What to Eat in Yogyakarta When You Want Looks Like a local

One day my guest come home and told to me “Boma…I made a big mistake today cause I eat Mc Donald’ss for my lunch” than I just laugh and told her that she really made a big food mistake here in my town. Hi everyone my name is Boma and thank you for visiting my blog, I live in Yogyakarta since I was 5 and definitely love this place more than my hometown, Jakarta. No matter you are in first time, twice, three times or over but in case you want to visit Yogyakarta I recommend you to read my past article about 7 Freakin’ Awesome Things to do in Yogyakarta within 3 days, it’s brand new article that I made in 2018 and based on my own research related to my most wanted activities that my guest did during their stay in Boma House. Back to the main topic today I’m gonna share you about culinary that you should try if you want to eat like locals. There is always a question about what to eat here in Yogyakarta than I got some super good news or you.

No matter where you live try to go to Pasar Ngasem (Ngasem Market) where Plaza Ngasem located, this place is so unique and you will meet how the locals live by selling a snacks, fruits, housing tools and or sure the most authentic snacks and breakfast. Officially Pasar Ngasem is the front yard or Tamansari Water Castle and for sure you must visit our King’s 2nd palace, if you live nearby Malioboro or Kraton than you can walk or ride with becak (the 3 wheels tuk-tuk) to go to Pasar Ngasem, it takes about 15 minutes ride with becak from Sultan Palace and cost about IDR35.000/becak (USD3). What you see below is the Plaza Ngasem, a nice courtyard where you can sit by and enjoying your day. If you lucky, our government often held some art performance in that stage too just like what they did for the FKY (Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta) a.k.a Yogyakarta Art Festival.

Now take a look what kind of local food that you can get:

Typical Local Breakfast for Everyone

This is what locals eat for breakfast and lunch, it consist of rice, brongkos (sweet-salt dark soup consist of tofu, bean, and egg) and fried chicken, than for another one I got rice, green cassava leave, and sunny egg than another one will be. I pay this awesome food for just IDR12.000 to IDR15.000 each and I ordered a glass of hot tea costs IDR2500, than I feel like in paradise, this all what you need to eat if you expecting eat like locals.

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Typical Local Snack and Dish That You Should Try

Once I got my breakfast done, my wife ask me to go to Apem stall where located only few meters from us. Apem it self is typical local dish made from rice flour, sugar, and coconut milk. It taste sweet and looks like Japanese Dorayaki, the old lady that I meet there begin her Apem business since 5 am and ended at 11 am, she sell this delicious snack for just IDR2500/each or about USD1.5…for me I need 2 or three!

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How to go to Pasar Ngasem?

Pasar Ngasem is located only 1 km from Malioboro street or Sultan Palace so if you life around that area you can take:

  • Becak (tuk-tuk_ for just IDR35.000 (you will need 2 tuk-tuk if you big body person)
  • Even more if you person who love walking you can simply walk or riding your bicycle
  • Or if you travel in group you may consider to book a car with driver so he can drop us you and waiting while you enjoying the ambiance

A good tips for me is…try to wake up earlier if you want to see how locals live cause we get used to wake up after morning pray around 4.30 am. I know for sure that you don’t need to wake as us if you not taking a Borobudur Sunrise Tour, around 7 will be fine if you just want to try local breakfast just like what I wrote here. Now I would like to recommend you some hotels nearby this area where you can stay and sightseeing around easily:

Hope this article can help you to figure out our local food and hoping you enjoy your trip in Yogyakata, simply leave a comment if you want to ask something about my city or visit my Yogyakarta Local Tour if you need some help related to tours, car rental, or any attraction in Yogyakarta…Cheers!


Professional wedding photographer and blogger since 2010 who put a concern to write a story about photography, traveling, culinary, and hospitality services

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