Top 10 Best Restaurants in Ubud, Bali

Ubud is famous for its food, besides culture, and this is one of the best places in Bali to sample a wealth of local Indonesian food. This is why it is also home to some of the best restaurants in Bali. One of the best things about Ubud is the sheer variety of bites on offer and you can spend the day sipping on freshly pressed local juices made with exotic fruits and sampling the street food bought piping hot from carts on street corners.

If your appetite and budget allow, then you can also enjoy a variety of fine dining in Bali which are located in Ubud, but there are also, of course, lots of affordable food to be found here.

Here are our very own top 10 best restaurants in Ubud.

Locavore

One of the most famous restaurants in Ubud is Locavore which is the brainchild of two chefs called Ray Adriansyah and Eelke Plameijer which has an emphasis on local ingredients. You can select from a variety of tasting menus here including one which features nine courses and is paired with wine, and just some of the highlights include traditional Indonesian oxtail or freshly caught barramundi.

Opening hours: 12 pm – 2.30 pm, 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Address: Jl. Dewisita No.10, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571; Tel: +62 361 977 733

Famous Locavore restaurant in Ubud Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Famous Locavore restaurant in Ubud Kabupaten Gianyar, Ubud. Photograph by Indus and the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

Ibu Oka Warung

Ibu Oka Warung is one of the most famous spots in town and enjoys a strategic location across from the Royal Palace in Ubud. The reason to come here is for the babi guling which is traditional roast suckling pig. Expect it to be simple but delicious. Basically, you get large slices of roasted pig served with rice and some side vegetables, all of which are accompanied with a delicious spicy sauce.

Opening hours: 10.30 am – 10 pm
Address: Jalan Tegal, Ubud; Tel: +62 361 976 435

Ibu Oka Warung, one of the famous spot near Royal Palace in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Delicious roasted pig at Ibu Oka Warung. Photo by Kars Alfrink

Hujan Locale

Hujan Locale has made a splash on the Ubud food scene thanks to its delicious Asian cuisine. The restaurant is modeled in the colonial style and menus have headings such as ‘From the farm’ and ‘From the sea’. Some of the delicious plates you can expect here include juicy lamb curries inspired by Yogyakarta and fish curry cooked in the Acehnese style.

Opening hours: 12 pm – 3 pm, 6 pm – 11 pm
Address: Jalan Sri Wedari, Ubud; Tel: +62 361 849 3092

Bebek Bengil Restaurant

Bebek Bengil Restaurant translates as the Dirty Duck which is the main feature on the menu. The restaurant has a secret recipe developed in-house in the 1990s and the duck is boiled in a flavorful broth before being massaged with a blend of traditional Balinese herbs and spices. The meat is then fried until it blisters to create some of the most delicious duck on the island.

Opening hours: 10 am – 10.30 pm
Address: Padang Tegal, Jl. Hanoman, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571; Tel: +62 361 975 489

Bebek Bengil restaurant is known for Dirty Duck as main menu, Ubud, Indonesia
Bebek Bengil restaurant is known for Dirty Duck as its main menu. Photo by (WT-shared) Shoestring at wts wikivoyage

Fair Warung Bale

If you want to support the local community while you have your dinner, then consider a trip to Fair Warung Bale. Owned by the Fair Future Foundation, the proceeds of your meal will go to healthcare in the Ubud community. Some of the items you will find on the menu here include toothsome curries as well as some international fare.

Opening hours: 9.30 am – 11 pm
Address: Jalan Sriwedari 6, Ubud; Tel: +62 361 975 370

Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique

One of the best known upscale restaurants in Ubud is called Mozaic and is known for its French-Indonesian fusion food. All the dishes are the brainchild of Chef Chris Salans and you will find French dishes that have been made with local Balinese ingredients. One of the highlights here is the tasting menu which is made up of local treats like blue fin tuna and other fresh seafood delights from around the region.

Opening Hours: 17.45 – 1.00 am
Address: Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud; Tel: +62 361 975 768

 Cooking Class at Mozaic restaurant, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Cooking Class at Mozaic restaurant. Photo by Ubud Writers Festival

Cafe Lotus

Cafe Lotus is now actually a chain that exists all over Bali but it started in Ubud in 1982, so if you eat here you will be coming to the source. This restaurant looks out over a pretty lotus pond (hence the name) and you can come here to try the traditional Balinese dishes such as fish rubbed in a spice blend made of lemongrass, galangal, and turmeric which is then wrapped in banana leaves and cooked.

