Surabaya is one of the most important cities of Indonesia. Located in East Java, Surabaya is popularly called as the ‘City of Heroes’ because of its significance in Indonesian independence. Usually visitors make a stop in Surabaya to change planes or to get transport to Bali. However, the city itself offers several attractions. There are a number of Muslim-friendly facilities in Surabaya that visitors can enjoy during their stay in the city. Whether one is interested in history or in learning about the culture and heritage, Surabaya offers visitors with a number of attractions and fun things to do.
The Old Town area is a great place to roam around; here visitors get a chance to have a look at old colonial buildings. The Pasar Ampel is an Arab market area with a huge mosque and several shop selling rugs, carpets and other items.
There are a number of museums in Surabaya. The best museums to visit in the city arethe Museum Negeri Mpu Tantular or the Urban Historical Museum Surabaya and the Museum Rudi Isbandi or the Modern and contemporary art museum. The House of Sampoerna is a wonderful colonial house with a museum and an art gallery. The Surabaya Zoo and the Monumen Jalasveva Jayamahe or the Surabaya Seafront are great places to relax and enjoy views of nature.
Surabaya is a great place for shopping too. The city features a number of shopping malls and markets where visitors can find a wide variety of items. Some good shopping malls in Surabaya are Tunjungan Plaza, Galazy Mall, Surabaya Town Square, and Grand City Mall. The Square, Golden City Mall, ITC, Darmo Trade Center and Jembatan Merah Plaza are also good places for shopping.
Surabaya is served by the Juanda Airport, which is one of the important airports in Indonesia. There are airport buses that drop travelers off at the Bungurasih bus station. Taxis are also available at the airport and a trip to the city center costs around 7-10 USD.
There are a number of halal restaurants in Surabaya. The best Muslim-friendly restaurants in Surabaya are Ayam Bakar Primarasa, Bumbu Desa Restaurant, Javana Ikan Bakar and Seafood, Restoran Simpang Raya, Woroeng Podojoyo, etc.
There are several mosques in Surabaya. Some of the well-known mosques in Surabaya include Al-Akbar Mosque, Ampel Mosque, Masjid Haji Muhammad Cheng Hoo, Masjid Nurul Huda, Masjid Al-Quddus, Masjid At Taqwa, etc.