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Makassar [7], also known as Ujung Pandang, is the capital of South Sulawesi province and the largest city on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Get In[edit]

By plane[edit]

Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (IATA: UPG) (ICAO: WAAA) is located 20 km from Makassar and has flights to Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Kendari, Palu, Manado, Gorontalo, Ambon, Ternate, Manokwari, Sorong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jayapura.

Fares start at about Rp 500,000 on Lion Air from Denpasar.

A taxi to the city should cost about Rp 70,000 if arranged directly with the driver. The official airport charge is Rp 100,000 ( Note : this price doesn't include Toll Fee ). There is a shuttle bus (Rp. 27.000, 1-2 times/hour - 2018 ) from in front of the airport ( also passes through the bottom level - taxi point) to the city center's main road ( Jl. Ujung Pandang, kerebosi court ) and you can get becak or trycicle to any where around the town for about Rp. 3.000 - Rp. 10.000. Other option get Ojek ( taxi moto ) to the main street away from the airport about 3km ( Rp. 5.000 ) than get bemo to makassar mall ( town )

By boat[edit]

Makassar is a major port for Pelni ships. It is about 16 hours to Balikpapan, 24 to Flores (Marapokot) and more to Surabaya, and Tanjung Priok. Pelni has a website. An examplary price for 24 hours to Marapokot is 180.000 rupia.

Get around[edit]

By becak[edit]

Becak is a trishaw, unique design, very minimalist compared to the ones in Java. Fare depends on the distance, usually Rp 3,000-10,000 around town

By taxi[edit]

There's a lot of taxi companies, all have the same fare and all use meters.

By petepete (Angkot)[edit]

A public petepete [8] cost Rp 5.000. Many begin their routes from Makassar Mall.


As South Sulawesi is dominated by the Bugis, the local language in Makassar in Buginese. Nevertheless, Indonesian is spoken by practically everyone as well.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Losari Beach (Pantai Losari) is the name of long stretch of waterfront in the middle of the city. A very nice sunset view. Food stalls set up every night at Laguna ( just side gate to the modern city of Tanjung ).
  • Fort Rotterdam is an old fortress from Dutch colonial days. A small donation is expected of around Rp 10,000, and they will insist you sign a guestbook. Note if you are a foreigner, you will be the biggest tourist attraction there, and expect to spend at least half your time taking pictures with curious local residents and kids from small town Sulawesi on field trips. The friendly attitude makes this experience quite fun, and you can learn a lot about Sulawesi as well from it. The fort houses a decent museum called La Galigo which has exhibitions about history and culture of Sulawesi - entrance fee is Rp 10,000 for tourist and Rp 5,000 for locals (July 2015)
  • Pulau Khayangan is a small island about 20 minutes away by boat from central Makassar.
  • Pulau Samalona is a beautiful white sandy island with supportable amount of trash on its beaches (the island is still in reach of the port of Makasar so don't expect a tropical paradise). Good diving, snorkeling is possible but much better if you take a boat a little bit more west. You will be offered the boat trip in front of Fort Rotterdam. It takes 30-45 minutes to get there, and costs Rp400,000 (July 2015). 1 boat can carry 2-8 people.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Trans Studio [9]. The 3rd largest indoor theme park in the world at this time (2013). Authorized name is Trans Studio World Makassar. Having more than 20 games and equipped with facilities such as shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, and marina.
  • Makassar Hash : for those who love jogging, running or hiking with a great view, in the jungle, river, or just adventure, this is your group. Makassar Hash gather every week at Kios Semarang, a restaurant in front of Losari Beach, and the group will take you to various places every Saturday.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Makassar has the type of shopping malls you would find in any other major Indonesian city, nothing very inspiring. The largest include:

