When I first embarked on a healthy lifestyle 4 years ago, it was actually really difficult to buy a lot of the organic food and other ingredients in Jakarta that I needed and wanted for raw recipes, and to source the supplements and other superfoods that I wanted to experiment with.
I’d fly to Singapore with an empty suitcase and bring items back with me, and often have excess baggage on my return trips from Australia- not from buying shoes and clothes like regular people, but from going crazy in the health food shops!
Luckily it is much easier now to get healthy ingredients and organic and natural products in Jakarta, thanks to both bricks and mortar and online stores that are now based in this crazy capital.
Because I get asked all the time about where to buy various things, I thought I’d share with you my little directory of where I go to buy the items that are on my health food and products shopping list. I am still dreaming of the day we can get a Wholefoods here, but in the meantime at least we now have some decent options!
These days, the big supermarkets Ranch Market, Kemchicks, Daily Food Hall and Farmer’s Market have pretty decent organic vegetables sections. I do sometimes get my veg from these places, but my preference is to use The Green Initiative.
Another similar service that I haven’t used because they don’t deliver to my area, but which many people I know have used happily, is the YUM Organic Farm.
I really like using services such as GIF and YUM because they are supporting local farmers and their foundations are helping to educate Indonesians about sustainable lifestyle practices which I am all for!
Each month I stock up on my nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews), seeds (chia, flax, pumpkin, sunflower, quinoa), dried beans, pulses, and legumes from Club Sehat. I also replenish items like ACV, Bragg’s Amino, seaweeds, gluten-free flours and pastas, and frozen fruits from there. I buy in bulk and store things in my glass mason jars or in the freezer to stay fresh. Club Sehat has physical stores around Jakarta, but I use their delivery service to have my items sent to my home for convenience.
Other options for buying these kind of items include Healthy Choice and Organik Klub which is on Jl. Tebet Barat Raya 49C (Ph: 021-8296167). Organik Klub also stocks a small range or fresh organic produce and will deliver with a charge. I’ve also heard about Kawan Sehat Healthy Grocery Store on Jl. Raya Kelapa Hybrida Blok QK 1/12, Kelapa Gading (across from Jakarta Taipei School) (Ph: 021 – 452 5158/9550 3377), but haven’t been there personally.
I head online to buy superfood powders and supplements such as maca, lucuma, mesquite, acai, supergreens and goji berries. There are a few different options:
The Honest Grocer– this website is easy to navigate and their products include superfoods, powders, nut butters, flours & grains, and snacks that are all reputable organic brands. They will send your order to you via JNE, taking just 2-3 days to arrive at your home.
Helene’s Organic– running only through a Facebook page where the latest products that are in-stock are shared, which can include gluten free pastas, quinoa, and superfoods. Products will also be delivered to your address in a couple of days via JNE.
iHerb – offers a very wide selection of products. Though not a local business, they deliver internationally very inexpensively. DHL charge a Rp 200,000 “handling fee” per order, but this still makes most purchases quick and affordable for hard-to-find items. Use the code SHC188 at checkout and receive $5-$10 off your first order.
Kombucha– You can have this yummy probiotic tea brewed fresh and then delivered to your home through Indo Kombucha, and you can also buy the scoby if you want to try brewing KT at home.
Wheatgrass– I get this in fresh frozen sachets from Verdure Bali who will deliver to your home
Coconut Oil– If I can get to Cocona on Jl Fatmawati then this is my first choice for cold-pressed virgin coconut oil. The other shops listed above also stock various brands of coconut oil.
Cacao Products- I am a stockist for Big Tree Farm products such as cacao powder, cacao butter, cacao nibs, coconut nectar, cashew-cacao clusters, drinking chocolate and my favourite 73% dark chocolate Wonder Bars. This is my Big Tree Farms Product Price List with ordering details for your cacao pleasure.
Body Bath and Beauty
The options for these goods are also based online.
The Green Shop is a local-based business that offers a decent range of skincare, haircare and home cleaning products that are organic and natural. You can order online and they will deliver to your home.
I also endorse Miessence products which I personally use for my skincare and haircare. The import fees can sometimes be exhorbitant which is frustrating but I really do love these products so much, trust their quality and feel luxurious using them that I try not to think about the customs fees.
I really like the products made by Bali-based Utama spice, particularly the body butters and lip balms.
Another option for buying organic skincare,makeup and haircare is the online store Naturisimo which is based in the UK but has free international delivery. These orders arrive in a regular postage box and I have never had to pay any additional fees or duties.
Young Living Essential oils are a massive part of my life. I order these through the Singapore office and have them delivered to me via courier which is a set fee depending on the quantity and weight of your order. There are no additional fees or charges with these orders.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the options, but these are the places that I regularly use and therefore recommend personally.
I’d love to know if you have any other suggestions for places to shop either in-person or online for healthy products and organic food in Jakarta. Please share in the comments below!