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Top Choice Gardens in Bogor

Kebun Raya

At the heart of Bogor are the fabulous botanical gardens, known as the Kebun Raya, the city’s green lung of around 87 hectares. Governor General Raffles first developed a garden here, but the spacious grounds of the…
Top Choice Indonesian in Bogor

De' Leuit

The most happening eatery in Bogor. There's seating on three floors beneath a soaring, pyramid-shaped thatched roof, though the best tables are on the first two levels. It does sate (satay), mixed rice dishes, fried…
International in Bogor

Grand Garden Café

The cafe-restaurant in the botanical gardens is a wonderfully civilised place for a bite or a drink, with sweeping views down to the water lily ponds. It's a little pricey (especially as you need to pay the 25,000Rp…
Market in Bogor

Pasar Baru

Jl Suryakencana, steps from the garden gates, is a whirlwind of activity as shoppers spill en masse from within the byzantine concrete halls of Pasar Baru onto the street. Inside, the morning market is awash with al…
Gate in Bogor

Kebun Raya Main Entrance

Kebun Raya main entrance.
Chinese in Bogor


A tasteful, soulful Chinese diner with a wonderful mapo tofu on the menu (the tofu was among the silkiest we've ever had), along with a number of ethnic Chinese Indonesian dishes. All served up in a gold and red roo…
Indonesian in Bogor

Gumati Cafe

This Sundanese restaurant offers arguably the best view in town with superlative vistas over Bogor’s red-tiled rooftops towards the volcanic cone of Gunung Salak. There's an extensive menu, with tapas-style snacks a…
Historic Building in Bogor

Istana Bogor

In the northwestern corner of the botanical gardens, the summer palace of the president was formerly the opulent official residence of the Dutch governors general from 1870 to 1942. Today, herds of white-spotted dee…
Shrine in Bogor


The Batutulis is an inscribed stone dedicated to Sri Baduga Maharaja (1482–1521), a Pajajaran king credited with great mystical power. The stone is housed in a small shrine visited by pilgrims – remove your shoes an…
Factory in Bogor

Gong Workshop

Home industry at its finest, this is one of the few remaining gongsmiths in Java, where you can see gamelan instruments smelted over a charcoal fire by hand. A few pricey gongs and wayang golek puppets are on sale.