I first read about this place in an in-flight magazine and was referred to as one of the to-go places in Jakarta if you love books and you wanna hangout in a quiet place. The Reading Room is in a 2-storey building located in Jalan Kemang Timur Raya. Getting there will take about 20 minutes from Jalan Sudirman without the traffic. As a foreigner in Indonesia, I pretty much like the idea of these hangout places in Kemang where you can getaway from the busy and over populated malls in the city.
The Reading Room serves an all day meal and coffee and drinks. I would rate the food to be just average but worth it enough for the price you pay. The plus side of this restaurant is that you have a cozy and wide place and if you are a fan of books, you will enjoy seeing a lot of them on both floors surrounding you as you eat our meal or drink your coffee. The idea of using books was just spectacular for me. I have never seen, so far, such a place comparable to this.
The Reading Room is located at Jl. Kemang Timur Raya No. 57, Jakarta, Indonesia 12730
Sundays to Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 MN
Thursdays to Saturdays 10:00 AM - 2:00 AM (the next day)
I hope we can have more of these places everywhere that encourages people to read books.