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Royal's Restaurant

Swish by Ternate standards, Royal's is a popular spot thanks to its wide-ranging Chinese-Indonesian menu, which has a big focus on fish and seafood but also covers chicken, beef and duck dishes. There are a few vegg…
Top Choice Indonesian in Kota Ternate

Kedai Mita

Relocated to the waterfront, this simple, partly open-air, family-run restaurant is one of the best in town for Malukan staples (alongside classic Indo fare). At lunchtimes, try the popeda (sago congee) spread. The …
Fort in Kota Ternate

Benteng Tolukko

A tiny, beautifully situated fort surrounded by a vivid tropical garden, Benteng Tolukko was the first Portuguese stronghold on Ternate (dating back to 1512). It's better preserved than the town's two other benteng,…
Seafood in Kota Ternate

Floridas

Floridas is a locally famous seafood restaurant, thanks in part to its seafront balcony with peerless views to Tidore and Maitara. But it's also a good place to tuck into ikan woku balanga: fish steak roasted with k…
Indonesian in Kota Ternate

Rumah Makan Popeda Gamalama

Buried at the far end of the market, this is a great spot to try popeda. An array of fish, stewed greens, mushrooms, pumpkin and sambals accompanies the mucilaginous sago-flour glue that is popeda. Leave your textur…
Mall in Kota Ternate

Jatiland Mall

Bustling waterfront Jatiland Mall is not going to give Jakarta or Surabaya any mall envy. But you can find cafes with wi-fi, fast-food outlets and a basic food court, a pharmacy, mobile phone and camera shops and lo…
Indonesian in Kota Ternate

Bakso Lapangan Tembak Senayan

This fan-cooled, brick-and-timber eating house specialises in bakso (meatballs) various ways, including fried or bobbing in clear soup. The other Indonesian staples – noodles, fried rice, flour-dusted squid and the …
Museum in Kota Ternate

Keraton

Built in 1834 and restored in semi-colonial style, the Sultan’s Palace is technically a family home, although no one is in residence owing to a dispute over the succession between the sons of the last sultan, who pa…
Fort in Kota Ternate

Benteng Oranye

Known to the Portuguese as Fort Malayo, the Dutch-built Benteng Oranye, which dates from the early 17th century, is a sprawling, largely ruinous complex inhabited by goats, rusted cannons and a few army families. On…
Mosque in Kota Ternate

Majolica Ulama Indonesia

It's hardly the Hagia Sophia, and the seaward minarets have been reclaimed by the sea (only the crumbled footings remain), but this concrete-and-tile mosque dominates the central foreshore of Kota Ternate, and has b…