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Top Choice Museum in Dili

Resistance Museum

This excellent museum commemorates Timor-Leste's 24-year struggle against the Indonesian occupation. The story of Falintil’s resistance is brought to life with a timeline, photos, video recordings and exhibits of th…
Top Choice Bar in Dili

Di Za

Battle it out with Dili's expat crowd for the best seats to watch the sun set over the harbour – passionfruit mojito (US$6) in hand – at this beautifully appointed, Balinese-inspired beachside bar. The Portuguese-st…
Top Choice Coffee in Dili

Letefoho Specialty Coffee Roaster

The super-friendly, Australian-trained baristas at Timor-Leste's first speciality coffee shop transform house-roasted Timorese beans into perfect flat whites, iced lattes, or whichever way you like it. Located in th…
Top Choice International in Dili

Castaway Bar

Crowds enjoy Aussie comfort food staples (salt 'n' pepper calamari, homemade pies) as well as steaks, pizzas and Asian fare at this popular two-storey joint overlooking the waterfront. Check the blackboard for lunch…
Top Choice Portuguese in Baucau

Restaurante Amalia

Take a shady spot on the outdoor terrace and enjoy the sea views, or pull up a chair inside and admire the wonderfully decorated altar along with hearty Portuguese-style meals (try the coffee beef) served with a smi…
Memorial in Balibó

Balibo Flag House

Commemorating the five Australian-based journalists who were killed by Indonesian Special Forces on 16 October 1975 while reporting on Indonesian's invasion of East Timor, this house in Balibo, where they stayed, al…
Cycling in Dili

Tour de Timor

Cheer on the several hundred hardy cyclists who embark on this five-day race around Timor-Leste's gnarly roads, or join in the challenge.
Museum in Dili

Chega! Exhibition

Set in the buildings and cells of a Portuguese-era prison where hundreds of resistance figures were interned by the Indonesian military, the exhibition (chega means 'stop' or 'no more' in Portuguese) gives a glimpse…
Bar in Dili

Caz Bar

Sink back in your chair on the sand at this popular place that tops the line-up of beachside joints in Aeria Branca. At sunset, it’s a toss-up between a beer and a fresh coconut water. The food menu charts the backp…
International in Dili


The extensive menu at Timor-Leste's fanciest restaurant ranges from homemade ravioli to grilled chicken with wasabi mash, with some good Indian-style veg options thrown in. It's behind the Discovery Inn (which has a…