Yogyakarta, also known as Jogja, has a lot of hangouts; ranging from budget to the exclusive ones. So, some of you might get overwhelmed to decide where to go, while you are hanging out with your best friends or even having your me-time.
Do not worry, check out our list of recommendations below and pick the most suitable ones for you:
1 | Alun-alun Selatan
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Alun-alun Selatan is famous as an attractive tourist area at night in the heart of Jogja. There are many interesting activities that you can do here, like riding ornamental tandem bikes and tasting therapeutic ginger drink, wedang ronde.
But, you do not miss trying Masangin – a ritual to pass two large banyan trees with both eyes closed. A myth says that ones can get their dreams come true if they succeed passing the trees. You think it is easy? Try it by yourself!
2 | Awor Coffee
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If you are a coffee lover and also photography enthusiast, you must visit this coffee shop. Adopting gallery concept, Awor adorns the café walls with beautiful photos.This cafe is open from morning until midnight with its mainstay food and beverages, like Awor Coffee Cream and Grilled Cheese.
3 | Blanco Coffee and Books
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Blanco Coffee & Books comes as a coffee shop that provides a shelf full of books for its visitors. Another thing that makes this café famous is, the baristas’ expertise on making latte art. Curious? Take your ride and visit the coffee shop. Do not forget to also order some European pastry as this place is the best for it!
4 | Bukit Bintang
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To be able to enjoy the beauty of Yogyakarta at night, one of the most ideal places is at Bukit Bintang located in Pathuk hills. If the sky is bright, you can see the sprinkling of stars in the sky. Yet, even if the stars are "hiding", the sparkling city lights at night were no less captivating. There are many modest restaurants and coffee shops where you can sit and enjoy the panorama.
5 | Brick Café
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Brick Cafe is fairly new in Jogja but it has attracted enthusiasm of local people. The design of the café’s building is unique with European-style vintage theme for both its interior and exterior. Surely this becomes an opportunity for photo hunters, especially Instagrammers, to update their social media with beautiful pictures taken at the site.
6 | Canting
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Looking at the city view can be a way to relax your mind. Jogja has an eatery called Canting Restaurant which is located at the rooftop of Mall Galeria. If you are lucky, you can get a view of twilight in Jogja at night. But if the sky is not that friendly, Canting’s interior can also pamper your sight, not to mention that it is also very instagram-worthy.
7 | D'padukan Pie and Resto
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Located in Dusun Pakeman, Kaliurang, this restaurant boasts beautiful scenery of mountains complete with cool breeze and fresh air. Its vintage interior decoration makes your dining unforgettable. The eatery has a row of “good-looking” and delicious pies to brighten your day.
8 | Epic Café
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It is a Jogja’s coffee shop that will take part in enlivening your Instagram feed. Epic Coffee successfully steals people’s attention because of its unusual place which is located within a warehouse building. The cafe is adjacent to a furniture store, called Epilog Furniture. This is definitely the place you want to visit while catching up with your old friends or doing some extra homework.
9 | House of Raminten
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House of Raminten is a quirky restaurant located on Jl. Faridan M. Noto No.7, Kotabaru. Not just a casual dining place, Raminten presents a very traditional but fascinating atmosphere.
While eating your meal, you will be treated to a distinctive and melodious sound from traditional ensemble, gamelan. Whenever inside the restaurant, you will smell strong incense. In addition, the food and beverages are presented differently; like hot milk served in a breast-shaped cup.
However, if you come to this place, please be patient queuing. The line will be very long!
10 | Joglo Pari Sewu
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Joglo Pari Sewu is not an ordinary restaurant because it also comes as a homestay. Decorative brownish wood furnishings and hanging plants in pots on the ceiling will give you impression of being in a tree house. It serves local menus like Nasi Pecel or Ayam Woku-Woku.
11 | Kamikoti
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As vintage is the new hip, Kamikoti chooses to catch up the era by putting classic design on its interior, as well as oldie-but-goodie ornaments. Located on Jl. Ngadisuryan No 4, Kamikoti serves coffee, tea, and also milk. This eatery provides both indoor and outdoor areas. If you feel like wanting some acoustic gig, go to Kamikoti on Saturday.
