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An article written by an expat who lives in Medan - Strange Encounters in Medan by a Singaporean

Housing

There are some high rise apartment buildings in Medan, but most expats live in houses in major housing complexes. The housing areas that are popular with expats include: Setia Budi , Bumi Asri, and Cemara Asri complexes.

Cemara Asri is a self-contained housing estate with its own security guards and amenities. There is a swimming pool, tennis and badminton courts and even a football field. The lastest edition to this estate is the Go-Cart. There are several Rumah Makan in the estate but they operate mainly only at night.

Dining Out - Places to Eat

Western Restaurants

Medan Club & Pub on Jalan Kartini. Good food, decent prices.
O’Flaherty’s, Jl. Padang Golf (Favourite hangout for Caucasian expats on Friday nights)
The Traders, Jl. Kapt.Patimura No. 423, Tel. 4531881
Music Café, Medan Mall 4th storey
Trattoria near the Indian consulate has good Italian food.
Bakerzin, Jl. Teungku Daud No. 9 Medan. (061) 451-9021
Roland's German Restaurant - Jl. Setia Budi No. 262, Medan - (061) 821-4379
Prime's Steak, JW.Marriot Hotel
Havana Cuban Kafe, Jl. Sei Bingei No,11/13, Medan - (061) 4521456
Bel Mondo, Jl. KH. Zainal Arifin No. 122 B - Medan - (061) 451-745
Harbour9 Dining & Bar, Forum 9 Building, Jl. Listrik No. 9, Medan

Japanese Food

Grand Angkasa Hotel
Itcho Sun Plaza
Sushi Tei, Jl. Teuku Daud No. 6/12. Medan 20152. Telephone +62 61 4515236 & Sun Plaza
Wasabi Nami, Capital Building Lt.6, Jl. Putri Hijau No.1A, Medan  061-4555757
Takigawa, Jl. A. Rifai No. 4, Medan. 061-4147976

Chinese Food

Asian Delight Jl. Asia
Jl Pemuda
Jl. Pegadaian
Jumbo Seafood, Jl. Putri Hijau No.8ABCD, Tel.4525653
Merak Jingga, Jl. P.Merak Jingga No.7, Tel.4562505
Nelayan, Jl. Gudang No.39, Tel.6613081
Ria, Jl. Letjend.Haryono MT No.11-15, Tel.4575666
Sheraton Seafood, Jl. Orion No.95-103, Tel.4526244
Warisan, Jl. Pemuda No.34-36, Tel.4519454
Wisma Benteng, Jl. Kapt.Maulana Lubis No.6, Tel.4513000
Rumah Makan 83, Jl. A.Yani No. 83
Duck King, Cambridge Mall -
Crystal Jade, Angkasa Hotel
Jade Restaurant, JW.Marriot Hotel

Thai Food

Sawasdee Thai Restaurant. Jl. Multatuli Raya no 36-37 blok FF Telp: 061-4570268
Jittlada, Cambridge Mall.

Nice Cafes to Hangout

Roemah Kopi Wak Nur, next to Trattoria (same owner)
Kok Tung, Sun Plaza
QQ Cafe, Sun Plaza
Coffee Box, Sun Plaza
Starbucks, Sun Plz and Cambridge
Excelsso
Dome
Opal Cafe

Indonesia Food

Warisan Tempoe Doeloe, Jl. Abdullah Lubis
Desa Desa, Jl.Setiabudi

Roadside Stalls (warung)

Semarang. Jl. Semarang
Selat Panjang. Jl. Selat Panjang

What are special regional food dishes from Medan?

Bika Ambon, Jl. Mojopahit
Marquisa, Jl. Mojopahit
Jambu Klutuk, Pasar Ramai
Asinan Mangga Pasar Ramai
Teri Pasar Sambu
Bolu Gulung, Jl. Meranti
Durian (found everywhere in season), meranti cake, jambu tenteng, markisa and terung belanda

More information for foodies can be found at www.makanmana.net they provide reliable reviews.