Opening hours: 7.30 am – 11 pm
Address: Jalan Raya Ubud; Tel: +62 361 975 660

Café Lotus a chain that exists all over Bali, Indonesia
Cafe Lotus chain in Ubud, Bali. Photo by Dee M

CasCades at the Viceroy

CasCades at the Viceroy is one of the most upscale restaurants in Ubud and you will dine in a Balinese pavilion covered with a traditional thatched roof. The restaurant looks over the lovely Petanu Valley and you can choose from French dishes that have an Asian twist. To that end, you will find Balinese, Japanese, and even Thai influences here and there is a tasting menu that comes with scallops, rack of lamb, and a selection of delicious cheeses.

Opening hours: 7 am – 10 pm
Address: Jalan Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud; Tel: +62 361 972 111

Moksa

If you are a vegetarian or just want to eat more greens, then consider a trip to Moksa. This restaurant is based around a permaculture farm and is focused on simple yet delicious plant based meals. Some of the dishes are raw while some have seen a little eat and you can expect a changing menu with dishes such as vegan pasta made with vegetables and covered in ‘cheese’ made from nuts.

Opening hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Address: Gang Damai, Ubud; Tel: +62 361 479 2479

Try Moksa restaurant for vegetarian, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Try Moksa restaurant for vegetarian, Ubud. Photo by Xenia Blair and the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

Bebek Tepi Sawah

If you are in Ubud then one of the restaurants that you absolutely can’t miss is Bebek Tepi Sawah located at the Tepi Sawah Villas in Peliatan. The name is a reference to the ducks that line the rice terraces here and as a result, you can expect to find plenty of duck on the menu. If you are not a fan of this meat however then you will find plenty of other delicious plates featuring mixed seafood platters as well as delicious pork dishes like braised pork ribs.

Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Address: Jalan Goa Gajah, Banjar Teges, Peliatan, Ubud; Tel: +62 361 975 656

Plenty duck menu can be found at Bebek Tepi Sawah restaurant, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Bebek Bengil (Crispy Duck). Photo by Naotake Murayama

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Guide to Lake Toba, Sumatra – Hotels, To do and Attractions

Lake Toba, also known as Danau Toba, is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Sumatra. Tourism in Lake Toba is fairly developed, but it still holds its own quiet charm.

It is the largest volcanic lake in the world measuring at 1,707 sq ft. It is formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption some 70,000 years ago and is probably the world’s biggest caldera. As a fact, this lake was a product of a massive supervolcanic eruption about 77,000 years ago, is known as the Toba catastrophe theory that is rumoured to have killed many of the human population.

With a quiet and serene beauty, most people make a trip here just to unwind and while the time away, especially after a hardcore extended backpacking or trekking.

-> Find out Lake Toba Accomodations

Where is it

This largest volcanic lake is located in Sumatra, Indonesia. Samosir island (Pulau Samosir) within the lake is the island inside of the island of Sumatra.

Indonesia Sumatra Map

Indonesia Sumatra Map. Photo by Burmesedays

Why go

Amidst mountains with clear lake that almost reflect anything, it is definitely a relaxing place. But as a bonus, the Batak people living here is another highlight of the place, being outgoing, they will make sure your stay is well worth it. Just say “Horas” (the tradition Batak greeting) and you will definitely a dose of their hospitality and some of their local jungle juice, pipes and music!

Batak People @ Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia

Batak Women. Photo by Marc Veraart

When is the best time to go

Best time to go Lake Toba is May when the weather is changing from slightly cool to warm. The heat might go up really high as it continues to summer but it is also erratic and may have sudden rain. During winter, there is a lot of rainfall here.

The place is also particularly popular during Chinese New Year, generally around January/February of the year, therefore, take note for the hike in prices and cramp in style.

What to see

Batak Kids @ Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia

Kids by the Lake. Photo by Marc Veraart

There are considered a lot of tourist attractions here for you as it is a fairly popular tourist place. If you care keen, you may easily find a tour, including to Pulau Samosir, an island in this lake itself.
Tuk tuk
You may go to Tuk tuk, a popular place for the tourists, with a great view of Lake Toba. Here you can do your shopping and buy some books from the second-hand bookshop.

