Malioboro street is known as the icon of Yogyakarta and a very popular tourist destination in the city. Strolling around in Malioboro, you’re not only spoiled by how charming the neighborhood is but also able to know a lot more about the culture of Yogyakarta. Plan your visit to Yogyakarta and don’t miss adding Malioboro in your must-visit list. Here is a guide to Malioboro to make your trip a lot easier.
Things to Do:
If this is your first time to Malioboro, you should try to stroll around the neighborhood and get to know more about the surrounding area. It is also time for you to shop as so many local stores spread along the road. You can stroll around by walking, but if you want a more unique experience, try to ride the bentor (becak) or andong (horse cart). You can also use a bicycle as there are several rentals here available online.
Fort Vredeburg Museum
This very iconic fortress stands around the end of Malioboro. In this fortress which has been established since 1987, visitors can learn about the history of national movements and the struggle for Indonesian independence that took place in the Yogyakarta Region. Before becoming a museum in 1992, Vredeburg Fort was a building used for military purposes, both in the Dutch colonial era, the Japanese occupation, and the era of Indonesian independence. The name Vredeburg itself is taken from the Dutch language which means “Peace Fort”.
Gedung Agung Yogyakarta
Gedung Agung or The Great Building is one of six Indonesian Presidential Palaces. The location is right opposite the Fort Vredeburg Museum. Not many people know that tourists can visit Gedung Agung. Actually Gedung Agung has been opened for tourists since 1998 by sending a letter of request in advance. But since 2014 tourists can come directly and simply leave their ID or Passport at the checkpoint. In Gedung Agung, you can see various historical relics related to the history of this building.
Beringharjo Market is the oldest market in the Kraton area. This market has been trading since 1758. Its location at the center of Jalan Malioboro and its Art Deco-style buildings make this market very easy to find. Besides selling various daily necessities, Beringharjo Market is also the right place to buy batik. You can find hundreds of batik kiosks located in the front area of Beringharjo Market. Here you can also find a variety of traditional food stalls. During the Dutch colonial period, Beringharjo Market had the nickname Passer Op Van Java, which means the Most Beautiful Market in Java.
The building, which was founded in 1755-1756, is a palace and residence of the Sultan of Yogyakarta and his families. This palace complex is the center of Javanese culture and there is also a museum that holds various artifacts since the first time this royal house was established. Not only museums, but every year the Yogyakarta Palace is also active in holding various art performances such as gamelan, puppet, and Javanese dance. If we draw a straight line, the Palace and Jalan Malioboro are parallel to Mount Merapi.
The Sonobudoyo Museum is a museum of Javanese history and culture, including classical Javanese architectural buildings. This museum holds a collection of Javanese culture and history that is considered the most complete after the National Museum of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta. In addition to ceramics in the Neolithic era and bronze statues from the 8th century, the museum also holds several forms of shadow puppets and various ancient weapons. Other than displaying various historic items, the Sonobudoyo Museum also displays the original shadow puppet show in the Javanese language from 8-10 pm every Monday to Friday. The location of the Sonobudoyo Museum is at the end of Malioboro street, next to the Alun–Alun Utara.
Where to Eat
Angkringan Kopi Jos Lik Man
Angkringan is a common thing when visiting Malioboro. Out of the various angkringan found in the Malioboro, Angkringan Kopi Jos Lik Man is the most famous one. It is because the place serves Kopi Jos, a black coffee with a burning coal inside, creates a distinctive taste and aroma. Not only Kopi Jos, but there are are also other angkringan menus, such as Nasi Kucing, satay, roasted corn, and ginger milk. The location of the Angkringan Jos Lik Man is right next to the northern part of Yogyakarta Station.
Artemy Italian Gelato
Before the appearance of many gelato shops in Yogyakarta as it is today, Artemy is a pioneer of gelato shops in the city. This gelato shop sells 24 flavors, such as Dark Choco, Black Forest, Nutella, Tiramisu, and many more. Not only Gelato, but Artemy also offers other menus, such as cake, fresh juice, coffee, cookies, and snacks. Visitors can also take a lot of pretty pictures as this place has a very attractive setting and concept.
One of the most popular hang-outs in Sosrowijayan is this double-story warung that serves delicious Indonesian and international dishes. Cold beer, fresh juices, and wi-fi make it the perfect place to go during the day. They serve a large variety of fine cuisine with a unique atmosphere drawing from the best Yogyakarta tradition and great music selection. Bedhot Resto also only use boiled clean water to serve fresh, healthy food and beverage for customer. Every day you can also watch movies in their small cinema.
Gudeg Yu Djum
Gudeg is a food that you shouldn’t miss if you visit Yogyakarta. For this reason, you are obliged to taste the Gudeg Yu Djum located around Alun – Alun Utara. Gudeg itself is a special food of Yogyakarta and Central Java made from jackfruit, then cooked with coconut milk for hours. Gudeg is usually eaten accompanied by boiled eggs and fried chicken. This gudeg restaurant which has been established since 1951 can be easily reached from Jalan Malioboro.
Honje Mangkubumi is an Instagenic café located very close to the Tugu Yogyakarta or Yogyakarta Monument. You can see the monument if you sit in the balcony area. This café occupies an old building that has been established for a long time and is in the same building as the Dowa Bag Shop. In addition to attractive buildings and interiors, Honje also offers delicious food menus. As the name implies, Honje has several menus that use kecombrang, such as Honje Chicken Rice, Honje Mixed Rice, Honje Cream Soup, and many more.
House of Raminten
House of Raminten is a place to eat that serves a variety of Javanese special food and angkringan menu at very affordable prices with a strong Javanese traditional ambiance. This makes House of Raminten very popular amongst tourists. Especially during the holiday season, long queues can be created here. In addition to the interior of the room made to resemble the Palace of Yogyakarta, the servants here also wore traditional Javanese clothes. The location of the House of Raminten is only 1 Km from Jalan Malioboro and opens for 24 hours.
Legian Garden Restaurant
You can enjoy a variety of European, Chinese and Indonesian food at Legian Garden Restaurant. A place to eat that promises coolness in the middle of the bustle of Malioboro. As the name implies, Legian Garden Restaurant offers a garden restaurant concept with lush plants, traditional Balinese music, and Javanese gamelan playing. During the night, the glass-covered Joglo building in the north of the restaurant is a favorite place for visitors. Legian Garden Restaurant has been established since 1988.
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