Top things to do

Top Choice Seafood in Balikpapan

Ocean's Resto

An entire reef's worth of fresh fish and crustaceans (the menu is a book in itself), along with steaks, burgers, pizza and Indonesian dishes, all served in a fine open-air waterfront space. Ocean's anchors a row of …
Top Choice Indonesian in Balikpapan

Warung Soto Kuin Abduh

Soto Banjar (chicken soup seasoned with a delicate blend of spices including cinnamon) is naturally the dish of choice at this popular little warung, but you can also try satay chicken and nasi sop (soup with rice).…
Cafe in Balikpapan

Ruko Bandar

This waterfront development offers everything you need for a night out, including above-par restaurants, live music, lounge bars and a dozen fun but easy-to-miss waterfront cafes (at the rear, facing the sea). Make …
Rooftop Bar in Balikpapan

Sky Bar

Take the elevator to the 8th floor of the Hotel Gran Senyiur for awesome rooftop views from the Sky Bar. Drink prices aren't completely stratospheric (small beer around 50,000Rp) and there's a sophisticated grill re…
Bakery in Balikpapan

Holland Bakery

It's hard to miss this corner bakery with the neon windmill on the roof. Excellent fresh bread, pastries and cakes.
Balinese in Balikpapan


Billowing white curtains and a great beachfront location beckon you to this open-air Balinese restaurant. Locals swear by the ayam taliwang, a fried-grilled chicken from Lombok, and the ayam betutu (spiced chicken d…
Beach in Balikpapan

Kemala Beach

A clean, white-sand beach with adjacent cafes and restaurants, and a laid-back vibe. If you need a break from the jungle (urban or natural) this is your best local option. Although it gets hot at midday, you probabl…
Mosque in Balikpapan

Masjid Agung At-Taqwa

An impressive sight, this mosque is adorned with a complex sheath of Islamic geometrical patterns, and is lit up in multicoloured splendour at night.
Mall in Balikpapan

Balikpapan Plaza

Balikpapan Plaza shopping mall anchors the town centre with a hypermart, Time Zone and food court.
International in Balikpapan

Open House

Balikpapan's most romantic place to blow your last rupiah on a date is defined by architecturally dizzying spaces atop a prominent hill. Reserve your puncak (summit) table for two at the top of the spiral staircase.…