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Very near the coast of Singapore is Batam Islands situated. Batam is most famous for its beautiful sea beaches as well as for its sea food. The Batam Islands are so near to Singapore, that Singaporean’s often times come to spend the weekend at Batam and this is exactly how this place became extremely popular.

The place only comes second to Bali in the matter of tourist attraction. The government has taken various steps to make the place even more attractive to the visitors. There are many golf courses and Palm Springs that have been made for the entertainment of visitors.

May and September are the pleasant seasons during which the weather is warmer. Batam can be reached via airways as flights land from the various airports of the world. The transportation available here are mainly taxis, air-coaches and mini-buses or even a private car.

The various places of attractions around the city are Nagoya, Nongsa, Hang Nadim, Batam center, Kabil, Imra monument, Waterworld etc. full of hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, bars, cinemas, discos, music lounges, shopping plazas etc Nagoya is a place full of life and it thrives as the very heart of Batam. Here it is easy for a tourist to find shops that sells duty-free goods.

Fly to Batam

Hang Nadim is the largest and the most modern airport of Indonesia and domestic flights arrive here on a daily basis. Nongsa is full of resorts and golf courses. Kabil is a deep water port where various ships arrive from different parts of the globe. Here speed boats can be hired for a ride.

What to do on Batam Island

Batam center is a planned city made specially to attract tourists of different cultures. There is a wonderful Buddhist temple situated in the middle of the center as well.

People from around the globe enjoy the very many activities that take place in Batam. They enjoy the cable skiing, go- carting, Para-sailing, fishing, jet skis, horse riding, tennis, ultra light air craft, joy flight etc. Diving and golf is a favorite over here. The Holiday Inn Batam has excellent watersport facilities.

Food and Nightlife on Batam

Night life is very active in the cities. Discos and bars come to life with the sunset. These places are teeming with people upon nightfall. Batam is very famous for shopping as it is a duty-free island and so every kind of good can easily be found and bought from this place. This is a haunt for shoppers who come to Indonesia.

The delicacies of Batam are surely unforgettable as this place is mainly famous for sea food. The various restaurants serve there special items. The menus are full of a variety of mouth watering Indonesian food.

Anyone would enjoy a stay here at Batam where there is something for everybody. For those who love adventure sports there are the very many activities that he can take part in. for those who love to enjoy the beauty of nature can head towards the beautiful beaches. The foodies can find their own restaurants. The shopaholics will find all kinds of shopping plazas and malls.

Quick Facts about Batam

Batam is only 20km away from Singapore and about 25km from Johor Bahru in Malaysia. Batam is Indonesia’s Special Economic Zones. Batam is an industrial hub with electronics factories and facilities for the oil service sector. A few expatriates live on Batam for work

Most tourists come from nearby Singapore and are mostly interested in illegal casinos and prostitution. You’re better off going elsewhere, such as Batam’s neighbor Bintan or the peaceful capital city of the province, Tanjung Pinang.

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Former founder of Asiarooms.com and now reporting mainly on the Asia Pacific region and the global Coronavirus crises in countries such as Thailand, Germany & Switzerland. Born near Cologne but lived in Berlin during my early teenage years. A longterm resident of Bangkok, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon and Phuket. A great fan of Bali, Rhodes & Corfu. Now based on Mallorca, Spain.

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Surabaya | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak

Surabaya is a city on the eastern side of Java, in the East Java province of Indonesia. It is the second largest city in the country with over 10 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Complementing Jakarta, its larger brother on the western side of the same island, it sits close enough geographically to be […]

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Surabaya is a city on the eastern side of Java, in the East Java province of Indonesia. It is the second largest city in the country with over 10 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Complementing Jakarta, its larger brother on the western side of the same island, it sits close enough geographically to be exposed by the Javanese culture, while large enough to hold its people of multicultural backgrounds.

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Downtown Surabaya taken from JW Marriott

Understand

The story goes that Surabaya’s name derives from the Javanese words Suro, meaning shark, and Boyo, meaning crocodile. With over 2 million people, Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia. While many people come for business, Surabaya is also a gateway city for Mount Bromo and Bali. The city’s tree-lined streets and renovated pavements will impress those newly arrived from other cities in the archipelago, though in general the city’s attractions tend to be more apparent to those who make it their home rather than to short-term visitors. Put in the effort here, and you’ll have an authentic, fascinating, unique experience of an Asia that once was: get it while it lasts.

Climate

Very tropical and you need to wear casual, light clothes: T-shirts, shorts, sandals or shoes. Temperatures vary little through the year, with daytime highs around 32-34°C, falling at night to 22-26°C. During the rainy season (November–April) be prepared for occasional flash floods and traffic jams, and sometimes its almost as bad as Jakarta.

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Bookmobile in a Bungkul Park, Surabaya

Being simultaneously one of the most ancient and significant trading ports in Indonesia, a post Dutch-colonial city (the Dutch knew it as Soerabaja), and having passed through brief Japanese control during WWII, Surabaya has a complex and patchwork heritage. It’s not unusual to meet Surabaya locals with heritage from other parts of Indonesia, all parts of south-eastern China, the Middle East or Europe. Surabaya is also the only place in Indonesia with a synagogue.

Talk

The national language, Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian), is the medium of government, commerce and education. Many locals also speak the regional language, Javanese (sometimes with a local accent). However, there are significant communities speaking Arabic, Cantonese (the language of Guangdong), Hokkien (the language of Fujian) and Mandarin (the now-standard spoken language of China). Most of this variety is centered in the north of the city, closer to the historic maritime center of business. There is also a surprising amount of English visible in Surabaya on advertising and signs.

While the Chinese were the first to record the area in the 13th century under the name 重迦廬 (zhonggala; apparently after the then-current local kingdom Jungala), local Chinese now know the city as 泗水 (sishui), while some further afield call it by a transliterated name 苏腊巴亚 (sulabaya).

Get in

By plane

  • x-7.380556112.7666671 Juanda International Airport (is located about 12 km south-east of the city). There are two terminals: Terminal 1 (north of the runways) is the Domestic Terminal, and Terminal 2 (south of the runways) is the International Terminal (with some exceptions for Garuda Indonesia and Indonesia AirAsia flights). There is a free 15-minutes shuttle that links the two terminals.

To reach the Purabaya Bus Terminal a few kilometers west, there is a Damri Bus that leaves from both terminals and costs Rp 25,000 per person.

By train

The national rail operator Kereta Api runs multiple daily train services from Jakarta and several other cities in Java, with both daytime and overnight services available.

Surabaya has two main station for long distance trains, -7.24828112.7311222 Pasar Turi and -7.265516112.7519983 Gubeng, both located at the heart of downtown Surabaya. Pasar Turi serves executive air-conditioned trains from Jakarta, Semarang, and all of Java’s northern coast; while Gubeng is the terminus station for mainly economy class trains and trains from the southern Java route, via Yogyakarta and Bandung. Slow and packed local economy-class trains from Malang arrive at -7.242993112.7407484 Kota station (also known as Semut) and passing through Gubeng station as they come in from the south.

Seats in Eksekutif (first class) and Bisnis (second class) for any intercity journey can be reserved from 90 days in advance up to 24 hours before departure at any major railway station in Java through e-kiosks serve by yourself. It same with online reserved by minimarket attendant of Alfamart and Indomart and the payment in minimarket can be done by cash also without any additional fee. On the last 24 hours before departure, the ticket is only available in the ticket counter at departure station. Senior citizens ages 60 and above are eligible for a 20% discount when the ticket is bought in this time bracket.

By boat

The main ferry terminal is -7.19797112.7342765 Tanjung Perak, located at the northern end of Jl. Perak Timur road about 4 km north of downtown.

  • Angkutan Sungai Danau dan Penyeberangan (ASDP): Daily ferry service from Ujung Kamal and Madura
  • Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (PELNI): Runs passenger ships from a large number of port cities throughout Indonesia.

By bus

Surabaya has frequent bus connections from all parts of East Java and from major cities in other parts of Java and beyond. The main bus terminal is at -7.3508309112.724729485276 Purabaya Bus Terminal (also known as Bungurasih), about 10 km south of the city.

Note: The names “Purabaya Terminal” and “Bungurasih Terminal” are used interchangeably to refer to Surabaya’s main bus terminal. “Purabaya” is the correct name but it is sometimes called “Bungurasih” because it is located in Bungurasih.

There are many people inside the terminal trying to solicit passengers to the bus of the company from which they get a commission, and they are especially bothersome to the foreigners. If you follow them to the bus, you are likely to get offered an inflated (Rp 200,000 or even more to Bali) price, even though there’s an official price list (you can see it at the exit to the platform). Ticket offices do not guarantee you to be safe from overcharging – most of them are private, and there’s no price posted on the window, so shop around. It may make sense to bargain if the price is certainly too high. Prices may be slightly higher during high demand periods like weekends and public holidays.

There are frequent buses from Malang (Rp 20,000 for air conditioned, less for “ekonomi”) and Probolinggo (for Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, Rp 20,000), so just turn up.

To Denpasar in Bali, fair price is Rp 100,000-120,000 by eksekutif night bus, including the ferry trip between Banyuwangi and Gilimanuk, mineral water and a meal. Buses depart from Bungurasih bus terminal in Surabaya, and arrive in Ubung bus terminal in Denpasar. Duration: 10-12 hr.

A ticket to Jakarta should cost Rp 130,000-150,000 in eksekutif bus – however the trip may be extremely tedious. The road is one of the busiest in Indonesia – despite that, much of it has only one lane in each direction, and there are lots of slow heavy trucks. There will be 3 or 4 rest stops on the way (20–30 minutes each), and at least some traffic jams near Jakarta, so even in an express bus what was advertised as 13–14 hours journey could easily turn into 18 or even 20.

Another option is to go by minibus (known in Indonesia as travel). A number of companies run door-to-door minibus services from and to major tourism destinations in Java, including Malang and Yogyakarta. These services are both more convenient and more expensive than public buses. Seats can be booked in advance through company offices, and also through many hotels and travel agents.

By car

From the south, the Surabaya-Gempol toll road skirts the city limits up to Tanjung Perak port. The arterial Pantura (North Coast) road connects Surabaya all the way to Semarang in Central Java and Jakarta through Gresik, in which the portion between Surabaya and Gresik is tolled. From the neighboring Madura Island, the Suramadu bridge crosses the Madura strait, for free.

Get around

By taxi

Taxis are plentiful on the streets of Surabaya. Some taxis are not renowned for their reliability so stick to the well known firms: Blue Bird Group ☎+62 31 3721234, Orenz Taxi ☎ +62 31 8799999, Silver and Express. Always insist on a metered fare. Figure on Rp 20,000 for a cross-town trip and Rp 70,000 to the airport. Drivers will expect a minimum fare of Rp 15,000 for short trips and for longer trips, pay the fare shown on the meter rounded up to the nearest multiple of Rp 1,000. Drivers will appreciate a tip of a few thousand rupiah. Blue Bird has increased its minimum payment to Rp 25,000, but it’s still the most reliable taxi company.

Since the fuel price hike in November 2014, there are some taxi operators that still use the old tariff, such as Zebra Nusantara Taxi which uses gas for its taxi, so the Zebra operator never increases the taxi tariff if the gas price is not increased yet. Zebra still uses the old flag-fall tariff Rp 5,500 for the first kilometer. The cheapest tariff among taxi operators. Zebra Taxi has been a public company for about 10 years and reliable enough. ☎ +62 31 8416666.

A trip from Stasiun Gubeng to Pasar Keputran should cost around Rp 20,000.

By train

Commuter city trains are extremely limited, serving some parts of Surabaya and Sidoarjo.

Train stations in Surabaya

  • Wonokromo Station ☎ +62 31 8410694
  • Gubeng Station ☎ +62 31 5033115
  • Pasar Turi Station ☎ +62 31 5345014
  • Semut Station ☎ +62 31 3521465

By bus

Suroboyo Bus is the municipal city bus service. As of August 2018 it only serves Rajawali to Purabaya bus terminal via Pasar Turi train station, Siola and Tunjungan. While they do not accept cash as a form of payment, to help protect the environment passengers may exchange 3 large plastic bottles, 5 small plastic bottles or 10 plastic glasses for a ticket.

This is a large populous city and buses are usually crowded. There are two class of bus: standard buses which are usually very full and patas buses (supposed to be first class, but it is still… a bus.)

Travel by minivan in Surabaya

Bemos in East Java are sometimes called Angkot or Mikrolet. They are plentiful in Surabaya and can be hailed fairly randomly.

You need to know the routes to specific destination and beware of pickpocket, as its not safe.

By becak

Becak (cycle rickshaw) are a traditional form of transportation in Surabaya. Surprisingly, they are still visible everywhere in the city outskirts, unlike throughout most of Southeast Asia where they have nearly vanished already. Expect to pay around Rp 5,000 for a short-hop, or Rp 10,000 for a few blocks, Rp 20,000 for a multi-block haul. Drivers may not want to go a long way, and if it’s stinking hot have a heart and pay them some more money. Some of them have sun and rain covers, though these can be a bit low at times. Also, they can vary quite a bit in width: if you are ‘big boned’ you might need one to yourself.

Also available Becak Motor (cycle which powered by motor cycle engine)

By car

Another option to discover Surabaya is by car and there are many car rental companies. To rent a car with a driver for one day might cost between 250,000 rupiah and 500,000 rupiah, depending on the type of car and the length of the trip. For a full day trip, it is customary to buy lunch for the driver, or give some extra money for the driver to buy cigarettes, a snack, or coffee. Don’t forget to pay for parking and toll fees and gas (unless you have already negotiated this into your initial price).

By Car/Bike Sharing

Also available : Gocar & Gojek, Grab car & Grab bike.

See

  • -7.23121112.734351 House of Sampoerna. Situated in “old Surabaya”‚ this stately Dutch colonial-style compound was built in 1862 and is now a preserved historical site. Cited as the top tourism destination in Surabaya, the complex offers a museum, an art gallery, a cafe as well as souvenir shops. It also provides a City Sightseeing bus for free with a tour guide speaking English. Check out the timing for the museum’s main attraction: hundreds of girls hand-rolling Indonesia’s most prestigious cigarette, Dji Sam Soe, using traditional equipment: they do it at an unbelievable speed. The museum also organizes its own bus tours of nearby historical sites; these are worthwhile and generally available in Indonesian and English. 
  • -7.2404112.73162 Museum Kesehatan dr. Adhyatma, MPH (Dr. Adhyatma Health Museum), Jl. Indrapura No. 17, fax: +82 31 352-8749. Daily 8:30AM-3PM. A museum built in the 1990s oriented towards the history of health & medicinal treatment in Indonesia, from the depiction of health in traditional cultures to the evolution of remedy methods. Rp 1500,-. 
  • -7.2455112.73783 Tugu Pahlawan & Museum Sepuluh November (Heroes monument), Jalan Pahlawan, Kel. Alun-Alun Contong, Kec. Bubutan, Jawa Timur 60175. A monument dedicated to the fallen heroes of Surabaya during the Independence war of 1945-49. Adjacent to the monument area is Museum Sepuluh Nopember, named after the declaration of war against the Dutch colony on November 10, 1945. There are uniforms, pictures, dioramas and a large collection of World Was II era weapons (pistols, rifles, machine guns and a mortar). Most of the information is available in Indonesian and English. Rp 5000. 
  • -7.23667112.738334 Jembatan Merah (The Red Bridge). This red bridge plays a big role in Surabaya’s history; not for the bridge itself, but for the Dutch colonial era commercial area which lies in northern part of the city surrounding this bridge. The area is also known as Old Surabaya. See one of the best preserved Dutch colonial quarters in Indonesia. (updated Jun 2016)
  • -7.2752112.759135 Museum Rudi Isbandi (Modern and contemporary art museum). Holdings collected from 1952 to 2009. Opened in 2009, and named after collector Rudi Isbandi. Address: Karangwismo I/10, Surabaya. 
  • -7.2272394112.718926 Museum TNI AL Loka Jala Çrana (Loka Jaya Çrana Navy Museum), Candradimuka Kompleks Pendidikan TNI AL Bumimoro, Surabaya.. M-Th 08:00-14:00. F 08:00-15:00. Closed on Sa, Su and Public Holidays. Established in 1969, the museum contains various displays related to the Indonesian Navy since the revolution era, including ships and amphibious tanks and a planetarium. 
  • -7.242207112.736477 Gereja Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria. The oldest Catholic church in Surabaya. Beautiful glass panels and serene surroundings. 

