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Top Choice Indonesian in Kota Ambon

Beta Rumah

The Beta is the Alpha and Omega of real Ambonese food. Laid out in simple rumah makan style, you'll find local delicacies such as kohu-kohu, made with smoked skipjack tuna, green beans and shaved coconut, or squid w…
Top Choice International in Kota Ambon

Bayview Restaurant

The name doesn't lie. There are fine views of Ambon's bay and harbour from the terrace of this relaxed restaurant atop the City Hotel. The menu covers Western classics – pasta, grilled fish, steaks, burgers and sala…
Top Choice Cafe in Kota Ambon

Sibu-Sibu

Local heroes and stars of screen and song deck the walls of this ever-popular coffee shop and bar, which plays live Malukan and Hawaiian music while serving snacks such as koyabu (cassava cake) and lopis pulut (stic…
Cafe in Kota Ambon

Kopi Tradisi Joas

With old-school wooden tables, a tiled floor and ancient posters on the walls, this local institution attracts Ambon's movers and shakers. They while away the hours over rich mocha-style ‘secret-recipe’ coffees and …
Seafood in Kota Ambon

Sari Gurih

More of a Western idea of a restaurant than is common in Maluku, Sari Gurih is nonetheless a great place to eat Malukan seafood. Fish is priced by weight: choose from what's on display and they'll slap it on the gri…
Cafe in Kota Ambon

The Pension Cafe

More of a hipster hangout than downtown's other cafes, but friendly and welcoming too. Perch on the cushions that line the walls or grab a table. There's gentle live music most evenings and a selection of Indonesian…
Indonesian in Kota Ambon

Rumah Makan Puti Bungsu

Excellent and justifiably popular pick-and-mix place with a good selection of fish, beef and chicken cooked in a variety of ways, as well as veggies, potato-and-omelette slices and sambals to spice it all up.
Museum in Kota Ambon

Museum Siwalima

This modest museum is ten minutes south of Kota Ambon, set in sloping landscaped gardens adorned with Japanese and Dutch cannons and a scowling statue of Pattimura, parang (machete) aloft. The collection is dedicate…
Indonesian in Kota Ambon

Rumah Makan Nifia

A pick-and-mix warung with alarming lime-and-orange decor and a devoted following. Dishes are fresh, rotate frequently, and include several varieties of roasted and baked fish, fried chicken and tempeh, curried and …
Seafood in Kota Ambon

Ratu Gurih

The ikan bakar (grilled fish) – perfectly chargrilled by the coal-stoking chef, smothered in chilli and served alongside three tasty sambals – is fall-off-the-bone fresh. If you're tired of Indonesian staples, it of…