See batik being made
Yogyakarta's batik industry is rooted in the city's long artisanal history, associated with the presence and blessings of the Sultan. Thus the city's batik makers are located close to the city center, with a number of workshops located south of the Taman Sari. Many batik shops have a shop front, with the doors of the workshops in the rear remaining wide open for visitors who want to see how the colorful fabric patterns are made.
Eat the city's favorite meal: gudeg
Yogyakarta has long been known as "gudeg city", and it behooves you to try this savory dish before you leave. Gudeg is jackfruit meat stewed in coconut milk, spices, and palm sugar, then served with hard-boiled egg, edible cow skin (krecek), and rice. It's hearty and it keeps well: visitors from elsewhere in Indonesia often order gudeg for take-home, then bring the package all the way to their hometown to share with friends or family back home.
Watch a cultural performance
Jogjakarta's the perfect place to get your fill of Java's culture. The daily cultural performances at the Kraton (see above) let you schedule a show on any day within your visit. You can also watch a show at a diverse number of venues throughout the city: some silver shops offer a wayang performance on the side, allowing you to get your cultural and shopping fix in a single place.
Ride a becak around Yogyakarta
From the Kraton or around Jalan Malioboro, you can hire a becak (rickshaw) to take you around the historic part of town, or just to get from place to place. The fare is cheap - as cheap as $1 per trip - and the ride is a rush, as passengers are positioned in front of the driver, so you are completely exposed to the oncoming traffic.
One downside to riding the local rickshaws: becak drivers are often working on commission from the shops in the area, and will constantly attempt detours to these shops, in the hopes of your buying from these places, and them getting a cut.
Go shopping at Jalan Malioboro
Jalan Malioboro (Malioboro Street) is Yogyakarta's center for cheap shopping - a whole street lined with stalls selling batiks, silver, and mass-produced souvenirs. Start at Beringharjo market and proceed down the street to check out each stall's wares. The batiks along Malioboro are particularly worth checking out.
The street is one of Yogyakarta's main thoroughfares - in olden times, Malioboro used to be a ceremonial avenue for the Sultan to parade through on the way to and from the Kraton. The place is still steeped in history, with a number of historic buildings standing along its length. Fort Vredenburg, the State Guest House, the Central Post Office, and Yogyakarta's oldest hotel (the Inna Garuda, formerly the Garuda Hotel - compare prices), all magnificent examples of Dutch colonial architecture.
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