where to stay:
Greenhost Boutique Hotel: An avant garde, new boutique hotel that will be kind to your pocket. Greenhost is designed like no other place you’ll stay at in Yogyakarta with complex hydroponic systems and plenty of light in the central courtyard. Plenty of cement, concrete, and wood make Greenhost one of the most modern, polished establishments in the city. The central location within walking distance of many restaurants, shopping, and sites for the busy tourist within us all. Eco-friendly indeed, this hotel plants a variety of vegetable on the rooftop as well. Room pricing starts at $27USD/night. http://greenhosthotel.com/
Dusun Jogja VIllage Inn: An oasis found on the island of Java, this resort-style hotel is the perfect place for you and your mates to relax while traveling throughout Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The swim-up bar and laundry service brings all the luxuries of home to you while being surrounded by lush, green rainforest. Enjoy the healthy, fresh meals offered at the hotel or venture out on a hike to one of the restaurants in the city for a hike. The outstanding staff will go out of their way to assist you with any need- from booking travel arrangements to bringing an extra bed to your room. Room pricing begins at $53 USD/night. http://www.jvidusun.co.id/
where to eat:
Kesuma Restaurant: If you’re looking for authentic Javanese food and are willing to pay some extra money for it, look no further than Kesuma. Though, seriously. The restaurant is located in a restored traditional home with less than 10 tables allows for privacy and quiet during your dining experience. Fresh, home cooked meals. We recommend ordering the bakwan jagung (corn fritters) and the ayam kesuma (spicy chicken). Get there a bit earlier for dinner, the staff may get a bit overwhelmed when the restaurant is full. http://www.kesumarestaurant.com/
Indochine Bistro: Enjoy a quiet dinner of amok (Cambodian fish), pad thai, coconut shakes, and beef pho during your time in Yogyakarta. This little place will surely bring a small to your face and belly. The bistro’s staff are utterly friendly- something you’ll find all around your travels in Indonesia. Cheap eats, but well-cooked and brilliantly presented dishes.