12 | Kalimilk
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If you are more to milk sipper, Kalimilk is the best choice for you to hang out. This place has specialty on fresh milk as it offers a wide range of milk menu, like cookies and cream and even grape-flavored milk. It has several branches in Yogyakarta but its main stall is on Jl. Kaliurang KM 4.9. Interested? Go there, quick! Although it is open at 9 AM, the milk stock is sold very quickly.
13 | Lokal Resto
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Once seen on famous Indonesian film, this restaurant started becoming young people’s favorite with the uniqueness of this eatery. It can be seen on the walls and the floor, which are decorated with unique and colorful patterns. You can also stay at this place because it is adjacent to a hotel which design is no less adorable.
14 | Makan Minum Bistro
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This two-floor Chinese food restaurant is located on Jl. Taman Siswa No.156. Established since January 2016, it makes people curious because of its Flying Noodle. It is called so because the restaurant serves the noodle as if the food peculiarly floats in the air – thanks to its chopsticks tricks.
15 | Mezzanine Eatery and Coffee
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Mezzanine, located on the north side of Yogyakarta, has an interesting and beautiful architectural design that combines glass exterior with wooden interior. The food is a fusion food between Indonesia, Western, and Asian. You should try its Wagyu Steak and Mezzanine Caffe Latte Special. Tasty!
16 | Manglung Coffee
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Combining the views of Mount Merapi and Jogja, Manglung becomes a favorite place to relax while satisfying your tongue and belly. It is located nearby Bukit Bintang, making it easier to be reached. Manglung is not just a captivating place for romantic dinner but also a convenient eatery for families.
17 | Roaster and Bear
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As the name implies, this place does expose the cute persona of a bear. There are many accessories of the wild animal in this place. The walls are also painted with bear drawings. If you are an animal lover and a food lover, you must not skip this place.
18 | Tap House Beer Garden & Beer House
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TapHouse beer garden offers a wide range of beers with a unique environment. The interior features old buildings with mossy walls, peeling paint, and deliberate ruins not renovated. The place is located on Jalan Jlagran 18 has a many kinds of beer, such as white beer, black, or beer with a variety of flavors. Not only provide beer, this place also provides mocktails, cocktail, and juice.
19 | Tempo Gelato
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This simple gelato stall has become a topic of conversation among Jogja residents. From students, locals to tourists deliberately come there to enjoy the most delicious gelato in Jogja. Tempo Gelato offers gelato with many variants of taste ranging from fruits to herbal spices, such as Coconut Choco and Sorbet Ginger. The ice cream recipes come from the owner’s traditional family secrets and they consist of no preservatives, no artificial food coloring, and made from natural ingredients.
20 | The Captain Urban and Lounge
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Finding different atmosphere while spending holidays in Jogja? You should give The Captain Urban Lounge a try. This place is themed of aircraft hangar with a cockpit! You can order food and beverages and take self-pictures in the cockpit. Meals offered include a variety of sandwiches and pasta. As for drinks, there are blended drinks, beer and cocktails.
21 | Uncle's Kitchen
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This restaurant’s named after its owner’s uncle who always cooks for his family. The vintage-themed Uncle’s Kitchen provides Western, Asian and traditional menus. However, its flagship dishes are Nasi Goreng Buntut, Asian Fusion Pasta, and Bali Banana. This eatery is also enlivened by a display of some old transportation and devices, such as bicycles, Vespa motorbike, and old televisions and radio.
22 | Warung Kepik Sawah
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Warung Kepik Sawah is a traditional restaurant that boasts an atmosphere of togetherness and intimacy. The decoration of this place blends the energy of young people with a classic and majestic local culture of Indonesia. Its food and beverages are no less stunning. You will get introduced with legendary Indonesia’s soft drinks, like Sarsaparilla and Soda Soemringah. Along with traditional food, Garang Asem.
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