The Jakarta Post
The street has a casual and relaxed vibe, as it is home to cafes, shops and even a famous tattoo parlor. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Jl. Kemang Selatan VIII is a small street branching off from the main road of Jl. Kemang Raya in South Jakarta. Although short and somewhat narrow, the street is home to several interesting spots worth stopping by, whether for a bite, to shop or even to get a tattoo.
How to get there
The area is not accessible by major public transportation options, such as Transjakarta or train, meaning it is most convenient to travel by private vehicle or ride-hailing transportation, such as Go-Jek or Grab.
Keep in mind that the neighboring Jl. Kemang Raya area is prone to heavy traffic, so it may also be worthwhile considering getting there by motorbike.
What to wear
The street has a casual and relaxed vibe, so feel free to opt for comfortable clothes to enjoy the day.
What to eat
For a bite to eat, visit Lawless Burger Bar, a burger joint famous for its grilled beef patties and unique combinations for a generous serving enjoyed in its metal music-vibe location, complete with blaring loud music and a black-painted centerpiece wall covered in band posters.
Lawless Burger Bar serves generously sized dishes. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Its most popular dish is the Motley Burg, consisting of a thick and juicy beef patty, along with a dash of beef bacon, lettuce and tomato. For an alternative choice, there is the Philly Anselmo, a Philly cheese steak open-faced sandwich with Cajun spice, sautéed onion, capsicum and mushrooms.
Burgers range from Rp 42,000 (US$2.89) for a chicken variety and up to Rp 125,000 for The Lemmy, which consists of a double serving of beef patties.
Enjoy the burger with a side dish or simply complement it with a gulp of beer, with choices ranging from local Bintang to Heineken or Germany's Erdinger.
Read also: Jakpost guide to Jl. Kemang Raya: Part 1
For a more cuddly atmosphere, head over to Kopi Cat Groovy, where visitors can hang out with the resident playful cats, who are extremely adorable and fluffy. The cafe is bright with plenty of windows letting in sunshine during the day for a play date with the cats.
Visitors can enjoy the uniquely served hot chocolate at cat cafe Kopi Cat Groovy. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Entrance fee is Rp 60,000 per person for an hour. While there, try out the 3-D hot chocolate, a delectable drink served with a cat-shaped milk froth.
Those looking to relax in a simple cafe can visit Breakfast at Cayenne, which is actually joined to the main establishment of Cayenne, an independent local furniture and homeware store. Multicolored print tiles greet visitors in the foyer to the cafe entrance.
Enjoy coffee and cake at Breakfast at Cayenne. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Stop by for an afternoon coffee and cake or try something from the all-day breakfast menu, such as mushroom toast, breakfast burritos or homemade granola.
Where to shop
The street is home to several clothing and accessory stores, mainly menswear. Among the favorites is Brodo shoes, a men's footwear brand from Bandung. Styles range from casual street wear to office and boots.
Brodo, a local brand from Bandung, is among the favorite stores in the area. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Other stores of note on Jl. Kemang Selatan VIII cater to home decor, such as the previously mentioned Cayenne and also LOFT. Wares range from cozy wood-based items and pieces made from wicker to colorful tinted-glass accessories.
Furniture store Cayenne in Kemang, South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Read also: Jakpost guide to Jl. Kemang Timur
For a more personalized and long-term transaction, the street is home to Lawless Tattoo. Opened in 2011, Lawless has grown to become one of the most popular tattoo parlors in South Jakarta. The resident tattoo artists are Ferdy and Bongga, as well as a tattoo apprentice Prisa.
Lawless Tattoo in Kemang, South Jakarta. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
The parlor is open from Tuesday to Sunday and the minimum charge is Rp 800,000 and Rp 18,000 for every square centimeter.
Be aware that Jl. Kemang Selatan VII is a small street, featuring one lane in each direction. Be prepared to face heavy traffic congestion that continues onto the main road of Jl. Kemang Raya, with rush hour in the afternoon the most critical time.
Although there is no designated sidewalk, the street is small and comfortable enough to walk along. (wng)