Pos Bloc Jakarta combines arts, culture and entertainment in the historic Philatelic Building

Social life is obviously making a slow but steady return to Jakarta, now that government restrictions have started to ease and cool new hangouts are opening up for those who have gotten their jabs.

Among the hot spots is the brand new creative space Pos Bloc Jakarta, which occupies the historic Gedung Filateli Jakarta (Jakarta Philatelic Building) in Central Jakarta. The building was once a post office during the Dutch colonial era.

The art deco building, which underwent restoration from 1912 to 1929 under the command of Dutch architect John van Hoytema, has undergone a revitalization over the past year, with the Pos Bloc project announced in early 2021.

Interior of Pos Block Jakarta. Photo: Instagram/@posblocjkt

You may have already guessed from the name and concept that Pos Bloc is under the same management as M Bloc, another creative space in Jakarta that occupies an old building that housed owned banknote/security printers to the Indonesian state and the Perum Peruri mint in South Jakarta’s Blok M district. For the Pos Bloc project, M Bloc declares to collaborate with PT Pos Properti Indonesia.

Although the property has been renovated for commercial use, Pos Bloc retains most of the features of the philatelic building, including its original marble floors and stained glass windows on the facade of the building. The M Bloc vibe is to be expected here, as Pos Bloc will host exhibitions, musical performances, as well as outlets for local brands.

Pos Bloc is currently in its pre-opening period, with a number of tenants already occupying spaces in the building, such as Café Filosofi Kopi, nastar (pineapple pie) Nastar by Ritz, Mexican restaurant Coquito and fashion/souvenir brand Sovlo.

Visitors would find that standard COVID-19 rules apply to Pos Bloc, including a vaccination requirement or medical proof for those still unable to receive the vaccine. Checking in and out of the facility using the integrated health and mobility tracking app PeduliLindungi is also mandatory. Children under 12 are allowed to enter, provided they are accompanied by adults.

Small downside: you will find that Pos Bloc does not have dedicated parking spaces, but you can park your car or your bicycle around the room or use a valet service.

If you want to get a little taste of what Pos Bloc looks like before taking the actual tour, you can watch this video overview below:




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Pos Block Jakarta

Gedung Filateli Jakarta, Jl. Pos Pasar Baru, Sawah Besar District, Central Jakarta

Hours: 10am-9pm (weekdays), 7am-9pm (weekends)

Transit: Pasar Baru TransJakarta Stop or Juanda Station

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