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Surabaya old town | © Everyone Sinks Starco / Flickr
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The Coolest Neighborhoods in Surabaya, Indonesia

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Updated: 30 March 2018
This vibrant metropolitan in East Java is comprised of various fascinating neighborhoods, each with its own characteristics and quirks. From the old town, to the most modern part of the city, discover the coolest neighborhoods in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Old Surabaya

Beneath the vibrant urban scene of Surabaya lies a charming old town. The old neighborhood around Rajawali Street and Jembatan Merah looks like it has been frozen in time, preserving elegant colonial-style buildings and landmarks throughout the area. Take a long walk around the neighborhood or hire a traditional becak for transportation. Don’t miss the most iconic sights, such as the Mandiri Bank and the Surabaya City Post Office. Also, visit the House of Sampoerna and sign up for their Heritage Track Tour.

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Surabaya’s heritage building | © Everyone Sinks Starco / Flickr

Jalan Rajawali, South Krembangan, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia

Jembatan Merah, Jalan Kembang Jepun, Nyamplungan, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia

Surabaya Chinatown

Due to its history as a crucial port town in the international trade route, Surabaya now has a significant Chinese population. Although the Surabaya-Chinese community is now scattered across the city, the original Chinatown is still well-preserved and lively, with unique architecture, food centers and temples. Some unmissable highlights include the pagoda-style Cheng Hoo Mosque, Hong Tiek Hian Temple and the Kya-Kya culinary joint.

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Cheng Ho Mosque, Surabaya | © Wikimedia Commons

Muhammad Cheng Hoo Mosque, Jalan Gading, Ketabang, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia, +62 31 5342112

Gubeng

Backpackers may recognize Gubeng as the busy train station in Surabaya. But over time, the area has evolved to become one of the liveliest travelers’ hubs in the city. Noteworthy restaurants, hotels, cafes, malls and concept stores are popping up around the station, making Gubeng a convenient entryway for your fun days in Surabaya. The iconic submarine museum and famed Tunjungan Plaza is also located near this area.

Gubeng Baru Station, Jalan Gubeng Masjid, Pacar Keling, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia

Kenjeran

Despite being mostly known as a city where business thrives and shopping malls flourish, Surabaya is still a charming seaside town with delightful natural charms. The Kenjeran district is a popular getaway for locals and travelers alike, boasting coastal beauty, well-developed amusement parks and other landmarks. Don’t miss the Ria Beach Kenjeran and the majestic seaside temple of Sanggar Agung.

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Sanggar Agung Temple, Surabaya | © Wikimedia Commons

Ria Beach Kenjeran, Sukolilo Baru, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia

Arab Village

This neighborhood is like a chunk of the Middle East in Surabaya, with a Middle Eastern population, architecture, food, landmarks and businesses. Aside from shopping, sightseeing and eating authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, tourists are also welcome to visit the Ampel Mosque and other historical landmarks.

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Muslim clothing at Ampel Market | © Schristia/Flickr

Ampel Mosque, Ampel, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia

CitraLand

With a vision to be the city of the future, CitraLand is more than just an upscale residential area. The neighborhood has become a lifestyle district in Surabaya, with shopping malls, the G-Walk culinary center, a waterpark, markets, churches and more. Due to its neat plan and modern design, this neighborhood is often nicknamed “The Singapore of Surabaya.”

CitraLand, Surabaya, Jalan Citraland Surabaya, Sambikerep, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia