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Top Choice Museum in Yogyakarta

Affandi Museum

One of Indonesia’s most celebrated artists, Affandi (1907–90) lived and worked in a wonderfully quirky self-designed riverside home studio, about 6km east of the town centre. Today it's the Affandi Museum, a must fo…
Top Choice Pub in Yogyakarta

Taphouse

Easily one of the best spots for a beer in town is this atmospheric bar, set within a crumbling, stylised, ruined-brick courtyard, which feels a bit like a bombed out village. It's a sprawling, eclectic space worthy…
Top Choice Bar in Yogyakarta

Sakapatat Social House

A little out of the way in a residential area north of town is this hip, contemporary Belgian-owned gastropub. It has several local beers on tap along with Beligan beers (albeit pricey!) and cocktails to enjoy in it…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Yogyakarta

Mediterranea

This French-owned kitchen is a delight in every sense. Everything here is home-made, including the bread which is baked twice daily. Staff also smoke their own salmon, slice a paper-thin beef carpaccio, offer a tast…
Palace in Yogyakarta

Taman Sari

Just southwest of the kraton is this complex, which once served as a splendid pleasure park of palaces, pools and waterways for the sultan and his entourage. It's said that the sultan had the Portuguese architect of…
Bar in Yogyakarta

Agenda

Atop of the boutique Greenhost hotel is this stylish rooftop bar and restaurant that's one of Yogya's coolest spots for a cocktail. Its decor is a mishmash of contemporary flair and design, and features a flashy bar…
Cafe in Yogyakarta

Wanderlust Coffee Division

This Dutch-owned cafe is a cool little hangout, with awesome coffee, cold beers and an interesting menu of vegetarian fusion cuisine. Choose from original items such as tempe rendang to its signature pulled jackfrui…
Palace in Yogyakarta

Kraton

The cultural and political heart of this fascinating city is the huge palace of the sultans of Yogya, the kraton. Effectively a walled city, this unique compound is home to around 25,000 people, and has its own m…
Hall in Yogyakarta

Pagelaran Pavilion

Due to a schism in the ruling royal family, confusingly there are actually two separate sections (and ticket offices) at the kraton. This entrance only allows you to view a small area, which contains several pillare…
Indonesian in Yogyakarta

Bu Ageng

Traditional Javanese dishes like eyem penggeng, chicken simmered in spiced coconut cream then grilled, are served in a tasteful interior space with wood columns and a bamboo-mat ceiling twirling with fans. Bu Ageng'…