Solo is famous for its food and for the fact that you can enjoy it 24 hours a day - 7 days a week. There is a wide range of Indonesian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Western food. As in the last couple of years the number of restaurant opened has absolutely mushroomed, it is now nearly impossible to give a complete list. Go to www.tripadvisor.com for a fairly substantial overview of restaurants in Solo.
McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut are found around town and also every mall has, besides restaurants, a food court. Not to mention the 1000's of warungs (small simple restaurants) and small stalls along the sides of the streets; favourite places for locals and backpackers to grab a quick and cheap meal.
All the upscale Hotels like for example Alila Solo, Royal Surakarta Heritage, Novotel Solo, Best Western have good restaurants with western and Indonesian food on their regular menus and often Buffet on the weekends. Best check their respective websites for further information.
Below you find a short list mainly focusing on places where you have a good chance to bump into members of the local Expats community (eg. the famous watering holes….) and Restaurants, which are somehow special (and maybe hard to find):
Manir’s Family Kitchen, Jl. Kantil 4 (not far from Solo Paragon but a little hard to find as it located inside a kampoeng) has Indian food, cold beer, a computer hot spot and sports TV. Tel: 0271-710287
Parfour Restaurant & Grill , Jl. Kebangkitan Nasional 31 (behind the Sriwedari Park area right next door to Sports Station). Home style cooking popular in the southern United States. Authentic barbequed burgers, steaks, pork chops, ribs and homemade pizzas. A great place to get a cold beer and a hot meal. Open 16:00 – until late, Mondays closed.
Italian Food: Alamama, Jl. Gajahmada, across the Street from Novotel
Javanese / Indonesian Food: Omah Sinten, Jl. Diponegoro, 34-54, Tel. 0 271641160, www.omahsinten.net/
Saffron Resto & Meatshop, Jl. Ronggowarsito No 38, Tel. 0271 648454, original tasting western cuisine, nice desserts, relaxed athmosphere, has beer, also sells home made sausages.
La Taverna, Jl Siwalan 55, Tel: 0271-734775 – wide selection of beers, live band every day, Indonesian and western food.
La Vine Wine & Beyond, Jl. Menteri Supeno 10, Tel. 08587 0971 787 – wide and not too expensive selection of imported wine, fusion food.
Madame Xiang, Jl. Subroto 50, Tel. 0271 679 2409 (near Matahari Singosaren)
Xin Xin Restaurant, Jl. Abdul Muis 21, Tel. 0271 632 236 (near The Stable)
Chao Phraya Thai Cusine, Jl.Kapten Mulyadi No. 87a, Tel. 0271 294 0000 (behind Benteng Vastenburg). Original tasting Thai food, nice dining atmosphere.
Dessert & Bakery:
La Moda del Gelato, Jl. Mt. Haryono No. 8 (not far from Manahan) handmade ice cream without addition of colorants, preservatives or artificial flavours in a wide rage of flavours in a nice environment (even with outdoor seating) brings you very close to an original Italian feeling!
Sunny’s Gelato Factory, Jl. Dr. Setiabudi 82, Tel. 0271 746 1387 Another Gelato Shop in Solo, same quality like La Moda del Gelato. There are two fractions between the Gelato Lovers in Solo, the one who prefers La Moda del Gelato, and the other one who prefers Sunny’s Gelato. Find out for yourself!
Sekutu Kopi, Jl. Slamet Riyadi 116, Tel. 0271 2933 034. Many varieties of Barista Coffee, little cakes, sweet bites and snacks in a nice coffee environment.
Kayu Manis Coffe and Steak, Jl. Slamet Riyadi 158, Tel. 0818 258 008, comfortable coffee located in a very nice renovated old Dutch colonial building.
Lately there have appeared quite a lot new stylish coffee shops all around Solo, check out your neighbourhood and pretty sure you will find one close from where you live.