Medan has a new airport, Kualanamu. If this is your first time visiting Medan, you can take the train from the airport to experience the sights of Medan. If you are travelling with friends, a cab is cheaper than the train (the train costs about 100,000 rupiah).
Durian, meranti and bika Ambon are amongst Medan’s famous foods. You can find what some say is the best durian on earth at Ucok Durian, on Jalan Iskandar Muda. Jalan Majapahit is famous for bika Ambon and Jalan Kruing for meranti.
If you like pork you have to try the Chinese food in the Pringgan area, including the grilled pork on Jalan Darat.
Explore old districts of the city like Merdeka Walk and Jalan Ahmad Yani, and visit the iconic restaurant Tip Top there.
Don’t forget to visit spiritual places like Al Mashun mosque, Gunung Timur Buddhist temple, Annai Velangkanni Catholic church and Shri Mariamman Hindu temple to experience the rich culture and spiritualism of Medan.
Say “Horas,” when you meet locals. The greeting means, “How are you?” It’s a good icebreaker and locals will be pleased that you are making an effort with the language.
Explore the second-hand markets around Sambu, Melati and Simalingkar.
One of the best ways to see Medan by night is on a motorcycle pedicab.