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Jakpost guide to Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto, Menteng

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, March 24, 2018  /  02:37 pm
  • The front area of Taman Menteng in Menteng subdistrict, Central Jakarta.

    The front area of Taman Menteng in Menteng subdistrict, Central Jakarta. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    The front area of Taman Menteng in Menteng subdistrict, Central Jakarta.

  • Basketball court at Taman Menteng.

    Basketball court at Taman Menteng. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    Basketball court at Taman Menteng.

  • One of the greenhouses (left) at Taman Menteng.

    One of the greenhouses (left) at Taman Menteng. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    One of the greenhouses (left) at Taman Menteng.

  • Water fountain at Taman Kodok.

    Water fountain at Taman Kodok. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    Water fountain at Taman Kodok.

  • The entrance gate of Cemara 6 Gallery-Museum. The museum houses more than 150 paintings by Indonesian painter Salim.

    The entrance gate of Cemara 6 Gallery-Museum. The museum houses more than 150 paintings by Indonesian painter Salim. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    The entrance gate of Cemara 6 Gallery-Museum. The museum houses more than 150 paintings by Indonesian painter Salim.

  • The Jakarta skyline as seen from the outdoor area of Por Que No.

    The Jakarta skyline as seen from the outdoor area of Por Que No. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    The Jakarta skyline as seen from the outdoor area of Por Que No.

  • Some of the menu items at Por Que No; Patatas Bravas (shots fried potatoes in spicy tomato sauce) and Croquetas de Ternera (beef croquettes).

    Some of the menu items at Por Que No; Patatas Bravas (shots fried potatoes in spicy tomato sauce) and Croquetas de Ternera (beef croquettes). OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    Some of the menu items at Por Que No; Patatas Bravas (shots fried potatoes in spicy tomato sauce) and Croquetas de Ternera (beef croquettes).

  • Covered in spices: 'Ayam penyet' (smashed fried chicken) Bu Sri, which is served with fried 'tempeh', raw vegetables and rice.

    Covered in spices: 'Ayam penyet' (smashed fried chicken) Bu Sri, which is served with fried 'tempeh', raw vegetables and rice. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    Covered in spices: 'Ayam penyet' (smashed fried chicken) Bu Sri, which is served with fried 'tempeh', raw vegetables and rice.

  • Street food vendors near Taman Menteng.

    Street food vendors near Taman Menteng. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    Street food vendors near Taman Menteng.

  • Statue of Barack Obama at state elementary school SD 01 Menteng. It was initially located at Taman Menteng, but was then moved to the elementary school.

    Statue of Barack Obama at state elementary school SD 01 Menteng. It was initially located at Taman Menteng, but was then moved to the elementary school. OF JP/Jerry Adiguna

    Statue of Barack Obama at state elementary school SD 01 Menteng. It was initially located at Taman Menteng, but was then moved to the elementary school.

  • Abdi Waluyo Hospital at Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto

    Abdi Waluyo Hospital at Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    Abdi Waluyo Hospital at Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto

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Named after the Indonesian nationalist figure, Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto is located in the Menteng subdistrict of Central Jakarta. Connected to Jl. HR Rasuna Said in Kuningan, South Jakarta, the street provides parks where people can hang out or play sports and street food vendors that open in the evening.

How to get there

Use Transjakarta’s city feeder (inner city service) Lebak Bulus – Senen route or choose Kopaja buses P20 that serve the Pasar Senen – Lebak Bulus route.

What to wear

Wear casual outfits or sportswear if you want to use the sports facilities at Taman Menteng (Menteng Park) and Taman Kodok (loosely translated as Frog Park).

What to do

Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto is home to the famous Taman Menteng. It is an open space that can be used for various activities, ranging from playing basketball to photo-shooting. It also has a special kids’ playground and prayer room.

According to tribunnews.com, Taman Menteng was built in 1921 as a soccer stadium that could accommodate 10,000 people. The locals often called it Stadion Persija after the Jakarta soccer club of that name.

Taman Menteng has greenhouses that are often used as exhibition venues and a parking building for cars as well as motorcycles. Moreover, you can find the Cemara Norfolk (Araucaria heterophylla) that was planted by Finnish Ambassador to Indonesia Paivi Hiltunen-Toivio and former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama in 2017.

Take a walk to the back end of Taman Menteng and you will find Taman Kodok. It is much smaller than Taman Menteng, but it has a water fountain that is surrounded by date palms and park benches.

Read also: Jakpost guide to Jl. Pejompongan Raya

Still on Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto, there is Cemara 6 Gallery-Museum that was founded by feminist Indonesian poet Toeti Heraty N. Roosseno in 1993. Go upstairs and you will find a museum with a collection of 150 paintings by Indonesian painter Salim. Do note that taking photos is not allowed. The place also serves as a function hall and homestay. Those who wish to stay there should contact the gallery via e-mail.

Almost at the end of the street, there is the Italian Cultural Institute, the official Italian government agency that promotes cultural exchanges between Indonesia and Italy. The place often serves as venue for the institution’s events, such as exhibitions, film screenings and Italian-language as well as cultural courses.

What to eat

Offering a Spanish concept, Por Que No should be the hangout place with your friends whenever you are on the street. Located on the fifth floor of the De RITZ building, it has two types of rooms and, if it is not raining, you should choose the outdoor area that overlooks Jakarta’s skyline. Pork dishes and alcoholic drinks are available.

Apart from casual-dining places, Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto also provides places to sample Indonesian street food. The spicy ayam penyet (smashed fried chicken) can be found in the warung beside the De RITZ building. Go further to the small street beside Taman Menteng and you will find two lines of street-food sellers. Open in the evenings, they sell various dishes, including satay, soto, fried rice and traditional kue putu (pandan-flavored cakes). Seating is available and the prices are quite affordable. One portion of kue putu, for instance, can be bought for Rp 25,000 (US$2).

Where to shop

Banananina (https://www.banananina.co.id/) is a local reseller of fashion items, ranging from bags to accessories and shoes. Founded in 2009, its offline store is available at the ground floor of Menteng Central building. It opens from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Friday to Saturday.

Fun trivia

Jl. Besuki, which can be accessed from Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto, is the location for state elementary school SD 01 Menteng where former US president Barack Obama enrolled for elementary education for one year in 1968. According to kompas.com, Obama went back to the school in 2017.

Tips:

  •     Cover your face with a mask whenever you are in this area as many vehicles pass along the street.
  •     Some of the food establishments have parking areas and proper sidewalks.
  •     Some of the streets in Menteng are one-way streets, such as in front of Abdi Waluyo Hospital, therefore you need to be careful while driving around the area. (kes)

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