The Jakarta Post
The beginning of Jl. Tebet Utara Dalam. The street starts from state junior high school SMPN 115 Jakarta and ends at Comic Café. (JP/Dananjaya Rijaluzaman)
Jl. Tebet Utara Dalam is a one-way street situated between Jl. KH. Abdullah Syafei and Jl. Tebet Raya boulevards in South Jakarta, starting from the state junior high school SMPN 115 Jakarta and ending at the Comic Café.
The street is said to be one of the best fashion districts in Jakarta, especially for the younger generation, as it is filled with a plethora of clothing stores.
How to get there
Several forms of public transportation pass along the street, including the Jakarta Transportation Cooperative (Kopaja) bus 612 that serves Kampung Melayu-Ragunan route, blue mikrolet (public minivans) M34 that caters the Pasar Minggu-Manggarai route, and the blue bajaj (four-wheeled vehicle) that passes through Jl. KH. Abdullah Syafei and Jl. Tebet Raya.
Those who arrive from Menteng can opt to hop on the Commuter Line train at Gondangdia or Cikini Stations and make a stop at Tebet Station. But do note that you'll still need to walk or use online-based transportation or a taxi to reach Jl. Tebet Utara Dalam from the station.
Those bringing their own vehicle can make use of the parking spaces available in front of the stores.
What to wear
It is best to wear casual clothes if you decide to explore the street by foot. It is also fine to wear sandals as the pedestrian walkways are sufficient and not overly damaged. Wear a hat and apply some sunscreen beforehand if you want.
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What to buy
Bloop clothing store in Jl. Tebet Utara Dalam, South Jakarta. (instagram.com/bloopendorse/File)
Many clothing stores can be found throughout Jl. Tebet Utara Dalam, such as Bloop, Endorse, Sixpax, Ouval Research, Jakarte Punye Gaye (Jakarta has its own style), Jepege and Mischief.
One of the most popular brands is Bloop, which is located not too far from the beginning of the street. Established in October 2003, the brand targets younger consumers. The store of its second line, Endorse, which was launched two years later, can be found near the Comic Café, at the other end of the street. Some of the items available include hats, t-shirts, accessories and shoes with prices starting at Rp 100,000 (US$7).
Meanwhile, Jepege is a clothing line made as a tribute to Jakarta with prices starting at Rp 140,000. Its t-shirts, available for both males and females, often include elements of the city, such as a picture of ondel-ondel (giant Betawi effigy), the National Monument (Monas) and the scenery of Sunda Kelapa harbor. Its store is located not too far from Bloop and can be easily recognized thanks to the orange classic Volkswagen van parked in front.
What to eat
The self-serve restaurant Nasi Bebek Ginyo allows customers to choose their favorite dishes before paying at the cashier. (JP/Dananjaya Rijaluzaman)
Jl. Tebet Utara Dalam is also home to Nasi Bebek Ginyo, which specializes in duck dishes. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the self-served restaurant also offers chicken menus, lalapan (raw vegetables), tempeh, fried tofu and different kinds of sambal. Various types of rice are also available, from nasi uduk (steamed rice cooked in coconut milk) to brown rice. The price of the duck dishes start from Rp 29,000. Many renowned figures are said to have visited the restaurant, such as Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Anies Baswedan.
Those in search of a good place to hang out with friends should consider visiting the Comic Café. Adorned in red and white, the café’s décor transports you to the world of comic books. Action figures, posters of comic book characters and comic books can be found in almost every corner of the café, including the walls and ceiling. As for the food, it mostly offers Western dishes, such as sandwiches, pasta and smoothies with prices starting at Rp 25,000. The café has both indoor and outdoor seating areas.