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Top Choice Museum in Banda Aceh

Tsunami Museum

A visit to this hard-hitting museum commences with a walk through a dark, dripping tunnel that symbolises the tsunami waves, with plaintive, terrified voices and the sound of rushing water all around you. This is fo…
Top Choice Italian in Banda Aceh

La Piazza

Authentic Italian food is on the menu at this outpost belonging to Freddie from Pulau Weh. You’re not limited to pasta and pizza, though; the seafood dishes are also one of the strong points. Romance your sweetie by…
Mosque in Banda Aceh

Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman

With its brilliant-white walls, ebony-black domes and towering minaret, the 19th-century Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman is a dazzling sight. The best time to visit the mosque is during Friday afternoon prayers, when the e…
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

Rumah Aceh

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

Warung Kopi Solong

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) – with the coffee strained through a sock! You can buy 250g and 500g bags o…
Museum in Banda Aceh

Museum Negeri Banda Aceh

The Museum Negeri Banda Aceh has displays of Acehnese weaponry, household furnishings, ceremonial costumes, everyday clothing, gold jewellery, calligraphy and some magnificently carved recong (Acehnese daggers) and …
Steak in Banda Aceh

Country Steakhouse

Well hidden down an alley, this wood-panelled restaurant used to feed the international aid workers. It’s now added a few Indonesian standards to the menu that features New Zealand steaks, snapper and hand-cut chips…
Indonesian in Banda Aceh

Restauran Bunda

Think bright lights, a shiny canteen and uniformed waiters piling endless plates of sublime masakan minang (basically the same as Padang food) dishes onto your table and you get this popular ‘posh warung’ style rest…