Top things to do

Top Choice Seafood in Bima

Rumah Makan Sabar Sabur

Out by the airport, off the trans-Sumbawa highway, 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, bon…
Top Choice International in Hu’u & Pantai Lakey

Fat Mah's

Lakey's best kitchen turns out creative fare throughout the day and night. Tables sit in a raised bleached-wood house overlooking the beach. There's a bit of style to everything, from the granola and muffins at brea…
Top Choice Bakery 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 and …
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, ba…
Palace in Sumbawa Besar

Dalam Loka

Originally built over 200 years ago for Sultan Mohammad Jalaluddin III, the remains of the Dalam Loka, a once-imposing structure that covers an entire city block, are in fair condition and are still used for politic…
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 6pm)…
Indonesian in Hu’u & Pantai Lakey

Mama's

The namesake owner sits out front of this simple little stall all day peeling veggies for her excellent local fare. Choose a few mains, serve yourself and lap up classic homestyle cooking. It's right on the beach pa…
Chinese in Sumbawa Besar

Aneka Rasa Jaya

Clean and popular, this Chinese seafood house plates tender fish fillets, shrimp, squid, crab and scallops in oyster, Szechuan, and sweet-and-sour sauce. The soto kepiting (crab soup) is good, as is anything with no…
Market in Bima

Pasar Malam

Dine cheaply at the night market: there’s fish and chicken sate, mie goreng (fried noodles) and nasi goreng (fried rice), bakso (meatball soup) and various deep-fried treats, including bananas aplenty.
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.