Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Medan

Museum of North Sumatra

Housed in a striking traditional building, this museum has a well-presented collection ranging from early North Sumatran civilisations to Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic periods to Dutch colonial-era and military histor…
Top Choice Southeast Asian in Medan

Merdeka Walk

Inspired by Singapore’s al fresco dining, this contemporary collection of outdoor eateries in Lapangan Merdeka offers everything from doughnut stalls to breezy sit-down restaurants serving grilled seafood and Malays…
Palace in Medan

Istana Maimoon

The grand, 30-room Maimoon Palace was built by the sultan of Deli in 1888 and features Malay, Mughal and Italian influences. Only the main room, which features the lavish inauguration throne, is open to the public. …
Historic Building in Medan

Tjong A Fie Mansion

The former house of a famous Chinese merchant who died in 1921 – formerly the wealthiest resident of Medan – mixes Victorian and Chinese style. The original hand-painted ceilings, Tjong’s huge bedroom, imported dark…
International in Medan

Tip Top Restaurant

Only the prices have changed at this colonial-era relic. Medan's oldest restaurant dates to 1934 and is great for a taste of bygone imperialism with an array of Indonesian, Chinese and international dishes, but it’s…
Irish Pub in Medan

Healy Mac's Irish Pub

Street-facing but part of the Centre Point complex, Healey Mac's is a typically convivial Irish bar with Guinness on tap, big servings of Western food such as pizza, burgers and steak, sports on the big screen and l…
Japanese in Medan

Sushi Tei

At the rear of Sun Plaza mall, this celebrated chain serves some of Medan’s best sushi as well as an extensive array of tonkatsu, tempura, yakitori, sashimi platters and bowls of udon. There are also outlets at Cent…
Noodles in Medan

Mie Tiong Sim Selat Panjang

On a little street packed with night food stalls, this bustling canteen is locally (and justifiably) famous for its mie tiong sim (soft, handmade noodles topped with sweet, flavourful char siu pork). The chicken noo…
Coffee in Medan

Macehat Coffee

Not only do these guys roast their own, but this cafe is a magnet for bean connoisseurs wanting to sample some of Sumatra’s best – single-origin Mandheling Arabica from the Danau Toba area. For something more unusua…
Mall in Medan

Centre Point Medan

The biggest, brashest and most central of Medan mega shopping malls, Centre Point is just east of the train station. As well as brand-name stores, restaurants and a cinema, there's a supermarket on the basement leve…