Surabaya: 13 Coolest Cafes that You Can Hang Out In
As a business-oriented metropolitan that is sometimes hotter than Jakarta, Surabaya may not be a city that attracts lots of tourists — most people see it as a transit destination on their way to scenic sites such as Mount Bromo.
And like in most big cities, Surabaya is also teeming with hip cafes perfect for weekend hangouts and chit-chat with your besties, not to mention satiating your hunger for all things gastronomical.
So here’s 13 cool cafes you should visit the next time you’re in Surabaya, where the food and coffee’s awesome, and at affordable prices too — our favourite kind of places!
1. Dine under the galaxy: Kuppel Biergarten & Bar
Enclosed in a ceiling-to-floor glass dome, this galactic cafe-bar will remind you of a multi-faceted diamond globe, only that you are dining in it.
This explains its name, Kuppel, which means “dome” in German.
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Don’t the suspended lamps resemble the stars and planets in the galaxy?
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In the day, you can watch the clouds float by under the azure blue sky as you dig into your lunch, and as dusk falls, the lights above will bask you in blue and red, as you get ready to chill the night away with your buddies and beer.
You’ll be serenaded by live bands and DJ spins, so get ready to get high and enjoy some relaxing good time with your friends!
Kuppel Biergarten & Bar
Address: Bukit Telaga Golf D1 No. 25, Citraland, Surabaya. (Next To Option Billiard)
Contact: +62 813-3662-5788
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday, 17.00 – 23.45; Friday – Sunday, 17.00 – 01.00 (timings are subject to changes during the fasting month)
2. Afternoon tea with Teddy bears at One Pose Café
You’ll almost think you just walked into a doll’s house. Or rather, a Teddy bear’s home.
With a Teddy bear theme and everything sweet, cute and pretty, ladies will love this hang out spot.
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Comfortably nestled in a housing complex, the façade of One Pose Café looks just like a huge, classically-designed house, with a matching interior that can only be described as elegantly cute.
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It’s time for a girls’ night out!
One Pose Cafe
Address: Jl. Puncak Permai III No.23A (Gracia boutique), Tanjungsari, Suko Manunggal, Surabaya.
Contact: +62 31 0896-3860-8237
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 10.00 – 22.00
3. Britain’s Best at Stilrod Café Surabaya
If your taste buds veer towards the land of James Bond, you should check out Stilrod Café Surabaya.
Everything British is evident in every corner of Stilrod, from the Union Jack wall décor to the iconic red phone booth (which actually works) to the display of a Ford Angia car (think Ron Weasley’s car in ‘Harry Potter’).
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How about the food? Yup, you’ve guessed it – British fare like Scotch Eggs and Bangers & Mash – which will satisfy.
And here’s a little titbit about the cafe’s history: Stilrod began as a bicycle shop, but the owner’s love for all things English encouraged him to transform the place into the British-themed Stilrod today.
“We’ll Bring You England,” they said. And indeed they have.
Stilrod Cafe Surabaya
Address: Jl. Juwono No.2, Darmo, Wonokromo
Contact: +62 31 5683336
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 12.00 – 00.00
4. Stay Up Late at Domicile Kitchen & Lounge
If you are looking to dine with a bit more sophistication, head on to Domicile Kitchen & Lounge, which has spacious indoor and outdoor areas, and a VIP room for a private meeting with clients.
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Domicile offers a variety of cuisine, from Western to Chinese to Indonesian, and their fritter choices (especially the dory and calamari) are deliciously crunchy without overpowering the original seafood taste.
What’s even greater is that you can stay here till late night. Their fine selection of wine, beer and cocktails will keep you buzzing throughout.
Domicile Kitchen Lounge
Address: Jl. Sumatra No. 35, Gubeng.
Contact: +62 31 5016900
Opening Hours: Sun-Fri, 11.00 am – 01.00 am, Saturday 11.00 am – 02.00 am
5. Coffee and Satay at Cailano Specialty Coffee & ShaoKao
Have you ever tried enjoying your favourite cup of coffee with satay?
Well, realistically speaking, we wouldn’t really recommend pairing them (maybe order the coffee after), but Cailano Specialty Coffee & ShaoKao, which is adorned with minimalistic and all-white decor, offers you that option.
‘Shaokao’ is a Chinese street food similar to Indonesia’s satay, as it’s spiced (minus the coconut sauce), skewered, and grilled.
After your tummy is filled, head off to the coffee bar to order some delicious coffee, such as cappuccino (using Brazilian beans) brewed with the La Marzocco Linea machine. If you prefer the manual brew, try the citrusy Bali Plaga coffee which is concocted with the Kalita brewing method.
Cailano Specialty Coffee & ShaoKao
Address: Jl. Klampis Jaya No.43, Kompleks Ruko Milenia, Surabaya
Contact: +6231 822 3299 0019
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 08.00 – 23.00; Sunday, 10.00 – 23.00
6. That Quant Vintage Cafe: Grandfather Coffee Shop
True to its name, the interior of Grandfather Coffee Shop is soooo vintage. An old vespa here and an old-timey teak-wood cabinet there and — voila! — you’ve snared an Instagrammable spot!
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You can find local cuisine with some Western options here, and it’s satisfying on the comfort food front that definitely won’t break the bank.
