Co-written by Matt Ho
Assisted by Mohammad Yanuar Firdaus
Surrounded by mountains with high peaks and located within a few kilometres away from the popular Mount Bromo, Malang is best known for its cool temperatures, beautiful countryside, and attractive historical buildings.
Beaches, mountains, city, spectacular views and nature, Malang has it all. It’s little wonder why this second largest city in East Java used to be a holiday escape for the Dutch during the colonial period!
Malang offers unique spots where you can enjoy the mountainous panorama and the beautiful cityscape. And some of the best places where you can bask in the stunning scenery are from the comfort of lovely restaurants while trying out delicious local food.
Softly touched by the mountain breeze, a warm ginger tea or a locally brewed coffee will go perfectly with the chilly weather.
So check out these 13 restaurants that boast of the best views in Malang you don’t want to miss!
Located in a beautiful large garden with an architectural mix of indoor and outdoor designs, this coffeehouse surrounded by nature and good vibes is perfect for the sunset.
If you are travelling with friends or family, sit in the outdoor area where the small wooden gazebos promise a natural yet spacious set-up. A great spot for your weekend lunch too!
The coffeehouse extends to a back area that faces a suspension bridge across the river. This spot has already become an Instagrammable sensation among local visitors!
The menu consists of a wide variety of coffee options and the food is also diverse. From a mix of local and international dishes, you can choose Bruschetta for starters, and a pizza or pasta for the main dish. The Rock and Roll Fried Spring Rolls looks simply delicious, but if you want to try some local starters, we recommend Tempe Mendoan or Tape Rondo Royal for drinks. These are some special options!
BataButi has it all – there’s simply no reason to not drop by when you are in Malang!
2.Traditional dining in the middle of rice paddies: Paddy City Resort
For a calm and unique dining experience, Paddy City Resort is all about enjoying the natural environment in a typical Indonesian village. Paddy fields, wooden houses, and the smell of freshness are three elements that make this resort memorable.
With tables placed literally in the middle of the rice fields, you can be intimately close to nature. Listen to the sounds of the nearby river while you enjoy local drinks such as Wedang Jahe, a warm traditional ginger drink.
You will only find traditional local dishes here – Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice), meat specialties like Krengseng Sapi (Beef), Sup Iga Sapi (Beef Ribs Soup), or Ayam Rica-Rica (Spicy Chicken).
To fully experience the countryside life in Malang, you can even rent rooms in cottages near the villagers’ homes. You will be living in the village itself, where you can watch your neighbours go about their daily activities such as farming or harvesting.
In this environment tucked in nature, serenity and tradition, you’ll be able to bring home very special and unforgettable memories!
3. Enjoy the fresh mountain air with cocktails and popcorn: Pupuk Bawang Café & Dining
Imagine sitting at the foot of the mountain, surrounded by green rice paddies and emerald forests in the background while enjoying some local snacks with your friends.
Located away from the hubbub of the city, this cafe is worth visiting for a refreshing and relaxing afternoon where you can invite your friends or make new ones!
If you come during the day, you can sit at the tables facing the landscape of green as it merges with the clear blue sky. In the evening, the atmosphere changes into a lively spot with sparkling light decorations. Fresh cool air and tons of good vibes are what you will get at Pupuk Bawang Coffee!
With a variety of food and drinks, Pupuk Bawang is also popular for its delicious dishes. From Onion Rings for starters to the Classic Beef Burger, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you prefer Asian food, we recommend Ayam Lima Rasa (Five Flavor Chicken) which is one of the specials.
And one more thing – you get free popcorn too! It will go perfectly well with the cocktails you might want to try.
4. Paddy fields as vast as your eyes can see: Café Sawah Pujon Kidul
Dining in the middle of the rice fields has certainly become a popular phenomenon among Indonesians, and Sawah Pujon Kidul is no exception. At Pujon Kidul, you can bask in the full view of the paddy fields with Mounts Dorowati and Putri Tidur in the background.
