There is more to do in Solo than what meets the eye. The city may be small in size, but it’s packed with things to do for those who like going out and exploring. Here’s a little taste of what you can do in Solo for an authentic experience.
See relics of Javanese history at Keraton Surakarta.
This is one of Solo’s most iconic tourist attractions. A large palace that combines traditional Javanese and classical European influences, it’s filled with historical glory. It may not be as majestic as it was in the past, but it’s a must-see if you’re interested in finding out about Javanese dynasties. Psst, members of the royal family still live there, so some areas are off-limits to the public.
Visit the Laweyan Batik Village.
Solo is a city well-known for its distinct and traditional batik. What’s a better way to see this than visiting one of the oldest batik villages around?
What sets this village apart is not only its rich history, but also its architecture. Here, you will find high walls, narrow alleys and traditional buildings inspired by Javanese, Dutch, Chinese and Islamic styles. During the day, you can learn about how batik is made, do some shopping and even enroll in a batik-making course (plus you can take your creations home!).
Explore the Grojogan Sewu waterfall.
This place is a bit further away than the other places on our list, but you can still get there relatively easily. If you’re a lover of adventure and don’t mind a fair bit of walking uphill, you’d love this change of scenery from the city. Just be sure not to pack too many snacks with you, or you might be chasing a thieving monkey or two!
You can reach the waterfall by taking the bus from Solo to Tawangmangu Bus Station and then another smaller bus to the waterfall.
Get your antique fix at Pasar Triwindu.
At this flea market, you’ll find all kinds of beautiful and historical knick-knacks like vintage lamps, Wayang paintings and crystals. Even if you end up not buying anything, Pasar Triwindu is perfect for window shopping and casual afternoon strolling.
Try traditional Solo cuisine at Pasar Gede market.
You’re not going to find tastier Indonesian food anywhere else in Solo, than at Pasar Gede market. Here, you can try the city’s regional dish Nasi Liwet. It’s rice cooked in rich coconut and traditional spices, topped with shredded chicken, egg and coconut cream.
We also love cenil, a chewy bite-sized cake made from rice flour, sugar and grated coconut. Come for the cool local ambiance, stay for the culinary adventure.
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