If you love to eat, then Yogyakarta is a great city to visit. The city has a distinct culinary culture. I want to share best restaurants in Yogyakarta, but first let me tell you a bit about the signature food of Jogjakarta.You should try Nasi Gudeg and Nasi Brongkos.
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Gudeg is basically a young unripe jackfruit that is cooked over a 24 hour period. The dish is served with steamed rice, cow skin, chicken/egg, cracker and temple/tofu vegetable dish. Wondering where to eat Gudeg in Yogyakarta? I can suggest three places; Gudeg Sagan (Jalan Professor Dr Herman Yohanes No.53), Gudeg Pawon (Jalan Janturan No. 36; opens at night 10 pm) and around Wijilan street area.
Nasi Brongkos is the step sister of Nasi Gudeg. It is not as famous as Nasi Gudeg, but it is just as tasty. My favourite place to eat Nasi Brongkos is at Warung Handayani Alkid (alun-alun kidul/south town square). Warung Handayani sells two types of Nasi Brongkos, which are Nasi Brongkos Telur (egg) and Nasi Brongkos Koyor (beef).
If you are a risk taker, go for the Nasi Brongkos Koyor, steamed rice with beef soup (comes with quite a lot of fat). The taste of the broth is quite unique. It is a mix of savory, sweet and slightly spicy.
Not up for a challenge? Go try their Nasi Brongkos Telur, steamed rice with soup that contains tolo beans, tofu, hard-boiled egg and crackers. Nasi Brongkos Telur is usually preferred by foreigners.
If you crave international or not-completely-local food and just want to eat at nice restaurant in Yogyakarta, worry not. Jogja cafes and restaurants are mushrooming here and there around the city.
I want to share best restaurants in Yogyakarta, of course according to me, that provide (mostly) international cuisine and are located in the South of the town. Hopefully, I can write down about best restaurants in the North of Yogyakarta too in the near future. Let’s start, shall we?
1. Nanamia Pizzaria
Their pizza (I love Diavola pizza) are good, the pasta is super tasty and I can’t get enough of their Berrymia drink. Nanamia has two outlets. One, the first restaurant, is located in the north of the city and the second is located on Jl. Tirtodipuran No.1, Mantrijeron.
The restaurant in the South is my favourite. If you are travelling with kids, Nanamia in Tirtodipuran is great. It has a proper area for your kids to run around in. They have simple swing in the restaurant and it makes the whole ambiance even better for kids.
2. Milas Restaurant
Speaking of Yogyakarta restaurants, Milas is one of a kind. It’s a great place to go if you are a vegetarian, or if you want to eat something different. Milas, which is located at Prawirotaman 4 street, is like a secret garden.
I love the Tempe (fermented soya beans) salad and the ice cream. They serve Indonesian and International dishes. Besides the restaurant, Milas also has a small corner where they sell organic stuff and some souvenirs (books, wallet, bags, etc) made from Indonesian fabric like batik and lurik.
3. Golden Clopatra Restaurant
Golden Clopatra is one of the few places that serve Middle Eastern dishes in Yogyakarta. The restaurant is located on Mangkuyudan street No. 21. They cook super tasty Chicken Shish Tawook, Egypt Kebab Cofta and Humus.
Besides the food, they also provide Shisha with various flavored tobacco. If beer is a big deal for you, then this restaurant isn’t the one that you should try. Yes, they do not provide alcohol.
4. Mediterranea Restaurant
The above three restaurants are in no particular order, but I have saved the best for last. Mediterranea is my favorite place in town. You’ll be surprised at how busy your plate is for the price you pay. They are bloody good!
Some advice: Do make an early reservation if you are thinking to eat during prime time (7-9 pm) and always give their special of the day a chance. Most of the time, their special of the day is super awesome.
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This is the first time I heard about Nasi Brongkos. The taste is almost like Nasi gudeg?
No, it is very different with Gudeg. The Nasi Brongkos Telur is like a red bean soup, plain yet tasty. While Nasi Brongkos Koyor reminds me of rawon and tongseng at the same time (don’t know if that make sense 😀 ), but it is so tasty!
Been to Jogja before, and never heard of these spots … guess I have new spots to check out when I do! 🙂
Yes you should definitely check these spots when you visit Jogjakarta again in the future.
hi my dear
Photos and beautiful dishes it seems appetite
But I do not know anything about the kitchen East Asian Nations
Hi,.. i have a plan to go to jogja during fasting month, are the culinary spots still enjoyable at that time?
Hi Sc, yes should be ok.
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Hi, but why, you, like Indonesian, suggest mostly touristic places? Those places people will find by themselves like it’s in streets that most hotels are and foreigners stays:). For me, like foreigner would be much better to know more local eating places. In streets you can find many “rumah makan”,”warungs” and etc. but you never know and sometimes you don’t want to go there and try, because you afraid of preparation conditions and etc. but when local recommends that place – you no doubt want to try:) it’s just suggestion:)
Hi Ria, why not? I only recommend my favourite restaurants and there is nothing wrong with touristy places especially if they are good. 🙂
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really there are no more places in south that you like except those that already lonely planet and other tourist guides suggest?:)
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Thank you so much for your blog. I will be in Jogja in a couple of weeks and definately want to try Gudeg but 10 pm is too late for me to go to your recommended place. Please suggest another great place that is open during the day.
Should try Gudeg Sagan. 🙂
These are all right around us! Already checked out the first one and it was delicious! Thanks!
Hi Briana and Kyle,
Glad you like it 🙂 My favourite is no. 4.
would You be so kind to write the name of yellow hot sauce topped on rice in makasan padang warungs? I´d like to have it at home, but in our local indonesian restaurant they are using something another.
Internet searches always push Gudeg Yu Djum, to the top of the list yet you do not mention it ….. kenapa?
The Mrs and I will be in Yogya in Sept TI. Bossnya rather likes Gudeg after first trying it at a Warung in Bali servicing road construction workers from Java …… OMG ……. hampir 20 tahun yang lalu.
I am building a list of Gudeg vendors for the Boss to try ….. and for me can you recommend any BBQ places?????
Apa lagi ……pertimbangan or perhaps pikiran ….. creative an active map link to restaurants and places you recommend. Click on the link and google maps open marking the location.
I personally think Gudeg Yu Djum is too sweet, but it is completely a personal choice. What kind of BBQ are you looking after? There is R&B Grill, they have several BBQ options. As for international food, I love Mediterranea Restaurant by Kamil. They have some BBQ meals too.
Thanks for the suggestions. Hope you have a great time in Yogyakarta.
I thought there may have been some Indonesian/Javanese style BBQ but at the same time a little more exotic than Ayam bakar, Ikan bakar, jagung bakar dan sate
I love Gudeg and Bakmie Jowo, very delicious!
I love Gudeg too!