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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 tourist destination in Indonesia. It is the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region to the south of Central Java province.

Understand[edit]

Jogja is a great base for visiting Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist structure
Prambanan, the masterpiece of Javanese Hinduism
Bank Indonesia Building

Yogyakarta is a bustling town of some 500,000 people and the most popular tourist 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 New York Times listed Yogyakarta in "50 places to go in 2014” as number 20.

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 fledgling 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.

In October 2010, the nearby volcano of Mount Merapi erupted, spewing lava over nearby villages and killing 353 people. It quietened down by December 2010.

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[edit]

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

  • 1 Tourist information office, Jl Malioboro No.16 (Next to Hotel Mutiara), +62 274 566000. M–Th 07:30–20:00, F–Sa 07:30–19:30. Has maps in English and can give useful information.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Adisucipto International Airport
  • 2 Adisucipto International Airport ((JOG IATA)), Jl Solo (8 km (5.0 mi) east of the city), +62 274 484261. 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. Adisucipto International Airport on Wikipedia Adisucipto International Airport (Q1430731) on Wikidata

Getting into the city[edit]

By bus[edit]
  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

Take the Prambanan Ekspres train that runs between Palur (just east of Surakarta) 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[edit]

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[edit]

Giwangan bus station in Jogja
  • 3 Giwangan Bus Station (Terminal Giwangan), Jl Imogiri, Giwangan (4 km southeast of the centre), +62 274 378288, 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 is 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).
  • 4 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 at the moment is Rp15,000–25,000 (locals Rp7,000).

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.

By train[edit]

Tugu, the main railway station in Jogja
  • 5 Tugu Railway Station (Stasiun Tugu), Jl Mangkubumi No.1, +62 274 589685. The main central station, serving cities such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and Solo. To 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.

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. 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.

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.

  • 6 Lempuyangan train station (Stasiun Lempuyangan), Jl Lempuyangan. Serves economy class trains and commuter trains.

Get around[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

There are several car and motorbike rental agencies just outside Tugu Station, on the street that runs east-west just south of the station.

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 the driving licence, ID cards to make sure the secure of the renting.

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 rental 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 Rp50,000 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.

By taxi[edit]

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[edit]

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:

Disability ojeks 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, +62 823 2801-6326. Instagram: @difacitytour Twitter: @difact Facebook: difa ct Rp20,000 for the first 5 km and Rp2,500 for each subsequent kilometer..

By ride-hailing[edit]

Ride-hailing apps such as Grab, GoJek and Uber 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, except that drivers may have very little English. Wen you request a car or motorbike using one of these apps, it's handy to have an Indonesian speaker help you communicate with the driver, or learn some of the key words and phrases useful in this situation. See the Indonesian phrasebook.

By becak[edit]

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). Haggle 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

See[edit]

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:

  • 1 Benteng Vredeburg (Vredeburg Fort), Jl Jenderal Ahmad Yani No.6, +62 274 586934, +62 274 510996. 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.
  • 2 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).
  • 3 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.
  • 4 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[edit]

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.

At night, the 'alun-alun' is ablaze with the lights of decorated chariots
  • 5 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.
  • 6 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 Oct 2015). 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 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).
  • 8 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..
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.

  • 9 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.

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[edit]

Swimming pool at the Affandi Museum
  • 10 Affandi Museum, Jl Laksda Adisucipto No.167 (at the beginning of the road out to the airport), +62 274 562593, e-mail: . 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.
  • 11 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.), +62 274 564465, +62 274 564466. 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 (Oct 2015). 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.
  • 12 Kekayon Museum, Jl Laksamana Adi Sucipto, Demangan, Gondokusuman, Baturetno, Banguntapan, +62 274 379058, e-mail: . M-F 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.
  • 13 Sonobudoyo Museum (Museum Sonobudoyo), Jl Trikora No.6 (by the northern alun-alun), +62 274 76775, +62 274 373617, 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)[edit]

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.

Candi Kalasan
  • 14 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.
Candi Sambisari, buried for centuries under metres of volcanic ash
  • 15 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).
  • 16 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.

Art galleries[edit]

  • 17 Bentara Budaya, Jl Suroto No.2, Kota Baru, +62 274 560404, e-mail: . 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.
  • 19 French/Indonesian Cultural Center (LIP), Jl Sagan No.3, +62 274 566520. Art exhibitions, movies, book discussions, performances, library.

Do[edit]

  • Backstreet Academy, Jl Kartini No.7, Sagan, +62 852 9082 6793, e-mail: . 06:00-22:00. Local people 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.
  • 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 another, 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. Haggle 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.
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 hippesting 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. Remember 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[edit]

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-know for its language schools. There are many to choose from, including:

Buy[edit]

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.

