After several years of rest due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the takjil market is finally back in 2023. The return of this market invites enthusiasm from the people who can’t wait to hunt for food to break their fast. Merchants can now freely sell any kind of food without any restrictions, and buyers also can freely choose and buy their favorite dishes.
Ramadan markets can be found in almost every region of Indonesia, and while the menus offered are often similar – featuring obligatory items such as fritters, kolak, lontong, iced cendol, and more – there are some takjil markets that offer a variety of food that has gained popularity on social media.
With that in mind, Foodies has compiled a list of markets with unique stories that you can visit to hunt for your favorite Takjil. So, what are you curious about? Let’s take a look below!
Takjil Hunting Around Jakarta
Pasar Takjil Bendungan Hilir
Benhil (Bendungan Hilir) market, deserves to be called the legendary takjil market in Jakarta. It’s because this market has existed since 1985 and remains popular today. Here you can find many kinds of takjil such as various fritters selections, dim sum, traditional cakes, various drinks, Sahara porridge, and heavy meals such as chicken steak and Padang cuisine.
For those of you who want to visit this market, you have to walk a few meters from the Bendungan Hilir market. In front of the Benhil’s People’s Hall, you will see vendors gathered, selling various kinds of food. Uniquely, they also present live music that can accompany you in hunting for food to break your fast.
Address: RT.14/RW.1, Bendungan Hilir, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta 10210
Street Near Grand Indonesia & Plaza Indonesia
If you’re someone who frequents the Grand Indonesia area, you may be familiar with the culinary market that used to be located between Plaza Indonesia and Grand Indonesia. However, the market has since been relocated and can now be found near Sogo Watergate Alley.
Along the way, you can find various food and beverage vendors, ranging from modern and traditional food. Some takjil or street food that you can try to break your fast include; melted Piscok, Egg rolls, Schotel Spring Rolls, Bakwan Pontianak, Ayam Penyet Cabe Hijau, and others.
Address: around Jalan Kebon Kacang Raya, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta
As one of the largest mosques in Jakarta, Istiqlal is a favorite destination especially during Ramadan, where the mosque hosts Takjil Bazaar. Similar to other markets, vendors at Istiqlal sell a variety of items, including fried foods, various cakes, iced drinks, kolak, and more. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, visiting the Istiqlal Mosque during Ramadan is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the festive atmosphere of the bazaar.
Address: around Istiqlal Mosque
Street Food Menteng
Menteng, located in Central Jakarta, is renowned for its legendary restaurants and vibrant street food scene. Various street vendors line the streets, complete with tents for eating. During Ramadan, many of these vendors also sell takjil, making it a popular destination for breaking the fast. In addition to street food, visitors can find a wide variety of options for iftar and dinner along this road.
Address: Jl. Sidoarjo No.3, RW.5, Menteng, Kec. Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310
Pasar Lama Tangerang
PasLam or Pasar lama Tangerang is one of the most popular destinations to hunt for food. Across the street, you can find a lot of street vendors selling traditional to modern food, like Cirambay (Sundanese snacks made from tapioca with chili oil), Es Goyang , sweet potato ball, Mille crepe, Baby Squid, and more. In Ramadan, street vendors also serve takjil. The best time to visit PasLam is from afternoon to evening, as the evening will be more crowded.
Address: Jl. Kh. Soleh Ali No.27, RT.005/RW.006, Sukasari, Kec. Tangerang, Kota Tangerang, Banten 15118
Pasar Subuh, Senen
Previously, the Takjil Market used to open in the afternoon, while the Subuh Senen Market opened in the morning. However, the market has now been relocated to a new building near the Senen busway stop. Here, you can find a wide variety of snacks and takjil, including traditional cakes, gorengan (fried foods), pastries, bread, and more. It’s not uncommon to find many traders buying from this market to resell their goods in the afternoon.
Address: Senin Jaya Building 1 & 2