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Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi No. 342, Solo

Specialising in Central Java dishes, Ayem Adem is well known by locals and well loved as a spot to stop for lunch or dinner. The large dining room is adorned with black and white pictures of the Solo of old and is especially popular for big group dinners. The dishes on the menu draw on tradition in this restaurant which has been running since 1969. Here you can find nasi liwet, nasi langgi... Read our full review of Ayem Adem.

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Solo has a huge range of street food, with many local specialities such as nasi liwet (shredded chicken with coconut rice), rawon (spicy beef soup served with rice), serabi (small sweet pancakes) and mie ayam (noodles with chicken in broth). Prices on the street are very cheap and the atmosphere is friendly and convivial. One great spot to enjoy Solonese street food is along the far eastern end... Read our full review of Hawker Stands/Street Food.

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Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi No. 66, Solo

A reliable chain dishing up Padang food from Indonesia's West Sumatra province.  Located in the main budget accommodation area, this restaurant is a good break for those who want to eat Indonesian, but don't want to eat any more of the typically sweet Central Javanese dishes.  The spicy beef rendang is especially recommended. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, meals are around 8,000 to... Read our full review of Duta Minang.

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Corner of Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi and Jl Teuku Umar.

This self-proclaimed 'culinary tourism' spot offers all the staple local dishes, as well as Chinese food, Japanese bento and more for lunch and dinner. With the food stalls set around the bamboo-clad courtyard, it's similar to a Singaporean hawker centre, but on a smaller and grittier scale. If you're really lucky, you may get to hear a live band playing sappy Indonesian love songs that... Read our full review of RM Rahayu.

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Jl Ahmad Dahlan No. 23, Solo
T: (0271) 656 369

If you've been craving good bread, which is hard to come by in Central Java where the local tastes side with added sugar even in a loaf of wholegrain, Warung Baru is your place. The large menu includes Solonese, Indonesian, Indian and Western dishes, as well as juices and Bintang beer, which is rather scarce around this conservative town. The food is very basic, but the crusty bread is the... Read our full review of Warung Baru.

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Jl Slamet Riyadi No. 111, Solo
T: (0271) 656 406

This clean, air-con diner offers Indonesian and Chinese staples, such as bakmie goreng, cap cay and kweitieu, as well as small beef and chicken steaks served with vegetables for lunch and dinner. The food is all freshly prepared and of decent quality, for a low price — expect to pay around 8,000 to 12,000 for a meal. However, according to the banner outside, ice-cream is this... Read our full review of Kusama Sari Pojok.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Solo? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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