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Trip Report Yogyakarta, Java. Indonesian Cuisine! - Travel Report

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Yogyakarta, or often called “Jogja”, is a gem of the Java Island. The city is situated between two Buddhist and Hindu wonders and is known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. I was deeply impressed by the Prambanan, a remarkable Hindu heritage site that has so much resemblance of Angkor Wat, and the Borobudur, a splendid Buddhist monument that is the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth. I have already written about the incredible experience of watching sunrise and sunset at both sites (Sunrise. Sunset. https://knycxjourneying.com/2016/07/16/sunrise-sunset/); I have also shared my visit to a local market “Pasare Resik Rejekine Apik”, and taking a cooking class at Viavia Jogja (Cooking in Jogja https://knycxjourneying.com/2016/02/15/cooking-in-jogja/). But still, there were something more.

*The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta*
The Phoenix hotel Yogyakarta is a boutique heritage hotel and I was told it’s the best place for English afternoon tea in the city. When I first entered the hotel from the main road it didn’t impress me much until I walked into the main hotel building. The historic building was constructed in colonial style and the swimming pool was right in the centre. Each luxurious suite has its own balcony that overlooks the pool. Honestly, the food in the tea set was not as tasty as I hoped but made up by cheap price and nice environment.

*Malioboro street and the classic Indonesian Dishes!*
We ventured down to the Malioboro Street, the busiest shopping street in the city, after our afternoon tea. This is probably the best place to shop for souvenirs and explore local street food. There is a local chain deli called Es Teler that serves easy and cheap Indonesian food with an exciting variety. Some common Indonesia dishes are “Nasi Goreng ”, “Mie Goreng”, “Gado-Gado”, “Bakso”, “Otak-Otak”, “Pisang Bakar Coksuke”. To make it short, I have explained each dish in the blog and added some photos: http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-1GU

*Madam Tan Resto*
Madam Tan is opposite to the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta, and it’s a popular restaurant for Indonesian food. It has a nice ambience and vintage interior, and the dining area is bright and comfortable. The food tastes nice and I recommend a try!

*The House of Raminten*
The House of Raminten is full of whimsical ideas. The restaurant was like a madhouse with strange and bold decors. I saw a Jacuzzi (out of nowhere) in the middle of the restaurant and there are traditional Javanese decorations all over the place! It is also a small performance venue (and I found there are horses at the back of the restaurant when I went to the washroom) so the place was crowded when we got there. Luckily the host was quite friendly and we got a table quickly (we were exhausted after walking the whole day in the city!).
The food was so-so, honestly, but it was cheap and dynamic. 

Prawirotaman Street
Prawirotaman (and the area) is a vibrant backpacker area with quite a lot of cafes and travel agencies. Apart from Viavia Jogja (which is not only a cooking school but also a restaurant and hostel), there are a few nice gift shops in the same street. I tried a few cafes and restaurants, like Il Tempo Gel Gelato – who would not want a yummy gelato in a hot Indonesian day!
Another place that I love is Agenda, on the rooftop of the Green Host Boutique Hotel. The hotel is decorated with an industrial vibe with a nice spa, restaurant, pool and art gallery on the ground floor, there is also a mini aqua agricultural farm on the rooftop next to the bar. We visited there the last night in town, had some drinks and Buffalo wings, and enjoyed the great live performance overlooking the neighbourhood.

For some photos, Insta, video and map of the experience, you are welcome to visit the blog @ http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-1GU

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