Who doesn’t love a cafe that goes beyond the typical four walls and requisite espresso machine? While there’s nothing wrong with that particular combo, everyone can appreciate a little something new every now and then, especially when it comes to architecture and design. Jogja certainly delivers in that department.
Plainly speaking, cafes in Jogja are usually on the more spacious end of the spectrum, but Mezzanine Eatery & Coffee takes it to a whole new level. Large, semi-transparent, and greenhouse-like, the space is split into numerous indoor and outdoor sections that make it suitable for anything from one-on-one dining, to 30-people workshops, to large-scale entertaining. Brightly lit with natural light and teeming with lush greenery and eye-popping murals, it goes without saying that the cafe is extremely popular with local and holiday photo-hunters.
After finally choosing a table, most would find it impossible to just stay put and not do a little snooping. The shop has plenty of nooks and crannies that should not be left unexplored. True to its name, there are indeed several mezzanine levels within the cafe. The most noticeable one, however, has to be above the stage area. If you want to get a ‘bird’s eye view’ (so to speak) of all the happenings below, you can park yourself in one of the oversized red birdcages—it would definitely make for an interesting picture.
If you happen to find yourself at Mezzanine in the afternoon, perhaps after a day of temple-hopping, you might find an iced coffee, or iced matcha, refreshing. Those in search of a well-made V60 can also indulge in a brew made from their selection of single origins ranging from Aceh Gayo to Temanggung. The food menu is also chock-full of snacks and full-on meals. A place this big with a menu that varied definitely warrants more than one visit.