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Once upon a time, Yogyakarta was the capital of Indonesia, the hub of Javanese culture, and the birthplace of many influential people.
Nowadays this is a city of many names, Jogja, Yogja and Jogjakarta to name but a few. The city still retains a traditional feel, yet a thriving metropolitan vibe is emerging.
Where else in the world do the old and new blend so perfectly? Nowhere!
Jogja’s restaurants also pull influences from various cultures and the results are pretty unique.
See what you think!
1. Dine in a castle – Mang Engking
Don’t miss the opportunity to be the King of the castle at the amazing Mang Engking restaurant. The unique fairytale castle isn’t something you see everyday and the surprises just keep coming.
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The specialty is fish and shrimp that live in the serene ponds surrounding the castle. Relax in your own traditional bamboo gubuk, a type of hut, at the waters edge.
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If you would rather dine inside then the castle dining hall is both exciting and very cool on a hot afternoon.
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Everyone talks about the honey-grilled shrimp, slightly charred and sweet, fresh juicy prawns – delicious.
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If you prefer fish then the Ikan Gurame Pesmol is exceptional and is served whole so you certainly won’t be hungry.
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If you aren’t bored after so much fish, then dip your toes into the waters edge and let the little fish nibble them. Your own personal pedicure.
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Mang Engking restaurants are popping up across Indonesia but we are certain that this is the only one with a castle!
When it comes to chilled traveller hangouts it doesn’t get better than Via Via. The cool murals, bright cushions and relaxed atmosphere will make you feel right at home.
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After living the backpacker life you should treat yourself with a hearty breakfast. Enjoy a full cooked breakfast complete with chocolate dipped strawberries – naughty but nice!
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For travellers missing their fix of bread, Via Via has a delicious bakery stocking an extensive range of artisan breads. If you think the bread is good then you have to try the specialty sandwiches, yum!
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Do you have an artistic streak? Then you will love the displays of artwork, in fact why not display your own? ViaVia encourages artists from all works of life to unite and showcase their talents.
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If you’re travelling with your kids, there’s even a kids corner to keep them entertained.
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At ViaVia you can meet fellow travellers, kindred artistic spirits and enjoy great food at reasonable prices. What more do you want?
3. A sight (or two) to behold! – Abhayagiri
You get two for the price of one at Abhaygiri, two spectacular sights that is! The panoramic views from the restaurant include both the Prambanan temple and Mount Merapi.
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Perched up on the side of a hill, the restaurant affords breathtaking views across Prambanan. Grab a table outside to watch the sunset and enjoy dinner as the rest of the city goes to sleep.
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Everyone knows that food tastes better with a great view, trust us the food is already amazing. The banqueting experience means you can sample as many delicious dishes as you want.
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Inside Abhayigiri is just as spectacular with luxurious décor and an impressive sparkling chandelier.
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To make your meal extra special why not request a pendopo, a private pavilion to dine in. You can even request the signature dance of Abhayigiri, the Jonggrang cultural dance be performed.
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You have to visit this restaurant for a taste of luxury and unforgettable views.
4. Witness the weird and wonderful – The House of Raminten
The House of Raminten really is a house of wonders. This traditional Javenese restaurant certainly has a wild side.
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The restaurant is named after Hamzah Salaiman, the owner, who played the popular character of Raminten in an Indonesian soap opera.
The House of Raminten embraces diversity, encourages different religions to unite and promotes the transgender community. Love the food, the atmosphere and each other.
Waiters wear traditional kraton jarit and you can expect a relaxed dining pace. Food is served, and enjoyed slowly as per Javanese custom. Even the manager says ‘ If you’re in a hurry, we cannot serve you’.
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The koteka is highly recommended, a delicious mix of shredded chicken and egg all baked in a bamboo splinter.
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When it comes to the décor, you are in for a shock. Dotted between the many photos of Raminten are some unusual decorations including full sized horse carriages and breast shaped mugs.
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You need to have a look around yourself, because when it comes to the House of Raminten you have to see it to believe it!
5. At one with nature – Rosella easy dining
Great food and beautiful décor all surrounded by lush green paddy fields – does that sound like paradise? At Rosella easy dining you can have it all.
