Top things to do

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 Italian in Surabaya

La Rucola

A delightful Italian bistro serving upmarket Surabaya with authentic wood-fired pizzas and calzones topped and stuffed with bresaola, Italian sausage, oyster mushrooms, beef tenderloin, shrimp and more. It also does…
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…
Rooftop Bar in Surabaya

Loveshack Skybar

On the top floor of the designer MaxOne hotel is this cool rooftop bar that's the perfect spot to enjoy a balmy evening with cold drink in hand. There's live music most nights and a menu of international and Indones…
Landmark in Surabaya

Monumen Kapal Selam

Surabaya’s foremost stretch of renovated water-side real estate centres on the iron hulk that is Pasopati, a Russian submarine commissioned into the Indonesian navy in 1962. You can poke around the interior, peek th…
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 several branches across Surabaya. Short on noodles, long on shredded chicken, the broth brims with oil and turme…
Vegetarian in Surabaya

Ahimsa Vegan Lounge

An elegant, upmarket vegetarian restaurant owned by a welcoming Indo-Chinese family with delicious rice dishes (try nasi hainan, a mixed rice platter), salads and soups, including a vegetarian bakso. No MSG is used,…
Food Hall in Surabaya

Tunjungan Plaza

For an air-conditioned setting, Tunjungan Plaza has a colossal selection of squeaky-clean Asian and Western restaurants and cafes; the food court is on the 5th floor.
Market in Surabaya

Kya Kya

In the old city, the once-throbbing Chinese night market, Kya Kya, is now far less popular, though there are still a few food stalls here.
Market in Surabaya

Pasar Genteng

For cheap eats, Pasar Genteng has good night warungs.