Medan MUST EATS

Bakmie Hok Seng: Noodles with seafood – prawn, fish slices, fish cake, fish ball, crab meat, oyster, fried pork skin and egg.

Address: Jln. A. Yani No. 17, Medan 20111, Indonesia


Tabona Curry Beehoon: Curry chicken and beef beehoon (rice vermicelli) noodles.

Address: Jl. Mangkubumi No. 17


Nasi Goreng Pemuda: Nasi goreng (fried rice) stall on a street which is only open for dinner. They serve fried rice with small beef cubes or plain fried rice and you can top it up with an egg (omelette or sunny side up). Portions are small so they put extra plates of fried rice on your table and they only add it to your bill if you eat it.

Address: Jl. Pemuda (Jl. Mangkubumi), Medan, North Sumatra 20151


Tip Top Bakery: Old school restaurant best known for their cakes and pastries. They sell an international variety of food – Dutch, Chinese, Indonesian and Western. Very popular chill out spot for tourists. I recommend to try their grills (I like the ‘bistik ayam‘ – chicken steak the best) and a slice of their rich creamy cakes (I like the ‘moorkop‘ – puff coated in chocolate sauce and ‘taartjes mocha‘ – mocha cake).

Address: Jl. Jendral Ahmad Yani No. 92 A-B, Kesawan, Medan Bar., Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20111, Indonesia


Tiong Sim Mie: Chinese wonton noodles topped with sliced char siew (bbq pork), green onions, fried pork skin, green onions and chinese green vegetables.

Address: Jl. Surabaya


Soto Sinar Pagi: Soto is a meat (chicken, beef or prawn) coconut soup which is eaten with perkedal kentang (potato fritter) and rice. This soto restaurant is very popular and almost always packed.

Address: Jl. Sei Deli No.2, Silalas, Medan Bar., Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20236, Indonesia


Selat Panjang: A street of food stalls selling a wide variety of different dishes – sate padang, char kway tiao, hokkien mie, char siew sio bak rice, nasi hainam, es campur, kueh-kueh, martabak and many more. You simply choose a food stall to sit inside and you can order any food found in the whole stretch of the street (you don’t even need to order any food from the stall you are eating at).

Address: Selat Panjang


Macehat: Coffee shop best known for their avocado coffee. Avocado juice is very popular and common in Indonesia which is blended avocado, sugar syrup and chocolate syrup. This avocado coffee is just about the same but is topped with milo powder and a side of espresso shot.

Address: Jl. Karo No. 20, Petisah Tengah, Medan Petisah, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20112, Indonesia


Ucok Durian: A durian eating house. Whether or not durian is in season they will always have an unending supply of durians and customers can choose their own durian.

Address: Jl. Pelajar No. 46 Medan

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