Although I’ve only lived in Yogyakarta for three years, it’s been easy to call the city home. The city has seen plenty of changes with shiny new shopping malls popping up in all directions, but it’s still full of local flavour. Whether you’re seeking cultural escapades and historical adventures, or tantalising cuisine to tempt your tastebuds, Yogyakarta is the city for you. So it’s best to dive in head first, and get a taste for everything the city has to offer.
‘So it’s best to dive in head first, and get a taste for everything the city has to offer’
Start your day with coffee and a view at Warung Kopi Klotok, which serves up authentic Jogja food in stunning surroundings. On quiet days, you can even hear the sounds of gamelan (traditional javanese musical instruments) across the rice fields. Then soak up the history of the city at Ulen Santalu.
Feast your eyes on the retro-chic decor at Kafe 80’s Bocor Alus, then tuck in to their tasty lunchtime menu. Or, for local flavours with plenty of style, I love LOKAL. Spend the afternoon exploring, and discover the breath-stealing scenes at Tugu and Bukit Bintang. Then refuel with a caffeine kick from Filosofi Kopi. My go-to is kopi tiwus - too tasty for words.
‘...discover the breath-stealing scenes at Tugu and Bukit Bintang’
Travel time by visiting the Pasar Kaki Langit (or Skyline Market). Explore the warren of ancient market stalls, where traders still use ancient Javanese coins, and then savour the sunrise as it creeps over the horizon. Although the market is only open from 5-9am, it’s absolutely worth the early start!