North Coast restaurants

Top Choice Chinese in Semarang

Holliday Restaurant

It's easy to see why this two-storey restaurant is permanently packed: the food is exceptionally good! Earning the unreserved recommendation of the local Chinese population, the restaurant attracts large parties to …
Top Choice Seafood in Jepara


This stylish beachfront restaurant is the indisputable top choice in Jepara. Dining is in the garden, around a pool or on tables so close to the sea that the fish almost swim up to the plate. Candlelight lends roman…
Top Choice Javanese in Kudus

Soto Bujatmi

This is the very best place to try the famed chicken soup of Kudus. Cooks stir up cauldrons of the brew over a log-fired oven and diners pack round simple tables decorated with jars of rice crackers. Soto kudus is s…
Top Choice Bakery in Semarang

Toko Wingko Babad

A wonderful, anachronistic bakery and store that hasn't changed in half a century. The delicious wingko (coconut cakes served warm) are the signature treats of this veritable old city institution, served plain or fl…
Indonesian in Semarang

Ikan Bakar Cianjur

Occupying a sensitively restored building (Semarang’s former courthouse), this characterful restaurant with its yellow roof tiles sports art deco chandeliers, antique tiles and soaring ceilings. A wide choice of sna…
Fusion in Semarang


Housed in a converted old general store (circa 1895) and once patronised by Dutch colonists, Spiegel has become a pivotal point of the old quarter. The island bar serves up tasty cocktails, and marble tables set the…
International in Karimunjawa Islands

Cafe Amore

Occupying a lovely spot among reconstructed wooden joglo fronting the marina, this atmospheric restaurant, with its palm tree garden and mowed lawns, is a perfect place for a sundowner. Food is served after 7pm.
Indonesian in Semarang

Sate & Gule 29

Almost opposite the Gereja Blenduk church, this sunken storefront is packed with locals from opening till closing time. Why? Because it serves the best goat in town. The mixed sate delivers six skewers of grilled cu…
Chinese in Semarang

Lumpia Gang Lombok

There's often an hour's wait for a bench at this riverside warung next to Tay Kak Sie temple. It's not the location that attracts the crowd but the delicious prawn lumpia (spring rolls), served with pickled cucumber…
Indonesian in Karimunjawa Islands

Night Market

A local favourite for dinner is the night market on the alun-alun in the centre of Karimunjawa town. Over a dozen stalls offer tasty ikan bakar (grilled fish), grilled corn, fried bananas, fresh juice and more. Dine…