Tomok
Tomok is a quieter place but with better food options and delicious Indonesian food. You may also bask in its rich culture as there is burial place for the King Sidabutur, which is significant to the local people.

Traditional Dance
There are traditional dances around, one at Batak Museum and another in Restaurant Bagus Bay.

Waterfall
Just above Tuk tuk, you may reach there just by walking and take a nice swim in it.

Hot Spring
About 40kms from Tuk tuk – the water is really hot, therefore, might not be able to swim in, but you may enjoy a light dip.

Things to do and Attractions

As mentioned it is a place to relax, it is mostly not to do much things. Just kick back and relax, chill by the lakeside. If you must do somethings, swim in the volcanic lake, or take a boat out the lake either in the day or in an overnight party, with the volcano as a backdrop. Book lovers can have some reading up here with where there is a second hand bookshop for you to choose from.

For some active things to do, you can go for kayaking on the Lake Toba. You may also just take a boat ride on the lake. Or take a bath in the hot springs. Not to forget, enjoy the many delicious foods at nearby villages at Tomok. Another tip is to rent a motorbike and tour around the Samosir island yourself.

But if you want to visit some attractions around Lake Toba, you can visit:
Museum Huta Bolon Simanindo, which has performances twice daily
Makam Raja Sidabutar – graves of the former Batak Kings
Stone chairs in Ambarita – dated back to 300 years ago and serve as a judgement seat
Hike Pusuk Buhit – the main mountain in Lake Toba area, it would take 5 hours to the summit
Shop for textiles – get your souvenir at Suhi-Suhi village

Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia

Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Holmes Nainggolan

Where to stay

There are many hotels, guesthouses and resorts along the lake in Tuk tuk, with some further away in smaller towns. You do not need to worry about choices of stay in Lake Toba *, in exception to Chinese New Year where it might peak with tourists thus hike in price and probably lack in space. The best rated hotels here are Horas Family Home * and Toba Village Inn *. While the best budget option in here is the Toba Cats Garden *.



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Paddy Fields Lake Toba @ Sumatra, Indonesia

Paddy Fields. Photo by kenner116

What and where to eat

There are no shortage of local Indonesian food here from restaurants at Tuk tuk (the main road) varying in both prices and quality respectively. Here to add on to the atmosphere, magic mushrooms and various happy herb pizza can be found as well. Drinks are also no shortage here, with several bars dotted around, but best to just get it from your guesthouse.

How to get there

Fly in to Medan and then travel by land to Parapat, a town next to Lake Toba. It is 4 hours trip away from Medan by bus. Or you can take a taxi or scheduled a car from Medan airport to Parapat.

Else you can fly from Medan Polonia airport to Silangit with Susi Air daily, for just 30 minutes and safer than the road trip. But the flight costs would be around 38USD one way.

How to get around

Local public transports is the boat at the lake. Public Boats from Parapat and surrounding areas like Tuk tuk or Tomok at Samosir Island is around 7,000 Rp per trip.

You can also hire a motorcycle if you prefer to have some flexibility and control, though roads can be bumpy. Else if only going nearby, a bicycle can be rented as well for a nominal fee.

Where to go nearby

Go for Orangutan Trekking to catch a glimpse of the rare Sumatran Orangutan at Bukit Lawang, just 90km northwest of Medan.

Head off for a dive at beautiful Pulau Weh (Island) just off the coast of Sumatra.

Tips

Bring a raincoat or equivalent as rain is prevalent here and can be random. Also bring mosquitoes repellent.

Fishing boat Lake Toba @ Sumatra, Indonesia

Fishing Boat. Photo by Indo_girl2010

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Top 10 Day Trips from Jakarta

Jakarta city may be really fun to visit itself, but if you have enough days, doing some day trips out of Jakarta would just be what you need. There a lot of opportunities to discover new sights or explore a new culture, all within the range of a day from Jakarta.

Our day trips from Jakarta covers from historical sites to tasting Indonesian food to exploring nature, be it mountains or the sea, from must visit tourist attractions to simple but fun local activities.

