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Ever wanted to experience life as a time traveller, but couldn’t because of budget issues and the fact that it hasn’t been invented yet?
Then live out your fantasy in the second largest city in East Jawa!
Malang was once run by Dutch colonists and its cool highland weather and rich cultural history drew tourists from all over the globe.
Some even left their heritage and furniture behind!
Today, Malang is covered in ancient Hindu ruins, colonist structures and old homes littered with antiques. But another power is slowly taking over the land. The power of pop culture!
Modern hipster cafes and contemporary pop-up food joints have become the latest fad amidst age-old monuments – making Malang a city that offers a truly unique dining experience.
1. Heaven with a suspension bridge for coffee lovers: Bataputi Coffeehouse
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!
Bataputi 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. Come here for pre-weddings and sweet endings – Roemah Coffee Loe Mien Toe
While most of the places on our list feature European influences, this one purely has Chinese-Javanese factors, and it does it to the maximum.
We’re talking floor-to-ceiling filled with all sorts of decor and trinkets!
It looks like a little villa decorated tastefully by a historical hoarder. At a glance, the crowded walls and corners might seem messy, but stare longer and you’ll notice a method to this madness.
It’s this madness that attracts couples to make this a favourite spot for pre-wedding shoots.
Pictures don’t do justice to this place, so watch this short clip:
6. 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.
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.
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!
7. Dine in a museum, something even Indiana Jones has never done! – Rumah Makan Inggil
Kicking off our list of edible excursions is this museum restaurant. No, it’s not a restaurant next to a museum.
It’s literally a restaurant, IN a museum!
Feast on traditional cuisines, surrounded by antiques like weapons, typewriters, grandfather clocks, furniture, pots and pans, Javanese festival masks – and loads of old black and white photos from days before colour photographs were invented.
How often can you say you’ve dined in a museum before? Even Indiana Jones and Lara Croft have never done this.
And if you get bored staring at old creepy things, then feast your eyes on the traditional Javanese music and dance performance put on by the restaurant. Do note that this performance is only available for dinner!
8. 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?
9. 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.
10. 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?
(Temporarily closed for renovation) 11. 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!
12. Pizzas, pastas, and best of all? Cocktails. – Rumah Opa Kitchen and Lounge
Rumah Opa translates directly to “grandpa’s house” which explains the concept and décor of this place.
It resembles a classic Javanese home back in the day, with mismatched furniture and vintage appliances and finishing.
But make no mistake, you won’t find any of grandma’s cooking here. Their signature dishes are pizzas and pastas! The biggest draw? Their cocktails.
You’ll find herds of young adults here boozing until the wee hours, something they can’t do at their real grandpa’s house.
13. The Lost Temple & Colonial Assemble – Tugu Hotel Malang
Tugu Hotel is a luxury “boutique museum” chain of hotels that romanticises Indonesia’s pre-and post-colonial history.
Known for its impeccable service and romantic vibes, Tugu Hotel Malang is a wonderful place to go – both for a romantic date, or an adventurous night out with the little ones.
When you’re here, walk along wide spacious courtyards dressed with long red drapes, and admire the Chinese-Peranakan decor, Jawanese statues, Dutch furniture and modern French architecture.
These influences can not only be digested visually, but through your tastebuds with these restaurants too!
13-a. A heavenly hotpot of all things colonial! – Melati Restaurant
Tugu Hotel Malang’s 24-hour restaurant takes all of the hotel’s colonial influences and throws them into one giant hot pot of heavenly history.
Chinese-Peranakan, Dutch-Javanese, and French cuisine styles are all married into one fine dining experience. So don’t be afraid to overwork your tastebuds.
From the carvings to the paintings, from the marble tables to the lights, this restaurant is the closest thing to an ancient Chinese home with Jawanese stone carvings and modern day European furniture. Yes it sounds complicated, good luck captioning your Instagram.
13-b.Dine in ‘Angkor Wat’ with the Lost Temple dinner – Royal Angkor
Note: The Lost Temple & The Royal Angkor Room are now combined to SaigonSan, do watch this space for more updates!
Royal Angkor is an event hall decorated to look like the Cambodian Angkor Wat, with old stone walls and pillars. In the center, sits a giant statue of Hindu God, Jayawarman.
The Lost Temple dinner is a food-and-theatre performance that pays homage to the story of King Jayawarman II and King Suryawarman II who had their roots both in Java and Cambodia – so expect music and dancing in between each bite.
This by-reservation-only meal is perfect if you would like to visit Angkor Wat, without having to brave the mozzies, humid jungle heat, and Tomb Raider wannabes.
14. What does dim sum and Cleopatra have in common? – Cleopatra Restaurant, Hotel Gajahmada Graha
Hotel Gajahmada Graha is one of Malang’s most iconic hotels, famous for its Greco-Roman architecture. You’re not gonna believe this, but the building looks like it was plucked out of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale!
The Cleopatra Restaurant on the other hand, looks like a Valentine’s Day gift from Julius Caesar to the Queen of the Nile.
It doesn’t have any Egyptian stuff, mostly Roman pillars, naked marble statues, European-styled furniture – and serves local Javanese, Chinese and European cuisine.
But here’s the weird part; their signature dish is dim sum. Fans claim one of the best “yum cha” grub is right here.
Being 20 minutes’ drive from Abdul Rachman Saleh airport, this is a classy spot for a last minute dine-and-dash.
So enjoy Chinese food in a Greco-Roman looking hotel filled with European furniture in Indonesia, that is named after an Egyptian queen. While dim sum and Cleopatra have absolutely nothing in common – this mishmash of cultures is definitely unique!
15. Quirky and charming! – Madam Wang Secret Garden
Madam Wang Secret Garden cafe is the kind of place you would want to have a look around before choosing a place to sit. And even then, it would be a tough decision to make between the outdoor vine garden, or the incredibly cosy indoors that somehow reminds you of your grandparents’ house.
If you’re looking for something heavy, Chicken Gudeg, native dish of Yogyakarta, will certainly keep your appetite full and happy. On the other hand, the most popular item on the menu has to be the apple strudel – to remind you that you are in Malang in case you’ve forgotten!
Not just a cafe, Madam Wang Secret Garden hosts a small boutique, with its own collection of batik garments, as well as raw materials such as threads and weaved cloth.
16. Selfies & Coffees – Akalpa Cafe
Tired of taking selfies – said no one ever!
One of the main factors that make Instagram posts beautiful (and garner the most likes!), is the background – and you won’t suffer a shortage of those at this cafe.
Most of the walls are covered in patterns, mock sceneries, witty posters and quirky images. They even have an English phone booth for you to pose in!
Once your camera battery is low, dig in to some of their famed desserts like pancakes with ice cream. Or waffles with ice cream. Or ice cream with ice cream. #teehee
17. It’s all steampunk and wooden ‘junk’ here – Golden Heritage Koffie
As far east as Malang is, it still couldn’t escape the scourge of the hipster movement. Hipster cafes are sprouting up as fast as you can say #YOLO.
These coffee bars usually look like the offspring of a warehouse that mated with a log cabin.
Rough brick walls ?
Timber ceilings with exposed metal beams ?
Steampunk inspired lights ?
Shipping container walls ?
Wooden crate boxes ?