Jalan Malioboro, lined with batik, handicraft and fashion stores
  • 1 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[edit]

  • 3 Saptohoedojo Art Gallery, Jl Raya Solo, Maguwoharjo, Depok, Sleman, +62 274 488443. 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.
  • 4 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.
  • Tjokrosuharto, Jl. Panembahan Angkurat 58, +62 274 375208. 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[edit]

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.

  • 5 Hamzah Batik (Mirota Batik), Jl Ahmad Yani No.9 (opposite Beringharjo market), +62 274 588524, +62 274 518127, +62 274 547016. The large family-owned store offers plenty of handicrafts, not only from Yogyakarta but also from all part of Indonesia.
  • 6 Leksa Ganesha Batik Gallery, Jl Parangtritis 8.5 km, Tembi, Timbulharjo, Sewon, Bantul, +62 274 646-3175, +62 812 2706-8768. 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[edit]

  • 7 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. Haggle furiously.

Shopping malls & supermarkets[edit]

  • 8 Malioboro Mall, Jl Malioboro No.52-58, +62 274 551888, 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.
  • 9 Galleria Mall, Jl Jendral Sudirman 99-101, +62 274 583661, 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).
  • 10 Plaza Ambarrukmo (Amplaz), Jl Laksda Adisucipto, +62 274 274 4331000, 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.
  • 11 Ramai Mall and Ramai Supermarket, Jl Jendral Ahmad Yani No.73, +62 274-562482. 09:00–20:00. Big department store. The least expensive A/C supermarket in Jogja. low prices.
  • 12 Mirota kampus dept store and supermaket, Jl Simanjuntak No.70, +62 274-561254. 09:00-20:00. low prices..
  • 13 Progo -Mall & Progo Supermarket. (Toko Progo), Jl Mayor Suryotomo No.29, +62 274 513419, e-mail: . daily08:30–21:00. Has operated since 1968. low prices.
  • 14 Jogja City Mall (JCM), Jl Magelang KM. 6 No. 18, Sinduadi, Mlati, Sleman, +62 274 530-5853. daily 10:00–20:00. Integrated with the Sahid Rich Jogja Hotel.
  • 15 Hartono Lifestyle Mall, Jl Kaliwaru Raya No.17, Condongcatur, Depok, Sleman. daily 10:00–21:00.
  • 16 Indogrosir, Jl Raya Magelang Km. 6, +62 274 622040. 09:00–21:00.
  • Giant Supermarket, Jl Urip Sumoharjo and Jl Godean, +62 274 550905. daily 08:00–20:00. There are now three Giant supermarkets in Jogja.

Eat[edit]

Sweet & chilli cuisine

It's not a big secret to Indonesian people that Yogyakarta people adore sweet foods. The local dish known as gudeg, for example, is distinctively sweet in flavor. Local snacks, such as bakpia and yangko, are extremely sweet. However, not every local dish is sweet. Krecek—the orange-ish fried beef often served with gudeg—is challengingly hot for the untrained tongue. Lodeh made by the locals, though often considered 'too sweet' by other Indonesians, also has a hint of a fiery chili taste. It's a good idea to ask the food vendor whether the dish is hot or not. For those who are just curious, simply ask them to omit the chilli from the dish and serve it separately. This way you can still taste the original flavor of the dish, but add the chili only if you want it.

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[edit]

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[edit]

Pasar Tiban Kauman

During the Ramadhan fasting season, the local residents at Kauman area open a temporary market selling many kinds of appetizing snacks and dishes. This market is not only great for sampling local foods, but also great for experiencing old architecture as it is set on a long pathway of a classic Javanese neighborhood. It opens at around 15:00 and closes at 18:00, as the foods are meant to be eaten for breaking the fasting at dusk. Consuming the food in the area before dusk, even if you are not fasting, is considered inappropriate. Kauman means the place for preachers since it is in the same block of the Masjid Agung (the sultan's royal mosque). It was home to many Islamic leaders such as Ahmad Dahlan, the founder of the mainstream Muhammadiyah movement.

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.