Here are our recommended day trips from Jakarta for you:

Enjoy Indonesian food in Central Bogor

Located 53 km south of Jakarta, Bogor will offer you with a wide range of Indonesian food. Recently, many new cafes and restaurants are mushrooming on the narrow streets of Bogor. Drop by the area of Taman Kencana, Central Bogor where you can find a row of great restaurants lined up along in one alley. There is a famous Kedai Kita restaurant which people go for their famed BBQ Grilled Pizza (Pizza Bakar BBQ). After that, don’t forget to get delicious desserts at Death by Chocolate or Klapertaart Huis.

How to get there: Take the train to Bogor station then you can take the public minivan (angkot). Pay IDR 4,000 and get off in Taman Kencana.

-> Check out our Travel Guide to Bogor
-> Read our Day trip from Jakarta – Bogor’s Botanical Garden, Cimory and Taman Safari

Grilled Pizza, Kedai Kita, Bogor, Jakarta, Indonesia
Grilled Pizza, the Signature Dish at Kedai Kita Bogor. Photo by Angels

Visit The Historical Sites in Cirebon

Another place in the West Java you have to visit is Cirebon. Cirebon offers you the richness of their culture and history. Visit Kasepuhan Cirebon Palace to see the relics from the Islamic Kingdom in Cirebon.

Also, satisfy your cravings by having a bowl of Empal Gentong which you can easily find around this city. Also before heading back to Jakarta, buuy some colourful Batik patterns in Trusmi Batik Village as souvenirs.

How to get there: You can take a car or simply take the train and have three hours journey from Jakarta. There are Cirebon Express and Argo Jati. Both are departing from Gambir Station. The ticket is only IDR 85,000.

-> Check out our One Day Trip to Cirebon from Jakarta guide

Kasepuhan Cirebon Palace, Keraton, Jakarta, Indonesia
Kasepuhan Palace in Cirebon

Shop and get around in Bandung

This city is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to visit in Java. Especially with the number of restaurant, café, factory outlet, and boutique that are growing rapidly in Bandung nowadays. Stroll along Jalan Riau where most of the boutiques are located. After that, head to Jalan Braga and Jalan Asia Afrika to dwell in old city ambience. Alternatively, get closer to nature with Bandung’s tourist attractions such as Situ Patenggang Lake, Tangkuban Perahu, and Keraton Cliff (Tebing Keraton).

How to get there: So many bus options can take you to Bandung. If you want to sit more comfortable and private, you may choose to use elf. The price is considered to be still affordable with around IDR 90,000-IDR 100,000.

-> Read our Travel Guide to Bandung, Java
-> Check out Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Bandung
-> Don’t miss out Top 10 Best Food to Eat in Bandung

Tebing Keraton, Bandung, Jakarta, Indonesia
Great Morning View from Tebing Keraton at Bandung. Photo by Isti

Find beautiful beaches in Banten

Banten is another area that is easy to reach, with approximately 3 hours drive from Jakarta. Since Banten is located in the lowlands, there are several beaches you can visit. Our favourites are the Sawarna Beach, Tanjung Lesung Beach, and Sangiang Island. After getting your skin tanned at the beach, you can move on to learn some history in Old Banten (Banten Lama). Here, visit the Keraton Kaibon which was built in 1815 and then destroyed by the Dutch in 1832.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Merak or Cilegon, Jakarta to Serang from only IDR 28,000 (as of 2017).

The Ruins of Keraton Kaibon, Banten, Jakarta, Indonesia
The ruins of Keraton Kaibon in Banten. Photo by Isti

Dive and snorkel at Thousand Island

Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu) does not literally consist of thousand of islands, it has approximately 342 islands. One of the most visited islands here is Pulau Harapan, which 4 hours away by ship from Jakarta. People say this island has the best snorkeling spot in Thousand Island. If you find snorkeling is not enough, then you have to explore more by diving deep under where you will find underwater paradise. You can also visit turtles in a sanctuary in Pulau Kelapa Dua and eagle care in Pulau Klotok.

How to get there: You can depart from Muara Angke by paying IDR 50,000 only or from Marina Ancol using a more luxurious boat with a more expensive ticket.

Pulau Harapan, Pulau Seribum Thousand Islands, Indonesia
Pulau Harapan of Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu). Photo by B10m

Explore the unique Baduy Tribe

Baduy is located in Lebak Regency. This tribe decided to live without electricity or any vehicles. They also do not use shampoo or soap. They chose to stay by these rules and not follow any form of modernity. Baduy is divided into two area, Inner Baduy (Baduy Dalam) and Outer Baduy (Baduy Luar). If you want to experience this unique way of living without modernity, then you should take a look to Baduy Dalam. Baduy Luar is the gateway to Baduy Dalam.

