Top things to do

Top Choice Mosque in Banda Aceh

Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman

With its brilliant-white walls, ebony-black domes and towering minaret, this 19th-century mosque is a dazzling sight. The best time to visit is during Friday-afternoon prayers, when the entire building and courtyard…
Top Choice Museum in Banda Aceh

Tsunami Museum

A visit to this beautifully designed, hard-hitting museum commences with a walk through a dark, dripping tunnel that symbolises the 2004 tsunami waves. This is followed by a powerful set of images of the devastation…
Museum in Banda Aceh

Rumah Aceh

In the same compound as the Museum Negeri Banda Aceh, the Rumah Aceh is a fine example of traditional Acehnese architecture, built without nails and held together with cord and pegs. Inside is a typical traditional …
Cafe in Banda Aceh

Warung Kopi Solong

Banda Aceh’s most famous coffee house has been doing business since 1974. It’s an excellent place to try kopi sanger (coffee with condensed milk) – strained through a sock! You can buy 250g and 500g bags of finely g…
International in Banda Aceh

Country Steakhouse

Well hidden down an alley out of view is this cosy, wood-panelled restaurant that has a speakeasy feel, and specialises in Western food and cold beers. New Zealand steaks and lamb chops are the specialties, as well …
Ice Cream in Banda Aceh

Ice Cream Gunung Salju

A local institution is this downtown place notable for its delicious home-made ice cream. It has a heap of flavours, including local offerings such as avocado, durian and jackfruit, as well as all the usual suspects…
Historic Building in Banda Aceh

Gunongan

All that remains of Aceh’s powerful sultanates today is on view at Gunongan. Built by Sultan Iskandar Muda (1607–36) as a gift for his Malay princess wife, it was intended as a private playground and bathing place. …
Museum in Banda Aceh

Museum Negeri Banda Aceh

This state museum displays Acehnese weaponry, household furnishings, ceremonial costumes, everyday clothing, gold jewellery, calligraphy and some magnificently carved recong (Acehnese daggers) and swords. It also co…
Cemetery in Banda Aceh

Kherkhof

The Kherkhof is the last resting place of more than 2000 Dutch and Indonesian soldiers who died fighting the Acehnese. The entrance is around 50m west of the Tsunami Museum. Tablets set into the walls by the entranc…
Memorial in Banda Aceh

PLTD Apung I

PLTD Apung I is the 2500-tonne power-generator vessel that was carried almost 5km inland by the 2004 tsunami wave. It's now preserved as a memorial about 2km southwest of the city centre. You can clamber on board to…