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Surabaya

Surabaya is the capital of East Java and the 2nd largest city in Indonesia.

The story goes that Surabaya's name derives from the Javanese words Suro, meaning shark, and Boyo, meaning crocodile. With over 3 million people, Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia. While many people come for business, Surabaya is also a gateway city for Mount Bromo and Bali. The city's tree-lined streets and renovated pavements will impress those newly arrived from other cities in the archipelago, though in general the city's attractions tend to be more apparent to those who make it their home rather than to short-term visitors. And we all know what that means! Put in the effort here, and you'll have an authentic, fascinating, unique experience of an Asia that once was. Get it while it lasts.

Climate

Very tropical and you need to wear casual, light clothes: t-shirts, shorts, sandals or shoes. Temperatures vary little through the year, with daytime highs around 32-34 degrees Celsius, falling at night to 22-26 degrees. During the rainy season (November–April) be prepared for occasional flash floods and traffic jams, although it's not as bad as Jakarta.

Community

Being simultaneously one of the most ancient and significant trading ports in Indonesia, a post Dutch-colonial city (the Dutch knew it as Soerabaja), and having passed through brief Japanese control during WWII, Surabaya has a complex and patchwork heritage. It's not unusual to meet Surabaya locals with heritage from other parts of Indonesia, all parts of south-eastern China, the Middle East, or Europe. Surabaya is also the only place in Indonesia with a synagogue.

Surabaya is the capital of East Java and the 2nd largest city in Indonesia.

The story goes that Surabaya's name derives from the Javanese words Suro, meaning shark, and Boyo, meaning crocodile. With over 3 million people, Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia. While many people come for business, Surabaya is also a gateway city for Mount Bromo and Bali. The city's tree-lined streets and renovated pavements will impress those newly arrived from other cities in the archipelago, though in general the city's attractions tend to be more apparent to those who make it their home rather than to short-term visitors. And we all know what that means! Put in the effort here, and you'll have an authentic, fascinating, unique experience of an Asia that once was. Get it while it lasts.

Climate

Very tropical and you need to wear casual, light clothes: t-shirts, shorts, sandals or shoes. Temperatures vary little through the year, with daytime highs around 32-34 degrees Celsius, falling at night to 22-26 degrees. During the rainy season (November–April) be prepared for occasional flash floods and traffic jams, although it's not as bad as Jakarta.

Community

Being simultaneously one of the most ancient and significant trading ports in Indonesia, a post Dutch-colonial city (the Dutch knew it as Soerabaja), and having passed through brief Japanese control during WWII, Surabaya has a complex and patchwork heritage. It's not unusual to meet Surabaya locals with heritage from other parts of Indonesia, all parts of south-eastern China, the Middle East, or Europe. Surabaya is also the only place in Indonesia with a synagogue.

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Buy

Surabaya boasts some of South-East Asia's largest shopping malls. Try to shop between 1 May and 30 June when the Surabaya big sale is on. Discounts up to 50% at this time.

Malls

Upscale

  • Tunjungan Plaza (TP), Jl Basuki Rahmat. Anchored by SOGO, Matahari, and Hero. The largest in central Surabaya, with four interconnected buildings (TP 1 - TP 4) selling everything. Good selection of restaurants on the top floors and the basement. Enjoy yourself at Stingers, a game area near the food court, or Timezone, a popular arcade.
  • Galaxy Mall (GM), Jl Dharmahusada Indah Timur (Middle East Ring Road). Anchored by SOGO, Centro, Ranch Market 99, Cinema XXI and more than 400 shops selling well known brands such as Mango, Guess Marks ans Spencer, LaSenza, Next, Nine West, The Body Shop, L'Occitane, Mothercare and many more. There are two Food Courts one completely dedicated to the best local Indonesian food and an International Food Court plus o The Dining Town which gathers many fine-dining restaurants on one exclusive floor. The largest Mall in the eastern part of Surabaya, with two interconnected buildings lavishly finished throughout with marble floors and stainless steel finishes.
  • Supermal Pakuwon Indah (SPI) and Pakuwon Trade Center (PTC), Jl Puncak Indah Lontar (Middle West Ring Road). Anchored by Matahari, Hypermart, ACE, and Index. The largest in the western part of Surabaya. SPI contains the exclusive part of the mall and PTC is the less exclusive part. PTC has an area that sells pets.
  • Surabaya Town Square (Sutos), Jl Adityawarman. Anchored by Foodmart. A shopping mall with the largest cinema studio in surabaya. Open until midnight.
  • Grand City Mall, Jl Gubeng Pojok. Next to Grand City Convention and Exhibition Hall. The luxurious mall in Surabaya.
  • Lenmarc Mall, Jl Bukit Darmo Boulevard. Full glass façade and the first golf-view mall in Surabaya.
  • Ciputra World Mall, Jl. Mayjen Sungkono. The longest escalator in Surabaya.

Factory outlet

  • Family Outlet. Jl. Raya Darmo Permai Selatan No. 11. Babies', boys', girls', men's, and women's clothing are available. Open 10AM-9PM.

Mid-range

  • The Square, Jl Sumatra. At Big Box Complex. Mens, women's and children's apparel, featuring many branded items at discount prices. Open till 10pm
  • Pasar Atom & Pasar Atom Mall, Jl Bunguran. Anchored by Hartani. A large, indoor Chinese and local market, selling foods, clothes, jewelery, catering to Chinese locals. You can bargain the prices here. Loads of DVDs (5k each) of movies made everywhere. Excellent food court (begins to open around 11AM), featuring excellent vegetarian cuisine among at least 40 other choices.
  • City of Tomorrow (Cito), Jl Raya Jendral Ahmad Yani. Anchored by Matahari and Hypermart.
  • Plaza Surabaya (Delta Plaza), Jl Pemuda. Anchored by Matahari and Superindo. One of the oldest shopping malls in town. Beside Delta Plaza is the Monkasel (Monumen Kapal Selam) or the Submarine Monument.
  • Royal Plaza, Jl Raya Jendral Ahmad Yani. Anchored by Matahari, Hypermart, ACE, and Index. Another medium size shopping mall in Surabaya.
  • BG Junction, Jl Bubutan. Anchored by Carrefour (be warned: dismal cheese selection, long queues) and Cahaya. A variety of jewellery stores so if you want to buy jewellery you definitely have to go to this place. The food court is terrible unless you would like yet another "special" Indonesian dish (check out Pasar Atom's, instead).
  • ITC, Jl Gembong. Anchored by Carrefour.
  • Golden City Mall, Jl Abdul Wahab Siamin. Anchored by Carrefour.
  • Maspion Square, Jl Margorejo Indah. Anchored by Giant. A shopping mall situated in Southern Surabaya.

Budget

  • Jembatan Merah Plaza (JMP).
  • Pusat Grosir Surabaya (PGS).
  • Darmo Trade Center (DTC).
  • Kapas Krampung Plaza (Kaza).
  • Royal Square (due to open in 2010).

Specialty

  • World Trade Center (WTC), off Jl Pemuda. Despite its name, the building is actually more famous as the place to shop for cellphones. Beware of pickpockets. For locals, WTC is often referred to as 'World Telephone Center'.
  • HI-TECH Mall (THR Mall), Jl Kusuma Bangsa. The ultimate place to shop for computers, software, and computer peripherals.
  • Plasa Marina, Jl Margorejo Indah. a shopping area for computers, software, and cellphones.
  • Tunjungan Electronic Center (TEC), Jl Tunjungan.
  • Empire Palace, Jl Blauran. A place specialising in weddings and jewellery.
  • Roode Brug Soerabaia, Jl Pucang Anom Timur 70. Heritage souvenirs specialist. Reference books about old Surabaya, miniatures of Suramadu Bridge and KRI Pasopati Submarine which is done with a high level of detail. Heritage buildings on t-shirt such as the lindeteves-stokvis & Haven Kantoor building. You can enquire about a special heritage tour to Surabaya old kampong and heritage building.
  • Cak Cuk Surabaya, Jl Mayjen Sungkono 35, Putat Gede, Sukomanunggal,  +62 31 7035 8118. Eclectic souvenir shop with the theme of Surabaya presented on many of its products, including t-shirts, mugs, pins, and many other items. Established in 2005

Markets

  • Pasar Genteng, Jl Genteng Besar. Around this market you'll find shops selling bandeng asap (smoked milk fish) and kerupuk (local chips). Also called the largest electronic spare part market in Indonesia (level 2 and above).
  • Pasar Ampel A large colourful Arab Market, and a definite highlight of the city. You are able to find unique food here. An excellent place to shop for hats, imported dates, perfumes, water pipes and tobacco, a Quran for that special someone, etc. (Note: Dress reasonably conservatively and be friendly. Most people are very warm and it is perfectly safe in the day time, but you can meet the odd person who is less than warmly welcoming to westerners. It is probably best not to amble down too many alleys here at night... locals warned us unprompted.)

Buy

Surabaya boasts some of South-East Asia's largest shopping malls. Try to shop between 1 May and 30 June when the Surabaya big sale is on. Discounts up to 50% at this time.

Malls

Upscale

  • Tunjungan Plaza (TP), Jl Basuki Rahmat. Anchored by SOGO, Matahari, and Hero. The largest in central Surabaya, with four interconnected buildings (TP 1 - TP 4) selling everything. Good selection of restaurants on the top floors and the basement. Enjoy yourself at Stingers, a game area near the food court, or Timezone, a popular arcade.
  • Galaxy Mall (GM), Jl Dharmahusada Indah Timur (Middle East Ring Road). Anchored by SOGO, Centro, Ranch Market 99, Cinema XXI and more than 400 shops selling well known brands such as Mango, Guess Marks ans Spencer, LaSenza, Next, Nine West, The Body Shop, L'Occitane, Mothercare and many more. There are two Food Courts one completely dedicated to the best local Indonesian food and an International Food Court plus o The Dining Town which gathers many fine-dining restaurants on one exclusive floor. The largest Mall in the eastern part of Surabaya, with two interconnected buildings lavishly finished throughout with marble floors and stainless steel finishes.
  • Supermal Pakuwon Indah (SPI) and Pakuwon Trade Center (PTC), Jl Puncak Indah Lontar (Middle West Ring Road). Anchored by Matahari, Hypermart, ACE, and Index. The largest in the western part of Surabaya. SPI contains the exclusive part of the mall and PTC is the less exclusive part. PTC has an area that sells pets.
  • Surabaya Town Square (Sutos), Jl Adityawarman. Anchored by Foodmart. A shopping mall with the largest cinema studio in surabaya. Open until midnight.
  • Grand City Mall, Jl Gubeng Pojok. Next to Grand City Convention and Exhibition Hall. The luxurious mall in Surabaya.
  • Lenmarc Mall, Jl Bukit Darmo Boulevard. Full glass façade and the first golf-view mall in Surabaya.
  • Ciputra World Mall, Jl. Mayjen Sungkono. The longest escalator in Surabaya.

