Top things to do in Surabaya

Top Choice Museum in Surabaya

House of Sampoerna

Undoubtedly the city’s best-presented attraction, the House of Sampoerna is the home of one of Indonesia’s most famous kretek cigarette manufacturers (now owned by US-giant Altria, formerly Philip Morris). Whatever …
Top Choice European in Surabaya

De Soematra 1910

Put on your posh frock to come to this highly regarded restaurant. It's set inside a renovated colonial mansion with 6m-high ceilings, chandeliers and carved wooden drinks counters (with sherry decanters, of course)…
Top Choice Fusion in Surabaya

Citrus Lee

At Citrus Lee the food is art, and every dish is delicately painted onto a plate. The chef-owner trained in Paris, and the French influence seeps into many of his dishes. For most people menu highlights are the star…
Top Choice Italian in Surabaya

La Rucola

A delightful Italian bistro serving upmarket Surabaya with homemade pastas, imported steaks, wood-fired pizzas, Italian sausage, oyster mushrooms and more. It also does a range of perfectly grilled seafood. The wine…
Indonesian in Surabaya

BU Kris

With simple tiled walls, plastic-coated menus and chipped tables piled with plates of food, it's not the looks that bring crowds of noisy locals to eat at this renowned classic, but the food. BU Kris is famous for i…
Mosque in Surabaya

Mesjid Ampel

The Mesjid Ampel is the most sacred mosque in Surabaya. While non-Muslims aren't allowed to enter the mosque itself, the souk-style streets surrounding it make it a worthwhile visit. It was here that Sunan Ampel (on…
Mosque in Surabaya

Masjid al Akbar

Perhaps the most impressive modern mosque in Indonesia. You'll probably get a glimpse of Masjid al Akbar's magnificent array of bulbous watery-turquoise-tiled domes as you exit the city. Staff are happy to show visi…
International in Surabaya

House of Sampoerna Café

This cafe is adjacent to the House of Sampoerna museum and occupies a gorgeous colonial structure complete with stained-glass windows and brash and diverse art works – a memorable spot for a meal. The menu is divide…
Buddhist Temple in Surabaya

Kong Co Kong Tik Cun Ong Temple

The highly evocative Kong Co Kong Tik Cun Ong delivers a blast of unfiltered culture. The primarily Buddhist complex (with dashes of Confucian and Taoist influences) spans two sides of a small gang, arched with temp…
Indonesian in Surabaya

Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi Asli

This dimly lit dive, filled with locals, is the original location of a chain of soto ayam warungs with branches across Surabaya. Short on noodles, long on shredded chicken, the broth brims with oil and turmeric and …