In fact, Grandfather Coffee Shop is going so old-school vintage, that it uses a fan indoors (they have a wider outdoor area), so be warned against cigarette fumes.
There’s a live band performing here on some evenings – where better to catch up with your buddies and reminisce about the old times than at this vintage cafe with some beer and music?
Grandfather Coffee Shop
Address: Jl. Kalasan No.25i, Surabaya
Contact: +62 822232053222
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 12.00 – 00.00
7. Guilty Pleasures Galore at Yoohoo Desserts and Bites
This place is clearly designed for those with a sweet tooth, where your bowl or toast will be deliciously filled with generous scoops of ice-cream.
Yoohoo Desserts and Bites serves up savoury bites for lunch and dinner too, but we know you aren’t here for a proper meal.
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Are you hungry for dessert now?
Yoohoo Desserts and Bites
Address: Ruko Taman Gapura, G Walk Citraland, Jl. Niaga Gapura No.14,
Contact: +62 31 7421882
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 11.00 – 23.00
8. Enter the birdcages: Noach Café & Bistro
Noach Café & Bistro is another pretty cafe, with a bit of a masculine touch, due to its solid wood coverings, grey tiles, black pendant frame lamps, and a bit of green thrown into the mix in the form of faux plants.
But it also comes with plush comfy sofas and birdcage seats that ladies would love to Instagram at.
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The ambience of the two-storey Noach is more of a restaurant than a café, but the prices are pretty much in the affordable range.
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Noach Cafe & Bistro
Address: Jl. Pregolan No.4, Tegalsari, Surabaya
Contact: +62 31 5311360
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs, 11.00 – 00.00, Fri – Sat, 11.00 – 02.00
9. Of flowers and romance: ONNI Kitchen
As you enter ONNI Kitchen, only one word is apt enough to describe its ambience – whimsical.
The backyard-kitchen restaurant has such sweet and woody decor, it’s perfect for a girls’ night out.
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ONNI infused a very pretty touch to the table set-up, which includes fresh flowers and a personalised menu card with your name printed on it, if you are there for a special occasion and made reservations beforehand.
Do make reservations beforehand, as the cafe can only accommodate up to 30 people.
If you fall in love with their cute props and decor, you can actually purchase some at their ONNI Store, which sells fresh flowers too!
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And if you are looking for a cute place to take the little ones to, ONNI organises family activities on some weekends, with lots of games, cooking activities and animal fun the kids will love!
Address: Jl. Opak No. 56, Darmo, Wonokromo, Surabaya, East Java, 60261.
Contact: +62 31 5630403.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10.00 – 22.00
10. Authentic Cabin Vibe at Antler Cabin
Have you ever wanted to dine in a cabin in the woods?
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With solid wood-dominated interiors and furniture, as well as the prerequisite giant antler hanging on the wall, Antler Cabin immediately gives off that cabin vibe (though you probably need to tune out the fact that it’s located along a busy road).
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The cuisine leans towards Americana, and carnivores can indulge. And how about ending your meal with a special drink – Taro Latte? Now if only the fireplace is working, the atmosphere would be complete!
Address: Jalan Raya Darmo Permai 2 Blok D No.16, Dukuh Pakis, Tanjungsari, Surabaya, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60226, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813-1517-1255
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, Lunch 11.00 – 15.00, Dinner 18.00 – 22.00
11. Chill and chat over coffee: Black Barn Café
This little ‘barn’ looks pretty hip on the outside and has an industrial feel on the inside.
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Here’s the ideal place for some chitchat over coffee, or to chill and linger with a good book or your laptop (WiFi speed is fast!).
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Black Barn Cafe
Address: Jl. Untung Suropati No.79, Tegalsari.
Contact: +62 31 5671066
Opening Hours: Mon – Thursday, 11.00 – 22.30, Fri – Sun, 11.00 – 23.30
12. Authentic traditional local food: Rumah Makan Kano
For an authentic local taste, you can find Indonesian street food served in cosy and vintage surroundings at Kano (acronym for Kabeh Ono, which means “we have everything” in Javanese).
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Address: Jl. HR. Moh. No.92, Pradahkalikendal, Dukuh Pakis, Kota Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60226, Indonesia
Contact: +62 31 7343606
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 08.00 – 22.00
13. Soak up the sun: The Localist Coffee and Bistro Surabaya
Don’t we all love sleek, spacious cafes where the sunlight streams in and brightens up the entire room?
At The Localist Coffee and Bistro Surabaya, with majestic floor-to-ceiling glass windows, you’ll get exactly that.
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The coffee has all your usual suspects, but we love the mocktail names, such as ‘Daun di Atas Bantal’ (leaf on a pillow) or ‘Mantan Terindah’ (the most beautiful ex-lover), which are actually titles of Indonesian films.
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Food here is a variety of Western and Chinese, such as Mini Burger with Fries and Fried Beef Kwetiaw. And they are all pretty affordable!
Again, we love the huge space you get at The Localist, helped no doubt by the natural light. Avoid the midday sun though, as it can be too warm and blinding if you are facing the sun.
But the beautiful orange glow is lovely in the evenings!
The Localist Coffee and Bistro Surabaya
Address: Jl. Arief Rahman Hakim 40, Surabaya, Indonesia 60000
Contact: +62 31 5937373
Opening Hours: Daily 0800 – 2200
By : Sahiri Loing