Top things to do in Padang

Top Choice Pub in Padang

Bat & Arrow

Overlooking the river in the colonial quarter, this sprawling, atmospheric 'ruin pub' feels a bit like a bombed-out building, but instead is Padang's top traveller hang-out. The beer garden fills up nightly with sur…
Top Choice Indonesian in Padang

Sari Raso

Pick from a multitude of spicy dishes at this classic Padang chain, housed within a classy art deco colonial building. Do not miss their beef rendang; it's as good as we've ever had.
Market in Padang

Pasar Raya

Translating as ‘big market’, Pasar Raya lives up to its name: this massive, sprawling site is the centre of Padang’s shopping universe. Here you'll be able to find anything from fresh fruit, clothing and accessories…
Cultural in Padang

Pesta Budaya Tabuik

A West Sumatran cultural calendar highlight is Pesta Budaya Tabuik (derived from the Islamic festival of Tabut), which is held in Pariaman, 36km north of Padang. It takes place at the beginning of the month of Muhar…
Steak in Padang

Safari Garden

This stylish, convivial steakhouse with exposed brick walls and rustic log-lined booths is a fine place for a splurge, or just some good coffee. The specialty is Wagyu beef steaks (from 200,000Rp), but there's a men…
Museum in Padang

Adityawarman Museum

Within a grand traditional Minangkabau-style building is this excellent museum that offers a thorough overview of Padang culture. Captions are all in English, and cover Minangkabau lifestyle and architecture, as wel…
Seafood in Padang

Ikan Bakar Pak Tri’s

Here the fish and squid are sold by weight or portion and flame-grilled to perfection with a sweet, spicy sambal sauce. The selection includes shoals of different fish and squid, with a supporting cast of kangkung (…
Area in Padang

Colonial Quarter

Although badly damaged in the 2009 earthquake, Padang’s colonial-era quarter around Jl Batang Arau is still worth a lazy stroll. Crumbling old Dutch and Chinese warehouses back on to a river brimming with fishing bo…
Indonesian in Padang

Pagi Sore

Unassuming Pagi Sore is one of Padang's classic nasi Padang houses, a simple place where you choose from an array of spicy dishes, take a plate of rice and pay for what you eat. An average meal should come to less t…
Indonesian in Padang

Pondok Indah Jaya

This warung is an excellent intro to Padang cuisine. The staff will talk you through the selection of dishes, including spicy tofu, beef rendang, ayam sambal and tempe. Cool the fire in your mouth with some sirsak (…