Indonesia’s second-largest cityscape is second to none in terms of upmarket glamour, nature-kissed escapism, and heritage-rich dreaminess. Here are some lesser-known facts about travel-savvy Surabaya.
A Surplus of Adventures
While most tourists are regaled with tales of Surabaya’s epic megamalls, cutting-edge carnival-style theme parks, and picturesque beach-bound hideaways, this is also the city for thrilling spontaneous escapades, from cruising through gorgeous natural limestone sculptures and hiking up active volcanoes at midnight to traversing a skylight garden for Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.
A Portal into Ancient Civilisations
If the exquisite intermingling of heritage and nature is a medley you can’t resist, set your sights on the fantastical Sekapuk Hills, where you can find graceful ivory pillars on mountaintops yielding breathtaking ocean and forest vistas; the remnants of an old-world kingdom wrought in white limestone and bejewelled with deep green pools. For an unforgettable staycation in Surabaya, venture no further than the likes of POP Hotel Gubeng Surabaya.
A Culture-rich Potpourri
From the rich vintage vibes of Surabaya Old Town to the sensationally shoppable microcosm of Pasar Atom, Surabaya is the best place to rummage for unique artisan souvenirs in all of vibrant Indonesia!
A Bizarre Snack Hub
Surabaya is known for its innovative food scene and its snacks are no exception, with a creative choice of munchables ranging from the teatime indulgences of almond crispies and cloud-soft layer cake to the addictive Bu Rudy Sambal and sweetly sour mangrove syrup.