Great reads for Jakarta expats (online and offline)

There is plenty more to read before you move to Jakarta, here’s a collection of English resources you can explore.

Blogs written by expats who have lived in Jakarta

Journey Bespoke Jakarta Blog
Liz and Jo, the bloggers behind A Journey Bespoke

A Journey Bespoke: the exploration of two Australian women, from the best coffee shops to Jakarta’s art scene and much more

Barnaby Robson: a photographers look at Indonesia and useful expat tips

The Expat Housewife an unfiltered account of life as a trailing expat housewife.

Mama and the Big Durian (in French only)

English online newspaper and magazines

Jakarta Post: Jakarta’s main English newspaper


Manual Jakarta: a lifestyle magazine with an impeccably curated selection focusing on food, fashion, arts and culture

Now Jakarta

Little Steps Asia: a family oriented online magazine

Indonesia Expat

Petit Journal Jakarta (in French only)

And in order to better understand Indonesia, I couldn’t recommend this book more highly: Indonesia Etc by Elizabeth Pisani, an easy and entertaining read full of bright insight.

Are you planning to more to Jakarta? More tips for expat families moving to Jakarta here.

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