Rumah Gadan Bukittinggi Padang

— Padang —

Before this trip with the Indonesian Tourism board, I had never heard of Padang before, but I bet every Indonesian knows this place. It’s a city where lots of local people go on vacation, I barely saw any foreigners around except for us. Padang is famous for its own authentic cuisine. During this trip we of course got to try it, for instance Saté Pandang. Also, we really got into the Indonesian culture with several activities like the cooking workshop, the Songket workshop and much more.

This place was really nice to get to know the authentic Indonesian way of living.

PS: did you see the first part of the trip to Jakarta already?! –> here.

Day 4

Saté Padang

When in Padang you should try the famous local saté. It’s made from beef, cut in small pieces on a stick with a yellow (spicy) sauce.

Restaurant: Saté Mak Syukur
address: Jln. Sutan Syahrir 250, Padang Panjang; Indonesia

Sate Mak Syukur

Rumah Gadang Minangkabau

Rumah Gadang are traditional family houses of the Minangkabau. The architecture is so cool with the curved roofs and painted flower carved walls, it reminds me of the “Efteling” in The Netherlands.

Rumah Gadang Bukittinggi

Rumah Gadang Bukittinggi family house

Dessert RM Gumarang

A little stop here at this restaurant to try some Indonesian deserts. I actually don’t know the names of these deserts. My favorite one is on the right (Tjendol), with coconut milk in it. 

Restaurant: RM Gumarang
address: Jl. Taman Makam Pahlawan Taruna No. 15, Kec. Tangerang

Indonesian dessert RM Gumarang padang

Martabak Manis

And then, after the deserts, the start of the obsession of the trip. @thatfoodcray and I had this Martabak mission since we arrived in Indonesia. We tried it on our last trip with the Indonesian tourism board (here). We just had to stop and order this Martabak Bandung for everyone to try. It was soooooo gooood!! A must try if you are in Indonesia!! You can find the Martabak Bandung carts everywhere on the street.

Martabak Bandung in Padang

Songket shopping 

I love the traditional Indonesian songket, handwoven textile fabrics. We went to Pandai Sikek for a little workshop. They can make 4 cm of fabric each days, so it takes a month to finish a songket. The craftsmanship and the amount of hours of a piece of songket makes me realize why these fabrics are so valuable.


Making the songket craftmanship


We checked-in at Novotel Bukittinggi. Beautiful hotel with a view. Wish we could have spent a little more time here!

address: Jalan Laras Datuk Bandaro, Bukit Cangang Kayu Ramang, Guguk Panjang, Bukittinggi City
(Book your next hotel with 25€ discount, more via this link –> here)

Novotel Padang view

Novotel padang

RM Family Benteng

For dinner we had many different traditional dishes at RM Family Benteng.

Restaurant: RM Family Benteng
address: Jl. Yos Sudarso, Benteng Pasar Atas, Guguk Panjang, Benteng Pasar Atas, Guguk Panjang, Benteng Ps. Atas, Guguk Panjang, Kota Bukittinggi

RM Family Benteng padang

Martabak Asin

Martabak manis is a sweet desert. Martabak asin is a savoury snack with egg and meat. Also one of my favorite snacks from Indonesia that you can buy anywhere on the streets.

Martabak telor

Day 5

Traditional market

Early morning grocery shopping at the traditional market. We had to buy ingredients for the Rendang cooking workshop by Ibu Emi. I avoided the meat section of this market, but the rest of the market is really beautiful to see with all the colors of the fruit and spices and they way everything is displayed.

Tip: Like I said, it’s a traditional market, make sure you respect the culture by covering up your legs and shoulders when you’re walking around here.

Padang traditional market

Traditional market Padang Indonesia

Cooking class

Cooking class and lunch at Rendang Ibu Emi Payakambuh. This was really a cosy experience, learning from the chefs who prepared the rendang the very traditional, old school way.

We enjoyed the lunch with so many different dishes on the floor and ate it with the hands! You can’t get more local than this.

Padang Cooking class iby emi

Ibu Emi Payakambuh cooking class

Rendang Ibu Emi Payakambuh

Ibu emi dinner padang

Ibu Emi lunch

Lobang Jepang

We had a little walk at Lobang Jepang, which has a underground tunnel/cave, build by the Japanese during the war. Above this tunnel you can walk in this park with monkies and a beautiful view.

address: Jl. Panorama, Bukit Cangang Kayu Ramang, Guguk Panjang, Kota Bukittinggi, Sumatera Barat 26138, Indonesia

Pical Sikai view padang

Pical Sikai tunnel

Pical Sikai

Again, snack time in between. I think we all gained weight during this trip. Teh Botol the Indonesian jasmin ice tea with sugar. Try to drink the ones in glass botels, ice cold. It’s so delicious on a hot day.

address: Jl. Panorama No.19C, Kayu Kubu, Guguk Panjang, Kota Bukittinggi

Teh Botol Padang

teh botol indonesian ice tea

Jam Gadang 

Jam Gadang is the clock tower in the city center, the tourist landmark of Bukittinggi. We had a little horse ride here around town.

Horse riding padang center

Nasi Kapau Uni Lis

At the Jam Gadang is the main market, where we had another very local dinner outside.

Nasi Kapau Uni Lis

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