Java, Malang, Charming city in East Java
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Malang in East Java has managed to retain that certain charm. There are a few beautiful corners in this city, where one can linger to “recharge those batteries”. Here some tips on what you can get up to in a day in Malang.
You can get breakfast in a bakery with local specialities behind the luxurious Tugu Park Hotel. From the Tugu roundabout, the bakery is located in the Jalan Kahuripan after 50 meters to the left.
After breakfast, one turns – passed the Tugu Park Hotel and the Splendid Inn, both of which one should have seen from the inside – onto Jalan Majapahit and after the Splendid Inn straight to the right onto Jalan Tumapei.
After a few metres, the Pasar Burung, where you can buy birds and all sorts of utensils for the Indonesian household, starts.
For the unafraid among you: Try the rice mixed with live ants. I did not do it, in part for hygiene related reasons.
The market stretches over a distance of 400 metres along the street and runs, after a river bridge, into Jalan Majapahit. Just after the bridge, I came across a stall with live crickets, which are perfectly suited as living food for birds or reptiles.
Further along the road, after another 100 metres, there’s the Toko Oen Restaurant, which spoils its guests with Dutch specialities. Just behind it is the central park of Malang Alun Alun on the left and Jami mosque on the right. The mosque does not permit non-Muslims to enter. I therefore focused on a visit to the park. During the day there’s not much going on, yet in the evening there’s all the more: You can watch the busy bustling of people in the park and at the many markets surrounding the park.
To get to the next attraction, the Pasar Besar, one has to go across the park diagonally and walk a block on Jalan Halmahera southwards. Then turn left onto Jalan Pasar Besar. All shops on the right hand side already belong to the market, which by itself did not impress me too much. It was rather dark and dirty, even by Asian standards. Otherwise, it is fairly typical for an indoor market, in case you have never seen one.
Now it should be about lunchtime. You can get lunch somewhere around the Pasar Besar, or in a more comfortable atmosphere, somewhere around the Alun Alun Park.
For the evening program I also have the perfect restaurant tip! The Inggil Restaurant was recommended to me by a hostel owner in Yogyakarta and the food there is exceptionally good. The servers are very professional and dressed in beautiful, traditional uniforms of the region. The restaurant is also furnished with authentic local objects to the degree of kitsch. In the entrance area, there are also some historic photographs of Malang. As I studied the menu I couldn’t resists and ordered a real decent amount. Everything was delicious and not at all expensive!
The Inggil Restaurant is located on Jalan Gajah Mada, from the Tugu roundabout 200 metres on the right hand side.
For your travel planning: You get to Malang from Yogyakarta by night train. From Surabaya you can reach Malang by train or bus. Best to get the train ticket in one of the many Indomaret branches, which is much quicker than getting it at the train station.