In an era where cafés and stores are being set up with a touch of aesthetic, it is most certainly apt to say “cheese”. Good thing, Surabaya is now overflowing with café choices that mostly step their interior game up to provide the next Instaworthy spot. If you’re looking for content over some decent food, here are the most Instagrammable café in the city, all primed and ready for your feed.
1. Belly Buddy
Whether you’re here to catch the sun over Surabaya’s blue sky or enjoy the lively atmosphere after dark, take the lift up to the rooftop and be greeted by the spacious beer garden named Belly Buddy. The semi-outdoor area offers a Mediterranean style environment smartened by a set of curved lamps, while the indoor area is dazzled by an attractive colorful mural on the wall. At night, Belly Buddy is magically lit with fairy lights that stand rebelliously against the dark. Live music will also take the deck to set the mood on selected nights. So perch for a while and enjoy the vibrant moment as they serve beer in bottle and tower. Another plus point, they also provide a wide variety of snacks and foods.
Rooftop, Jl. Raya Ngagel No. 209Ib, Ngagel, Wonokromo, Surabaya
Phone: +62 31 9944 1925, +62898 0680 723
Open: 11:30 – 01:00 daily
2. Kudos Café
Stand stall on Pakuwon Square complex, this 3-story café carrying Scandinavian style, as we recognize it today, tend to boast and emphasize light with a neutral-earthy tone color palette, hanging dried flowers and herbs, and potted plants as well. The café itself is flooded with natural light due to its floor-to-ceiling windows, while minimalist designed bookshelves and white-tone walls provide ample opportunities for a clean and sleek shot for Instagram. Food option is ranging from all-day breakfast, pizza, pasta, and consistently good coffee.
Pakuwon Square AK 2 No. 4, West Surabaya 60213
Phone: +62 31 990 16791, +62812 322 1566
Open: 08:00 – 22:00 (Monday – Thursday), 08:00 – 23:00 (Friday – Sunday)
3. Mama Noi
Mama Noi’s verdant setting is perfect for any photo, and the restaurant features a wide outdoor lawn space for you to take your perfect snap. The joint’s exterior is extremely Instaworthy with its impressive colorful window shutters for its façade. Inside, homey vintage interior and an eye-catching greenery view help create a warm ambiance of peace. It’s the place in Surabaya to offer a wide variety of Thai-inspired comfort food such as Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, Kwetiau Kai, Beef Green Curry, Tom Kha Kai with Rice, and their unique Toast Stick.
Puri Widya Kencana K2 No. 1, Citraland, Lidah Kulon, Surabaya
Phone: +62811 308 8080
Open: 09:00 – 22:00 daily
4. Noach Café and Bistro
Taking the place strategically on Pregolan street, Noach Café and Bistro is a gorgeous concept that’s elegant and lush collide all at once. It takes its cue from a modern version of tropical chic, setting its space with giant birdcage complementing the wood details, sophisticated furniture, and lush walls. The semi-outdoor area, where you can catch the light was designed to look like a glasshouse. Beckoning the greenery indoor and a giant birdcage seat are sure the scene-stealer here. We’d imagine diners would endlessly snap photos and flock to for every occasion.
Jl. Pregolan No. 4, Tegalsari, Surabaya
Phone: +62 31 5311 360
Open: 10:30 – 22:30 (Monday – Thursday), 10:30 – 24:00 (Friday – Saturday), 09:00 – 22:30 (Sunday)
5. ONNI House
Similar to their sister in Jakarta, ONNI House is a café beautifully-structured together with a florist and home living concept stores all in the same place. The café is decorated with dried flowers, ivy, and ferns dangling from its ceiling plus colorful flower in pots and vases on the shelves. The dining area gives a warm, homey, and inviting space adorned with a brick wall, dried flowers, and fresh greenery. It’s the faultless place to sit back, chill out, and perfect-fit for every sweet occasion arranged. As the season comes and goes, you may all notice the flower arrangement will become different from a seasoned-theme flower from the florist, which doubles up as good photogenic spots.
Jl. Opak No. 56, Darmo, Surabaya
Phone: +62 31 563 0403, +62 31 568 9812
Open: 10:00 – 22:00 daily
By: Stallone Tjia