For a woman who owns one of Indonesia’s most prestigious lifestyle brands, Lisa Post is surprisingly relaxed about taking time off for leisure. Based in Jakarta, the Fj’L Group’s head honcho runs the cutting-edge Fj’L Boutique and a series of highly successful F&B ventures under the Fj’L name. She’s gifted with a keen eye for creative fashion and lifestyle concepts that she doesn’t fail to test out.
Curious to know what Lisa gets up to in the dynamic city of Jakarta? Read on to find out!
As Indonesia’s capital and largest city, Jakarta is both fast developing and multicultural. Dubbed the “Big Durian” many view Jakarta as a land of opportunity, a place to seek jobs and a better life.
Favourite thing about Jakarta…
I treasure the friendships that I have built in Jakarta. Most of my childhood friends work in the entertainment industry and they’ve opened my eyes to the crazy span of nightlife offerings in Jakarta.
Least favourite thing about Jakarta…
Some may find it too hectic and crowded.
Fun fact about the locals…
The locals tend to chase the hype. They’ll crowd the venues that top any list.
Best time to visit…
I would definitely visit Jakarta when it’s public holiday season because it’s when most locals like to get out of the city or travel abroad with their families.
A local phrase one should know…
“Gue-Lo”. “Gue” means me and “Lo” means you in Bahasa. They originate from the Betawi dialect and are commonly used in informal conversations.
What to pack…
Jakarta’s weather is hot and humid, so light summer clothing is essential. Sunglasses are a must.
Jakarta Black Book
Skye Bistro & Lounge – Located on the 56th floor of the BCA Tower in Thamrin. They have the best view at night, astonishing interior and impressive atmosphere.
The Dharmawangsa – It’s a very quiet and tranquil place that’s ideal for a peaceful getaway.
Sophie Authentique – Hidden away on a rooftop in Fatmawati, the coffee and smoked salmon baguette are the perfect pick-me-up.
Fj Bistro – I love the Ayam Sambal Matah at Fj Bistro, an authentic Indonesian dish.
The Café, Hotel Mulia – The buffet brunch at the opulent Hotel Mulia in Senayan is legendary, and for good reason!
Fj on 7 – I like to wind down at Fj on 7. Weekend nights at this rooftop bar summons the spirit of youth, assisted by a DJ that spins lounge music through the night.
Chic Mart Kemang – A treasure trove of Indonesian art and homewares of outstanding quality.
Bin House – Josephine Komara (Obin) is one of my favourite Indonesian fashion designers.
Tulisan – It’s a collection of handmade, limited edition illustrated prints that are applied to bags, totes and household accessories.
Kemang – There is such a variety of shopping to be done at Kemang. From conceptual stores to local and antique stores, Kemang
Jalan Surabaya Antique Market – A street lined with antique shops peddling everything from grand artworks to vintage knick knacks and dusty collectibles. Browsing the market feels like going a step back in time.
Pulau Macan – Get off shore on Pulau Macan at the famous Pulau Seribu. This island is a perfect place to spend a peaceful night.
You can’t leave Jakarta without…
Buying some authentic and ethnic Indonesian merchandise for yourself and your relatives as a reminder of your unforgettable trip to Jakarta.
Images in this guide courtesy of F’jL Boutique.