Recreation

Movie Theaters:
Cinema21 at Sun Plaza
Cinema21 at Thamrin Plaza
Cinema 21 Hermes Place Shopping Mall

English Soccer School
Bukit Lawang Orang Utan in the wild (Not sure whether still around after the great flood)
Brastagi Mikie Holiday Fun Land & Sitongging Waterfall
Lake Toba Samosir Island, TukTuk Island, Marina Island,
Beach Gudang Garam, Klang Putih, Pantai Cermin
Sun Plaza Ice Skating
Crocodile Farm

Golf:
Graha Helvetia Komp. Graha Helvetia
Setia Budi Komp. Setia Budi
Tuntungan
Martabe
Tanjung Morawa

Health Clubs:
Clark Hatch Grand Angkasa Hotel
Emerald Gardenia Hotel
Best Western Hotel
Novotel Soechi Hotel
Polonia Hotel
Tiara Hotel
Celebrity, Sun Plaza
MyLife Gym, Cambridge Mall

Religious Services

Wesley Methodist Chuch
Jl. Sultan Agung No. 9
Medan

Services in English. Services are held in the chuch building. For more information, facebook.com/wesleymcmedan

Shopping

Shopping Centers

Cambridge attached to Swissbell Hotel
Plaza Medan Fair CarreFour, Matahari
Sun Plaza Sogo, Ace Hardware Shop, Gramedia, Pirated DVD, VCD and computer software, Gift shops
Medan Mall Matahari
Thamrin Plaza Matahari
Ramayana Plaza

Supermarkets

Carrefour Plaza Medan Fair
Berastagi Supermarket, Jl. Gatot Subroto
Makro, Jl. Gatot Subroto (requires membership card for entry)
Sogo Sun Plaza

Mr. Ben's, Jl. Muara Takus, a tiny grocery store, but full of imported goods. It has been long voted as the favourite place for expats to shop.

Macan Yaohan - located at Medan Mall, P. Brayan, Merak Jingga, Iskandar Muda, Aksara, Sukaramai, and Katamso

Specialty Shops

Sports and Music Equipment, Jl Ahmad Yani (Kesawan Square)
Window Curtains, Jl Pemiagaan (Near to Kesawan Square)
Men’s Tailor, Jl Pemuda Baru
Aquarium Fish, Jl Thamrin

Chinese Delicacies - Bird Nest, Dried Sea Cucumber, Dried Scallops, Shark Fins, Abalone
Toko Terang, Jl Semarang No 82, Tel. 4572362

Schooling

Ecole France Telecom, Mission Laique Francaise
Jalan Letjen Jamin Ginding Km 10
PO Box 1190
MEDAN 20111
Tel : (061) 831 816
Fax : (061) 831 894
Email mismedan@idola.net.id

Medan International School
P.O. Box 1190
Medan, Sumatra Utara 20122
Phone (62-61) 836-1894, 836-1816
Fax (62-61) 836-1894
Email misadmin@mismedan.org
Website www.mismedan.org

Curriculum - American Levels - elementary and junior high school
Matthew Kirby, Principal

Singapore Indonesia School (SIS Medan)
Jl. Abdullah Lubis No. 14, Medan
Sumatera Utara 20153
Tel: (+62 61) 414 3308 / 49
Fax: (+62 61) 452 5328

Royal Sumatra Complex
Jl. Letjen Jamin Ginting Km. 8,5 Medan
Tel: (+62 61) 836 2880
Fax: (+62 61) 836 0148

Kinderland Preschool
Jl. Tumapel No. 12, Medan
Telp. (62-61) 451-6410, 451-0795

Medical Care

RS Columbia Asia - Jl. Listrik No.6, Tel. 456-6368
RS St. Elisabeth - Jl. H.Misbah No.7, Tel. 414-4737
Martha Friska Hospital, Jl. Multatuli, Komplek Taman Multatuli Indah No.1 Medan. (061) 4149666
Sumatera Eye Center,  Jl Sultan Iskandar Muda 278 Medan, (061) 4525058
Opening soon - Siloam hospital

Consular Offices / Cultural Centers

American Consulate
Jl. Walikota No. 13
Medan, North Sumatra
Tel. 061-415-2200
Fax 061-451-8711
Sean Stein, U.S. Consul for Sumatra

Netherlands Consulate
Jalan Cakrawati No. 12
Desa Aur - Medan Maimun
Medan 20151
Tel. +62-61-414 6306 / 455 7078
Fax +62-61-453 6130
Email conmednl@indosat.net.id

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Our thanks to Bin Hee Jum for his help in researching and compiling the information for this page and to Ines Lim for her extensive updates!

We are seeking additional information on the expatriate community in Medan. If you have information on community organizations, lifestyle, religious gatherings, etc. please share that information with us so that we can have it available for newcomers.

Last updated December 20, 2012.

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