Top things to do in Kupang

Top Choice Market in Kupang

Pasar Malam

As tiny tailor shops finish up for the day, stallholders begin setting up this lamp-lit market. You're here for seafood, whether ikan (fish), cumi (squid), kepiting (crab) or udang (prawns), but you can also pick up…
Top Choice Indonesian in Kupang

Depot Bambu Kuning

A popular place for authentic Kupang se'i babi. Choose from chopped up meat or ribs, both served with rice and a rich pork soup with red beans. Sate and a couple of veg dishes are also available. Check out the outdo…
Cave in Kupang

Gua Kristal

On Kupang's west coast, south of the centre, lies this local haunt not often visited by travellers. Ignore the ubiquitous rubbish and climb down the slippery rocks to the crystal-blue pool, where locals swim and par…
Beach in Kupang

Pantai Tablolong

Continue out of Kupang city on Jl Alfons Nisnoni for around 25km to arrive at Pantai Tablolong, about 13.5km southwest from Air Terjun Oenesu. This surprisingly pleasant stretch of has clear and calm water, a small …
Beach in Kupang

Pantai Tedis

Don't miss the atmosphere – or sunset – at this local hangout where Jl Soekarno intersects the oceanfront. Above, the sand vendors set up stalls and seating, while those in the know chow down on grilled corn and pis…
Market in Kupang

Pasar Inpres

The main market is the rambling Pasar Inpres, south of the city. It's mostly fruit and vegetables, but bizarre ti'i langga (conical hats) from Rote make a novelty purchase. For more variety, check out Pasar Oeba off…
Bar in Kupang

999 Restaurant & Bar

In the shadow of an old fort, this tropical outdoor bar has an expansive thatched roof, views of the shabby beach and the ever-present sound of rolling surf. There's a pool table, comfortable repurposed tyre seats, …
Textiles in Kupang

Ina Ndao

It's worth seeking out this neighbourhood ikat shop. Textile lovers will be pleased with the wares sourced from across Nusa Tenggara and you can take home a neat pair of ikat espadrilles. It offers naturally and che…
Museum in Kupang

Museum Nusa Tenggara Timur

This regional museum has skulls, seashells, stone tools, swords, gourds and antique looms from across the province, plus an entire blue whale skeleton in a separate building. Displays (some in English), cover histor…
Waterfall in Kupang

Air Terjun Oenesu

Hidden in this sleepy farming village just off Jl Kupang–Tablolong is a three-stage, turquoise-tinted waterfall. There’s a nice swimming hole but locals love it here, which explains the profound rubbish issue. The t…