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De Tropen Jogja Travel Tips

brunch pool golf and bicycle
Sunday Brunch is very nice and you can make a day out of it, what we sometimes do. As a non guest for a small fee you can use the pool, get towels as well. And combine brunch with a day at the pool and (with kids) get some of their bikes and do a little bicycle riding along the golf course. I am not a golf player, but if you are than the whole family gets to do what they like, and share the moments at the brunch table.
Hyatt Regency Golf
Sunday Brunch is very nice and you can make a day out of it, what we sometimes do. As a non guest for a small fee you can use the pool, get towels as well. And combine brunch with a day at the pool and (with kids) get some of their bikes and do a little bicycle riding along the golf course. I am not a golf player, but if you are than the whole family gets to do what they like, and share the moments at the brunch table.
movies and shopping
There are many malls now: this is one of the more balanced ones in design. Burger King, Starbucks it is all there. But we mostly go here for the movies on the upper floor, and just before or after have a coffee at the Mongo Chocolate place close to the cinema. Mongo is made by a Belgium entrepreneur and their chocolate is not only artisan but Belgium good! Oh yes - in the basement there is one sushi place - really good!
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Hartono Mall Yogyakarta
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There are many malls now: this is one of the more balanced ones in design. Burger King, Starbucks it is all there. But we mostly go here for the movies on the upper floor, and just before or after have a coffee at the Mongo Chocolate place close to the cinema. Mongo is made by a Belgium entrepreneur and their chocolate is not only artisan but Belgium good! Oh yes - in the basement there is one sushi place - really good!
handicraft
In the South. Kasongan. More handicraft than you can take home. Only one 1000 meter long street. In the middle of it this store, huge. I am sure you will walk out with something. In the same street for lunch the only restaurant there Aroma. Fresh Javanese food.
Timboel Souvenir
In the South. Kasongan. More handicraft than you can take home. Only one 1000 meter long street. In the middle of it this store, huge. I am sure you will walk out with something. In the same street for lunch the only restaurant there Aroma. Fresh Javanese food.
At the end of Jalan Malioboro, opposite Fort Vredeburg. Even if you don't buy anything well worth to see. Batik demonstrations. Here they collect about anything that is handcrafted in the home industry. It is almost like a living museum.
MIROTA BATIK
At the end of Jalan Malioboro, opposite Fort Vredeburg. Even if you don't buy anything well worth to see. Batik demonstrations. Here they collect about anything that is handcrafted in the home industry. It is almost like a living museum.
Sightseeing
This is also at the beginning of Jalan Palagan, where it intersects with the Ring Road. It is an illumination place at night, so visit it in the evenings. It is just a nice experience and with kids even more so. It is like a fairy tale land. Nothing spectacular happens there, but it is just a place for some 'wonder'!
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Taman Pelangi Jogja
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This is also at the beginning of Jalan Palagan, where it intersects with the Ring Road. It is an illumination place at night, so visit it in the evenings. It is just a nice experience and with kids even more so. It is like a fairy tale land. Nothing spectacular happens there, but it is just a place for some 'wonder'!
Must see. Unesco heritage site. Even when you live here you go there every once and while. Keeps amazing this huge Buddhist temple complex. Consider doing a Borobudur Sunrise excursion.
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보로부두르
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Must see. Unesco heritage site. Even when you live here you go there every once and while. Keeps amazing this huge Buddhist temple complex. Consider doing a Borobudur Sunrise excursion.
Historic Hindu temple complex. Walk around in awe. And imagine how life must have been hundreds of years ago.
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프람바난
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Historic Hindu temple complex. Walk around in awe. And imagine how life must have been hundreds of years ago.
As close as you can get to the Merapi with normal transportation. High and cool.
Merapi Park Yogyakarta - The World Landmarks
As close as you can get to the Merapi with normal transportation. High and cool.
Historic museum. Get a glimpse of colonial times with this old fort, built just next to the Sultans Palace!
