Are you planning to travel to Central Java? Do not miss a visit to many attractions in Solo. As one of the most popular cities in Central Java, Solo offers a wide array of fascinating attractions, ranging from city tours, cultural sights, historical sites, shopping centers, to culinary tours. Its strategic location and the traveler-friendly vibe make Solo popular among tourists.
Here are 65 most recommended destinations to visit while you are in the city.
1. Keraton Surakarta (Surakarta Palace)
The Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace is one of the most iconic places in Solo. The residence of the royal family was built by Pakoe Buwono II in 1745 and is now open for public. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of architecture, art objects, traditional weapons, and the collection of the celebrated royal coaches. Keraton Surakarta also holds custom and cultural events, such as traditional ceremonies, traditional dance, and music performances.
Keraton Surakarta is open daily from 09:00 to 14:00 (closed on Friday). However, on Saturdays and Sundays, the palace is open only until 13:00. The entrance ticket is 6,000 IDR on weekdays and 7,000 IDR on weekends. To reach the palace, visitors can ride angkot (public minivan) or Solo Batik Buses in Slamet Riyadi Street, and walk down the road to the east to find the palace.
2. Sriwedari Amusement Park
Besides the palace, here is the place that is associated with the royal family. To be precise, Sriwedari Park is the favorite retreat of the royal family in the distant past. Built with a beautiful and lush design, Taman Sriwedari has elaborate facilities for tourists, such as a wayang house, children playground, street food stalls, souvenir shops, and even restaurants. The park is also a permanent venue for organizing a tradition called Malam Slikuran.
Taman Sriwedari is open daily between 10:00 and 22:00. The entrance ticket is only 10,000 IDR on Tuesdays and 12,000 IDR on other days. Located on Slamet Riyadi Street, Taman Sriwedari is only a short walk from the nearest train station and can be reached through City Walk—the pedestrian lane.
3. Pura Mangkunegaran (Mangkunegaran Palace)
Pura Mangkunegaran was established in 1757 and is the home of Sri Paduka Mangkunegara. The architecture is similar to Keraton Surakarta, including the collection of art objects and beautiful traditional relics. The collections of arts and traditional weapons come from different places in Indonesia, such as West Java, Yogyakarta, and even Bali. The uniqueness of this building also lies in its European-influenced design.
Pura Mangkunegaran is open from 09:00 to 14:00, except on Fridays, which is only open until 12:00. The entrance ticket is 10,000 IDR for local tourists and 12,000 IDR for foreign tourists. You can reach Pura Mangkunegaran by angkot 02 and Solo Batik Bus.
4. Taman Kota Balekambang (Balekambang Park)
Balekambang Park was built by Mangkunegara VII in 1921 and dedicated to his daughter, Partini. This place is a 5-hectare urban forest that offers fun attractions for families, such as the mini zoo, horse-drawn carriage, and boats, not to mention the free internet connection. Balekambang Park also often holds art performances such as dances and ketoprak (traditional theatrical performance). Plus, the many food stalls there make the city park and forest area even more lively.
Taman Balekambang is strategically located near Balapan Station, Tirnotadi Bus Station, and Manahan Stadium. However, since there is no public transport, visitors can only get there by car, motorbike, or pedicab. The park is open daily from 06:00 to 17:00. Although there is no entrance fee, visitors have to pay about 2,500 IDR to 6,000 IDR if they wish to enjoy the rides.
5. Loji Gandrung
Loji Gandrung is the official residence of the mayor of Solo. Founded in 1890, this building not only has an interesting architecture that incorporates local and western designs, but also keeps a number of fascinating historical relics, such as wayang (traditional shadow puppets), ceramics, sculptures, gamelan, and other collections. It serves as a mini museum, and both the collections and the building are well-maintained by the staff.
Loji Gandrung is located on Slamet Riyadi Street, not far from Sriwedari Park, and open from 08.00 to 16.00. Every weekend, the nearby area becomes a Car Free Day venue. There is no admission fee to enter the building, but visitors should seek permission from the guard, which must then be approved by the head of the household.
6. Alun-Alun Kidul
Alun-Alun Kidul (or Alkid) is one of the hangout spots for locals during leisure time. The public area is usually bursting in the evening and weekends. Favorite things to do in Alun-Alun Kidul include sports (such as football and jogging), flying kites, and cheap culinary tours. Street vendors in Alun-Alun Kidul offer a lot of street foods, such as grilled meatballs, Bandung siomay, chicken noodles, coconut drinks, sugarcane juice, roasted corn, and es pisang ijo.
Strategically located on Gading Street, Pasar Kliwon, Gajahan, Alun-Alun Kidul can be reached by public transports, including Solo Batik Bus. This area is also a good benchmark for finding strategic hotels and inns in Solo.
7. Keraton Surakarta Museum (The Royal Palace Museum)
Keraton Surakarta Museum is located within the Royal Palace of Surakarta Hadiningrat. This museum keeps artifacts, art objects, and historical relics that depict the cultural identity and history of Surakarta. The building has 13 rooms to keep photographs, sculptures, dioramas, custom ceremonial tools, art objects, such as wayang and masks, as well as traditional kitchen utensils similar to those used in the palace.
As it is part of the Surakarta Palace, the museum is open at the same hours, which is from 9:00 to 14:00 on weekdays, and to 15:00 on weekends. Located on Slamet Riyadi Street, the museum can be reached by angkot or Solo Batik Bus.
8. Cluster Dayu Prehistoric Museum
Cluster Dayu Prehistoric Museum, or Dayu Museum, is adjacent to Sangiran archaeological site. Despite its name, the museum has modern vibes and provides various forms of exhibits, ranging from the diorama of prehistoric life, information about the cycle of soil layers in Sangiran that has been forming for hundreds of thousands of years, to ancient objects found on the Sangiran site. The museum even provides a children playground, making it even more suitable for a family outing.