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Gereja Katolik Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria

  • -7.262946112.743268 Grahadi. The colonial-era residence of the Governor of East Java. You can watch Reog dance, a vigorous traditional dance at the nearby ‘Balai Pemuda’ (Youth Hall- one historical building in Surabaya). It is not open to public. 
  • -7.29215112.654279 G-Walk. located in west Surabaya (CitraLand). There are many food stalls and bazaars at night where you can find a lot of good food. It gets very crowded at night and it’s a place for a lot of young people to hang out. A new food market opened in 2011 and close to G-Walk you’ll also find some bars. G-Walk is located between Pakuwon Super Mall and Ciputra Golf. 
  • -7.23988112.7399110 Hok An Kiong Chinese Temple (Klenteng Jalan Coklat). Excellent example of an older Chinese Southeast Asian temple, built in the early 19th century. Numerous old wooden carvings and statues from around the region. Just ask a bicycle to bring you to “Jalan Coklat” (Chocolate street) and you’ll see a bright red temple building. Afterwards, walk westward then north through some of the city’s numerous examples of old colonial commercial architecture. 

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Kya-Kya Kembang Jepun: The gateway to Chinatown, formerly Japantown

  • -7.3365667112.71518611 Masjid Al Akbar Surabaya. A huge mosque which some say is the biggest mosque in South East Asia, The mosque has a tower which is equipped with an elevator, so that visitors can see Surabaya from top of the tower, 65m (195ft) above ground level. 

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Masjid Al Akbar

  • -7.2521112.74712 Masjid Muhammad Cheng Hoo. A small but impressively detailed modern mosque, built circa 2001 and named after Zheng He, the Chinese Muslim (of distant Turmenistani-heritage!) admiral who led the Ming Dynasty treasure fleets on their seven voyages through the South China Sea to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and East Africa. Beautiful Chinese architecture, and a large outdoor model of one of the ancient Chinese treasure vessels. About 10 minutes walk from Surabaya City Hall, or 5 minutes by “becak”. 
  • -7.195477112.739413 Monumen Jalasveva Jayamahe. A monument on Surabaya’s seafront dedicated to the service of the Indonesian Navy. 
  • -7.265466112.75030614 Monumen Kapal Selam (KRI Pasopati (410)). A Soviet-built submarine display which served in the Indonesian Navy since 1962. Launched in 1952, and since her decommissioning in 1990 has been preserved as a monument. The body/hull was slightly cut for stairs & door for easier public entrance & viewing. Beside the monument there is a building where a short film about the history of the submarine can be viewed. It is located beside the river next to Delta Plaza. You also can see the Suroboyo monument near the river. 

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Submarine Monument

  • Pasar Ampel. A large Arab market selling carpets and all sorts of other goodies. At the end of the main narrow lane is the mosque and grave of one of the nine Muslim saints of Java, Sunan Ampel. 
  • Pasar Keputran. A small local food market. 

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Pasar Keputran

  • -7.2812625112.74229415 Surabaya Cathedral (Katedral Hati Kudus Yesus). Seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Surabaya, established on 15 February 1928 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Surabaya from the Apostolic Vicariate of Batavia, promoted on 16 October 1941 as Apostolic Vicariate of Surabaya, promoted on 3 January 1961 as the Diocese of Surabaya, and renamed as such 22 August 1973. The local area apparently includes 150,457 (4.4%) Catholics. 
  • -7.1837112.780116 The Suramadu Bridge (Jembatan Suramadu). Also known as the Surabaya-Madura Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge which connects Surabaya on the island of Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura. The bridge has been open for the public since 2009. 

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Suramadu Bridge

  • Kenjeran Beach (Pantai Kenjeran), is a beach with black sand.

Do

  • Swim and have fun with water in -7.2851112.633061 Ciputra Waterpark. , a great place for swimming. It has a wave pool, slides, and more. This waterpark is located in the CitraLand complex. It is usually crowded on Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays. The waterpark is open until 20:00.
  • Enjoy the local arts at Balai Pemuda, an art center in the heart of Surabaya, near the City Hall. You can watch the Reog Dance and other art performances. The big event is Festival Seni Surabaya (FSS), held every year in June. During the Dutch Colonial era, this building was a club called Simpangsche Societeit.
  • Get around the Old Town area (around Kembang Jepun to the port) and enjoy the view of nice colonial buildings.
  • Surabaya has several golf courses. Try to golf in Bukit Darmo Golf. This golf course is located in the elite housing area in West Surabaya. This course has 18 holes, designed by Jack Nicklaus II. Another alternative is Yani Golf. This course is built in hilly terrain and is the oldest course in town with the crypt of the last Dutch Governor on it. Otherwise, you can try Graha Famili golf course (18 holes), inside Graha Famili real estate site, near the Bukit Darmo Golf. Also Ciputra Golf found within Citraland Estate. For beginners, try Pakuwon Golf instead within Pakuwon Estate – an 18-hole par 3 course; the ‘back nine’ are quite challenging. There’s also excellent Taman Dayu golf located about an hour drive south, towards Malang. There you also find the very nice course of Fina Golf. Another 9-hole Par 3 course can be found on the estate of Semen Gresik in the town of the same name. Generally golf in Surabaya is both great and cheap if you compare with most other countries.
  • Watch movies in 21 Group cinemas, a nice cinema. 21 Cinemas have air-conditioners and nice seats. You can identify if a cinema is part of Group 21 from the last name, like Empire 21 or Tunjungan 21. And now there are also XXI which is still the same group of 21. The XXI cinema is available at SUTOS (Surabaya Town Square) and Tunjungan Plaza. The XXI cinemas are more expensive than 21 Cinema. Also available CGV cinemas in Marvell City Mall.
  • -7.29233112.652 Surabaya expats football team. plays every Saturdays at 3pm. Feel free to join! 

Buy

Surabaya boasts some of South-East Asia’s largest shopping malls. Try to shop between 1 May and 30 June when the Surabaya big sale is on. Discounts are up to 50% at this time.

Malls

Upscale

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Tunjungan Plaza: The largest consumer mecca in town

  • Tunjungan Plaza (TP), Jl Basuki Rahmat. Anchored by SOGO, Matahari, and Hero. The largest in central Surabaya, with six interconnected buildings (TP 1 – TP 6) selling everything. Good selection of restaurants on the top floors and the basement. Enjoy yourself at Stingers, a game area near the food court, or Timezone, a popular arcade.
  • Galaxy Mall (GM), Jl Dharmahusada Indah Timur (Middle East Ring Road). Anchored by SOGO, Centro, Ranch Market 99, Cinema XXI and more than 400 shops selling well known brands such as Mango, Guess Marks ans Spencer, LaSenza, Sephora, Nine West, The Body Shop, L’Occitane, Mothercare and many more. There are two Food Courts, one completely dedicated to the best local Indonesian food and an International Food Court plus The Dining Town which gathers many fine-dining restaurants on one exclusive floor. The largest mall in the eastern part of Surabaya, with two interconnected buildings lavishly finished throughout with marble floors and stainless steel finishes.
  • Pakuwon Mall, Supermal Pakuwon Indah (SPI) and Pakuwon Trade Center (PTC), Jl Puncak Indah Lontar (Middle West Ring Road). Pakuwon Mall is anchored by Sogo, Lotemart, while Supermall is anchored by Matahari, Hypermart, ACE. The largest mall in the western part of Surabaya. Pakuown mall contains the exclusive part of the mall and SPI is middle while PTC caters the lower market of the mall. PTC has an area that sells pets.
  • Surabaya Town Square (Sutos), Jl Adityawarman. Anchored by Foodmart. A shopping mall with the largest cinema studio in Surabaya. Open until midnight.
  • Grand City Mall, Jl Gubeng Pojok. Next to Grand City Convention and Exhibition Hall. The luxurious mall in Surabaya.
  • Lenmarc Mall, Jl Bukit Darmo Boulevard. Anchored by Transmart Full glass façade and the first golf-view mall in Surabaya.
  • Ciputra World Mall, Jl. Mayjen Sungkono. The longest escalator in Surabaya.

Factory outlet

  • Family Outlet, Jl. Raya Darmo Permai Selatan No. 11. Babies’, boys’, girls’, men’s, and women’s clothing are available. Open 10:00-21:00. 

Mid-range

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BG Junction shopping center

  • The Square, Jl Sumatra. At Big Box Complex. Men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, featuring many branded items at discount prices. Open till 22:00
  • Pasar Atom & Pasar Atom Mall, Jl Bunguran. Anchored by Hartani. A large, indoor Chinese and local market, selling foods, clothes, jewellery, catering to Chinese locals. You can bargain the prices here. Loads of DVDs (5k each) of movies made everywhere. Excellent food court (begins to open around 12:00), featuring excellent vegetarian cuisine among at least 40 other choices.
  • City of Tomorrow (Cito), Jl Raya Jendral Ahmad Yani. Anchored by Matahari and Hypermart.
  • Plaza Surabaya (Delta Plaza), Jl Pemuda. Anchored by Matahari and Superindo. One of the oldest shopping malls in town. Beside Delta Plaza is the Monkasel (Monumen Kapal Selam) or the Submarine Monument.
  • Royal Plaza, Jl Raya Jendral Ahmad Yani. Anchored by Matahari, Hypermart, ACE and Index. Another medium size shopping mall in Surabaya.
  • BG Junction, Jl Bubutan. Anchored by Carrefour (be warned: dismal cheese selection, long queues) and Cahaya. A variety of jewellery stores so if you want to buy jewellery you definitely have to go to this place. The food court is terrible unless you would like yet another “special” Indonesian dish (check out Pasar Atom’s, instead). Will be opening soon CGV cinemas
  • ITC, Jl Gembong. Anchored by Carrefour.
  • Maspion Square, Jl Margorejo Indah. Anchored by Giant. A shopping mall situated in Southern Surabaya.

Budget

  • Jembatan Merah Plaza (JMP)
  • Pusat Grosir Surabaya (PGS)
  • Darmo Trade Center (DTC)
  • Kapas Krampung Plaza (Kaza)
  • Royal Square

Specialty

  • World Trade Center (WTC), off Jl Pemuda. Despite its name, the building is actually more famous as the place to shop for mobile phones. Beware of pickpockets. Locals often refer to it as ‘World Telephone Center’.
  • HI-TECH Mall (THR Mall), Jl Kusuma Bangsa. Dismall place to shop for computers, software and computer peripherals.
  • Plasa Marina, Jl Margorejo Indah. a shopping area for computers, software, and cellphones.
  • Empire Palace, Jl Blauran. A place specialising in weddings and jewellery.
  • Roode Brug Soerabaia, Jl Pucang Anom Timur 70. Heritage souvenirs specialist. Reference books about old Surabaya, miniatures of Suramadu Bridge and KRI Pasopati Submarine which is done with a high level of detail. Heritage buildings on T-shirts such as the lindeteves-stokvis & Haven Kantoor building. You can enquire about a special heritage tour to Surabaya old kampong and heritage building. 
  • Cak Cuk Surabaya, Jl Mayjen Sungkono 35, Putat Gede, Sukomanunggal. Eclectic souvenir shop with the theme of Surabaya on many of its products. 

Markets

  • Pasar Genteng, Jl Genteng Besar. Around this market you’ll find shops selling bandeng asap (smoked milk fish) and kerupuk (local chips). Also known as the largest electronic spare part market in Indonesia (level 2 and above).
  • Pasar Ampel A large colourful Arab Market, and a definite highlight of the city. You are able to find unique food here. An excellent place to shop for hats, imported dates, perfumes, water pipes and tobacco, a Quran for that special someone, etc. Dress reasonably conservatively and be friendly. Most people are very warm and it is perfectly safe in the day time, but you can meet the odd person who is less than warmly welcoming to westerners. It is probably best not to amble down too many alleys here at night.

Eat

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rujak cingur: Surabaya’s local, saucy, cow nose salad (not to be confused with the other ones)

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lo mie: egg and noodle soup

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dendeng sapi dari: beef jerky

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tahu telor: tofu topped with vegetables

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tahu telor: tofu and vegetables

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kue lapis: Surabayan layer cake

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lontong kupang: rice cake served with small saltwater clams (Corbula faba H), a specialty dish in Eastern Java, especially in Surabaya and Sidoarjo.

Surabaya is famous for rujak cingur, a local salad with sauce and cingur (slices of cooked cow nose). Try also the sate kelopo, satay with coconut rasp which you can find in Jalan Walikota Mustajab.

Surabaya is home to a huge number of restaurants – this is an eating culture.

Don’t forget to try pecel, gado-gado, semanggi, bakso, es cendol, es campur, es teler, and es kacang ijo (mung bean milk).

Kue lapis Surabaya is the local variety of a cake that’s made throughout large parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.

International

  • Kafe Bromo, Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jl. Embong Malang 25-31. Offers delicious all day dining in a relaxed setting with a view that gives to pool. 
  • Lung Yuan Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jl. Embong Malang 25-31. The menu features fresh seafood, premium fish and various Cantonese dishes. Has a private room suitable for a business meeting or family gathering. 
  • Tradewinds Restaurant, Jl. Raya Kupang Baru 17A, ✉ pinkhouse_rc@yahoo.com. 
  • Qua-Li. Specialized in authentic Singaporean and Hong Kong cuisines conveniently and inexpensively, Qua-Li tenants are located at East Coast Center, Supermal Pakuwon Indah, Tunjungan Plaza, Galaxy Mall and many other shopping centers.
  • JW Marriott Hotel. International buffet, French, Tang Palace Chinese and Japanese themed restaurants.
  • Angus House, World Trade Centre & HR. Muhammad. Premium quality steak.
  • Boncafe, Raya Gubeng, Manyar Kertoarjo, Pregolan Bunder, Jl. Lingkar Dalam Barat Graha Family. Local style steak house which favours by Surabaya people
  • Trattoria Valentino, Jl. Bukit Darmo Golf R-12 (next to the golf club). Italian owned restaurant, wood fried pizza, hand made pastas. Family style, good prices. Italian, English and Indonesian speakers. 
  • Portofino, Shangri-la Hotel, Mayjend Sungkono. Great Italian food, can be pricey.
  • Capital, Lenmarc Mall. There are no other restaurants serving complete original Western dishes except here in Capital, located in Lenmarc Mall.
  • Crystal Jade Chinese Restaurant, Lenmarc Mall. Cooked by chefs from Singapore and China.
  • Food courts, in all the main shopping malls offer a variety of Indonesian, Western Chinese and Japanese dishes at reasonable prices. The shopping malls also have good variety of small restaurants.
  • Ahimsa Restaurant, Kusuma Bangsa 80. Open from 7AM-10PM daily. Best known vegetarian restaurant in stylish decor. Pan Asian, Chinese and Indonesian cuisine. 
  • -7.2743112.74511 Domicile Kitchen and Lounge, Jalan Sumatra No.35, ✉ marketing@domicile-sby.com. 11 AM – 1 AM or 11 AM – 2 AM (on Saturday). A modern and chic kitchen, serving “new-age” cuisine and pastry prepared from high quality materials. Unique design through parts of the building, VIP Room available by reservation. Open for brunch until late night for supper and cocktails. (updated Jan 2016)

Indonesian

  • Kahyangan Resto, Citraland. Authentic à la carte Indonesian cuisines accompanied with an Oriental touch are served here at precise prices.
  • Soto Ayam Ambengan, Jl. Ambengan. Serves soto, a yellow soup with chicken meat, noodle and cabbage. The soup is yellow because of the turmeric and other spices.
  • Hary Hary Restaurant, Jl. Musi 47. Special Indonesian grilled fresh fish and prawn in Dutch colonial house with cozy and classy atmosphere. Many other heritage recipes like tahu tek-tek,nasi goreng,sate kelapa.
  • Puri Garden, Plaza Surabaya 1F. Tasty selection of Indonesian food with dishes for Rp 10,000-20,000. Try puri kuali asam, an Indonesian twist on the spicy Thai tom yam kung soup.
  • Bakwan Dempo, Jl Dempo, Bakwan and fried or braised stuffed intestines.
  • Bakwan Gili, Ps Atum, Authentic Bakwan.
  • Bakwan Kapasari, Mayjend Sungkono. Serving meatballs (called bakwan), soup, tofu (called tahu), siomay and more since 1930s.
  • Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang, Jl HR Muhammad, Jl. Ahmad Yani. Serving nasi uduk, Indonesian version of nasi lemak.
  • Bakwan Dempo 19, Jl. HR Muhammad 46. Try Bakwan campur, meatballs (bakwan) with siomay, tahu.
  • Depot You Yuen, Jl Undaan Kulon 87. Local vegetarian cuisine. Indonesian speakers only.
  • Ayam Bakar Prima Rasa, Jl.Kusuma Bangsa 3a, Jl.Raya Manyar Kertoajo 78, Jl.Raya Kupang Indah 1a, Jl. Indonesian food, especially grilled chicken (ayam bakar). BBQ fish (gurame bakar) with nice soy sauce, fresh fried fish (gurame goreng) looks like it is flying when served.
  • Ikan Bakar Cianjur, Mayjend Sungkono, Jl. Manyar Kertoarjo V. Try the ikan pesmol, fried fish with delicious local sauce or Nila Goreng, fried Nila fish with sambal or ‘hot sauce’.
  • Ayam Goreng Kertajaya, Jl Pemuda (opposite Bonnet Supermarket and to Jl Jaksa Agung Suprapto.)
  • Kartika Pujasera, Jl. Diponegoro. Pujasera is the abbreviation of ‘Pusat Jajan Serba Ada’ or if translated in English, ‘complete snack Centre’. Here you can order various local food, ranging from semanggi, bakso, pecel, tahu tek, mie kluntung, gado-gado, lontong balap, bakwan kotak, to bebek goreng.
  • Rawon Setan, Jl. Embong Malang, (opposite JW Marriott Hotel). Open 24 hr a day. Favourite among the locals.
  • Sate Klopo Ondomohen Jl. Walikota Mustajab. Local minced beef satay mixed with shredded coconut. One of Surabaya Cuisine.
  • Leko Jl. HR Muhammad. Serves Indonesian cuisines and specialises in beef ribs presented in a special spices.