How to get there: You can take the train to Rangkasbitung from Jakarta’s Tanah Abang station. Then transit at Aweh Terminal and continue your journey to Ciboleger Terminal, the entrance gate to Baduy Tribe

Traditional House, Sulah Nyanda, Baduy, Lebak Regency, Jakarta, Indonesia
Traditional House, Sulah Nyanda in Baduy. Photo by Hendry Sudarman

Take amazing photos at Gunung Pancar

Gunung Pancar is an area surrounded by pine trees in Sentul, West Java. You can also camp and enjoy your leisure time by hammocking here. If you venture further into the national park, you will find spring water which is one of the source of clean drinking water for the local people.

How to get there: It takes only two hours drive from Jakarta city. Use Jagorawi toll road and exit in South Sentul. A direction map will take you easily to reach Gunung Pancar.

Tall Pine trees in Sentul, West Java, Indonesia
Pine trees of Gunung Pancar, West Java. Photo by Isti

Head up to Puncak (The Peak) for tea plantations or paragliding

Puncak might be the destination where most of the local people go on the weekend. Therefore, a tip is to know when the one-way road system is conducted. Usually, starting from 09.00-11.30, it will be only one-way direction up to Puncak while the one way down back to Jakarta is from 15.00-17.00. Enjoy the vast view of tea plantations or visit the strawberry garden at Berry Farm. For those who like a more challenging experience, try paragliding here!

How to get there: It will be simple to take a car. Use a long toll road and exit in Ciawi.

Tea plantations, Green View, Puncak, Jakarta, Indonesia
Tea plantations at Puncak. Photo by Irman Fauzi

Picnic at Selabintana

Another place which can be reached just 120 km from Jakarta is located at the foot of the Pangrango Mountain. Surrounded by big pine trees, it is really fun to picnic here in the greens. Roll out your picnic blanket and bring some of your own favourite snacks. Else you can also try the popular food from West Java here called Cuanki, a dish consists of tofu, meatball, and dumplings.

How to get there: Get on the bus heading to Sukabumi Terminal and then take angkot number 15. You will arrive right in front of the entrance of Selabintana.

The tasty Cuanki at Selabintana, West Java, Indonesia
Get one of the tasty Cuanki at Selabitana. Photo by Budi Nusyirwan

Fishing or boating at Situ Gunung

Another charm of West Java nearby Jakarta is this artificial lake called Situ Gunung. You can go for fishing and boating here to enjoy its tranquillity. You can also just sit at the lakeside and observe how local people pull in the trawl to trap the fishes. If you are feeling active, you can jog uphill for 4 km to Curug Sawer. Be prepared to get some swimming in too under the waterfall.

How to get there: Go to Bogor Station to take the train to Sukabumi. Get off at Cisaat Station. It is advisable to rent a public minivan to reach Situ Gunung for convenience, at estimated price of about IDR 80,000. A minivan can take up to 8 people.

A Man Fishing with Traditional Net, Situ Gunung, West Java, Indonesia
A local fishing with the traditional net at Situ Gunung. Photo by CIFOR

Making a journey to these places near Jakarta will is definitely a good idea to get away from the hustle and bustle of Jakarta city. It is sometimes a welcome break or sometimes a much sought for adventure. These places are easily visited in a day from Jakarta and much recommended!

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One Day Trip to Cirebon from Jakarta

Cirebon is a favourite one day trip from Jakarta for the locals and tourists alike. If you think you need an escape plan from the capital city while you don’t want to take your annual leave, then going to Cirebon would be a great choice.

Cirebon is easily accessible from Jakarta and is located on the border between West and Central Java. It is no wonder that this place is rich with cultures from both sides hence making it an interesting place to visit culture wise.

Cirebon train station, Indonesia

Arriving at Cirebon train station. Photo by Kars Alfrink

Things to Do in Cirebon

Visit Keraton Kasepuhan Palace
Keraton Palaces are usually on the list to visit whenever one is in the cities of Java. One famous one is the Kraton Palace in Yogyakarta. Cirebon has its own too, which was built in 1446. This palace stands as a testament to Islamic history in Cirebon. When you enter this palace, take a look closer at their wood carvings and their ornaments. Here you can learn how East and West cultures meet in harmony.

