Top things to do in East Java

Top Choice Lake in Ijen Plateau

Kawah Ijen

The Ijen plateau's most extraordinary sight is the magnificent turquoise sulphur lake of Kawah Ijen. A night hike to the crater in which the lake boils will introduce you to blue fire, spectacular scenery and a grou…
Top Choice Museum in Surabaya

House of Sampoerna

Undoubtedly the city’s best-presented attraction, the House of Sampoerna is the home of one of Indonesia’s most famous kretek cigarette manufacturers (now owned by US-giant Altria, formerly Philip Morris). Whatever …
Top Choice European in Surabaya

De Soematra 1910

Put on your posh frock to come to this highly regarded restaurant. It's set inside a renovated colonial mansion with 6m-high ceilings, chandeliers and carved wooden drinks counters (with sherry decanters, of course)…
Top Choice Indonesian in Malang

Melati

The Tugu hotel's poolside restaurant is a romantic setting for a meal, with attentive staff to guide you through the delicious Indonesian and Chinese Peranakan options. Several mixed rice dishes stand out. You can g…
Top Choice Fusion in Ijen Plateau

Java Banana

Set off the road up to Ijen from Banyuwangi, this restaurant, inside the upmarket Jiwa Jawa hotel, is a stunner, with a massive ground-floor gallery and an outdoor amphitheatre with spectacular volcano views. The me…
Top Choice Fusion in Surabaya

Citrus Lee

At Citrus Lee the food is art, and every dish is delicately painted onto a plate. The chef-owner trained in Paris, and the French influence seeps into many of his dishes. For most people menu highlights are the star…
Top Choice Museum in Trowulan

Trowulan Museum

One kilometre from the main Surabaya–Solo road, the impressive Trowulan Museum houses superb examples of Majapahit sculpture and pottery from East Java. Pride of place is held by the splendid statue of Kediri’s King…
Top Choice International in Malang

The Library

With industrial-chic furnishings, shelves of books and graffiti wall art, this eye-catching cafe-restaurant, which is super-popular with local students, serves light Western-style meals such as Treasure Island, a de…
Top Choice Italian in Surabaya

La Rucola

A delightful Italian bistro serving upmarket Surabaya with homemade pastas, imported steaks, wood-fired pizzas, Italian sausage, oyster mushrooms and more. It also does a range of perfectly grilled seafood. The wine…
Indonesian in Blitar

Waroeng Tugu Blitar

With an elegant colonial ambience, the in-house restaurant of the Tugu Sri Lestari is a fine place to delight in well-presented, upmarket versions of such local specialities as udang swarloka (deep-fried shrimp ball…