Factory outlet

  • Family Outlet. Jl. Raya Darmo Permai Selatan No. 11. Babies', boys', girls', men's, and women's clothing are available. Open 10AM-9PM.

Mid-range

  • The Square, Jl Sumatra. At Big Box Complex. Mens, women's and children's apparel, featuring many branded items at discount prices. Open till 10pm
  • Pasar Atom & Pasar Atom Mall, Jl Bunguran. Anchored by Hartani. A large, indoor Chinese and local market, selling foods, clothes, jewelery, catering to Chinese locals. You can bargain the prices here. Loads of DVDs (5k each) of movies made everywhere. Excellent food court (begins to open around 11AM), featuring excellent vegetarian cuisine among at least 40 other choices.
  • City of Tomorrow (Cito), Jl Raya Jendral Ahmad Yani. Anchored by Matahari and Hypermart.
  • Plaza Surabaya (Delta Plaza), Jl Pemuda. Anchored by Matahari and Superindo. One of the oldest shopping malls in town. Beside Delta Plaza is the Monkasel (Monumen Kapal Selam) or the Submarine Monument.
  • Royal Plaza, Jl Raya Jendral Ahmad Yani. Anchored by Matahari, Hypermart, ACE, and Index. Another medium size shopping mall in Surabaya.
  • BG Junction, Jl Bubutan. Anchored by Carrefour (be warned: dismal cheese selection, long queues) and Cahaya. A variety of jewellery stores so if you want to buy jewellery you definitely have to go to this place. The food court is terrible unless you would like yet another "special" Indonesian dish (check out Pasar Atom's, instead).
  • ITC, Jl Gembong. Anchored by Carrefour.
  • Golden City Mall, Jl Abdul Wahab Siamin. Anchored by Carrefour.
  • Maspion Square, Jl Margorejo Indah. Anchored by Giant. A shopping mall situated in Southern Surabaya.

Budget

  • Jembatan Merah Plaza (JMP).
  • Pusat Grosir Surabaya (PGS).
  • Darmo Trade Center (DTC).
  • Kapas Krampung Plaza (Kaza).
  • Royal Square (due to open in 2010).

Specialty

  • World Trade Center (WTC), off Jl Pemuda. Despite its name, the building is actually more famous as the place to shop for cellphones. Beware of pickpockets. For locals, WTC is often referred to as 'World Telephone Center'.
  • HI-TECH Mall (THR Mall), Jl Kusuma Bangsa. The ultimate place to shop for computers, software, and computer peripherals.
  • Plasa Marina, Jl Margorejo Indah. a shopping area for computers, software, and cellphones.
  • Tunjungan Electronic Center (TEC), Jl Tunjungan.
  • Empire Palace, Jl Blauran. A place specialising in weddings and jewellery.
  • Roode Brug Soerabaia, Jl Pucang Anom Timur 70. Heritage souvenirs specialist. Reference books about old Surabaya, miniatures of Suramadu Bridge and KRI Pasopati Submarine which is done with a high level of detail. Heritage buildings on t-shirt such as the lindeteves-stokvis & Haven Kantoor building. You can enquire about a special heritage tour to Surabaya old kampong and heritage building.
  • Cak Cuk Surabaya, Jl Mayjen Sungkono 35, Putat Gede, Sukomanunggal,  +62 31 7035 8118. Eclectic souvenir shop with the theme of Surabaya presented on many of its products, including t-shirts, mugs, pins, and many other items. Established in 2005

Markets

  • Pasar Genteng, Jl Genteng Besar. Around this market you'll find shops selling bandeng asap (smoked milk fish) and kerupuk (local chips). Also called the largest electronic spare part market in Indonesia (level 2 and above).
  • Pasar Ampel A large colourful Arab Market, and a definite highlight of the city. You are able to find unique food here. An excellent place to shop for hats, imported dates, perfumes, water pipes and tobacco, a Quran for that special someone, etc. (Note: Dress reasonably conservatively and be friendly. Most people are very warm and it is perfectly safe in the day time, but you can meet the odd person who is less than warmly welcoming to westerners. It is probably best not to amble down too many alleys here at night... locals warned us unprompted.)

Eat

Surabaya is famous for rujak cingur, a local salad with sauce and cingur (slices of cooked cow nose). Try also the sate kelopo, satay with coconut rasp which you can find in Jalan Walikota Mustajab.

Surabaya is home to a huge number of restaurants - this is an eating culture.

Don't forget to try pecel, gado-gado, semanggi, bakso, es cendol, es campur, es teler, and es kacang ijo (soya milk).

Kue lapis Surabaya is the local variety of a cake that's made throughout large parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.

International

  • Kafe Bromo, Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jl. Embong Malang 25-31,  +62 31 546 8000. Offers delicious all day dining in a relaxed setting with a view that gives to pool.
  • Lung Yuan Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jl. Embong Malang 25-31,  +62 31 546 8000. Enjoy the exquisite Chinese dishes at Lung Yuan Chinese Restaurant. The menu features fresh seafood, premium fish and other renowned Cantonese cuisine. Its private room is prefect for business meeting or family gathering
  • Tradewinds Restaurant +62 31 7326066, e-mail: pinkhouse_rc@yahoo.com. Jl. Raya Kupang Baru 17A.
  • Qua-Li. Specialized in authentic Singaporean and Hong Kong cuisines conveniently and inexpensively, Qua-Li tenants are located at East Coast Center, Supermal Pakuwon Indah, Tunjungan Plaza, Galaxy Mall and many other shopping centers.
  • JW Marriott Hotel. International buffet, French, Tang Palace Chinese and Japanese themed restaurants.
  • Angus House, World Trade Centre &amp HR. Muhammad. Premium quality steak.
  • Peking Duck, Tunjungan Plaza 4. Crispy Peking duck.
  • Sea Master, Mayjend Sungkono. Fresh seafood.
  • Boncafe, Mayjend Sungkono. Popular steakhouse next to the Sea Master restaurant.
  • Trattoria Valentino +62 31 734 3124. Jl. Bukit Darmo Golf R-12, (next to the golf club). Italian owned Restaurant, Wood fried pizza, hand made pastas. Family style, popular prices. Italian, English and Indonesian speakers.
  • Surabaya Suki +62 31 501 5979. Jl Raya Gubeng 34. Popular steam boat hang out. Also serves a variety of Chinese, Thai and other asian cuisines. Try "Thai Singkong" dessert. Also serve Hong Kong style Dim Sum all day and night.
  • Portofino, Shangri-la Hotel, Mayjend Sungkono. Great Italian Food, can be pricey.
  • Capital, Lenmarc Mall. There is no other restaurants serving complete original Western dishes except here in Capital, located in Lenmarc Mall.
  • Crystal Jade Chinese Restaurant, Lenmarc Mall. Cooked by professional chefs from Singapore, Hong Kong and People's Republic of China, Crystal Jade Chinese Restaurant has become a famous grand Chinese restaurant in many nations for serving authentic Chinese cuisines from the mainland of China.
  • Food courts, in all the main shopping malls offer a variety of Indonesian, Western Chinese and Japanese dishes at reasonable prices. The shopping malls also have good variety of small restaurants.
  • Ahimsa Restaurant, Kusuma Bangsa 80,  +62 31 5350466. Open from 7AM-10PM daily. Best known vegetarian restaurant in stylish decor. Pan Asian, Chinese and Indonesian cuisine.
  • American Grill, Tunjungan Plaza 3 Lower Ground Floor. All you can eat American style salads soups hot appetisers, desserts,

steak, seafood, chicken and salad.

Indonesian

  • Kahyangan Resto, Citraland. Authentic à la carte Indonesian cuisines accompanied with oriental touch are served here at precise prices.
  • Soto Ayam Ambengan, Jl. Ambengan. Serves soto, a yellow soup with chicken meat, noodle, and cabbage. The soup is yellow because of the turmeric and other spices.
  • Hary Hary Restaurant, Jl. Musi 47. Special Indonesian grilled fresh fish and prawn in Dutch colonial house with cozy and classy atmosphere. Many other heritage recipes like tahu tek-tek,nasi goreng,sate kelapa, etc.
  • Puri Garden, Plaza Surabaya 1F. Tasty selection of Indonesian food with dishes for Rp 10,000-20,000. Try puri kuali asam, an Indonesian twist on the spicy Thai tom yam kung soup.
  • Bakwan Dempo, Jl Dempo, Bakwan and fried or braised stuffed intestines.
  • Bakwan Gili, Ps Atum, Authentic Bakwan.
  • Bakwan Kapasari, Mayjend Sungkono. Serving meatballs (called bakwan), soup, tofu (called tahu), siomay and more since 1930s.
  • Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang, Jl HR Muhammad, Jl. Ahmad Yani. Serving nasi uduk, Indonesian version of nasi lemak.
  • Bakwan Dempo 19, Jl. HR Muhammad 46. Try Bakwan campur, meatballs (bakwan) with siomay, tahu.
  • Depot You Yuen, Jl Undaan Kulon 87. Local vegetarian cuisine. Indonesian speakers only.
  • Ayam Bakar Prima Rasa, Jl.Kusuma Bangsa 3a, Jl.Raya Manyar Kertoajo 78, Jl.Raya Kupang Indah 1a, Jl. Indonesian food, especially grilled chicken (ayam bakar). BBQ fish (gurame bakar) with nice soy sauce, fresh fried fish (gurame goreng) looks like it is flying when served.
  • Ikan Bakar Cianjur, Mayjend Sungkono, Jl. Manyar Kertoarjo V. Try the ikan pesmol, fried fish with delicious local sauce or Nila Goreng, fried Nila fish with sambal or 'hot sauce'.
  • Ayam Goreng Kertajaya, Jl Pemuda (opposite Bonnet Supermarket and to Jl Jaksa Agung Suprapto.
  • Kartika Pujasera, Jl. Diponegoro. Pujasera is the abbreviation of 'Pusat Jajan Serba Ada' or if translated in English, 'complete snack Centre'. Here you can order various local food, ranging from semanggi, bakso, pecel, tahu tek, mie kluntung, gado-gado, lontong balap, bakwan kotak, bebek goreng.
  • Rawon Setan, Jl. Embong Malang, (opposite JW Marriot Hotel). Open 24 hr a day. Favourite among the locals.
  • Sate Klopo Ondomohen Jl. Walikota Mustajab. Local minced beef satay mixed with shredded coconut. One of Surabaya Cuisine
  • Leko Jl. HR Muhammad. Serves Indonesian cuisines and specializes in beef ribs presented in a special mashed spices, known as one of the prominent Javanese delicacies of lifetime. Recommended by the people of Surabaya.

