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Papaya ☆ Japanese Grocery Store in Jakarta

November 8, 2012

There is not enough information about Japanese grocery stores in Jakarta online, so here is another post about one of the Japanese grocery stores in Jakarta, PAPAYA. There are three Japanese grocery stores as of now in 2012 that I know of: Papaya, COSMO and Kamome.

Japanese Curry
The colorful boxed packages in the photo above are the boxes of Japanese Curry mix. Japanese curry is very easy to make if you buy this curry mix in a box. You chop potatoes, carrots, and onions. Then you stir fry them with meat of your choice (beef or chicken usually), add water and cook them till the vegetables are soft and add the curry mix and stir. You pour sauce on top of rice on a plate. That’s it! It’s worth trying if you are adventurous about food and haven’t tried it yet.

I have purchased sashimi at Papaya and it was good. I would only go to Japanese grocery stores to buy sashimi.

I buy meat and fish at a Japanese grocery store because I find them fresher than other grocery stores and I like the way they package them.

This might be one of my favorite things about Japanese grocery stores. The Sozai section, a section for already made side dishes.

DAISO – Japanese 100 Yen Store
I sometimes stop by at DAISO (the red sign) on the second floor in the same building as Papaya is located. DAISO is a Japanese dollar (100 yen) store. The prices at DAISO in Jakarta is all IDR 22.000 which is about US$2.3 (220 yen) so that’s almost double the price you pay in Japan, but still some of the things you can get at DAISO can be bargains compared to what you pay at the local stores in Jakarta and if I don’t know where to get certain items, I know that I can find at DAISO. DAISO has everything. You’ve got to check it out. It’s so fun!

MOS Cafe is a Japanese version of a fast food restaurant. In Japan it’s called MOS BURGER. MOS BURGER is very popular there, but my American husband is not such a big fan except for rice burgers. I haven’t been to MOS Cafe here, so I cannot tell you if they have rice burgers here or not, but if they do, I would love to try MOS Cafe’s rice burger!

I especially love their baguettes. I find that Japanese baguettes are very similar to the original French baguettes. I would love to ask French people what they think of baguettes sold at Komugi.

I hope this information is helpful for those who look for Japanese grocery items in Jakarta!

Papaya is located in the corner of Jalan Melawai Raya and Jalan Pangalima Polim.

Map of Papaya in Blok M (A)

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  1. November 8, 2012 7:32 pm

    Woaaaahhh… I’ll ask my husband to go to Papaya soon. I think I’m gonna love everything there :). Thank you for the information, Kaho!

  2. November 9, 2012 12:09 am

    Hi Kaho ,
    i have been to this store. last trip i was looking for indian grocery store and mymaidin indonesia told me there is an indian store at block m area. So i checked the location and i heared that place is cheap for local art work batik. so i started my adventurous trip with my family and i find it is not kids friendly place for shopping in the Block M mall. it is like a godown. small stores but i got some good socks there for my kids and some placemats in the basement art shop.

    I looked for the grocery store and someone directed to this store they taught grocery store is same and when i went there it was japanese store but i got fresh baby okra and other veggies. so i just did some pastry and veggie shopping there. Nice store.

    I found out there are few indian grocery store and they are far and do homedelivery for purchase over 200,000 dollars. So we dint get anything cos my husband brought few grocery which i had in my pantry in Singapore . I really dont like the local rice the sticky rice as it dint go well with indian dal and curry.I was looking for the thai rice my luck i dint get it. So i got 2 kilo bag of basmati rice from singapore and completed my month trip.

    • November 9, 2012 1:40 pm

      There is an Indian grocery store on the first floor of Kinara. That’s the only one I know. Kinara is in Kemang. Have you been out there? I heard about an Indian grocery store in Blok M, too, but I have never seen.

  3. November 9, 2012 1:38 am

    i’ve never been to Papaya since it’s quite a distance from my place, but looks like it’s worth a visit. thx for the info^^

    • November 9, 2012 1:37 pm

      That’s too bad! I know that there is one in Pondok Indah. Maybe it’s closer?

  4. November 9, 2012 4:28 am

    I’ve seen a smaller one near Pondok Indah. Every time I mean to go I”ve been stuck in traffic for so long that I no longer have time to visit.

    • November 9, 2012 1:35 pm

      Oh no… Traffic in Jakarta can be so discouraging. You should try in Blok M because the traffic is not as bad as in Pondok Indah.

