Pantjoran Tea House In Old Batavia
In the heart of the hustle and bustle lives a new quaint tea house that restores the history of Pantjoran glodok. The tea house takes over a two storey pharmacy, Apotheek Chung Hwa. The renovation was imposed by the government in hopes to preserve old Batavia. Why Chinese tea? Well, many of the traders who worked in the area in the past are of Chinese descent. It would be fitting for the teahouse to enliven that era and often times, foreigners who visit pantjoran have more often than not taken a rest at the teahouse.
We stopped by to order the Orange Pekoe Tea, one of the many variants listed on the tea menu. If you look outside the window, it is quite an experience to see, really see the city inside out. I bet you its not something that you see everyday unless you are a local like me. Aside of tea, you can also order Chinese food zhi char (cook & fry) style.
We enjoyed the place and imagined what it must have been like in the past, perhaps not too different but just slightly more forward than it was decades ago. Look around at the souvenir shop on the first floor to admire the country’s heritage, buy a postcard and send it to your friends. If you are curious as knowing where to locate this place, it is at the intersection separating two roads right behind the glodok bridge.
Pantjoran Tea House
Jl. Pancoran Raya No. 4-6
Tel: 021 690 5904