Fast food

  • A&W, 3 food court. TP SuperMall
  • McDonald's, 3 food court. TP Galaxy Mall, Surabaya Plaza, and almost any other mall/plaza
  • KFC, Jl. Basuki Rachmat 16-18 (Gelael Supermarket). The original KFC, available in many larger malls.
  • Burger Bunder, Jl. Gayungsari Barat 125. The original recipe surabaya burger

Ice cream and pastry

  • Jasmine Ice Cream and Pastries, Grand City Mall lt 2-38, Jl. Gubeng Pojok no. 1, Galaxy Mall Lt 2 - 315. +62 31 594 7452, +62 31 7099-1431
  • Ibu Hasan, Jl. Manyar Rejo 8, Surabaya. Tel.: (62)(31) 594 8710. Jl. Kutai 25 A, Surabaya. Tel.: (62)(31) 709 9975. Website: Ibu Hasan. Local bakery chain.
  • Baskin and Robbins, JL. Komp Ruko Mangga Dua Blok A.9 No. 10. +62 31 843 2545. Galaxi, Jl. Dharmahusada Indah Timur No.37 Lt.2. +62 31 593 7159. Plaza Tunjungan 4 - Jl. Embong Malang 7-21, +62 31 535 5081. Pakuwon Supermall, Perumahan Pakuwon Indah, +62 31 739 0331. Golden City Mall, Jl H. Abdul Wahab Siamin 2- 8. +62 31 565 3386. Baskin and Robbins. Ice cream parlour.
  • Es Krim Zangrandi, Jl Yos Sudarso. The oldest ice cream stall in town. Located in downtown area, at Jl. Yos Sudarso, near the Balai Pemuda
  • Turin Italian Es Krim, Jl Embong Kenongo.
  • Amore, Jl Raya Kertajaya Indah.
  • Cocofrio Ice Cream, Jl Dharmawangsa 113-A-B

Eat

Surabaya is famous for rujak cingur, a local salad with sauce and cingur (slices of cooked cow nose). Try also the sate kelopo, satay with coconut rasp which you can find in Jalan Walikota Mustajab.

Surabaya is home to a huge number of restaurants - this is an eating culture.

Don't forget to try pecel, gado-gado, semanggi, bakso, es cendol, es campur, es teler, and es kacang ijo (soya milk).

Kue lapis Surabaya is the local variety of a cake that's made throughout large parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.

International

  • Kafe Bromo, Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jl. Embong Malang 25-31,  +62 31 546 8000. Offers delicious all day dining in a relaxed setting with a view that gives to pool.
  • Lung Yuan Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jl. Embong Malang 25-31,  +62 31 546 8000. Enjoy the exquisite Chinese dishes at Lung Yuan Chinese Restaurant. The menu features fresh seafood, premium fish and other renowned Cantonese cuisine. Its private room is prefect for business meeting or family gathering
  • Tradewinds Restaurant +62 31 7326066, e-mail: pinkhouse_rc@yahoo.com. Jl. Raya Kupang Baru 17A.
  • Qua-Li. Specialized in authentic Singaporean and Hong Kong cuisines conveniently and inexpensively, Qua-Li tenants are located at East Coast Center, Supermal Pakuwon Indah, Tunjungan Plaza, Galaxy Mall and many other shopping centers.
  • JW Marriott Hotel. International buffet, French, Tang Palace Chinese and Japanese themed restaurants.
  • Angus House, World Trade Centre &amp HR. Muhammad. Premium quality steak.
  • Peking Duck, Tunjungan Plaza 4. Crispy Peking duck.
  • Sea Master, Mayjend Sungkono. Fresh seafood.
  • Boncafe, Mayjend Sungkono. Popular steakhouse next to the Sea Master restaurant.
  • Trattoria Valentino +62 31 734 3124. Jl. Bukit Darmo Golf R-12, (next to the golf club). Italian owned Restaurant, Wood fried pizza, hand made pastas. Family style, popular prices. Italian, English and Indonesian speakers.
  • Surabaya Suki +62 31 501 5979. Jl Raya Gubeng 34. Popular steam boat hang out. Also serves a variety of Chinese, Thai and other asian cuisines. Try "Thai Singkong" dessert. Also serve Hong Kong style Dim Sum all day and night.
  • Portofino, Shangri-la Hotel, Mayjend Sungkono. Great Italian Food, can be pricey.
  • Capital, Lenmarc Mall. There is no other restaurants serving complete original Western dishes except here in Capital, located in Lenmarc Mall.
  • Crystal Jade Chinese Restaurant, Lenmarc Mall. Cooked by professional chefs from Singapore, Hong Kong and People's Republic of China, Crystal Jade Chinese Restaurant has become a famous grand Chinese restaurant in many nations for serving authentic Chinese cuisines from the mainland of China.
  • Food courts, in all the main shopping malls offer a variety of Indonesian, Western Chinese and Japanese dishes at reasonable prices. The shopping malls also have good variety of small restaurants.
  • Ahimsa Restaurant, Kusuma Bangsa 80,  +62 31 5350466. Open from 7AM-10PM daily. Best known vegetarian restaurant in stylish decor. Pan Asian, Chinese and Indonesian cuisine.
  • American Grill, Tunjungan Plaza 3 Lower Ground Floor. All you can eat American style salads soups hot appetisers, desserts,

steak, seafood, chicken and salad.

Indonesian

  • Kahyangan Resto, Citraland. Authentic à la carte Indonesian cuisines accompanied with oriental touch are served here at precise prices.
  • Soto Ayam Ambengan, Jl. Ambengan. Serves soto, a yellow soup with chicken meat, noodle, and cabbage. The soup is yellow because of the turmeric and other spices.
  • Hary Hary Restaurant, Jl. Musi 47. Special Indonesian grilled fresh fish and prawn in Dutch colonial house with cozy and classy atmosphere. Many other heritage recipes like tahu tek-tek,nasi goreng,sate kelapa, etc.
  • Puri Garden, Plaza Surabaya 1F. Tasty selection of Indonesian food with dishes for Rp 10,000-20,000. Try puri kuali asam, an Indonesian twist on the spicy Thai tom yam kung soup.
  • Bakwan Dempo, Jl Dempo, Bakwan and fried or braised stuffed intestines.
  • Bakwan Gili, Ps Atum, Authentic Bakwan.
  • Bakwan Kapasari, Mayjend Sungkono. Serving meatballs (called bakwan), soup, tofu (called tahu), siomay and more since 1930s.
  • Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang, Jl HR Muhammad, Jl. Ahmad Yani. Serving nasi uduk, Indonesian version of nasi lemak.
  • Bakwan Dempo 19, Jl. HR Muhammad 46. Try Bakwan campur, meatballs (bakwan) with siomay, tahu.
  • Depot You Yuen, Jl Undaan Kulon 87. Local vegetarian cuisine. Indonesian speakers only.
  • Ayam Bakar Prima Rasa, Jl.Kusuma Bangsa 3a, Jl.Raya Manyar Kertoajo 78, Jl.Raya Kupang Indah 1a, Jl. Indonesian food, especially grilled chicken (ayam bakar). BBQ fish (gurame bakar) with nice soy sauce, fresh fried fish (gurame goreng) looks like it is flying when served.
  • Ikan Bakar Cianjur, Mayjend Sungkono, Jl. Manyar Kertoarjo V. Try the ikan pesmol, fried fish with delicious local sauce or Nila Goreng, fried Nila fish with sambal or 'hot sauce'.
  • Ayam Goreng Kertajaya, Jl Pemuda (opposite Bonnet Supermarket and to Jl Jaksa Agung Suprapto.
  • Kartika Pujasera, Jl. Diponegoro. Pujasera is the abbreviation of 'Pusat Jajan Serba Ada' or if translated in English, 'complete snack Centre'. Here you can order various local food, ranging from semanggi, bakso, pecel, tahu tek, mie kluntung, gado-gado, lontong balap, bakwan kotak, bebek goreng.
  • Rawon Setan, Jl. Embong Malang, (opposite JW Marriot Hotel). Open 24 hr a day. Favourite among the locals.
  • Sate Klopo Ondomohen Jl. Walikota Mustajab. Local minced beef satay mixed with shredded coconut. One of Surabaya Cuisine
  • Leko Jl. HR Muhammad. Serves Indonesian cuisines and specializes in beef ribs presented in a special mashed spices, known as one of the prominent Javanese delicacies of lifetime. Recommended by the people of Surabaya.

Fast food

  • A&W, 3 food court. TP SuperMall
  • McDonald's, 3 food court. TP Galaxy Mall, Surabaya Plaza, and almost any other mall/plaza
  • KFC, Jl. Basuki Rachmat 16-18 (Gelael Supermarket). The original KFC, available in many larger malls.
  • Burger Bunder, Jl. Gayungsari Barat 125. The original recipe surabaya burger

Ice cream and pastry

  • Jasmine Ice Cream and Pastries, Grand City Mall lt 2-38, Jl. Gubeng Pojok no. 1, Galaxy Mall Lt 2 - 315. +62 31 594 7452, +62 31 7099-1431
  • Ibu Hasan, Jl. Manyar Rejo 8, Surabaya. Tel.: (62)(31) 594 8710. Jl. Kutai 25 A, Surabaya. Tel.: (62)(31) 709 9975. Website: Ibu Hasan. Local bakery chain.
  • Baskin and Robbins, JL. Komp Ruko Mangga Dua Blok A.9 No. 10. +62 31 843 2545. Galaxi, Jl. Dharmahusada Indah Timur No.37 Lt.2. +62 31 593 7159. Plaza Tunjungan 4 - Jl. Embong Malang 7-21, +62 31 535 5081. Pakuwon Supermall, Perumahan Pakuwon Indah, +62 31 739 0331. Golden City Mall, Jl H. Abdul Wahab Siamin 2- 8. +62 31 565 3386. Baskin and Robbins. Ice cream parlour.
  • Es Krim Zangrandi, Jl Yos Sudarso. The oldest ice cream stall in town. Located in downtown area, at Jl. Yos Sudarso, near the Balai Pemuda
  • Turin Italian Es Krim, Jl Embong Kenongo.
  • Amore, Jl Raya Kertajaya Indah.
  • Cocofrio Ice Cream, Jl Dharmawangsa 113-A-B

Do

  • Swim and have fun with water in Ciputra Waterpark, a great place for swimming, it has a wave pool, slides, and more. This waterpark is located in the CitraLand complex. It is usually crowded on Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays. The waterpark is open until 8 pm.
  • Enjoy the local arts at Balai Pemuda, an art center in the heart of Surabaya, near the City Hall. You can watch the Reog Dance and other art performance. The big event is Festival Seni Surabaya (FSS), held every year on June. During the Dutch Colonial era, this building was a club called Simpangsche Societeit.
  • Get around the Old Town area (Around Kembang Jepun to the port) and enjoy the view of nice colonial buildings.
  • Surabaya has several golf courses. Try to golf in Bukit Darmo Golf . This golf course is located in the elite housing area in West Surabaya. This course has 18 holes, designed by Jack Nicklaus II. Another alternative is Yani Golf. This course is built in hilly terrain and is the oldest course in town with the crypt of the last Dutch Governor on it. Otherwise, you can try Graha Famili golf course (18 holes), inside Graha Famili real estate site, near the Bukit Darmo Golf. Also Ciputra Golf found within Citraland Estate. For beginner, try Pakuwon Golf instead within Pakuwon Estate - a 18-hole par 3 course, the 'back nine' - just opened in 2011 - are quite challenging. There's also excellent Taman Dayu golf located about an hour drive south, towards Malang. There you also find the very nice course of Fina Golf. Another 9-hole Par 3 course can be found on the estate of Semen Gresik in the town of the same name. Generally Golf in Surabaya is both Great and Cheap if you compare with most other countries.
  • Watch movies in 21 Group cinemas, a nice cinema. 21 Cinemas have air-conditioners and nice seats. You can identify if a cinema is part of Group 21 from the last name, like Empire 21 or Tunjungan 21. And now there are also XXI which is still the same group of 21. The XXI cinema available at SUTOS (Surabaya Town Square) and Tunjungan Plaza. The XXI cinemas are more expensive than 21 Cinema. This is where you can see the schedule of the cinemas . Beware of other cinemas, which are usually dirty, unsafe, and without air-conditioner.
  • Get special souvenirs of Surabaya at Roode Brug Soerabaia, Jl. Pucang Anom TImur 70. You can bring the memory of old Surabaya on a t-shirt, miniature of KRI Pasopati Sub Marine, replica of WWII army uniform, British helmets, Japanese helmets, KNIL helmets and old fashion clerk hats. You can also ask for heritage tour to kolonial buildings and kampong of Surabaya.

