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

Medan is the largest city in North Sumatra, and the third largest city in the country with a population of approximately 1.8 million.


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.


Pineapple Preschool & KindergartenPineapple Preschool & Kindergarten
Graha Metropolitan Complex No. E-1
Jalan Kapten Sumarsono
Helvetia, Medan
North Sumatra
Tel. (62-61) 800-30-607 or (62) 811-654-8855
Email  [email protected]
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Pineapple Preschool & Kindergarten specializes in providing Early Childhood Education in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. We utilize a scientifically based and internationally recognized method designed by Dr. Maria Montessori to provide rich academic, social, physical and cultural experiences that build confidence, encourage independence, and awaken the full potential of each student. Pineapple Preschool and Kindergarten is one of Indonesia’s well-established early childhood education institutions. The curriculum helps children to learn independence at an early age and students are expected to learn at their own pace. At Pineapple, we are proud to offer children opportunities to reach their full potential through the Montessori method.

Ecole France Telecom, Mission Laique Francaise
Jalan Letjen Jamin Ginding Km 10
PO Box 1190
MEDAN 20111
Tel. (061) 831-816

Medan Independent School
Jalan Tali Air No.5 / Jalan Jamin Ginting KM 10
Medan, Sumatra Utara 20141
Tel. (62-61) 836-1816

Curriculum - International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum from age 3 to 16 years old (Primary Years Programme / PYP and Middle Years Programme / MYP) and currently candidate of IB Diploma Programme in 2017-2018 intake. 
Gerald Donovan, Principal

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

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

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


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. Tel. +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 Tel. 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
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 they provide reliable reviews.


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
Gudang Garam Beach, Klang Putih, Pantai Cermin
Sun Plaza Ice Skating
Crocodile Farm

Graha Helvetia Komp. Graha Helvetia
Setia Budi Komp. Setia Budi
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

Services in English. Services are held in the chuch building.

International Church Medan
Cambridge City Square
Level LG B-03 (entrance from drop-off area)
Jl. S.Parman No. 217 
Medan 20152
Tel. 0813.6295.9694
Email [email protected]
Facebook page Instgram page


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


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


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
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


Other Sites with Information on Medan

Medan, Sumatran & Indonesian News for Expats - Facebook page


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 January 16, 2017

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