Weekend Guide Surabaya: Where to Go, Eat, and Sleep


Surabaya is gaining popularity to become a hot spot for people to travel, hang out, or as a hub to explore East Java. The local vibe meets modern and urban lifestyle make the city really unique. If you plan to visit Surabaya for a few short days, be it for leisure or travel, here are the things you can do in a short weekend:

Things to Do:

House of Sampoerna

Located in “old Surabaya”, House of Sampoerna was being used as Sampoerna’s first major cigarette production facility. This Dutch colonial-style compound is still functioning until today as a production plant for Indonesia’s most prestigious cigarette‚ Dji Sam Soe. The central complex has been restored and is now open to public. The original central auditorium is now a museum and a shop. The east side has been transformed into a unique structure containing a café and an art gallery.

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House of Sampoerna also provides Surabaya Heritage Track where you can have a tour around North Surabaya by bus. You can enjoy and get to know the buildings and history of Surabaya, learn the rich culture of the city, and obtain information about other interesting places to visit in Surabaya.

Taman Sampoerna No.6, Krembangan Utara, Pabean Cantian, Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60163
Phone: (031) 3539000
Opening hours: 9 AM – 6 PM

Surabaya North Quay

Located on the second floor of Gapura Surya Harbor, here you can see international luxury cruise ships being docked while enjoying the beautiful view of the sea. The view is way more beautiful at noon, while the sun is setting down and the lights around the quay start turning. Definitely gives a really romantic atmosphere and perfect for a dinner date spot. Here, you can also watch live music, art attractions, local product exhibition, and local culinary shops.

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Perak Utara, Pabean Cantian, Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60165
Opening hours: 11 AM – 8 PM

Mangrove Forest

If you’re a fan of eco-friendly tour, this could be the best spot to spend your weekend in Surabaya. The 200 hectare area is part of Surabaya government’s attempt to reduce the abrasion in Surabaya East Coast. But, this place is also open for public, used as educational spot and travel spot. Not only enjoying the beauty of mangrove tress, here you can also see more than 30 animal species, such as long tail monkey.

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Jalan Raya Wonorejo No.1, Wonorejo, Rungkut, Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60296
Opening hours: 8 AM – 4 PM

Dancing Fountain

Air-Mancur-Menari-KenjeranOne of the recent popular sights in Surabaya is Dancing Fountain of Kenjeran Bridge. This colorful fountain was built to make the area around the bridge looks prettier so people interested to spend their time there. Dancing fountain is only available on Saturday for one hour, from 8 PM untuk 9 PM. After watching the dancing fountain, you can continue enjoying the sight of Surabaya city night life while eating the local food there.

Where to Shop?

There’s of course the malls: from Tunjungan Plaza I to IV (!!!) to the Ciputra World and Supermal Pakuwon Indah that are in par with Jakarta’s malls in terms of size and the international and luxury brands it offer. But to get more of a real feel of Surabaya, try exploring the massive Pasar Atom with its thousands of shops of all kinds, and even nostalgic food you can’t find elsewhere.

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Photo credit: inijie.com

Where to Eat?

Just like how it is in Jakarta, it is impossible to fully experience Surabaya’s breadth of culinary wealth over a weekend only. But there’s no fault in trying! To save some time, start your day early and head to the aforementioned Pasar Atum to pick up some breakfast. For Lunch, walk across the pasar to Jalan Waspada for some Nasi Cumi or look for the the infamous Bebek Goreng Sinjay (Jl. Dharmahusada No. 160B, Gubeng, Surabaya), Sate Klopo Ondemohan Bu Asih (satay with fragrant grated coconut) at Jl. Walikota Mustajab, Genteng, Surabaya or the infamous 

To cool of all that heat, chill at Surabaya’s oldest ice cream parlor Zangradi (Jalan Yos Sudarso No.15, Embong Kaliasin) for some refreshing ice cream and light bites. 

Loop-SurabayaFor dinner you have the option of exploring even more food at Pakuwon Food Festival or try  Rawon Kalkulator that got its name for the servers’ crazy ability to quickly tally your total bill in front of the customer. Or to try the trendier side of Surabaya, you can check out Loop at West Surabaya with indoor and outdoor area (Jl. Lingkar Dalam, Dukuh Pakis, Surabaya). But if you are in the mood for really fancy fine dining dinner, there’s nothing that beats Vis a Vis in JW Marriott Surabaya, who also happens to have one of the best Japanese restaurant in the city: Imari Japanese Restaurant. 

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Where to stay?

Surabaya has so many options, from luxury to budget hotels. If you’d like to choose a luxury stay, JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya has long been the city’s finest with its newly face-lifted luxurious rooms and suites. it is one of the  Located in the center of the city’s shopping and business district and just hal-hour drive form Surabaya Airport.

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Anther choice if you are in the mood for a more historic feel to your stay, there is Majapahit Hotel that was first built in 1910 and is now  officially recognized as a cultural heritage landmark by the Indonesian Government.

For budget stay, the artistic Artotel Surabaya offers stylish yet affordable rooms located in Jl. Dr. Soetomo. We also like Zoom Smart Hotel’s simple yet stylish rooms, while My Studio Hotel Surabaya is a unique capsule style hotel that lets you sleep in sleek dorm style beds starting from Rp. 150,000/night.

Staying in Budget Airport Surabaya will give you a peace of mind if you have an early flight to catch, while the minimalist s Hotel Santika Premiere Gubeng, located near the historic Gubeng railway station, the largest train stop in East Java. The multi-story hotel overlooks a sea of skyscrapers, shopping malls, and apartments which dominate Surabaya’s downtown skyline.



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