Do

  • Swim and have fun with water in Ciputra Waterpark, a great place for swimming, it has a wave pool, slides, and more. This waterpark is located in the CitraLand complex. It is usually crowded on Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays. The waterpark is open until 8 pm.
  • Enjoy the local arts at Balai Pemuda, an art center in the heart of Surabaya, near the City Hall. You can watch the Reog Dance and other art performance. The big event is Festival Seni Surabaya (FSS), held every year on June. During the Dutch Colonial era, this building was a club called Simpangsche Societeit.
  • Get around the Old Town area (Around Kembang Jepun to the port) and enjoy the view of nice colonial buildings.
  • Surabaya has several golf courses. Try to golf in Bukit Darmo Golf . This golf course is located in the elite housing area in West Surabaya. This course has 18 holes, designed by Jack Nicklaus II. Another alternative is Yani Golf. This course is built in hilly terrain and is the oldest course in town with the crypt of the last Dutch Governor on it. Otherwise, you can try Graha Famili golf course (18 holes), inside Graha Famili real estate site, near the Bukit Darmo Golf. Also Ciputra Golf found within Citraland Estate. For beginner, try Pakuwon Golf instead within Pakuwon Estate - a 18-hole par 3 course, the 'back nine' - just opened in 2011 - are quite challenging. There's also excellent Taman Dayu golf located about an hour drive south, towards Malang. There you also find the very nice course of Fina Golf. Another 9-hole Par 3 course can be found on the estate of Semen Gresik in the town of the same name. Generally Golf in Surabaya is both Great and Cheap if you compare with most other countries.
  • Watch movies in 21 Group cinemas, a nice cinema. 21 Cinemas have air-conditioners and nice seats. You can identify if a cinema is part of Group 21 from the last name, like Empire 21 or Tunjungan 21. And now there are also XXI which is still the same group of 21. The XXI cinema available at SUTOS (Surabaya Town Square) and Tunjungan Plaza. The XXI cinemas are more expensive than 21 Cinema. This is where you can see the schedule of the cinemas . Beware of other cinemas, which are usually dirty, unsafe, and without air-conditioner.
  • Get special souvenirs of Surabaya at Roode Brug Soerabaia, Jl. Pucang Anom TImur 70. You can bring the memory of old Surabaya on a t-shirt, miniature of KRI Pasopati Sub Marine, replica of WWII army uniform, British helmets, Japanese helmets, KNIL helmets and old fashion clerk hats. You can also ask for heritage tour to kolonial buildings and kampong of Surabaya.

Drink

  • 15 Palms (Pub and Sports Bar), Taman Gapura, Blok H 1 (Citraland). 4:30PM-12midnight.
  • 360 Royal Plaza, Jl.Ahmad Yani.
  • Big Box Cafe, Jl.Sumatra. Under renovation but still open. Seems to have some other names, like 'Lava Lounge' and 'Box Entertainment Complex'. Basically an ourdoor bar/restaurant with couches/stools, some decent western food and juice, alcohol and regular live music.
  • Blowfish Kitchen & Bar@MEX One Stop Entertainment, Jl.Pregolan, Tegalsari.
  • The Capital Restaurant & Lounge, Lenmarc Mall G-12,  +62 31 5116 2899. 10:00AM-02:00AM. Californian Fusion, Texmex and Asian food. Wide range of beverages including CO² cocktails and jelly noodles. Special liquors have lower price rates on special hours. $$$$.
  • Citilites Skyclub & Bistro (Java Paragon Hotel), Jl. Mayjend Sungkono 101-103,  +62 31 562 1234. 6PM-11PM. On the 21st floor with a good view of the city lights. Regional and international beverages, snacks and pastries. Cozy and stylish. $$$$.
  • Colors Pub & Resto, Jl. Sumatra 81. Popular and very, very loud nightclub.
  • Coyote Top Ten Bar, at Plaza Tunjungan
  • The D Club, Jl. Mayjend Sungkono 83,  +62 31 567 7999. 12:00AM-11:00PM. Comfortable place to enjoy wine, and premium cigars from Indonesia, Cuba, Honduras and Nicaragua.
  • D'esperados, (Shangri la Hotel), Jl. Mayjend Sungkono.
  • Foreplay Eclectic Lounge, Sutos, Jl.Adityawarman No 55.
  • Ice Club, Lenmarc Mall. Drinking of spirits in a club environment.
  • Kantor Discotheque, Jl Semut Kali. Very nice place to hang out and drink at decent price.
  • Kowloon Palace Discotheque, at Delta Plaza or known as Plaza Surabaya building. Very nice place to hang out and chill out.
  • Lava Lounge, Jl. Sumatra 40 (near the Japanese consulate office),  +62 31 5043151. 4PM-1AM, midnight on Fri/Sat. Cheap beer, great outdoor setting. Nice regulars that are expats and Indonesian. Arak Bali (an Indonesian vodka-like spirit), cocktails, coffee, tenderloin steak, nachos.
  • Lido, off Jl Mayjen Sungkono. Expat-oriented bar.
  • Tavern, at the Hyatt Regency.
  • The Penthouse, East Plasa, Ngagel.
  • Vertical Six, (V-Six at J.W. Marriot Hotel), Jl. Embong Malang.

The tap water is unsafe to drink, make sure you order your drinks or soft drinks that come in sealed bottles. One drinking water brand that is pretty well known here is Cheers, the official drinking water of Surabaya approved by the city government.

Drink

  • 15 Palms (Pub and Sports Bar), Taman Gapura, Blok H 1 (Citraland). 4:30PM-12midnight.
  • 360 Royal Plaza, Jl.Ahmad Yani.
  • Big Box Cafe, Jl.Sumatra. Under renovation but still open. Seems to have some other names, like 'Lava Lounge' and 'Box Entertainment Complex'. Basically an ourdoor bar/restaurant with couches/stools, some decent western food and juice, alcohol and regular live music.
  • Blowfish Kitchen & Bar@MEX One Stop Entertainment, Jl.Pregolan, Tegalsari.
  • The Capital Restaurant & Lounge, Lenmarc Mall G-12,  +62 31 5116 2899. 10:00AM-02:00AM. Californian Fusion, Texmex and Asian food. Wide range of beverages including CO² cocktails and jelly noodles. Special liquors have lower price rates on special hours. $$$$.
  • Citilites Skyclub & Bistro (Java Paragon Hotel), Jl. Mayjend Sungkono 101-103,  +62 31 562 1234. 6PM-11PM. On the 21st floor with a good view of the city lights. Regional and international beverages, snacks and pastries. Cozy and stylish. $$$$.
  • Colors Pub & Resto, Jl. Sumatra 81. Popular and very, very loud nightclub.
  • Coyote Top Ten Bar, at Plaza Tunjungan
  • The D Club, Jl. Mayjend Sungkono 83,  +62 31 567 7999. 12:00AM-11:00PM. Comfortable place to enjoy wine, and premium cigars from Indonesia, Cuba, Honduras and Nicaragua.
  • D'esperados, (Shangri la Hotel), Jl. Mayjend Sungkono.
  • Foreplay Eclectic Lounge, Sutos, Jl.Adityawarman No 55.
  • Ice Club, Lenmarc Mall. Drinking of spirits in a club environment.
  • Kantor Discotheque, Jl Semut Kali. Very nice place to hang out and drink at decent price.
  • Kowloon Palace Discotheque, at Delta Plaza or known as Plaza Surabaya building. Very nice place to hang out and chill out.
  • Lava Lounge, Jl. Sumatra 40 (near the Japanese consulate office),  +62 31 5043151. 4PM-1AM, midnight on Fri/Sat. Cheap beer, great outdoor setting. Nice regulars that are expats and Indonesian. Arak Bali (an Indonesian vodka-like spirit), cocktails, coffee, tenderloin steak, nachos.
  • Lido, off Jl Mayjen Sungkono. Expat-oriented bar.
  • Tavern, at the Hyatt Regency.
  • The Penthouse, East Plasa, Ngagel.
  • Vertical Six, (V-Six at J.W. Marriot Hotel), Jl. Embong Malang.

The tap water is unsafe to drink, make sure you order your drinks or soft drinks that come in sealed bottles. One drinking water brand that is pretty well known here is Cheers, the official drinking water of Surabaya approved by the city government.

