Magelang Food and Transportation

Submitted by viravira on 6 September 2012   •  Itinerary   •  3 Day 2 Night

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Turns out, Magelang offers more than I (and perhaps many people) thought it would! Visiting Borobudur is just one of them, and you’ve probably read about it in our entry last week. Now what are the good Magelang food? How did we get there and how did we get around in Magelang City? Read on, people.

Magelang Food and Transportation

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Getuk Eco shop

It’s where you can buy snack souvenirs, from getuk (sweet treats made of cassava) to Borobudur stupa shaped chocolate.

Address: Jl. D.I. Panjaitan 5, Magelang.
Phone: +62 293 363435

 

Wedang Kacang Kebon

A small diner that’s been around since 1960s.Wedang kacang or peanut ginger-pop dish is their main menu, amongst other food like fried battered snack, kolak (sweet compote), and fried noodles.

Located on JalanPanjang, Magelang.

 

Alun-Alun

Street stalls of many kinds of food surrounding a field at the alun-alun area.

 

Shopping

Yup, that’s what the locals call this night time cafeteria because it sits on the sidewalk of a shopping area which shops are open in the daytime. Magelang style fried rice, Javanese noodle, soups, are amongst the dishes you can get there.

A portion of Magelang fried rice cost IDR 14,000.

 

GETTING THERE AND AROUND MAGELANG

Getting there and back from Jakarta

I took the train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, continued with DAMRI bus to Magelang. And then I took the same bus back to Yogyakarta, continued with AirAsia flight to Jakarta.

Argo Lawu train ticket (Eksekutif Class only) IDR 320,000/pax, 8pm-3.30am from Jakarta to Yogyakarta.

More ticket schedules and fares you can see here.

DAMRI bus cost IDR 35,000 / pax, and is pooled at:

–       AdiSucipto International Airport north exit, Yogyakarta. Phone: +62 274 7461450.

–       Hotel Wisata on Jl. Jend. Sudirman 149/367, Magelang. Phone: +62 293 3153801.

I purchased the AirAsia ticket about 8 months prior for IDR 450,000 / return tickets. But I ended up only using the Yogya-Jakarta route.

Getting around

The cab service that was recommended by the hotel staff was the AFDA Taksi.

Phone: +62 293 5513337.
E-mail: afda_taksi@yahoo.com.

MAGELANG FOOD

 

GETUK ECO

Getuk is a sweet snack made from cassava mixed with sugar and usually with grated coconut. But this shop sells a lot more kinds of snack, not just getuk. And they are mostly snack that you can bring home as ‘souvenirs’, but make sure you ask the staff how many days can you keep the food before it’s expired.

According to Fahmi, the getuks at Getuk Eco can stay good up to 4 days, while the more famous one Getuk Trio expires in one day. Shorter expiration range might mean less chemical or preservative stuff put in, but it also means you have to buy it in the same day that your friends back home will have to eat it. But then again, you can eat it yourself.

Magelang food - gethuk

I bought some packs of getuk for myself and for my colleagues back in Jakarta, plus some other snack and a pack of Borobudur shaped chocolate. How cute! Everything in total cost me IDR 48,000 and they made yummy munchies!

Getuk Eco
Address: Jl. D.I. Panjaitan 5, Magelang.
Phone: +62 293 363435

 

WEDANG KACANG KEBON

It’s a place that I probably wouldn’t know of if I weren’t guided by a local, in this case Fahmi. Apparently Wedang Kacang Kebon is one of the oldest diners that serve *guess what* wedang kacang as their main dish.

Wedang Kacang Kebon on Jalan Panjang

Wedang kacang is this soupy peanut ginger-pop dish, best served hot or warm. It consisted of boiled peanuts with sticky rice, and it tastes savory. Yum! We were there when the day just got dark and it was raining. Perfect ambience for a hot wedang kacang! Oh and if I’m not mistaken it opens at 5.30 pm.

