Top things to do in Semarang

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 Area in Semarang

Old City

Semarang’s atmospheric old quarter, often referred to by its Dutch name, the Outstadt, is well worth investigating. Until recently, most of the area’s colonial buildings were abandoned as city authorities focused on…
Top Choice Cafe in Semarang

Hero Coffee

This delightful cafe is one of several popping up in the old city area. Housed in a beautifully restored colonial terrace, with a pink awning and wrought-iron details, it features international favourites including …
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 character-filled restaurant with its yellow roof tiles sports art deco chandeliers, antique tiles and soaring ceilings. A wide choice of…
Fusion in Semarang

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…
Temple in Semarang

Gedung Batu

This huge Chinese temple complex, 5km southwest of the city centre, comprises three main temple buildings and many smaller structures that date back to 1724, although built on earlier foundations. Most of the elegan…
Historic Building in Semarang

Lawang Sewu

Semarang's most famous landmark, Lawang Sewu ('Thousand Doors'), comprises two colossal colonial buildings that were one of the headquarters of the Indonesian railways during the Dutch era. The structures are sparse…
Area in Semarang

Chinatown

Semarang’s Chinatown is well worth investigating, particularly around the riverside Gang Lombok. With temples, pagodas, shop houses, jade jewellers, pharmacists, fortunetellers and food stalls, the area illustrates …
Museum in Semarang

Ronggowarsito Museum

This large provincial museum houses an interesting collection of antiquities, crafts including batik and wayang puppets, and assorted fossils and curios collected from all over Central Java. The most interesting exh…