Masjid al Akbar
Perhaps the most impressive modern mosque in Indonesia, you'll probably get a glimpse of Masjid al Akbar's magnificent array of bulbous...
Surabaya’s Arab Quarter – usually called Ampel or Kampung Arab – has the atmosphere and appearance of a Middle Eastern medina . It is a...
Popular hotel bar west of the centre with live music; try the margaritas. There’s a cover charge of around 40,000Rp.
The best Italian in town, serving up grilled meats, seafood, pasta and pizza in intimate surrounds, with candlelit gingham tablecloths...
Lonely Planet review
Even though much of Surabaya's historical centre is literally falling to pieces, the old city easily wins the 'Most Attractive Neighbourhood' prize. With crumbling Dutch architecture, strong Chinese influences and an Arab quarter, it's also the most interesting and idiosyncratic.
A good place to start exploring the old city is Jembatan Merah, the so-called 'Red Bridge' that saw fierce fighting during Indonesia's battle for independence.
Jl Jembatan Merah, running south of the bus terminal along the canal, is a grungy replica of Amsterdam, but worthy (although rundown) examples of Dutch architecture can be seen here. The area further south around the post office and Pelni office also has some fine buildings, though the most impressive is the Indo-European-style Gedung PTP XXII government office building, just west of Jl Jembatan Merah, along Jl Merak Cendrawasih.