Recently opened by Jakarta’s Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Lenggang Jakarta Food Court and Souvenir Center is now ready to welcome visitors. Here are 5 good reasons why you should go there.
Located at National Monument (Monas) IRTI parking lot, Lenggang Jakarta is the city government’s answer to the problem of illegal street vendors around Monas area. Previously did not have any rights to operate, now the street vendors are happily filling permanent kiosks with an official amount of levy as low as Rp 4,000 per day.
Currently, Lenggang Jakarta houses 329 street vendors consisting of 126 food vendors and 176 non-food merchants who sells souvenirs, t-shirts, accessories, shoes, and toys. The venue opens from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on weekdays and up to midnight on weekends and public holidays.
Before you plan to go to Monas, here are 5 good reasons why you should visit Lenggang Jakarta.
You can try various Indonesian food all in one place
With currently around 126 food vendors fill the food kiosks, visitors can find plenty of options of Indonesian food to try, widely ranging from nasi uduk betawi (rice cooked in coconut milk paired with various side dish), ayam taliwang (a spicy Indonesian grilled chicken from Lombok) to rujak (traditional spicy fruit salad dish) and kerak telor (Betawi traditional spicy omelette dish). Es kelapa muda (iced young coconut water) , es campur (mixed chopped fruits served in syrup and shaved ice) and other beverage products from Sosro group are also available to quench your thirst.
All the foods there are preservative-free
Starting from last year, all the street vendors were listed and classified based on their offered goods—food, accessories or souvenirs. For a few months, the curated vendors were joining a specially designated training with two prominent chefs, Ragil Imam Wibowo and Adzan Tri Budiman, involved in the team. The food vendors were trained in cooking, manners, health and sanitation, financial literacy as well as entrepreneurship. They are also officially certified by the National Agency of Drugs and Food Controls (BPOM). So, Lenggang Jakarta’s visitors don’t have to worry anymore about the food quality because they are all preservative-free.
All the transactions made there are cashless
Collaborating with Bank Mandiri, Lenggang Jakarta uses Bank Mandiri’s e-money (pre-paid card) mechanism allowing visitors to do all transactions just by tapping the card to the EDC (Electronic Data Capture) device. Each kiosks is equipped with an EDC device to allow transaction tracking and to prevent illegal charges and corruption. Visitors who haven’t got the card can get it for free at the counter available in Lenggang Jakarta.
You can bring home some unique souvenirs too from there
With a total of 302 street vendors occupying Lenggang Jakarta’s area, actually half of them are non-food vendors. The vendors are selling items such as accessories and souvenirs including Jakarta themed souvenirs ranging from t-shirts, wooden Monas replicas, ondel-ondel (Betawi traditional human-sized puppets) miniatures and many more.
You are contributing to the street vendors’ welfare by visiting Lenggang Jakarta
As cited from Tempo.co, Jakarta’s Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has started to acknowledge problems arise at Lenggang Jakarta. One of them is the lack of visitors due to the fact that there are still other street vendors (with cheaper food and goods) sell in Monas area. Despite the complaints, Ahok said that his party has done its best to intensively promote Lenggang Jakarta and he is optimistic that the visitor numbers will gradually increase over time. Frequently visiting Lenggang Jakarta with your family and friends and promoting it through your personal social media channels not only will deliver good food and great pictures, but more importantly it will contribute a lot to the street vendor’s welfare.