  • MTC Karebosi (Makassar Trade Centre Karebosi), features: IT Centre (Electronic, Mobile, and Computer), Carrefour Express, Local Shops, Cafes, Playground, CFC, etc.
  • Mall Ratu Indah, features: Matahari Next Generation Dept. Store, Gramedia Bookstore, Hero Supermarket, Disctarra, 21 Cineplex, Breadtalk, Excelso,Texas FC, Mcd, Pizza HUt, KFC, playground, Some cafes and boutique, etc.
  • Mall Panakkukang: Matahari Dept Store, Rimo Dept. Store, Hypermart, Diamond Hypermarket, 21 Cineplex, Excelso, Gramedia, Disctarra, Breadtalk, AW, Sport Shop, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, Rotiboy, Jco, some cafes, boutiques, playgrounds, etc.
  • Trans Studio Mall: Hugo Boss, Guess, Gucci,Louis Vuitton, Giorgi Armani,and many other international brand store, Metro Dept Store, Gramedia Bookstore, ME Gallery(Apple authorised reseller),Pizza Hut and Crocs.
  • Minyak Tawon (Minyak Gosok). Medicated Oil that has more than 100 years of history originated from Makassar. It is a commonly known must-buy item especially among domestic tourist for gifts and personal use. The oil is available almost everywhere in the city and is suitable for open wounds, swell, aches and mosquito bites. Locals said it is consumable as ingredients used are all natural and consumable, thus using it to cure toothaches, cough and sore throats. However, due to its popularity, it is said that there are fake oils sold thus best purchase in reputable stores.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]


  • Pisang epe, Losari Beach. Pressed grilled banana, served with melted brown sugar. Available with chocolate and/or cheese topping, and durian (seasonal) flavor.  edit
  • Buroncong, Losari Beach. Early morning breakfast cake. Baked on firewood. It's made of grated coconut, flour, etc.  edit
  • Nyuk Nyang, Jl. Timor. Chinese style pork meatballs. Served in tasty pork broth. Eat with chilly sauce for better taste.. Make sure you in the morning.  edit
  • Sop Saudara, Almost everywhere. Traditional South Sulawesi soup, it contains meat, liver, lung, etc. However, you may choose the ingredients you want in your soup.  edit
  • Pisang Ijo. Banana wrapped in thick green rice flour layer, served with condensed coconut milk and syrup. The most famous one is made by Bravo Restaurant on Jl. Andalas, but it can also be found at Nyuk Nyan restaurant on Jl. Irian and Jl. Bali, sometimes hotels serve Pisang Ijo as well..  edit
  • Coto Makassar, Everywhere. Traditional makassar soup. Quite similar to Sop Saudara, but has different taste. Usually served with rice cake. It's very easy to be found around Makassar. The famous coto restaurants are Coto Gagak on Jl. Gagak, Coto Nusantara on Jl. Nusantara, Coto Daeng on Jl. Karunrung and Jl. Pengayoman, Coto Dewi on Jl. Sunu, Jl. Sultan Alauddin and Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan.  edit
  • Abon ikan bandeng Assyifa. Shredded milk fish  edit
  • Pangsit Mie, Around Chinatown. Pangsit Mie is noodle served with BBQ pork, chicken and wontons. Easy to be found around the chinatown (Jl. Sulawesi, Jl Lombok, Jl. Sangir and surrounding area). They usually available only until lunch time. The famous one is Pangsit Mie Kenangan on Jl. Lombok, Pangsit Mie Toraja on Jl. Sulawesi and Pansit Mie Madya on Jl. Buru  edit
  • Mie Kanton, Around chinatown. Kantonese style fried noodle. It's deep fried or usually grilled noodle, served with condensed soup containing vegetables, fried meatball, and pork meat. Can be found around chinatown (as mentioned above). The famous Mie Kanton restaurants are Kios Lombok on Jl. Lombok, Lotus Restaurant on Jl. Lombok, Kios Ateng on Jl. Sangir, Kios Ramayana on Jl. Gunung Lompobattang, etc  edit
  • Pallubasa. Makassar style meat soup. The soup is spicy and contains grated coconut. The most famous Pallubasa is located on Jl. Serigala, known as Pallubasa Serigala. Note: Avoid lunchtime as it is very difficult to get seats on lunchtime.  edit
  • Nasi Kuning. Yellow rice served with various dishes. One of the most favorite breakfast in Makassar. The most famous one is Nasi Kuning Riburane, located at the corner of Jl. Sulawesi and Jl. Riburane or you might want to try Nasi Kuning Popsa, located IN the Popsa pier on Jl. Penghibur. Some nasi kuning seller sell at night. If you have a midnight hunger, you might take a walk to Jl. Ahmad Yani, there is a nasi kuning seller called Nasi Kuning Emon across the Balaikota Building (Mayor's Office).  edit
  • Ikan Bakar Paotere, Paotere. Famous seafood restaurant, they are famous for their grilled milkfish served with peanut sauce and coconut milk soup. Other seafood restaurant also sell grilled milkfish, but this on is remarkable  edit
  • Songkolo. Stirred glutinous rice, served with fried grated coconut, salted fish and sambal (traditional chili sauce). It's quite difficult to find songkolo around Makassar nowadays. It's usually available at the traditional market or traditional food seller. Try Bacan Market (Pasar Bacan) in the morning if you want to have songkolo.  edit


