Top things to do

Top Choice Pub in Padang

Bat & Arrow

Overlooking the river in the colonial quarter, this sprawling, atmospheric 'ruin pub' feels a bit like a bombed-out building, but instead is Padang's top traveller hang-out. The beer garden fills up nightly with sur…
Top Choice Indonesian in Sungai Penuh

Korintji Heritage

Set up as a social enterprise to empower locals, this fantastic new cafe in Sungai Penuh is set inside an atmospheric bamboo building overlooking the town and valley. As well as tasty Indonesian dishes, highlights i…
Top Choice Volcano in Kerinci Seblat National Park

Gunung Kerinci

Dominating the northern end of Kerinci Seblat National Park is Gunung Kerinci (3805m), Southeast Asia’s tallest volcano and one of Sumatra’s most active. On clear days the summit offers fantastic views of Danau Gunu…
Top Choice Indonesian in Danau Maninjau

Waterfront Zalino

This place with a great lakeside location showcases some local seafood specialties, such as udang (freshwater lake shrimp), freshwater lobster and grilled catfish. As well as cold beer it also serves a delicious sou…
Top Choice Indonesian in Padang

Sari Raso

Pick from a multitude of spicy dishes at this classic Padang chain, housed within a classy art deco colonial building. Do not miss their beef rendang; it's as good as we've ever had.
Market in Padang

Pasar Raya

Translating as ‘big market’, Pasar Raya lives up to its name: this massive, sprawling site is the centre of Padang’s shopping universe. Here you'll be able to find anything from fresh fruit, clothing and accessories…
Indonesian in Bukittinggi

RM Selamat

Padang food in West Sumatra rarely disappoints, and this cafeteria-style restaurant is famous for its authentic smoky beef rendang, among its assortment of delicious dishes to choose from.
Arts Centre in Bukittinggi

PT Studio Songket Palantaloom

Handicraft and textile fans should not miss this place near Simpang Bukit Batabuah, 7km southeast of Bukittinggi. Dedicated to revitalising the traditional Minangkabau art of weaving songket (silver- or gold-threade…
Lake in Kerinci Seblat National Park

Danau Gunung Tujuh

At 1996m, the beautiful caldera of Danau Gunung Tujuh is the highest in Southeast Asia and makes for a pleasant day ascent or part of a multiday trek. It takes 3½ hours to climb to the lake from the park entrance, w…
Nature Reserve in Bukittinggi

Batang Palupuh Nature Reserve

This reserve, 16km north of Bukittinggi, is home to many orchid species, as well as the massive Rafflesia arnoldii and Amorphophallus titanum, the largest flowers on the planet – the latter endemic to Sumatra. The r…