The SNA Me­dia Club is back with sug­ges­tions for an ex­cit­ing week­end get­away to Surabaya.

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36 Hours in Surabaya

Do you want to ex­plore Surabaya,

but don’t know how to be­gin your jour­ney? Don’t worry, SNA Me­dia Club is here to en­lighten you with our 36-hour guide of this won­der­ful, his­toric city.


7:25 De­par­ture with Garuda Air­lines

In order to have time to en­joy Surabaya, an early flight to the sec­ond largest city of In­done­sia is a must. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Air­port is small com­pared to other in­ter­na­tional air­ports but it is com­fort­able enough with beautiful In­done­sian wooden carv­ings on its walls. Wait in­side the air- con­di­tioned gate for your short 1 hour and 40 minute flight.

9:05 Ar­rive at Juanda Surabaya In­ter­na­tional Air­port

Juanda Surabaya In­ter­na­tional Air­port is small but looks more modern and bright in com­par­i­son to Jakarta’s ter­mi­nals two and three. Upon ar­riv­ing, book a taxi or car from the stands lo­cated out­side the ar­rival gate. We sug­gest book­ing a car for a day if pos­si­ble. Agree on the cost and the staff will give you a re­ceipt upon full pay­ment. If you pre­fer not to book a car for the whole day Uber, Grab and me­tered taxi ser­vices are eas­ily avail­able in Surabaya.

10:00 Break­fast at Pri­marasa Restau­rant on Ah­mad Yani Road

To over­come hunger, we sug­gest a trip to Pri­marasa Restau­rant for a tasty In­done­sian meal to boost your en­ergy. The deep-fried gu­rame fish is a must try.

13:00 Shop­ping at Paku­won Mall

Once you have a full stom­ach, we sug­gest that you burn some calo­ries at Surabaya’s new­est shop­ping des­ti­na­tion, Paku­won Mall. Paku­won Mall con­sists of three main re­tail build­ings that are con­nected – PTC Mall, Su­permall and Paku­won.

After sev­eral hours of win­dow-shop­ping and ex­trav­a­gant pur­chases, hunger may strike again. Luck­ily, Paku­won mall houses many In­done­sian and in­ter­na­tional restau­rants to sa­ti­ate your belly. We like El Chur­ros, a Span­ish restau­rant. You get to en­joy the food while ad­mir­ing the beautiful Span­ish dé­cor of the restau­rant and lis­ten­ing to songs from the Mediterranean na­tion.

14:30 Check-in Shangri-la Ho­tel

Check in to Ho­tel Shangri-la, a won­der­ful ho­tel in Surabaya that is rated five stars. The ho­tel it­self has a modern yet clas­si­cal feel due to its ex­cel­lent choice of fur­nish­ings. How­ever, if this ho­tel is too pricey for your cur­rent bud­get, a great al­ter­na­tive is the Ibis Ho­tel in Surabaya City Cen­ter near Tun­jun­gan Plaza. For those who pre­fer some­thing more tra­di­tional and colo­nial, the Ma­japahit Ho­tel would be a fine op­tion with its his­toric ar­chi­tec­ture.

15:00 Re­lax at the ho­tel

For the next few hours, feel free to do whatever you wish at the ho­tel. You can take a re­fresh­ing swim at the large pool, play some ten­nis or re­lax in the ho­tel spa. Mas­sages are a great value wher­ever you are in In­done­sia, and are usu­ally of a very high stan­dard.

18:00 Din­ner at La­yar Seafood/ Bon­cafe

For din­ner, we have the ul­ti­mate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for you. La­yar is a well-known seafood restau­rant that has been noted to have the best qual­ity seafood. How­ever, if you are al­ler­gic to shell­fish or sim­ply not in the mood for seafood, Bon­cafe is an­other great din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence serv­ing great steaks, pasta and In­done­sian dishes such as ox­tail soup at a rea­son­able price. Those who re­ally want a treat may wish to savour the dishes served at La Ru­cola, a fine Ital­ian restau­rant that al­ways gets rave re­views.

20:00 En­joy a game of bil­liards at Op­tion

If you wish to en­joy a game of bil­liards, this is the per­fect place. Surabaya has a pop­u­lar pool hall called Op­tion Bil­liard. Don’t let its out­side ap­pear­ance de­ceive you into think­ing it’s small. There is a café serv­ing quick bites and drinks. Take an Uber, Grab or me­tered taxi back to your ho­tel for a good night’s sleep.


7:00 Break­fast Buf­fet at Shangri-la Ho­tel

The next morn­ing, pack your bags for your day trip and have break­fast. The Shangri-la Ho­tel is known to serve a great break­fast buf­fet, rang­ing from West­ern to Asian cuisines. In fact, the buf­fet is so large that one could walk around the buf­fet as morn­ing ex­er­cise.

