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Top Choice Indonesian in Danau Toba


Tucked away between Amartoba Hotel and Rodeo guesthouse, Maruba is well worth seeking out for peerless Batak dishes cooked by the talented proprietress. River crabs, na neura (raw fish marinated with candlenut, lime…
Top Choice International in Danau Toba

Jenny’s Restaurant

There are lots of different options on the menu at Jenny’s, but one dish really shines – lake fish grilled right in front of you and served with chips and salad. Follow it up with the generously portioned fruit panc…
Historic Site in Danau Toba

King Sidabutar Grave

The Batak king who adopted Christianity is buried in Tomok village, 5km southeast of Tuk Tuk. The king’s image is carved on his tombstone, along with those of his bodyguard and Anteng Melila Senega, the woman the ki…
Museum in Danau Toba

Museum Huta Bolon Simanindo

At Samosir’s northern tip, in the village of Simanindo, 15km north of Tuk Tuk, there’s a beautifully restored traditional house that now functions as a museum. It was formerly the home of Rajah Simalungun, a Batak k…
Historic Site in Danau Toba

Stone Chairs

Ambarita, 5km north of Tuk Tuk, features a group of 300-year-old stone chairs where important matters were discussed among village elders. Here wrongdoers were tried and led to a further group of stone furnishings w…
International in Danau Toba

Today’s Cafe

This little wooden shack has a laid-back vibe in keeping with Tuk Tuk life. It’s run by a couple of friendly ladies who whip up some fabulous and eclectic dishes such as sak sang (chopped pork with brown coconut sau…
Indonesian in Danau Toba

Juwita Cafe

This cosy family restaurant does Batak and other Indonesian dishes extremely well. We’re particularly big fans of the aubergine sambal. Friendly matriarch Heddy also hosts cooking courses; a three-hour course includ…
Arts & Crafts in Danau Toba


The best selection of wood carvings in Tuk Tuk, particularly Batak calendars, elaborate totem poles and fine musical instruments. Bargain hard. We’re not too sure about the authenticity of some of the ‘antique’ item…
Bar in Danau Toba

Brando’s Blues Bar

One of a handful of foreigner-oriented bars that gets particularly lively on weekends. Happy hour is a civilised 6pm to 10pm and you can take to the small dance floor during the reggae and house sets.
Live Music in Danau Toba

Roy’s Pub

Has live music (normally local rock bands) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights in a graffiti-splattered building. Great, alcohol-fuelled fun.