Lonely Planet Writer

Drinks and the city


Travelling and liquid refreshments go together like gin and tonic. Also, trying the local liquids is usually cheaper, and almost always more interesting than getting an international brand.

To this end we asked our traveller community on Twitter and Facebook this question:

Can you name a city and a local drink that one should drink there? E.g. Singapore: Singapore Sling.

Over 800 people replied.

Here is a sample of their suggestions:



  • @RunawayJuno suggests Soju in Seoul.
  • @ti2n suggests teh poci gula batu (hot java tea served with stone-sugar in a special teapot) when in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • @iya_indira suggests a refreshing drink called sinom, made from young tamarind leaves, palm sugar & herbs when in Surabaya, Indonesia.
  • Nisha Jha suggests bhang when in Mathura, India.


What do you recommend? What drink is the perfect match for a particular city? Share your picks below, or join in the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.