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7 Must-Visit Attractions in Surabaya, Indonesia- A city of Harmonious Contrasts

A delightful off-the-beaten-trail destination, Surabaya represents Indonesia's second-largest metropolis and a surprisingly tourist-savvy spot at that! While most commonly regaled as a commercial, here are some allurements that will thrill any holidaymaker.


Ciputra World

While Surabaya isn't as iconic as the idyllic tropical oasis of Bali or the eclectic glamour of Jakarta, its unusually gorgeous landscapes and graceful colonial vestiges render it the ideal getaway for experiential wanderings. From mysterious mangrove forests and sculpted limestone architecture to stunning pastoral views from a Dutch-era lighthouse and a majestic historic monument in the form of a sea-green Russian submarine, Surabaya is full of deliciously sensational attractions. However, if the sheer choice of adventures overwhelms you at first, it's best to start with the dazzling Ciputra World Mall, located on the avant-garde superblock that will fulfil your most ambitious shopping, dining, and entertainment needs. Whether it's choosing between quirky neon t-shirts or designer traditional wear from the high-end boutiques, indulging in gastronomic bliss at one of the many eateries, or taking Instagram-worthy shots at the Skylight Garden, there's plenty for all traveller types to enjoy.


Sekapuk Hills

For a dreamy contrast to the rip-roaring city glamour, roam the ivory Grecian pillars with glorious ocean and forest views of this East Javanese Mountain wonder. Transformed into a white limestone kingdom after many years of mining that has left structures reminiscent of an old-world civilization, there is no shortage of jaw-dropping photo opportunities, especially with vantages of the uncanny jewel-green water basins and box-shaped niches.


Atom Market

If you're eager to experience the authentic cultural potpourri of sensations that characterizes much of Indonesia, stop at Pasar Atom to fulfil all of your shopping dreams in one go, from baby clothes and tailored outfits to jewellery, handbags, footwear, and authentic local snacks.


Purwodadi Botanic Garden

For a quick breath in nature-kissed rejuvenation after all that shopping, feasting, and sightseeing, head over to the historically significant plant conservation centre of Kebun Raya Purwodadi. Here, you will encounter rare orchid displays, ancient tree-lined avenues, quirky archways, and rare medicinal plants- it's an insightfully picturesque ramble! If you're looking for a sophisticated serviced apartment in Surabaya proffering prime access to the city's diverse enticements, venture no further than Ascott Waterplace Surabaya.


A Royal Tea

If you enjoy the dainty delicacies of a tea party and the echoes of a gracious history, visit the genteel fa├žade of Majapahit Hotel, where you will be treated like Javanese royalty. Not only do the serene gardens and colonial buildings take you back in time, but its high tea menu is also a delectable medley of sweet and savoury that ties up the experience with a flourish.


Bukit Jaddih

An Insta-worthy natural spring set into the chalky mountain valley, you can access this iridescently blue mini-lake and its mysterious white caves from Surabaya via the iconic Suramadu bridge, presenting a scenic 27-mile trip.


Surabaya Old Town

This vibrantly modern city, with its splash-worthy waterparks and cutting-edge recreational complexes, has enriching roots that can be glimpsed within its vintage neighbourhoods. For instance, Old Surabaya is a portal back to the Dutch Era with beautiful landmarks like the Mandiri Bank and City Post Office.