Located in Dayu Village, Karanganyar Regency, the Cluster Dayu Prehistoric Museum is open from 08:00 to 16:00. The entrance ticket is quite affordable, which is 5,000 IDR. And you can get there by taking a Solo-Purwodadi bus.
9. Sangiran Early Man Museum
Prehistoric enthusiasts can also visit the Sangiran Early Man Museum, which is also adjacent to the Sangiran archaeological site. This museum has tons of information about prehistoric human as well as their culture. In addition to fossils, visitors can see the weapons and tools from the prehistoric era. It is the perfect place to get information about Pithecanthropus erectus, the prehistoric human whose lower jaw was found in Sangiran.
This museum is located in Sragen regency, about 17 kilometers from the heart of Solo, and can be reached with a Solo-Purwodadi bus. The gate by the street tells that the Sangiran Museum is near. The museum is open every day except on Monday, from 08:00 to 16:30, with an entrance ticket of 3,500 IDR and parking fee of 1,500 IDR.
10. The Keris Museum
As the name implies, the Keris Museum keeps a collection of keris (traditional dagger) from different eras and regions in Java Island. The oldest keris in this museum is a relic of the Majapahit era in the 15th century. Besides, the collection is expected to increase with donations from private collectors. Although it was once neglected, Keris Museum has been restored recently, making it perfect for cultural tours in Solo.
The Keris Museum is located on Bhayangkara Street, Sriwedari area, Laweyan. You can take angkot 02 and Solo Batik Bus to get there. The entrance ticket is around 6,000 IDR, and it is open from 09:00 to 16:00.
11. Radya Pustaka Museum
Radya Pustaka Museum is the second oldest museum in Indonesia. Built by His Highness the Duke of Sosrodiningrat IV in 1890, this museum keeps the historical and cultural heritage of Solo, such as statues, wayang collections, musical instruments, traditional heirloom objects, as well as ancient books. The museum also stores a collection of valuable manuscripts, such as Yasadipura I's Serat Rama and the book of state governance by Pakubuwono IV entitled Wulang Reh.
Strategically located in Brigjen Slamet Riyadi Street, Sriwedari, Laweyan, Museum Radya Pustaka is easily accessible by angkot and Solo Batik Bus. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 to 13:00. The entrance ticket is 2,000 IDR for adults, 1,500 IDR for school students, and 5,000 IDR for foreign tourists.
12. Samanhoedi Museum
Unlike the Radya Pustaka Museum, the Samanhoedi Museum is located within a relatively simple building and marked by batik cloth with the name of the museum on it. Despite the small size, this museum stores numerous historical relics related to K. H. Samanhoedi, the founder of the Sarekat Dagang Islam organization, which has a significant role in the history of trade, economy, and resistance of the people of Solo against the invaders in the early 20th century.
The museum is located on K. H. Samanhoedi Street, Sondakan, Laweyan. If you have a hard time finding the building, simply ask the locals, as this mini museum is quite well-known.
13. National Press Monument
If you are interested in the history of the press and publishing in Indonesia, the National Press Monument is a must-visit in Solo. National Press Monument keeps numerous collections of newspapers, magazines, and print publications from before and after the National Revolution era. Visitors can also see a number of communication tools from different eras, such as kentongan, telegraph, old typewriter, and camera collections.
National Press Monument is managed by the Ministry of Communications and Informatics and has facilities, such as libraries and multimedia rooms. It is quite strategically located on Gadjah Mada Street, Timuran, Banjarsari, and can be accessed by angkot 03 and Solo Batik Bus. The museum is open from 08:00 to 16:00, and entry access is free of charge.
14. Batik Danar Hadi Museum
Batik lovers should not miss a visit to the Batik Danar Hadi Museum. Batik collection from Rumah Batik Danar Hadi (House of Danar Hadi) has been well known among local and foreign tourists. In addition to shopping quality clothes and batik products, visitors can also see a collection of traditional and antique batik from Java, Bali, Sumatra, and even China. Visitors can also see the workshop where the batik makers produce their work. The museum itself is located inside a colonial-style building with beautiful Javanese court interiors.
The Danar Hadi Batik Museum is located on Slamet Riyadi Street, and is open from 09:00 to 16:00. Visitors can also reach the place through the City Walk, a pedestrian-only lane designed for travelers who want to explore the city on a low budget. The entrance ticket is 35,000 IDR for public and 15,000 IDR for school students.
15. Batik Mahkota Laweyan
Just like House of Danar Hadi, Batik Mahkota Laweyan is also a shopping and education center of batik. Here, visitors can take short classes on batik making techniques. The classes offered are ranging from short classes for 2 hours to 3 days intensive class. This simple batik making course is available for both adults and children. Besides, visitors can also buy batik products for souvenirs.
Batik Mahkota Laweyan is located on Sayangan Kulon Street No. 9, and can be reached by angkot 02 or Solo Batik Bus. Visitors must enter through a small pathway to reach this place.
16. Wedangan Rumah Nenek
Travelers who visit Batik Mahkota Laweyan should not miss Wedangan Rumah Nenek, which is a vintage-style stall serving a variety of traditional warm drinks. This shop brings the concept of joglo house that is completely open, with a touch of colonial era design. All-wood furnishings, open-air spaces, and Javanese and Dutch designs in the house gives a warm nuance.
Wedangan Rumah Nenek offers refreshing drinks made from spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and lemon grass. The typical menu is Wedang JKJS (made from ginger, aromatic ginger, orange, and lemongrass). They also serve Solo street-food dishes and the house signature menu, oxtail soup. Visitors who come at lunch can enjoy "regular" menu, such as fried rice, pecel lele, milkfish, and meat soup.