  5. November 10, 2012 12:44 pm

    loved looking through these photos! i’m always looking for great japanese stores here in nyc – a great japanese bakery is a beautiful thing :)

    • November 11, 2012 1:18 am

      I was like that when we lived in the DC area. I agree with you about Japanese bakery.

  6. November 17, 2012 3:07 am

    I looooove commin’ to Papaya though it need somekind of effort. Made me cracy to pick up the fresh vegetables and then unconsciously stack it up into refrigerator ^_^. And the souzai corner I fond but cost me to wake up early in a saturday, since it soon gone if we don’t get early. Well it’s an info, for MOS now available there

    • November 17, 2012 10:00 am

      It’s always fun for me to go to a Japanese grocery store and see familiar items. I think the sozai doesn’t sell out that early on Saturdays, but yes, it’s better to get there earlier than later.

  7. Joy permalink
    December 3, 2012 8:12 am

    Wow!! The Papaya I used to visit wasn’t this sparkly and bright! Looks like they have just about anything you could want to make Japanese meals. Thanks for sharing this info!

    • December 3, 2012 10:09 am

      It is pretty nice inside there. :) Yes, I feel very fortunate to have an access to Japanese groceries in Jakarta.

  8. December 15, 2012 9:55 pm

    I Love Papaya, they make the best croquettes and the cakes at Komugi Bakery are very good, too.

    • December 16, 2012 11:49 am

      I love their croquettes, too! I think it’s worth paying to buy them than making a mess while making them at home. It’s quite labor intensive.

  9. Aika permalink
    February 16, 2013 2:19 am

    Kaho-san, which of the 3, between Papaya, Kamome and Cosmo that has the most complete grocery selections?

    • February 17, 2013 5:58 am

      Papaya probably has the most complete. Cosmo’s selection is pretty good as well. I find their fish very fresh and the variety is good. Kamome is closed now… So sad.

  10. Ferry permalink
    May 24, 2013 10:27 am

    wowww mae kara sagashita yo kono supa , demo naka naka muzukashi mitsukaruno wa, boku wa indoneshia jin dakedo demo nihon no ryori sugoi suki da ..

    • May 26, 2013 1:39 pm

      Yokatta des!
      Papaya wa Jakarta ni 2tsu location ga arimasu. Blok M to Bumimas des. Chikai ho ga benri desu yone.

      Watashi wa sukoshi dake Indonesia go o hanasemas node Bahasa demo kakimasune.

      Terima kasih untuk komentar anda. Ada 2 lokasi untuk Papaya di Jakarta.

      Papaya Jakarta
      Blok M 021 727 93777
      Bumimas 021 7581 8388

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  12. July 7, 2013 6:11 am

    one of the best grocery store in Jakarta. My favorite churro is at KOMUGI Bakery.

    • July 12, 2013 7:56 am

      I always bought bread for my kids at Komugi Bakery. My middle child’s favorite was square shape milk bread with chocolate chips. My favorite was their baguettes. So delicious!

  13. Anita A permalink
    August 7, 2013 11:20 am

    Thank you for posting about this store. I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t see your post. This should be my next grocery destination.
    I have been looking for Matcha (green tea) powder for baking and as well as for drinking. Do you know if this Papaya store would have it? Or is there any store I can find them at?
    Thank you. :)

    • August 7, 2013 12:33 pm

      I remember seeing maccha powder at Papaya, but I don’t know if it’s the kind you can use for baking. It was for drinking which already has sugar in it. I’d try Papaya first and also Cosmo, another Japanese grocery shop in the neighborhood.

  14. May 27, 2014 12:48 am

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  15. July 3, 2014 9:40 am

    I was shopping here yesterday after I read this website. Thanks to miss Kaho for this review and I buy a lot of japanese goods.

    • July 5, 2014 6:41 am

      I’m glad! Thank you for the comment!

  16. Josephine permalink
    October 15, 2014 3:06 am

    Miss Kaho, do you know where to buy green tea powder? and do you know the price for them? Thank you so much ><

    • October 15, 2014 3:21 am

      Josephine, I used to buy green tea powder at Papaya. It was for drinking, not for baking, though. It’s been over a year since I left Jakarta and I, unfortunately, don’t know the price any more. I’m sorry!!! It’s worth checking with Papaya. Good luck!

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