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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 and Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic periods to Dutch colonial-era and military histo…
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. …
International in Medan

Tip Top Restaurant

One for nostalgia buffs, here at this colonial-era relic only the prices have changed. Medan's oldest restaurant dates to 1934 and is great for a taste of bygone imperialism, with its regal white-uniformed waiters s…
Street Food in Medan

Sibolang Durian

If you haven't tried durian, then stop by this 'aromatic' open-air eating establishment dedicated to the world's smelliest fruit. It's not just some random street vendor, this is a brightly lit neon 24-hour temple t…
Indonesian in Medan

Medan Vegetarian

No more food envy from vegetarians who miss out on those famous Padang dishes – here you'll get the full array of delicious mock beef rendang, satay chicken and coconut curries, and they nail the taste and texture. …
Historic Building in Medan

Tjong A Fie Mansion

The home of a famous Chinese merchant who died in 1921 – formerly the wealthiest resident of Medan – mixes opulent Victorian and Chinese styles. The original hand-painted ceilings, Tjong’s huge bedroom, imported dar…
Cafe in Medan

The Thirty Six

With its polished concrete floors, low-hanging light bulbs and vertical garden this is one of Medan's more stylish hang-outs. It does the likes of white truffle fries, seafood mac 'n' cheese, buttermilk waffles and …
Indonesian in Medan

BPK Tesalonika

If you haven't had the chance to sample babi panggang Karo then head here to try this Karo Batak specialty. Comprising barbecue pork and an assortment of greens, spicy green chilli, rice, pork soup and pig blood, it…
Pub in Medan

Bistronomix

Offering respite from the horrendous traffic is this two-storey pub with an outdoor Astroturf terrace for enjoying cocktails and cold beers (including frozen varieties and Guinness on tap). Inside is more of a sport…
Southeast Asian in Medan

Merdeka Walk

Inspired by Singapore’s alfresco dining, this contemporary collection of outdoor eating establishments in Lapangan Merdeka offers everything from doughnut stalls and fast-food chains to breezy sit-down restaurants s…