Java Borobudur

Provinces of Java and their Capitals

West Java
Central Java
East Java


Java is a melting pot of many Indonesians and cultures, as is many places in other regions in Indonesia and in Jakarta,  a perfect place to satiate your taste buds. Try Soto Betawi (some kind of soup), it’s sold almost anywhere from the warung–cafe–to fancy restaurants. If you think the weather too hot, try es campur–mixed ice with certain fruits, syrup and milk, refreshing!( be careful of the ice).  Sundanese (the people living in West Java are called Sundanese) food tends to be bland yet tasty adding sambal dadak ( chili, makes the food more spicy, add little at a time) to your food .

sambal dadak & lumpia

Nasi Timbel is steamed rice formed into a roll inside a banana leaf are other specialties with sour vegetables soup (sayur asam). Sundanese people eat vegetables a lot. If eating the raw vegetables, choose the ones that have to be peeled like cucumbers, eggplants carrots. Try the nasi timbel, lalapan, sambal dadak, a piece of chicken (fried or roasted), fried beancurd, fried tempeh, a slice of jambal (salted fish). If you want to, you can add gepuk (slices of beef, mixed in traditional herbs, then fried), pepes (main ingredients such as fish, chicken, mushroom, etc. mixed with crushed and blended herbs, folded into a banana leaf, then steamed until they’re ready to eat), sauteed greens, and others. Batagor baso tahu goreng (literally means, fried meatballs & beancurd) is one of the most well-sought specialty. Made from blended fish and beancurd, with a special peanut sauce.  Indonesian traditional pastry filled with banana and cheese. try brownies kukus (steamed brownies). Hot snacks are gehu-toge tahu- (beancurd with beansprouts and vegetables filling), pisang goreng (fried banana), cireng-aci goreng- (fried tapioca), nangka goreng (fried jackfruit), peuyeum goreng (fermented cassava, fried), nanas goreng (fried pineapple),Ketan bakar (roasted sticky rice) and jagung bakar/rebus (roasted/boiled corns). Nasi goreng (fried rice), sometimes the rice is mixed with seafood (usually shrimps, pieces of cuttlefish, pieces of crab’s flesh), chicken and vegetables, mutton and vegetables, salted fish, and so on. Cakue, a dish made of flour dough then fried. Java restaurants, like Padangese (food from West Sumatra, very spicy in taste), Javanese (sweeter in taste), Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Western, Indian and a lot more.

peuyeum gareng & soto betawi

In Central Java, Semarang for instance, try the Lumpia, this spring roll is best served hot with a hot chili sauce. Bandeng presto, made of milkfish, is also delicious and nourishing.  East Javanese people love to eat from sea food variety to beef and chicken, each dish is cooked lovingly and with great care. Make sure to try soto Madura (chicken soup Maduran style) and sate Madura (roasted skewered chicken with tasty peanut sauce, called sate). Remember avoid the sambal or chili if you’re not into spicy food.

Places to Visit in Java:

sunda kelapa & taman safari

National Monument: Commonly known as Monas, the monument was built during the Soekarno era of strong nationalism. The 137 m tall marble obelisk is topped with a flame coated with 35kg of gold.

Miniature Park (TMII): This is an extensive park, showcasing the diversity of the Indonesian archipelago. It stretches over 100 hectares on the outskirts of Jakarta.

Ancol Drealand: It is an amusement park in North Jakarta which has all the attractions people seek: Sea World, Fantasy World, Atlantis Water Adventure, a golf course and much more.

Sunda Kelapa: The 500 year old harbour area was a vital link to markets of the outside world for the 15th century kingdom of Padjadjaran.

Mount Tangkuban Perahu: This volcano is located about 25km north of Bandung in Lembang. It offers many places to visit and explore. There is a huge crater and panoramic scenery for everyone to see.

Pangandaran Beach:  this is one of Java’s best kept secrets as far as International tourist are concerned, but has been extremely popular with locals for a very long time.

Taman Safari: The wildlife conservation is located in Cibeureum village, Cisarua. Visit the artificial lake, there is water cycling, canoeing, swimming pools, mini trains to visit the African style villages and Bird Park.

ancol drealand & pangandaran beach

Solo: Surakarta, or more commonly known as Solo, is located in the fertile plain terrain along the longest river in Java, Bengawan Solo. It is famous as a stronghold and the centre of Javanese culture.

Klewer Market: Off the west gate of Karaton’s North Square, this old market sells all kinds of fabric, predominantly Batik.

Brobudur Temple: This is the biggest Buddhist temple of the 9th century, measuring123 x123 m. It is located in Magelang, 90 km, southeast of Semarang, or 42 km southwest of Yogyakarta.

Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace:  The palace court, with its grand and elegant Javanese architecture, lies in the centre of the city. It was founded by Prince Mangkubumi in 1755.

Merapi Volcano: This is one of the worlds most active and dangerous volcanoes. It contains an active lava dome, which regularly produces pyroclastic flows.

Mount Bromo: One of the very famous East Coast tourist destinations is Mount Bromo. It reaches about 2,392 m above sea level. The National Park is on of the most beautiful places of interest in East Java.

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