COSMO – Japanese grocery store in Jakarta
COSMO moved to a different location after this post was published. The post about the current COSMO is here.
Jalan Bulungan No. 16
Tel: 081380006789 or 021-7207112
Jalan Bulungan is a cross road with Mahakam. If you know where Hotel Mahakam and KOI Mahakam are located, coming from these locations, you turn left onto Jalan Bulungan. The COSMO store will be on your left. You will see a big sign with sky blue and green.
I found a Japanese supermarket near us the other day. That made my day! It’s called COSMO. I asked the store employees if I could take pictures and they were very welcoming.
When I first move overseas, I always look for a grocery store where I can find Japanese groceries. When we lived in Virginia, I used to go to a Korean supermarket to find Japanese groceries, but here there are Japanese grocery stores. I got very excited! Cosmo is one of the three Japanese grocery stores I’ve been to and I like this one the best. I do partly because it’s conveniently located to my place, which makes a huge difference as the traffic in this city can be a huge pain!
Another thing I love about the store was that they have organic vegetable section. They have their own field and make organic vegetables there. They also make Japanese rice domestically and sell it there. The packages with green letters with COSMO mark is their brand of rice. I usually try to buy organic vegetables and locally grown produces rather than imported ones. It is more environmental.
I have been to other grocery stores where many foreigners go to in Jakarta. I find the prices at Cosmo cheaper or as cheap as some cheap stores. Yet, the vegetables looked fresh and nice here, which I was very pleased. I like the way Japanese grocery stores do packaging. In most grocery stores in Jakarta, you have to take vegetables and fruits to a weighing counter. There is someone who puts your vegetables or fruits in a plastic bag, weighs it and puts a price tag for you. At Cosmo, many vegetables are pre-priced and you can grab and put what you see in your cart without queuing at a weighing station.
I was surprised by the selection of fish and meat there. It was very easy to find what I wanted (since they labeled in Japanese, too) and the fish and meat looked very fresh. COSMO also makes their own tofu, natto (fermented beans), pickles, and prepared Japanese food (and probably more!). I love getting fresh tofu. Japanese products like tofu and natto are usually expensive if imported, but those made by the store are always much cheaper. I like their already-made gyoza (pot-stickers) and croquettes. You can buy them for lunch or dinner and serve it at home! You find a section like that in grocery stores in Japan and it makes me nostalgic to see it outside of Japan.
Their bakery is also wonderful. It’s fun to pick up pastries for my family there and I just enjoy seeing familiar pastries at a grocery store in Jakarta.
The people who work there are very nice. Things like that make your shopping experience very pleasant. At COSMO there are a few Japanese employees as well as a few Indonesian employees who speak Japanese well. I believe some of them speak English, too, so if you have any questions, I’m sure they will be happy to answer your them.
It’s in the shopping center near the Darmawangsa City Walk (Mall) near the police building.