Best restaurants in Semarang

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    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 its circular tables even on a weekday. Dishes of super-fresh seafood, including jellyfish and lobster, and hot plates of bean curd are among the local favourites.

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    Ikan Bakar Cianjur

    Occupying a sensitively restored building (Semarang’s former courthouse), this character-filled restaurant with its yellow roof tiles sports art deco chandeliers, antique tiles and soaring ceilings. A wide choice of snacks and seafood meals are served here, but most locals come for the house speciality – gurame and nila fish (from 88,000Rp), which arrives souped, fried or grilled.

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    Spiegel

    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 stage for fusion dishes that combine local flavours with international favourites. The attached designer boutique sells sumptuous printed silk clothing for women.

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    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 flavoured with jackfruit, chocolate, banana or durian. The jackfruit is especially addictive.

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    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 cuts including liver, served with pepper, slices of red onion and coconut-flavoured sauce. Locals swear by the gule – a delicious goat-meat soup.

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    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, lettuce and shredded vegetables. Diners rub elbows, adding to the shared anticipation as lumpia are flipped from wok to plate.

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    TekoDeko

    A fun tiled coffee house in a restored old relic, this cafe brews up espresso coffee, pots of tea and sandwiches. Pastas and nasi goreng (fried rice) are on offer too. There's a small shop selling homemade fare and a great rooftop sundeck.

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    Semawis Night Market

    Fine Chinese-style noodles and babi sate (pork satay) are local favourites at this weekend market. The sociable atmosphere is helped along by a bit of low-key karaoke, fortune-telling and flirting young couples.

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    Paragon Mall

    Modern Paragon Mall encompasses Indonesian and Asian restaurants, cafes, and a large supermarket in the basement for supplies.