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Night owls roost at 24-hour joints

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 9, 2019   /  01:06 pm
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A customer works on his laptop late at night in Starbucks Menteng, Central Jakarta on Friday. With the mushrooming 24-hour restaurants and cafes that provide fast wireless connection, night owls in Jakarta have more comfortable places to hang out or even working.(JP/Robert Yota)

Staying up late is in the DNA of some Jakartans. From wartegs (stalls selling Tegal food), neighborhood security posts to the side of the streets, it’s easy to notice Jakartans spending their nights not in bed but on their motorcycles or plastic stools. In the past, night owls did not have a plethora of options on where to spend their night in the capital. However, the invasion of hip, trendy and Instagrammable 24-hour restaurants and cafes have mushroomed in all corners of Jakarta in the last couple of years. As night roamers now have more comfortable places to hang out, the dynamic in the activities in these late-night joints has transitioned from smoking cigarettes on wooden benches to smoking cigarettes while working with a laptop and fast wireless connection. At 3:30 a.m. on Friday, some of them had just finished working and were spotted playing mobile games in Warunk...