  • 1 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.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 Warung Vegetarian Somayoga, +62 274 711-0221, e-mail: . Vegetarian/vegan organic food. Typical Indonesian food. Very tasty. Rp10,000–20,000.
  • 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.
  • 4 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).
  • 5 Milas Vegetarian Restaurant, Jl Prawirotaman IV/127B, +62 274 742-3399, e-mail: . 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.
  • 6 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), +62 274 589279. 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 8 Soto Kadipiro (Soto Kadipiro Pusat), Jl Wates No.31, Gang Darussalam, Ngestiharjo, Kasihan, Bantul, +62 274 618722.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 9 Alhambra Spa & Bistro, 2nd floor, Hartono Mall, e-mail: . 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.
  • 10 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, +62 274 554554. 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, +62 274 515522. 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.
  • 11 EasyGoIn' Restaurant & Bar, Jl. Prawirotaman No. 12, +62 274 384 092, e-mail: . 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), +62 274 514294. 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.
  • 12 Gudeg Wijilan Yu Djum, Jl. Wijilan 31, Kraton & Jalan Kaliurang km 4.5, Karangasem CT III/22, +62 274 515968. A more lavish variety of Gudeg, served with thicker sauce, and more expensive as well.
  • 13 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.
  • Kedai Tiga Nyonya, Jl. Jendral Sudirman 16., +62 274 589315. 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.
  • 14 Kesuma Restaurant, Gang Sartono 827 / MJ 3 (opposite side of Prawirotaman market), +62 274 8245027. M-Sa Lunch (12:00-14:00) only available for reservations, dinner 18:00-23:00. A cozy and pleasant place where you can find an excellent local home cooking. There is a small garden where guests can settle in a gazebo, the main room is in a limasan, a traditional Javanese style wooden house. Rp 100,000 - 150,000.
  • 15 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.
  • Pecel Solo, Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar 52, Sleman (adj Hyatt Regency), +62 274 866588. 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, +62 274 7001471. 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, +62 274 747 1114. 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.
  • 16 Taj Indian Kitchen, Jl. Urip Sumoharjo 103H (200 m west of the Empire XXI Cinema), +62 274 562469, e-mail: . 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.
  • 17 Takigawa. Japanese restaurant that also serves shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot).
  • 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.
  • 18 Warung Bumi, Jl Imogiri Mangunan Km. 3, Desa Giriloyo, Wukirsari (On the top of the hill next to the Imogiri royal graves), +62 896 6011-1730, e-mail: . 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.

Splurge[edit]

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

  • Royal Garden Restaurant, Jl. Pekapalan 7, Alun-Alun Utara, +62 274 386767, +62 274 373343. Chinese-Indonesian dishes with kraton style atmosphere. Rp 40,000-80,000.
  • Gajah Wong, Jl. Gejayan, +62 274 588294. 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., +62 274 488588. 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[edit]

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[edit]

  • Republic, +62 274 566353. 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, +62 274 484950. 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[edit]

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.

Sleep[edit]

Budget under Rp250,000[edit]

There are hundreds of budget hotels in Jogja. Most are 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[edit]

Many backpackers find places to stay on the alleys around Gang Sosrowijayan, close to the Tugu train station and Jl Malioboro. Note that 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.

  • 1 Andrea Hotel, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/140, Gang 2, +62 274 563502, +62 813 2858-5516, e-mail: . 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.
  • 2 Bladok Losmen & Restaurant, Jl Sosrowijayan No.76, +62 274 560452. 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, +62-274-383033. 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.
  • Edotel, Jl Kenari No.4, +62 274 558436. 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.
  • 3 La Javanaise Homestay, Sosrowijayan Wetan Gt 1/187, +62 274 556054. Very friendly and welcoming place to stay near Jl Malioboro. Includes breakfast. Rp150,000.
  • 4 Losmen Candi, Jl Pasar Kembang No. 5 (very close to Tugu Station), +62 817 4121 1997. 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, +62 274 543654. Very clean rooms, nicely decorated and a good atmosphere, rooms with shared or own bathroom. From Rp100,000 (negotiable).
  • 5 Lotus Losmen, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/167 (From Sosrowijayan take the alley past Monica hotel, take a right, a left into ever smaller alleys.), +62 274 515090. 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, +62 274 580598. 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..
  • Setia Kawan, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT.1/27, +62 274 512452. 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 Yogyakarta BnB, Jl Sastrodipuran No.19, +6281280107020, e-mail: . 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.
  • 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[edit]

  • Kampoeng Djawa, Jl Prawirotaman I/40, +62 274 378318. Clean, pleasant 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, +62 274 375002. 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.
  • Rumah Eyang, Jl Parangtritis, Gang Sartono 823, +62 812 2711-7439. Tranquil with a serene touch, beautiful garden and art gallery space away from the hustle of Jalan Malioboro. 12 rooms with bathroom facilities, air conditioning/fan, and breakfast. Rp125,000–175,000.
  • Sartika Hotel, Jl Prawirotaman 1. Fan double rooms with own bathrooms. From Rp100,000.
  • 9 ViaVia Guesthouse, Jl Prawirotaman Mg 3/514A, +62 274 374748. 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, plus they have an excellent restaurant and tourist agency nearby. Rp150,000–200,000.
  • Wisma Gajah, Jl Prawirotaman 4, +62 274 375659. Doubles and singles with swimming pool and terraces. Rp100,000–140,000.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Venezia Homestay, Jl Tirtodipuran 27 (Prawirotaman area), +62 274 374049, e-mail: .
  • Indraloka Homestay, Jl Cik Di Tiro 18 (on the main road to Universitas Gadjah Mada, close to UGM), +62 274 544428.
  • 10 Wisma Gadjah Mada (follow Jl Cik Di Tiro all the way to the UGM campus, hotel 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.), +62 274 563461, +62 274 557216, e-mail: .
  • Ishiro Kencana Hotel, Jl Kaliurang Km 4,2/7, +62 274 520230. Just north of the UGM campus, and very convenient for the Uni. Rooms are OK but bathrooms are horrible. Standard room Rp250,000 incl. breakfast.
  • Ministry of Coffee, Jl Prawirotaman I/15A, +62 274 376 057, +62 274 7473828. Jalan Prawirotaman's most modern establishment, clean white sheets, fluffy doonas and AC, a pleasant place, check current price on their website. Each room has a unique decor and color scheme. The Ministry also has a coffee house, a library, and restaurant.
  • Ibis Malioboro, Jl Malioboro 52-58, +62 274 516974, fax: +62 274 516977. Central location. Somewhat grotty bathrooms, and grottier collars on reception staff uniforms.
  • Jogja Village Inn, Jl Menukan 5, Karangkajen (south of Prawirotaman), +62 274 373031, +62 274 384438, fax: +62 274 382202. Balinese-style garden courtyard and swimming pool, good clean rooms.
  • 11 Inna Garuda, Jl Malioboro 60, +62 274 566353. Established in 1908. 240 rooms are furnished in classic but modern elegance & face Jl Malioboro.
  • 12 Novotel, Jl Jendral Sudirman 89 Yogyakarta (South of Indraloka and Wisma Gadjah Mada.), +62 274 580930. Situated in the center, this four star hotel is close to major destinations including Universitas Gadjah Mada, Malioboro, the Kraton, and several shopping malls.
  • Puri Artha Hotel, Jl Cendrawasih 36, Demangan Baru, +62 274 274 563288, fax: +62 274 562765. A blend of traditional Javanese and Balinese style with western facilities.
  • Yogya Moon Hotel, Jl Kemetiran 21, +62 274 582465, fax: +62 274 582084. Near to Jl Malioboro, cozy, affordable, close to 3-star class hotel. From Rp200,000.

Splurge[edit]

  • 13 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), +62 274 368050, e-mail: . 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.
  • 14 Villa Ditya, Gang Sido Rejo, RT 02 RW 05, Trunuh, +31 6 3938-4959 (Netherlands number), e-mail: . 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.
  • 15 The Phoenix Hotel (Accor group-an ex Mercure hotel), +62 274 566617, fax: +62 274 566856, e-mail: . 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. Smiling and very pleasant staff. From Rp570,000.
  • 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.

Stay safe[edit]

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 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, last erupting in 2010, causing many casualties and extensive damage.

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.

Connect[edit]

Telephone[edit]

The area code for Yogyakarta is 0274.

Internet[edit]

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.
  • 8 Fox Net, Jalan A.M. Sangaji No. 3 Yogyakarta, +62 274 511 359. Internet café (warung internet), streaming, burn CD, print, scan.

Tourism[edit]

Tourism information centre in Jogyakarta:

  • Jl. Malioboro 56. ☎ +62 274 486, (fax: +62 274 565 437), Tourism Board.
  • Jl. Malioboro 16. ☎ +62 274 .
  • Jl. Cendana 11. ☎ +62 274 562628, +62 274 564945 (fax: +62 274 564945).

Cope[edit]

Emergency[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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[edit]

  • France Consular Agency in Jogjakarta, Institute Franco-Indonesien Jl. Sagan 3 No. 1, Yogyakarta 55223, +62 274 566520, +62 274 547409.

Libraries[edit]

Go next[edit]

North[edit]

  • 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 Pass, 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 town 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[edit]

  • 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 city of Surakarta 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[edit]

  • 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.
  • Ngobaran Beach 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[edit]

Jakarta - The Argo Lawu train makes the 7-hr train ride. Tickets available at tiket.com (around Rp 380 in 2015).

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