Kemang is a quirky, character-filled and colourful area of South Jakarta. It is heavily populated with expatriates and a popular, desirable residential area. There is an abundance of well-known and reputable restaurants, cafés, bars and shops here, along with all the major supermarkets in close range.
Kemang contains a range of houses, compounds and apartments and has a rather ‘village-y,’ community feel to it, especially with all the major women associations nearby (the British, Australian, New Zealanders, American, and more). The Kemang Dalam area is charming, wide streets with spacious houses. You often see people walking, running, pushing prams or walking their dogs here. A lovely outdoor playground is tucked away in this network of streets.
Kemang is also home to several international schools such as Australian Independent School (AIS), Academic Colleges Group (ACG), and New Zealand Intercultural School (NZIS). Other international schools are also accessible from Kemang, usually via school bus. We can advise on this as part of our School Search services.
There is also Lippo Mall Kemang which contains many of major stores and amenities familiar to expatriates, plus a gym and cinema. There are also plenty of reputable salons and spas in Kemang.
Travel to other areas of Jakarta from Kemang varies wildly depending on the time of day, the weather, and just about anything else Jakarta’s streets throw up. It is not so much a question of distance as of time consumed. To give you an idea, 8 km can take ten minutes on a quiet Sunday, but up to an hour on Monday morning. But don’t let that put you off the area. Many expats choose Kemang for its facilities and communities, despite its unpredictable traffic. It can be a haven amongst the chaos, and it truly has something for everyone – particularly families, but also buzzing nightlife for those without.
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