Where to Buy Healthy and Organic Food and Products in Jakarta

Where to Buy Healthy and Organic Food and Products in Jakarta

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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!

Organic Vegetables

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!

Pantry Items

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.

Superfoods

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.

Specialty Items

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! 

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35 Responses to Where to Buy Healthy and Organic Food and Products in Jakarta

  1. This is great Simone! I so wish there was a list for every major city around the world. I’ll prepare a similar one for Nuku,alofa, Tonga – which is a little like your opening paragraphs at the moment, although wonderful fruits and vegetables in season.

    Currently writing a book for women relocating, and wishing to do so in a healthy and happy way, should anybody wish to participate in my research.

    • Kylie, I would definitely be happy to help you with that book idea! I have many ideas I could offer on that topic! It has taken me years to find my feet and figure out how to be healthy in a developing coountry that loves meat and fried foods like you have no idea!!

    • HI Victoria…on some things. I’ve never paid duties on Naturisimo stuff- it is sent via Royal Mail from the Uk and arrives in a beautifully presented box without having to pay any duties or customs. I am always hit with customs fees on my Miessence stuff- it bites sometimes, and is never consistent in what I get charged by Customs c/o UPS. When I order on iHerb it seems to depend on the weight or volume of the order. Usually it is just a Rp200,000 “handling fee” from DHL, sometimes it is a handling fee with something-something added on (but that has only been if the volume has been quite large). The products from iHerb are good quality but MUCH cheaper than you would normally buy for and the shipping is only $8, so it all kind of equals out I think. Naturisimo is fab because of no duties and free delivery, but it is in UK pounds and the AUD and IDR don’t have best comparative exchange rates right now. I just remind myself that it might cost more but at least I am using good quality products that are not causing me harm, and that is how I justify these monthly expenses 🙂

      • Hi Simone,

        as far as I know in Bali is the package is less than 50$ then you don’t pay any taxes/custom duties.
        i always ordered from iherb trying to be below 50$. btw dhl never charged me anything extra! so i would love to know if you ordered things for more than 50$? was it that 200k that they charged you covering all those custom duties?

        thanks for reply
        and great article!
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        • I have ordered for less than $50 and DHL charged me 200,000. They call it a handling fee, which is separate to the customs fees. My most recent order was 1.5kg, and about $120, and I had to pay the “handling fee” plus customs fees on top of it. But if I had made two separate orders, I would have been charged 2 x 200,000 from DHL, so it works out about the same amount 🙂 I kind of just “suck it up” as being a cost of living here and buying things online. In Australia, I priced Yogi Teas, and the health food shop was charging between $8-$10 AUD, which is about the same cost to me from buying on iHerb and paying the handling fee and customs fee…so it all “works out in the wash” in the end.

  2. hi its fitst time to visit ur website.
    im looking for where to buy organic foods.
    thank u for these informations, all useful for me.
    and if u know pls tell me where to buy organic meat?
    animals without hormon and anti-bio, also no-gmo foods they eat.
    sorry english is difficult for me aand if u dont understand my ennglish.

    • HI Emi! Great to have you here! If you go to the Freebies page on my website you will find a download of my recommended places to buy organic and healthy products in Jakarta. Unfortunately I don’t eat meat so I have no idea where you can go to buy good quality meat, but I will ask around for you!

  3. I’m so happy to have found your site! I used to live in Singapore where I could source almost everything, but have been struggling here. Thank you, thank you for the information!

  4. H,

    Thanks for the information. I have ordered some herbal tinctures which seem to be stuck in customs. I received a letter in the mail from the customs office demanding a huge array of letters from doctors and such if I want to get the herbs out of customs. Have you had this problem?

  5. Hey, great share…..

    I am planning to visit Jakarta next month for my friend’s marriage and I am very health conscious so it’s a great article for me. I completely agree that organic food have lots of benefits. I really loved your post. I must say you have done an amazing and thorough research before writing this article.
    Keep sharing more informative stuff!!

    Eat healthy and be healthy!!
    Cheers!!
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  6. Help! I am looking for a vegan protein powder. I can purchase it here in the US, cost is $80.00 and DHL charges me $200.00 to have it sent to Bogor, Indonesia. and my friend has to pay on the other end to pick it up.
    Any information would be helpful, thank you.

    • Hi Kristen, it is very tricky to get stuff imported into Indonesia, especially health food products, vitamins etc. When I order from iHerb I always make sure my order is under $50 and I choose UPS to deliover, so it is quick and efficicent. I have had issues with DHL- sometimes it is soooo slow or doesn’t arrive at all as the items get stuck in customs, but UPS is better. You can try some of the local online stores- Nourish Indonesia and Honest Grocer and Helene’s Organic- still not cheap but at least no surpises in the costs!

  7. Hi Simone, great post.. I used to live in Singapore and buy from iherb regularly, been contemplating to buy from them and send it to Jkt. After reading your post I think I’ll give it a try

    Have you tried Grand Lucky SCBD supermarket? They have many selection of organic products, some of iherb brands too with reasonable price. Love to shop there

  8. Great information! Thank you.
    But maybe you should add that any products shipped in, may incur some customs fees and licenses requirements, especially on items that we ingest. So do your research before ordering those things on-line, so to avoid frustrations & cots later.

  9. Are you looking for healthy farm produce?
    We have been established in jakarta for several years delivering fresh produce to many expat customers.
    We now have a webshop online , we deliver in jakarta only at present.

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