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knycx_journeying Mar 19th, 2017 10:48 PM

Yogyakarta, Java. Indonesian Cuisine! - Travel Report
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.; 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 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:

*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 @

Kathie Mar 20th, 2017 06:07 AM

Glad you enjoyed your time in central Java - it is one of my favorite places. Did you miss the Ramayana ballet at Prambanan? This gives you a reason to return!

Patrissimo Apr 8th, 2017 06:08 AM

We are thinking of going on a 3 week trip to Java, Bali and borneo. I was just going to open up my own thread when I saw your post. It is recommended that we stay at The Phoenix hotel. What do you think? I am going to read your blog posts and will probably write again. So glad to have seen your post.
Thank you

knycx_journeying May 2nd, 2017 06:14 PM

Hi Patrissimo ~ great and I hope you will enjoy Indonesia. I think the Phoenix hotel is good as it was historic, the rooms are comfy and the location is good (between airport/ Prambanan and Malioboro) and Madam Tan is right across the road.) So you don't miss a thing! I have shared a little bit more about Java before, so feel free to drop by :) @ knycx.journeying

Indotraveles May 22nd, 2017 03:16 PM

If you love adventure and natural view. there are a lot more new spot and worth visiting in Bantul area of Yogyakarta. You can explore in Dlingo village of Mangunan, where will see a Thousand Hill with nice view of sunrise and sunset, Oyo river surround. Some more are nice to visit as well like; Pane jungle, Lepo waterfall, Tea plantation, Puncak Kahiyangan hill top etc. Hope it helps anyone who wants to visit Yogyakarta


CaliforniaLady May 23rd, 2017 05:49 PM

knycx, I just looked at your blog, and I thoroughly enjoyed all your articles on Indonesia. The photographs as well as the writing were magnificent. I may be going to the region next year. I have two questions for you:

1. What region do you recommend visiting in Bali, if one likes culture and nature (including dance), but has a low tolerance for tourist-infested areas?

2. Did you ever get a chance to visit one of the islands with the Komodo dragons?

Thank you!

knycx_journeying Jun 10th, 2017 06:38 AM

Thanks California Lady and I hope you would enjoy Bali as well!

1. What region do you recommend visiting in Bali, if one likes culture and nature (including dance), but has a low tolerance for tourist-infested areas?

I would still recommend Ubud - although the art market could be more "tourist-infested" that makes it less tolerable to you. There are some areas that stay away from the hustle-bustle and with a great culture.

2. Did you ever get a chance to visit one of the islands with the Komodo dragons?

The Komodo Dragons are on the Komodo island and yes! Actually, I am in a serious backlog of Bali still... so stay tuned! I will have more! :)

lookingforadventure Jun 12th, 2017 05:08 PM

Enjoyed your trip report!

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