Updated: May 8, 2020
Malang’s culinary offerings will not only delight your palate, you’re also sure to be enchanted by the many quirky and visually enticing settings from swanky high end joints to charming old-school rumah makans.
1. Rumah Makan Inggil
Often thought to be a museum at first, as it displays old Javanese artifacts at the entrance, Inggil is actually a restaurant and gallery that serves Indonesian cuisine. Located not far from Malang open town square (Alun-alun), the building is divided into several rooms with different décor. The first room near the entrance, for instance, has its walls plastered with old cassette tapes.
It also has a semi-outdoor area at the back that is separated by a small fountain. Covered in bamboo trusses as the roof, this area has a stage with live performances of Javanese karawitan and gamelan on Friday and Saturday nights. Among the most-recommended dishes to try there are the grilled gourami and chicken satay with prices starting from Rp 16,000 per ounce for the gourami. It also provides different types of sambal (chili sauce).
Address: Jl. Gajahmada No. 4, Malang, East Java Operational hours: 10.00 – 22.00
2. Loe Mien Toe Café
Not your typical coffee shop, this spot will not fall short as a cultural attraction. The cafe is housed in the dwelling of an ardent collector, so quirky ornaments and antiques in every corner are expected. Naturally, the home, which has an oriental architecture and theme, is also a popular spot for photo shoots. As for the menu, Loe Mien Toe offers various traditional snacks and dishes, Chinese food, and of course, coffee.
Address: Jl. Tata Surya 2, Malang, East Java Operational hours: 10.00 – 00.00 (Tuesday – Sunday), 13.00 – 00.00 (Friday)
3. Madam Wang Secret Garden
Nestled in a residential area, Madam Wang Secret Garden is the place for people to hang out. Serving Indonesian and Western cuisine, the restaurant is divided into several areas with different concepts, starting from a gypsy-like quarter to a glass house and a semi outdoor area in the back. The place is also in the same building with a boutique.
They have savory and heavy meals, but their desserts are too delicious to resist, especially Malang’s iconic apple strudel that comes with apple sauce and vanilla ice cream. It is priced at Rp 25,000. The restaurant also comes with a gelato bar.
Address: Jl. Telomoyo No. 12, Malang, East Java Operational hours: 08.00 – 22.00 (Monday – Thursday), 08.00 – 16.00 (Friday), 18.30 – 23.00 (Saturday) and 09.00 – 22.00 (Sunday)
4. Kertanegara Restaurant
From the outside, Kertanegara Restaurant looks like a dreamy cabin hidden in the embrace of lush tropical greenery. Once you’re enticed to come inside, you’ll be greeted by the homey atmosphere with a relaxing earthy tone. This restaurant offers an extensive menu, mainly Indonesian and Chinese, and several seating areas with different charms. The spacious area and ample facilities also make this restaurant excellent for group dining, meetings, and events.
Address: Jl. Kertanegara No. 1, Malang, East Java Operational hours: 10.00 – 22.00
5. Bata Puti Coffee House
Located in a beautiful large garden with an architectural mix of indoor and outdoor designs, this coffeehouse surrounded by nature and good vibes is perfect for the sunset. If you are travelling with friends or family, sit in the outdoor area where the small wooden gazebos promise a natural yet spacious set-up. A great spot for your weekend lunch too!
The menu consists of a wide variety of coffee options and the food is also diverse. From a mix of local and international dishes, you can choose Bruschetta for starters, and a pizza or pasta for the main dish. The Rock and Roll Fried Spring Rolls looks simply delicious, but if you want to try some local starters, we recommend Tempe Mendoan or Tape Rondo Royal for drinks. These are some special options! Bata Puti has it all – there’s simply no reason to not drop by when you are in Malang!
Address: Jl. Araya Merah No. 9, Malang, East Java Operational hours: 10.30 – 22.00