5 Reasons why you should visit Lenggang Jakarta in Monas

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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.
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The Gastronomic Glory of Gang Gloria

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It was Saturday morning when I went on a short trip to Glodok, North Jakarta,  to look for a few things to buy. Having found what I needed, my poor growling stomach then forced me to turn my direction heading to Gang Gloria for quick early lunch. My first stop was of course Kedai Kopi Es Tak Kie. This place is a very old coffee shop which is located not so far from the entrance of the narrow street of Gang Gloria. The coffee shop is owned by a Chinese-Indonesian family and has been run by the family from one generation to the next since 1927. Even though there are plenty of food stalls filled up the road in front of Kedai Kopi Es Tak Kie, it is still pretty easy to find it because of its aged wall and its wooden tables. Stepping into the coffee shop, I could see plenty of old photos taken from the coffee shop’s early years decorating the wall.  Continue reading

Stark Bierhaus: Have A Sip of Local Beer with German Style

stark4Now Jakarta has a new addition of cozy hang out place for you beer drinkers. Stark Beerhaus which is located at Plaza Indonesia eX level 2 (ex Hard Rock Cafe) offers you great ambiance to hang out and have a bottle of beer or two with some friends.

The place consisted of a few different areas, the Bierstube and Biergarten. the former is a deli style eatery facing the interior of Plaza Indonesia’s eX, where visitors can grab a quick bite of Stark’s signature sausage and deli meat sandwiches, as well as six packs of Stark Beers on the go or to be brought home. The latter is a semi-outdoor area facing the busy main road of Thamrin, for a much more casual ambiance. There is also a large space of dining and lounge area. Continue reading