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Fort Vredeburg Museum
No.6 Jl. Margo Mulyo
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Historic museum. Get a glimpse of colonial times with this old fort, built just next to the Sultans Palace!
Like a scientific center - great to do with kids.
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Taman Pintar Yogyakarta
1-3 Jl. Panembahan Senopati
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Like a scientific center - great to do with kids.
On the North South Axel leading up to the Sultans Palace, Tugu is a magical symbol of the city. It was said that when you touch it, you would always come back here. They screened it off because too many people were doing that. I guess a selfie would do the trick too!
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Tugu Jogja
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On the North South Axel leading up to the Sultans Palace, Tugu is a magical symbol of the city. It was said that when you touch it, you would always come back here. They screened it off because too many people were doing that. I guess a selfie would do the trick too!
Less than 30 km away this is one of many beaches in the South. Lava sand beach - lots of activities and couleur locale. Good for long beach walks. Not so much for swimming. Still a great day out.
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Parangtritis Beach
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Less than 30 km away this is one of many beaches in the South. Lava sand beach - lots of activities and couleur locale. Good for long beach walks. Not so much for swimming. Still a great day out.
Literally in the heart of the city this living palace called Kraton is not a museum, part of it is open to the public. You don't need to book a tour. You can buy tickets at the entrance, quite often older man dressed in traditional palace costumes (the real thing mind you), offer to walk you around. It is not much of a help, but it is their way to make bit of extra income and they are very proud of this place. When you are done or want to continue by yourself you say many thanks (terima kashi) give discreetly whatever you like to give. Let your heart speak. It is an interesting visit. The Sultan is still there, the only Royal family in the Republic with the special status Yogya has. You see carriages, antique cars and the place breathes a special atmosphere.
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Kraton
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Literally in the heart of the city this living palace called Kraton is not a museum, part of it is open to the public. You don't need to book a tour. You can buy tickets at the entrance, quite often older man dressed in traditional palace costumes (the real thing mind you), offer to walk you around. It is not much of a help, but it is their way to make bit of extra income and they are very proud of this place. When you are done or want to continue by yourself you say many thanks (terima kashi) give discreetly whatever you like to give. Let your heart speak. It is an interesting visit. The Sultan is still there, the only Royal family in the Republic with the special status Yogya has. You see carriages, antique cars and the place breathes a special atmosphere.
The Alun Alun Utara (north) is the northern forecourt of the Kraton (palace). It is a huge forecourt, a couple of football fields big. In the night people come here to hang out, and nowadays you'll find dozens of these lighted bicycle cars - homemade mostly - and you can cycle around the Alun Alun. Many locals there, not a touristy thing, so certainly worth to do!
Alun Alun Utara
The Alun Alun Utara (north) is the northern forecourt of the Kraton (palace). It is a huge forecourt, a couple of football fields big. In the night people come here to hang out, and nowadays you'll find dozens of these lighted bicycle cars - homemade mostly - and you can cycle around the Alun Alun. Many locals there, not a touristy thing, so certainly worth to do!
Called Taman Sari or Water Palace - in the Kraton area - the old bathhouse for the Royal familiy in the olden day
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Taman Sari
42 Jl. Taman Sari
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Called Taman Sari or Water Palace - in the Kraton area - the old bathhouse for the Royal familiy in the olden day
The ruins of Raty Boka temple. Ruins for some reason always inspire my imagination - what was there, and what we see now, remnants of a culture long gone - this is not a busy place, chances are you can pretty much wander around by yourself.
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Ratu Boko
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The ruins of Raty Boka temple. Ruins for some reason always inspire my imagination - what was there, and what we see now, remnants of a culture long gone - this is not a busy place, chances are you can pretty much wander around by yourself.
