Top 10 Tourist Attractions and Things To Do In Medan City Of Indonesia

The Medan city is another top tourist attraction in Indonesia has plenty of places to visit and things to do. It is basically the place from where you can reach the famous Lake Toba and the Village of Lawang. The place is mostly loved by tourists for delicious food, sightseeing, religious places, and many more.

In this article, we have listed the top 10 things to do in Medan that you can explore to make the most of your trip.

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Top 10 Things To Do In Medan City 

  1. Visit The Sipiso Piso Waterfall

    Sipiso Piso Waterfall
    Sipiso Piso Waterfall

A 400 ft tall waterfall and also one of the tallest waterfalls in Indonesia, the Sipiso Piso Water is an ideal place to visit with plenty of things to do in Medan City. As soon as you arrive here, you will be delighted by the beautiful scenic view that surrounds the waterfall. 

In order to get close to the water, you will be required to hike down which will take you around 30 to 40 minutes. The waterfall is actually coming from an underground river and then flows from the rock cave. 

Entry Fee: 5,000 IDR

How To Get There: In order to get here, hire a private car with a driver and reach here within 3.5 hours from Medan city which is only 1.5 km away from the Waterfall. 

2. Go For 7 Days 6 Night Tour at North Sumatra

North Sumatra
North Sumatra

Enjoy beautiful scenic views and breathtaking landscapes and get close to the wildlife on a 7 days tour at North Sumatra. Start your day 1 from the famous Merdeka Square then move forward to the old post office and enjoy a delicious meal at the vintage restaurant dating back to the 1930s. 

Spend your next day at Gunung Leuser National Park and leave the following day for Bukit Lawang Village with Jeep. In the last 4 days spot orangutans, spend your entire day at Samoisir Island, and then finish your trip. One of the best places to visit with a long list of things to do in Medan City. 

How To Get There: The best way to get to Sumatra from Medan is via flight. Take a flight from the Kuala Namu International Airport. 

3. Visit The Medan Grand Mosque

Medan Grand Mosque
Medan Grand Mosque

The famous site of pilgrimage in Medan, the Masjid Raya AL Mashun or Great Mosque of Medan situated just a few walking distances away from the Maimoon Palace. Built in the year 1909, the structure of this magnificent mosque was influenced by Arabian, Spanish as well as Indian architecture.

Before planning to visit here make sure you are wearing decent and non-revealing clothes including hijab for women and clothes that cover shoulder to for men. The Medan Grand Mosque is a worth visiting place for sightseeing in Medan.

Location: Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 

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4. Hike Tour At Mount Sibayak

Hiking Mount Sibayak

If you are looking for the most adventurous place in Medan then Mount Sibayak is the place you must visit. Mount Sibayak is a major tourist attraction Medan for hiker and nature lovers. Even a person with average fitness can hike these mountains which would hardly take about 5 hours to climb at the top.

Not only this, but you can also spend some time in the hot springs while hiking towards the top. Before planning to hike, make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes, warm clothes and be prepared for uneven weather conditions.  

How To Get There: There are two ways to reach Mount Sibayak, the first option is going from the Berastagi town which will take around 3 hours to reach the top. The other option is starting from Semangat Gunung which will hardly be 2 hours but the route is quite lofty as compared to the previous one.

5. Try Otten Coffee

Otten Coffee
Otten Coffee

If you are a coffee addict and love to taste one of the best coffees in Indonesia then do try the unique coffee at Otten Coffee. It is one and the only place in Medan that sells coffee beans as well as several coffee-making equipments. The place is mostly crowded and being a coffee lover you can easily fulfill your caffeine needs.

The atmosphere is quite joyful with welcoming staff that will assist you to find what you are looking for. As soon as you enter the shop you feel the strong aroma of coffee that will increase cravings for coffee.   

Location: Sekip, Kec. Medan Petisah, Medan City

6. Sun Plaza Shopping Center

Sun Plaza Shopping Center
Sun Plaza Shopping Center

The famous mall of Medan City and also regarded as the family mall, the Sun Plaza is a good place to shop for branded clothes. Here you will find outlets of various global brands such as H&M, Zara, Adidas, Nike, and others. Apart from clothing brands, you can also purchase several gadgets or mobile phones at much cheaper rates or at high discounts. 

Location: Madras Hulu, Kec. Medan Polonia

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7. Explore Rahmat International Wildlife Museum 

Wildlife Museum
Wildlife Museum

One of the major tourist attractions in Medan especially among archaeology lovers, the Wildlife Museum has a collection of several animals preserved from all over the world. Over 2,000 animal collections are arranged in an artistic manner in an air-filled space. The animal preserved you will be seeing is basically collected while hunting from the Rahamaty Shah.

Here you will see a collection of 5 large African animals including Cheetah, Elephant, Bull, Lion, and Rhino. Some other tourist attractions at the museum are Leopard, Tiger, Lion, Cheeta, and some endangered species. 

Entry Fee: 25,000 

Visit Hours: 9:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara

8. Get Away From The City Life At Lake Toba

Lake Tuba
Lake Tuba

Another beautiful landscape to explore along with things to do in Medan, Lake Tuba is a must-visit place for those who want to isolate themselves from the busy city life. Among the top activities, you can grab kayaking and explore the volcanic mountains surrounding the lake or relax in the natural hot springs at Pusuk Buhit. 

Lake Tuba is a worth visiting place in Medan as it will keep remained engaged in several activities while enjoying scenic views.  

Location: Sumatra

9. Visit the Historical Maimoon Palace 

Maimoon Palace
Maimoon Palace

The Royal Palace of the Deli Sultanate is one of the top historical sites in Indonesia. It was built in 1888 by the Sultan of Delhi, taking inspiration from the architectural design of Mogul, Malay and Italian. You can only visit the main room of this grand palace that features the inaugural throne. 

Here you can witness the great collection of the Royal Empire including furniture, family photographs, weapons, and several Dutch artifacts. The door of this palace is influenced by Spanish-style architecture while the floor marble has Dutch influence. 

Visiting Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: 5,000 IDR

How To Get There: Just a few walking distances away from the grand mosque of Medan and the International Wildlife Museum.

10. Taste the Delicious cuisine of Medan at Soto Kesawan 

Cuisine of Medan at Soto Kesawan
Cuisine of Medan at Soto Kesawan

Visit the Soto Kesawna restaurant to taste the delicious cuisines of Medan City. The most popular dish you can try here is the Soto Medan. Soto Medan is basically a thick soup having ingredients like coconut milk and shredded chicken or prawns. The best time to visit here is during the morning as the coconut milk tastes fresh at that time. 

How To Get There: A few walking distances away from the Tjong A Fie Mansion.

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