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The Best Independent Bookstores in Jakarta

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Updated: 15 June 2017
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Jakarta may not be a world-famous literary city, but many great authors and literary works have been born and celebrated in this place. Jakarta also has a growing market of readers with an insatiable hunger for local and international masterpieces beyond the mainstream, many of which require an extra effort to find. Discover the best independent bookstores in Jakarta.

Aksara

Bookstore, Store
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Aksara curates the best local and imported books, ranging from classics to the newly-published. It has quickly become one of the most popular book shopping spots in Jakarta, with three stores located in prominent neighborhoods. Beyond books, this independent bookstore also sells souvenirs, crafts, and even vinyl.
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Sun - Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Quiet, Indoors

Gerai Salihara

Bookstore, Store, Theater
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This little store shares the complex with Salihara’s theater buildings, exhibition halls, and office. Managed by Komunitas Salihara, a prominent member of the arts and culture community in Indonesia, this independent bookstore offers curated books, CDs, and artisan crafts. Most of the books that can be found in Gerai Salihara are literary works from Indonesian writers, cultural essays, and memoirs, some of which are rarely found in chain bookstores.
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Mon:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

POST Santa

Bookstore, Market, Shop
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This alternative bookstore is located in Pasar Santa, a traditional-turned-trendy market in South Jakarta. On top of its distinctive selection of creative and youthful books, this bookshop also serves as a creative space, where events like writers workshops, book launches, and book discussions are held. POST Santa sells books published by indie publishers from Indonesia and around the world, and covers short stories, essays and literary works. It also manages a small independent publisher called POST Press.
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Mon:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Seumpama Books

This self-described book studio has an impressive collection of curated vintage classics, including the most treasured Penguin Classic paperbacks. This online-based independent bookshop is a creative answer to a real need for more classic books circulating in Indonesia. It also has a vast collection of non-fictions titles. Seumpama Books can also be found in various events or bazaars in Jakarta.

We dropped a couple titles from our collection to support @ruangseduh jogja #bookswapproject. If you're interested to any of these titles, do let them know: . "Ruang Seduh Jogja excitedly offer you to participate in our Bookswap Project. The idea is to share things we love, like books, over the things we obviously love, like coffee. The books are from our Barista's personal collection. Since they do love their book so much –well, they're pretty protective too–so make sure you bring beloved book of yours to swap it with theirs. . Rules are pretty simple 1. Upload your book that you want to swap on your Instagram account. 2. Tag @ruangseduh on your photo, and state which one of our books that you wish to swap. 3. Books should be similar or in the same genre with selected books. 4. If there is more than one request on the same book to swap with at a time, we will decide which book is the chosen one. 5. Their selection of books can be seen on the IG account. You can start submitting your books now and this program will be available for 1 month (we are considering to make this longer). . Like your favorite old movie, let's sit in the corner of coffee shop, with the good music in the background, and have a good talk about the books we all drowned into. . DM us for more info, or just simply come to our Tirtodipuran Base." . . . . . . . . . . . #rsjbookswap #ruangseduh #ruangseduhjogja #rsj #yogyakarta #tirtodipuran #coffeeshop #ngopidijogja #brewingspace #brewerswithoutborders™ #bookswap #bookstagram #books

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Art & Science

Bookstore, Store
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Art & Science is more a lifestyle store than a bookstore, but its curated book collection is impressive enough to put the store in this list. Many of the books and crafts on sale here are not available anywhere else in Indonesia. The selection of style books, other non-fiction and imported magazines is vast.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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