Actually from the Tugu a couple of kilometers north, this road (more a boulevard) is like the entry to the Kraton (the Royal Palace). It has been renovated recently with wider walk ways. On one side of the street browse through the many stalls that sell all kind of souvenir and handicraft stuff. It is very crowded on that side of the street, be aware of pickpockets. Always negotiate here. You can take a ride with a bicycle taxi or a Andong (horse and carriage). Talk about the price before you start off. In the night the stalls disappear and are replaced by food hawkers, and bamboo mats are rolled out on the side walk in front of the stores. People hang out, eat something and socialize in this way. A vibrant street day and night and a real experience - make a selfie under the street sign!
Malioboro Street
60-54 Jl. Malioboro
Actually from the Tugu a couple of kilometers north, this road (more a boulevard) is like the entry to the Kraton (the Royal Palace). It has been renovated recently with wider walk ways. On one side of the street browse through the many stalls that sell all kind of souvenir and handicraft stuff. It is very crowded on that side of the street, be aware of pickpockets. Always negotiate here. You can take a ride with a bicycle taxi or a Andong (horse and carriage). Talk about the price before you start off. In the night the stalls disappear and are replaced by food hawkers, and bamboo mats are rolled out on the side walk in front of the stores. People hang out, eat something and socialize in this way. A vibrant street day and night and a real experience - make a selfie under the street sign!
Food scene
The closest MacDonalds to where we are - about 2.5 KM, I estimate - to get there drive down Jalan Palagan to the Ring Road and make a right. You'll see it at the roundabout and flyover after a couple of hundreds meters. You take a grab taxi the cost is RP17.000 to get there (a little bit more than a dollar) It is open 24 hours and run very good - efficient, quick, even when it is busy - the best MCD to go in this city. By the way Gojek (motor cycle taxi) can also deliver to you).
McDonald's Jombor
The closest MacDonalds to where we are - about 2.5 KM, I estimate - to get there drive down Jalan Palagan to the Ring Road and make a right. You'll see it at the roundabout and flyover after a couple of hundreds meters. You take a grab taxi the cost is RP17.000 to get there (a little bit more than a dollar) It is open 24 hours and run very good - efficient, quick, even when it is busy - the best MCD to go in this city. By the way Gojek (motor cycle taxi) can also deliver to you).
My favorite - everything fresh - even mayonnaise made a la minute - my choice is always a Ceasar Salad: the best really. Good wine by the caraf and reasonably priced. Run by Kamil who brings the best of France to this place. Also they sell home made French bread. Lunch and dinner. When we go for dinner we go at 5, than all the tables free. Have a drink and appetizer and we still walk out 3 hours later. Come at 7 you'll be waiting for a table. Pass by earlier in the day and make a reservation for a time that is better for you;
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Mediterranea Restaurant by Kamil
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My favorite - everything fresh - even mayonnaise made a la minute - my choice is always a Ceasar Salad: the best really. Good wine by the caraf and reasonably priced. Run by Kamil who brings the best of France to this place. Also they sell home made French bread. Lunch and dinner. When we go for dinner we go at 5, than all the tables free. Have a drink and appetizer and we still walk out 3 hours later. Come at 7 you'll be waiting for a table. Pass by earlier in the day and make a reservation for a time that is better for you;
My favorite just around the corner from De Tropen Jogja (500 meter) for my daily dose of cafeine. I always have a cappuccino and ask them in a takeaway cup - stays hotter longer than a normal cup. They roast their own coffee (you can see the coffee roasting equipment) and have different blends. My favorite is called mosaic.
Epic Coffee
No.25c Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar
My favorite just around the corner from De Tropen Jogja (500 meter) for my daily dose of cafeine. I always have a cappuccino and ask them in a takeaway cup - stays hotter longer than a normal cup. They roast their own coffee (you can see the coffee roasting equipment) and have different blends. My favorite is called mosaic.
Delicatessen - mostly import from various countries, fresh breads and pastry. We always go here to get everything that you can't buy in a normal supermarket here. Yummie. And also a good restaurant, large variety of steaks, home made sausages, burgers you name it.
