Living In Solo

Solo is a strategic city in Central Java. Although not very big, Solo has various things that make it an attraction for people from various regions. Being a liaison between two big cities, Semarang and Yogyakarta, Solo is a city that is growing rapidly. With the slogan Solo, the Spirit of Java in this city has indeed bewitched the souls of many people. Many people are still confused about the terms Solo, Sala or Surakarta. Solo, is a popular name for the city of Surakarta. In fact, because it is too popular, many think Surakarta is part of Solo, or even outside Solo. In fact, Surakarta is the official name used for various administrative/state administration purposes.


To be able to reach the city of Surakarta can be done by using land and air. Through land access, you can use transportation using trains or buses. Tirtonadi Terminal is one of the largest and representative terminals in Indonesia. Easily accessible from anywhere, either from the east, west, north or south. It is also equipped with two major train stations, namely Solobalapan Station and Purwosari Station for local and long-distance trains. Currently, there is also an Electric Rail Train (KRL) for the Solo-Yogyakarta connection with a sufficient and adequate schedule. Meanwhile, air transportation access is supported by the existence of Adi Sumarmo Solo International Airport (SOC) which serves domestic and international flights.

Train Station "Solo Balapan"

Subway Type A "Tirtonadi"

Airport "Adi Soemarmo"

Double Decker Bus "Werkudara"

Train Kluthuk "Jaladara"

Railbus "Batara Kresna"

Electric Railway Station (KRL)


Solo or Surakarta has several tourist destinations that are quite interesting to visit. The city of Solo is famous for its historical places and some of their relics. Although it does not have a large area, Solo is a strategic area that is easily accessible. The reason is, there are many accommodation options that can be used if you want to visit Solo. Its strategic location makes Solo often a stopover place. Solo is synonymous with cultural, historical, and culinary tourism. In addition, the friendliness of its citizens makes many tourists interested in vacationing in Solo.

Surakarta Hadiningrat Sultanate Palace Museum

Jurug Solo Zoo

Balekambang Park

Kampung Batik Laweyan

Antiques Market Triwindu

Night Market Ngarsopuro

Typical Souvenirs of Solo

If you are visiting the city of Solo, try stopping by the Solo souvenir center, which is a shopping paradise for tourists. In addition to getting items that are identical to the uniqueness of the City of Solo, you will also get pocket-friendly prices, aka cheap ones. Guaranteed to go crazy shopping, but don’t forget to bid!

Beteng Trade Center (BTC)

Solo Wholesaler Center (PGS)

Klewer Market

Gede Market

Orion Bakery Gift Shop

Srabi Notosuman Gift Shop

Abon Mesran Gift Shop

Roti Ganep's Gift Shop


Solo is a typical culinary center. Almost in every corner of the city, there are many snack vendors to traditional foods. The variety of culinary and specialties of Solo is indeed extraordinary and delicious. From a good place to eat to a romantic place. Experience the delicious and timeless cuisine of this city.

SELAT SOLO |So far, gado-gado has always been considered a salad for Indonesians. But, did you know that Solo also has special foods that resemble salads? The word "solo strait" comes from the word "strait" which is a derivative of the Dutch word "slaatje" which means salad.

NASI SOTO | One of the dishes that you must try is Nasi Soto. Soto Solo itself contains white rice, vermicelli, shredded free-range chicken which is then doused in a savory clear sauce. You will be more hungry to eat this soup with additional side dishes, such as intestine satay, quail egg satay, Solo sausage or cakes.

TIMLO | Timlo is a kind of clear broth soup filled with shredded chicken meat, pieces of pindang egg, liver and gizzard, and Solo sausage. When you want to enjoy it, you can eat it plain with white rice or served with chili sauce and lime juice.

ANGKRINGAN DAN WEDANGAN | Solo is called the pioneer of angkringan which is now widely found in big cities in Indonesia. Therefore, do not leave this city before tasting the typical angkringan dishes.

SATE BUNTEL | Sate buntel is a satay made from minced mutton wrapped in goat fat, then wrapped in a stick and then grilled. It's very tasty.