Starting from 1988, the palace left two buildings are turned into museums. Here you can find relics not only from the archipelago but also from the Portuguese, China, Dutch, and Japanese.

Cirebon Keraton Kesapuhan Palace, Indonesia

Behind the two well-known white tigers in Keraton Cirebon complex. Photo by Isti

Find peace and quiet in Gua Sunyaragi
Another historical place worth to visit is Gua Sunyaragi (Sunyaragi Cave). Built in 1703, this place is not a literal cave. If Yogyakarta has Taman Sari as a bathing complex for the royal families to relax, then Cirebon has this Gua Sunyaragi for the same

Sunyaragi is derived from a word of “Sunyi” which means quiet or silent and “Raga” means body. Sultans also come to this place often to have meditation surrounded by the sound of the waterfall. Unlike other common temple made of stones like Andesite and bricks, Gua Sunyaragi is made from coral stones resembling a temple.

Corals at the Gua Sunyaragi, Indonesia

Corals at the Gua Sunyaragi. Photo by Isti

Shop for Batik Cirebon at Trusmi
Don’t leave Cirebon without carrying batik from this city. Trusmi village is where most of its resident live to make batik. It is located about 4 km west of the city center. There are workshops dating back to the 14th century here at the many small alleys. Trusmi village has been a central of batik business since a long time ago. They produce and sell them here at the same time. There are many products beautifully decorated with Batik Cirebon that you can choose from here, such as clothes, sandal, bag, wallet, and accessories.

Cirebon batik in various colors, Indonesia

Cirebon batik in various colors. Photo by Citta Swissanto

Where to Stay in Cirebon

If you are here for more than just one day trip, there are many choices of place to stay here in Cirebon, ranging from luxury to budget. Recommended hotel is the Aston Cirebon Hotel & Convention Center *, a four stars hotel with a contemporary design. It has more than 200 rooms which are divided into different types. The facilities are also great with an outdoor pool, jogging and bicycle pump track, mini golf, mini zoo, and spa for pampering yourself.

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What To Eat in Cirebon

Empal Gentong is the most famous food here in Cirebon. Diced beef meat are mixed with other parts such as intestine, lung, and tripe. Then it will be poured with curry-like beef soup. Empal Gentong literally means beef in gentong (clay pot). This dish is cooked using a traditional method cooking the beef in a clay pot over firewood from the mango tree.

Cirebon batik in various colors, Indonesia

Empal Gentong is usually served with rice or rice cake. Photo by Swaradila Weesy

You can find Nasi Jamblang almost everywhere on the roadsides in Cirebon. Nasi Jamblang is rice which you can mix and match with various side dishes such as fried Tempe, salted fish, various Pepes, fried chicken, black squid stir-fry, sautéed shrimp, satay, egg stew, tongue cooked with curry, and fried lung.

The most important part of Nasi Jamblang is its rice wrapped by teak leaf. Teak leaf brings the aroma into the rice and also keep it from going stale easily.

Nasi Jamblang at Cirebon, Indonesia

Nasi Jamblang at Cirebon. Photo by Kars Alfrink

How to get to Cirebon from Jakarta

Bus
There are some choices you can take to go to Cirebon. First, you can take bus departing from several terminals in Jakarta. The fare is between IDR 50,000- IDR 200,000 it depends on the class you choose.

Train
The train travel from Jakarta offers you a comfortable journey to Cirebon. The train price is only a little higher than the bus fare, making it a much more attractive option, especially that it is such a scenic ride. The economy train starts from IDR 80,000 while executive class (Cirebon Ekspres or Tegal Bahari) starts from IDR 120,000.

Rice fields of Java view by train, Indonesia

Rice fields of Java view by train between Jakarta and Cirebon. Photo by Jason Graham

Be aware though that you might have to pay more if you choose certain train whose last station is not Cirebon like Argo Dwipangga, Argo Lawu, Argo Muria, Argo Jati, Purwojaya, Taksaka, Gajayana, and Bima. Those trains can take you to Cirebon with higher fare where sometimes you have to pay more than IDR 300,000!

A one day trip to Cirebon is quite enough to refresh and rejuvenate. Prep yourself for the week ahead by taking the train back to Jakarta, enjoying the pleasant view of rice paddies along the way.

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