The culinary landscape in Jakarta is fabulously diversified, but few restaurants are ready to take the tremendous risk of trying something truly distinctive. The restaurants on this list can all claim to be one-of-a-kind in the capital, so if you’re searching for something truly unique for your next meal, one of these outliers might be just what you’re looking for.
Looking for something unique? Jakarta has got it for you
Are you stressed out by city life’s hustle and bustle? We’ve all experienced the feeling of becoming dissatisfied with the daily grind and the concrete jungle. We all desire some spice in our lives, but what if we told you that you don’t have to go far to get a taste of the extraordinary? Jakarta may appear to be just another city on the map, but it also has some rather strange and weird restaurants that are the perfect remedy for city life’s lethargy!
From a Harry Potter-themed restaurant to a restaurant on a plane to a world of miniature ponies and even a coffee shop with cuddly animals, here are the most unique themed restaurants in Jakarta that will add some excitement to your life! It’s time to escape into fascinating worlds full of fantasy and delicious food — are you up for this culinary adventure?
Arborea Café – Gatot Subroto
Everyone enjoys a peaceful retreat to nature and spends a relaxed day among beautiful foliage every now and again. And if you believe a natural haven like Arborea Café is impossible to locate in a city like Jakarta, think again!
This café, which was just opened during the 2018 Asian Games, first functioned as a resting location for athletes to decompress after a day of rigorous training and competitions. However, once the event was done, it quickly became a favorite hangout for city people.
Miss Unicorn Café – Bekasi
Have you ever dreamed to dine in a magical place where you could interact with unicorns? Miss Unicorn Café in Jakarta transports you to a world of limitless possibilities, where unicorns do exist!
If your pals frequently accuse you of being childish, it’s time to… prove them wrong! Set your inner child free and let your imagination run wild in this pink utopia with unicorns floating on the ceiling, relaxing on the sofa, or peeking out from behind the wall. Rent a unicorn outfit and join the herd — you’re suddenly as magical as these mythological creatures (take that, adult pals)! It’s not enjoyable to be a hungry unicorn, so don’t forget to refuel with their rainbow spaghetti or milkshakes.
Taman Santap Rumah Kayu Ancol
You can enjoy good Jakarta cuisine on a plane without paying a fortune for a first-class ticket! Taman Santap Rumah Kayu Ancol provides a totally unique eating experience, thanks to the actual airplane that rests amid the restaurant’s lovely garden.
The major attraction here is seafood — the grilled shrimp is irresistibly delicious, and their puddings will fulfill your sweet craving. Before you climb too far up in the clouds, bear in mind that if you want to dine inside the plane, a minimum order of Rp. 650,000 (about USD $49) is required. We believe it is worthwhile.
IndoDiner – Pluit
Step into a bus that takes you back to the ’60s. Please stay seated on our retro-style first level, where everything is splattered with cheerful turquoise. Passengers are informed that it will be difficult to stop Instagramming when on board (discretionary battery use is advised). Additional seating is provided on the top deck, where everything is pink (from the ceilings to the sofa and table to the entire floor).
KANPAI! – Pluit
Why travel to Tokyo when KANPAI! can bring Tokyo to you? KANPAI!, the newest kid on the block at Pantai Indah Kapuk, is one of the most talked-about eateries in town, successfully bringing the vibrant Kyoto-style nightlife to Jakarta!
Settle back in a chilly, dark setting lighted up by flashing neon lights to watch the chef demonstrate his incredible culinary skills from the open kitchen. Thanks to the small green canopy above the kitchen, you may even enjoy the illusion of outdoor dining (without feeling the heat!).