9:00 Arab Street - Su­nan Am­pel and Am­pel Mosque

After break­fast, take a trip to Su­nan Am­pel, the Arab Street of Surabaya and don’t for­get to visit the Am­pel Mosque. Its pic­turesque ar­chi­tec­ture will surely add a unique touch to your photo gallery. This mosque is also quite his­toric as it is the burial site for the Su­nan Am­pel – one of the Wali Songo (Is­lamic re­li­gious lead­ers) who were a group of peo­ple that first spread Is­lam in In­done­sia.

11:00 Surabaya North Quay

Our next stop would be Surabaya North Quay. This port of­fers a great view of the ocean and is a scenic spot due to the mas­sive cruise ships that dock there oc­ca­sion­ally. There are also sev­eral re­tail­ers that sell lovely Batik cloth­ing.

13:00 Lunch at Sate Taichan Nyot- Nyot

Eat some de­li­cious sate after en­joy­ing the sea breeze.

Sate is ubiq­ui­tous through­out In­done­sia, but Sate Taichan Nyot-Nyot has the best value, serv­ing only high­est qual­ity sate fresh from hot coals. They are lo­cated at Ruko Ta­man

Ga­pura G Walk Ci­tra­land on Jalan Ni­aga Ga­pura No.14 in Lon­tar.

14:00 Have a cold dessert at Es Puter Tu­ing-Tu­ing

Have you tried es puter? It’s an In­done­sian iced dessert that re­sem­bles ice cream, but con­tains co­conut milk. It’s of­ten served with chunks of bread, fine tapi­oca beads and choco­late sauce. To ex­pe­ri­ence the best es puter in Surabaya, we rec­om­mend Es Puter Tu­ing-Tu­ing at Sonok­wi­je­nan, Suko Ma­nung­gal in Surabaya City.

15:00 House of Sam­po­erna

A visit to the House of Sam­po­erna will make you feel that you have been trans­ported back into time. When you en­ter the beautiful Dutch colo­nial style building built in 1862, you will be greeted by a strong scent of to­bacco, cloves and other spices. In 1932, the building was con­verted into a cigaret­temak­ing fac­tory and a mu­seum that houses vin­tage ob­jects owned by the founder’s fam­ily and the House of Sam­po­erna. There is a demon­stra­tion on how the Dji Sam Soe cig­a­rettes, In­done­sia’s pres­ti­gious hand-rolled cig­a­rettes, are made. Whether you ap­pre­ci­ate to­bacco and its as­so­ci­ated busi­ness and prod­ucts or not, the his­tor­i­cal site is very in­ter­est­ing for many out- of-town guests.

18:00 Din­ner at Jamoo in the Shangri-la Ho­tel

En­joy a spread of In­done­sia, West­ern and Ja­panese cui­sine at Jamoo’s din­ner buf­fet in Shangri-la Ho­tel. You will be spoilt for choice for only Rp. 328,000++ per per­son. Eat to your heart’s con­tent in an­tic­i­pa­tion of your big night out.

20:00 Kup­pel Bar

At the end of the day, we sug­gest a big night out at Kup­pel Bar. It’s sim­i­lar to a typ­i­cal bar and restau­rant, how­ever, its dome-like roof is made of glass and pro­vides an ex­cel­lent, panoramic view of the sky. Kup­pel Bar serves qual­ity bar food and there is weekly live mu­sic that usu­ally at­tracts a good crowd.


10:00 Spa treat­ment by Martha Ti­laar Spa at the Ma­japahit Ho­tel

Re­mem­ber to make an ap­point­ment ahead of time so that you will not be dis­ap­pointed. Martha Ti­laar Spa has many branches in In­done­sia that of­fer an ar­ray of re­lax­ing spa treat­ments which range from one hour mas­sages to a five-hour, deluxe spa treat­ment. The spa also pro­vides fa­cial ser­vices and hair care treat­ment. Take your time to choose which spa treat­ment works best for you and your bud­get. Be ready to be fully pam­pered!

15:00 High Tea in Ma­japahit Ho­tel

Right after your spa treat­ment, en­joy high tea at Ma­japahit Ho­tel. There are many kinds of high tea pack­ages to try and their de­li­cious flavours will def­i­nitely leave you want­ing more. En­joy your high tea in the his­tor­i­cal am­bi­ence of the ho­tel lobby or in the beautiful gar­den set­ting while lis­ten­ing to the calm­ing sound of the foun­tain.

After tea and be­fore leav­ing for the air­port, take a leisurely stroll around the ho­tel to en­joy the beautiful ar­chi­tec­ture and gar­dens. The ho­tel it­self is dec­o­rated with art­works dat­ing back to an­cient times, the Dutch colo­nial pe­riod and even a few modern art­works. A per­fect blend of modern and an­tiq­uity. You won’t be­lieve you are in the city cen­tre!

Built in 1910, the ho­tel was founded by the Sarkies Brothers who founded Raffles Ho­tel in Sin­ga­pore. Ma­japahit Ho­tel is also a his­tor­i­cal site; prona­tion­al­ist In­done­sian youth tore away the blue part of the Dutch flag flown above the ho­tel to make the red-and-white In­done­sian flag in the lead-up to the Bat­tle of Surabaya in 1945.









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