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Top Choice Market in Kupang

Pasar Malam

Kupang was never considered a good eating town until this wonderful, lamp-lit market launched and turned a lane off Jl Garuda over to streetside grill and wok chefs, who expertly prepare inexpensive dishes. The sele…
International in Kupang

Lavalon Bar & Hostel

At the same seafront site as his hostel, Edwin Lerrick and his chatty crew dish up excellent burgers and chips plus Indo standards throughout the day and night. The ocean laps at the shore 10m away, and you can loun…
Chinese in Kupang

Rumah Makan Palembang

This is first-rate Chinese Indonesian food. Get the ikan bakar rica rica (grilled fish with chilli sauce); its sauce is a sweet, smoky wonder. The squid and shrimp are fresh daily, the veggies are perfectly cooked, …
Museum in Kupang

Museum Nusa Tenggara Timur

Renovations are rapidly improving the regional museum. It has skulls, seashells, stone tools, swords, gourds and antique looms from across the province, plus an entire blue whale skeleton. Displays (some in English)…
Market in Kupang

Pasar Inpres

The main market is the rambling Pasar Inpres in the south of the city. It's mostly fruit and vegetables, but some ikat and handicrafts can be found near the terminal. Bizarre ti'i langga (conical hats) from Rote mak…
Bar in Kupang

999 Restaurant & Bar

In the shadow of an old fort, this tropical bar has an expansive thatched roof, no walls, views of the shabby beach and the ever-present sound of rolling surf. There's a pool table, a full bar including a menu of da…
Textiles in Kupang

Ina Ndao

It's worth seeking out this neighbourhood ikat shop. Textile lovers should be pleased with the wares sourced from across Nusa Tenggara. It offers naturally and chemically dyed varieties, and staff demonstrate the we…
Indonesian in Kupang

Depot Bambu Kuning

The place in Kupang for sei babi. You have your choice of chopped up meat or ribs. Either way the sides are rice and rich pork soup with red beans. This simple shopfront gets jammed with happy locals at lunch, so tr…
Indonesian in Kupang

Rumah Makan Wahyu Putra Solo

Kupang’s best pick-and-mix Padang-style warung offers beef, chicken, fish, potatoes and greens, deep- and stir-fried, stewed in coconut sauce, and chilli-rubbed and roasted. Vegetarians will find something tasty her…