Fast food

  • A&W, 3 food court. TP SuperMall 
  • McDonald’s, 3 food court. TP Galaxy Mall, Surabaya Plaza, and almost any other mall/plaza 
  • KFC, Jl. Basuki Rachmat . Also in many larger malls.

Ice cream and pastry

  • Jasmine Ice Cream and Pastries, Grand City Mall lt 2-38, Jl. Gubeng Pojok no. 1, Galaxy Mall Lt 2 – 315. ☎ +62 31 594 7452, ☎ +62 31 7099-1431
  • Ibu Hasan, Jl. Manyar Rejo 8, Surabaya. Tel.: (62)(31) 594 8710. Jl. Kutai 25 A, Surabaya. Tel.: (62)(31) 709 9975. Local bakery chain.
  • Baskin and Robbins, JL. Komp Ruko Mangga Dua Blok A.9 No. 10. ☎ +62 31 843 2545. Galaxi, Jl. Dharmahusada Indah Timur No.37 Lt.2.☎ +62 31 593 7159. Plaza Tunjungan 4 – Jl. Embong Malang 7-21, ☎ +62 31 535 5081. Pakuwon Supermall, Perumahan Pakuwon Indah, ☎ +62 31 739 0331. Golden City Mall, Jl H. Abdul Wahab Siamin 2- 8.☎ +62 31 565 3386. Baskin and Robbins. Ice cream parlour.
  • Es Krim Zangrandi, Jl Yos Sudarso. The oldest ice cream stall in town. Located in downtown area, at Jl. Yos Sudarso, near the Balai Pemuda.
  • Turin Italian Es Krim, Jl Embong Kenongo.
  • Amore, Jl Raya Kertajaya Indah.
  • Cocofrio Ice Cream, Jl Dharmawangsa 113-A-B

Drink

  • 360 Royal Plaza, Jl.Ahmad Yani.
  • Big Box Cafe, Jl.Sumatra. Under renovation but still open. Seems to have some other names, like ‘Lava Lounge’ and ‘Box Entertainment Complex’. Basically an outdoor bar/restaurant with couches/stools, some decent western food and juice, alcohol and regular live music.
  • Blowfish Kitchen & Bar@MEX One Stop Entertainment, Jl.Pregolan, Tegalsari.
  • The Capital Restaurant & Lounge, Lenmarc Mall G-12. 10:00-02:00. Californian Fusion, Tex-Mex and Asian food. Wide range of beverages including CO2 cocktails and jelly noodles. Special liquors have lower price rates during special hours. $$$$. 
  • Citilites Skyclub & Bistro (Java Paragon Hotel), Jl. Mayjend Sungkono 101-103. 18:00-23:00. On the 21st floor with a good view of the city lights. Regional and international beverages, snacks and pastries. Cozy and stylish. $$$$. 
  • Colors Pub & Resto, Jl. Sumatra 81. Popular and very, very loud nightclub.
  • Coyote Top Ten Bar, at Plaza Tunjungan
  • The D Club, Jl. Mayjend Sungkono 83. 12:00-23:00. Comfortable place to enjoy wine, and premium cigars from Indonesia, Cuba, Honduras and Nicaragua. 
  • D’esperados restaurant, (Shangri la Hotel), Jl. Mayjend Sungkono.
  • Foreplay Eclectic Lounge, Sutos, Jl. Adityawarman No 55.
  • Ice Club, Lenmarc Mall. Drinking of spirits in a club environment. 
  • Kantor Discotheque, Jl Semut Kali. Very nice place to hang out and drink at decent price.
  • Kowloon Palace Discotheque, at Delta Plaza or known as Plaza Surabaya building. Very nice place to hang out and chill out.
  • Lava Lounge, Jl. Sumatra 40 (near the Japanese consulate office). 16:00-13:00, midnight on Fri/Sat. Cheap beer, great outdoor setting. Nice regulars that are expats and Indonesian. Arak Bali (an Indonesian vodka-like spirit), cocktails, coffee, tenderloin steak, nachos. 
  • Lido, off Jl Mayjen Sungkono. Expat-oriented bar.
  • The Penthouse, East Plaza, Ngagel.
  • Vertical Six, (V-Six at J.W. Marriott Hotel), Jl. Embong Malang.

The tap water is unsafe to drink, make sure you order your drinks or soft drinks that come in sealed bottles. One drinking water brand that is pretty well known here is Cheers, the official drinking water of Surabaya approved by the city government.

Where to stay in Surabaya

Budget

  • Merdeka, Jl. Bongkaran No. 6 (near station Kota). Check-out: 14:00. From Rp 120,000. 
  • Family Guest House, Jl. Gubeng Kertajaya 8C No. 15 (find Bank International Indonesia at Kertajaya Main St). Check-in: 10:00, check-out: 13:00. Clean room and familiar service. Serves good coffee, hot chocolatte, and tea all day long. Free 24 hr internet connection through wifi. Rp 300,000. 
  • Green House Homestay, Unimas Garden Regency H 23 Waru Sidoarjo (nearby Surabaya West). Air-con, cable TV, free WiFi, bath, breakfast. Rp 100,000-200,000. 
  • Puri Kencana, Jl. Kalimantan. Worn rooms with air-con and cold water including decent Indonesian breakfast. from Rp 130,000. 
  • Soerabaya Place Homestay, Jl. Jaksa Agung Suparapto (near City Hall). Clean, quiet and friendly. Hot water, WiFi in rooms. Tea, coffee available in the morning, hot water all day. No breakfast included, but menu available. Refrigerator available. Rp 175,000-200,000. 
  • Pavillijoen Hotel, Jl. Pasar Genteng 94 (near Tunjungan Plaza-SOGO). A classic old Dutch colonial era hotel. Mostly for backpackers and family stays. Single, double, or triple spacious rooms. Only fan, but not so hot due to the high ceilings. Breakfast with hot tea. At night, this street becomes a night market where you can find cheap goods and food. Rp 120,000-185,000. 
  • Sparkling Backpacker Hotel, Jl Kayon No 2AB (near Gubeng train station,). Air-con, WiFi. No dorm, only private rooms. Rp 115,000-225,000. 
  • The Hostel, Jl Simpang Dukuh 30-40 Blok A4 (15 min walk from Gubeng train station). Check-in: noon, check-out: noon. air condition mixed dorm. free breakfast and wifi. has lockers and a shared lounge/tv area. clean bathrooms. Rp 120,000 per person. (updated Mar 2017)

Mid-range

  • Singgasana Hotel Surabaya, Gunungsari Street, Surabaya 60224, Indonesia. 120 rooms and 4 self-contained villas, all have cable TV, Internet and telephone, mini-bar, private toilet, bath and shower. Airport/city transfers and car rental, business centre, currency exchange, banquet and meeting venues, swimming pool and spa. From US$73. 
  • TS Suites. 126 rooms of 2 CEO Suites, 5 family suites of 2 bedrooms and 119 Executive Suites. 
  • Puri Darmo Service Residence. Darmo. A variety of restaurants, business organisations, banks, shopping malls, entertainment and international schools are provided in the Darmo commercial area. The Central Business District of Surabaya (Jalan Basuki Rachmat) is a short drive away and access to other regions of the city is easy with the major toll roads and highway nearby. 
  • Ibis Styles. Good discounts online for advance bookings. (updated Feb 2018)
  • Narita. 
  • Sahid Convenient for Gubeng Railway Station, but maintenance of rooms can be spotty. Around US$30–35 including breakfast.
  • Weta International Welcoming and modern hotel in a central location. Around US$30 including breakfast.
  • Mercure Grand Mirama. Located in the city centre. 
  • Equator. Nice bungalows, on cobblestone roads, some with attached garages. 
  • Santika. 
  • Singgasana. 
  • Novotel. Nice resort hotel with outdoor hallways. Pool with abundant plants and waterslide. From US$50. 
  • Garden Palace, (Next to Surabaya Plaza), Dim Sum, Japanese & Chinese food.
  • Hotel Tunjungan, Located next to Tunjungan Plaza. Convenient to mall and mall’s food court.
  • Surabaya Plaza Hotel. Conventional business hotel close to Surabaya Plaza. 
  • Inna Simpang. 

Splurge

  • -7.2627112.73831 Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jalan Embong Malang 25 – 31. (Next to Tunjungan Plaza).  
  • -7.2598112.73472 JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya, Jalan Embong Malang No. 85-89.  
  • x-7.26112.73983 Majapahit Hotel, 65 Jalan Tunjungan. Opulent colonial-era boutique hotel. Built by the Sarkies brothers in 1910, whose other hotels include the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Eastern & Oriental in Penang and the Strand Hotel in Yangon. Good service and staff. From US$70, although local travel agents may get better prices. Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 96: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q3145583) on Wikidata Hotel Majapahit on Wikipedia 
  • Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya. Close to golf courses in Darmo area. Pool with abundant plants and waterslide. From US$80. 
  • Hotel Bumi Surabaya (Previously known as Hyatt Regency). Conventional business hotel. Indonesian President stays here. 
  • -7.291721112.67140134 Ascott Waterplace Surabaya, Tower D1, Jalan Pakuwon Indah Lontar Timur Kav. 3-5, ✉ enquiry.aws@the-ascott.com. The property is equipped with one and two bedroom apartments and a one bedroom penthouse. Courier services are available on request. (updated Oct 2017)

Stay safe in Surabaya

As with any big city, never let your guard down, because big cities such as Surabaya have a reputation among Indonesians for a mid crime rate. That said, Surabaya has few real dangers for visitors apart from the perils of crossing the very busy roads (the secret is to raise an arm while crossing, and to progress with a predictable speed and bearing, allowing the traffic to flow around you). Don’t walk on the streets, especially at night other than the CBD area, if you can avoid it since you won’t have anything to sightsee. Bring along your face mask if you travel by foot during rush hour since the traffic will be chaos and the air pollution is bad (16:30 to 18:30). Be polite to the people, since Surabayans tend to swear easily which is very common. Do not easily trust people you have just met, even if they look friendly.

Stay healthy due to COVID-19 in Surabaya

Avoid drinking tap water. Bottled water is available in most places. One of the trusted brands is Cheers, the official drinking water of Sparkling Surabaya.

Surabaya has hospitals with 24 hr emergency rooms Unit Gawat Darurat (UDG) (ER)

  • RSUD Dr. Soetomo, Jl. Prof. Moestopo 6-8. ☎ +62 31 5340061.
  • RSUD Haji, Jl. Manyar Kertoadi. ☎ +62 31 5947760.
  • RS Darmo, Jl. Raya Darmo. Unit Gawat Darurat. ☎ +62 31 5676253.
  • RS Mitra Keluarga, Jl. Satelit Indah II Darmo Satelit. ☎ +62 31 7345333. (Worst hospital for emergency, doctors chat with med reps before seeing patients, very unprofessional)
  • RS William Booth, Jl. Diponegoro 34. ☎ +62 31 5678917.
  • RS Vincentius. A. Paulo, Jl. Diponegoro 51. ☎ +62 31 5677562 hunting
  • Rumah Sakit PHC Surabaya,Jl. Prapat Kurung Selatan No. 1 Tanjung Perak Surabaya. ☎ +62 31 3294801 – 3. (Fax +62 31 3294804) UGD 24 hr ☎ +62 31 3294118. (marketing@rsps.co.id’)
  • RS Adi Husada Kapasari, Jl. Kapasari 97-101 ☎ +62 31 3764 555 (Fax:+61 31 3764 666 rsahkap@indosat.net.id)
  • RS Adi Husada, Jl. Undaan Wetan No. 40 – 44.
  • RS Surabaya Internasional (Ramsay Health Care), formerly HCoS, Jl. Nginden Intan Barat No. 1-6. ☎ +62 31 5993211. (Fax:+62 31 5993214). http://www.ramsayhealth.co.id/
  • Siloam Hospital, Jl Gubeng Raya 70. ☎ +62 31 5031333, +62 31 5031821, +62 31 5038211
  • RS Husada Utama, Jl. Mayjen Prof. Dr. Moestopo 31-33-35. ☎ +62 31 5017975

Telecommunications in Surabaya

By phone

The international code for Indonesia is +62. Local Surabaya phone numbers will start +62 31 xxx xxxx or +62 31 xxxx xxxx for the CDMA provider or +62 8xx xxxx xxxx for the GSM provider.

There are four main telecommunication providers in Surabaya: Telkomsel, Indosat, Three, Smartfren and XL.

To make an international call from Surabaya, dial the access code 001 (for Indosat), 007 (for Telkom/Telkomsel), or 008 (for Indosat), followed by the country code, area code and party’s number. Recently the providers have started offering cheaper rates for calls using Internet telephony routes (VOIP). The access codes for this cheaper service are 01016 for Indosat provider and 01017 for Telkom and Telkomsel provider.

By net

If you have your own mobile phone, it may run free wifi networks at many malls. Ask at the information desk for access codes. Free hotspots are also available in most restaurants and cafes. Several hotels also provide free hotspots in their lobby. All major hotels provide internet access in one or more ways; simply ask them about this when you make your booking.

Alternatively, if you have a compatible 4G mobile phone and a laptop, tethering to your PC is the quickest way to gain internet access although speeds might not impress. Note that prepaid SIM cards can be purchased very easily and cheap, and that service activation is completed on the user’s phone very quickly. Once activated, recharge with credits as necessary. Internet access is usually available at this stage; refer to your phone’s user manual for tethering instructions. Operators will usually offer internet packets that offer cheaper access fees-instructions to access these services are available in the booklet that comes with your SIM card (i.e. XL’s services are accessible by dialing *123#). BlackBerry Internet Service is readily available and can be registered similarly on the prepaid SIM.

Internet cafes are available in many parts of the city with a price of Rp 4,000-5,000 per hour. However, most of the internet cafes can be found around universities, and in most shopping malls.

Internet speeds in Surabaya are rarely fast, regardless of your connection. They are usually sufficient to make decent Whatsapp voice calls, although HD video calling may not be possible. Temporarily disabling software updates (Windows Update, security software updates, Adobe Updater, etc.) may help maximise access speeds.

Tourism information office

  1. Jl Wisata Menanggal. ☎ +62 31 8531815, +62 31 8531820.
  2. TIC Balai Pemuda, Jl Pemuda Surabaya, ☎ +62 31 5340444

Emergencies

  • Ambulance ☎ 118.
  • Police ☎ 110.

Police stations

  • East Java Police HQ: Jl. Ahmad Yani. ☎ +62 31 8280748.
  • Surabaya Police HQ: Jl. Sikatan 1. ☎ +62 31 3523927.
  • East Surabaya, Jl. Sidodadi. ☎ +62 31 5341053, +62 31 3711052.
  • North Surabaya, Jl. Raden Saleh. ☎ +62 31 5688099, +62 31 5341053.
  • South Surabaya, Jl. Dukuh Kupang Barat 16. ☎ +62 31 3711052, +62 31 5670641.
  • Tanjung Perak, Jl. Kalianget 1. ☎ +62 31 3293023, +62 31 62 31 3293023.

