Top ChoiceMuseum in Dili

Centro Nacional Chega!

Set in the buildings and cells of a Portuguese-era prison where resistance figures were interned by the Indonesian military, Chega! (chega means 'stop' or 'no more' in Portuguese) houses the results of the...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Aileu

Projeto Montanha

This Brazilian-founded social enterprise is a heartwarming place to visit. Kids and young adults from the surrounding area come here to be taught languages, crafts, cooking, music and more and are then supported...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Dili

Resistência Timorense Arquivo e Museu

An excellent museum which commemorates in detail Timor-Leste's 24-year struggle against Indonesian occupation. Falintil’s resistance is brought to life with a timeline, photos, video recordings and exhibits of...

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Agora Food Studio

Easily Dili's most interesting restaurant, this sweet hideaway upstairs in an English school has a fabulous approach to food, sourcing traditional local ingredients to create seasonal fusion lunches that are...

Top ChoiceTimorese in Dili

Dilicious

With an exceptionally friendly crew even for Dili, charismatic Cesar cooks up fresh and tasty Timorese morsels from his kitchen out front. Outside seating is shaded by vines, while the interior is attractively...

Top ChoiceInternational in Dili

Pro-Ema Restaurant School

This excellent social project offers free vocational education, personal development and career support for young Timorese women in three areas, one of which is hospitality. The restaurant school here is a great...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Ataúro

Boneca de Ataúro

Calling this a doll shop doesn't do this village cooperative justice: here, in a simple building by the beach, marginalised women sew modern, well-designed laptop bags and pencil cases as well as dolls and toys...

Cycling in Dili

Tour de Timor

Adventure cyclists from around the world bring their own bikes to test them on the tough and challenging conditions of Timor-Leste's roads in this five-day, 500km cycling adventure. It began in 2009 as part of...

Memorial in Balibó

Balibó Flag House

Balibó Flag House is where the five journalists reporting on Indonesian's invasion of East Timor stayed before they were killed by Indonesian Special Forces on 16 October 1975. The Australian flag they painted...

Mountain in Loi Hunu & Mundo Perdido

Mundo Perdido

Crashing through foliage under the squawks of bats and lorikeets as you climb Mundo Perdido (1775m) – which translates to 'Lost World' – is one of the country's highlights. The view of sunrise from the grassy...

Portuguese in Dili

Caravela

Set on a deck right on the beach 2.5km east of the centre, this upmarket restaurant takes advantage of Dili's waterfront like few other places. Portuguese dishes with salt cod or octopus are very toothsome, but...

Arts & Crafts in Ataúro

Ekipa Tasi Mos

This excellent initiative by Barry's Place in Beloi involves a team of locals who comb the beach for plastic, sort it here and process it through various machines to produce striking recycled products. This is a...

Arts & Crafts in Dili

Boneca de Ataúro

This small outlet sells well-designed, modern, handmade laptop bags, Christmas tree decorations, tea towels and soft toys. The work is done by formerly disadvantaged women on Ataúro – you can see them in action...

Rock Art in Tutuala & Jaco Island

Rock Art Caves

There are fine examples of rock art in the cliffs and caves heading down towards Valu (beach), with depictions including cock fighting, sea urchins and people hunting. Sites are signposted off the Tutuala to Jaco...

Cemetery in Dili

Santa Cruz Cemetery

Santa Cruz Cemetery

On 12 November 1991 Indonesian soldiers fired on a peaceful memorial procession for Sebastião Gomes heading from Motael Church to Santa Cruz Cemetery; Gomes was an independence supporter who was shot by...

Hot Springs in Western Timor-Leste

Be Manis

Once a former Portuguese mountain resort, these hot springs (be manis in Tetun) have been renovated into a fairly large complex, with pools of varying heat. It's a bumpy 18km road from Maliana to Marobo, and...

Area in Dili

Dili Waterfront

Dili Waterfront

Watch kids kicking soccer balls around on the patches of sandy beach and runners sweating it out while you're strolling the decent walking path that runs along the waterfront. The grand Palácio do Governo is a...

Bar in Dili

Caz Bar

On one of Dili's best stretches of beach, this casual bar and restaurant has draft beer and tables on the sand as well as a cooler, thatched interior. Australian-influenced breakfasts and other meals – be guided...

Statue in Dili

Cristo Rei

Cristo Rei

The hard-to-miss Cristo Rei, 7km east of town, has 570 steps leading to the statue of Jesus, a gift from the Indonesian government in 1996. It's a popular morning and evening exercise spot, with mountain and...

Beach in Dili

Areia Branca

This lovely cove 5.5km east of central Dili is picturesque, with its white sand backed by steep hills and good places to eat and sleep. At the end of the beach, the statue of Cristo Rei is a local landmark. On...