Top things to do in Mataram

Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Mataram

Lombok Handicraft Centre

At Sayang Sayang (2km north of Cakra), this centre offers a wide range of small shops; look for the arched sign over the narrow road that reads 'Handy Craft'. Browse crafts, including masks, textiles and ceramics fr…
Top Choice Temple in Mataram

Pura Lingsar

This large temple compound is the holiest in Lombok. Built in 1714 by King Anak Agung Ngurah, and nestled beautifully in lush rice fields, it’s multidenominational, with a temple for Balinese Hindus (Pura Gaduh), an…
Top Choice Market in Mataram

Pasar Mandalika

There are no tourists at this vast market near the Mandalika bus terminal in Bertais, but it has everything else: fruit and veggies, fish (fresh and dried), baskets full of colourful, aromatic spices and grains, fre…
Top Choice International in Mataram

Rollpin

Fine dining, Mataram-style, in a leafy creekside setting northeast of the centre. Dig into grilled whole-fish snapper, Lombok duck or steamed mahi-mahi and wash it down with creative mocktails like Pin Pure (mint, g…
Mosque in Mataram

Islamic Center Nusa Tenggara Barat

Opened in 2016, and superficially damaged in the 2018 quakes, this towering green-and-gold mosque is the most striking building in Lombok, with fabulous views from the top of its tallest minaret (it rises 114m above…
Seafood in Mataram

Ikan Bakar 99

Think squid, prawns, fish and crab, brushed with chilli sauce, perfectly grilled or fried, and drenched in spicy Padang or sticky sweet-and-sour sauce. You will eat among the Mataram families who fill the long table…
Indonesian in Mataram

Taliwang Irama 3

Excellent spicy Indonesian dishes lure in diners day in and day out. Eat in the plant-shaded courtyard or inside. As testament to the popularity, there are vendors out front. The chicken here seems even more tender …
Cultural in Mataram

Peresean

Martial arts, Lombok-style. Competitors, stripped to the waist, spar with rattan sticks and cowhide shields. The winner is the first to draw blood. It’s typically held in Mataram late in December, though you can cat…
Cultural in Mataram

Perang Topat

This ‘rice war’ on Lombok is fun. It takes place at Pura Lingsar just outside Mataram and involves a costumed parade, and Hindus and Wektu Telu pelting balls of ketupat (sticky rice) at each other. Can also be held …
Coffee in Mataram

Maktal Coffee Bar

This hipstery little coffee bar does everything from cold drips to caramel lattes. The brews are local, strong, and you can buy the beans afterwards. Also does pancakes, dumplings and Indo staples (20,000Rp to 30,00…