Earlier this year I went to Semarang, a city rather surprising. I stayed in the Simpang Lima area, got on a Becak and started my adventure in the (extremely) sunny Semarang!
I first visited a beautiful Vihara around Jl. Lombok. It made me feel like I was transported to China! The building was very intricate and beautiful.
Afterwards, I had lunch at Spiegel. A stunning café with an industrial style interior and a view of the Old Town, including the famous Gereja Blenduk! Next, I visited the Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery, only a 2 minute walk from where I had yummy gelato.
And this is the fun part, another 2 minute walk: flea markets! There are two flea markets, one was near Gereja Blenduk and one was near Tekodeko Koffiehuis. I got a great vintage bag that was made in Denmark! Something I didn’t expect to find in Semarang.
To end the day, I visited the iconic Lawang Sewu. Besides the spooky things that it’s mostly known for, Lawang Sewu has a very long history behind it. Though some of the memories of Lawang Sewu aren’t good ones, the place is phenomenal. I was in such awe because of how remarkable it is. I also advise you to get a tour guide if you actually want to know the history behind Lawang Sewu, the visit would be much more worth it too. At night I had a meal at GOODFELLAS, a restaurant in a beautiful art deco house near Hotel Candi Baru.
Great food, great atmosphere, and great places to see. That is what you will get in Semarang. Also to take note, traffic jam is something that you can’t find in Semarang, get a Becak, go around Semarang, be happy!