Wedangan Rumah Nenek is located in Kampung Batik Laweyan. The distinctive building with a large parking lot makes it easy to find. This tavern is open from 10:00 to 24:00.
17. Batik Gunawan Setiawan
Batik Gunawan Setiawan is one of the leading attractions in the Batik Village of Kauman, Solo. In addition to shopping myriad batik products with different price ranges, visitors can also learn the batik-making process. Batik Gunawan Setiawan has an open workshop, so visitors can watch the process of making batik from the beginning to the end. Visitors can also enjoy a treat of herbal drink during a visit to this place.
Batik Gunawan Setiawan is located at Cakra Street No. 21. Although visitors have to go through a small pathway to find the shop, its location is quite easy to find, especially since Batik Gunawan Setiawan is famous among domestic travelers.
18. Dalem Kalitan
Dalem Kalitan is a vacation home owned by the late President Soeharto and the family, which they occupy when visiting Solo. Dalem Kalitan was built in 1789 and has a distinctive design of joglo house, which is fully open and built with wood elements in its interior. Visitors can see the parts of the house and the mementos that portray Suharto and his family, such as photographs, charters, awards, and book collections.
Dalem Kalitan is located on Kalitan Street, Timuran, adjacent to Loji Gandrung (Solo's mayor's house). Visitors can ask about the history of the house to the guards and staffs of Dalem Kalitan.
19. Museum of Bank Indonesia Solo
Located in downtown Solo, the Museum of Bank Indonesia is an old building of Bank Indonesia that has been restored to libraries and museums. It was also the building of De Javache Bank in the Dutch era, thus having the characteristics of colonial-era architecture, with white color, semicircular vents, and pilaster columns. Its strategic location on Jenderal Sudirman Street and adjacent to the mayor's office makes this building easy to find.
The Museum of Bank Indonesia displays the evidence of the Bank Indonesia operation, such as archives and photos. The museum also plans to keep collecting old bank notes so that visitors can see the history of financial transactions in Indonesia. The Museum of Bank Indonesia is open from 07:15 to 16:15, and the entrance ticket is 2,000 IDR (children are not charged).
20. Taman Cerdas Jebres
Taman Cerdas Jebres is a tourist destination with the educational concept for the whole family. Located at Ki Hajar Dewantara Street, this park is often visited by families, children, and even students. The park offers entertainment and educational facilities such, as wayang statues, traditional musical instruments, reliefs depicting historical events, children's playgrounds, and internet connections. There are also other facilities and short classes, such as art classes and computers for children.
Taman Cerdas Jebres also has an open space and a public stage that is often used to perform arts, traditional music concerts, or exhibitions. The government of Solo is currently developing this park by including activities to foster children’s interest in the field of photography, art, and radio broadcasts.
Taman Cerdas Jebres is open from 07:00 to 22:00, and there is no entrance ticket. This park is adjacent to Sebelas Maret University, exactly on the north of the campus. Visitors can reach the park by angkot 03 or Solo Batik Bus.
21. Pandawa Waterworld
Pandawa Waterworld is a uniquely-themed water park suitable for family vacation. This water park brings the theme of the Pandavas (Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadeva), which are manifested in the form of sculptures, ornaments, and carvings in the pool area. Visitors can enjoy water games, such as Water Curtain, Volcanic Pond, Body Slide, Raft Slide, and more. The rides also use the names of the Pandavas, thus adding the uniqueness.
For example, there is a water slide named Bima Slide near the statue of Bima, Kresna Wave Pool—a wave pool shaded by a large carving of Krishna's head, and Kunti Children & Toddler Pool. Other facilities include musala, tube rental, food stalls, tennis court, futsal court, fitness center, and lockers.
Located on Cemara Raya Street, Solo Baru, Pandawa Waterworld is open from 10:00 to 18:00. However, this water park is open earlier on weekends and holidays, at 08:00. Visitors can reach the park with angkot 02, 06, or 09, especially when traveling from Manahan Stadium and Sriwedari Park. The entrance ticket is 50,000 IDR on weekdays, and 100,000 IDR on Saturdays and Sundays.
22. Taman Satwa Taru Jurug (Taru Jurug Zoo)
Taman Satwa Taru Jurug is an iconic zoo in Solo that has been around since 1870 and was restored in 1986 after being neglected and unkempt for a long time. The zoo has collections of animals, such as elephants, orangutans, bears, komodo dragons, camels, deer, crocodiles, snakes, as well as many species of birds. The zoo also keeps a preserved elephant named Kyai Rebo. It was the oldest animal in Jurug so that his body was preserved.
Taman Satwa Taru Jurug also offers activities for family fun, such as riding camels, elephants, and horses. There are also musala, food stalls, gift shops, and children's playground. They also plant trees such as acacia, raintree, and pine, providing a green atmosphere at the zoo. Jurug also has a monument to commemorate the legendary keroncong musician, Gesang.
Taman Satwa Taru Jurug is open from 07:00 to 17:00. The entrance ticket costs about 10,000 IDR for weekdays and 12,000 IDR for holidays. It is strategically located on Ir. Sutami Street, and adjacent to the Sebelas Maret University. Visitors can ride angkot or Solo Batik Bus to reach the zoo.
23. Vastenburg Fort
Vastenburg Fort is one of the most iconic historical buildings in Solo. It was established in 1745 and used to be the headquarter of Dutch garrison in Solo. The fort is strategically located across the town hall office. The building has an impressive architecture, with a moat surrounding the walls, as well as an open area in the center that was once a training ground for soldiers.
Located on Jenderal Soedirman Street, Kliwon Market area, Vastenburg Fort is open for 24 hours, and the entrance ticket is quite cheap—2,000 IDR. The landmark is not far from Solo Wholesale Center and Gladag roundabout. Visitors can ride Solo Batik Bus, since the route to Jenderal Soedirman Street is quite popular among tourists.
