CIKINI Tasty Trek

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On the east side of the lush Menteng area lies Jalan Cikini, a less than one-kilometer-long road packed with history. There are enough eateries long Cikini to represent each of the decade in Indonesia’s seventy years of history. Below are some of them.

  1. Tjikini 17

Why: An Indonesian oldies-themed hangout place offering classic beverages and snack.
What to order: The classic Indonesian afternoon snack: kopi susu and pisang bakar. You can also order the legendary Ragusa ice cream; saves you the hassle of queuing at the original place.
Address: Jalan Raya Cikini No. 17, T: +62 21 31935521

  1. Bakoel Koffie

Why: It’s the hipster coffee shop in Jakarta before the arrival of Starbucks chain, featuring  coffee beans from across the archipelago.
What to order: Avocado Frost—it’s the Indonesian way of enjoying coffee: with avocado! For chocolate lover, try the, well, Choco Lover.
Address: Jalan Cikini Raya No. 25, T: +62 21 31936608

  1. Bakmi Roxy

Why: The streed-cred-studded mie ayam (chicken noodle); a perfect place for your noodle fix.
What to order: The original mie ayam and the popular yamien (the soup-less soy-sauce-drenched version of chicken noodle).
Address: Jalan Cikini Raya No. 55, T: +62 812 8030697

  1. Soto Betawi H. Ma’ruf

Why: A legendary traditional soto Betawi style, was started by hawker Ma’ruf in the 1950. A go to soto betawi place for Jakarta’s who’s who.
What to order: What else, the beef cubes and intestines soto betawi. With rice!
Address: Komplek Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jalan Cikini Raya No. 73, T: +62 21 3148817

  1. Ikan Bakar Ny. Filly

Why: The restaurant specialized in grilled fish (duh) Menado-style over charcoal fire. Another legendary eatery in Cikini.
What to order: The ikan bakar rica-rica; it’s smoky and super spicy!
Address: Komplek Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jalan Cikini Raya No. 73, T: +62 21 31936535

  1. Food Court Taman Ismail Marzuki

Why: A selection of traditional street food from all over Indonesia in a row of open-air eateries.
What to order: Tahu Gimbal, Tahu Telur, Sop Buntut and Soto Madura.
Address: Komplek Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jalan Cikini Raya No. 73

  1. Warung Daun

Why: Indonesian traditional food (with slight leaning on Sundanese side) using organic ingredients in homey setting.
What to order: Gurame Kuah Pedas, Gurame Saus Mangga, Sate Klathak, and Kerang Asam Pedas.
Address: Jalan Cikini Raya No. 26, T: +62 21 3910909

  1. Gado-Gado Bon-Bin

Why: Another legendary eatery of Cikini, Gado-Gado Bonbin chooses to roast the peanuts rather than frying it, and then grinding them a bit more coarse for crunchy yet silky gado-gado dressing.
What to order: Gado-gado and the pink Es Cendol.
Address: Jalan Cikini IV No. 5, Cikini, T: +62 21 3141539

  1. Al Jazeerah

Why: The best place to enjoy Middle Eastern dishes in the area.  It’s also well-known by the city’s Middle Eastern crowd.
What to order: One of the four flavors of basmati rice with chicken or lamb.
Address: Jalan Raden Saleh Raya No. 58, T: +62 21 3146108

  1. Ampera 2 Tak

Why: Budget-friendly Sundanese eatery with fresh and savory goodness.
What to order: Fried chicken, tofu and tempe with the fiery sambal janda.
Address: Jalan Cikini Raya no. 103, T: +62 813 10259768

  1. Bubur Cikini H.R. Suleman

Why: One-stop destination for affordable yet fresh bubur ayam (chicken rice porridge), fried rice and martabak.
What to order: Bubur ayam with a side of egg.
Address: Jalan Cisadane No.121

Written by Yosua Yanuard December 8, 2016.