TENGKLENG | Tengkleng (soup with goat bones as the main ingredient) is one of the typical foods in Solo. Tengkleng served with rica-rica seasoning, will certainly add to the appetite for fans of spicy dishes.

BAKMI JAWA | Bakmi Jawa or Javanese noodles are boiled noodles cooked with spices typical of Javanese cuisine. Most Javanese noodles are boiled noodles. This Javanese noodle is known as mee rebus, but actually there are variations of fried noodles from Javanese noodles.

SATE KERE |The word "kere" in Javanese means poor, so "sate kere" can be interpreted as satay poor. Sate kere is made from a mixture of tempe gembus (donkey pulp) and skewered beef offal, grilled over charcoal, and doused with thick peanut sauce.

GUDEG CEKER | Enjoying gudeg doesn't always mean you have to go to Yogyakarta. In Solo, there is a legendary gudeg seller named Gudeg Ceker. As the name implies, your claw gudeg is cooked with this gudeg seasoning, it tastes very delicious with a soft claw texture. In addition, the taste is also savory so it is different from gudeg Jogja.

TAHU KUPAT | When you hear the name “tofu kupat”, you might immediately think of one of Bandung's specialties. Although the name is the same, the taste and presentation of Kupat Tahu in Solo is different. A portion of tofu kupat contains pieces of fried tofu, ketupat, bakwan, yellow noodles, cabbage, and fried peanuts, then doused with peanut sauce mixed with soy sauce.

TAHU ACAR | Pickled tofu at first glance is similar to toprak noodles, except that it uses pickled cucumber as the filling. The gravy from pickled tofu is brown in color and has a slightly sour taste. Suitable to be enjoyed as a lunch menu.

NASI LIWET | Nasi liwet solo is cooked by people who live in Menuran Village, Sukoharjo, Central Java. Nasi liwet solo is cooked with a savory coconut milk mixture. Usually served with a side dish of shredded chicken, chili fried chayote, and areh coconut milk. Areh coconut milk is made from sediment or lumps of coconut milk which is the hallmark of Nasi Liwet Solo.

CABUK RAMBAK | Cabuk rambak is a typical Solo dish consisting of pieces of ketupat doused with sesame sauce. Karak or rice crackers are added as complementary ingredients. Cabuk rambak is usually served with pincuk as the base. This food is suitable as a light or heavy meal.

BUBUR LEMU | You can enjoy Lemu porridge as a filling breakfast menu. Serves rice porridge cooked with savory coconut milk. As the filling, there is fried chili sauce with the main ingredients of Siamese, Chinese tofu, tolo beans, and skin crackers that are boiled until mushy.

CABUK RAMBAK | Cabuk rambak is a typical Solo dish consisting of pieces of ketupat doused with sesame sauce. Karak or rice crackers are added as complementary ingredients. Cabuk rambak is usually served with pincuk as the base. This food is suitable as a light or heavy meal.

TAHOK | Tahok or beancurd is a traditional Solo snack that is shaped like a pudding with an overtime texture and tastes like soybeans. This snack is doused with ginger and cinnamon sauce which makes it taste spicy and sweet. Perfect to enjoy during the rainy season.

GEMPOL PLERET | Gempol Pleret itself is a mixture of rice flour cooked by steaming. Then the cooked dough is then doused with coconut milk that has been given Java sugar water. To add freshness, usually this drink is added with ice cubes.

DAWET TELASIH | Who doesn't know dawet ice? This legendary snack is perfect for refreshing your thirst in the hot weather of Solo. To get dawet ice, come to Pasar Gede. In this market, there are many shops selling delicious dawet.

WEDANG RONDE | This Solo specialty drink also has benefits for the body. Warm ginger and lemongrass water that has been mixed with sugar and contains sticky rice mochi, roasted peanuts, sliced ​​white bread and thinly sliced ​​kolang kaling.

ES KAPAL | This typical Solo drink has been known since 1957. It is made from a mixture of coconut milk, shavings of ice, and chocolate milk and served with a piece of white bread on top as the muzzle of a ship, because it resembles the muzzle of a ship, that's why this ice is named es Kapal.