Cafe Batavia

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Jalan Taman Fatahilah, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Cafe Batavia Jakarta Reviews

pearcetoyou pearceto…
205 reviews
A little Taste of Years Gone By Mar 13, 2011
Batavia Cafe is ranked #9 of 82 things to do in Jakarta by Lonely Planet travellers. It is located in the heart of historic Kota (Old Town Jakarta) on Taman Fatahillah.

Easily the most famous and historic restaurant in town, Cafe Batavia is housed in a restored 19th-century Dutch colonial building just opposite the old Dutch city hall (now Jakarta Museum). The place is a living reminder of Jakarta's luxurious (as well as oppressive) colonial past, when Dutch officials would wine and dine in their white linen suits.

The downstairs music box bar is subtly lit with tables around couches. Upstairs, the Churchill Bar, (rated in Newsweek's Best Bars in the World at one time) with its mahogany paneling, persian carpets and large windows is light and airy. It opens out onto a large dining room. The staff are slick and courteous, the drinks menus are long, well thought out and very very expensive, (by Indonesian standards) with a 300mL Bintang setting you back about 32,000RP once you've included taxes. However, transplant this setting and level of service to any western capital city in the world and you'd be looking at 15USD for a beer, so in the greater scheme of things it is very good value.

We were more than happy to spend a bit extra for a few hours relaxing under the swirling ceiling fans and listening to the live music. The walls are covered with nostalgic pictures, even in the bathrooms.
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joenatravels joenatra…
18 reviews
Fine Dining and Jazz Sep 24, 2011
Cafe Batavia is located in Kuta, a historical area in Jakarta. It is a great place for romantic dinners over candle lights with colonial ambiance. I have been coming here for dinners and I just love their foods. It has a bar at the ground floor with a band that plays jazz most nights. Although not a jazz lover, I often hang around with friends after having dinner at the dining area upstairs and stay until closing time. However, this place is not for those who are on a budget as it is a little pricey.
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Acy_jkt Acy_jkt
118 reviews
Heritage in Kota Tua Dec 11, 2010
The Cafe Batavia is located in the middle of the Kota Tua (old city/town) complex. The complex is surrounded with old buildings and museums.

The place is nice to relax and cool down after a long walk around the complex. It is so cozy and very nice ambiance.

The building is old, and the inside is also full of old furniture and old collectible stuff. The wall is so full of the old artists and singers pictures from around the world, even in the toilet (makes you feel like being watched by those eyes, LOL). Very artistic, just like a museum.

The food is pretty good, they serve many kinds of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. They also have live music, even during lunch time at the weekend.

Very nice place and very recommended to feel the old town of Jakarta, or just to hand out and talk with friends. The price is expensive, but worth to ambiance.
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westwind57 says:
As a Dutch, I always have mixed feelings with places that remind of the Dutch time there, even though I was not born yet, then. But I admire the Indonesians very much how they manage to keep these places and the athmosphere. Have been in a hotel like that in Surabaya, and loved it a lot. Thanks for posting Joena.
Posted on: Jan 25, 2012
silvastar silvastar
5 reviews
Eat - Cafe Batavia; an overpriced romance Nov 29, 2008
Located in Old Town area, Batavia Cafe appears elegantly in the middle of some old and wrecked buildings. Consistency in classic decoration with high ceiling, large windows and vintage furniture gives a very romantic atmosphere to the Cafe.

A stair with tons of vintage pictures in frame will bring you to the second story where they got more sunlight in daytime. Pick a table for two by the window and you'll get the entire view of the old city hall.

Ask for menu, and you'll get one of the framed pictures in the wall. Don't be confused, you can find the menu in the back side.

As much as I love the atmosphere, they tagged the food overpriced. The drinks will cost you about IDR 35.000 - 50.000 (USD 3,5 - 5) and I'm not talking about liquor. As for foods, the range will goes around IDR 70.000 - 200.000 (USD 7 - 20) per dishes, not counting the dessert yet. It is expensive, specially when we found that the food went with 'so-so' taste.

So our tips will be, just enjoy Cafe Batavia for some drinks, it will be a reasonable compensation for the romantic ambiance instead of the full course meal bill.
the window view
menu - back
menu - front
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alexchan alexchan
121 reviews
Nostalgia and food May 06, 2008
This is two-storey house of nostalgia. It is a restaurant-cafe-bar with old furniture, shuttered windows and walls-and-walls of old framed photos. The photos may be of various subjects and in the toilet they are actually semi-erotic or semi homo-erotic!

The food is so-so ... typical Western bland food and inflated prices (by Jakarta standard) but I'd go back just for the atmosphere. In my view, it is a must for any Western visitor to Jakarta!

And guys ... the men's toilet (like most of the restaurant) is full of old photos ... but watch out for the large mirrored urinal ... mirrored so you can see yourself along with everyone else lined up! Certainly not for the shy.
Cafe Batavia as viewed from the Mu…
Exterior of Cafe Batavia.
Upstairs dining room.
Nostalgia galore.
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