Surabaya Travel Guide

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Surabaya Highlights

  • Pro
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     Reasonable infrastructure and amenities, local colour 

  • Con
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     hot,mosquito,traffic congestion,flood 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's worth a visit if you are in the area. 

Surabaya Things to Do

  • Citraland Waterpark, Surabaya

    This place had been constructed in 2005 and it certainly look like that, it's very run down. We have been several times to rate this place but we only see a few local people, no foreign tourist come here. You can't really blame them... First, you pay $6 each for child/adult during weekdays, it is more during weekends and I'm not sure why since...

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  • Go to the Surabaya Zoo

    Althougn the Surabaya Zoo is not the best, you may want to visit it in your spare time. It's a unique zoo, not so clean, but the largest zoo in Indonesia. No less than 3.500 heads of animals from 400 species of mammals, birds and reptiles are being kept there. The Surabaya Zoo was formarlly opened on August 31, 1916 when a group of animal lovers...

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  • Go shopping in Tunjungan Plaza

    Tunjungan Plaza is one of the biggest yet oldest shopping mall in Surabaya. Everybody knows TP, the acronym that people use to say Tunjungan Plaza. You can find major shopping outlet like Zara, Mango, etc. For you who want to eat after shopping all day long, there are KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonnalds, Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, as well as many...

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Surabaya Restaurants

  • Good local food

    A nice little restaurant. The name says Tokyo, it is billed as chinese food but it is mostly good Indonesian food. Not too fancy inside but good lighting, very clean, many waitresses and ac.This is a great local restaurant which is a big step above a warung. My favorite dish is Mie Jamur because i like muchrooms but you can get frog, nasi, shrimp,...

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  • Old-fashioned Ice Cream

    Zangrandi is the oldest ice cream cafe in Surabaya. I remember that once I was a kid, my parent would take me to Zangrandi to eat ice cream.. so the place is full of memories. Nowadays you can find Zangrandi also in a mall, but i prefer to eat Zangrandi ice cream at the first outlet, which has been there for more that 50 years when the Dutch still...

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  • Old-fashioned Ice Cream

    Zangrandi is the oldest ice cream cafe in Surabaya. I remember that once I was a kid, my parent would take me to Zangrandi to eat ice cream.. so the place is full of memories. Nowadays you can find Zangrandi also in a mall, but i prefer to eat Zangrandi ice cream at the first outlet, which has been there for more that 50 years when the Dutch still...

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  • Need some Crabby?

    Kepiting Pak Gundul is locate at Kupang Jaya street. It's not a big restaurant, just enough maybe for 30 - 50 person. It's enough comfortable even sometimes not, just when they're so crowded. This place just sell seafood but the most popular here is kepiting (crab).I suggest don't eat there at weekend. You will not get any sit and you will need to...

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  • Must order : Duck Hobayaki

    Oba restaurant is locate at Supermal Pakuwon Indah near Pakuwon Regency. It`s a good Japanese restaurant. It`s comfortable place for eating. Especially the food. I guess it`s far better than any Japanese restaurant in Surabaya, except at Hyatt`s Hotel of course I recommended Duck Hobayaki and Unagi curry Rice. Both of them are the delicious food...

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  • Don't Miss this in Surabaya

    Primarasa Roasted Chicken is well known in Surabaya. The specialities are roasted chicken and fried chicken. You can find it in Jalan Kertajaya, one of the big road in Surabaya. There is also Primarasa in Jalan Kusuma Bangsa. For breakfast in the morning, currently there is a 35% discount.

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  • Pecel - Local Food

    Pecel is one of Indonesian local food. You should try it at least once. One of my fave place to buy pecel is Pecel Bu Kus. It's not a big restaurant, maybe maximum capacity of the restaurant is for 20-30 persons. But it's a famous local restaurant, some Indonesian celebrities have visited Pecel Bu Kus. Nasi pecel with the extras like chicken,...

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  • Asian Cuisine in a Maughamesque Setting

    Sarkies restaurant in the magnificent Hotel Majapahit Mandarin Oriental takes one back in time to the colonial era and is reminiscent of the settings described by Somerset Maugham in his writings.Ceiling fans, antique clocks and ornamentation from the 20s and 30s make this a memorable dining experience. Emphasising seafood, this restaurant serves...

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  • A Taste of the Raj

    A stylish restaurant serving dishes from North and South India.Authentic, and beautifully served.Note: This restaurant serves mild curries to Westerners unless you ask for hotter ones as you are seated. Excellent meat and vegetable dishes. Their lamb is particularly tender and succulent. An interesting array of dhals.

