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Jakpost guide to Jl. Kramat Pela

  • Liza Yosephine
    Liza Yosephine

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sat, August 12, 2017 | 11:01 am
Jakpost guide to Jl. Kramat Pela Customers enjoy food and jamu (herbal drinks) at Suwe Ora Jamu cafe on Jl. Petogogan I, just around the corner from Jl. Kramat Pela in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Jl. Kramat Pela in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, is nestled between Blok M Square and Gandaria City mall. At its east end, the road begins on a bend, turning from Jl. Barito II into Jl. Kramat Pela.

The Jakarta Post explored the relatively short road and continued on until Jl. Gandaria I to the west, stopping just at the intersection with Jl. Gandaria Tengah III. 

Several spots mentioned are not located along the aforementioned stretch but are also worth visiting as they are unique to the neighborhood.

Fantasia, a kindergarten on Jl Gandaria I, South Jakarta, on July 27.Fantasia, a kindergarten on Jl Gandaria I, South Jakarta, on July 27. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Although it is commonly a go-to area for local residents, with schools, eateries and grocers, Jl. Kramat Pela and its neighboring streets are  host to interesting spots for relaxation, with must-visit spas and cafes. 

How to get there 

Buses 939, AC89 and P21 stop along Jl. Kramat Pela. It is also convenient to use app-hailing rides to get there. 

Read also: Jakpost guide to Jl. Radio Dalam

What to wear

If you choose to explore the area by foot, it is highly recommended to wear sturdy walking shoes and comfortable casual clothes, such as a T-shirt and jeans. The roads are usually packed with traffic, especially during rush hour. Mind your step, as the stretch has narrow sidewalks.

What to buy

Jl. Kramat Pela and its neighboring streets are host to a wide variety of shops, ranging from basic daily necessities to pampering places. 

People have treatments at the Dr Eva Mulia beauty clinic on Jl Gandaria I, South Jakarta.People have treatments at the Dr Eva Mulia beauty clinic on Jl Gandaria I, South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The Eva Mulia beauty center on Jl. Gandaria I is a popular establishment specializing in skin care, providing quality facials since the 1990s. On the second level, the building is home to the recently opened M3 Salon and Spa, which is part of the Eva Mulia company. 

M3 itself provides a wide range of services at affordable prices, including hair care, nail treatments and  body scrubs and massages. Special pampering packages cost approximately Rp 200,000 (US$15) and include a combination of three treatments.

The Eva Mulia beauty center is a popular establishment specializing in skin care, providing quality facials since the 1990s. The Eva Mulia beauty center is a popular establishment specializing in skin care, providing quality facials since the 1990s.  (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

It also prides itself on quality waxing services, as it uses organic products from Italy, which include a four-step routine to prep the skin and slow down regrowth. Waxing prices start at Rp 90,000 for underarms to Rp 260,000 for a Brazilian wax. 

A popular newcomer in the area is Everlash, an eyelash salon for those wanting long and flirty lash extensions. Prices range from Rp 650,000 to Rp 1.2 million, depending on lash quality. The extensions last for approximately one month.

It's not only adults who can be pampered, as the George Shella Spa provides spa services for babies and toddlers. Babies aged two to 11 months can enjoy the swimming and massage package, which lasts one hour at a cost of Rp 270,000.

One to five-year-olds, meanwhile, can enjoy a bubble bath and chocolate scrub package, which is also one hour in duration and costs Rp 280,000.

For parents, there are mommy and daddy massage packages, as well as mommy and baby massages, all ranging from Rp 450.000 to Rp 1 million. 

Meanwhile, if you're looking for something different than your average groceries to pamper your taste buds, there is Hanil Mart, a Korean minimarket that sells authentic products from Korea. Since it first opened 15 years ago, the store has been the go-to spot to get ingredients such as kimchi chili powder and various sauces. 

Read also: 5 best day spas in Jakarta

Since it first opened 15 years ago, the Hanil Mart has been the go-to spot to get ingredients such as kimchi chili powder and various sauces. Since it first opened 15 years ago, the Hanil Mart has been the go-to spot to get ingredients such as kimchi chili powder and various sauces.  (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

What to eat 

There are several cafes along the stretch, generally serving typical Western-style culinary, ranging from coffee, snacks and cakes to main course meals.

One Fifteenth Coffee, or 1/15, is one of the most well-known cafes in the city that specializes in quality coffee using local and  imported coffee beans. 

The spacious open floor setting makes for a comfortable spot to hang out or work while enjoying a meal. The cafe also serves pasta, salads and all-day breakfast, such as ricotta hotcakes and avocado on toast.  

Meanwhile My Coffeegram is a smaller cafe alternative, serving its signature roasted local coffee beans, including from Bali and Toraja. It also sells bottled brews for take away.

But if you're looking for something different and uniquely Indonesian, take a little detour to Jl. Petogogan I, the intersection is located right in the middle of Jl. Kramat Pela. 

Read also: Damn fine coffee! 6 places in Jakarta to get your caffeine fix

Customers enjoy food and jamu (herbal drinks) at Suwe Ora Jamu cafe.Customers enjoy food and jamu (herbal drinks) at Suwe Ora Jamu cafe. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

A short walk down the street is Suwe Ora Jamu, a cozy cafe specializing in jamu (traditional herbal medicine). 

First-time drinkers looking to try something light and sweet might want to give a glass of rosella a taste. Its most popular drinks, meanwhile, include, kunyit asam (tamarind and turmeric), beras kencur (mixed rice and herbal tea), wedang jahe (ginger drink) and alang-alang grass.

There are also light snacks to nibble on, such singkong goreng (deep fried cassava). 

If you don't have time to sit down, the store also sells bottled jamu in various flavors and sizes. Upstairs, the establishment hosts jamu making classes every two weeks, with the next class scheduled for Aug. 12.

It also has a jamu bar at Paviliun 28, a quirky cafe and cinema joint located across the road from Suwe Ora Jamu. 

Tips

  • If you're planning to explore the area on foot, protect yourself against the sun and put on sunscreen and wear a hat.
  • Bring bottled water to stay hydrated while you walk around.
  • The sidewalks are narrow on some sections of the road, so be mindful of your step. (kes)

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