Consulates in Surabaya

  • Australia -7.286151112.7805231 Australia, Level 3 ESA Sampoerna Center, ✉ public-affairs-surabaya@dfat.gov.au. Mo-Fr open 8 AM, closed 4 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Belarus -7.272738112.7421812 Belarus, Jl. Basuki Rachmad 149, fax: +62 31 534 4356, ✉ belarus@utomodeck.com. Mo-Sa open 7 AM, closed 6 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Belgium -7.279908112.700313 Belgium, Jl. Darmo Baru Barat I, 22, fax: +62 31 740 275, ✉ stefaan.vancolen@st-group.com. (updated Mar 2019)
  • China -7.291203112.7148384 China, Jalan Mayjend Soengkono, No. 105. Mo-Fr open 8.30 AM, closed 17.30 PM. Chinese Consulate-General, Surabaya on Wikipedia (updated Mar 2019)
  • Czech Republic -7.276646112.6909995 Czech Republic, Darmo Square Kav. R-8, Jl. Raya Darmo 54-56, fax: +62 31 5621 835, ✉ surabaya@honorary.mzv.cz. Mo-Fr 8 AM – 5 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Denmark -7.287793112.7327326 Denmark, Jl. Sambas No 10, fax: +62 31 568 7203, ✉ dk_cons_sby@casco-pacific.co.id. Mo-Fr, open 9 AM, closed 3 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
  • East Timor -7.293345112.7172177 East Timor, Jl. Kencana Sari Barat II / AA No. 8, fax: +62 31 562 3139, ✉ 217urab@onemedhealthcare.com. (updated Mar 2019)
  • France -7.291016112.7437998 France, Jl. Darmokali No 10, ✉ benoit.bavouset@ifi-id.com. Mo-Sa, open 9 AM, closed 7 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Germany 7.2828112.7388889 Germany, Jl. Dr. Wahidin 31, fax: +62 31 563 1872, ✉ surabaya@hk-diplo.de. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Hungary -7.259552112.7346310 Hungary, Hotel JW Marriott Lt. 3, Jl. Embong Malang, fax: +62 31 535 3034, ✉ hucons@sby.centrin.net.id. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Japan -7.272454112.7465711 Japan, Jl. Sumatera 93, fax: +62 31 503 0037. Mo-Fr open 8.15 AM, closed 3 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Mongolia -7.283713112.73977112 Mongolia, Gozco Building 8th Floor, Jl. Raya Darmo 54-56. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Netherlands -7.277971112.73522113 Netherlands, Jl. Imam Bonjol No. 36, fax: +62 31 566 2414, ✉ consned@sby.centrin.net.id. Mo-Fr open 8.30 AM, closed 4 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
  • New Zealand -7.279821112.74185614 New Zealand, Jl Sriwijaya 38, ✉ honcon.nz.surabaya@gmail.com. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Philippines -7.26336112.77063315 Philippines, Jl. Raya Kali Kepiting No. 111, ✉ philippineconsulatesby@gmail.com. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Poland -7.289205112.73474416 Poland, Jl. Opak No. 16, fax: +62 31 568 0760, ✉ consul@surabayapolandconsulate.com. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Russia -7.269948112.74953417 Russia, JL. Sumatera, No. 116 – 118. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Slovakia -7.23911112.73488318 Slovakia, Jl. Sikatan No. 39, fax: +62 31 354 4016, ✉ hcslovak@hakiki.com. (updated Mar 2019)
  • Sweden -7.300047112.73016219 Sweden, Jl. Sambas No. 10, East Java, fax: +62 31 568 7203. (updated Mar 2019)
  • United Kingdom -7.36059112.67331720 United Kingdom, Lamipak Primula Indonesia 26, Jl. Sawunggaling, Gilang-Taman, Sidoarjo. (updated Mar 2019)
  • United States -7.283706112.64801921 United States, Jl. Citra Raya Niaga No. 2, fax: +62 31 297-5301. Mo-Fr open 7.30 AM, closed 16.00 PM. Consulate General of the <a href='https://isaan.live/category/united-states/'>United States</a>,  Surabaya on Wikipedia” /></span><span> (<span>updated Mar 2019</span>)</span></li>
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<li>Banyuwangi is the new destination around East Java, covering tourism from sea (ferry to Bali) to mountainous area (e.g. the Ijen Plateau)</li>
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Yogyakarta is a city and the capital of the Yogyakarta special region in Java, Indonesia. Heralded for its strong cultural link with the classical Javanese past, Yogyakarta is a popular tourist place in Indonesia. The cultural importance of the city is evident from the fact that Yogyakarta acted as the capital of the country during the Indonesian national revolution from 1945 to 1949. The city is so named after the Indian city of Ayodhya, as depicted in the epic Ramayana and means ‘city that is fit to prosper’.

The present day city of almost four hundred thousand residents had witnessed the rise and fall prominent kingdoms like the Mataram kingdom (8th to 10th century), Majapahit Empire (13th to 16th century) and the Mataram sultanate (1575-1620). Then came the Dutch, bringing a bit of Europe with them and a part of the city hence comprises of Dutch colonial-era buildings. In 1942, the Japanese empire invaded Java and ruled, until they were thrown out in 1942.

The traffic in the city can be quite overwhelming, with bicycles and rikshaws occupying every corner of the eye. Hence, it is recommended to tackle Jalan Malioboro, city’s main shopping street, on foot. You might want to hire a taxi and a driver, if you plan to stay for more than 2 days. Head over to Sonubudoyo Museum for some cultural delights.

It would be a sin to miss the Ullen Sentalu museum at Kaliurang, which throws light into the history of the Mataram Sultanate. The museum, situated about 45 minutes away from the city, is a must visit tourist spot. Ancient musical instruments and puppet shows awaits the traveller at the well maintained museum. Paying homage to its colonial past, the Bank Indonesia building at Malioboro Street stands in all its splendour amongst the buildings of the city. Rather than the size and historical importance of the bank, it is the architectural beauty that sets the building apart.

The Gembira Loka zoo is well maintained and houses a wide variety of animalsYogyakarta Travel Guide and birds. The zoo also houses a small museum.

If you are easily awed by ruins, and structures that reflect the mysterious past of the country, then visit the Kotagede mosque. It is the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta and looks like a Hindu temple at the entrance. The Javanese architecture, Limasan type wooden framework and grounds encircled by old moss covered brick walls all lend a Hindu-temple touch, to the mosque.

Watch the sun rising from the Merapi Volcano, as you sip your morning coffee. Situated an hour and a half from the city, the volcano is a favourite hiking spot for many hikers. It takes about 5 hours to ascend to the top. If hiking is too much for you, hire a jeep and drive the bumpy roads to the villages, near the slope. The volcano last erupted in 2010 and one can see the lava flown out into the river.

If you visited the country for its rich history and spiritual past, inhale the fragrant fumes of Javanese culture, at the Prambanan temples. An hour away from the city, the Hindu temple complex dates back to the 10th century and soars 47 meters high. Do not miss the Ramayana open air performances conducted here, in the evening.

20 kilometres away from the city is Imogiri, tomb of Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo, the third king of Mataram Sultanate. The royal cemetery is located somewhat south east to Yogyakarta and it is mandatory that every traveller wears the traditional outfit, to enter the tomb. Climb the 442 steps to the hill top and peace and tranquility awaits you.

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Yogyakarta— despite the official spelling, the name is usually pronounced and not uncommonly written Jogjakarta or just Jogja (JOG-jah) — is a major tourism destination in Indonesia. It is the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region to the south of Central Java province. Understand Jogja is a great base for visiting Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist […]

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Yogyakarta— despite the official spelling, the name is usually pronounced and not uncommonly written Jogjakarta or just Jogja (JOG-jah) — is a major tourism destination in Indonesia. It is the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region to the south of Central Java province.

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Jogja is a great base for visiting Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist structure

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Prambanan, the masterpiece of Javanese Hinduism

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Bank Indonesia Building

Yogyakarta is a bustling town of some 500,000 people and the most popular tourism destination on Java, largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. The city is a centre of art and education, offers some good shopping and has a wide range of tourist facilities.

The city (kota) of Yogyakarta is one of five districts in the semi-autonomous province of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY), the “Yogyakarta Special Region”. The other districts are the regencies of:

  • Sleman on the slopes of fiery Mount Merapi to the north
  • Bantul all the way to the sea to the south
  • The hills of Gunungkidul to the east
  • The lowlands of Kulon Progo to the West

This special status is thanks to the Sultanate of Hamengkubuwono, which has ruled the area since 1749 and steered the state through difficult times of occupation and revolution. During the Indonesian war of independence, Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX offered the fledgeling Indonesian government his enclave as a capital city. Yogyakarta became the revolutionary capital of the republic from 1946 to 1949 when Jakarta was still occupied by the Dutch. As a result, the newly-independent Indonesia appointed the Sultan as the governor of the province of DIY — the only one in Indonesia that is not elected directly by the people. The Indonesian central government has tried to weaken the sultan’s power by calling for direct elections for the governor. The present sultan, Hamengkubuwono X, was chosen by an overwhelming majority.

Yogyakarta lies in one of the most seismically active parts of Java and has been repeatedly struck by earthquakes and volcano eruptions. The worst in recent times was the earthquake of 27 May 2006, which killed over 6,000 people and flattened over 300,000 houses. The epicentre was 25 km (16 mi) south of the city, which avoided the worst of the quake. A surprisingly effective disaster recovery effort repaired most of the physical damage quickly.

Yogyakarta is full of domestic tourists during school holidays, with tourist buses on the visitor hotspots of shopping street Jl Malioboro and the northern palace square, or alun-alun, trapped in heavy traffic. Vehicles, parking and vendors contribute to the traffic jams.

Tourist information

There are three information offices, one at the airport, one at the main railway station, and this main one:

  • -7.79527110.365741 Tourist information office, Jl Malioboro No.16 (Next to Hotel Mutiara). M–Th 07:30–20:00, F–Sa 07:30–19:30. Has maps in English and can give useful information. (updated Nov 2017)

Get in

By plane

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Adisucipto International Airport

  • x-7.788056110.4316671 Adisucipto International Airport, Jl Solo (8 km (5.0 mi) east of the city). A small but busy, mostly domestic hub. Near-hourly connections to Jakarta (50 minutes) and Denpasar, while other domestic airlines service major cities in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi. For international flights, Air Asia goes to both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and SilkAir connects to Singapore. There is a tourist information desk and ATMs in the arrival hall. Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 96: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q1430731) on Wikidata Adisucipto International Airport on Wikipedia 

Getting into the city

By bus
  • TransJogja bus 1A goes to the main Tugu train station and Jl Malioboro for Rp3,500. Buy the ticket at the bus stop.
By taxi

Airport taxis cost around Rp50,000 depending on destination. Pay at the desk in the arrival terminal and head for the rank. Give the receipt to your driver, there is no need for any additional payment. It is about half the price to use a taxi dropping passengers off at the departure terminal – insist on using the meter. Expect to pay the Rp2,000 airport entrance fee, even though this has already been paid by the previous passenger on the way in.

By rail

Take the Prambanan Ekspres train that runs between Palur (just east of Solo) and Kutoarjo, west of Jogja, from Maguwo station, a few minutes walk from airport arrivals. In Yogyakarta the train calls at the main Tugu station, just off Jl Malioboro. In Solo it calls at Balapan station.

Ride-hailing services

You can use ride-hailing apps to get picked up but you will be picked up outside the airport in front of the Class I Immigration Office on Jl Solo, an eight-minute walk from the terminal.

By bus

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Giwangan bus station in Jogja

  • -7.83486110.392362 Giwangan Bus Station (Terminal Giwangan), Jl Imogiri Timur, Giwangan (4 km southeast of the centre), fax: +62 274 748 3333. Regular services from across Java and beyond, including Jakarta (9 hours), Bandung (6 hours), and Surabaya (8 hours). In Jakarta, there are many bus stations like Lebak Bulus in the south, Pulo Gebang in the East and Kalideres in the west. Passengers can choose an operator departing to Yogyakarta like Safari Dharma Raya, Handoyo, and Ramayana. From Surabaya, buses for Jogja leave from Purabaya Bus Station. Operators include Sugeng Rahayu and Eka. There is also some scheduled travel available. Buses to Jogja from Bandung leave from Cicaheum terminal, travelling either directly or via Purwokerto (6–7 hours, Rp45,000), from where there are regular buses to Yogyakarta (4–5 hours, Rp30,000). (updated Mar 2019)
  • -7.748110.3623 Jombor Bus Station (Terminal Jombor), Jl Magelang, Sinduadi, Mlati, Sleman (Just above the northern ringroad, where the Magelang road hits it.). For travel from the north of the city, from Borobudur or Semarang, for example. The going rate for westerners to Borobudur is Rp15,000–25,000 (locals Rp7,000). (updated Nov 2017)

Small shuttle buses called travel ply the routes from Semarang and Solo. One such service is Joglosemar (Jogja-Solo-Semarang), Rp45,000 from Semarang, and Rp25,000 from Solo.

  • Joglosemar (Joglosemar), Jl Magelang Km 5.5. Rp25,000–45,000. 
  • Day Trans, Purawisata, Jl Brigjen Katamso. Rp50,000 (Semarang). 

By train

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Tugu, the main railway station in Jogja

  • -7.7892359110.36344734 Tugu Railway Station (Stasiun Tugu), Jl Mangkubumi No.1. The main central station, serving cities such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and Solo. To check schedules and buy tickets enter from Jl Pasar Kembang (i.e., from the east end) and get a queue number from the stand facing the ticket windows. Then go to the opposite side of the room and fill out a ticket request slip, consulting the timetables on the wall to your left. You will be called to the appropriate ticket window, the announcement will be called (in Indonesian only) and displayed on the electronic sign on the wall. To check schedules and buy tickets online use tiket.com. 
    • Yogyakarta and Solo are connected by the Prambanan Ekspres service. Despite the name, the train does not stop at Prambanan station, and even if it did make an unscheduled stop, the station is rather far from the temple complex. The Prambanan Ekspres does stop at Maguwo station for Yogyakarta airport.
    • Trains from Jakarta take at least seven hours. The Argo-class trains (Argo Lawu and Argo Dwipangga) are the fastest and most comfortable, Rp375,000 (~8 hr, including mineral water and snacks). Taksaka is almost as good at Rp350,000. The line between Kroya and Prupuk is scenic, where the line crosses the main backbone mountains of Java. Business (Eksekutif) class trains from Jakarta (514 km (319 mi) 8 hr) now cost from Rp260,000 and from Surabaya from Rp110,000. A ticket on a 3rd class train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta costs from Rp85,000 and from Surabaya Rp50,000.
    • Passengers from Bandung should take the Argo Wilis or Lodaya expresses which cross a scenic part of Java during daylight. Lodaya departures at 7:20 AM and it takes 7 hours to Jogja, the fare starts from Rp 215,000. There is also an overnight Lodaya and the Turangga from Surabaya also travels overnight. The fare is from Rp180,000 including mineral water and snacks.
    • Passengers from Surabaya are served by the twice-daily Sancaka service departing in the morning and afternoon.
  • -7.7901110.37535 Lempuyangan train station (Stasiun Lempuyangan), Jl Lempuyangan. Serves economy class trains and commuter trains. 

Get around

Yogyakarta is a relatively small city, so travelling around town should not be too expensive. If you are travelling on foot, a street sign facing you at a corner indicates the name of the street you are entering, not the cross street.

By bus

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TransJogja Bus Stop

Medium and small buses are the main public transport in Yogyakarta.

The TransJogja rapid transit system operates from 05:30 to 21:30 and stops only at designated shelters. They are air-conditioned and generally safe. Tickets can be bought at the kiosks, and the cost for single trip is Rp3,600. You can buy regular trip cards which cut the per trip cost to Rp3,000, and allows transit to other shelters. Get a free route map for the TransJogja buses at the Tourist Information Centre on Jl Malioboro.

Buses other than TransJogja normally operate 06:00 to 17:00, or 21:00 for some long routes. The cost for a single trip is Rp3,000 regardless of distance (within the city). Usually on a bus there will be a driver and a helper who will hang from the side of the bus and handle money and try to get passengers. The helper will usually tap you on the shoulder to indicate you should pay him. If there is no helper you can pay the driver directly. When you are ready to get off a bus, tell the driver or helper “kiri” (KIH-ree) which means left.

By car or motorbike

There are several car and motorbike rental agencies just outside Tugu Station, on the street that runs east-west just south of the station. A car or motorbike delivery and pick-up at the airport remain the best way to rent them.

Driving a car in Indonesia is never a rewarding experience. But for those that would like to, a Toyota Avanza or Daihatsu Xenia (6 passengers) can be rented for around Rp250,000-Rp300,000 for 24 hours, or Rp175,000-Rp225,000 for 12 hours. A new green car, Toyota Agya or Daihatsu Ayla, can be rented for Rp150,000 for 24 hours. Most of the companies will ask you for the driving licence and ID cards for security reasons.

Renting a car with driver is a more relaxing proposition. A driver will cost an additional Rp50,000-200,000 a day. The cost of a car with a driver may vary depending on whether fuel is included for a set distance or for the whole itinerary. Prices are always subject to negotiation and may increase or decrease due to local demand, type and age of vehicle and your individual requirements at the time. The normal rates (not the high season/peak season) will be around Rp450,000-500,000 per 12 hours service.

