Malioboro is the most famous street in Yogyakarta. Located in the heart of Yogyakarta, this is the city’s main street, and was once the ceremonial avenue for the Sultan to pass through on his way to and from the Kraton. During such occasions Malioboro would be festively decorated with flowers. Some say that the name Malioboro” derives from the name of the British governor Marlborough from the era when Britain ruled the archipelago, between 1811-1816.
Malioboro is within walking distance from Stasiun Tugu (Tugu Railway Station).
You can get here on foot or ride a becak (pedicab) or the ubiquitous four-wheeled horse-drawn carts called “andong”.
Malioboro is taken from Sanskrit language which means garland. First, the street that persists lengthwise toward the palace gate Ngayogyakarta always filled with a bouquet of flowers if the palace held the event. Because it is given the name of Malioboro street (garland). Malioboro is an Icons of Yogyakarta which provides various kinds of souvenirs of Yogyakarta. On both sides of Street Malioboro, there are many historic buildings, including Fort Vredeburg and Great House; and well known as a place to be visited by great artists and cultural communities and you will also find Yogyakarta’s oldest hotel, the Garuda Hotel, built in Dutch colonial architecture
Near the north gate of the Keraton or palace are grand Dutch colonial buildings that are now the Central Post Office and the Bank Dagang Negara. Walking further north is the well laid out State Guest House, which was once the home of the Dutch Resident, but which after Independence became the presidential palace when Yogya was the capital of the young Republic. President Soekarno stayed here between 1946-1949.
Along the street, you may find Yogyakarta’s crowded main market “Beringharjo Market” where you can buy batik and souvenirs at cheap prices. If you’re after some batik to take home as a souvenir, then Malioboro is the right place for you. From house dresses to formal batik wear, this street has them all. Batik can also be made into bags, table cloths, bed sheets, pillow covers, curtains, and a whole lot more.
While steeped in history, today, Malioboro is the place to come to shop. It packed with shops selling curiosities, and street vendors offering souvenirs at affordable prices, so you’re bound to find something of interest in this street. The hunt for souvenirs while walking on the shoulder of the road where hundreds of street hawkers are there to sell their traditional products, ranging from local handicrafts such as batik, rattan ornament, leather puppets, bamboo crafts (key chains, decorative lamps, etc.) also blangkon ( known as Javanese hat / Yogyakarta), and also silver jewelry and silver-plated items can be found there. It is recommended to ask around for directions to Kotagede, where the silver workshop center is located. Malioboro is the place to buy souvenirs with jewelry, bags, keychains, posters as well as a lot more that you’ll find here.
At night, the street comes alive with merchants opening up tents serving all kinds of local cuisine such as Yogyakarta’s traditional food gudeg. For those who want to pamper your mouth with the other menus, there are also pigeons fried / grilled, pecel catfish, sea food, cuisine Padang and various other unique meals. Street singers will entertain with songs hits or memorable songs and you need to sit down cross-legged in the tents, which the locals refer to as “lesehan”. Enjoy your meal while taking in Malioboro’s vibrant nightlife. It’s an experience you shall not forget.
The best way to take in the sights of Malioboro is on foot. Stalls and stores line up the streets. You won’t need a car when the next stall to browse is right next door. There are so many wares to choose from here, that you just might need to return the next day to finish all your shopping.