Step into Semarang, the capital of Central Java to find 15th- to 18th-century monuments and Dutch colonial architecture.
Within travelling distance to an ocean harbour and a mountain range, the city’s historic past makes it a top multicultural attraction.
Eat + Drink
Stop by Spiegel Bar & Bistro, a cosy cafe with live music and great European food – perfect for lunch or dinner. Or, feast at Semawis Market, a food market that runs Friday to Sunday nights, with tasty and cheap street food at every corner. A must-try? Lumpia Semarang, a variation of the spring roll from the city’s Chinatown. (Jl. Letjen Suprapto No.59, 50174; Jl. Gg. Warung No.50, 50139)
Perched on a mountainous plateau in Sidomukti Village, conquer your fear of heights on an obstacle course and get an unparalleled view of the city at Umbul Sidomukti. A must-visit: Kampung Pelangi, or Rainbow Village, famous for its multi-coloured buildings. (Kawasan Wisata Umbul Sidomukti, 50661; Jl. DR. Sutomo No.89, Randusari, 50244)
A city usually has glitzy malls, and Semarang is no different. For some upscale shopping, visit Mal Ciputra Semarang. Interested in purchasing antique paintings and Javanese handicrafts? Visit the traditional market Pasar Johar for an extensive collection. (Jl. Simpang Lima, No.1, 50132; Jl. K.H. Agus Salim, 50188)
Located in the centre of the city, POP! Hotel Pemuda Semarang’s (from $23 a night) colourful interior is an Instagrammer’s delight. Or, stay at Oak Tree Emerald Hotel Semarang (from $30 a night), a nature-themed hotel with lush greenery.
Getting There + Around
By Melodi Ghui, The Finder Issue 301, December 2019
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