Top things to do in Yogyakarta

Top Choice Palace in Yogyakarta

Kraton

Beside the southern alun-alun (main square), Yogya's enormous kraton (palace) is the cultural and political heart of this fascinating city. Effectively a walled city, this complex of pavilions and residences is home…
Top Choice Palace in Yogyakarta

Taman Sari

This once-splendid pleasure park of palaces, pools and waterways, built between 1758 and 1765, functioned as the playground of the sultan and his entourage. It's said that the sultan had the Portuguese architect of …
Top Choice Bar in Yogyakarta

Agenda

This stylish rooftop bar (and popular restaurant) is as boutique as the Greenhost hotel to which it belongs. The decor is urban chic and there's a flashy bar where mixologists shake original and classic cocktails; h…
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 Belgian beers and a large menu of mocktails. Choose from th…
Top Choice Bistro in Yogyakarta

Mediterranea

This stylish French-owned kitchen is a delight in every sense and comes highly recommended by expats. Everything is homemade, including the bread, which is baked twice daily. Staff also smoke their own salmon, slice…
Museum in Yogyakarta

Sono-Budoyo Museum

This treasure chest is one of the best museums in Yogya. It is only small but is home to a a first-class collection of Javanese art, including wayang kulit puppets, topeng (masks), kris and batik. The courtyard hous…
Pub in Yogyakarta

Taphouse

A good spot for a beer, this atmospheric bar is set within a crumbling, stylised, ruined-brick courtyard. It's a sprawling, eclectic space with bench tables and beanbags on the grass.There's a big screen showing mov…
Cafe in Yogyakarta

Wanderlust Coffee Division

This Dutch-owned cafe is a cool little hangout, with awesome coffee, cold beers (happy 'hour' is from noon to 7pm) and an interesting menu of vegetarian fusion cuisine. Choose from original items such as tempe renda…
Coffee in Yogyakarta

Ruang Seduh

A must for coffee enthusiasts, this tiny cafe feels more like a laboratory with its frosty white decor and high-tech coffee-brewing station installed with digital gadgetry. It serves a range of Indonesian single-ori…
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 studio, about 6km east of the centre. Today it's the Affandi Museum, a must for any self…