So after I wrote a piece about 15 things to do in Yogyakarta, which nowadays is one of the most popular articles in Discover Your Indonesia, I got some emails and requests to book tours in Yogyakarta. Guess what? My most popular request are tours to Borobudur and Prambanan, plus sometimes Ramayana Ballet. Another popular request is for tours hiking Merapi (feel free to check my Hiking Merapi Volcano video too)
For most people a Yogyakarta tour is only about the two big temples (Borobudur and Prambanan) and the big volcano. BUT! Yes, there is a but, because a lot of the people I meet say: “I thought there was nothing else in Yogya!“. And then continue with this: “Oh no! I just allocated two days in Yogya, and I’ll flying to Bali the next day“.
There you go. Regret always comes last.
Let me start with a tour close to my heart (actually it’s closer to my tummy).
Would you love to join me on a Yogyakarta food tour?
Yes. You can do a food tour in this Gudeglicious town.
*Gudeg is one of the signature dishes of Yogyakarta. It is made from young unripe jackfruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar, and coconut milk. Gudeg is usually served with steamed rice and chicken in coconut milk or telur pindang (boiled egg), with tofu (tahu) or tempe plus sambal goreng krecek (cow’s skin).
It is delicious! It is Gudeglicious!
Join A Food Tour Guide.
I recommend a food tour in Jogja on my 15 things to do in Jogja article, but it was by accident that I became a food tour guide. In fact, the first time I actually got a request from a reader asking: “Can we do a food tour with you?” The second time I offered to guide some readers: “Ok, I can also guide you for a food tour“.
The very first time I did a food tour. It was crazy and overwhelming, in a good way.
Omg! I am not such a big foodie. What should I tell them?
Oh no! What I am actually thinking?? I can’t and I am planning to guide a food tour?
Long story short, when it actually happened. It was a lot of fun and we shared a lot of interesting stories that we shared. Plus we munched a lot of local tasty food in between. I also shared my knowledge about Indonesian food dishes and some of the the most popular Indonesian dishes and the local specialities of Yogyakarta.
What to Expect from The Tour
The food tour is a walking, talking, tasting experience. It’s a lot of fun. We start the food tour in the late afternoon, just before the sun sets and the weather starts to cool down and continues into the evening. The tour takes in some of the unique local hotspots and restaurants. We start the tour close to the traditional fabric market. This is where locals buy the fabrics they need for traditional dresses. I don’t normally stop at the market, but of course we can visit if you want. In front of the market there are street food sellers where we can pick up some more tasty bites.
One of the first restaurants we visit is a personal favourite. The restaurant has a traditional Javanese ambience and serves local snacks and just as importantly some cool and refreshing local drinks (there’s something else really special about the restaurant, but I’ll only share that with you on the tour). After relaxing and cooling down for a bit it’s time to head to the final restaurant of the evening for some Gudeglicious food (of course this is only if you have the energy).
For the final meal of the evening I take you to a local restaurant to taste Gudeg for yourself. This is the part of the evening that I most look forwards to as I really enjoy this dish. It’s sweet and spicy, with a mouth watering mixture of flavours. There’s really nothing that I can compare it to, so you will have to taste this dish for yourself and let me know if you share my passion for Gudeg.
Joining a Food Tour
While I ran the food tour it was a nice way of sharing two of my life passions; travel and food. I enjoy meeting people travelling through Indonesia and to share with them knowledge of the local culture, history and food. It’s a fun, enjoyable and most importantly tasty experience.
Unfortunately I’m not running the tour any more, but if it ever starts up again I’ll be sure to let you know.
Have you ever taken, or even led, a food tour? What did you think of the experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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I was certainly a fan of Gudeg Yu Djum, next to the Sheraton and close to the airport. I can’t say whether it’s the best in Yogya, but it was certainly good enough to have me returning every day (and from the crowds it attracted I’m guessing I wasn’t the only one).
Oh and Bakpia Pathok too – they definitely went down a treat as well. Given there’s such a variety of vendors for them I’m sure you could help point people in the right direction. Keju is my favourite, but even the Kacang Hijau and Durian flavours went down OK for me.
I’ll give you the cheat sheet. Ready?
Green bean flavour – Bakpia 25
Black bean flavour – Bakpia 75
Modern flavours (Keju, Chocolate, etc) – Kurnia Sari Bakpia
I know you’ll say thank you! so.. you’re welcome 😉
Always great to learn from a local – looks like I’ll be hitting Kurnia Sari Bakpia next time I’m in town then (25 and 75 are already safely in my belly from before
Aku lumayan suka sama makanan yg manis manis. Kalau di Nganjuk sini, makanan cenderung ke gurih kak. Nasi pecel di Jogja sama Nganjuk rasanya beda. Di Jogja setau saya manis, kalau di sini gurih banget. hehehe.
Oh ya? Duh jadi kepingin cobain Nasi pecel di Nganjuk.
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Hi Firsta, I’ll try gudeg for sure when I’ll be in Yogya. Where is it possible to eat the best one? Tahnk you so much for your blog. It’s giving me a lot o f ideas for my trip. You are not doing food tours anymore, aren’t you?
Gudeg Pawon or Gudeg Permata, they open at night start 9 PM. Or Gudeg Sagan, during the day or Gudeg Bu Ahmad. Google for the address. Unfortunately I’m not doing the food tour anymore.
Hi we have package yogyakarta food tour. May be you want review.
Hi Andry, if you are interested in collaborating with us, please get in touch through email: info[at]discoveryourindonesia.com.
Ive been reading since I booked Yogya. We’re flying in this Tuesday with friends from Manila via Jakarta then Yogya. Looking forward to Gudeg and those places that you mentioned. 🙂
Hope you have a great time in Yogyakarta! 🙂