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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 Arts & Crafts in Mataram

Lombok Handicraft Centre

At Sayang Sayang (2km north of Cakra), there's a wide range of small shops here; look for the arched sign over the narrow road which reads 'Handy Craft'. Browse crafts, including masks, textiles and ceramics from ac…
Top Choice Indonesian in Mataram

Taliwang Irama

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 …
Hindu Temple in Mataram

Pura Meru

Pura Meru is the largest and second-most important Hindu temple on Lombok. Built in 1720, it’s dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The inner court has 33 small shrines and three thatched, tea…
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…
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 …
Cultural in Mataram


Martial arts, Lombok-style. Competitors, stripped to the waist, spar with sticks and cowhide shields. The winner is the first to draw blood. It’s held annually in Mataram late in the month.
Market in Mataram

Pasar Cakranegara

Collection of quirky stalls, some of which sell good-quality ikat (traditional cloth), as well as an interesting food market. Think of it as a modern variation on a traditional market.
Cultural in Mataram

Malean Sampi

Yoked buffalo race over waterlogged earth in Narmada, near Mataram on Lombok, their jockeys clinging tight. It’s as dangerous, muddy and fun as it sounds.