Top ChoiceInternational in Kota Ambon

Bayview Restaurant

Some of the best dining views of Ambon's bay and harbour are from the terrace of this relaxed restaurant atop the City Hotel. The menu specialises in Western comfort food – pasta, grilled fish, steaks, burgers...

Top ChoiceCafe in Kota Ambon


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...

Pond in Eastern Leihitu

Sacred Eels of Waai

Waai is famous for its 'lucky' belut (moray eels). For 10,000Rp, a 'guide' tempts the eels from dark recesses in a concrete-sided pond by feeding them raw eggs. The eels are so tame you can pet them, a rather...

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...

Mosque in Northern & Western Leihitu

Mesjid Wapaue

Kaitetu’s pretty little wood and thatch-roofed Mesjid Wapaue was originally built in 1414 on nearby Gunung Wawane. The mosque was supposedly transferred to the present site in 1664 by ‘supernatural powers’. It's...

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...

Seafood in Kota Ambon

Sari Gurih

Sari Gurih is a great place to eat Malukan seafood. Fish is priced by weight: choose from what's on display and it'll be slapped on the grill. The sound of karaoke emerges from its private rooms on busy nights.

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...

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...

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...

Fortress in Northern & Western Leihitu

Benteng Amsterdam

In Hila, the 1649 Benteng Amsterdam is an impressive, old, walled fort. Though the walls are obviously rebuilt with concrete, the inner tower, with its brick floors and thick walls, is fluttering with resident...

Cafe in Kota Ambon

Cafe Biz

It lacks the character of some of Ambon's long-established coffee shops, but locals love this fresh place on the ground floor of the Biz@ Hotel, packing it out for coffee and snacks, as well as rice and noodle...

Indonesian in Eastern Leihitu

Gaba Gaba

The setting is great, with stunning views of Natsepa bay and a scattering of wooden cabanas shaded by coconut palms to eat in. The menu of grilled fish and rice and noodle dishes is less spectacular, but the food...

Cemetery in Kota Ambon

Commonwealth War Cemetery

Known to locals as the Australian Cemetery, this neatly manicured cemetery was designed by a British landscape architect in honour of Allied servicemen who died in Maluku and the Sulawesi in WWII. To add to its...

Fortress in Kota Ambon

Benteng Victoria

Undramatic Benteng Victoria (out of bounds due to army use) is a Dutch-era fortress. The site of Indonesian national hero Pattimura's hanging, it’s fronted by a gilded statue of Slamet Riyadi, an Indonesian...

Mall in Kota Ambon

Plaza Ambon

Plaza Ambon is the city's cross between a proper shopping mall and an old-school market. In addition to byzantine market stalls, it has the requisite fast-food choices, a Matahari store and a big Foodmart grocer...

Bakery in Kota Ambon


With its lovely Dutch-colonial windows, outside terrace seating and central location, this bakery is a good place to start the day with fresh bread, pastries and decent coffee. There's a second branch on Jl Sam...

Mall in Kota Ambon

Ambon City Center

Ambon City Center is actually in Passo, some way out of town. It's the biggest mall in Maluku, and the place to reconnect with your favourite brands or stock up on groceries at its enormous Hypermart.

Mosque in Kota Ambon

Masjid Raya al-Fatah

The town’s biggest mosque, Masjid Raya al-Fatah is a modern concrete affair, its gold-and-brown onion dome visible across much of central Ambon. Non-Muslims can visit outside of prayer times.