The Jakarta Post
Jl. Wijaya I in Kebayoran Baru stretches from Jl. Prapanca Raya to Jl. Wolter Monginsidi. Set in an upscale neighborhood, the road also presents eateries and other retail stores catering to the area's residents. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
With the South Jakarta Mayor Office at one end, Jl. Wijaya I in Kebayoran Baru stretches from Jl. Prapanca Raya to Jl. Wolter Monginsidi. Set in an upscale neighborhood, the road presents eateries and other retail stores catering to the area's residents, and entices visitors from other areas of the capital city.
How to get there
As public transportation to the area is scarce, you may want to bring your own vehicle to reach the road, where there are also plenty of designated parking spaces for each destination or retail store.
App-hailing a ride or taking a taxi would also make a convenient choice, especially after a drink or two at one of Jakarta's most talked about bars, which is located on Jl. Wijaya I.
What to wear
Your outfit depends on what you plan to do. Some eateries are upscale, so you may want to take the opportunity to dress up to dine out. If your plan consists of stopping by for groceries or a quick bite, wearing casual clothes would be most comfortable.
What to do
A branch of the Institut Français d’Indonésie (IFI) is located on Jl. Wijaya I no. 48. So if you've been looking to learn French, visit the office to ask for programs best suited to your needs. The institute (http://www.ifi-id.com/jakarta) offers classes as well as private lessons that lead to certification.
A branch of the Institut français d’Indonésie (IFI) is located on Jl. Wijaya I no. 48. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
There is also Conclave, a coworking space for those looking to get some work done. According to their website (http://www.cnclv.co/#pricing) prices for local membership start at Rp 100,000 (US$7.50) per day, or Rp 50,000 for students with a valid ID. Facilities include internet, free flow espresso and free daily printing.
Meanwhile, if you're looking to do some beauty maintenance, Narsih salon could be your pick. Popular for its affordable prices, the house-based salon is not located on the main road but on a smaller street Jl. Pulo Raya I.
It provides waxing services, but it is mostly known for eyebrow threading. The salon is notorious for its long lines, especially on the weekends, so come early for a chance of an appointment.
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Where to shop
Atalia shoe store creates custom-made shoes for dance, special occasions, as well as orthopedic and other special-needs shoes. Established almost 10 years ago, the store has continuously created a variety of dance footwear, from ballroom to tango and jazz.
Atalia shoe store creates custom-made shoes for dance, special occasions, as well as orthopedic and other special-needs shoes. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
All dance shoes, as well as special occasion shoes, range from Rp 1.2 to 1.7 million. Meanwhile, orthopedic shoes and special-needs shoes are usually based on a doctor's prescription and need particular attention. This specially-designed footwear for children usually ranges from Rp 875,000 to 975,000, while a pair for adults could cost from Rp 1.5 to 1.7 million.
A pair of custom-made shoes, either for dance or on doctor's orders, typically takes around two weeks to construct.
Further down the road, there is also a Korean grocery store, New Soul, which sells imported products from South Korea. The shop sells ingredients to make authentic Korean food at home, such as the ever-popular kimchi.
What to eat
There are several eateries on Jl. Wijaya I, most of which serve western-style food.
One of the local culinary restaurants is Rasaroa, which serves traditional Manadonese dishes. Among the popular dishes at Rosaroa include red beans, stir-fried papaya flowers with cakalang (Manadonese-style tuna), cakalang fufu and Manadonese-style porridge, which is served with yam, corn, water spinach, green spinach and red spinach. A main dish typically costs from Rp 38,000 to Rp 58,000.
Several cafes also line the road, each presenting a different atmosphere, depending on your preference and mood.
For a laid back spot to grab a meal, head on over to Domadona coffee. Upon entering the cafe, you can't help but notice the roastery right as you step in. Boasting local coffee beans sourced from South Sulawesi, the cafe also sells their signature roasted coffee beans to enjoy at home, which include Toraja Minanga, Toraja Mamasa and Toraja Sapan.
Domadona Coffee on Jl. Wijaya I. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
The cafe's interior, which is a mix of an industrial style layout with modern touches of wood and metal, creates a comfortable atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to spend time with friends or even alone with your work.
Nearby is Tivi, a cafe established in 1968, which also serves lunch and dinner. Outside of dining hours, the restaurant is closed, leaving only a small section open, which sells traditional Indonesian snacks, including nasi kuning.
For a fancier occasion, you could head to Pand'or to enjoy its lavish interior and colorful cakes and pastries on display, while sitting down for a coffee or tea with friends.
A special dining experience meanwhile, could take you to Leon, where you can enjoy luxurious meals and beverages in an opulent setting. One of the most talked about restaurants and bars at the moment, visitors seem enticed by the leather and metal interior basked in an abundance of of light coming in from the floor to ceiling windows during daylight.
Leon is located in the same building as another cafe, Twenty Fifth Coffee, which provides a more friendly atmosphere in comparison. (asw)
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- The cafes along Jl. Wijaya I are beautifully decorated, so it may be worth it to dress up and be ready for pictures.
- Leon transforms into a nightlife hot spot in the evening, you can check out schedules for their performing artists on their Instagram account.