  • Restoran Nelayan, Jl Alimalaka. Famous seafood restaurant. They serve various fish, shrimp, squid, lobster (sometimes), chicken, traditional vegetables, etc. There are other similar restaurants around the city, you might want to try Dinar or Ratu Gurih, both on Jl. Lamadukelleng.  edit
  • Sop Konro Karebosi, Jl. Lompobattang. One of the most famous Sop Konro restaurant. They serve Sop Konro (beef ribs in traditional dark soup) and Konro Bakar (grilled beef ribs, served with tasty peanut sauce). There are some other Sop Konro restaurant, you may ask your tour guide for further information  edit
  • Cafe Mama, Jl. Serui. A cozy cafe. They serve traditional cakes, cookies, sweets, and drinks. They also serve home made ice cream. The price is quite expensive. For cheaper traditional cake, you can find it at Toko Ende, near Lasinrang Street.  edit
  • Surya Restaurant, Jl. Nusakambangan. One of the biggest chinese food restaurant in Makassar. They are famous for their crab dishes. Ask for the female crab (it might cost more than the male crabs), female crabs have the delicious crabs egg inside them. Try the canton style fried noodle as well as it is quite nice.  edit
  • R.M. Ramayana, Jalan Gunung Lompobattang no 109, +62-411-311618 / +62-411-3611618. 09.00-23.00. Traditional Restaurant offering mixed Indo-Chinese food in Makassar. They are famous for variety of food such as Mie Hokkian, Mie Kuah, Makassar Fried Rice, Bakpao (Makassar signature Pork Meat Bun), Healthy Soy Drink. They have many local and tourist customers especially during peak seasons. Price range Rp.4,000 - Rp.30,000.  edit
  • Krispi Kriuk - Donald Bakmi, Jl. Boulevard, depan BCA, Panakukkang Mas, 430933. Krispi Kriuk - Donald Bakmi serves Ayam Goreng 'Kampung' and Bebek Goreng with local spices and serve on Banana leaves, Kakap Fillet, Lele Goreng,and Crispy Fried Shrimp, which all serve on Banana Leaves. They also serve Makassar favorite noodle 'Mie Pangsit' and many more noodle dishes and Desert like Es Sarang Burung, which is mix fresh fruits serving in coconut. And Fresh Local Fruit Juices like soursop, avocado, jack fruit, terong belanda etc. Prices are affordable.  edit
  • Pizza Hut, Jl. Pettarani, +62 411 423373, [1]. 10am-12am (Sun-Thu) 10am-1am (Fri-Sat). There are a total of six Pizza Hut's in the city, but this is by far the most centrally located  edit
  • Pizza Ria Kafe, Jl. Latimojong 152, +62 411 313575. 8am-10pm.  edit
  • Rumah Makan Makassar Kuliner, Jl. Lanto Daeng Pasewang. Famous for its local traditional food and various of seafood. Located near Sahid Hotel and MARI mall.  edit
  • Makassar suki, Jalan sumba number 79, (0411)3613077. 10.00. Nice cozy Chinese restaurant and their know for their stramboat.This is a must try for people living in makassar or visiting! 100k.  edit
  • Konro Ma'minasata, Jl. Dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo no. 1F (Near Erafone on Jl. Jend. A.Yani), +62-411-3630370. It's a new Sop Konro Restaurant. Their specialty is Konro, but they also serve another food like grill chicken, satay and many others. Great value.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Kafebuku, Jl.Tentara Pelajar no. 141. Phone : (62)411-336108, is a small cafe-library near the harbor and is a good place for coffee and some Indonesian literature. There are also some books in English. Jln. T
  • Ballezza is next to Imperial Aryaduta Hotel, and there is a brewpub on the first floor, family style karaoke on the second/third, and a dance club on the fourth. Attracts a mostly local crowd, with some expats mixed in. Sports will be on big TV's on the first floor, and DJ's are shipped in from Jakarta to play upstairs. A very friendly crowd, and nice service people as well. A good place to go for a night out.