The café is made up of traditional decor and natural materials, with wood furniture and bamboo gazebos in a perfect mélange with the surroundings.
The best part? You can take leisurely strolls along the path near the paddies, breathe in the crisp clean air and simply enjoy nature.
Although the menu will not bring something extremely special to the table, your Indonesian experience will feel authentic with the Corn Rice dish, or a cup of local coffee.
What else do you need when you can get this view?
5. Jungle Book & Good Food – Taman Indie River View Resto
Most of the places in this list are located in the city, and offers a trip down memory’s lane by way of vintage décor and antique props.
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Photo Via Fir.dayanti, Ellenruth Aristhya, Inijie
What makes this restaurant different, is that it teleports you back to the pre-colonial era – when the Javanese lived off the land, by growing rice and fishing from rivers.
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Taman Indie River View Resto is located along the riverbanks of Sungai Bango (Bango River), sandwiched between paddy fields and lush forestry.
You can eat like how the locals ate many years ago before foreign feet arrived – and rest assured, the food is just as authentic as before!
6. Cityscapes from the mountain: The Clubhouse Restaurant & Lounge
Located right outside the city in Kota Batu, The Clubhouse Restaurant and Lounge boasts of a stunning view of the Malang cityscape from the mountains.
From the slope of Mount Panderman, you can witness the sparkling lights of Malang and Batu from the top. Prepare to be surprised by how low the temperatures can be at this altitude. Bring warm clothes and order hot drinks!
You can also try out their local and international dishes. If you are travelling with your partner, we recommend the romantic dinner package – why not spoil yourselves and rekindle your romance with the stunning view?
7. Romantic evening with fairy lights in the plantations: Café Bukit Delight
Café Bungkit Delight is positioned in one of the corners of Malang where you can enjoy views of plantations, mountains, and villages.
You will love coming here at night, where the romantic atmosphere is enhanced by magical fairy lights adorning the trees lined on both sides – the perfect place for a late night chat with your sweetheart or for some heart-to-heart talks with your besties.
As for food, you can modern local favourites such as Chicken Black Pepper Rice, Chicken Barbeque Rice, and Beef Teriyaki Rice.
8. Chill in the middle of the forest: Daun Coklat (Dancok) Café
Have you always dreamed of chilling at a cafe in the middle of the forest?
With a name that stands for “the chocolate leaf”, Daun Coklat, also known as Dancok, is a promising cafe under the shady mountain trees.
Here, you will have an intimate encounter with nature. Relax in hammocks hung between pine trees, and laze in comfortable chairs where you can listen to the sounds of the nearby Songgoroti valley.
You’ll also be thoroughly entertained by local bands jamming at the cafe.
Entertainment certainly goes well with some local snacks, and a must-try is the Dancok Tofu. This is one of the best Indonesian starters we would recommend.
Are you tempted yet?
9. Dine at the restaurant built around a giant pond – Pondok Desa Kampoeng Telaga, Dusun Telaga Boutique Villa Resort
Some eateries have water features or giant aquariums in it, but this restaurant is built AROUND a giant pond!
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Situated on a 35-hectare piece of land, the owners had a giant space to fill and so they filled it with water and tons of koi fish.
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No matter where you sit, you’re guaranteed to get a good view of the pond.
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On the menu, you will find a good selection of goodies from grilled snapper, to fried calamari and sauteed Kale to fill your bellies.
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The resort itself is surrounded by lush greenery, and the restaurant staff will encourage you to take a stroll around the gardens after dinner – but not before paying your bill that is!
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10. A colourful garden between teakwood trees: Camilo Colours & Garden
Dine under fairy lights with a burst of colour at the Instagrammable Camilo Colours & Garden, located in the outskirts of Malang.
Great attention is paid to the decor, furniture, colours and little details that create this pretty atmosphere at night.
You can choose how you would like your coffee prepared, from V60, Scale, to Syphon. That’s not even mentioning the latte art!
As for the food, the menu has a lot to offer – choose from Tuna Fried Rice to the Waffle Choco Cheese and Pancakes. Everything tastes delicious!