24. Klewer Market
Klewer Market is the biggest market in Solo and the center of cheap souvenirs. It is the right place to find batik products, clothes, shoes, bags, and local cuisines, all with low price. The batik products are quite diverse, as they come from different places, such as Madura, Banyumas, Betawi, and so on, not only from Solo. The klewer market is located near Alun-Alun Lor (The North Square) and can be a good benchmark to find other sights, such as Surakarta Palace, House of Danar Hadi, and Surakarta Grand Mosque.
The market is open from 09:00 to 16:00 and can be reached by angkot 06 or 09, or Solo Batik Bus.
25. Triwindu Market
Travelers who are interested in traditional handicrafts should not miss Triwindu Market. Most of the items sold in this market are handcrafted, such as carvings, crockery, knick-knacks, masks, sculptures, paintings, wayang kulit (leather puppets), ornaments, and so on. The market is also an antique paradise and sells a wide range of items, such as chandeliers, tables, chairs, typewriters, antique bicycles, and even old rickshaws.
People come to this place to find cheap antiques. Due to the high prices of original antiques, many merchants offer knock-off items that look "antique" at low prices. These items are usually offered to budget travelers.
Located on Diponegoro Street, Banjarsari, right on the edge of the highway, this market is easy to find. The market is open from 09:00 to 16:00 and can be reached by angkot 06 or Solo Batik Bus.
26. Ngarsopuro Night Market
As the name implies, Ngarsopuro Night Market is a market that operates at night. Located on Diponegoro Street, Keprabon, Banjarsari, the place is only open on Saturday evenings, from 19:00 to 21:00. Coming to this market, visitors will be greeted with a row of kiosks shaded by white tents, and pedestrian paths that extend through the tents.
Ngarsopuro Night Market offers a variety of merchandise, ranging from clothes, shoes, bags, souvenirs, to snacks and cheap culinary. The sellers are mostly local traders. This market is also a place of modern and ethnic music, ketoprak, or traditional dance performances.
27. Depok Bird Market
Depok Bird Market is a pet shop center for birds and fish. Singing birds like pied myna, Bali myna, sooty-headed bulbul, and love birds are the best-selling animals in this market. However, visitors can also see other pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters. This market is also an educational tour destination for school students, especially to learn about animals. There are about 64 kiosks and stalls that accommodate over 200 sellers.
Depok Bird Market is one of Solo City's unique faces and has been around since 1984. This market is located on Depok Street, adjacent to Balekambang Park and Manahan Stadium. The market is open from 08:00 to 16:00, and also has food stalls and musala facilities.
28. Pasar Gede
For fans of culinary tourism, Pasar Gede is one of the must-visit places in Solo. This market offers abundant types of snacks and cuisine of Solo at affordable prices. Visitors can find traditional snacks that may be difficult to find in other places, such as gethuk, cenil, gempol pleret, and cabuk rambak (ketupat dish).
Coffee enthusiasts can enjoy different kinds of coffee at the Podjok Shop, a coffee shop that has been around since 1945. Podjok Shop is famous for selling the legendary coffee Tjap Angring, which is often served in traditional stalls and street food in Solo. Since the coffee beans in this store are freshly milled as ordered, visitors who are quite knowledgeable about coffee can ask for different levels of coarseness of the coffee grind.
Pasar Gede is located on Urip Sumoharjo Street, Jebres, and open from 06:00 to 19:00. Its strategic location can be a good benchmark to find other culinary places and lodgings. To get there, visitors can ride angkot 08 or 09, or Solo Batik Bus.
29. Orion Mandarijn
Talking about the vintage shop, Orion Mandarijn is a legendary pastry shop in Solo. This shop has been around since 1932, and retains its trademark despite adjusting to the change of time. The signature of this store is the wide options of flavored bread, but there are also old-fashioned cakes, homemade syrup, and even snacks that are now hard to find in ordinary stores.
Orion Mandarijn is open from 07:30 to 20:00. This shop is located at Urip Sumoharjo Street, not far from Pasar Gede, and can be reached by angkot 08 or 09, or Batik Bus. The building is characterized by Dutch colonial architecture, complete with a yellow canopy.
30. Sukuh Temple
Sukuh Temple is located in Sukuh Village, Karanganyar, and is a famous for special reasons: this temple has carvings depicting intercourse, as well as phallus and yoni that symbolize male and female genitals. However, the engraving is considered part of the spiritual element in the beliefs of the ancient community. The temple is also surrounded by green and beautiful scenery, so the atmosphere is particularly calming.
Sukuh Temple is open from 07:00 to 17:00 and quite easy to reach from the heart of Solo. Boarding the bus to Tawangmangu, you can get off at Karang Pandan Bus Station, take an angkot to the Nglorog, and continue with an ojek (motorcycle taxi) to the temple area because there is no public transport to the temple. The entrance ticket is 7,500 IDR.
31. Cetho Temple
For those who like to travel to historical sites in the mountains, Cetho Temple can also be a good option. This Hindu temple is located in Dusun Cetho, on the slope of Mount Lawu, Karanganyar regency. The temple has 13 punden (terraces), open areas, sculptures, and statues, as well as carvings depicting saga Sudamala, a tale of the epic Mahabharata describing how Dewi Dhurga turn back into Uma Goddess, thanks to the help of Raden Sahadewa.
Cetho Temple offers beautiful views towards tea plantations as well as a cool mountain vibe. Since it is a place of worship, visitors are expected to dress politely and wear a checkered cloth around the waist (the cloth is provided by the staffs). With its strategic location, Cetho Temple can be put into the Solo-Tawangmangu route, which also includes Sukuh Temple and Kemuning Tea Plantation.