See

  • Museum Kesehatan dr. Adhyatma, MPH (Dr. Adhyatma Health Museum),  031 352-8748, fax: 031 352-8749. Is a museum built in the 1990s oriented towards the history of human health and sanitation. Indrapura 17, Surabaya 60176. x105. p3skk.litbang.depkes.go.id
  • Museum Negeri Mpu Tantular Formerly the Stedelijk Historisch Museum Surabaya (Urban Historical Museum Surabaya) established by G.H. Von Faber in 1933. The largest museum in East Java, convering geology, biology, ethnography, archaeology, history, numismatics, philology, ceramics, fine arts and technology. Named after Mpu Tantular, a 14th century Majapahit-era poet. Address: Raya Buduran (Barat Jembatan Layang), Sidoarjo 61252. Phone/Fax: 031 805-6688. museum-mputantular.com.
  • Museum Rudi Isbandi (Modern and contemporary art museum),  031 503-2931. Holdings collected from 1952 to 2009. Opened 20 December 2009, and named after collector Rudi Isbandi. Address: Karangwismo I/10, Surabaya.
  • Museum TNI AL Loka Jala Çrana (Loka Jaya Çrana Navy Museum). Established in 1969, the museum contains various displays related to the Indonesian Navy since the revolution era, including ships and amphibious tanks and a planetarium. Address: Candradimuka Kompleks Pendidikan TNI AL Bumimoro, Surabaya. Phone: 031 329-1092 x4380.
  • Gereja Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria. The oldest church in Surabaya. Beautiful glass panels and serene surroundings.
  • Grahadi. The colonial-era residence of the Governor of East Java. You can watch Reog dance, a vigorous traditional dance at the nearby 'Balai Pemuda' (Youth Hall- one historical building in Surabaya) every Sunday at 8.30AM.
  • G-Walk located in west Surabaya (CitraLand). There are many food stalls and bazaars at night where you can find a lot of good food. It gets very crowded at night and it's a place for a lot of young people to hang out. A new food market just opened in 2011 and close to G-Walk you'll also find some bars. G-Walk is located between Pakuwon Super Mall and Ciputra Golf.
  • Hok An Kiong Chinese Temple (Klenteng Jalan Coklat). Excellent example of an older Chinese Southeast Asian temple, built in the early 19th century. Numerous old wooden carvings and statues from around the region. Just ask a bicycle to bring you to "Jalan Coklat" (Chocolate street) and you'll see a bright red temple building. Afterwards, walk westward then north through some of the city's numerous examples of old colonial commercial architecture.
  • House of Sampoerna. Situated in "old Surabaya"‚ this stately Dutch colonial-style compound was built in 1862 and is now a preserved historical site. Cited as the top tourist destination in Surabaya, the complex offers a museum, an art gallery, a cafe as well as souvenir shops. It also provides a City Sightseeing bus for free with a tour guide speaking English. Check out the timing for the museum's main attraction: hundreds of girls hand-rolling Indonesia's most prestigious cigarette, Dji Sam Soe, using traditional equipment. They do it at an unbelievable speed.
  • Kya-Kya Kembang Jepun is now defunct. At night the Kembang Jepun area in Chinatown is transformed into a street bazaar of food stalls. An interesting show of Indo-Chinese culture and atmosphere.
  • Loop located in west Surabaya (Graha Famili). There are many food stalls and bazaars at night where you can find a lot of good food. It gets very crowded at night and it's a place for a lot of young people to hang out.
  • Masjid Al Akbar Surabaya A huge mosque (some say it's the biggest mosque in SE Asia). The mosque has a tower which is equipped with an elevator, so that visitors can see Surabaya from top of the tower, 65 m (195 ft) above ground level.
  • Masjid Cheng Hoo, a small but impressively detailed modern mosque, built circa 2001 and named after Zheng He, the Chinese Muslim (of distant Turmenistani-heritage!) admiral who lead the Ming Dynasty treasure fleets on their seven voyages through the South China Sea to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and East Africa. Beautiful Chinese architecture, and a large outdoor model of one of the ancient Chinese treasure vessels! About 10 minutes walk from Surabaya City Hall, or 5 minutes by "becak".
  • Monumen Jalasveva Jayamahe A monument on Surabaya's seafront dedicated to the service of The Indonesian Navy.
  • Monumen Kapal Selam KRI Pasopati (410), A Soviet-built submarine display which proudly served in Indonesian Navy since 1962. Launched in 1952 and since her decommissioning in 1990, now preserved as a monument. The body/hull was slightly cut for stairs & door for easier public entrance & viewing. Right beside the monument, there is a building where a short movie about the history of the submarine itself can be viewed. It is located beside the river next to Delta Plaza. You also can see the Suroboyo monument near the river.
  • Pasar Ampel A large Arab market selling carpets and all sorts of other goodies. At the end of the main narrow lane is the mosque and grave of one of the nine Muslim saints of Java, Sunan Ampel.
  • Pasar Keputran Apparently a small local food market.
  • Surabaya Cathedral (Katedral Hati Kudus Yesus), seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Surabaya, established on February 15, 1928 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Surabaya from the Apostolic Vicariate of Batavia, promoted on October 16, 1941 as Apostolic Vicariate of Surabaya, promoted on January 3, 1961 as the Diocese of Surabaya, and renamed as such August 22, 1973. The local area apparently includes 150,457 (4.4%) Catholics.
  • Surabaya Zoo (Kebun Binatang/Bonbin), 3 km south of the city centre (near Joyoboyo bus terminal). One of the largest and best in Southeast Asia. You also can see the Suroboyo monument near the zoo entrance.
  • The Suramadu Bridge (Jembatan Suramadu), also known as the Surabaya-Madura Bridge, is a bridge with cable-stayed which connects Surabaya on the island of Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura. The bridge is open for public since June 10, 2009.
  • Kenjeran Beach (Pantai Kenjeran), is a beach with black sand.
  • Tugu Pahlawan A monument dedicated to the fallen heroes of Surabaya during the Independence war of 1945-49. It is located right in front of the Governor official building at Jl.Pahlawan.
  • Pakuwon.

See

  • Museum Kesehatan dr. Adhyatma, MPH (Dr. Adhyatma Health Museum),  031 352-8748, fax: 031 352-8749. Is a museum built in the 1990s oriented towards the history of human health and sanitation. Indrapura 17, Surabaya 60176. x105. p3skk.litbang.depkes.go.id
  • Museum Negeri Mpu Tantular Formerly the Stedelijk Historisch Museum Surabaya (Urban Historical Museum Surabaya) established by G.H. Von Faber in 1933. The largest museum in East Java, convering geology, biology, ethnography, archaeology, history, numismatics, philology, ceramics, fine arts and technology. Named after Mpu Tantular, a 14th century Majapahit-era poet. Address: Raya Buduran (Barat Jembatan Layang), Sidoarjo 61252. Phone/Fax: 031 805-6688. museum-mputantular.com.
  • Museum Rudi Isbandi (Modern and contemporary art museum),  031 503-2931. Holdings collected from 1952 to 2009. Opened 20 December 2009, and named after collector Rudi Isbandi. Address: Karangwismo I/10, Surabaya.
  • Museum TNI AL Loka Jala Çrana (Loka Jaya Çrana Navy Museum). Established in 1969, the museum contains various displays related to the Indonesian Navy since the revolution era, including ships and amphibious tanks and a planetarium. Address: Candradimuka Kompleks Pendidikan TNI AL Bumimoro, Surabaya. Phone: 031 329-1092 x4380.
  • Gereja Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria. The oldest church in Surabaya. Beautiful glass panels and serene surroundings.
  • Grahadi. The colonial-era residence of the Governor of East Java. You can watch Reog dance, a vigorous traditional dance at the nearby 'Balai Pemuda' (Youth Hall- one historical building in Surabaya) every Sunday at 8.30AM.
  • G-Walk located in west Surabaya (CitraLand). There are many food stalls and bazaars at night where you can find a lot of good food. It gets very crowded at night and it's a place for a lot of young people to hang out. A new food market just opened in 2011 and close to G-Walk you'll also find some bars. G-Walk is located between Pakuwon Super Mall and Ciputra Golf.
  • Hok An Kiong Chinese Temple (Klenteng Jalan Coklat). Excellent example of an older Chinese Southeast Asian temple, built in the early 19th century. Numerous old wooden carvings and statues from around the region. Just ask a bicycle to bring you to "Jalan Coklat" (Chocolate street) and you'll see a bright red temple building. Afterwards, walk westward then north through some of the city's numerous examples of old colonial commercial architecture.
  • House of Sampoerna. Situated in "old Surabaya"‚ this stately Dutch colonial-style compound was built in 1862 and is now a preserved historical site. Cited as the top tourist destination in Surabaya, the complex offers a museum, an art gallery, a cafe as well as souvenir shops. It also provides a City Sightseeing bus for free with a tour guide speaking English. Check out the timing for the museum's main attraction: hundreds of girls hand-rolling Indonesia's most prestigious cigarette, Dji Sam Soe, using traditional equipment. They do it at an unbelievable speed.
  • Kya-Kya Kembang Jepun is now defunct. At night the Kembang Jepun area in Chinatown is transformed into a street bazaar of food stalls. An interesting show of Indo-Chinese culture and atmosphere.
  • Loop located in west Surabaya (Graha Famili). There are many food stalls and bazaars at night where you can find a lot of good food. It gets very crowded at night and it's a place for a lot of young people to hang out.
  • Masjid Al Akbar Surabaya A huge mosque (some say it's the biggest mosque in SE Asia). The mosque has a tower which is equipped with an elevator, so that visitors can see Surabaya from top of the tower, 65 m (195 ft) above ground level.
  • Masjid Cheng Hoo, a small but impressively detailed modern mosque, built circa 2001 and named after Zheng He, the Chinese Muslim (of distant Turmenistani-heritage!) admiral who lead the Ming Dynasty treasure fleets on their seven voyages through the South China Sea to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and East Africa. Beautiful Chinese architecture, and a large outdoor model of one of the ancient Chinese treasure vessels! About 10 minutes walk from Surabaya City Hall, or 5 minutes by "becak".
  • Monumen Jalasveva Jayamahe A monument on Surabaya's seafront dedicated to the service of The Indonesian Navy.
  • Monumen Kapal Selam KRI Pasopati (410), A Soviet-built submarine display which proudly served in Indonesian Navy since 1962. Launched in 1952 and since her decommissioning in 1990, now preserved as a monument. The body/hull was slightly cut for stairs & door for easier public entrance & viewing. Right beside the monument, there is a building where a short movie about the history of the submarine itself can be viewed. It is located beside the river next to Delta Plaza. You also can see the Suroboyo monument near the river.
  • Pasar Ampel A large Arab market selling carpets and all sorts of other goodies. At the end of the main narrow lane is the mosque and grave of one of the nine Muslim saints of Java, Sunan Ampel.
  • Pasar Keputran Apparently a small local food market.
  • Surabaya Cathedral (Katedral Hati Kudus Yesus), seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Surabaya, established on February 15, 1928 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Surabaya from the Apostolic Vicariate of Batavia, promoted on October 16, 1941 as Apostolic Vicariate of Surabaya, promoted on January 3, 1961 as the Diocese of Surabaya, and renamed as such August 22, 1973. The local area apparently includes 150,457 (4.4%) Catholics.
  • Surabaya Zoo (Kebun Binatang/Bonbin), 3 km south of the city centre (near Joyoboyo bus terminal). One of the largest and best in Southeast Asia. You also can see the Suroboyo monument near the zoo entrance.
  • The Suramadu Bridge (Jembatan Suramadu), also known as the Surabaya-Madura Bridge, is a bridge with cable-stayed which connects Surabaya on the island of Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura. The bridge is open for public since June 10, 2009.
  • Kenjeran Beach (Pantai Kenjeran), is a beach with black sand.
  • Tugu Pahlawan A monument dedicated to the fallen heroes of Surabaya during the Independence war of 1945-49. It is located right in front of the Governor official building at Jl.Pahlawan.
  • Pakuwon.

Understand

The story goes that Surabaya's name derives from the Javanese words Suro, meaning shark, and Boyo, meaning crocodile. With over 3 million people, Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia. While many people come for business, Surabaya is also a gateway city for Mount Bromo and Bali. The city's tree-lined streets and renovated pavements will impress those newly arrived from other cities in the archipelago, though in general the city's attractions tend to be more apparent to those who make it their home rather than to short-term visitors. And we all know what that means! Put in the effort here, and you'll have an authentic, fascinating, unique experience of an Asia that once was. Get it while it lasts.

