Friday Finds ☆ Temple Trees ☆ Zakka Store on Jalan Senopati
Temple Trees is like a girls’ dream space filled with cute and pretty items. It’s on the busy street in the center/south of Jakarta of Jalan Senopati where many stylish boutiques line up. Jalan Senopati is one of the streets in Jakarta I have always wanted to walk to discover the cool shops in the area. I haven’t because it’s not easy to walk on Jalan Senopati. Why? There is no pavement and motorcycles and cars can pass right by you.
This is the view you have when you first walk into Temple Trees. For this store, I would like to let the visual do much of talking. From now, I will only write a little to take you around.
There are even more stuff upstairs. The upper level is more children oriented. These wooden Christmas ornaments in the photos below were displayed on the foyer on the way to the upstairs.
There were many cute purses, stuff toys, wooden toys, pillow cases, decorative items, clothes, you name it. There were some very cute wall decals sold on the upper level, too.
There is also downstairs, but the space downstairs do not have many items for sale.
This is a new Thai restaurant. I didn’t know that Vietopia, a Vietnamese restaurant, was replaced by Yumm Thai until I visited Temple Trees in January, 2013. I need to go back and try the food at Yumm Thai. I had lunch at the previous restaurant, Vietopia, with my daughter when I was pregnant in 2011 because I craved Pho so much. Now it’s gone. I notice that you see many changes very quickly in a vibrant city of Jakarta. It’s not uncommon to discover that a restaurant closed or moved its location after not visiting for several months.
What do you think?
I first visited Temple Trees with my friend and a blogger in Jakarta, the Diplomatic Wife, in mid 2011. At that time, I had my camera with me, but when I asked one employee about taking photos, I was asked to contact the marketing department of Temple Trees, which is totally fine. I grabbed a business card, but I didn’t email for the longest time even though I really wanted to go back to take photos. It sounds easy to email, get a permission, go back and take photos to blog, but it is actually not in the reality when you have million other things to do. It’s a shame that I took so long to blog about Temple Trees! Temple Trees, thank you for letting me take photos of your gorgeous store!
One thing you would not understand unless you live in Jakarta is that the traffic in the city really limits your activity. You have to time when to go out, where to go and you can only take care of one errand in the morning or in the afternoon. During the first year of my stay in Jakarta, I used to get in my car and run errands in the afternoon as well, but after the second year, I stopped doing that and would only go out if my kids have activities. Otherwise, I stick around in my neighborhood because you end up spending so much time in the car in the afternoon. I’m fine though. I learned how to use my time wisely.
Jalan Senopati No. 66
Jakarta Selatan 12190
Phone: +62 21 7261211
This is how it looks from the street. Look for the Yumm Thai sign. Temple Trees is almost across the street from Anomali Coffee on Jalan Senopati a very cool and hip Indonesian Coffee Shop. When you are in the area of Senopati, do check out Pak Manto’s Kripik as well! The chips are so delicious and addictive!