How To Spend 48 Hours in Surabaya, Indonesia

Majapahit Hotel, a historical landmark in Surabaya
Majapahit Hotel, a historical landmark in Surabaya | © Johan Wieland / Flickr
Edira Putri

Surabaya is a lively and dynamic city, reverberating with business opportunities and modern facilities on one side, and well-preserved historical heritage and cultural spots on the other. From food to landmarks, discover how to spend 48 hours in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Day 1

20.00 onwards: Enjoy the city’s nightlife

Surabaya has many bars and nightclubs to choose from to dance the night away. But perhaps the easiest choice would be heading down to the Surabaya Town Square, which has several great bars within its areas, such as the Ecletic Pub, Tiga Tuan, and RUI Lounge. Also nearby is the hip Foreplay Nightclub if you feel up to more.

Ecletic Pub & Lounge, Sawunggaling, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia

Rui Lounge, Sawunggaling, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia, +62 812-3088-8801

Day 2

1. 00: Breakfast at Arumanis Restaurant

Restaurant, Indonesian, European, American, Asian

© Bumi Surabaya
Trust us, waking up early for a big Indonesian breakfast will reward you well. This buffet restaurant will treat you with anything from Indonesian cuisine to Western, Chinese, and Japanese food. Here’s your chance to sample whatever local snack and dessert that looks appealing, from colorful cakes and beverages to a platter of fried Indonesian fritters. Aside from the delectable selection of food, Arumanis Restaurant also has a classy but homey feel with a traditional touch.

10.00: Ride the Track

There’s no better way to spend your limited time in Surabaya than embarking on a guided city tour. The Sampoerna Museum itself arranges the Surabaya Heritage Track that will take you to many of the city’s historical landmarks. Tourists can also sign up for the local government’s Shopping and Culinary Track.

Surabaya’s heritage building

2. 30: Street food fiesta at Genteng Night Market

Market, Indonesian

This electronic and local souvenir center transforms into a vibrant culinary district by night. Swarmed with local street food vendors, this spot is one of the go-to places to have a local dining experience. Whether you’re looking for the famed nasi goreng and other heavy meals or dozens of different local snacks, this night market will be full of choices.

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