Woodpecker & The Good Things in Life

by Julius Kensan
3rd September 2015
Woodpecker is now roosting in Terogong Street where it is not only twice the size of its predecessor, but also boasts a delightful lifestyle store, aptly named The Good Things In Life.

Residents around Terogong Street are surely more than happy to welcome Woodpecker and The Good Things In Life to its neighbourhood. The former, a coffee shop and the latter, a lifestyle concept store are set to bring in more buzz to the already bustling area.



Another Woodpecker has hatched and found its new nest in Terogong Street. And the Woodpecker in question is undoubtedly the popular coffee shop in Panglima Polim, which has been establishing itself as one of the best coffee shops in Jakarta.

For those who have grown accustomed to the look and feel of its predecessor, don’t fret. The style and design of the new Woodpecker still adhere closely to its “parent” – a big block of polished concrete sets itself permanently as the counter in the middle of the café and wood wall panels that also doubles up as a strangely Zen-like minimalist décor all around the café.

But the new Woodpecker earned an extra point with its spacious al fresco seating at the back. With wooden partition and solid wood flooring, the area feels like a laidback backyard. More than just a smoking area, it is for those who don’t mind a little tropical heat on their skin as they sip on their coffee.

Of course, things remain the same when it comes to the coffee. But, given the calming and soothing effect that the minimalist interior emits, it feels appropriate to lean towards choices like Ice Latte or Flat White.

Non-coffee drinkers can find delight in cold-pressed juice that the café offers. Those who are feeling peckish between breakfast and lunch could dig into their waffles or cereals to stave off the hunger.

With limited parking space, it’s clear that the new Woodpecker is aiming towards expat residents around the area. But, it will not be a surprise that people from the neighbouring districts will soon flock into this new cosy nest in no time.


The Good Things In Life

The compact yet inviting lifestyle store, The Good Things In Life, is the first and the last thing you’ll see when visiting the Woodpecker café. And that is definitely a good thing. An extension of the café, The Good Things In Life provides a brief break after, say, a long client meeting or hours of tapping away at your laptop in Woodpecker, where one could leisurely browse through the store’s lifestyle home goods that boast a sartorial edge.

Adhering to the old adage ‘less is more’, the display of products is uncluttered to allow patrons to focus on one thing at a time, which accommodates a better appreciation of the subtle details of the goods. Majority of them possessed such tactile quality that it actually encourages customers to touch and feel them.

From Wake&Wonder’s stationeries, Ayu Larasati’s handmade ceramic home wares, Aesop lotion to the store’s own line of fragrance, it’s easy to persuade yourself the need to bring at least one of them home. There is also a charming little corner where a variety of indoor plants from Wijaya Nursery are placed in. Housed under a glass roof caged with black metal grille, it feels as if stepping into a mini greenhouse.

Coupled with coffee from Woodpecker, time spent here will definitely be longer than expected. Still, that is just them trying to highlight those little good things, or moments, which one tends to overlook in life.