Cetho temple is open from 09:00 to 17:00, and the entrance ticket is around 7,500 IDR. Visitors can take Solo-Tawangmangu bus from Tirtonadi to Pandan Karang Bus Station. From there, take an angkot to Nglorog, then take an ojek or walk to the temple area.
32. Kemuning Tea Plantation
The Kemuning Tea Plantation is located on the slope of Mount Lawu, not far from Cetho Temple. In addition to offering cool air and beautiful scenery, this tea plantation also has facilities for tourists, especially tea fans. Ndoro Donker Tea House, for instance, is a must-visit in the plantation area, adjacent to the entrance access. Visitors can order various types of tea and foods, such as grilled ribs, ribs soup, fried cassava, and cakes. The types of tea offered at Ndoro Donker Tea House are quite varied, such as Earl Gray tea, green tea, jasmine tea, black tea, red tea, and so forth.
The Kemuning Tea Plantation is open from 06:00 to 18:00, and is only 25 kilometers from Solo. Visitors can take a bus heading to Tawangmangu from Tirtonadi, and get off at Pandan Karang Station, then transfer to an angkot to Nglorog and ojek to the plantation. You will not be charged a penny for the entrance fees.
33. Pancasila Park, Karanganyar
Karanganyar district has a public park called Pancasila Park, with a unique design and a relaxing atmosphere. The park serves as a public park during the day, and as the venue for the night market after dusk. The park has a Pancasila themed design, and there is a large area that is often used for many activities or games.
Pancasila Park is a great place for travelers who enjoy cheap culinary tours in popular locals' hotspot. Food vendors, such as chicken noodle sellers, meatballs, dumplings, soto, and herbal drinks occupy this park. There are also children's rides, such as mini trains and toy cars.
Pancasila Park is located at Lawu Street, Karanganyar Subdistrict, about 17 kilometers from downtown Solo. The park is located on the route to Tawangmangu, so visitors can take a bus to get there.
34. Surakarta Great Mosque
Surakarta Great Mosque is designed similarly to an open pendapa—a traditional Javanese building, with a cool and airy atmosphere. The design is slightly similar to the Kauman Yogya Mosque, especially with the terrace-like design and wood elements in the interior. It also has a unique old clock and is surrounded by a green and clean yard.
Surakarta Great Mosque is located on Alun-Alun Utara Street, not far from the Surakarta Palace and Slamet Riyadi Statue. The mosque is also adjacent to Klewer Market, making it the proper place of worship for those who are traveling down Solo.
35. Al-Wustho Mangkunegaran Mosque
Al-Wustho Mangkunegaran Mosque is a historic mosque adjacent to Pura Mangkunegaran (Mangkunegaran Palace). It was built in 1926 on the command of KGPAA Mangkunegara I. Having been moved from its former the location in Legi Market to near Pura Mangkunegaran, this mosque was restored by Dutch architect Herman Thomas Karsten. The architecture is characterized by the moderate size, with an open design supported by many pillars, carved gates, and Maligen—a circular building commonly used as a circumcision venue for the locals.
The mosque is located on R.A. Kartini Street, about 60 meters from the T-junction near Mangkunegaran Palace. Visitors can rest while praying and enjoy the beauty of the mosque’s unique architecture.
36. Laweyan Mosque
Laweyan Mosque is a historic mosque that marks the alternation between Hindu and Islam in Solo. This mosque was once a temple, but the building has undergone several restorations so that it is difficult to find traces of the temple. Its current architecture resembles a mix of joglo and temple, especially the shape of the roof and the front gate.
The mosque is located on Liris Street, behind the Kampung Batik Laweyan (Batik Village Laweyan). It sits by the river and is quite easy to find due to its distinctive architecture.
37. Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary Regina
The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary Regina is one of the best pilgrimage places for Christian travelers. The church is not too big in size, but well-maintained and widely known for its beauty. It also has quiet corners for devotion and a beautiful interior with a chapel, statue, and Mary Cave—making it perfect for quiet devotion.
The church is located on Mojosongo Street, not far from the Sebelas Maret University. As a celebrated religious site, visitors from outside Solo often take the time to join the scheduled mass.
38. St. Antonius Church Purbayan
St. Antonius Church Purbayan is the oldest and most popular Catholic church in Solo. It has been around since the Dutch colonial era, characterized by classic architecture. The church is always busy during weekend mass, and many visitors from outside Solo often make time to join the mass.
This iconic church is located in Jrebes, quite close to popular landmarks, such as the town hall and post office buildings. There are many pedicab drivers in the area around the church, so, after visiting the church, visitors can continue the tour around the city by pedicabs.
39. Tri Dharma Avalokitesvara Temple
Tri Dharma Avalokitesvara is a 200-year old temple with beautiful architecture that attracts quite a lot of visitors from outside Solo. The temple has a variety of distinctive design elements, such as carved pillars, detailed woodcuts, lanterns, and colorful statues. Despite the age, the building is well maintained.
Tri Dharma Avalokitesvara Temple is located in the Chinatown area downtown Solo, right in front of the entrance to Pasar Gede. Visitors can take angkot or Solo Batik Bus to get there. Visitors who do not worship are expected to dress modestly and be considerate when entering the temple.
40. Dharma Sundara Vihara
Dharma Sundara Vihara is a unique Buddhist monastery since it also has a kind of small shrine in the area. The vihara is pyramid-shaped, while the white shrine has a stupa formation and white elephant statues in the corners of the yard. The vihara is exceptionally beautiful and usually quiet, and visitors will not be charged to see and take pictures in this area. However, visitors are expected to behave and dress modestly.
Dharma Sundara Vihara is located on Ir. H. Juanda Street in Pucangsawit dan can be reached with Solo Batik Bus.
