Late Night Guide: Padang
Nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Minangkabau hills, Padang is the capital of the West Sumatra province and serves as a gateway to popular regional attractions such as the Kerinci Highlands, the beautiful surfing spots in the Mentawai Islands, and the magnificent Bukittinggi hills. Being a transport hub for these amazing sights, Padang offers an excellent selection of affordable accommodation and an exciting culinary scene.
The city is filled with authentic restaurants and street carts serving their unique Padang cuisine, as well as chic bars which offer some good old comfort food. You’ll be spoiled for choice when going through the delicious dining options that are available in the city all through the night. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a comprehensive Late Night Guide to tackle the must-eats and must-dos in this fabulous city!
RM Lamun Ombak
Jl. Khatib Sulaiman, Padang 25124, Indonesia
Opening hours: 7.30AM to 10.00PM, Mon to Sun
When in Padang, it would be an absolute shame if you miss out on eating the famed Nasi Padang! Fluffy steamed rice served with a variety of pre-cooked savory dishes (from meats to vegetables to spicy sauces!), Nasi Padang is undeniably one of Sumatra’s greatest contribution to Indonesian cuisine.
One of Padang’s most established chain of restaurants, many have said that RM Lamun Ombak serves the “original taste of Nasi Padang”. While that’s a hefty claim, this well-known restaurant, which is located all over Padang City, does not disappoint when it comes to quality and the large selection of authentic dishes it has to offer.
Let’s be honest. Everyone has the same problem when faced with a Nasi Padang menu; there’s simply too many dishes to choose from! While you can’t go wrong with a serving of beef rendang (beef cooked in coconut milk and spices), we highly recommend trying one of RM Lamun Ombak’s signature dishes – the Ikan Balado (fish cooked in a hot spice mixture).
Balado sauce is commonly prepared by stir-frying red hot chili peppers, garlic, shallots, tomatoes and lime juice in coconut oil before mixing in the main ingredient. At RM Lamun Ombak, their Ikan Balado is special as it’s made with a secret Balado sauce recipe.
If you can take the heat, this dish is a must try. But if you’d like something a little milder on your tastebuds, you definitely won’t be disappointed with the other dishes on the menu.
Sate Pondok Danguang Danguang Asli
Jalan Tepi Pasang, Kampung Pondok, Padang Barat, Kp. Pd., Padang Bar., Kota Padang, Sumatera Barat 25134, Indonesia
Opening hours: 5.00PM to 10.00PM, Mon to Thu & 5.00PM to 12.00AM, Fri to Sun
Your Padang food experience won’t be complete without a taste of their delicious sate padang. These Padang-style meat skewers are unlike any other. While the regular sate is usually accompanied by a tasty peanut sauce, sate padang is served with a unique yellow sauce made with turmeric that can only be found in Padang. Besides turmeric, the thick yellow sauce is prepared with a mix of rice flour, beef and offal broth, and a variety of aromatic spices to make the flavors truly pop.
Try these amazing meat skewers for yourself at Sate Pondok Danguang Danguang Asli. The heavenly combination of flavors from the marinated meat and the special dipping sauce makes this the perfect snack for a late night pick-me-up!
Bat & Arrow Beer Garden
Jl. Batang Arau, Kp. Pd., Padang Bar., Kota Padang, Sumatera Barat, Indonesia
Opening hours: 2.00PM to 3.00AM
If you’re looking for cool place to chill and hang out with your friends in Padang, look no further. Located in the ruins of an old abandoned hotel that was destroyed in an earthquake, the Bat & Arrow Beer Garden might look a little intimidating at first with its grungy rundown exterior. However, once you step inside, you’ll find that it has a unique, eclectic atmosphere that’s cozy and welcoming.
This edgy beer garden attracts both locals and tourists alike with its fine selection of food, cold beers and great music. You should definitely try their authentic homemade pizzas which incorporates great Indonesian flavors. Nothing like pizza and beer to round off an amazing night with your friends.
Christine Hakim Idea Park
Jalan Adinegoro No. 11 A, Padang Sarai, Koto Tangah, Padang Sarai, Koto Tangah, Padang Sarai, Koto Tangah, Kota Padang, Sumatera Barat 25713, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8.00AM to 10.00PM
Take a break from all that food and visit Christine Hakim Idea Park to cool down at the first ice skating rink in West Sumatra. Have fun while working off some of those calories at the same time. If you’ve never skated before, don’t worry! The park has reliable instructors to guide you through the rink, so you’ll be a pro in no time. Watch out, Kim Yuna!
Jl. Samudera, Purus, Padang Bar., Kota Padang, Sumatera Barat 25115, Indonesia
There are many great surfing sites in Padang but one of the popular hot spots for surfers has to be Padang Beach, also known as Pantai Padang. For first time surfers, you can learn to surf in the shallow waters. While the seasoned surfers glide through the waters effortlessly, it’s definitely not as easy as it looks to balance on the surfboard. Don’t let that deter you, though! Keep practising and you’ll get the hang of it eventually.
Catch some waves at this beautiful beach in the morning, or just relax to take in the breath-taking view of the sunset in the evening.
Home to one of the best Indonesian cuisines, including the legendary Nasi Padang, the vibrant city of Padang won’t ever leave you feeling hungry or bored. With countless of places to explore and a variety of food to eat, it’s safe to say that a holiday to Padang will be a pleasantly memorable experience.