Climate

Very tropical and you need to wear casual, light clothes: t-shirts, shorts, sandals or shoes. Temperatures vary little through the year, with daytime highs around 32-34 degrees Celsius, falling at night to 22-26 degrees. During the rainy season (November–April) be prepared for occasional flash floods and traffic jams, although it's not as bad as Jakarta.

Community

Being simultaneously one of the most ancient and significant trading ports in Indonesia, a post Dutch-colonial city (the Dutch knew it as Soerabaja), and having passed through brief Japanese control during WWII, Surabaya has a complex and patchwork heritage. It's not unusual to meet Surabaya locals with heritage from other parts of Indonesia, all parts of south-eastern China, the Middle East, or Europe. Surabaya is also the only place in Indonesia with a synagogue.

Understand

The story goes that Surabaya's name derives from the Javanese words Suro, meaning shark, and Boyo, meaning crocodile. With over 3 million people, Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia. While many people come for business, Surabaya is also a gateway city for Mount Bromo and Bali. The city's tree-lined streets and renovated pavements will impress those newly arrived from other cities in the archipelago, though in general the city's attractions tend to be more apparent to those who make it their home rather than to short-term visitors. And we all know what that means! Put in the effort here, and you'll have an authentic, fascinating, unique experience of an Asia that once was. Get it while it lasts.

Climate

Very tropical and you need to wear casual, light clothes: t-shirts, shorts, sandals or shoes. Temperatures vary little through the year, with daytime highs around 32-34 degrees Celsius, falling at night to 22-26 degrees. During the rainy season (November–April) be prepared for occasional flash floods and traffic jams, although it's not as bad as Jakarta.

Community

Being simultaneously one of the most ancient and significant trading ports in Indonesia, a post Dutch-colonial city (the Dutch knew it as Soerabaja), and having passed through brief Japanese control during WWII, Surabaya has a complex and patchwork heritage. It's not unusual to meet Surabaya locals with heritage from other parts of Indonesia, all parts of south-eastern China, the Middle East, or Europe. Surabaya is also the only place in Indonesia with a synagogue.

Get around

By taxi

Taxis are plentiful on the streets of Surabaya. Some taxis are not renowned for their reliability so stick to the well known firms: Blue Bird Group +62 31 3721234, Orenz Taxi +62 31 8799999, Silver and Express. Always insist on a metered fare. Figure on Rp 20,000 for a cross-town trip and Rp 70,000 to the airport. Flag-fall is around Rp 5,000, but drivers will expect a minimum fare of Rp 15,000 for short trips. For longer trips, pay the fare shown on the meter rounded up to the nearest multiple of Rp 1,000. Drivers will appreciate a tip of a few thousand rupiah. Blue Bird increased it's minimum payment to 25.000 - still the most reliable taxi in town.

A trip from Stasiun Gubeng to Pasar Keputran should cost around RP 20,000.

By train

Commuter city trains are extremely limited, serving some parts of Surabaya and Sidoarjo.

Train Stations in Surabaya

  • Wonokromo Station +62 31 8410694
  • Gubeng Station +62 31 5033115
  • Pasar Turi Station +62 31 5345014
  • Semut Station +62 31 3521465

By bus

This is a large populous city and buses are usually crowded. There are two class of bus: standard buses which are usually very full and patas buses (supposed to be first class, but it is still... a bus.)

By minibus

Bemos in East Java are sometimes called Angkot or Mikrolet. They are plentiful in Surabaya and can be hailed fairly randomly.

Angguna (Angkutan Serba Guna or multi purpose transport) are basically non-airconditioned, non metred (bargain the price) taxis. This makes them cheaper than taxis but they are often in a poor state of repair.

By becak

Becak (cycle rickshaw) are a traditional form of transportation in Surabaya. Surprisingly, they are still visible everywhere in the city, unlike throughout most of Southeast Asia where they have already near-on vanished. Expect to pay around 5k for a short-hop, or 10k for a few blocks, 20k for a multi-block haul. Drivers may not want to go a super long way, and if it's stinking hot have a heart and pay them some more money! Note that some of them have sun and rain covers, though these can be a bit low at times. Also, they can vary quite a bit in width: if you are 'big boned' you might need one to yourself!

By car

Another option to discover Surabaya is by car and there are many car rental companies.

Get around

By taxi

Taxis are plentiful on the streets of Surabaya. Some taxis are not renowned for their reliability so stick to the well known firms: Blue Bird Group +62 31 3721234, Orenz Taxi +62 31 8799999, Silver and Express. Always insist on a metered fare. Figure on Rp 20,000 for a cross-town trip and Rp 70,000 to the airport. Flag-fall is around Rp 5,000, but drivers will expect a minimum fare of Rp 15,000 for short trips. For longer trips, pay the fare shown on the meter rounded up to the nearest multiple of Rp 1,000. Drivers will appreciate a tip of a few thousand rupiah. Blue Bird increased it's minimum payment to 25.000 - still the most reliable taxi in town.

A trip from Stasiun Gubeng to Pasar Keputran should cost around RP 20,000.

By train

Commuter city trains are extremely limited, serving some parts of Surabaya and Sidoarjo.

Train Stations in Surabaya

  • Wonokromo Station +62 31 8410694
  • Gubeng Station +62 31 5033115
  • Pasar Turi Station +62 31 5345014
  • Semut Station +62 31 3521465

By bus

This is a large populous city and buses are usually crowded. There are two class of bus: standard buses which are usually very full and patas buses (supposed to be first class, but it is still... a bus.)

By minibus

Bemos in East Java are sometimes called Angkot or Mikrolet. They are plentiful in Surabaya and can be hailed fairly randomly.

Angguna (Angkutan Serba Guna or multi purpose transport) are basically non-airconditioned, non metred (bargain the price) taxis. This makes them cheaper than taxis but they are often in a poor state of repair.

By becak

Becak (cycle rickshaw) are a traditional form of transportation in Surabaya. Surprisingly, they are still visible everywhere in the city, unlike throughout most of Southeast Asia where they have already near-on vanished. Expect to pay around 5k for a short-hop, or 10k for a few blocks, 20k for a multi-block haul. Drivers may not want to go a super long way, and if it's stinking hot have a heart and pay them some more money! Note that some of them have sun and rain covers, though these can be a bit low at times. Also, they can vary quite a bit in width: if you are 'big boned' you might need one to yourself!

By car

Another option to discover Surabaya is by car and there are many car rental companies.

Go next

  • Taman Safari II is the second and probably biggest Taman Safari in terms of acreage in Indonesia, located on the foothills of Prigen. This park runs of the most successful Javan tiger conservation program in Asia. This park is not like an ordinary zoo. You must drive through the park in your own car or in the sightseeing bus provided within the park, passing interesting and amusing collection of local and international animals clustered within areas themed according to their original habitat - Americas, Asia, Africa and Indonesia. There's also food court, mechanical and animal rides, petting zoo and animal shows. The park is usually crowded on the weekend and public holiday. However, it is mostly deserted during weekdays.
  • Mount Bromo is a popular two-day trip from Surabaya.
  • Tretes and Trawas are 2 hr away. Pleasant villas among hills. Good eats. There are many roasted corn stalls at night.
  • Malang and Batu is 3 hr away. Malang a cool, mountain city full of nostalgic charming houses and boulevards laid and preserved from colonial period. Hotels, recreation areas, villas such as picnics and sports clubs are widely available.
  • Wisata Bahari Lamongan (WBL) is 1 hr away.
  • Trowulan is believed to be the capital of Majapahit Empire that reached its golden days in the 14th Century. If you love culture and history, this is definitely a place worth visiting. There are few remains of Majapahit Empire, such as Ancient Pool (Kolam Segaran), Tikus Temple, Brahu Temple, Bajang Ratu temple, museum and many more. Here you can also see sacred graveyard where people round the area on from other places in Java usually visit for pilgrimage.

Go next

  • Taman Safari II is the second and probably biggest Taman Safari in terms of acreage in Indonesia, located on the foothills of Prigen. This park runs of the most successful Javan tiger conservation program in Asia. This park is not like an ordinary zoo. You must drive through the park in your own car or in the sightseeing bus provided within the park, passing interesting and amusing collection of local and international animals clustered within areas themed according to their original habitat - Americas, Asia, Africa and Indonesia. There's also food court, mechanical and animal rides, petting zoo and animal shows. The park is usually crowded on the weekend and public holiday. However, it is mostly deserted during weekdays.
  • Mount Bromo is a popular two-day trip from Surabaya.
  • Tretes and Trawas are 2 hr away. Pleasant villas among hills. Good eats. There are many roasted corn stalls at night.
  • Malang and Batu is 3 hr away. Malang a cool, mountain city full of nostalgic charming houses and boulevards laid and preserved from colonial period. Hotels, recreation areas, villas such as picnics and sports clubs are widely available.
  • Wisata Bahari Lamongan (WBL) is 1 hr away.
  • Trowulan is believed to be the capital of Majapahit Empire that reached its golden days in the 14th Century. If you love culture and history, this is definitely a place worth visiting. There are few remains of Majapahit Empire, such as Ancient Pool (Kolam Segaran), Tikus Temple, Brahu Temple, Bajang Ratu temple, museum and many more. Here you can also see sacred graveyard where people round the area on from other places in Java usually visit for pilgrimage.

Sleep

Budget

  • Merdeka, Jl. Bongkaran No. 6 (near station Kota),  +62 31 3520654, +62 812 3231762. Check-out: 14pm. From Rp 60,000.
  • Family Guest House, Jl. Gubeng Kertajaya 8C No. 15 (find Bank International Indonesia at Kertajaya Main St),  +62 31 5022268. Check-in: 10AM, check-out: 1PM. Clean room and familiar service. Serve good coffee, hot chocolatte, and tea all day long. Free 24 hr internet connection through wifi. Rp 300,000.
  • Green House Homestay, Unimas Garden Regency H 23 Waru Sidoarjo (nearby Surabaya West),  +62 31 8537629, +62 31 8544241, +62 813 30426696. AC, cableTV, free WiFi, bathube, breakfast. Rp 100,000-200,000.
  • Puri Kencana, Jl. Kalimantan. Worn rooms with A/C and cold water including decent Indonesian breakfast. USD 10-15.
  • Kassanda. Hot water bath rooms, without breakfast. from USD 19.
  • Soerabaya Place Homestay, Jl. Jaksa Agung Suparapto (near City Hall),  +62 31 5342851. Clean, quiet and friendly. Hot water, WiFi in rooms. Tea, coffee available in the morning, hot water all day. No breakfast included, but menu available. Refrigerator available. Rp 175,000-200,000.
  • Pavillijoen Hotel, Jl. Pasar Genteng (near Tunjungan Plaza-SOGO),  +62 31 5343449. A classic old Dutch colonial era hotel. Mostly for backpackers and family stays. Single, double, or triple spacious rooms. Only fan, but not so hot due to the high ceilings. Breakfast with hot tea. At night, this street becomes a night market where you can find cheap goods and food. Rp 90,000-185,000.
  • Sparkling Backpacker Hotel (nearby train station, central),  +62 31 5323311. AC, WiFi. No dorm, only private rooms. Rp 115,000-225,000.

