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Trip highlights in Semarang, Solo & Makassar, Indonesia.

Here's a summary of my itinerary during my Trip of Wonders in Indonesia. 
I've spent an average of two days in each city, exploring the culture, trying the local food and learn new recipes along the way. So let's skip all the long winding story and here's some highlights that I put together in these three cities. 

i) Explore Lawang Sewu

According to our local tour guide, Lawang Sewu ("Thousand Doors") is a landmark in Semarang, Central Jawa, Indonesia, built as the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies Railway Company. She also mentioend that this colonial era building is famous as a haunted house. It's a must-visit if you love architecture. There are countless of windows and doors in this building and it's like a maze to me. 

ii) Explore Semarang Old Town (Kota Tua)

If you love street photography, make sure you include this in your list. Semarang is a fairly small city but full of historical stories and 'seasoned' buildings. 

iii) Lunch at Spiegel Bistro

After touring the city it's time to refuel! We dropped by this bistro which has a nice ambience with classic interior.

I was told that Spiegel was established in 1895 and now it's been converted into a restaurant that serves Italian & Western food. 
I tried the smoked salmon sandwich, hummus with flatbread and chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Simple dish but taste so good, perhaps because I was famished after sweating profusely after touring the city. :P

ii) Visit Kampung Batik Laweyan 

Here you'll get a glimpse of how batik is actually made. If you're looking for some unique and very local merchandise for your friends and family make sure you get it here. 
For a handmade merchandise, I think it's priced pretty reasonably. I've got myself a 5metres long batik cloth for RM30 which I then use it as a skirt on my last day at the beach. 
If you didn't manage to get anything here fret not, you can visit another merchandise shop called House of Danar Hadi. There you can get a more complete range of merchandise like t-shirt/caps/ stationeries/and other collections. 

ii)Sunset at Alila Hotel 

If you're in Solo, make sure you make a trip to Agra bar which is located at the rooftop in Alila Solo Hotel and enjoy some canapes with booze while watching sunset in the city. 

iii)Wedangan Kebon Koelon

If you're feeling peckish after dinner, call a cab and drop by this place which serves traditional street food. It's literally 3 minutes drive from the Alila Hotel, Solo. This place is like our local 'mamak' . They open till late night and it's ideal for friends to come together to chit chat and catch up about life. 

It's also my first time sampling the local snacks like Tahu isi, Sosis Solo, Tahu Bacem, Nasi Kucing, Tempeh Bacem and lumpia Kulit Tahu. Something different than the roti canai, roti bom and teh tarik.

i) Visit the local Market 



Here you get to see the daily life of the locals.

ii)Cooking class at Konro Galesong

 We went to a local's house to learn how to cook their traditional dessert called Pisang ijo (literally means green plantain) 
It's basically plantain encased in glutinous and rice flour dough and the green colour comes from a drop of green colouring and some pandan leaves. 
It's served together with rich coconut milk and chunks of ice cubes. Perfect on a scorching hot day. 

iii) Balla Lompa try Traditional Costume

We also stopped by Balla Lompoa to have a traditional costume photo taking session.
Here you get to rent the Javanese traditional costume for men & women. Costume comes in all sizes/free size. The person in charge will educate you on the do's and dont's when posing for a picture in their traditional costume.  

iv) Bakso Ati Raja

No one leaves Indonesia without trying Bakso. 
I was so glad that we stopped by this place for lunch before catching our flight to Bali. Ati Raja is very similar to the meaning of 'hati raja', which means the heart of the king. 
It's the largest chain of bakso in Indonesia and it's owned by a Chinese. 

Here you'll get to try their famous nyuknyang aka meatballs (you get to choose soup or deep fried version), and soup or dry version for their Bakso. 

I was so stuffed looking back on my eating marathon, can't believe I pulled it through. 
Hope you guys enjoy the list that I put together and if you're planning to visit Indonesia anytime soon, do check out for some promos!
Ps: Good things are meant to be shared. 😆

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