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R&B Grill
37 Jl. Wolter Monginsidi
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Delicatessen - mostly import from various countries, fresh breads and pastry. We always go here to get everything that you can't buy in a normal supermarket here. Yummie. And also a good restaurant, large variety of steaks, home made sausages, burgers you name it.
Open 24 hours, close to where we are. Great coffee and a good menu. Cafe Brick is what the name suggests - a brick house - red bricks. It is nicely done, so if you have an urge for a late night coffee, this is where you can go.
Cafe Brick
6 Jl. Damai
Open 24 hours, close to where we are. Great coffee and a good menu. Cafe Brick is what the name suggests - a brick house - red bricks. It is nicely done, so if you have an urge for a late night coffee, this is where you can go.
In the South of the city, and one more location more central, but we always go to the south. Al fresco garden style dining. Really nice thin crust pizzas. And a complete Italian menu. Also serve beer. Our favorite pizza place.
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Nanamia Pizzeria
1 Jalan Tirtodipuran
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In the South of the city, and one more location more central, but we always go to the south. Al fresco garden style dining. Really nice thin crust pizzas. And a complete Italian menu. Also serve beer. Our favorite pizza place.
About 20 minutes from De Tropen. Also one of our favorites. Contemporary design. Wonderful menu. Cocktails, wine and beer available too. For a relaxed sit down dinner.
Cubic Kitchen & Bar
3 - 5 Jl. Demangan Baru
About 20 minutes from De Tropen. Also one of our favorites. Contemporary design. Wonderful menu. Cocktails, wine and beer available too. For a relaxed sit down dinner.
Greek oriented in food choices. They just opened and are not quite organized yet. The food is nice. But quite often many things on the menu sold out. Which is a bit of a drag if you order something and 5 minutes later they come tell you no. But the ambiance is nice and what you get is nice, so if you here with that in mind you are ok. Only 500 meters away.
KOLONA Kitchen & Coffee
Km.8 Jalan Palagan Tentara Pelajar
Greek oriented in food choices. They just opened and are not quite organized yet. The food is nice. But quite often many things on the menu sold out. Which is a bit of a drag if you order something and 5 minutes later they come tell you no. But the ambiance is nice and what you get is nice, so if you here with that in mind you are ok. Only 500 meters away.
Close to where we are. Great coffee. Fresh breads and pastries. Sitting area you you can have your cappuccino with cake, pastry, pie or croissants, or any of the other good stuff the French owner makes. We got our bread from this place
Cinema Bakery
Close to where we are. Great coffee. Fresh breads and pastries. Sitting area you you can have your cappuccino with cake, pastry, pie or croissants, or any of the other good stuff the French owner makes. We got our bread from this place
horseback riding
Anna, who runs this place has a different approach to horses - more natural - no horseshoes for example are used. Our daughter had lessons here. It is just under 2 hours drive, and well worth it. And when you go there stop at the Teak Eatery & Living in Salatiga!
Havana Horses Natural Horse Riding School
Anna, who runs this place has a different approach to horses - more natural - no horseshoes for example are used. Our daughter had lessons here. It is just under 2 hours drive, and well worth it. And when you go there stop at the Teak Eatery & Living in Salatiga!
sports
I don't play golf, but if you do this seems to be a good place and only 1.2 km from where we are. They also have a outdoor restaurant club style along the course, so it is also nice watch the people play. It is a relaxed watching spot.
Hyatt Regency Golf
I don't play golf, but if you do this seems to be a good place and only 1.2 km from where we are. They also have a outdoor restaurant club style along the course, so it is also nice watch the people play. It is a relaxed watching spot.
This is considered the perfect place for serious wave surfing, Krakal Beach. About a 2 hours drive.
Krakal Beach
This is considered the perfect place for serious wave surfing, Krakal Beach. About a 2 hours drive.