Had a satisfying lunch at Padang Merdeka last week and realizing I was in the Kota Tua area and since I have been hearing buzz about this pretty little coffee shop called Semasa, so why not have a cup of coffee after a “brutal” Padang feast? Yay!

Semasa is located at the third floor of Olveh Building which located precisely across Stasiun Kota-Pinangsia, it’s a white building that’s normally occupied for exhibitions and funny thing about my visit was that I accidentally bumped into my friend who was decorating for the Raito’s exhibition (which I failed to come sorry :p), total coincidence. Anyway there’s no elevator here as far as I remember and the stairs was the only access to reach Semasa.

Upon entrance, Semasa looked to me more like a little concept store in a room with a space to sip your coffee instead of an actual coffee shop, the fact that the shop was not spacious really gave you this calm vibe that could be relaxing, on the day of my visit the shop was on its full house hour (it was around 3:30 PM on a Tuesday) and inside they only have one large (but not so large) communal table, a mini table for two and random seats located outdoor for smoking guests.

The shop sells various stuff from home amenities, handmade crafts, paper crafts, fashion stuff, amenities, fragrances and more.
Some special desserts you can pair your coffee with, not sure if they’re changing the menus daily but I have a good feeling they are.
The one man show: cashier, barista, storekeeper – I initially thought they did the coffee all manual here but when I peeked the little bar inside, they actually had this mini espresso machine. Cute stuff.

Iced Latte – IDR 35k
Ordered Iced Latte with no sides/cakes because I was super full from my glorious Padang lunch, but honestly after browsing the store and bar around, I didn’t expect much from the coffee, you know that moment when you enter a store and somehow they’re giving you this ‘warning’ from the vibe of the store (despite this being comfy), but yup, not the best coffee I’ve had.

Anyway, had a good short time here, hoping when I return it won’t be as crowded as my first visit (I know right selfish LOL!) and spent two good hours reading my favorite book or working on my stuff.
Semasa di Kota Tua
Gedung Olveh Jakarta
Jalan Jembatan Batu No. 50 RT 01/05
Pinangsia, Taman Sari
Jakarta Pusat 11110


Map for Gedung Olveh/Semasa