Do you want to woo your lover with a romantic candlelight dinner? Make a reservation at these top 5 romantic restaurants in Yogyakarta.


Once upon a time, 62 years ago, on 6 January 1946, Yogyakarta was the capital of Indonesia, the hub of Javanese culture, and the birthplace of many influential people. Until now, the city where Keraton of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwana X still stands remains its traditional feel, yet a developing metropolitan vibe is emerging. 

Yogya pulls influences from a variety of cultures which results in the blend of the old and new eras. With the fusion, the city attracted Indonesians and foreigners to visit. With holidays coming and the world recovering, perhaps you are planning on a romantic getaway with your lover to make up for the time lost during the pandemic. 

If you are planning to do so, we recommend you make a reservation at these five romantic restaurants in Yogyakarta. Not only that they offer delicious dishes, but they also bestowed you with a warm ambiance from their unique and traditional concepts. 

Mang Engking
Mang Engking resembles dining in a castle-like restaurant similar to the kings and queens. The fairytale restaurant makes it a place where you don't see or experience every day dining in. 

Their specialty is fish and shrimp that were bred and lived in their serene ponds surrounding the restaurant. Upon arrival, each guest will be taken to the table in a traditional bamboo 'Gubuk' which is a type of hut at the water's edge. Therefore, privacy is guaranteed.

Indoor dining is also available at the castle dining hall. When waiting for the food, you can also dip your feet in the waters where little fish can nibble them. Take it as a personal pedicure. 

Mang Engking Restaurant has been popping around Indonesia, but it can be assured that it is the only one with a castle. Located in Sleman of Yogya, the restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Abhayagiri Restaurant
Located on the hills of Sumberwatu Village, Prambanan, Sleman, Abhayagiri Restaurant allows guests to watch the view of Mount Merapi and Prambanan Temple when dining in day time. During dinner, customers are accompanied by a sea of city lights. 

The architecture design concept features "luxury meets nature" with a traditional touch. While enjoying the dish, you will also be entertained with live performances such as 'Coke’an', a Javanese traditional acoustic music, and, occasionally, Javanese traditional dance, Jonggrang Sendratari.

The restaurant opens daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Joglo Mlati Traditional Restaurant
Established in 1995, Joglo Mlati is a restaurant that combines the traditional ambiance with its antique furniture. Creating an old-timey atmosphere, its building adopted the architecture of Javanese traditional house, Joglo, using teak woods as the main materials. Couples can enjoy vintage arts and crafts to go along with traditional Javanese dishes in this restaurant. 

The restaurant opens daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Indische Koffie
A restaurant that combines history and leisure, Indische Koffie is located inside the complex of the Vredeburg Fortress Museum. The museum is a historic heritage of the Dutch Colonial era in the 18th century. The cafe interior design is strongly influenced by the traditional Javanese concept with its vintage chairs made of rattan and wood. Accompanied by subtle music, guests can enjoy the food and ambiance from Tuesday to Sunday starting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Rosella Easy Dining
Experience dining surrounded by lush green and paddy fields in Trihanggo of Sleman Yogya. At Rosella Easy Dining, dining in could be made peaceful for two as it is located far from the hustle and bustle of the city. On an open-sided terrace, guests will be greeted by Richie, the head chef, and asked if they wanted to have anything special on demand. Aside from that, customers can enjoy watching the sunset from the vast green sceneries. 

Focused mainly on local Indonesian dishes, customers can enjoy the foods and sceneries daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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