Don’t be looking for healthy in this list! Here is the list of places you go to when you are craving comforting carb, albeit junk, in the middle of the night. You can safely say that these are the true Jakartans guilty pleasures! Try these 7 street food places in Jakarta that will satisfy your midnight crave.
1. Nasi Goreng & Bubur Ayam Sabang Bang Robby
This is the classic kill two (fat) birds with one stone kind of place. A lot of places sell nasi goreng late, but not a lot sell rice both fried and bubur style. Established in 1998, the place is so well-known for its signature taste of Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and Bubur Ayam (chicken porridge). One aspect that makes the fried rice here is unique and apart from fried rice in general is its toppings. While in general, toppings used for fried rice are chicken, mutton, sausage, or beef, here in Bang Robby’s, the topping is cut fried bread stick also called by locals, cakwe.
Nasi Goreng & Bubur Ayam Sabang Bang Robby
Jl. Sabang, Menteng (opposite Robinson Department Store), Jakarta Pusat
P:+62 813 8753 3500
Open daily from 5pm-2am
2. Roti Bakar Eddy
Another place famous for its toast. Roti Bakar Eddy is very well-known for its sweet and savory toast menu. The stars here Toast with Chocolate Sprinkles and Cheese Topping, Cheese Corned Beef Toast, and Chocolate Cheese Toast with Banana. Roti Bakar Eddy’s loyal customers, however, love this place for the plethora of street food that this late night place offers. From bubur Ayam, Sate, Nasi Uduk, Nasi Goreng, Indomie, Bakso, and even street style ‘Japanese’ Food and Nasi Kebuli.
Roti Bakar Eddy
Jl. Raden Patah No. 11, Selong, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
P: (+6221) 9752 0002
Open daily from 6pm-2.30am
3. Roti Bakar Wiwied
We’re not sure who started the trend, but there’s something about Jakartans that love their roti bakar late at night. Probably made popular by clubbers who scout for comforting food post-partying, but just like Roti Bakar Wiwied is another popular Roti Bakar place who has been serving Jakarta young crowd since 1992. Other than its roti bakar, of course, be prepared to order some other ‘junk food’ like indomie, somay, and the more comforting Bubur Ayam.
Roti Bakar Wiwied
Jl. Rumah Sakit Fatmawati No. 4D, Cilandak , Jakarta Selatan
P: +62 878 7794 9188
Open daily from 5pm-3am
4. Martabak Bandung Raya
One of the most favorite street foods in Jakarta is martabak. It’s a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread served as sweet or savory dish. Martabak Bandung Raya is surely one among zillion martabak places in Jakarta. What makes this place is more special than others is the original taste of martabak with fluffy and delicate texture, especially for its sweet martabak. As for the savory martabak, the stuffing is quite generous with its crunchy skin.
Martabak Bandung Raya
Jl. RS Fatmawati No.22, Cipete Selatan, Cilandak, Jakarta Selatan
P: (+6221) 7661666
Open 24 hours
5. Bakso Rusuk Samanhudi
As the name implies, Bakso Rusuk becomes the most wanted dish here. It’s meatball served with noodle and beef broth along with ribs cut. The meatball texture is soft yet chewy with a very tasteful beef broth and the rib meat is so tender and melts in your mouth. The place also offers another dishes, such as chicken noodle or known as Mie Ayam, instant noodle, and plenty of beverage choices.
Bakso Rusuk Samanhudi
Jl. Samanhudi No.18 D, Pasar Baru, Sawah Besar, Jakarta Pusat
Open 24 hours
6. Warung Ketan Susu Kemayoran
Ketan Susu or milk sticky rice could be the perfect choice for a late night snack. Its sweet-savory taste definitely can warm our body and heart. Not many milk sticky rice places in Jakarta open until late at night. Thanks to this humble yet cozy place, we can enjoy warm milk sticky rice served with fried tempe or other side dishes. Warm ginger tea or ginger milk might be the accompany.
Warung Ketan Susu Kemayoran
Jl. Garuda No.96, Kemayoran, Kota Jakarta Pusat
Open 24 hours
7. Pasar Kue Subuh Senen & Blok M
This is a fun thing to do if you’re the ultimate night owl. In both of the pasar kue subuh (can be loosely translated as crack of dawn cake market) you can find literally every kueh or snacks from hundreds of sellers, in bulk. You can’t get prices lower these two places anywhere else in Jakarta.
Pasar Kue Subuh Senen
Jl. St. Senen, Senen, Jakarta Pusat
Opens daily from 6pm-6am
Pasar Kue Subuh Blok M
Blok M Square Melawai, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Opens daily from 3am-8am
8. Cafe Tenda WGP
Cafe Tenda WGP itself is a collection of food vendors selling a variety of typical cafe food but inside the tent. Hence, this place is called a cafe tenda or tent cafe. You can enjoy not only traditional cuisine, but also international, such as Italian food, Thai food, etc.
Cafe Tenda WGP
Parking Area Wisma Gading Permai, Jl. Bulevar Kelapa Gading, Kelapa Gading Barat, Jakarta Utara
Opens daily from 6pm-late