A near new semi-automatic (clutchless) motorbike can be rented for Rp60,000 per 24 hours; older bikes may come for less, and fully automatic bikes such as a Honda Vario or Yamaha Mio may sometimes cost Rp5,000-10,000 more. Many roads outside Yogyakarta are unpaved, especially around Mount Merapi area, so many motorcycle rentals offer a semi-offroad automatic bike with daily fee around Rp75,000.

By taxi

Yogyakarta’s taxis are metered and most drivers are trustworthy. All taxis have a flagfall of Rp7,000 for the first kilometre and then Rp4,250 for every subsequent kilometre. Most trips around the centre should not cost more than Rp20,000. If you find a driver you feel comfortable with, ask for their mobile number so next time you need to travel you can call him directly. Most drivers are more than happy to do this.

By ojek

Motorcycle taxis are widespread. They usually gather at designated spots (pangkalan), where you will haggle your way to a ride. Not comfortable or convenient for carrying luggage, but quicker if the traffic jammed.

Nowadays, organized ojek are strong competitors to taxis and ojek pangkalan. Pickup is free and you pay according to the printout from the meter. No haggling. Try:

  • O’jack motorbike taxi, Jl Dr Sardjito 11, Jogja; Rumah Makan Ny Suharti, Jl Solo 208 (Janti flyover). Rp2 per meter or Rp2,000 per kilometer. 

Disability ojek are also available in Yogyakarta. The system is run by disabled persons, including the drivers. Using motorcycles with sidecars, the can carry a person with a wheelchair. Spacious enough, so two slim non-disabled people can also use it. Try:

  • Difa City Tour and Transport. Instagram: @difacitytour Twitter: @difact Facebook: difa ct Rp20,000 for the first 5 km and Rp2,500 for each subsequent kilometer.. (updated Nov 2017)

By ride-hailing

Ride-hailing apps such as Grab and Gojek are ubiquitous in Yogyakarta and can be used to request car or motorbike rides. They are typically cheaper than taxis, have short waiting times in the central area, and are mostly straightforward to use, expect a very little English from most drivers. When you request a car or motorbike using one of these apps, it’s handy to have an Indonesian speaker to help you communicate with the driver, or learn some of the keywords and phrases used in this situation. See the Indonesian phrasebook.

By becak

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Muscle-powered transport: becak

Three-wheeled pedal-powered trishaws or pedicabs, known as becak (BAY-cha’), can be found in most parts of Yogyakarta, for shortish journeys (remember there is some poor guy pedalling away behind you). Bargaining furiously before getting in. Be sure to determine whether the price is for a one-way or return (pulang) trip and if you want the driver to wait while you conduct your shopping or business. The journey from within the city to the Malioboro shopping precinct should not cost more than Rp 10,000.

By dokar

The two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage is still found in Jogja. While happy to do a tourist jaunt, they are mostly used by the Jogjanese for shortish trips around their neighbourhoods, to and from the market, for example.

On foot

As in the rest of Indonesia, walking in Jogja is probably one of the least convenient and least popular ways of transport, with two remarkable exceptions:

  • Jalan Malioboro, with its vibrant street life, colourful shop facades, large walkways and street artists;
  • The charming Kampung Taman Sari neighborhood containing the remains of the Taman Sari Water Castle.

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The bird market

Being one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, Yogyakarta has many heritage buildings and monuments.

The number one must-see attraction is Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono’s palace, better known as Kraton Ngayogyakarta. Near the palace are a number of other heritage buildings : the BNI ’46 building, the Central Post Office and Bank Indonesia.

Other notable landmarks and attractions are:

  • -7.8003110.36651 Benteng Vredeburg (Vredeburg Fort), Jl Jenderal Ahmad Yani No.6. A Dutch fort in front of Gedung Agung (the President’s Palace). A great example of Dutch colonial architecture. A few military items are presented, including a twin cannon. 
  • -7.9263110.31932 Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Gereja Ganjuran), Jalan Ganjuran, Sumbermulyo, Bambanglipuro, Jogodayoh, Sumbermulyo, Bambang Lipuro, Bantul, DIY 55764 (11 miles south of the city centre). This Catholic church is remarkable for its Javanese styling. The main building is in the form of a traditional joglo, and there is a chapel in the form of a Hindu temple. Mary, Jesus and the angels are represented as Javanese. (updated Jul 2018)
  • -7.9205110.39573 Imogiri royal graves. Graveyard of the Sultan Agung and his descendants, the Yogyakarta and Surakarta royal families. It was damaged during an earthquake in 2006 but has been reopened. 
  • Kotabaru. The Dutch officials’ residential area has some heritage homes, a colonial style church, monastery (Gereja Kotabaru), and a stadium (Stadion Kridosono). (updated Nov 2017)
  • -7.8283110.39984 Kotagede. The capital of the ancient Islamic Mataram kingdom. The tomb of its first king, Panembahan Senopati, is here in the royal graveyard. Before independence, Kotagede was Jogja’s economic centre, as it had the largest market and was home to many wealthy batik merchants. Some of the older buildings have been modernised or replaced with newer buildings, but Kotagede remains a prime example of Javanese architecture and city structure. Check out the local silver handicrafts. 
  • -7.7829031110.3669685 Tugu Monument. A downtown landmark. Built by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VI, the spire was originally a sphere representing the universe. During the colonial era, the spire was replaced with a golden cylinder. 

The Kraton

The Sultan’s palace or Kraton encompasses the main palace, the sultan’s residential buildings, two alun-alun (palace squares), and a large residential area where the sultan’s servants used to live.

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At night, the ‘alun-alun’ is ablaze with the lights of decorated chariots

  • -7.804153110.3643666 Northern alun-alun (Alun-alun utara). Built for training the Sultan’s army, it was opened to the public during the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX. Now used for the quarterly Garebeg parade held in the months of Maulud, Besar and Sawal, according to the Javanese calendar. In the parade, the Sultan’s servants carry huge cone-shaped offerings to the alun-alun. After the parade, attendees scramble to get a scrap of the offering as it is believed to bring good luck. Prior to the month of Maulud, a popular public fair is held here for 30 days, offers many kinds of goods from traditional handicrafts to Chinese ceramics. A snack associated with the fair is the doughnut-like galundeng. On weekend or holiday nights, pedal cars decorated with lights (gowes) can be hired to make a circuit of the square. 
  • -7.80577110.3641127 Kraton Yogyakarta. Sa-Th 08:00–13:00, F 08:00–11:00. A calm and elegant example of Javanese heritage with two separate entrances; the Main Court (Pagilaran and Siti Hinggil) and the Residence. The Main Court showcases the grandeur of the Sultan’s monarchy, while the Residence is more homely, showcasing the royal family’s luxurious lifestyle. There are regular free performances of music and dance. Check out the times when you arrive in Yogajakarta. (Every Sunday at 11:00 as of May 2020). There are three gamelans in the palace, and the pavilion nearest the entrance houses one of them. If it is being played, feel free to take a seat and enjoy it for a while. The Residence: Rp12,500 (non-Indonesian resident) or Rp5,000 (Indonesian resident), Rp1,000 extra for a photo. The main court: half the price of the residence. A guide is part of the entrance fee, but they would appreciate a modest tip. You might be offered a trip to the ‘sultan’s servants’ batik workshop’. This is a scam that will only bring you to a regular batik shop with inflated prices.. 
  • -7.8054778110.36267868 Carriage Museum (Museum Kereta). Houses the Sultan’s horse-drawn carriages, including two beautiful carriages imported from the Netherlands and known as Golden Carriages (kereta kencana). 
  • -7.8100328110.35907229 Water Castle (Taman Sari), Jl Taman, Kraton. daily 09:00–15:00. This is a partly-ruined complex built as a pleasure garden by the first Sultan in 1765. One of the bathing pools was dedicated to the sultan’s harem, and he had a tower overlooking the area so he could take his pick. Towards the back is the original entrance to the pools, a small dock connected to a long-since-vanished river; a bit of snooping beyond this entrance will get you to a back street, where one can visit a fascinating network of tunnels and rooms, including an Escher-like series of interlacing staircases over what looks like a disused well. Rp7,000 for entrance, Rp1,000 for a photo permit. Entrance fee does not cover the guide, who will expect tips.. 

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Wayang kulit (shadow puppet show)

  • Siti Hinggil Selatan. This somehow-muted palace is rarely used for formal occasion. You can catch a shadow puppet performance during weekend mornings and nights. There is no admission charge for the show and you can come and go as you please, which you may well want to do as the show is long and somewhat difficult to follow if you do not speak bahasa Indonesian.

Also worth seeing is the prince’s palace to the SE of the main palace.

  • -7.8039110.362510 Masjid Gede Kauman. One of the oldest and largest mosque in Yogyakarta. Located on the west of Alun-alun Utara, this mosque was where the Sultan performs his religious rites and ceremonies. (updated Nov 2017)

Yogyakarta was designed so that the main elements of the city form an imaginary line. This straight line starts from Parangtritis on the coast, through the Kraton and Tugu Monument, and finally to Mount Merapi. This represents the Sultan’s strong relationship with the guardian spirits of Mount Merapi and the ocean at Parangtritis.

Museums

  • -7.78344110.4232511 Affandi Museum, Jl Laksda Adisucipto No.167 (at the beginning of the road out to the airport), ✉ affandimuseum@yahoo.com. Delightful museum built around the former home of the late Affandi, one of Indonesia’s best-known painters. Several galleries, including one with 30 of Affandi’s paintings from his early, impressionist and expressionist periods, and another with paintings by some of his 11 children. The artist designed some of the buildings (the central complex was originally his home and offices) himself, and the grounds themselves are worth the admission price. Helpful staff to show you around. Rp20,000 including a drink. 
  • -7.789110.41666712 Aircraft Museum (Museum Dirgantara), Jl Lettu TPA Supardal (behind Adi Sucipito Airport inside the Air Force base. You will need to deposit your passport (a paper copy might be sufficient) while you are inside.). M-Th 08:00-13:00, Sa 08:00-12:00. Holds several antique aircraft from World War II, a Badger bomber, MIG-15 to MIG-21, P-51 Mustang, Catalina flying boat, Auster MkII, Lavochkin LA-11, F-86 Sabre, T-33 Bird and an A6M5 Zero. There is also a P-51 airplane simulator but it was broken (May 2020). Children on school trips will see you as a big attraction if you look western so smile and prepare to pose for many pictures. Rp5,000. 
  • -7.8154110.41313 Kekayon Museum, Jl Laksamana Adi Sucipto, Demangan, Gondokusuman, Baturetno, Banguntapan, ✉ museumkekayon@usa.net. Monday to Friday 08:30-14:00, Sa 09:00-12:00. A wayang (puppet) museum with a lush Javanese style garden. Divided into ten sections, where each holds a vast number of puppets from various places in Indonesia. Rp5,000. 
  • -7.802427110.36385114 Sonobudoyo Museum (Museum Sonobudoyo), Jl Trikora No.6 (by the northern alun-alun), fax: +62 274 385664. Many Javanese artefacts like wayang puppets, masks, statues, textiles, weapons, and a full set of gamelan instruments. Worth a visit if you have some extra time in Yogya, or you are interested in Javanese culture study. Wayang kulit performances are given every night 20:00-22:00, accompanied by gamelan. Rp20,000. Rp3,000. 

Candi (ancient temples)

Candi (CHAN-dee) are ancient structures mainly built during the 7th-9th centuries. They are built from river stones or blocks of volcanic stone . The walls are often carved with reliefs depicting stories from either Buddhism or Hinduism, and a stone statue usually sits at the center. There are many candi in and around Yogyakarta, some have been restored and made accessible.

The two most famous candi are both easily reached from Jogja. Buddhist Borobudur is a couple of hours to the northwest. The Hindu temple complex Prambanan is just to the east.

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Candi Kalasan

  • -7.766944110.47277815 Candi Kalasan (Kalasan Temple) (Around 2 km to the west of Prambanan, or 14 km to the east of Yogyakarta. To the south side of the main Prambanan-Yogyakarta road.). The oldest Buddhist candi in Yogyakarta. Built in 778 AD by Rakai Panangkaran of the Sanjaya dynasty. He was a Hindu but he built this Buddhist temple, reflecting the harmonious religious life during that time. The walls are covered with ancient white cement called bajralepa. It was built in honour of the goddess, Dewi Tara. A bronze statue of a Boddhisatva found in the candi has been removed. (updated Nov 2017)

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Candi Sambisari, buried for centuries under metres of volcanic ash

  • -7.7625110.446916 Candi Sambisari (Sambisari Temple) (Close to Adisucipto airport.). Consists of one main candi and three supporting candis (perwara). You can see lingga and yoni, symbols of male and female sex, inside the main candi. There are three statues in the wall of the main candi, Agastya on the south side, Ganesha on the east, and Dewi Durga on the north. From the lingga, yoni, and the statues, it has been concluded that Sambisari was built to worship Siva. There is no definitive agreement about when and who built the candi. But from the Wanua III inscriptions, Candi Sambisari is considered to have been constructed between 812 and 838 AD). (updated Nov 2017)
  • -7.761525110.47416717 Candi Sari (Sari Temple) (600 m to the northeast of Candi Kalasan). Built as the dormitory for a Buddhist monastery. There are two floors with three rooms on each. The reliefs are similar to those at Candi Kalasan and the walls are also covered with bajralepa. There are Boddhisatvas and Dewi Tara carved beside the windows indicating the link between Candi Kalasan and Candi Sari. The roof consists of 9 stupas in a grid formation. The holes in the construction show how timbers were used as part of the building process. This candi is considered to have been built in the same era as Candi Kalasan. (updated Nov 2017)

Art galleries

  • -7.78582110.3746518 Bentara Budaya, Jl Suroto No.2, Kota Baru, ✉ bby@bentarabudaya.com. A cultural institute set up by the Kompas Gramedia publishing and media group. Branches in Jogja, Jakarta, Solo and Bali. Art exhibitions, movies, book discussions. 
  • -7.8176110.362519 Cemeti Art House, Jl DI Panjaitan No. 41, ✉ cemetiah@indosat.net.id. Fine art and modern art exhibitions, book discussions and performances. 
  • -7.78081110.3773420 French/Indonesian Cultural Center (LIP), Jl Sagan No.3. Art exhibitions, movies, book discussions, performances, library. 
  • -7.8028110.365521 Jogja Gallery, Jl Pekapalan No.7 (near the northern alun-alun), ✉ jogjagallery@yahoo.co.id. Tu–Su 09:00–21:00. Modern art gallery exhibiting avant garde artworks. 
  • -7.8181110.362822 Kedai Kebun (Kedai Kebun Forum), Jl Tirtodipuran No.3, ✉ forumkedaikebun@gmail.com. W–M 11:00–23:00. Art space managed by artists including gallery, performance space, bookstore and restaurant. .Art exhibitions, performances, book discussions. Has accommodation for rent. 

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Ray of Light (from Heaven)

  • Backstreet Academy, Jl Kartini No.7, Sagan, ✉ info@backstreetacademy.com. 06:00-22:00. The locals offer authentic activities such as fishing in the South Sea, traditional Javanese archery, cooking classes, classical Javanese dance and even tours to Boroburur and Mount Merapi. A social enterprise providing opportunities for underprivileged people. (updated Jul 2016)
  • Caving — Yogyakarta has many caves, one of the best in Goa Jomblang in Wonosari, Gunung Kidul Regency.
  • Golf — at Merapi Golf, 18 holes designed by Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett. On the slopes of Mount Merapi, where you can enjoy the scenic view of the mountains while playing. The course was partially damaged during the 2010 eruptions but has been restored. There is also a smaller course in the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides — traditional horse-drawn carriages, the four-wheeled andhong and the two-wheeled horsecart call dokar, wait for tourists outside hotspots like the train station, the Kraton and Mal Malioboro. Bargaining furiously. The traditional route is from Jl Malioboro to the Kraton. Andhong often want to take you to shop for fake Dagadu t-shirts at hefty prices in Ngasem. The cost for a round trip is about Rp20,000. They usually ask for Rp30,000 but may settle for less. While andhong primarily serve the tourist market, dokar are used more generally by the Jogjanese but are still happy to give you a tourist jaunt. Andhong can hold up to five adults, while a dokar will take about two only.
  • Masangin (masuk antara dua beringin, passing between the two banyan trees) — you can play this simple, fun game on the southern alun-alun. Participants are blindfolded and must walk straight between the two ancient banyan trees. It sounds easy but most participants usually fail.