Located away from the hustle and bustle of town, this restaurant is tranquil – and the open sided terrace makes you feel at one with the stunning natural surroundings.
You have to try the Rijstaffel, this traditional dish is served with a modern twist and all the little dishes make it feel like a banquet.
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The best thing about Rosella Easy Dining is Richie, the head chef. Richie makes an effort to greet all of his guests and find out if there is anything special they would like to eat.
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Enjoyed the food? Then come back and learn how to make these delicious local dishes under Richie’s watchful eye. Sample your creations as the sunsets across the paddy fields for the perfect romantic evening.
6. Are you a really Fungi? – Jejamuran
What do shitakes, morels and oysters all have in common? They are all types of mushrooms and are all available at the amazing Jejamuran restaurant.
It’s not often that mushrooms are the highlight of a menu, but they really are the star of the show at Jejamuran.
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Mushroom omelettes, soups, crisps, even the refreshing summer breeze drink has a mushroom in it.
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The mushroom sate is incredible, it’s so flavorsome you wont notice that there isn’t any meat.
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After enjoying a mushroom feast, you can also spend some time learning about how to grow them or browse the mushroom shop. Here you will see some strange and unusual fungi.
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To top it all off, there is live music and performances, and you can get some fresh air on the lovely open terrace.
Even if you don’t love mushrooms, you need to try this place – it might just change your mind.
7. Do you dare to bear? – Roaster & Bear
Everyone loves great coffee, but not everyone likes bears. At Roaster and Bear, you can’t help but fall in love with these fuzzy teddy bears. Especially when they are staring up at you from your cappuccino!
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This funky café has bears everywhere, on the walls, in your food, and even a life-size teddy that’s perfect for selfies.
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You have to order a coffee just to see the amazing bear designs on top, they are so incredible you won’t want to drink them.
If you think the coffee is good, then the food will blow you away. Satisfying dishes with a twist, ever had a burger on a bright red bun?
If you really want to treat yourself, try the Wagyu steaks – they will melt in your mouth.
We love the décor here, the random furniture, sofas on wheels and bears peaking out everywhere.
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Come on down to the teddy bears’ picnic!
8. Ever wanted to eat snake? – Mi Casa es tu Casa
Mi Casa es tu Casa, or ‘My House is your house’, is this charming little Basque owned restaurant you really can feel at home at.
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Where else can you find fresh, authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine in the middle of Indonesia?
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There is one thing on the menu that you wont find in Spain though…snake! Cobra and Python are an unusual Indonesian delicacy that are certainly harder to find nowadays, but are well worth trying.
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A local hunter sources the cobras or pythons and they are served either fried or curried. Many say they taste like chicken but you have to try it and see for yourself!
If you want a souvenir from your snake tasting adventure, then visit the batik gallery to browse the beautiful locally produced pieces.
And if you want a taste of the Mediterranean or even something a little more unusual, then Mi Casa es su Casa is the place for you.
9. Get it before it melts – Tempo del Gelato
We think this place should be called Temple of Gelato because it has the best ice cream we have ever tasted.
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Try flavors that you never knew existed; Dragon fruit, matcha tea and cinnamon are both unusual and delicious. A combination of Mango and Raspberry sorbet is super refreshing on a hot day.
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Even the small cones have 2 flavors but you can go all the way up to a giant XXL size with 5 flavors if you fancy a challenge.
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This buzzing little restaurant is the place to be seen, where students, locals and tourists all come together to enjoy the best gelato in Jogja. The queues might look long but they move quickly.
Il Tempo del Gelato is spreading the love and opening a second restaurant in Jogja opening later in 2016. Watch this space!
10. Eat fresh organic vegetarian food – Milas
Milas isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a lifestyle. This is a relaxing, tranquil dining experience that serves innovative vegetarian cuisine in a beautiful garden setting.
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The produce is so fresh that you actually see it delivered; in fact you can buy some yourself at the organic market outside.
Milas places huge emphasis on the environment and local communities. Your food tastes extra delicious when you know that the profits are re-invested into local projects.
All the food at Milas is vegetarian, organic and contains no MSG. The dishes are creative, bright and beautifully presented. Even meat eaters will be blown away.
After you have eaten your 5 a day you can chill out, read a book or play one of the board games provided to while the day away.