Mid-range

  • Singgasana Hotel Surabaya, Gunungsari Street, Surabaya 60224, Indonesia,  +62 31 5682703. 120 rooms and 4 self-contained villas, all have a cableTV, Internet and telephone, mini-bar, private toilet and bath with tub and shower. Airport/city transfers and car rental, business centre, currency exchange, banquet and meeting venues, swimming pool and spa. From US$73.
  • TS Suites +62 31 5631222. 126 rooms of 2 CEO Suites, 5 family suites of 2 bedrooms and 119 Executive Suites.
  • Puri Darmo Service Residence. Darmo. A variety of restaurants, business organisations, banks, shopping malls, entertainment and international schools are provided in the Darmo commercial area. The Central Business District of Surabaya (Jalan Basuki Rachmat) is a short drive away and access to other regions of the city is easy with the major toll roads and highway nearby.
  • Ibis Rajawali. Good discounts online for advance bookings
  • Narita.
  • Sahid Convenient for Gubeng Railway Station, but maintenance of rooms can be spotty. Around US$30–35 including breakfast.
  • Weta International Welcoming and modern hotel in a central location. Around US$30 including breakfast.
  • Mercure Grand Mirama. **** Located in the center of Surabaya, group of Mercure hotels.
  • Equator. Nice bungalows, on cobblestone roads, some with attached garages.
  • Santika.
  • Singgasana.
  • Novotel. Nice resort hotel with outdoor hallways. Pool with abundant plants and waterslide. From US$50.
  • Garden Palace, (Next to Surabaya Plaza), DIM SUM, Japanese & Chinese food.
  • Hotel Tunjungan, Located next to Tunjungan Plaza. Convenient to mall and mall's food court.
  • Surabaya Plaza Hotel. Conventional business hotel, close to Surabaya Plaza.
  • Inna Simpang.
  • Hotel Tantris, Cokroaminoto 3, Surabaya,  (031). 295,000 to 400,000 rp.

Splurge

  • Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers +62 31 546 8000. Embong Malang 25 - 31. (Next Tunjungan Plaza)
  • JW Marriott.
  • Majapahit Hotel +62 31 5459002. 65 Jalan Tunjungan. Opulent colonial-era boutique hotel. Built by the Sarkies brothers in 1910, whose other hotels include the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Eastern & Oriental in Penang and the Strand Hotel in Yangon. Unlike other high-rise 5 star hotels, it will make your trip to Surabaya truly memorable. Good service and staff. From US$70; local travel agents may get better deals.
  • Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya +62 31 5661550. Close to golf courses in Darmo area. Pool with abundant plants and waterslide. From US$80.
  • Hotel Bumi Surabaya (Previously known as Hyatt Regency). Conventional business hotel. Indonesian President stays here.

Sleep

Budget

  • Merdeka, Jl. Bongkaran No. 6 (near station Kota),  +62 31 3520654, +62 812 3231762. Check-out: 14pm. From Rp 60,000.
  • Family Guest House, Jl. Gubeng Kertajaya 8C No. 15 (find Bank International Indonesia at Kertajaya Main St),  +62 31 5022268. Check-in: 10AM, check-out: 1PM. Clean room and familiar service. Serve good coffee, hot chocolatte, and tea all day long. Free 24 hr internet connection through wifi. Rp 300,000.
  • Green House Homestay, Unimas Garden Regency H 23 Waru Sidoarjo (nearby Surabaya West),  +62 31 8537629, +62 31 8544241, +62 813 30426696. AC, cableTV, free WiFi, bathube, breakfast. Rp 100,000-200,000.
  • Puri Kencana, Jl. Kalimantan. Worn rooms with A/C and cold water including decent Indonesian breakfast. USD 10-15.
  • Kassanda. Hot water bath rooms, without breakfast. from USD 19.
  • Soerabaya Place Homestay, Jl. Jaksa Agung Suparapto (near City Hall),  +62 31 5342851. Clean, quiet and friendly. Hot water, WiFi in rooms. Tea, coffee available in the morning, hot water all day. No breakfast included, but menu available. Refrigerator available. Rp 175,000-200,000.
  • Pavillijoen Hotel, Jl. Pasar Genteng (near Tunjungan Plaza-SOGO),  +62 31 5343449. A classic old Dutch colonial era hotel. Mostly for backpackers and family stays. Single, double, or triple spacious rooms. Only fan, but not so hot due to the high ceilings. Breakfast with hot tea. At night, this street becomes a night market where you can find cheap goods and food. Rp 90,000-185,000.
  • Sparkling Backpacker Hotel (nearby train station, central),  +62 31 5323311. AC, WiFi. No dorm, only private rooms. Rp 115,000-225,000.

Mid-range

  • Singgasana Hotel Surabaya, Gunungsari Street, Surabaya 60224, Indonesia,  +62 31 5682703. 120 rooms and 4 self-contained villas, all have a cableTV, Internet and telephone, mini-bar, private toilet and bath with tub and shower. Airport/city transfers and car rental, business centre, currency exchange, banquet and meeting venues, swimming pool and spa. From US$73.
  • TS Suites +62 31 5631222. 126 rooms of 2 CEO Suites, 5 family suites of 2 bedrooms and 119 Executive Suites.
  • Puri Darmo Service Residence. Darmo. A variety of restaurants, business organisations, banks, shopping malls, entertainment and international schools are provided in the Darmo commercial area. The Central Business District of Surabaya (Jalan Basuki Rachmat) is a short drive away and access to other regions of the city is easy with the major toll roads and highway nearby.
  • Ibis Rajawali. Good discounts online for advance bookings
  • Narita.
  • Sahid Convenient for Gubeng Railway Station, but maintenance of rooms can be spotty. Around US$30–35 including breakfast.
  • Weta International Welcoming and modern hotel in a central location. Around US$30 including breakfast.
  • Mercure Grand Mirama. **** Located in the center of Surabaya, group of Mercure hotels.
  • Equator. Nice bungalows, on cobblestone roads, some with attached garages.
  • Santika.
  • Singgasana.
  • Novotel. Nice resort hotel with outdoor hallways. Pool with abundant plants and waterslide. From US$50.
  • Garden Palace, (Next to Surabaya Plaza), DIM SUM, Japanese & Chinese food.
  • Hotel Tunjungan, Located next to Tunjungan Plaza. Convenient to mall and mall's food court.
  • Surabaya Plaza Hotel. Conventional business hotel, close to Surabaya Plaza.
  • Inna Simpang.
  • Hotel Tantris, Cokroaminoto 3, Surabaya,  (031). 295,000 to 400,000 rp.

Splurge

  • Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers +62 31 546 8000. Embong Malang 25 - 31. (Next Tunjungan Plaza)
  • JW Marriott.
  • Majapahit Hotel +62 31 5459002. 65 Jalan Tunjungan. Opulent colonial-era boutique hotel. Built by the Sarkies brothers in 1910, whose other hotels include the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Eastern & Oriental in Penang and the Strand Hotel in Yangon. Unlike other high-rise 5 star hotels, it will make your trip to Surabaya truly memorable. Good service and staff. From US$70; local travel agents may get better deals.
  • Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya +62 31 5661550. Close to golf courses in Darmo area. Pool with abundant plants and waterslide. From US$80.
  • Hotel Bumi Surabaya (Previously known as Hyatt Regency). Conventional business hotel. Indonesian President stays here.

Connect

By phone

The international code for Indonesia is +62. Local Surabaya phone numbers will start +62 31 xxx xxxx or +62 31 xxxx xxxx for the CDMA provider or +62 8xx xxxx xxxx for the GSM provider.

There are four main telecommunication providers in Surabaya: Telkom, Telkomsel, Indosat, and XL.

To make an international call from Surabaya, dial the access code 001 (for Indosat), 007 (for Telkom/Telkomsel), or 008 (for Indosat), followed by the country code, area code and party's number. Recently the providers have started offering cheaper rates for calls using Internet telephony routes (VOIP). The access codes for this cheaper service are 01016 for Indosat provider and 01017 for Telkom and Telkomsel provider.

By net

If you have your own laptop, it may run free wifi networks at many malls. Ask at the information desk for access codes. Free hotspots are also available in most restaurants and cafes. Several hotels also provide free hotspots in their lobby. All major hotels provide internet access in one or more ways; simply ask them about this when you make your booking.

Alternatively, if you have a compatible 3G mobile phone and a laptop, tethering to your PC is the quickest way to gain internet access although speeds might not impress. Note that prepaid SIM cards can be purchased very easily and cheaply, and that service activation is completed on the user's phone very quickly. Once activated, recharge with credits as necessary. Internet access is usually available at this stage; refer to your phone's user manual for tethering instructions. Operators will usually offer internet packets that offer cheaper access fees - instructions to access these services are available in the booklet that comes with your SIM card (i.e. XL's services are accessible by dialing *123#). BlackBerry Internet Service is readily available and can be registered similarly on the prepaid SIM.

Internet cafes are available in many parts of the city with a price of Rp 4,000-Rp 5,000 per hour. However, most of them only have dial-up capabilities. Most of the internet cafes can be found around universities, and in most shopping malls.

Internet speeds in Surabaya are rarely fast, regardless of your connection. They are usually sufficient to make decent Skype voice calls, although HD video calling may not be possible. Temporarily disabling software updates (Windows Update, security software updates, Adobe Updater, etc.) may help maximise access speeds.

Tourism information office

  1. Jl Wisata Menanggal, . +62 31 8531815, +62 31 8531820.
  2. TIC Balai Pemuda, Jl Pemuda Surabaya, +62 31 5340444

Emergencies

  • Ambulance 118.
  • Police 110.

Police stations

  • East Java Police HQ: Jl. Ahmad Yani. +62 31 8280748.
  • Surabaya Police HQ: Jl. Sikatan 1. +62 31 3523927.
  • East Surabaya, Jl. Sidodadi. +62 31 5341053, +62 31 3711052.
  • North Surabaya, Jl. Raden Saleh. +62 31 5688099, +62 31 5341053.
  • South Surabaya, Jl. Dukuh Kupang Barat 16. +62 31 3711052, +62 31 5670641.
  • Tanjung Perak, Jl. Kalianget 1. +62 31 3293023, +62 31 62 31 3293023.