41. Astana Giribangun
Astana Giribangun is the burial ground of Soeharto, the former second president of Indonesia. Located in a cool mountainous area with beautiful scenery, this cemetery complex is large and lies within an open building with thick pillars. In addition to the main cemetery, Astana Giribangun also has proper facilities, such as toilets, rest areas, and parking lot.
Astana Giribangun is situated in Matesih Village, Karanganyar. It takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour to get there from Solo, depending on the traffic. This place is open from 08:00 to 17:00. There is no admission fee, but visitors must dress modestly and wear scarves or veils provided by the staff.
42. Beteng Trade Center Solo
Beteng Trade Center (BTC) is the shopping center of fabric and cloth in Solo and offers a wide range of products. Although known as a wholesale center, Beteng Trade Center is also often visited by tourists and retail buyers who are looking for cheap products with decent quality. Situated in the heart of the city, BTC can be a benchmark to find other sights, such as Keraton Surakarta and Klewer Market.
Beteng Trade Center is open from 09:00 to 17:00, and is located on Mayor Sunaryo Street. You can get there by taking Solo Batik Bus Corridor 1 or angkot 01A, 01B, and 04.
43. Solo Square
Solo Square is one of the most popular shopping centers, despite its moderate size. This shopping center has shops and outlets, selling clothes, toys, shoes, bags, optics, fast food, and more. There is also a children's playground, restaurant, and stalls for food and drinks. Solo Square also has a cinema, beauty salon, Matahari, and supermarket, so it is an all-in-one stop to get every need.
Solo Square is open from 09:00 to 21:00, and strategically located on Slamet Riyadi Street. It can be reached via City Walk or Batik Bus. This shopping center is also adjacent to the taxi as well as bus stops, making it quite strategic for tourists.
44. Solo Paragon Mall
While Solo Square is famous among middle-class shoppers, Solo Paragon Mall has a much more luxurious atmosphere. This shopping center is among the most magnificent in Solo, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and popular outlets. The building is integrated with Solo Paragon Hotel & Residences, making it suitable for thick-pocketed tourists who pick luxury lodging and extravagant shopping place when visiting Solo.
Solo Paragon Mall is open from 10:00 to 22:00, and is located on Yosodipuro Street, not far from Slamet Riyadi Street. Because of its strategic location, the shopping center is easily accessible by Solo Batik Bus and other public transportations.
45. Solo Grand Mall
Speaking of the shopping center, Solo Grand Mall is arguably historic because it is the first ever built in Solo. Established in 2004, this shopping center is popular among the middle to lower class visitors. Despite the many outlets, restaurants, and international brands, the price range is generally affordable. Solo Grand Mall is also known as one of the shopping centers for gadgets and electronic devices.
Located on Slamet Riyadi Street, Solo Grand Mall is a good benchmark to find hotels and other tourist attractions. Open from 09:00 until 21:00, it can be reached by Solo Batik Bus and angkot 02.
46. The Park Mall
The Park is a relatively new shopping center in Solo. Built in a truly modern design, the mall accommodates local and imported outlets, such as Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, Asia Waffle, The Body Shop, Batik Keris, Cinema XXI, Tong Tji, Johnny Andrean, and Legoland. There are also supermarkets, pharmacies, optics, boutiques, professional photography equipment stores, reflexology therapy, and integrated service offices.
Located on Ir. Soekarno Street, The Park is open from 10:00 to 22:00 and easily accessible by angkot 02. This shopping center can also be a good benchmark to find hotels, culinary centers, and other strategic attractions in Solo.
47. Sondokoro Agritourism
Sondokoro Agritourism is a family and historical destination that offers many fun activities in the middle of beautiful nature. This attraction is located in Karanganyar District and is originally the largest sugarcane processing site in the district. This resort has numerous facilities such as swimming pool, fish therapy pool, flying fox and wall climbing arena, futsal court, ball pit, cobwebs, freshwater aquarium, and reflexology center.
Sondokoro Agritourism offers a special activity that introduces how they turn sugarcane into sugar. Since the factory is still operating, visitors can see the sugarcane processing and the sugar production. After the exciting tour, you can eat at the stores, pray at the musala, or have a break in the provided rest area.
It takes about 45 minutes to Sondokoro Agritourism from downtown Solo. The entrance ticket is 5,000 IDR, but visitors have to pay again to board the rides. The fares range between 6,000 IDR to 8,000 IDR, and the place is open from 08:00 to 17:00.
48. Mangkunegoro Forest Park
Mangkunegoro Forest Park offers natural, educational, and adventure tours on the slopes of Mount Lawu. The area of 213 hectares is a home for numerous species of trees and animals, such as monkeys and birds—especially the rare Javanese eagles. Mangkunegoro Forest Park also has campsites, walkways, and tracks through the forest. It also provides facilities such as toilets and camping equipment for rent.
Mangkunegoro Forest Park is located in Karanganyar District, not far from Cetho Temple, Kemuning Tea Plantation, and Sukuh Temple. The entrance is only 3,500 IDR, a perfect destination for fun and adventure.
49. Jumog Waterfall
Located in Berjo Village in Karanganyar, Jumog Waterfall offers beautiful scenery and cool ambiance. Coming at the right time, visitors can see the rainbow forming in this 30-meters-high waterfall. The local government considers Jumog Waterfall a recommended destination. Thus, they provide sufficient facilities for tourists. Visitors can enjoy the gazebo, children's playground, swimming pool, and restaurants available in the area.
Situated about 40 kilometers from downtown Solo, the waterfall can be reached by public transport. Take a bus to Karangpandang Bus Station, then ride an ojek to the waterfall area. Then, it is an only 400-meter walk to reach the waterfall, and the access is managed fairly well.
