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M Bloc Space: Previously abandoned building becomes hottest photo spot for millennials

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8, 2019   /  03:29 pm
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People stroll in front of cafes and stores at M Bloc Space in Blok M, South Jakarta, on Oct. 8. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

It was a cool and cloudy Saturday night in the capital city. But one area in Blok M, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, was abuzz with activity. The area, which houses vintage-looking stores, cafes and restaurants, was packed with customers enjoying dinner or cups of coffee. Many other people took pictures in front of the 1970s-style red neon signs or in front of murals. The area is called M Bloc Space. Since opening in September, M Bloc Space has become a new hangout for youth. Thanks to its unique concept, which combines post-colonial style buildings and modern aesthetics, the creative space has created a buzz on social media and attracted many young people. Here visitors can enjoy an array of culinary options, including Javanese food, Padang food, Manadonese food and other popular Western and Asian dishes. Besides restaurants and cafes, there are also stores selling comic b...