Borobudur Sunrise at Setumbu and Prambanan Tour

During our time in Yogyakarta, we, like most visitors, wanted to take in the stunning and world-renowned Borobudur temple along with the nearby Hindu temple of Prambanan. We booked a very early morning tour via our accommodation at Agung Inn Hotel that included the sun rise over Borobudur, at Setumbu Hill, then a visit to the Borobudur itself and onto the temple of Prambanan.

Borobudur, Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Central Java, Indonesia

View from the top of Borobudur

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Eating out in Yogyakarta, Java

Thanks to the stunning temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, Yogyakarta has seen a big rise in tourism over the years and is now second, only to Bali as a tourist destination in Indonesia. With this influx of visitors comes a greater choice of dining options. The establishments below are favourites from our time in ‘Jogja’ and are ‘must-visits’ on your journey in Java.

Bu Ageng (Warung Masakan Omah) Jl. Tirtodipuran 13, Mantrijeron, Yogyakarta

A selection of classic Javanese food at Bu Agung, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Our tasting dishes at Bu Ageng included white rice, beef tongue, shrimp and corn fritters, sambal, smoked freshwater catfish, and Nasi Campur (a rice dish with various items).

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ViaVia Cafe-restaurant, Yogyakarta

The first ViaVia opened in 1995 after a group of conscientious travellers, worried about the negative impact of mass-tourism, decided to go their own way and open a café-restaurant that focused on sustainable tourism. ViaVia Cafés can now be found in four different continents, each with its own identity and flavour.

Ceasar Salad at ViaVia Cafe and Restaurant in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Delicious Ceasar Salad at ViaVia

Our first introduction to the ViaVia group was at ViaVia Yogyakarta. Located in the centre of the boutique area Jalan Prawirotaman, it is well situated to cater for travellers. Just a few doors down from both the Grand Rosela and Agung Inn Hotels (where we stayed), it always seemed busy when we passed by. Continue reading