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Top Choice Indonesian in Danau Toba

Maruba

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

Jenny’s Restaurant

Jenny’s has long been a standout on the northern edge of Tuk Tuk, with all kinds of breakfasts, noodles, curries and rice dishes. But the one dish that really shines is the lake fish grilled on charcoal right in fro…
Historic Site in Danau Toba

King Sidabutar Grave

Located 5km southeast of Tuk Tuk, near the Tomok ferry terminal, are a complex of royal Batak tombs. At the entrance you'll pass sarcophagi of royal members and family, but to find the tomb of King Sidabutar you'll …
Historic Site in Danau Toba

Batak Graves

Amid the fertile rice fields between Simanindo and Pangururan are these large multistorey graves decorated with the distinctive miniature Batak-style house and a simple white cross. Batak graves reflect the animisti…
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…
International in Danau Toba

Today’s Cafe

This little wooden shack has a laid-back vibe that's 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 saksang (chopped pork with brown cocon…
Vegan in Danau Toba

Borobudur House

The Buddhist shrines scattered about set the mood at this waterfront cafe that specialises in vegan cuisine. Expect the likes of potato rendang, tofu steaks, and guacamole dips with home-made chips. However, it's mo…
Indonesian in Danau Toba

Poppy's Restaurant

An old-school traveller hang-out, Poppy's has fantastic lake views that make it the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer. It has a classic Toba menu of Indonesia mains, grilled fish and pizza, along with friendly staf…
Bar in Danau Toba

Brando’s Blues Bar

One of a handful of genuine bars in Tuk Tuk, with pool tables and occasional live bands, that gets particularly lively on weekends. Happy hour is a civilised 6pm to 10pm and you can take to the small dance floor dur…
Live Music in Danau Toba

Roy’s Pub

The best nights out on Pulau Samosir are the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday live-music nights (normally with local rock bands) at Roy's, a graffiti-splattered building with a dancing vibe. Great, alcohol-fuelled fun…