Medan has Sumatra's most varied selection of cuisine, from basic Malay-style mie (noodle) and nasi (rice) joints, to top-class hotel restaurants.

Simple warungs (food stalls) occupy the front courtyards of houses in the lanes around Mesjid Raya. Evening food stalls on Jl Selat Panjang are worth visiting.

Meanwhile, a younger generation of cafe owners have brought some contemporary class to Medan's dining scene.