50. Grojogan Sewu
Tawangmangu is one of the most popular destinations in Karanganyar District, and Grojogan Sewu Waterfall is the main attraction. This waterfall is famous for having a large water discharge, and a fairly good height of 81 meters, making it looks spectacular visually. Due to its height, Grojogan Sewu has 2 entrance access, which is at the top and bottom of the waterfall. In addition to enjoying the beautiful scenery and cool air, visitors can also see monkeys, especially when taking the top entrance.
Grojogan Sewu offers complete facilities for tourists, such as water parks, playgrounds, resting areas, and restaurants. There is also a bridge to enjoy the sights and take pictures. However, keep in mind that you must be in a fit condition, since you have to walk for about 200 meters and take the long stairs to see this waterfall.
Grojogan Sewu can be reached by bus or car. Travelers who ride public transportation can take the bus from Solo to Tawangmangu Bus Station, then transfer to a smaller bus to the waterfall area.
51. Parang Ijo Waterfall
Parang Ijo Waterfall is located on the slope of Mount Lawu, Girimulyo, Karanganyar regency. Although not as popular as Grojogan Sewu, this waterfall has been managed quite well. In addition to marveling at the beautiful waterfall, visitors can also enjoy the facilities such as a pool, flying fox, and even cheap inns.
Located not far from Cetho Temple, the waterfall can be reached with a Solo-Tawangmangu bus. Get off at Karang Pandan Bus Station, then take an angkot to the fork of Nglorok. From there, you need to take an ojek for about 2 kilometers before finding a post to buy the entrance ticket.
52. Umbul Pengging Bath
Umbul Pengging Bath is located on Pengging Street, Dukuh Village, Boyolali, and is a unique attraction. This bath was once used by the royal family of Surakarta, Pakubuwono X, while the general public is not allowed entry. However, now the baths are open for public, and occasionally used by local people to perform certain rituals. Umbul Pengging combines natural beauty, the uniqueness of historical heritage, and a well-run bath.
With an area of about 2,500 square meters, Umbul Pengging Bath has 3 types of pools. In addition to 2 pools for adult visitors, there is a special pool for children equipped with toys, such as balls and buoyancy tires. Lush greens are surrounding this bathing area, offering a cool and soothing atmosphere, with gazebos to take the weight off your feet. There is also a food stall as well as a fishing spot near the bath area. The entrance ticket is quite cheap: around 2,500 IDR for the main entrance and 2,000 IDR for each pool.
Umbul Pengging is located about 15 kilometers to the west of Solo. Visitors can ride a car or public transportation to Boyolali, and get off near Banyudono Market. The bath is not far from the market, and the locals can show you the directions.
53. Karanganyar Strawberry Farm
The Karanganyar Strawberry Farm offers the beauty of nature as well as the opportunity to pick fresh strawberries in the mountains. This strawberry farm is located slightly higher than Grojogan Sewu Waterfall area (about 1 kilometer). Visitors can pick strawberries by paying 30,000 IDR for each kilogram of the fruit. Visitors can also taste the fruit before picking it.
The Strawberry Farm is located on the Solo-Tawangmangu line and can be reached by car or bus for approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours. Visitors are advised to leave early in the morning. Be sure that your vehicle is in good condition since the road is quite steep. The farm is open from 08:00 to 17:00, and you won’t be charged a penny.
54. Sekipan Campground
Karanganyar Regency has many great places to enjoy the beauty of nature, even for campers. Sekipan Campground is one of the campsites in the north of Karanganyar. The camp area has beautiful scenery and cool air, but there are also facilities, such as toilets, musala, bonfires, and water sources.
Sekipan Campground is about 40 kilometers from Tawangmangu and can be reached by driving through the Solo-Tawangmangu line. Visitors who do not bring their own cars can take a bus from Tirtonadi Bus Station, get off at Tawangmangu Bus Station, and take an angkot to Sekipan.
55. Tlatar Water Park
Tlatar Water Park is located in Boyolali and offers a blend of natural, environmental, and adventure tours. Established in 1997 to conserve natural water resources, the water park also serves as a facility to learn about the environment, especially related to the importance of water sources as well as the surrounding ecosystems. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the water source, see the pisciculture, play in the pool, and even learn to grow vegetables and fruits, such as cabbage and melon.
Tlatar Water Park is located in Gombol, Boyolali, about 25 kilometers from Solo. To get there, take a bus to Semarang, get off in Boyolali, and take an angkot to Pelawan Pelajar Street No. 2. The water park is open from 08:00 to 20:30. The entrance ticket is 7,000 IDR, with additional 4,000 IDR for motorcycle parking, and 6,000 IDR for car parking.
56. Cokro Springs
Cokro Springs looks slightly like a water park, but it is an important site because the Mankunegara Empire used to get water supplies from this spring. Cokro Spring is surrounded by lush greens with a cool atmosphere, and the facilities are managed well, so it looks like a modern bathing house. Visitors can take a bath, sit around while enjoying the scenery, or enjoy local cuisines at nearby stalls.
Cokro Spring is located in Cokro Village, 17 kilometers from Klaten. Visitors from Solo can take a bus through the Solo-Klaten route for about 40 kilometers. You can take the route through Slamet Riyadi Street and Solo Highway, or Solo Highway and Mlese-Cawas Street. The entrance ticket is 10,000 IDR per person, and the place is open from 08:00 to 17:00.
57. Gladag Langen Bogan
Gladag Langen Bogan (Galabo) is a favorite culinary center in Solo. Established in 2008, Galabo is located right in front of Beteng Trade Center, adjacent to keraton. At night, the area is bustling with rows of tables, chairs, umbrellas, and tents. Visitors can enjoy a wide array of street food such as satay, nasi liwet, traditional beverages, noodles, nasi pecel, and so forth. Galabo also features a free Wi-Fi connection and occasional music performances.
