience because this place is always full of people. Established since 1930, this legendary place deserves a predicate The First and The Oldest Ice Cream Place in Indonesia. I think what makes this place always full of people because of the Ice Cream itself and the affordable price. The price around 15K - 35K Rupiah.

I ordered Banana Split and Special Mix. I could say the taste was fine and good. The Ice Cream reminds me about an old kind of Ice Cream seems more like the traditional one. However the place was small and full of people and Lil bit dirty. They only serve Ice Cream.


FYI: I don’t know either, which one is the oldest one, Ragusa or Zangrandi In Surabaya. But both of them are good and serves Ice Cream too.

Location: Ragusa Restoran Dan Ice Cream Italia, Jl Veteran 1 No. 10, Gambir, RT.4/RW.2, Gambir, Kota Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 14410, Indonesia

3. Galeri Buku Bengkel Deklamasi (TIM) .

Located in downtown Jakarta, specifically in the same area with Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) this place will satisfy for all those who crazy for books and some of the old goodie stuff!!. I can stand for hours in this place for just looking some books to buy! Awesome this place is AWESOME!!. This small independent bookstore selling new and used (mostly) books with some old stuffs like a cassette. If you are looking for some used - rare books, well you need a Lil-bit effort to stroll the aisles. You know, having such a cheap-affordable books that caught your eye will make you want to purchase every book, especially for the master of a bookworm!!. Some books from Cholin Thubron and an Indonesian author like Aryantha Soethama are commonly found at this cool place. I can get 3 books for only (below) 100K rupiah.

Well, overall, this place has made me realize that reading a book is important same as feeding my stomach, I have to regularly feeding my brain so that I Could learn whether is new-thing or knowledge. This place is seriously telling me that I should spend my time more often reading a book (since it has definitely consumed by work, technology, and Internet). I’m so glad that I found this Place, I highly recommend it to everyone in Jakarta.


FYI: At that time, I had a chance to interview directly with the owner Mr. Jose. This bookstore established since April 28th, 1996. The costumer come from all over the world, USA, Europe, Malaysia, Singapore and many more. Back In time some public figures were often bought some books from here, like Moerdiono and Salim Said - Until now, Moeldoko, Prabowo, Muhammad Nuh, Anis Baswedan, Sandiaga Uno, Fauzi Bowo, Fadli Zon and many more other.

Location: Galeri Buku Bengkel Deklamasi, kompleks Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) Jalan Cikini Raya, Jakarta Pusat, RT.4, Cikini, Jakarta, Kota Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 14728, Indonesia

4. Martabak Orins.

Martabak Orins have it all, the overload Toppings, the brilliant taste, and of course the most affordable Martabak Millennials in Town!. For me, Martabak Orins is the only one thing that I HARDLY CAN’T AFFORD even though I am full as heck. Martabak is an Indonesian kind of pancake that commonly famous “lately” with toppings like Nutella, matcha, Skippy and any other millennial’s kind of taste. But the original one is chocolate and cheese.

Few times a month, me and some of my fellow workers and some friend order this martabak. I have no words to say about this Martabak, Should definitely on your list when you’re around Jakarta. I Would not recommend any martabak joint unless this Orins. The price is bellow 100K Rupiah. Worth every Rupiah you’ve Spent!

Location: Click HERE

5. Mie Ayam Bakso Yunus !.

If you are the big fan of Noodles and meatballs, well this one is for you. Bruh, I mean it BRUH. When I tell you its good, its really fucking good. This place one of the most affordable noodles on the market (probably). The noodles, it goes out like that super-fast serving!. It’s served steaming hot with some seasoned chickens on the top, meatballs which is quite chewy and soft at the same time, the broth is so so tasty and delicious, also you can add the crispiness with some cracker what perfect comfort-food for a rainy day. At 50K Rupiah you’ll get 2 (Mie Ayam Bakso) and Ice Tea. Well Priced, good portions, classic Indonesian Flavors, Why don’t I eat here more often.


FYI: The only downside of this place is the parking area, Park your car around Tebet Traditional Market.

Location: Mie Ayam Bakso Yunus, Jalan Tebet Barat Dalam VIII D, Tebet Barat, Tebet, Kota Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12810, Indonesia

6. Bubur Ayam Barito.  

THE BEST BUBUR AYAM IN TOWN! Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise!.

Whenever I need a chicken porridge this place where I’ll be headed. The porridge is Thick, its already tasteful with or without additional soy sauce and the diced chickens are quite a lot. The best part is this cheese stick that will add a crispiness while eating the soft warm porridge. The portion, however large and pretty filling, but even so they were just too good to have any leftovers. Overall the porridge was FANTASTIC!. Brace yourself, this place is always full of people. The price around 16K - 19K rupiah. And they only open at night start at 6PM.

Location: Bubur Ayam Barito, Jl. Gandaria Tengah 3, Kramat Pela, Kebayoran Baru, RT.3/RW.4, Kramat Pela, Jakarta Selatan, Kota Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12130, Indonesia

7. Gulai Tikungan (GULTIK).  

Absolutely Cheap. I had often heard about this place “Gultik” as one of the most visited street-food in Jakarta, as recommended by most people I know so I decided to give a shot. Basically Gulai is the Indonesian kind of dish made from beef and sometimes chickens, rich with curry-like spice and a thick yellowish sauce. Unlike another Basic Gulai, this Gultik has a light sauce (pretty much like a broth) and small portion, yet still has a rich-delicious taste of Gulai will make you fall in love with it right away. For normal, it Took 3 up to 4 portions / person. With the price approx 10K ++ Rupiah / portion.

Actually, there are several stalls that sell some similar foods (Gulai) but my favorite one placed right in front of “Hanamasa”. Why?, because I think the place was much better compared with others stalls. They also sell “Siomay” which is nice and cheap also. However, some people might say that the authentic and original seller is located in front of SMA 70.


FYI: Looking for parking could be so so stressful here.

Location: Gulai Tikungan, Jl. Mahakam No.28, RT.1, Kramat Pela, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta City, Jakarta 12130, Indonesia  

Thank you for reading this. For the next I’ll post other places in Jakarta, that you have to try. If you guys have some secret place in Jakarta that I should review it, I would happy to know it through the comment section below or through my askFM link bellow ! Happy for sharing.
To be continued…

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