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Yogyakarta

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Diaz Pratama
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Devi Oktaviani
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Dian Rockmad Bayutirto

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!

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I’ve lived in Yogyakarta my whole life, so have seen the city experience an abundance of changes. Modern buildings and industries are springing up in every direction, and the city has become a space for creative communities to flourish - the friendly faces and affordable eats certainly help! Breath-stealing nature, a cosmopolitan city, and culture abound, all make Yogyakarta a city not to be missed.

‘Breath-stealing nature, a cosmopolitan city, and culture abound, all make Yogyakarta a city not to be missed’

Squeeze in some early morning sightseeing at Candi Prambanan (the Prambanan Temple). The stage performances are truly enchanting, as the morning mist fills the air. Or, see the sunset from Gunung Api Purba (the Ancient Volcano), for views to inspire.

Fuel your city wanders at Jl. Mangkubi. Don’t settle for standard coffee though! Be sure to try the Kopi Joss - that’s coffee brewed with charcoal, and a local speciality.

There’s endless attractions in Yogyakarta to pack your day full to cultural wonders. Explore the hustle and bustle of Jalan Sudirman, then get creative at the Sarang Art Space - both Instagrammable delights. Then head to Kaliadem for picture perfect views of Yogyakarta’s biggest landmark, the Merapi Volcano.

‘Be sure to try the Kopi Joss - that’s coffee brewed with charcoal, and a local speciality’

Dine fine on traditional tastes at Sate Klathak Pak Pong or Gudeg Bromo. Gudeg is a Javanese delicacy, so be sure to try some! Savour the sunset at Candi Ratu Boko, one of the city’s lesser-known ancient temples. Then end your day with late-night bargain hunting at Pasar Senthir. Only open from 7 to 11pm the artifacts and antiques on offer make it the perfect spot to stock up on souvenirs!

I’ve lived in Yogyakarta for four years, and I’ve seen the city grow and transform into a cultural shangri-la. Every inch of this city has something new to see, experience, or eat - so dive in and explore!

Start the day at Nasi Pecel SGPC, with one of the best breakfasts in the city. Or, dine on local delicacies at Soto Bathok complete with breath-stealing scenes of rice fields.

I’ve lived in Yogyakarta for four years, and I’ve seen the city grow and transform into a cultural shangri-la

The city streets are just waiting to be explored, or for those on the go, hop in a delman (horse-drawn cart) and see the sights in style, riding from Alun-Alun to Malioboro - the heart & soul of Yogyakartan tourism. Pick up a souvenir here, or head to Beringharjo Market for traditional threads. And if you’re after modern styles, definitely try Batik Huza. After shopping up an appetite, I love the too-cute decor at Roaster & Bear, a bear-themed cafe. Or get your caffeine kick, and bask in green-filled glory, at Ekologi.

For some regal glamour, explore the Keraton (The Sultanate Palace) and the Tamansari in the afternoon, before getting stuck into my favourite part of Yogyakarta - the food! Experience dining ‘a la Yogyakarta’ at an angkringan (traditional food kiosk). Sat on the ground (we call this lesehan) & rubbing shoulders with everyone and anyone is one of the most authentic experiences around.

The city streets are just waiting to be explored, or for those on the go, hop in a delman (horse-drawn cart) and see the sights in style, riding from Alun-Alun to Malioboro

As the sun sets, head to The Alun-Alun Kidul (Southern Square), which lights up with a festival-like frenzy at night. Then, dance the night away at Barcode, where you’ll often catch a local gig too.

I was born and raised in Yogyakarta, and in all these years, I’ve nearly run out of ways to say how much I love this city! I love travelling, seeking out hidden favourites and breath-stealing scenery, and Yogyakarta still has plenty of places to explore. It helps that the city is getting even more accessible, so every nook is easy to uncover.

Start the day stunning with sunrise views over the city. My favourite spots are Imogiri, Hutan Pinus (Pine Forest), Kebun Buah Mangunan (Mangunan Fruit Garden), or Jurang Tembelan (Tembelan Gorge). Then fuel up for weekend wanders at Bumi Langit. Full of authentic eats, you can also experience the whole production process, from planting, to harvesting, and processing in to tasty delights.

You could spend days strolling the streets of this city, but my favourite neighbourhood is Katangese. The home of an ancient kingdom, it is jam-packed with cultural wonders. Rent anonthel (roadster bicycle) to scoot around, soaking up the 60s architecture, and perhaps picking up a piece of handcrafted silverware - a neighbourhood speciality. You could spend days strolling the streets of this city, but my favourite neighbourhood is Kotagede.

Or head to Kotabaru, for a flavoursome fusion of old & new, as the old-world kingdom rubs shoulders with the modern buildings of post-independence Indonesia. Snack on Kipo, a sweet coconutty treat, or snap yourself in Javanese royal dress, while abdi dalem (palace servants) tell tantalising tales of the royal kingdoms.

Finish your day soaking up the sun-rays on the Gesing Beach, feasting on freshly caught fish and sparkling white sands.

Cool off at Es Tempo Gelato, before exploring all the botanic marvels at home in the city. Head to Air Terjun Lepo (Lepo Waterfall), or make the trek uphill to Kedung Kandang Waterfall. The Goa Jomblang (Jomblang Cave) is also spectacular, as the sunlight illuminates the hidden corners of the cave. Finish your day soaking up the sun-rays on the Gesing Beach, feasting on freshly caught fish and sparkling white sands