Top things to do in East Sumbawa

International in Pantai Lakey


A beached Sumbawanese boat, its prow pointing to Lakey's famous breaks, has been turned into a breezy, open-sided restaurant that does surprisingly good 'Mexican' food, alongside Indonesian and Western standards. If…
Horse Racing in Bima

Pacuan Kuda

Horse racing is held at least four times a year, in April or May, July, August and December, at the Desa Panda horse stadium, 12km west of town on the Trans-Sumbawa Hwy. There’s a large grandstand, a gaggle of warun…
International in Pantai Lakey


Once humble Fatmah's has taken a slight turn upmarket in recent years. Tables sit in a raised bleached-wood house overlooking the beach where you can watch the sun set or the kitesurfers swoop, as you tuck into juic…
Seafood in Bima

Rumah Makan Sabar Sabur

Out by the airport, off the Trans-Sumbawa Hwy, the long wooden tables here are always crowded with locals who come to munch bandeng goreng (a flash-fried freshwater fish). Like herring, you can eat it whole, bones a…
Coffee in Pantai Lakey

Balumba Shop

This hole-in-the-wall shop on the beach walk in front of the Balumba Hotel offers the best coffees in East Sumbawa. All beans come from farms on the slopes of nearby Gunung Tambora and are manually pressed through a…
Museum in Bima

Museum Asi Mbojo

The old Sultan’s Palace, former home of Bima’s rulers, still reflects the colonial style of a 1927 renovation. Past the large verandas, the interior is home to a grab bag of dusty curios, including a royal crown, ba…
Market in Bima

Pasar Malam

Dine cheaply at the night market, located in and around the soccer field. There’s fish and chicken sate, mie goreng (fried noodles) and nasi goreng (fried rice), bakso (meatball soup) and various deep-fried treats, …
Indonesian in Pantai Lakey

Mamat Warung

While it lacks a sea view, this simple warung out on the main road serves up Lakey's cheapest and most authentic Indonesian fare, including sate, gado gado (a peanut-sauced salad) and plenty of tempe dishes for vege…
Indonesian in Bima

Rumah Makan Arema Raya

The cleanest and most central Padang food depot in town. Pick and mix from an array of curried, baked and fried fish and chicken dishes. Note: it gets quite spicy here. When the day's fresh fare runs out (about 6pm)…
Indonesian in Sape

Rumah Makan Citra Minang

The smiling ladies here bring the finest and spiciest Padang dishes to life. The shabby interior belies the quality and flavour of the food. Mere steps from the boats and last bus stop.