For those of us who have the mid-week blues but can’t get away, here’s a different kind of blue for you. From the bright blue doors of Santorini, to the calm blue walls of Cabana and the clear blue seas of Sangiang, we’re giving you five more reasons to smile this week.
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Gryos Alley, Kebayoran Baru
Santorini, Greece has been on most everyone’s bucket list for quite some time now, but not everyone has the luxury to jetset there for a weekend. Gyros Alley Kebayoran Baru pulls you away from the stresses of home and takes you across the Indian Ocean (and the Mediterranean Sea) to the seaside town of Santorini. Sample the local delicacies and feel the culture as though you’re really there before stepping out through the doors and back into the busy streets of Jakarta.
When: Monday – Sunday ; 11:00 – 23:00
Where: Jalan Panglima Polim IX No. 8
Melawai, Kebayoran Baru,
Jakarta CBD 12160
More Info: +6221 726 9877
Mokka Coffee Cabana, Pluit
If coffee’s more your thing, but you still want to feel transported away, then Mokka Coffee Cabana is for you. The aqua blue walls have a calming effect, and the vintage-inspired memorabilia decorating the place transports you not only to another place, but another time. Mokka Coffee Cabana serves standard cafe fare and plenty of smiles. While North Jakarta may be far away for some of you, do remember that it’s a lot closer than Cabana, Peru.
When: Monday – Sunday ; 10:00 – 22:00
Where: Lippo Mall Puri,
Jl. Puri Indah Raya Blok U1,
Puri Indah, West Jakarta, 11610
More Info: +6221 2911 1351
Sangiang Scuba Diving
Indonesia is home to many wonderful diving spots and some aren’t so far away from Jakarta. Sangian, Banten is only a couple hours away from Jakarta, and teeming with local wildlife. We’ve heard plenty of stories from people who have been there and seen sea turtles or spent the day swimming around with the local school (of fish) and Sangian, Banten seems like a very magical place.
While this may be considered cheating as Sangian, Banten isn’t exactly inside the greater Jakarta region, we hope you’ll forgive us for this. We’ll be doing a more in depth post of the best scuba diving spots near Jakarta in the near future, but we hope that this tides you over for the time being. We recommend staying at the Pisita Anyer Hotel nearby if you do plan on heading out there.
Price: IDR 1.000.000 (one diving trip)
IDR 1.500.000 (one full day)
More Info: +62859 4695 4468
Pisita Anyer Hotel
Where: Jl. Raya Anyer,
Desa Cikoneng, Banten 42166
More Info: +6221 4585 4982
Montezuma Rooftop Lounge, FM7
For those craving a piece of the big blue sky, though not exactly pictured here, then the Montezuma Rooftop Lounge at FM7 Hotel is a great place to seize the day. This great place is often overlooked due to its proximity to Jakarta’s International Airport, and generally those establishments are more function than form. The Montezuma Rooftop Lounge is an elegant place to spend late afternoons or evenings drinking and talking with your closest friends.
When: Monday – Sunday ; 17:00 – 1:00
Where: FM7 Resort Hotel, Rooftop
Jl. Raya Perancis No. 67,
More Info: +6221 5591 1777
Bao Ji, Pelaspas Dharmawangsa
With a mix of vintage Indonesian, Chinese and Mexican decorative elements, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped through the wormhole into another time and place. Simple but memorable, the laid-back atmosphere at Bao Ji Pelaspas Dharmawangsa lets you focus on good friends and good food, the two most important ingredients for making good memories. Mismatched chairs and tables, treated prints of antique paintings and a menu specialised on bringing flavourful little baos to your hungry little stomachs is all the world needs, really.
When: Wednesday – Monday ; 12:00 – 22:00
Where: Pelaspas Dharmawangsa
Jl. Dharmawangsa Raya No. 4