  • Tayang Suki Restaurant, Jl. Pengayoman No. 21 E-G (Gedung Inul Vista Lt.3), 0411-449499, [2]. 11 am to 11 PM. Come and enjoy a wide variety of our delightful suki dish items and soup, exotic Chinese cuisines, fresh seafood, special healthy food, attempting sweet desserts and drinks. All in the cozy ambience and comfortable service. $$.  edit
  • Woodsy Gab's, urip sumoharjo (inside racing centre gas station). It's a cozy food court for hang out. A pitcher heinekken or Bintang (famous Indonesian beer) only Rp 100.000.  edit
  • Kampoeng Popsa, Jalan Ujung Pandang (in front of Fort Rotterdam). Cozy Food court. It's a great place to see sunset. 640ml Heinekken in here is about Rp 35.000.  edit
  • Ujung Kopi, Jl. Somba OPU No.36, +62 411 3618004. 8am-10pm. (Fantastic locally blended coffee) reasonable.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Grand Wisata, Jl. Sultan Hasanuddin No. 36-38 (10 min walk or pete pete line B until Harapan Baru from the last stop of DAMRI airport bus). Spacious, comfortable and cozy rooms in the heart of the city center. Available at a discounted rate on AirBnb. 250.000.  edit
  • Hotel Makassar Mulia, Jl. Nusantara No. 50 (When you arrive at the harbor just turn right and follow the main road 10 minutes. It is on the left side), 0411-3623418. Clean nice rooms with aircon and western toilet, friendly personal, on the 5th floor there is a disco 230.000 - 280.000.  edit
  • Singgasana Hotel Makassar, Jl. Kajaolaliddo No. 16, Makassar 90013 Indonesia, +62 (411) 362 7051, [3]. Business Centre, Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, A sound mind in a sound body. (-5.136905,119.410109) edit
  • Wisma Jampea, Jl. Jampea No. 2, 0411-317895, [4]. TV, AC, hot shower, free breakfast and WIFI. Very clean. rp200000.  edit Update (April 2015) basic room 120.000, better room 150.000, but no breakfast
  • New Legend Hostel, Jl. Jampea 5A, 313777. Helpful English speaking staff. Central location. Price includes breakfast. 95000-125,000.  edit update (April 2015) after change of owner rooms are more expensive, the cheapest one starts at 350 000, but can be bargained to 200 000
  • Continent Centrepoint Panakkukang - Makassar, Jalan Adhyaksa No.15, +62 411 437111, [5]. If you want to ensure a great time when conducting business or enjoying leisure in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, stay at Continent Centrepoint Panakkukang - Makassar. This business hotel offers 83 tastefully designed rooms that you can treat as your own. ​Here at Continent Centrepoint Panakkukang - Makassar, we guarantee that everything you need to make your stay pleasant is always within your reach. Some of our facilities are coffee shop, lobby lounge, sky garden, ball room & meeting rooms, business centre and more.  edit
  • Citadines Royal Bay Makassar, Jalan Sultan Hasanuddin No. 24, South Sulawesi 90111, +62 411 3690 999, [6]. Sited in the heart of the busiest city in Sulawesi, this hotel apartment offers the perfect accommodation for leisure & business travelers alike. (-5.138835,119.409286) edit

Stay safe[edit]


  • Japan Consulate General, Jl. Ratulangi, Wisma Kalla Lt. 7, (62-411) 871-030, 872-323, 851-882.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Tana Toraja, the famed Land of the Heavenly Kings is an 8-10 hour drive or 1 hour flight to the north.

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