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Progo rafting with Kisik River Camp, Yogyakarta

  • Rafting — a splashy ride on Elo or Progo rivers. There are a number of operators, including Kisik River Camp.
  • Reflexology — achieve soothing experience by having a short reflexology massage. One of the hippest among Jogjanese.
  • Street chess— when it’s quiet, particularly around the end of Jalan Malioboro near the Kraton, the becak drivers will play chess on the street with large wooden sets. You are welcome to challenge them and it’s fun. This is how they pass the time between fares, so some play for several hours each day – you’ll be up against some stiff competition. Don’t offer or accept any bets on the outcome – it takes the fun out of a good way to interact with the locals and pass the time.
  • Sunday morning on the university boulevard — every Sunday, the main boulevard in the Gadjah Mada university campus is thronged with students joggers and martial arts enthusiasts. Get there between 07:00-09:00 for a bit of exercise. After that, replace the calories you lost by sampling the foods from the many stalls. The choice includes opor ayam’ (chicken curry with rice cake), bubur ayam (rice porridge with chicken), ‘siomay (fish dumplings) and sate ambal (chicken satay with tempeh sauce). Don’t forget to check the flea market nearby.
  • Yoga & meditation — widely available including daily classes at Balance Mind-Body-Soul, Jalan Cendrawasih 36, Demangan Baru, +62 274 742 7925, +62 274 566717 (fax: +62 274 566717).

Learn

Jogja is a city of education as well as culture. It is home to at least four universities. Besides the pre-eminent Gadjah Mada University, it also hosts Yogyakarta State University (Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta), the Islamic University of Indonesia (Universitas Islam Indonesia) and the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University (Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga).

Indonesia’s largest art school, the Indonesian Institute of Art (Institut Seni Indonesia) is also in the city, offering undergradate and postgraduate degrees related to traditional arts such as Javanese dance, wayang performance and gamelan music, and to modern and contemporary arts like theatre, broadcast, and graphic design.

It may be possible for non-Indonesians to study at these universities through the Indonesian-government Dharmasiswa scheme. Studies in Indonesian performing arts are a particular focus for recipients of this support.

Jogja is well-known for its language schools. There are many to choose from, including:

  • -7.7713110.39092 Wisma Bahasa, Jl Affandi, Gang Bromo No.15A, Mrican, fax: +62 274 561627, +62 274 520341, ✉ info@wisma-bahasa.com. The oldest Indonesian language course in Yogyakarta, since 1982. Provides Indonesian, Javanese, Tetum, and English courses. Branches in Jakarta and Bali. Offers e-learning. (updated Nov 2017)
  • Alam Bahasa – Bahasa indonesia course An Indonesian language course with combination of Bahasa Indonesia classes, cultural and travel activities. New classes start anytime.
  • Sanggar Seni Kinanti Sekar, JL. Brigjend Katamso, Prawirodirjan GM II/1226 Gondomanan (in the same place with Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta). 15.00-21.00. A place where you could learn both Javanese and Modern dance, Macapat and Javanese language (both speaking and writing) (updated Mar 2019)

Buy

Jogja is the home of batik, traditional wayang puppets, sculpture, ceramics and silverware. Handicrafts from outside Jogja can also be found. Alternatively, as a modern city, there are stylish malls offer interesting goods and services at a reasonable cost.

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Jalan Malioboro, lined with batik, handicraft and fashion stores

  • -7.793359110.3657131 Jalan Malioboro. Well-known shopping street very popular with domestic and international tourists alike. Stretching from Tugu train station in the north to the alun-alun in the south, it is 2 km long and home to hundreds of shops and street-stalls offering all kinds of handicrafts. The street is partly pedestrianised and no motorbike parking is allowed. Motorbikes can be parked in the Abu Bakar Ali area from where there are two free shuttle buses to Malioboro. 

Handicrafts

  • -7.831712110.39989262 Monggo Chocolate, Jl Dalem KG III/978, Purbayan, Kotagede,. daily 08:00-17-00. The Monggo chocolate factory! 
  • -7.7829110.43693 Saptohoedojo Art Gallery, Jl Raya Solo, Maguwoharjo, Depok, Sleman. daily 07:00-22:00. This sprawling complex houses an utterly eclectic collection of Indonesian art, ranging from abstract modern paintings and batik shirts through gamelan instruments and stuffed tigers to Papuan tribal totems complete with the skulls of vanquished enemies. Everything is for sale and previous customers, pictures of whom are proudly pasted on the walls, include Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama. While the adjoining restaurant looks quite attractive, the food served is rather disappointing. 
  • -7.8344058110.37045284 Tabubu Ethnic Music Shop, Jl Saman, Block 2, no. 167, Rt. 06, Bangunharjo (off Jl Imogiri Barat, a bit hard to find). They make and sell traditional musical instruments (flutes, drums, stringed instruments, etc.) from various parts of Indonesia. The shop is in the owner’s house, and he is very friendly – just drop by and you can see and try the instruments he has on display. If you want to buy, however, you will have to make a custom order, as the instruments on display are not for sale. The prices are pretty good, starting at tens of thousands of rupiah for the cheaper flutes to hundreds of thousands for stringed instruments. (updated Jul 2015)
  • Tjokrosuharto, Jl. Panembahan Angkurat 58. This handicraft shop opens its door for business in 1954 and still operating today. It offers a large selection of Javanese handicrafts such as wayang kulit (leather puppet), wayang golek (wooden puppet), batik, keris, silverware, sculptures, and traditional outfits. 
  • Dagadu (lower ground floor Malioboro Mall). Offers funny contemporary t-shirts and souvenirs that revolves around Yogyakarta people’s culture.
  • Ciamis Art Shop, Jl Malioboro No.153. Shadow puppets, masks, carvings, and more at fixed prices that are lower than in the market. Open 09:00–13:00 and 18:00–20:00.
  • Nadzar, Jl Malioboro No.187. Huge souvenir shop specializing in batik, art, jewellery, and more. Has every souvenir you could imagine at fixed prices.

Batik

There are some excellent batik galleries selling hand-made paintings on cotton and silk. The cloth folds up easily for transport and can be ironed later. There are also several scams which you should avoid. Authentic batik should look vivid on both sides of the cloth; whereas stamped batik will only look vivid on one side. To get the best price, visit a gallery where they grade the quality of the pieces, usually using a scale from A-Z. Prices range from Rp50,000 for A (small student paintings), to Rp1,000,000 for Z paintings (usually large pieces done by master artists). You may be able to haggle an extra 25% off the marked price. Beware shops which buy and resell the paintings, marking up the prices for Z-level artwork to Rp8,000,000 – this is massively overpriced.

  • -7.7990985110.36491695 Hamzah Batik (Mirota Batik), Jl Ahmad Yani No.9 (opposite Beringharjo market). The large family-owned store offers plenty of handicrafts, not only from Yogyakarta but also from all part of Indonesia. 
  • -7.8718110.35366 Leksa Ganesha Batik Gallery, Jl Parangtritis 8.5 km, Tembi, Timbulharjo, Sewon, Bantul. daily 07:00–21:00. This gallery just outside Yogyakarta offers something a little different to batik collectors: a chance to visit the studios of renowned batik artists and villagers and meet them as they work. Social entrepreneur Tatang Wibowo started this project in 2011 as a way to continue supporting local artists in an innovative tourism model. It’s a rare opportunity to make a connection with the people who make batik. 

Ori Art Gallery is a reputable batik painting shop with a large selection and fair prices, and you can usually watch an artist there demonstrating the fascinating and meticulous technique.

Traditional markets

  • -7.7987674110.36562987 Pasar Beringharjo (Beringharjo Market), Jl Pabringan No.1 (north of Vredeburg Fort). The largest traditional market in town. The vendors sell many kind of goods, ranging from basic household items (vegetables, fruit, meat) to many kind of handicrafts. Bargaining furiously. 
  • Pasar Ngasem (Ngasem market), Jl. Polowijan No.11, Patehan, Kraton (next to Taman Sari Yogyakarta). 05:00-16:00. It used to be a market that sold fowls. in 2010, it was relocated to Pasar Satwa dan Tanaman Hias Yogyakarta (PASTHY) Dongkelan, and now Ngasem market sells daily goods, traditional snacks and souvenirs. Free. (updated Mar 2019)

Shopping malls & supermarkets

  • -7.79326110.366028 Malioboro Mall, Jl Malioboro No.52-58, fax: +62 274 588242. Yogyakarta’s premier shopping mall for shopping in hassle-free, air-con comfort. Features a large Matahari department store, a Hero supermarket (B1F), a Periplus book store with a good English selection (B1F), and all the usual suspects of Western and Indonesian fast food (McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, EsTeler 77, etc.) Home to the largest Dagadu outlet. 
  • -7.78262110.379019 Galleria Mall, Jl Jendral Sudirman 99-101, fax: +62 274 583711. A compact mall anchored by Matahari department store. The food court at the basement is popular among the youths. Features many interesting restaurant including KFC, McDonald’s Express, Thai Express, Bakso Gress (Chinese meatballs served with noodles), Mie Nusantara, Bee’s (Japanese Bento), Es Teler 77, Cheers Cup (assortments of fresh drinks). 
  • -7.78218110.4011710 Plaza Ambarrukmo (Amplaz), Jl Laksda Adisucipto, fax: +62 274 4331001. Located next to the historical Ambarrukmo Hotel, the huge 5-floor shopping complex features a Centro Department Store, Carrefour Hypermarket, Gramedia Bookstore, Timezone, 21 Cineplex, Bread Talk, Starbucks Coffee, Dagadu, etc. The food court is on the 3rd floor. ATM center is on the lower ground floor. 
  • -7.79544110.3653411 Ramai Mall and Ramai Supermarket, Jl Jendral Ahmad Yani No.73. 09:00–20:00. Big department store. The least expensive A/C supermarket in Jogja. low prices. 
  • -7.78024110.372812 Mirota kampus dept store and supermaket, Jl Simanjuntak No.70. 09:00-20:00. low prices.. 
  • -7.79812110.3687113 Progo -Mall & Progo Supermarket. (Toko Progo), Jl Mayor Suryotomo No.29, ✉ tokoprogo@yahoo.com. daily08:30–21:00. Has operated since 1968. low prices. (updated Jul 2016)
  • -7.7522110.36214 Jogja City Mall (JCM), Jl Magelang KM. 6 No. 18, Sinduadi, Mlati, Sleman. daily 10:00–20:00. Integrated with the Sahid Rich Jogja Hotel. (updated Jul 2016)
  • -7.7584110.39915 Hartono Lifestyle Mall, Jl Kaliwaru Raya No.17, Condongcatur, Depok, Sleman. daily 10:00–21:00. (updated Jul 2016)
  • -7.75062110.3624216 Indogrosir, Jl Raya Magelang Km. 6. 09:00–21:00. (updated Jul 2016)
  • Giant Supermarket, Jl Urip Sumoharjo and Jl Godean. daily 08:00–20:00. There are now three Giant supermarkets in Jogja. (updated Feb 2017)

Eat

Yogyakarta food used to be known for its sweetness. However, as more and more people move to Jogja, the city starts seeing more diversity in flavor. Now you can find many kinds of interesting dishes, from sweet, spicy, to fiery. Sometimes a fusion from other cuisines such as Chinese or Western can be found. Restaurants in the center often close quite early by Western standards, with admission often refused after 21:00.

If you want to eat the traditional way, head to Malioboro for a lesehan dinner in front of the closed shophouses, similar to the Japanese eating style on a tatami, but you sit on a mat and eat with your hands (you can ask for cutlery though). The food is ready to serve, — vegetables, fried and grilled meat (satay, seafood) are the most common, served with white rice. You can also order traditional gudeg. While this is a favorite among locals for the mingle for hours, do not expect very cheap prices.

Local delicacies

The following dishes are recommended:

  • Gudeg, a curry of jackfruit, chicken and egg served with rice, and is the most famous local dish. Goopy slop in various shades of brown, the stuff does not look particularly appetizing, but it can be tasty if done right. There are many gudeg restaurants, but the most popular are: Gudeg Wijilan, Gudeg Juminten, Gudeg Bu Tjitro, Gudeg Tugu, Gudeg Bu Ahmad. If you can wake up early in the morning, you may find small stalls serving Gudeg just at the corner of the street, or close to traditional markets. If you can’t sleep at night, you can go to Jalan Janturan and enjoy the Gudeg Pawon (enjoying gudeg inside the old style kitchen) that open in late night. Due to the heavy fiber content of young jackfruit and the thick coconut milk, those who have weak stomach may have trouble with gudeg.
  • Ayam goreng Mbok Berek, (Mbok Berek’s fried chicken). Fried free range chicken with mild garlic and coriander flavour served with crunchy crackers.
  • Nasi langgi, locally known as sego langgi (langgi rice). Warm rice served with various side dishes. Can be found in small stall in Gandekan St.
  • Kipo, bite-size snacks made of green tapioca dough filled with sweetened grated coconut. Can be found in Kotagede.
  • Bakpia, another bite-size snack made from sweetened green bean paste wrapped with thin dough pastry. The most popular bakpia is known as Bakpia Patuk, which not surprisingly, are sold in Pathuk street, also known as Jl. Aip K.S. Tubun.
  • Jadah tempe, sandwich of rice cake and sweet beancake. Can be found in Kaliurang.
  • Es rujak or rujak es krim, a fruit salad made from mangos, papayas, apples, pineapples, cucumbers etc., mixed with palm sugar, lime juice, salt, chillies and (of course) ice cream (es krim). All flavours (sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, salty) in one plate. In case you are at UGM campus, have a look along Jalan Kaliurang. Small foodstalls sell es rujak there (only very late morning to early afternoon). If you are not close to UGM, keep your eyes open.

Budget

Yogyakarta is a heaven of inexpensive foods, and some tasty and filling dishes can cost as little as Rp3,000. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of hawker stalls offering inexpensive foods.

  • -7.7889162110.36571331 Angkringan Tugu (Angkringan Lik Man), Jl Wongso Dirjan (to the north of Tugu station.). 18:00–04:00. Famous for its small rice packets (sego kucing). Drink kopi joss, strong Javanese coffee heated by dropping a piece of glowing charcoal into it. Rp1,000–6,000. (updated Nov 2017)
  • -7.8198449110.36811232 Bakmi Jawa Harjo Geno (just off Prawirotaman II street). Be prepared to wait up to two hours! Tip: if you think that fried noodles go well with beer, you can grab a Bintang at the nearby Tante Lies restaurant. (updated Jul 2015)
  • -7.775569110.4089783 Warung Vegetarian Somayoga, ✉ somayoga2007@yahoo.co.id. Vegetarian/vegan organic food. Typical Indonesian food. Very tasty. Rp10,000–20,000. (updated Oct 2015)
  • Gudeg Tugu, Jl. Diponegoro, close to Kranggan marketplace, 19:00-01:00. Popular Gudeg stall. A complete dish consists of: warm rice, shredded chicken, brown hard-boiled egg, gudeg, areh sauce, and the hot & spicy sambal goreng krecek. Rp7,000-10,000.
  • Kamikoti Cafe, Ngadisuryan No 4, Alun-alun Selatan. Serving good quality milk, coffee & tea at affordable prices, near Masangin and the Taman Sari complex. From Rp 5,000.
  • -7.765172110.3964134 Kindai. This breakfast place serves delicious soto Banjar (a chicken soup from Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan) with a choice of chicken wing and/or egg. They also have nasi kuning (yellow rice) and sate ayam (chicken satay). (updated Jul 2015)
  • -7.822212110.36854515 Milas Vegetarian Restaurant, Jl Prawirotaman IV/127B, ✉ milas_jogja@yahoo.co.id. Tu-Su. Excellent vegetarian restaurant with an organic vegetable garden, multilingual library, and handicraft shop. They train local youth in organic farming, cooking and running a restaurant. Eat in small, open bamboo huts placed around a small enclosed garden. Delicious fruit shakes. 
  • -7.79708110.363496 Rame Rame Vegetarian, Jl Beskalan (Go south on Malioboro from Tugu station until you reach an intersection with a large Ramayana store, then turn right (west) onto Beskalan, continue for about 200 m. The restaurant is on the right (south) side of the street. There is a faded red banner advertising vegetarian food.). A very small restaurant with meat and vegetarian options and owned by a very friendly woman. Has a delicious soup, noodles, mushrooms, vegetables, meatballs and cilantro for Rp9,000. 
  • Rumah Makan Es Ceria Jl. Gandekan Lor No. 42. (close to sraswijyan, just go west from hotels and turn left). Great, cheap food including a smorgasbord where you choose what you like and then the cashier estimates a price. Tasty and cheap. Also ice deserts and fruit shakes.
  • Sagan Super Sambal, Jl Sagan I no. 5 and Jl Timoho no. 111 (go east from Tugu Jogja, to Jl. Jendral Sudirman. At the first crossroad (with Gramedia in the corner), turn left (north) to Jl. Cik Ditiro. After 350 m turn right and go straight on until the end of the road with a T-junction; you will see the restaurant in the right corner of the T-junction). 09:00-17:00. Specialising in sambal, the Indonesian delicacy of spicy, hot chilli infused sauce. Also, Indonesian-style beef ribs Rp 5,000-30,000. .
  • Soto Pak Soleh. Tegalrejo, near Diponegoro Museum. This well-known restaurant is Pak Soleh’s family business and is now operated by his son. They only serve Yogyakarta-style beef soup as their main menu, which has a spicy taste from ginger. Rp 5,000.
  • Waroeng Jepara, Jl. Wolter Monginsidi 49, Jogjakarta. Fame for their traditional Jepara flavours (only warung in Jogjakarta that serves Jepara food), this modern-furnished warung is run by friendly locals. Speciality includes “pecil pari” (spicy stingray), “bothok tahu” (tofu in papaya leaf) and “sayur lodeh” (jackfruit soup). Rp 5,000-30,000.
  • Xtra Hot, Jl Main, Kaliurang, (next to BCA Bank). A local tent (tenda) restaurant specialising in grilled food, with a good variety of sambals (chili) to choose from, yet with good prices. From Rp 4,500.
  • Soto Sawah Pak Slamet. A local chicken soup outlet 5 km (3.1 mi) west of Jogja, open morning-afternoon. Rp5,000
  • -7.7984747110.40327067 Soto Pak Marto (opposite of Jogja Expo Center – JEC). A local delicacy – usually eaten for breakfast – of beef based soup served with rice (mixed in or separate). Offal are include in unless specifically asked for beef only. Fried offal, to be eaten with kecap manis, is delicious. (updated Jul 2015)
  • Pempek Ulu Bundar Located strategically near to Mirota crossroad, serves delicious pempek and kakap meat ball soup. Most expensive menu is Rp 5,000.
  • The House of Raminten, Jl. Faridan Muridan Noto 7, (next to Mirota Bakery, can be reached using Trans Jogja bus). Javanese restaurant with traditional food like jamu godhog (Indonesia’s herbal recipe). From Rp5,000.
  • Dapur Solo, Jl Demangan Baru No. 1. Special Yogyakarta and Jawa Tengah delicacies. Famous here are nasi timlo and nasi liwet.
  • -7.800532110.3464198 Soto Kadipiro (Soto Kadipiro Pusat), Jl Wates No.31, Gang Darussalam, Ngestiharjo, Kasihan, Bantul. (updated Jul 2016)