Wedang Kacang Kebon in Magelang

Shoot before you eat is a blogger unwritten rule

Wedang Kacang Kebon has been around since 1960s. They also sell other kinds of food like fried tofu dumplings, kolak (sweet compote)and dough-banana satay. I’m not sure how much the banana satay costs. Wedang kacang costs IDR 5,000 / portion and the tofu dumpling IDR 2,000 / huge piece. That’s not even USD 1 altogether!

Wedang Kacang Kebon – on Jalan Panjang, Magelang.

 

ALUN-ALUN

Street stalls of many kinds of munchies, including Magelang food, surrounding a field at the Alun-alun area. I didn’t eat there, I just stopped by to buy some food to go for Muty and Lisa who just arrived at the hotel. As Alun-alun is always packed with a lot of things, there is always a lot of things built around it. Here you can get some grocery stuff at a supermarket just across the Alun-alun field, as well as a BCA ATM.

 

SHOPPING

Yup, that’s what the locals call this night time cafeteria because it sits on the sidewalk of a shopping area (the shops are open in the daytime). It took us quite a while to decide on what to eat. Options range from soups to Magelang style fried rice with various noodles in between.

Shopping - sidewalk cafeteria in Magelang

Buskers at Shopping area

Muty had a portion of mi bakso (noodles+meatballs), Lisa had a nasi godog (boiled fried rice!), and I had the Magelangan fried rice (Magelang styled fried rice, which is basically noodles and rice fried together). A portion of Magelang fried rice cost IDR 14,000.

Magelang food - Nasi Godog

Magelangan fried rice - 2

 

GETTING THERE AND AROUND MAGELANG CITY

 

Getting There and Back

Being a city with such a high reputation in the past, it puzzles me that they don’t have an airport nor a train station. Yogyakarta, being only around 40 km away from Magelang, is the closest entrance with these modes of transportation.

I took the night train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, continued with DAMRI bus to Magelang. And then I took the same bus back to Yogyakarta, continued with AirAsia flight to Jakarta.

Argo Lawu train (Eksekutif Class only) IDR 320,000/pax:

–       8pm-3.30am, Jakarta -Yogyakarta.

–       8:56am – 4:16pm, Yogyakarta-Jakarta.

More train schedules and fares you can see here, not limited to Argo Lawu services.

DAMRI bus from Magelang

DAMRI bus cost IDR 35,000 / pax, and is pooled at:

–       AdiSucipto International Airport north exit, Yogyakarta. Phone: +62 274 7461450.

–       Hotel Wisata on Jl. Jend. Sudirman 149/367, Magelang. Phone: +62 293 3153801.

Or if you’re leaving from/to nearby towns:

–       perum DAMRI, Purworejo, Jl. Gajahmada Km 7. Phone: +62 275 3140300. IDR 35,000 /pax

–       Hotel Patra, Kebumen, Jl. Pemuda 71. Phone: +62 287 385725/6681376. IDR 45,000 /pax

The AirAsia ticket fare depends on how long in advance you purchase it. In my case, I bought the ticket about 8 months prior for IDR 450,000 / return tickets. But due to my work schedule, I ended up only using the Yogyakarta-Jakarta ticket and took a train to get to Yogya instead.

 

Getting Around

There are angkots in Magelang, but we didn’t have a chance to use angkot to get around. It was either taxi with the girls, or motorbike with Fahmi my local friend. The one and only taxi service in Magelang was AFDA taxi. They don’t use sedans but minivans instead, and the meter was on.

We paid about IDR 40,000 from Hotel Catur to Mendut Temple and a little more to Borobudur. If you book them by phone (which I think is the only way to get a taxi if you’re at Hotel Catur), minimum fare is IDR 20,000.

Magelang AFDA taksi

AFDA Taksi
+62 293 5513337
+62 818 0660 8117 or +62 812 2754 1871 directly to Pak Robbi, one of the drivers
e-mail: afda_taksi@yahoo.com

 


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4 years 7 months ago

Found the food blogger in you guys. :p Well written!

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