TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

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TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

Cliché sounding, but it is indeed lovelier the second time around.  On both occasions of my visit, weather is consistently unpredictable and the heavy downpour makes me want to curl up in bed and lounge at the hotel room.  But with fixed itinerary made possible by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia, exploring Yogyakarta becomes hassle-free.

Yogyakarta or Jogjakarta is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Indonesia after Bali. There are about 70,000 handicraft industry and other facilities in the likes of accommodation and transportation. As the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region in Java Indonesia, it is renowned as the center of education, classical Javanese fine art and culture in the likes of batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry and puppet shows.
  
A TASTE OF JOGJAKARTA CUISINE: PLACES TO DINE

GUDEG YU DJUM
Jalan Wijilan No. 167
Panembahan, Yogyakarta, Kota Yogyakarta
Daerah Istimewa, Yogyakarta, 55131, Indonesia
Open: 7AM to 10PM

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

It is unfortunate that 2 weeks after we visited Gudeg Yu Djum, the owner passed away at the age of 85.  But her cuisine will surely be remembered as one of best versions of gudeg, a traditional Javanese food, originating from Yogyakarta and Central Java of Indonesia.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

Gudeg is made from young unripe jack fruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar and coconut milk.  Additional spices include garlic, shallot, candlenut, coriander seed, galangal, bay leaves and teak leaves, giving the reddish-brown color to the dish.  It tastes sweet for my palate but it complements well when served with chicken and egg.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

EPIC COFFEE
Jalan Palagan Tentara Pelajar
No. 29, Sariharjo, Ngaglik, Kabupaten Sleman
Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
55581, Indonesia
Open: 10AM-11PM

For an Instagram-worthy interior and outdoor layout, this is the best place to be.  Every corner is picturesque and millenials would surely drool and panic for their best angles to be taken.  Apart from being a coffee shop, it also serves as a furniture shop with creative interior design and display of on sale items.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

There are positioned wooden long tables at the well-landscaped garden of the coffee shop, serving as chill-out place for some diners who opt for open spaces and a fresh air to breathe.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)
Photo by: Kirk of KirkAnatomy
STUPA BY PLATARAN
Borobudur, Magelang,
Central Java, Indonesia
Open: 6AM to 10PM

Adjacent to a rice field, the open terrace restaurant provides a homey ambiance.  It is in close proximity to the Borobudur Temple which makes it a perfect venue to have our breakfast meal and to relax after the sunrise viewing.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

Traditional Indonesia cuisine is the main offering of this restaurant. 

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

BEUKENHOF RESTAURANT
Kawasan Museum Ullen Sentalu,
Jalan Boyong Km. 25, Kaliurang Barat
Hargobinangun, Pakem, Kabupaten Sleman
Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
55582, Indonesia
Open:  10AM to 4PM (Tuesdays to Sundays)



This restaurant is not the traditional one though ironically situated within the vicinity of a museum that tells stories of Java history.  The colonial accents of interiors and architecture complements well with its dish servings – European and French cuisine.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

Beukenhof Restaurant is ideal for fine dining.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

MILAS RESTAURANT
Jalan Prawirotaman 4 No.  127B,
Parangtritis, Brontokusuman, Mergangsan,
Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa
Yogyakarta, 55153, Indonesia
Open: 3 to 9PM



TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

Contrary to the Milas brand of restaurant that we know in the Philippines, this one does not specialize in roasted suckling pigs.  It is purely for vegetarians.  I cannot vouch if dishes are highly recommended since I am not into vegetables/salads but I managed anyway.  And some in the group who are vegetarians loved it, so I suppose it’s a legit-vegetarian restaurant.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

OMAH DHUWUR RESTAURANT
JL Mondorakan, No. 252, Kotagede
Jagalan, Banguntapan, Bantul,
Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
55192, Indonesia
Open: 11AM to 10PM



Located at one of the historical buildings in the oldest area in Jogjakarta – Kotagede, Omah Dhuwur has a mix of Dutch and modern Javanese architecture.  The restaurant is quite spacious that it can accommodate 100 or more guests.  There is a well-landscaped garden as well serving as dining area’s view – making guests relaxed and comfortable.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

The restaurant’s menu is a combination of traditional recipes with imported ingredients and served in the traditional way.  The blend of facilities, homey atmosphere and excellent food makes an unforgettable dining experience.

