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Top Choice Museum in Dili

Chega! Exhibition

Set in the buildings and cells of a Portuguese-era prison where resistance figures were interned by the Indonesian military, Chega! (chega means 'stop' or 'no more' in Portuguese) houses the results of the Commissio…
Top Choice Cafe in Dili

Agora Food Studio

House-made yoghurt breakfast bowls, kombucha (fermented tea) and barista-made coffee set this cafe, upstairs in the LELI English school, apart. Staff transform local staples like fresh ginger, turmeric and sweet pot…
Top Choice Memorial in Balibó

Balibó Flag House

Balibó Flag House is where the five journalists reporting on Indonesian's invasion of East Timor stayed before they were killed by Indonesian Special Forces on 16 October 1975. Press play on the DVD player to watch …
Top Choice Museum in Dili

Resistance Museum

An excellent museum, established in 2005, which commemorates Timor-Leste's 24-year struggle against the Indonesian occupation. Falintil’s resistance is brought to life with a timeline, photos, video recordings and e…
Cycling in Dili

Tour de Timor

Adventure cyclists from around the world bring their own bikes to test them on the tough and challenging conditions of Timor-Leste's roads in this five-day, 500km cycling adventure. It began in 2009 as part of the '…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Ataúro

Boneca de Ataúro

Calling this a doll shop doesn't do it justice: here, in a simple building by the beach, marginalised women sew modern, well-designed laptop bags and pencil cases as well as dolls and toys (check out the resistance …
Mountain in Loi Hunu & Mundo Perdido

Mundo Perdido

Crashing through foliage under the squawks of bats and lorikeets as you climb Mundo Perdido (1775m) – which translates to 'Lost World' – is one of the country's highlights. The view of sunrise from the grassy platea…
Arts & Crafts in Dili

Boneca de Ataúro

This small outlet sells well-designed, modern and handmade laptop bags, Christmas tree decorations, tea towels and soft toys. The work is done by formerly disadvantaged women on Ataúro – you can see them in action o…
Rock Art in Tutuala & Jaco Island

Rock Art Caves

There are fine examples of rock art in the cliffs and caves heading down towards Valu (beach), with depictions including cock fighting, sea urchins and people hunting. Sites are signposted off the Tutuala to Jaco ro…
Area in Dili

Páteo

This new shopping area is home to some of Dili's best cafes and shops, as well as a Portuguese supermarket with a great, cheap deli and plenty of Portuguese products.