Galebo is located on Mayor Sunaryo Street, and can be reached with Solo Batik Bus Route 1 as well as angkot 01A, 01B, and 04. However, at night, it is better for travelers to take a taxi or drive their own car. Galabo is open from 17:00 to 24:00.
58. Café Tiga Tjeret
Café Tiga Tjeret is one of the favorite places for the youths of Solo to hang out, because of its strategic location and cheap menu. It is actually a modern place bringing the concept of street food ambiance, with wooden chairs, round tables, and umbrellas. This tavern serves typical street food dishes, including traditional beverages, tea, and coffee. Café Tiga Tjeret is open from 11:00 am to 01:00 am, a perfect place to relax in the afternoon and evening.
Café Tiga Tjeret is strategically located on Ronggo Warsito Street, right in front of Pura Mangkunegaran, which can be reached by Solo Batik Bus.
59. Soto Gading Solo
Located in the heart of Solo, Warung Soto Gading is a favorite place of President Joko Widodo, even when he served as the governor of Solo. This soto stall serves soto ayam with yellowish soup, served with rice noodles, perkedel (fried potato balls), and shredded chicken. It is usually served with other side dishes, such as beef offal, bakwan (vegetable fritter), quail egg, fried tempeh, and so on.
This soto stall is located in the heart of Solo, adjacent to Mangkunegara Palace and Alun-Alun Kidul (Alkid). Warung Soto Gading is open from 05:30 to 15:30.
60. Sate Kere Yu Rebi
Sate kere is a type of satay made of tempe gembus (fermented tofu dregs) mixed with various spices and served with peanut sauce. Sate kere can be found almost anywhere in Solo, but one of the famous places to enjoy it is Sate Kere Yu Rebi. This satay stall has been around since 1986, and is now one of Solo's culinary icons. In addition to satay kere, visitors can also enjoy chicken satay, tripe satay, kikil satay, gado-gado (Indonesian salad), kidney satay, and other dishes. The price is quite affordable, making it a suitable culinary destination for all.
Sate Kere Yu Rebi is open from 10:00 to 17:00. Located at Kebangkitan Nasional Street, Laweyan, the place is adjacent to Batik Village area, just behind Sriwedari Stadium. However, travelers can also find this satay in the Galabo.
61. Serabi Notosuman
Serabi Notosuman is famous for serving the delightful serabi Solo (traditional pancake). There are two famous stalls in this area, i.e. Serabi Ny. Lydia and Srabi Notosuman Nyonya Handayani. Both are easy to find because the shops stand side by side. In these places, visitors can enjoy serabi, and also see the cooking process.
The serabi Solo has thinner and more delicate texture than other types of serabi, made with a simple dough of coconut milk and rice flour. And unlike other serabi in Indonesia, serabi Solo is not served with brown sugar. And Nyonya Handayani's serabi tend to be sweeter. Visitors must come early to these stores, as both are open at 5:00 am. These places can be reached by angkot 03 and 09, or Solo Batik Bus.
62. Warung Selat Mbak Lies
Selat Solo is a typical dish with western and eastern characteristics. This dish consists of a mixture of ground meat, potatoes, beans, carrots, red onions, eggs, brown sauce, and mustard. Among the many places to eat selat Solo, the most famous is Warung Selat Mbak Lies. The stall is designed with a unique interior, with benches and ceramic decorations on the walls. This shop is also often visited by well-known figures, such as government officials and celebrities.
Warung Selat Mbak Lies is open from 10:00 to 17:00. Located in Gang Serengan, Serengan Village, the place is quite off the tourist track, but visitors can usually find it easily because there will be a row of cars and motorcycles (especially during lunch hours).
63. Susu Segar Shi Jack
Susu Segar Shi Jack is one of the most popular cheap hangouts in Solo. Despite the simple place, this milk shop is a favorite among locals as it offers a wide variety of fresh milk in the menu. Shi Jack, which has been around since 1990, is also a pioneer of the increasing number of dairy shops in Solo. People come for its uniquely named beverages, and the way the bartender making drinks is also fascinating to see.
Shi Jack is open from 17:00 pm until 01:00 am. This shop is adjacent to Vastenburg Fort, but there are also other branches in Galabo, on Adisucipto Street near Batik Semar, Sukoharjo Square, and on Solo Baru Highway.
64. Wedangan Pendopo
Wedangan Pendopo is a tavern with Javanese concept. With an open Javanese stall, Wedangan Pendopo interiors are decorated with wayang, old radios, vintage photographs, paintings, traditional wall decorations, and logos of old products. Located in a small street in the middle of the village, the shop exudes the vintage vibe.
Wedangan Pendopo is not only famous among tourists and locals but also often become a favorite among government officials, especially on events that require a typical dish, Solo. Wedangan Pendopo is located on Srigading Street in Mangkubumi, adjacent to Solo Paragon shopping center. As it serves traditional beverages, Wedangan Pendopo is open from 17:00 to 24:00.
65. Tentrem Ice Cream
Tentrem Ice Cream is one of the old stalls in Solo that becomes the favorite of culinary lovers. This ice cream parlor has been around since 1952, and still maintains a Dutch-style recipe for ice cream making. In addition to its signature taste, the shop also has a unique vintage vibe, both in its interior and exterior. The house signature is a rainbow ice cream with a sweet, fresh, and slightly sour flavor.
Tentrem Ice Cream is a hidden gem, but is quite easy to find, because the shop is adjacent to Rumah Makan Timlo Solo and other attractions in Solo. Just take Solo Batik Bus to Urip Sumoharjo Street area, and get off at the stop near RM Timlo Solo. You will find the shop across the street. The place is open from 10:00 to 21:00.