Mid-range

  • -7.75878110.398859 Alhambra Spa & Bistro, 2nd floor, Hartono Mall, ✉ alhambrajogja@gmail.com. 10:00-22:00. Mediterranean-themed restaurant with modern and Indonesian-inspired dishes and drinks. Alhambra features views of the city and a spa with good massages. (updated Jul 2017)
  • -7.8191744110.371592410 AgliOö!. Used to be the best pizza in town. Now it moved a couple of blocks away from the original location, and probably changed the chef too – the quality has definitely gone down. 
  • FoodFezt, Jl. Kaliurang km 5.5. Many kinds of local Indonesian foods: Nasi kebuli, nasi merah, soto betawi, sate buntel, mushroom satay and also dessert like pancakes, and ice creams. It has a garden with lots of bamboo tree and other plants. The waiters use wireless gadgets to serve their customers in order to maintain a ‘paperless’ order system. 
  • Ayam Goreng Suharti, Jl. Laksda Adisucipto 208. A very popular mbok berek (fried chicken) restaurant, the recipe still remains a secret. 
  • Bakmi Kadin, Jl. Bintaran Kulon 3. Javanese style soft-fried noodles. Don’t miss the popular wedang bajigur, a local beverages made from warm coconut milk with subtle ginger flavour and garnished with diced coconut and kolang-kaling. Local kroncong street quartet often performs in the area. Rp 18,000-20,000.
  • Dixie Easy Dining (Dixie), Jl. Gejayan 40b (south Selokan Mataram), +62 274 560745. Offers western and Asian dishes in a modern Asian style. Nice modern-ethnic interior. Rp 8,000-50,000.
  • -7.819167110.36965911 EasyGoIn’ Restaurant & Bar, Jl. Prawirotaman No. 12, ✉ info@easygoingresto.com. 10:30-00:15. A modern & colourful restaurant & bar serving delicious Indonesian, Western and Mexican dishes in a comfortable and warm atmosphere. Also a great place for a Happy-hour drink (14:00-19:00) at the bar while meeting locals and travellers. Fridays acoustic live music band from 20:30. Pool table & Wifi are free of charge. Mains: Rp 30,000–140,000. 
  • Empek-Empek Kamto, Jl. Beskalan 3 (opp to Ramai Shopping Mall’s south entrance). Originating from Palembang, deep-fried fish cake and served with sour soy sauce. There are many varieties of empek-empek: kapal selam (means submarine) comes with boiled eggs inside, adaaan/bulat has a garlic taste, while lenggang is an empek-empek omelette. 
  • Gudeg Sagan, An eating place in Jalan Sagan (In front of Toko Sagan Baru) offering rice, seasoned porridge, gudeg, areh sauce, sambal goreng krecek, complete with chicken and brown hard-boiled egg.
  • -7.80349110.3666912 Gudeg Wijilan Yu Djum, Jl. Wijilan 31, Kraton & Jalan Kaliurang km 4.5, Karangasem CT III/22. A more lavish variety of Gudeg, served with thicker sauce, and more expensive as well. 
  • -7.7930961110.378055613 Kedai Rakjat Djelata (as you exit Lempuyangan station walk left, cross the main street (under the bridge) and go right. Total walking time 5 minutes). Javanese cuisine with a modern twist. Tasty food in a nice setting, yet not expensive. (updated Jul 2015)
  • Kedai Tiga Nyonya, Jl. Jendral Sudirman 16.. 10:00-22:00. Peranakan food restaurant, a fusion of Indonesian, Chinese and Dutch cuisine. Their speciality is grilled fish, sour ribs soup and candlenut chicken. Rp 20,000-Rp 50,000. 
  • -7.82034110.366814 Kesuma Restaurant, Gang Sartono 858 / MJ 3 (cross street Jalan Surami). Mo-Sa Lunch (11:00-14:30), Dinner (18:00-22:00); both only available for reservations. Local home cooking. There is a small terrace and guests can settle in a gazebo. Rp 80,000 – 150,000. (updated Mar 2018)
  • -7.7985767110.362229615 Mie Bandung. Despite the name, this is not a noodle restaurant, but rather a Chinese restaurant. Don’t expect authentic Chinese food, but rather Indonesian-Chinese. The wonton is really good though, and they also serve beer! If you find yourself craving Chinese food in Jogja, this is one of the few places you can go to. (updated Jul 2015)
  • Pecel Solo, Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar 52, Sleman (adj Hyatt Regency). Offers a large selection of Solo style foods like Pecel Solo (vegetables with peanut sauce), Sego Liwet (steamed rice with sweet curry sauce), Nasi Kebuli (pungent rice with roasted lamb), and Bebek Goreng (fried duck Solo style). Rp 10,000-30,000. 
  • Pesona Rasa, Jalan Aip. II K. S. Tubun no. 15. A nice Chinese food family restaurant. Serves delicious and fresh Chinese dishes as: fried rice, fried noodle, tofu, fresh capjay and vegetables. In Pathuk area, 5 minutes from Malioboro. With friendly service and wallet-friendly price. 
  • Quali Resto, Plaza Ambarrukmo, 3rd floor, near the foodcourt. Serves various kind of Chinese dishes, but their specialty is kwetiaw (wide noodles). Rp 15,000.
  • Sate Karang, Lapangan Karang, Kotagede. 17:00-22:30. Grilled beef satay served with lontongs (rice cake), peanut sauce and thin curry soup. Rp 15,000.
  • Sapi Bali, Jl. Umbul Permai, Mudal, Sariharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, +62 274 7858938. Serves Balinese style ribs, although a little too hot and spicy for some foreigner. If you do not like hot and spicy food, opt for the Soy Sauce Ribs. Rp 25,000.
  • Sendang K Pitoe. A famous shrimp and sea food restaurant located on the outskirts of the city specifically Jamur, Minggir, Sleman. Very delicious fried shrimp served fresh from the ponds in the still relatively untouched village. Should not be confused by the nearby Mang Engking, also a shrimp restaurant with an ill-earned reputation for dirty food. 
  • -7.78304110.3849716 Taj Indian Kitchen, Jl. Urip Sumoharjo 103H (200 m west of the Empire XXI Cinema), ✉ tajloungejogja@gmail.com. 11:30-00:00. Serves authentic traditional Indian food. Open for lunch and dinner. Modern interior, and there is a lounge above the restaurant which serves cocktails and hard liquor. US$4-7. (updated Mar 2016)
  • -7.7783457110.364386517 Takigawa. Japanese restaurant that also serves shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot). (updated Jul 2015)
  • Via Via, Jl. Prawirotaman, An excellent traveller’s cafe, there are clocks on the wall showing the time in other Via Via cafes around the world and a mix of travellers and Indonesian locals. Offers a range of western dishes (good French onion soup) and specialty Indonesian dishes at a good price. Caters very well to vegetarians (tofu and tempe). Cane chairs and lots of space and games. Rp 20,000-40,000.
  • -7.9258110.409918 Warung Bumi, Jl Imogiri Mangunan Km. 3, Desa Giriloyo, Wukirsari (On the top of the hill next to the Imogiri royal graves), ✉ mail@bumilangit.org. Tu-Su 09:00-16:00. Part of the Bumi Langit Institute, a charitable community-based permaculture foundation. The café is part of their outreach, offering mostly local dishes made with locally-grown and organic produce. In a beautiful open joglo building perched high on an escarpment overlooking Jogja in the distance. Farms tours available. Some local produce – jams and syrups – available to buy. From around Rp60,000 for a plate of nasi campur and a fruit juice. (updated Nov 2017)

Splurge

Jogja has many ‘high-end’ restaurants serving western to Asian to Asian-fusion cuisines.

  • Royal Garden Restaurant, Jl. Pekapalan 7, Alun-Alun Utara. Chinese-Indonesian dishes with kraton style atmosphere. Rp 40,000-80,000. 
  • Gajah Wong, Jl. Gejayan. Serves French, Italian, Indian, Chinese and Indonesian. Divided into 3 zones: Country, Javanese and Colonial, each is lavishly decorated and themed with live music. In the Javanese zone, you can hear Javanese gamelan music, while the Colonial zone has a live jazz band. 
  • Androwino Bistro, Jl Laksda Adisucipto Km 8.7.. The all-day dining restaurant offering Continental and Asian cuisine in a relaxed modern Javanese setting. On the top floor of Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa where at the entrance of the restaurant guests will be welcomed with a big painting of grandfather from the hotel’s owner named Sampean Dalem Ingkang Sinuhun Kandjeng Susuhunan Pakoe Boewono X, 1896 – 1939 (King of Solo) and guests will see the beautiful landscaping of Tamansari water castle swimming pool and breathtaking mount Merapi. 
  • Sasanti Restaurant, Jl Palagan Tentara Pelajar (just south of the Hyatt Hotel). Western and Indonesian dishes with lush garden decoration. 

Drink

Caution: Traditional alcoholic drinks are common in Yogyakarta, although they’re illegal. Some of them are not distilled well, therefore they may contain methyl alcohol (methanol) instead of ethyl alcohol (ethanol) only. Methyl alcohol will likely make you blind and might even kill you. Sometimes vendors also mix the alcohol drinks with much cheaper industrial methyl alcohol. In two days only in February 2016, more than 40 people died in 2 regencies of Yogyakarta due to consumption of such. Don’t try it. Beer in a can or bottle is safe, but avoid mixture alcohol drinks from unreliable cafes.

Clubs

  • Republic. Hotel INNA Garuda, Jl. Malioboro 60. DJs and live music. 
  • Boshe VVIP Club, Jl. Magelang. Highly packed every night. Free entry for girls. Live Music and DJs.
  • Liquid, Jl. Magelang (Near to Boshe VVIP Club). Packed every night and free entry for ladies. Unclear If the drinks are fake or genuine, but they are cheap. Live Music and DJs.
  • Embassy. In Sheraton Hotel complex area (there’s a tunnel connecting the club). Entrance fee around Rp35,000-100,000, depends on the event. Full set DJs. Music range from trance, house, to dubstep. The drinks are genuine, but are pretty pricey. Have a weekly discount night called Monday Madness 50% off. Usually they have free drinks from 22:00-02:00 on the last Thursday of every month with fee Rp 100,000/person. 

Usually all clubs willing to give free entry before midnight if you call and ask for a guestlist, unless on an important event night.

Lounges

Lounges/cafes are an evergrowing phenomenon throughout Indonesia’s trendy inner city environments

  • Oxen Free Bar & Kitchen, Jl. Sosrowijayan No.2. Offers local and international dishes, coffee, and a range of beers and mixed drinks. 

Where to stay in Yogyakarta

There are hundreds of hotels in Jogja. All the major international and national chains are represented — Accor, Sheraton, Hyatt, Melia — but there is much of local interest at all budget levels.

Budget under Rp250,000

Most of the budget accommodation is on Jl Sosrowijayan (adjacent to Jl Malioboro) and in the Jl Prawirotaman area, about 3 km (1.9 mi) to the south of the centre.

Malioboro and Sosrowijayan

Many backpackers find places to stay on the alleys around Gang Sosrowijayan, close to the Tugu train station and Jl Malioboro. Gang-3 is a red light area. The ‘losmen’ tariff is from Rp100,000 a day in low season and up to Rp250,000 a day for a losmen with facilities: aircon, en-suite bathroom and TV. The gangs are 10-15 minutes walk from the train station. If you follow one of the touts advertising cheap accommodation your stay might be more expensive as they will get a commission for bringing you there.

  • -7.7905110.3641 Andrea Hotel, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/140, Gang 2, ✉ andreahoteljogja@gmail.com. Across the street from Setia Kawans alley, clean, friendly European owner, bar facilities, A/C rooms and fan rooms. Each room has private bathroom with shower, western toilet and sink. Credit cards accepted. 140,000 to–285,000 including breakfast. 
  • -7.79165110.363922 Bladok Losmen & Restaurant, Jl Sosrowijayan No.76. A small hotel with clean and comfortable rooms, traditionally designed. All rooms have a private bathroom attached. Rooms with a balcony are available. Double room with fan & hot shower Rp140,000. A basic room is about Rp100,000.. 
  • Bunk Bed And Breakfast, Jl Wahid Hasyim No.23, Nagampilan. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00. Air-con 4/8 bed dorms with own/outside bathroom. Free WiFi and breakfast. from Rp75,000 per person. (updated Apr 2017)
  • Edotel, Jl Kenari No.4. Neat hotel run by students of the vocational high school next door so all the income benefits the school. The beds are big and cozy, and its in a great part of town, near the center but quiet. The student staff are wonderful and there are hot showers and WiFi in all rooms. In a fairly conservative Muslim part of town – couples will not be able to share a room unless they are married, even same sex friends sharing a room can be problematic. 
  • -7.79157110.363493 La Javanaise Homestay, Sosrowijayan Wetan Gt 1/187. Very friendly and welcoming place to stay near Jl Malioboro. Includes breakfast. Rp150,000. 
  • -7.78988110.364144 Losmen Candi, Jl Pasar Kembang No. 5 (very close to Tugu Station). Clean and tidy with various options to suit the budget traveller including 4-person rooms. from Rp100,000. 
  • Losmen Nuri, Jl Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/77. Very clean rooms, nicely decorated and a good atmosphere, rooms with shared or own bathroom. From Rp100,000 (negotiable). 
  • -7.7912110.35975 Lotus Losmen, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/167 (From Sosrowijayan take the alley past Monica hotel, take a right, a left into ever smaller alleys.). Quiet place deep in the back alleys of Sosrowijayan. Friendly owner will make you a nice breakfast. Small but cozy roof terrace. Rooms are clean with attached bathroom. Good WiFi. Rp100,000 (fan), Rp140,000 (A/C). 
  • Monica Hotel, Jl Sosrowijayan GT1/192. Renovated, clean place. Make sure to insist on getting a receipt and keeping it for the duration of your stay in the city. Rp60,000 standard room with fan and attached hot water bathroom, includes breakfast, toast and coffee/tea. Rp100,000 for 4 occupants room with fan and attached hot water bathroom.. 
  • The Munajat Backpacker, Jl Malioboro 26 (5 min walk from Tugu train station), ✉ themunajatbackpacker​@gmail.com. 5 rooms with fan and attached bathroom, 4 rooms with fan separate bathroom. Free WiFi. dorm bed Rp75,000. 
  • Setia Kawan, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT.1/27. Artistic hotel down one of the two main alleyways close to the train station. Clean, comfortable, and imaginatively decorated rooms without windows (think Dali meets Indonesia). Down the street is the owner’s restaurant, offering a variety of Indonesian and vegetarian meals for cheap. If you sit at the rooftop be quiet, otherwise you may be kicked out without warning. Often full. From Rp110,000, including breakfast. 
  • -7.7386110.37626 Simply Homy Guest House, Jl Palagan, Tentara Pelajar No. 21D, Sleman, ✉ sh_guesthouse@yahoo.com. 
  • -7.79653110.362817 Yogyakarta BnB, Jl Sastrodipuran No.19, ✉ yogyakartabnb@gmail.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Not really a hotel, feels like home. Basic but managed by Indonesian travellers knowledgeable about the needs of other travellers. Serves awesome local breakfast. They change the breakfast menu daily. In the quiet part of the city center. Free breakfast, Wi-Fi, drinking water, tea and coffee. Dorm from Rp80,000, private room from Rp190,000. (updated Jan 2017)
  • Hotel Oryza, Jl. Sosrowijayan, right across from the Bladok. A lovely traditional Javanese house with internal courtyards. Clean rooms, laid back atmosphere, free coffee and tea. Basic rooms Rp140,000 with shared bathroom. Standard room with internal bathroom and A/C Rp190,000.

