Aside from City of Students and Cultural City, Yogyakarta is known for food paradise for foodies. You don’t have to spend a fortune to eat well. The oldest, iconic, and legendary food stalls scatter here for decades. Here’s a round-up of the best legendary and iconic culinary spots in Yogyakarta.

Gudeg Yu Djum

Gudeg is one of the most signature foods in Yogyakarta, we can’t write legendary and iconic culinary spots without Gudeg Yu Djum. It’s not fancy but the crowds keep appearing for this popular joint even a long lining queue sometimes becomes a sight to see. The sweet, savory, and spicy taste makes gudeg popular among locals and tourists. This typical gudeg is quite dry make it perfect for takeaway or even as a souvenir gift to be delivered to different cities.

Karangasem mBarek CT III/22
Jl. Kaliurang km. 4,5 Yogyakarta

Ayam Goreng Mbah Cemplung

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Established in 1980, you just can’t get it enough of Ayam Goreng Mbah Cemplung. The savory and salty chicken is served with two chili sauces, cooked and raw to be enjoyed for your preference. For this kind of simple dish, the preparation is quite a stretch. First, they cut the chickens and then boil them with a lot of spices, and then drained them overnight. The next day, they boil again and the chicken now is ready to be fried. This is done so all the flavors of the spices seep into the chicken resulting in a crispy texture outside and a tender yet tasty flavor or inside.

Sembungan Rt 05, Bangunjiwo, Kasihan, Bantul, Yogyakarta

Sate Kere Bu Dibyo Pasar Beringharjo

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The puff of smoke and the distinctive aroma of Sate Kere being burned around Beringhardo Market make many people walking around there tempt to buy. What makes Sate Kere different is they use innards from cow so the texture is a little tough because most of parts are mixed with lard or fat from cow. Making Sate Kere is not too complicated. They make the seasoning from coriander, garlic, onion, and brown sugar. For a final touch, they add peanut sauce and chili to elevate the flavor before burn them with charcoal fire resulting in a tempting aroma.

Pasar Beringharjo
Jl. Pabringan No.16, Ngupasan, Kec. Gondomanan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55122, Indonesia

Bakpia Patuk 75

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Bakpia is no stranger to Yogyakarta. Many locals and tourists buy Bakpia for a discerning souvenir. The bakpia itself is remarkably tasty with dense fillings. The original signature flavor serves a very classic mung bean and black bean paste inside, but in these modern days, they inevitably have to innovate to keep the wheels of their business running. One of their efforts is to innovate with the flavor. As you can see now, the more diverse flavors can be seen such as Chocolate, Cheese, Green Tea, Durian, Banana, Apricot, and many more.

Jl. Magelang KM 4.5, Sinduadi, Mlati, Sleman, DIY 55284

Mie Ayam Tumini

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Mie Ayam Tumini is located on Jl. Imogiri Timur No. 187, Umbul Harjo, Yogyakarta. More precisely, it is situated in the northern of the entrance of Giwangan Terminal. This restaurant may be simple, but the number of visitors who come here is quite fantastic. This is because Mie Ayam Tumini has been around for since 1990 and the delicious taste never changes. The portions are not small, so it’s satisfying to have lunch at this restaurant. The texture is still soft and on top of that, the most standout characteristic that you will ever find is the overflowing brown sauce that is ticker full of chicken toppings. Yum!

Jl. Imogiri Tim. No.187, Giwangan, Kec. Umbulharjo, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55163, Indonesia