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  • French Cuisine Comes to Surabaya

    One of the most elegant and 'cozy' restaurants in Surabaya, serving French and European food.Professional wait staff, with an interesting menu offering delicious starters, main courses, cheese and deserts.Comprehensive wine list. Wonderful pate de foie gras, soft shelled blue crab sauteed in breadcrumbs, rack of lamb and numerous other tempting...

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  • Wonderful Italian Food in a...

    Certainly the best Italian restaurant in Surabaya. A refined elegant ambience, with wonderful food. Excellent wait staff, nice touches such as complimentary bread, canape and tapenade. All the dishes I have tried at this restaurant seem good: antipasti, pizza, pasta, seafood and meat.Everything is served in a stylish way, yet none of that...

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  • Modern Australian Cuisine

    The Rocks Resto opened in 2003 and is a most pleasant restaurant to enjoy Modern Australian cuisine: Western influences absorbing some of the best of Asia.Run by a Chinese Indonesian who trained and worked as a chef at some of Sydney's best restaurants.Stylish in a simple way, this restaurant is unusual in Surabaya in that it allows guests to bring...

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Surabaya Nightlife

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    by intotheblue Written Sep 8, 2006

    If you like clubbing then this is the place for you.
    Get drunk and have fun while you enjoy the live music.

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Surabaya Transportation

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    Taxi in Surabaya

    by widhiartha Written Sep 2, 2005

    Taxi is the most convenience transportation in Surabaya because Taxi in Surabaya is not expensive and the driver usually honest and polite comparing to Taxi drivers in Jakarta. There are two kinds of Taxis in Surabaya, Taxi which uses new type of car such as Toyota Vios, Toyota Soluna or Ford Lynx is slightly more expensive than Taxi which uses the older car such as Ford Laser and Nissan Sunny.

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Surabaya Shopping

  • Mall in Eastern Surabaya

    Galaxy Mall is the biggest mall in eastern part of Surabaya. It is located around 7 km from downtown in the middle of expensive housing. The price of the stuffs definitely more expensive because this mall is segmented for upper and middle class people. However, if you search for some exclusive and branded stuffs, this mall is the right choice for...

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  • All your shopping needs under one roof

    Arguably THE biggest shopping complex in Surabaya, the Tunjungan Plaza started as a single block over a decade ago. Its' success over the years have resulted in continuous expansion of the complex, now consists of 4 blocks interlinked to each other (which houses several big stores such as Matahari -a local department store- and Sogo), and also...

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  • Souvenirs Galore from Across Indonesia

    Batik Mirota is a treasure trove of gift ideas. Sourced from all over Indonesia,there is plenty of batik, cushions, dress materials, traditional clothing items, wood carvings, children's traditional toys, antique radios, pottery and furniture. A good place for batik - an enormous range.Inexpensive cushion covers.Plenty of small souvenir...

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Surabaya Warnings and Dangers

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    by intotheblue Written Sep 8, 2006

    Beware of pickpockets in Surabaya. Though this doesn't happen very often but better be careful than sorry. Especially if you are walking in a busy street. But Surabaya is a safe place to go. If you go to major shopping malls like Tunjungan Plaza or Supermal Pakuwon Indah, there won't be any pickpockets around.

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Surabaya Off The Beaten Path

  • by blueseed Written Apr 4, 2007

    When you come to Surabaya using travel agent, maybe they will take you to eat only at restaurant or hotel. They will not take you to eat at downtown. Don't get wrong, there are a lot of eating place that are delicious. Especially some food that you will not find it outside Surabaya, such as nasi bebek, iga goreng (fried rib), etc. By the way if you want to know more about that, you can contact me.

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Surabaya Sports & Outdoors

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    by intotheblue Written Sep 8, 2006

    If you want to go swimming in Surabaya then swimming pool is the only option you got. Surabaya have a beach, but the sea is not clean so it's not for swimming. You can go swimming in your hotel if the hotel have a swimming pool. If not, you can go to a public swimming pool such as in Atlas Sports Club, Plaza Marina, or Darmo Grand depending where you stay.

    Equipment: Swimming goggles
    Swimsuit

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Surabaya Favorites

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    by intotheblue Written Sep 8, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If your phone is based on GSM or CDMA technology, you can use your phone here.
    But if you are from Japan, you won't be able to use the phone cause different system.

    Just buy a prepaid SIM card to get going. You can buy this in many communication shop in the street or in shopping malls. The price of this SIM card is as low as Rp. 9,000 (under $1!) to Rp. 100,000 (about $11). There are many SIM card brands. For GSM there are Simpati, Mentari, IM3, Kartu As, XL, etc. And for CDMA there are Telkom Flexi, Starone and Fren. If you have a CDMA phone and you want to use the same SIM card in different cities in Indonesia, then Fren is your only option, cause Telkom Flexi and Starone can only be used in 1 city.

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