The Jakarta Post
Predominantly a residential area, several shops and eateries stand out and are unique to the neighborhood. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Located in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Jl. Bumi is a relatively short leafy road with various things to offer.
Tall trees line the stretch along with a comfortable sidewalk for pedestrians who are looking to explore the block.
Predominantly a residential area, several shops and eateries stand out and are unique to the neighborhood.
How to get there
Several buses move along the road, making it easily accessible using public transportation. The bus routes that pass through Jl. Bumi include 938 Klender Terminal - Blok M Terminal, P201 Tanah Abang - Ciputat, P94 Pulo Gadung - Ciledug and bus AC44 Senen Terminal - Ciledug.
What to wear
With the street being a comfortable stretch to walk, feel free to wear casual clothes.
However, you may want to dress for the occasion if you are heading to the area for a specific activity. Be ready with your yoga outfit if you're heading for a class at Yoga Dham or dress up for a cup of tea at Lewis & Caroll.
What to do
Among the highlights on Jl. Bumi include the Yoga Dham studio, which focuses on teaching the Iyengar method. All teachers hold Iyengar teaching certification.
Cyberhair Youth Salon on Jl. Bumi in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Another unique place to visit is the Cyberhair Youth Salon. Established in 2000, the salon caters to the youth.
Their signature service includes cornrows, dreadlocks and braidbox. The salon is also a popular place for coloring, as it offers the highly sought-after balayage technique.
Several celebrities have entrusted their hair to the hands of Cyberhair's stylists, many of whom have been working there since the salon first opened.
Further south of the road is the main store of acclaimed Indonesian designer Poppy Dharsono. Step in to shop for one of her collections, as the designer is known for fusing Indonesia's cultural heritage into her designs to present a blend of ethnic and modern wear.
Once you reach the end of Jl. Bumi and head onto Jl. Kyai Maja, you may want to be adventurous and pay a visit to the busy Taman Puring Market. The market is known for a wide selection of running shoes at an affordable price.
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What to eat
Lewis & Carrol on Jl. Bumi in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Located at the north end of the road, Lewis & Caroll café is not hard to miss. Its floor to ceiling windows let you peek inside, fueling the curiosity of those passing by, much like Alice in Wonderland.
The café does indeed quote a line from the book written by Lewis Caroll, "it’s always tea time", as its tagline.
Offering an extensive list of tea blends, visitors can choose anything from the usual black, white and green tea leaves to the more adventurous ones, such as herbal, fruit and spices.
Lewis & Caroll is also a restaurant, providing a wide selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains include various pastas and salad dishes.
Eatlah food stall on Jl. Bumi in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
If you're looking for something more low-key, you may want to visit the Eatlah food stall, which is famed for its salted egg mix. While it is popularly ordered via online delivery service applications, Eatlah also provides a cozy seating area on premises.
The menu is freshly made to order, with its signature chicken dish priced at an affordable Rp 35,000 (US$2.59), while the dory fish comes at Rp 40,000, both are served with rice. Other meals available include sambal chicken rice for Rp 40,000 and salted egg bao for Rp 25,000.
Blue Jasmine, an Indonesian cuisine restaurant inside the The Maja on Jl. Kyai Maja, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
A little further down on Jl. Kyai Maja is Blue Jasmine, an upscale Indonesian cuisine restaurant. Located across the road from Taman Puring Market, the restaurant can be found inside The Maja building.
Signature dishes include chicken skewers pizza (Rp, 75,000) and nasi goreng kencong (Rp 75,000), which is fried rice cooked with papaya flower.
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