Top ChoiceBakery in Sumbawa Besar

Cipta Sari Bakery

Don't pass through town without a stop at this excellent bakery on a shady stretch of the main drag. Pause for coffee or a cold drink, and be sure to stock up for your journey: the various baked goods, pastries...

Waterfall in Pulau Moyo

Mata Jitu Waterfall

Pulau Moyo's most famous attraction is this fairytale waterfall, whose cascading pools of turquoise water have entranced at least one princess (locals call it Lady Diana Waterfall because she visited in 1993). A...

International in Pantai Lakey


A beached Sumbawanese boat, its prow pointing to Lakey's famous breaks, has been turned into a breezy, open-sided restaurant that does surprisingly good 'Mexican' food, alongside Indonesian and Western standards....

Horse Racing in Bima

Pacuan Kuda

Horse racing is held at least four times a year, in April or May, July, August and December, at the Desa Panda horse stadium, 12km west of town on the Trans-Sumbawa Hwy. There’s a large grandstand, a gaggle of...

Palace in Sumbawa Besar

Dalam Loka

The Dalam Loka was built over 200 years ago for Sultan Mohammad Jalaluddin III and presently covers an entire city block. The remains of this once-imposing structure are in fair condition and are still used for...

International in Pantai Lakey


Once humble, Fatmah's has taken a slight turn upmarket in recent years. Tables sit in a raised bleached-wood house overlooking the beach where you can watch the sun set or the kitesurfers swoop, as you tuck into...

Seafood in Bima

Rumah Makan Sabar Sabur

Out by the airport, off the Trans-Sumbawa Hwy, the long wooden tables here are always crowded with locals who come to munch bandeng goreng (a flash-fried freshwater fish). Like herring, you can eat it whole,...

Coffee in Pantai Lakey

Balumba Shop

This hole-in-the-wall shop on the beach walk in front of the Balumba Hotel offers the best coffees in East Sumbawa. All beans come from farms on the slopes of nearby Gunung Tambora and are manually pressed...

Chinese in Sumbawa Besar

Aneka Rasa Jaya

Clean and popular, this Chinese seafood house plates tender fish fillets, prawns, squid, crab and scallops in oyster, Szechuan or sweet-and-sour sauce. The soto kepiting (crab soup) is good, as is anything with...

International in Rantung Beach

Lisa's Garden

Those craving things like French-press coffee, avocado toast, salads, granola or burritos – all exceptionally rare on Sumbawa – will love this cheap open-air eatery, which has an upstairs deck overlooking the waves.

Market in Sumbawa Besar

Pasar Syketeng

Rise early and hit the steamy, exotic Pasar Syketeng. Its dank alleyways come alive as young and old descend to barter and haggle for every conceivable item, from fish to household goods to live chickens.

Seafood in Sumbawa

Lesehan Santong

A tasty fish shack teetering on the rocky shore at the island’s midway point. Dine on fresh catch, grilled or fried, in the ‘dining room’, or in one of the stilted pagodas at the water’s edge.

Village in Sumbawa Besar


Some of the best ikat and songket sarongs are made by members of a women’s weaving klompok (collective) in the conservative mountain village of Poto, 12km east of Sumbawa Besar and 2km from the small town of...

Museum in Bima

Museum Asi Mbojo

The old Sultan’s Palace, former home of Bima’s rulers, still reflects the colonial style of a 1927 renovation. Past the large verandas, the interior is home to a grab bag of dusty curios, including a royal crown,...

Market in Bima

Pasar Malam

Dine cheaply at the night market, located in and around the soccer field. There’s fish and chicken sate, mie goreng (fried noodles) and nasi goreng (fried rice), bakso (meatball soup) and various deep-fried...

Indonesian in Bima

Rumah Makan Arema Raya

The cleanest and most central Padang food depot in town. Pick and mix from an array of curried, baked and fried fish and chicken dishes. Note: it gets quite spicy here. When the day's fresh fare runs out (about...

Indonesian in Pantai Lakey

Mamat Warung

While it lacks a sea view, this simple warung out on the main road serves up Lakey's cheapest and most authentic Indonesian fare, including sate, gado gado (a peanut-sauced salad) and plenty of tempe dishes for...

Indonesian in Sape

Rumah Makan Citra Minang

The smiling ladies here bring the finest and spiciest Padang dishes to life. The shabby interior belies the quality and flavour of the food. Mere steps from the boats and last bus stop.