AYAM GORENG SUHARTI
Jalan Suripto 208
Tunggal Depok, Yogyakarta
55143, Indonesia

In the most comfortable and familiar dining experience, this restaurant is easy to love.  It resembles the typical eatery we have back in the Philippines and we were greeted by a live singer at the entrance.  Unassuming as the interiors may be, but the traditional Indonesian fried chicken is something the restaurant should boast for.  With its huge serving, I was able to finish at least three for our dinner.

UNDERSTANDING YOGYAKARTA’S CULTURE:  MUSEUMS TO VISIT

ULLEN SENTALU MUSEUM
Jalan Boyong KM 25 Kaliurang Barat
Hargobinangun, Sleman, Kabupaten Sleman,
Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
55582, Indonesia
Open: 8:30AM to 4PM

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

No pictures allowed.  That was the very first rule given which of course for documenters like us would be a big deal.  The story-telling though of the Javanese culture and history became informative and smooth.  Thanks to our tour guide. 

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This Javanese culture and art museum displays relics and artifact from royal houses and kratons of Java such as Yogyakarta, Pakualam, Surakarta and Mangkunegaran.  The gardens are well-maintained with sculptures and installations relating to traditional Javanese culture and even conveys messages to the millenials of today – a continuous cultural preservation and appreciation.

Admission Fees:  IDR50,000 (Foreigner) and IDR30,000 (Locals)

KERATON NGAYOGYAKARTA HADININGRAT (KRATON)
JL Rotowijayan Blok No. 1
Panembahan, Kraton, Kota Yogyakarta
Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia



Years ago, I was entrusted by my friends Carla and Christian to hold a map and lead the way to the Kraton of Yogyakarta.  With all the hours of walking, we reached a residential community and asked a local where we are.  He immediately answered that we are outside the palace complex and more so, outside the map I was holding.  The result?  We head back to the hotel and sleep.  This year, there’s no difficulty and at ease, we reached the palace complex. 

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

Kraton is a palace complex located in the city of Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia.  The palace is the main seat for the Sultan of Yogyakarta and his family.  Guarded by the “His Majesty’s Kraton Guard Regiment, the palace complex serves as a cultural center for the Javanese people and contains a museum that display’s the sultanate’s artifacts.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

Trivia:  The Kraton served as the second pit stop in the reality show Amazing Race 19.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TIME FOR SOUVENIRS: REASONABLE SHOPPING CENTERS

BATIK MIROTA
Jalan Jenderal Ahmad Yani No. 9
Ngupasan, Gondomanan, Ngupasan,
Yogyakarta, Kuta Yogyakarta
Daerah Istimewa, Yogyakarta 55122, Indonesia
Open: 8AM to 9PM

Batik Mirota is actually a clothing store with the cheapest finds of batik fabrics.  Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to the whole cloth.  The patterns are varied and unique.  In 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as the Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

But not only batik fabrics are available as cheap souvenirs in the likes of key chains, ref magnets, masks, home decors and landmark replicas are in store. 

MALIOBORO

Jalan Malioboro is a major shopping street in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.  The name is also used more generally for the neighborhood around.  It is open 24 hours a day and all sorts of souvenir shops and stalls are within reach.  In the evening, several open-air street side restaurants operate along the street with street musicians, painters and other artists exhibiting their creations in the road.

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

TRAVEL GUIDE: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJAKARTA”)

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1 comments

  1. that is one country in south east asia i haven't gone too (also brunei... and laos pa pala). i'll book mark this for future reference panyero. hope to go there soon, pero now, nganga muna and envy your shots :)

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