Prawirotaman

  • Delta Homestay, Jl Prawirotaman XI/597a. Fan single and double rooms with common bathrooms. Rp130,000. 
  • Kampoeng Djawa, Jl Prawirotaman I/40. Clean rooms with fan or A/C arranged around a garden filled with the sounds of birdsong and running water. TV, pleasant, attentive and helpful staff. Free WiFi, water, tea and coffee. Rp110,000 (fan). 
  • Parakesit Guesthouse, Jl Prawirotaman I/24b. Has fan and A/C single/double rooms all with own bathrooms and TV. (All prices are negotiable). The family run Parakesit GH has the lowest cost rooms in Jl Prawirotaman 1. from Rp95,000. 
  • -7.819335110.3697538 Prambanan Guesthouse, Jl Prawirotaman I/14, ✉ prambanangh@hotmail.com. Check-out: 12:00. Fan and A/C rooms with own bathrooms. Credit cards accepted. Rp170,000–480,000 including breakfast. 
  • Rumah Eyang, Jl Parangtritis, Gang Sartono 823. Tranquil with a serene touch, beautiful garden and art gallery space away from the hustle of Jl Malioboro. Twelve rooms with bathroom facilities, air conditioning/fan, and breakfast. Rp125,000–175,000. (updated Jan 2012)
  • Sartika Hotel, Jl Prawirotaman 1. Fan double rooms with own bathrooms. From Rp100,000. 
  • -7.8041110.364249 ViaVia Guesthouse, Jl Prawirotaman Mg 3/514A. Some rooms have A/C and/or ensuite bathroom; every room is different, but all are clean and comfortable. WiFi is available. Breakfast is served at the guesthouse. Restaurant and tour agency nearby. Rp150,000–200,000. 
  • Wisma Gajah, Jl Prawirotaman 4. Doubles and singles with swimming pool and terraces. Rp100,000–140,000. 

Mid-range

  • Joglo Plawang Boutique Villa, Jl Pakem-Turi km 5, Turi, Sleman, ✉ plawang@jogjajogloplawang.com. 
  • Venezia Homestay, Jl Tirtodipuran 27 (Prawirotaman area), ✉ booking@veneizia-homestay.com. 
  • Indraloka Homestay, Jl Cik Di Tiro 18 (on the main road to Gadjah Mada University).  
  • -7.77248110.3776310 Wisma Gadjah Mada (follow Jl Cik Di Tiro all the way to the UGM campus. The otel is on the east side of the road, just south of the main UGM “auditorium” building – you cannot miss the gigantic building looming in the background if you are coming to UGM from the south.), ✉ university_club@gamamulti.com. 
  • Ministry of Coffee, Jl Prawirotaman I/15A. Prawirotaman’s most modern establishment, clean white sheets, fluffy doonas and AC. Each room has a unique decor and colour scheme. Also has a coffee house, a library, and restaurant. 
  • Jogja Village Inn, Jl Menukan 5, Karangkajen (south of Prawirotaman), fax: +62 274 382202. Balinese-style garden courtyard and swimming pool, good clean rooms. 
  • -7.79035110.3663811 Inna Garuda, Jl Malioboro 60. Established in 1908. 240 rooms are furnished in classic but modern elegance & face Jl Malioboro. 
  • Puri Artha Hotel, Jl Cendrawasih 36, Demangan Baru, fax: +62 274 562765. A blend of traditional Javanese and Balinese style with western facilities. 
  • Yogya Moon Hotel, Jl Kemetiran 21, fax: +62 274 582084. Near to Jl Malioboro.Cozy, affordable, close to 3-star class. From Rp200,000. 

Splurge

  • -7.8718110.353312 d’Omah, Jl Parangtritis Km 8,5, Tembi, Timbulharjo, Sewon, Bantul (Head south out of the city on the road to Parangtritis. As you enter Tembi, look for signs off to the east side of the road. d’Omah is signed from the main road. If on public transport, get down in Tembi and walk in around 100 m), ✉ bookings@domahyogya.com. A resort integrated into a traditional Javanese village, on the outer southern suburbs. Traditional village houses have been fitted out with rooms to a high standard, clustered around swimming pools. Spa. Around Rp1,000,000 double room per night including breakfast for 2. (updated Oct 2017)
  • -7.726389110.58199313 Villa Ditya, Gang Sido Rejo, RT 02 RW 05, Trunuh, ✉ info@villaditya.com. Private holiday villa with swimming pool and staff near Yogyakarta. 3 bedrooms with air conditioning, 1 bedroom with fan, 2 bathrooms, a large L-shaped living room and a spacious kitchen. 
  • -7.78268110.3684914 The Phoenix Hotel (Accor group-an ex Mercure hotel), fax: +62 274 566856, ✉ info@thephoenixyogya.com. 144 rooms and suites, each with a balcony. A fusion of Asian and European decor. Restaurant, wine bar and terrace bar overlooking an open courtyard. Swimming pool, day spa and modern conferencing facilities. From Rp570,000. 
  • Grand Quality Hotel Yogyakarta, Jl Adisucipto No.48.  
  • Hotel Saphir Yogyakarta, Jl Laksda Adisucipto No. 38. Four-star hotel. 
  • Pondok Terra Villa Accommodation Yogyakarta, Two luxurious villas in the centre of the town, just south of the Kraton area. Both are of a traditional Javanese style with private swimming pools an a 200-m² garden.
  • -7.871110.355115 Yabbiekayu, Tembi Village, Jl. Parangtritis Km 8.5, (In the village of Tembi, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of the city centre), ✉ info@yabbiekayu.com. Five bungalows and further guestrooms set in a garden designed as an edible landscape that supplies the kitchen. Built and managed to high environmental and social principles. The wholefood restaurant is open to non-residents. (updated Jul 2018)

Stay safe in Yogyakarta

Jogja has its share of petty crime like pickpocketing, especially in city buses and along Jalan Malioboro when crowded.

Watch out for gallery scams and street sellers trying to get a commission for batik. These tend to occur around the Kraton and Malioboro areas. Scammers will approach tourists and tell them about a government art centre and will hire cheap transport to the ‘genuine’ gallery. If you’re interested in buying batik, this isn’t necessarily bad, but you are, in essence, being manipulated.

Be cautious when walking in the city. Traffic is brutal! You might have difficulty crossing roads and streets, especially in crowded places. Pavements, even where they exist, are in poor condition, and signs over the pavement hang lower than head height for many foreigners, so watch your feet and your head. At night, street lighting will usually be poor, making it even harder.

Mount Merapi volcano looms over the city. The last eruption was in May 2018, spewing ashes about 6km high. Although it wasn’t as big and destructive as in 2010.

Try to travel in groups if going to or from Parangtritis beach. The long stretch between Jogja and the beach can be dangerous at night. You may get stopped by someone riding a motorcycle trying to rob you. There are few police stations along the road, and often unoccupied.

Never swim at Parangtritis beach due to strong rip currents.

Telecommunications in Yogyakarta

Telephone

The area code for Yogyakarta is 0274.

Internet

There are many internet cafes in Yogyakarta which offer speedy access. Some hotels provide free wifi in the lobby. The Taman Sari foodcourt at Ambarrukmo Plaza, locally known as Amplas, offers free Wifi.

The 24-hour Indomaret on Jalan Malioboro offers free Wifi and wall sockets, but can be a little noisy.

  • B@yonet, Jl. Jendral Sudirman 75. ☎ +62 274 550553.
  • Gama Student Internet Center, UPT Perpustakaan Unit 2 Universitas Gadjah Mada, Jl. C. Simanjuntak.
  • Ibis, Ibis Maliboro Hotel lobby (near to the ‘Link Cafe’ at Malioboro Mall).
  • DOJO hotspot centre, Pogung Kidul Sleman.
  • Shooternet, Jl. Ampel 10 Papringan.
  • Indraloka Home Stay, Jl. Cik Di Tiro 18, (on the main road to Universitas Gadjah Mada),☎ +62 274 544428.
  • -7.78257110.366953 Fox Net, Jalan A.M. Sangaji No. 3 Yogyakarta. Internet café (warung internet), streaming, burn CD, print, scan. (updated Jul 2016)

Cope

Emergency

  • Ambulance: ☎ 118
  • Police: ☎ 110.
  • Yogyakarta Police headquarters:, Jl. Ringroad Utara. ☎ +62 274 563494
  • Yogyakarta Police station, Jl. Reksobayan 1. ☎ +62 274 512511, +62 274 512940.

List of hospitals with 24 hours emergency room (ER), (UGD):

  • RSUP Dr. Sardjito, Jl. Kesehatan 1. ☎ +62 274 274 587333, +62 274 547783. A JCI-accredited international hospital.
  • RSUD Kota Jogyakarta, Jl. Wirosaban 1. ☎ +62 274 371195.
  • RS Bethesda, Jl. Jendral Sudirman 70. ☎ +62 274 586688, +62 274 562246.
  • RS Panti Rapih, Jl. Cik Ditiro 30. ☎ +62 274 563333.
  • RSUD Panembahan Senopati, Jalan Doktor Wahidin Sudiro Husodo, Bantul. ☎ (0274) 367381.

Consulates

  • France Consular Agency in Jogjakarta, Institute Franco-Indonesien Jl. Sagan 3 No. 1, Yogyakarta 55223.  

Libraries

  • -7.7840525128232110.374338626861 Perpustakaan Kota Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta City Library), Jl. Suroto No.9. M 08:00-15:30;Tu-F 08:00-17:00; Sa 08:00-15:00; Su 09:00-14:00. free. (updated Mar 2013)
  • Badan Perpustakaan Dan Arsip Daerah, Unit Badran I, Jl. Tentara Rakyat Mataram No.4.  
  • Badan Perpustakaan Dan Arsip Daerah, Unit Badran II, Jl. Tentara Rakyat Mataram No.29. (updated Jun 2015)
  • Badan Perpustakaan Dan Arsip Daerah, Unit malioboro, Jl. Malioboro No. 175. (updated Jun 2015)
  • -7.784752110.3707322 Perpustakaan Balai Bahasa, Jl. I Dewa Nyoman Oka 34, fax: +62 274 580667, ✉ info@balaibahasa.org. Monday to Friday 09:00-15:00. Free. (updated Jun 2015)
  • -7.7747618108521110.377004742623 Perpustakaan Pusat Studi Pedesaaan dan Kawasan UGM, Bulaksumur G/7 PO. Box. 2 UGM, Sayap Selatan, fax: +62 274 564463. M-Th 08:00-12:00, 13:00-15:30; F 08:00-11:00, 13:30-14:30. Unlike most of the other university libraries in the city, this one is open to the general public. The collection is mostly about the social sciences. Free. (updated Jun 2015)
  • -7.812561137752110.362365245824 Perpustakaan Iboekoe, Jl. Patehan Wetan No. 3. free. (updated Jun 2015)
  • Perpustakaan Kunci, Jl. Ngadinegaran MJ III/100, ✉ editor@kunci.or.id. Monday – Saturday 10:00-18:00. free. (updated Jun 2015)

Go next

North

  • The massive Buddhist temple of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, is 40 minutes away by car and one of the main drawcards for visitors to Yogyakarta. Many tour buses (minivans) leave Yogyakarta at 05:00 for an early visit to Borobudur. This is a convenient way to skip the crowds which arrive mid morning, although a little more expensive between Rp 45,000-50,000 (including a simple breakfast). However, the extra cost could save you money if tour participants chip in for a tour guide.
  • Kaliurang is the closest settlement on the southern slope of Mount Merapi. One reason to visit this town is the Ullen Sentalu Museum, an exotic museum dedicated to the culture and life of Javanese royalty. The museum is built into the surrounding landscape, with gardens, sculptures and an overall tranquil and natural environment. There is also a colonial-themed restaurant in the grounds called Beukenhof.
  • Ketep, a pass located in the slope between Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu offers a great vantage point for a spectacular view of both mountains. This site has a small cinema which regularly shows an interesting documentary of Mount Merapi. East of Borobudur, 40 minutes from Yogyakarta by car.
  • Salatiga, about 2½ hours from Yogyakarta, is closer to Semarang (1 hour) than Yogyakarta. Salatiga is a mountain resort city with several good resort-style spa hotels mainly aimed at people looking for a tranquil and relaxing escape from the city life. Activities in Salatiga include trying the famous “ronde” drink and Havana horses.

East

  • The Hindu temples of Prambanan, 20 minutes away, are a close second to Borobudur. The smaller temples of Kalasan and others are on the way to Prambanan. The entrance to Borobundur or Prambanan Temple costs 362.500 Rupiah each.
  • The city of Solo AKA Solo, a 45-min drive (also accessible with the Prambanan Ekspres train or the Joglosemar bus – see the Get In section) to the east is Yogya’s royal twin and home to two royal kingdoms that are ancestrally related to Yogyakarta’s Kingdom. The city’s royal past is indicated through the two major keraton or palaces that are able to visited: the sprawling Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta, where the Pakubuwono kings live and the smaller but equally grand Pura Mangkunegaran palace, seat of Prince Mangkunegara. It is also a thriving arts and cultural center, home to the biggest batik manufacturers in Indonesia and the Danar Hadi Batik Museum, which has the most diverse batik collection in Indonesia. Last but not least Solo offers a wealth of culinary experience such as timlo (meat soup), its own soto or the fabled serabi (Javanese pancakes).
  • Ratu Boko palace, 2 km south of Prambanan. An ancient royal palace complex, similar in architectural layout with other Kratons or palaces in Java. Magnificently located on top of a hill, Ratu Boko has been recently restored.

South

  • Parangtritis on the south coast is one of the better known black sand beaches. Local folklore suggests that this beach is the palace of the legendary Nyai Loro Kidul or ‘Queen of the South’. It is common knowledge among locals not to wear anything green in color, or the Queen will entice the wearer into the ocean to drown. Warning: Never swim at Parangtritis beach. Its wild waves are known to be extremely deadly (rip currents): many people have died who ignored these precautions. There are also other beaches with white sands, but you have to arrange with travel agent to rent a car with the driver as their locations are quite remote (2 hours from the city centre) in the hilly Gunung Kidul region. These beaches are pristine and sometimes off-the-beaten-path, such as Kukup beach, Krakal beach, Drini, Sundak beach and Baron but the swimming warning still applies.
  • Yogyakarta is in Gunung Kidul region, 50 km from Yogyakarta. This is a pure beach with a number of marine attractions to explore. When the tide is low in the morning the visitors can join the local fishermen to collect seaweed or go fishing for stranded fish between the reefs at the beach. Some believe that somewhere in the beach lie the remains of King Brawijaya’s fort and his men “Sabdo Palon Ngoyogenggong”. This beach includes a cave, which leads its explorers to a striking underground stream. If you go to Ngrenehan Beach for the grilled fish just drop by Ngobaran Beach, it has a high cliff and is around 2 km from Ngrenehan Beach. Many sea animal species are present in the coral reef and inter-tidal zones, ranging from sea urchin, starfish, to various types of cockleshells.
  • Ngrenehan Beach, Kanigoro Village, Saptosari. (about 30 km south of Wonosari). A small bay surrounded by rocky hills that has fascinating panorama and swirling waves hitting white sandy beach and rocky edge of the hills. The local fishermen can prepare fresh or grilled fish for visitors.

West

Jakarta – The Argo Lawu train makes the 7-hr train ride.

 

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