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Top Choice Soup in Makassar

Coto Nusantara

If you're looking to try the local beef soup of coto Makassar (you should be), you'll invariably be directed to this hole-in-the-wall near the dockyards. The tiny bowl fills out to a meal once you help yourself to a…
Top Choice Indonesian in Makassar

Rumah Makan Pate'ne

Serving up super-fresh Makassarese and Indonesian classics, Pate'ne offers fine value and authentic flavours. The lele goreng (deep-fried catfish with sambal, shredded green papaya, lemon basil and fresh veggies) an…
Fort in Makassar

Fort Rotterdam

One of the best-preserved examples of Dutch military architecture in Indonesia, Fort Rotterdam was built on the site of a Gowanese fort, itself built to repel the Dutch East India Company. Having failed to keep out …
Bar in Makassar

The Level

Across from the floating mosque Masjid Amirul Mukminin, the Level actually has three levels: a chill coffee bar on the ground floor, a passable restaurant on the 2nd floor, and a thumping club up top. It's the last …
Tomb in Makassar

Makam Sultan Hasanuddin

This tomb memorialises Indonesian national hero Sultan Hasanuddin, who ruled Gowa during the 17th century, fiercely defending the kingdom against the Dutch. He held the impressively fortified Fort Somba Opu against …
Island in Makassar

Pulau Samalona

Just far enough away from Makassar to shed most (but not all) of the rubbish, the white sands of Pulau Samalona are popular with day trippers, particularly on weekends. There are patches of (degraded) coral offshore…
Port in Makassar

Pelabuhan Paotere

Pelabuhan Paotere, 4km north of the city centre, is a large port where Bugis sailing ships berth. It's a working port, with requisite bustle and grime, but the ships are photogenic, and people generally friendly. Th…
International in Makassar

Kampoeng Popsa

This large, open-sided food court facing the harbour has sea breezes, a hip young clientele, a gregarious vibe, space for kids to run around, and lots of choices, from mei titi (crispy noodles with gravy, chicken an…
Museum in Makassar

Museum Negeri La Galigo

Spread across two buildings inside Fort Rotterdam, Museum Negeri La Galigo has an assortment of exhibits, including palaeolithic artefacts, rice bowls from Tana Toraja, Polynesian and Buddhist statues, musical instr…
Ruins in Makassar

Beteng Somba Opu

Once the most formidable fortress in the archipelago, Somba Opu was decimated by the Dutch in 1669, then consumed by the Jeneberang River delta. One massive wall was excavated in the '80s and '90s as part of a brief…