Consulates

  • Czech Republic, Wisma Dharmala Lt. 2 Room 5, Jl. Panglima Sudirman No, 101-103,  +62 31 548 2710, fax: +62 31 548 2709.
  • Denmark, Jl. Sambas No 10,  +62 31 567 6754.
  • France, Jl. Darmokali No 10,  +62 31 561 5246,+62 31 562 0079.
  • Germany, Jl. Dr. Wahidin 29,  +62 31 563 1871.
  • Hungary, Hotel JW Marriot Lt. 3, Jl. Embong Malang,  +62 31 531 6000.
  • Japan, Jl. Sumatera 93,  +62 31 503 0008.
  • The Netherlands, Jl. Untung Suropati No. 1,  +62 31 567 6219, +62 31 568 8109.
  • Philippines, Jl. Kaliwaron 128,  +62 31 594 6748.
  • Sweden, Jl. Sambas No. 10, East Java,  +62 31 567 6754.
  • United Kingdom, c/o Lamipak Primula Indonesia 26, Jl. Sawunggaling, Gilang-Taman, Sidoarjo,  +62 31 788 1418, +62 31 788 4348.
  • United States, Jl. Citra Raya Niaga No. 2,  +62 31 297-5300, fax: +62 31 297-5301.

Connect

By phone

The international code for Indonesia is +62. Local Surabaya phone numbers will start +62 31 xxx xxxx or +62 31 xxxx xxxx for the CDMA provider or +62 8xx xxxx xxxx for the GSM provider.

There are four main telecommunication providers in Surabaya: Telkom, Telkomsel, Indosat, and XL.

To make an international call from Surabaya, dial the access code 001 (for Indosat), 007 (for Telkom/Telkomsel), or 008 (for Indosat), followed by the country code, area code and party's number. Recently the providers have started offering cheaper rates for calls using Internet telephony routes (VOIP). The access codes for this cheaper service are 01016 for Indosat provider and 01017 for Telkom and Telkomsel provider.

By net

If you have your own laptop, it may run free wifi networks at many malls. Ask at the information desk for access codes. Free hotspots are also available in most restaurants and cafes. Several hotels also provide free hotspots in their lobby. All major hotels provide internet access in one or more ways; simply ask them about this when you make your booking.

Alternatively, if you have a compatible 3G mobile phone and a laptop, tethering to your PC is the quickest way to gain internet access although speeds might not impress. Note that prepaid SIM cards can be purchased very easily and cheaply, and that service activation is completed on the user's phone very quickly. Once activated, recharge with credits as necessary. Internet access is usually available at this stage; refer to your phone's user manual for tethering instructions. Operators will usually offer internet packets that offer cheaper access fees - instructions to access these services are available in the booklet that comes with your SIM card (i.e. XL's services are accessible by dialing *123#). BlackBerry Internet Service is readily available and can be registered similarly on the prepaid SIM.

Internet cafes are available in many parts of the city with a price of Rp 4,000-Rp 5,000 per hour. However, most of them only have dial-up capabilities. Most of the internet cafes can be found around universities, and in most shopping malls.

Internet speeds in Surabaya are rarely fast, regardless of your connection. They are usually sufficient to make decent Skype voice calls, although HD video calling may not be possible. Temporarily disabling software updates (Windows Update, security software updates, Adobe Updater, etc.) may help maximise access speeds.

Tourism information office

  1. Jl Wisata Menanggal, . +62 31 8531815, +62 31 8531820.
  2. TIC Balai Pemuda, Jl Pemuda Surabaya, +62 31 5340444

Emergencies

  • Ambulance 118.
  • Police 110.

Police stations

  • East Java Police HQ: Jl. Ahmad Yani. +62 31 8280748.
  • Surabaya Police HQ: Jl. Sikatan 1. +62 31 3523927.
  • East Surabaya, Jl. Sidodadi. +62 31 5341053, +62 31 3711052.
  • North Surabaya, Jl. Raden Saleh. +62 31 5688099, +62 31 5341053.
  • South Surabaya, Jl. Dukuh Kupang Barat 16. +62 31 3711052, +62 31 5670641.
  • Tanjung Perak, Jl. Kalianget 1. +62 31 3293023, +62 31 62 31 3293023.

Consulates

  • Czech Republic, Wisma Dharmala Lt. 2 Room 5, Jl. Panglima Sudirman No, 101-103,  +62 31 548 2710, fax: +62 31 548 2709.
  • Denmark, Jl. Sambas No 10,  +62 31 567 6754.
  • France, Jl. Darmokali No 10,  +62 31 561 5246,+62 31 562 0079.
  • Germany, Jl. Dr. Wahidin 29,  +62 31 563 1871.
  • Hungary, Hotel JW Marriot Lt. 3, Jl. Embong Malang,  +62 31 531 6000.
  • Japan, Jl. Sumatera 93,  +62 31 503 0008.
  • The Netherlands, Jl. Untung Suropati No. 1,  +62 31 567 6219, +62 31 568 8109.
  • Philippines, Jl. Kaliwaron 128,  +62 31 594 6748.
  • Sweden, Jl. Sambas No. 10, East Java,  +62 31 567 6754.
  • United Kingdom, c/o Lamipak Primula Indonesia 26, Jl. Sawunggaling, Gilang-Taman, Sidoarjo,  +62 31 788 1418, +62 31 788 4348.
  • United States, Jl. Citra Raya Niaga No. 2,  +62 31 297-5300, fax: +62 31 297-5301.

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For our first day at Surabaya we went to Tunjungan Plaza Mall since it is located exactly next to our hotel. This mall is one of the oldest and biggest malls in Surabaya. After that we had...

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Surabaya #4 | Travel Video | Malang Waterfalls - Taman Safari - Candi Jawi

Surabaya/Mt Bromo, Indonesia | Travel Vlog Part 1 (Day 1)
Surabaya/Mt Bromo, Indonesia | Travel Vlog Part 1 (Day 1)
It's all about the Bromo. Flown with my dream Airline - Singapore Airline (SIA) to one of my dream destination to witness the beauty of Mt Bromo and the nature that surrounds it. Truly is a blessing.

Surabaya in Three Days︱Indonesia Travel Diary
Surabaya in Three Days︱Indonesia Travel Diary
This is just my personal travel diary of what I got up to when I was there :) INDONESIA TRAVEL DIARY // Entry No. 1: A Week in Indonesia https://youtu.be/9r4UC7QMCHA Travel Diary Playlist...

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Surabaya/Mt Bromo, Indonesia | Travel Vlog Part 3 (Day 3,4,5)
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How to travel in Indonesia Surabaya
4 Dec 2015 - 8 Dec 2015 How to travel in Indonesia Surabaya? Don't want to miss an adventure of a lifetime? Here's 4 crazy girls on an adventure. Watch in HD! Camera: Canon Powershot G16...

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Surabaya Budget Travel - Getting to Kawah Ijen by Bus and Train
Surabaya Budget Travel - Getting to Kawah Ijen by Bus and Train
This is Ijen segment of DIY Destinations - Bali & Surabaya. We'll explore the Kawah Ijen Crater without a tour, the most inexpensive way. From riding the airport bus to Surabaya Gubeng Train...

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Surabaya/Mt Bromo, Indonesia | Travel Vlog Part 2 (Day 2)
Surabaya/Mt Bromo, Indonesia | Travel Vlog Part 2 (Day 2)
Day 2 and this is the highlight of the Surabaya trip! In need of Bromo-esque Adventure and some horse riding so here we are! In Surabaya! Transportation to Bromo wasn't cheap and the best one...

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Setelah Jebraw memutuskan untuk jalan kaki dari Bromo menuju Surabaya, apa yang akan dihadapinya? Apakah Jebraw akan bertemu dengan Alien yang menculik Naya? Status apa yang didapat dari perjalanan...

Places, Sights, and Attractions

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Etienne Hairdressing & Lounge
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Nina Natalie
Welcome to the Travyde travel guide to Surabaya! Find out what to see, do, explore, buy, eat, and sleep in Surabaya, as well as suggested itineraries, feedback from other traveller's, travel blog entries, video guides, relevant social media content and much more. Surabaya is the capital of East Java and the 2nd largest city in Indonesia.Understand The story goes that Surabaya's name derives from the Javanese words Suro, meaning shark, and Boyo, meaning crocodile. With over 3 million people, Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia. While many people come for business, Surabaya is also a gateway city for Mount Bromo and Bali. The city's tree-lined streets and renovated pavements will impress thos
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Andrie Wibowo
Nice place to hang out with my friend..
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La Ricchi Ice Cream
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Lady Dianna
new menu for their cafe . love itlove it. theone that looklikea mountain
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Matchbox Too (Opak45)
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Nunu Wulandari
Tempatnya empuk dan Nyaman... bisa sambil merokok tanpa harus outdoor. Ikan dori gorengnya juga delicious...
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De'Francisco
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Amanda Kohar
Martabak kambingnya oke banget, baru nemu di sini....
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Citrus Lee
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Ubinkayu Sieto
Supeerb!!Bon Appetit!!
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Nasi Uduk Rohmat
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Muhammad Ridwan
Enak murah meriah 👍🏻
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Amanda Kohar
Ikan nya mantab ♥♡♥♡
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Kampar Batik & Resto
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Budi Santoso
Nunggu pada nyoblos..gw memble di rumah nenek
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Lapis Kukus Surabaya
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Okie Chan
Good taste.., must try.. :-)
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Chatime
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Satu2nya chatime diluar mall, favorit nih kalo lewat darmo tiba2 melipir ke sini aksesnya mudah. Hazelnut choco w/ bubble, chatime roasted w/ grassjelly, matcha red bean are still ma fave! 😍
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Wakul Suroboyo
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Rina Jusran
Nice vintage ambience at my first impression here, and has so many variety of local food, Recommended!
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Guilin restaurant
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Megawati Kurniawan
Serving Authentic Chinese and Sea FoodOne of the nicer restaurants in Surabaya. A quiet, pleasant place with a nice range of well-prepared Chinese and Seafood dishes.Located on Jl. Musi. (next to
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Hanafi Zamali
Strawberry cheesecake, vanilla tutti frutti, and cookiesncream! (ʃƪˆヮˆ) (ˆヮˆʃƪ)YEAYY!!
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Cygnus Budiharto
3D B)
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Carpentier Kitchen
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Syai Achmad
Penne & Cheese + Ultimate Burger extra bacon = Perfect!!
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Danny C-V
A good place to sing a song
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Holycow!
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Isdijono Chandra
Sirloin medium 👍
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Cocari Japanese Resto
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Lynn Eve
One of the most popular AYCE Japanese grill and shabu-shabu, alongside Hanamasa. for the blog post please visit : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2014/03/cocari.html
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Amboja
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Amanda Kohar
amboja bistro is the best of all
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Ajeng Angistya
Meat ball rice with oriental sauce.. NEW FAVE of ours. !
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Fusia
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priska pricilia
👹: Spicy enough for me, nice staff and cozy place. Good for dinner and lunch.
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Rumah Makan Happy Suzy
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Soto + ayam kalasaaaannnn enaaaak lhooo!!!!
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Endarto Widjaja
Best wine collection in surabaya
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Bon Ami
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Daisy Santoso
chicken cordon bleu, tenderloin cordon bleu, sweet corn, eclaire, pastel tutup yummy!
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