Ultimate Batam Destination Guide

Overview

Batam is an island and city in Riau Islands Province of Indonesia, known for its free trade zone area as part of the Sijori Growth Triangle. It is located 20 km (12.5 miles) off Singapore’s south coast. This 1,595 km² island has a population of 944,285 (2010).

The official language on the island is Indonesian, and due to the sizeable Chinese population, Chinese languages including Teochew, Hokkien and Mandarin are also spoken.

The indigenous community of Batam are ethnic Malays and they speak Malay in the Riau-Lingga accent which is also the accent of the Malays in Singapore and the Malaysian states of Pahang, Johor and Selangor.

Beginning in the 1970s, the island underwent a major transformation from a largely forested area into a major harbor and industrial zone. The island’s economy benefits from being close to Singapore, and, with lower labour costs and special government incentives, is the site of many factories operated by Singaporean companies. Shipbuilding and electronics manufacturing are major industries on the island; there are also several resorts and tourist destinations on the island. At the end of 2010 almost 58 percent of foreign tourists came from Singapore, followed by Malaysia at 13 percent. Most of the foreign tourists entered Batam through Singapore using ferry services as Batam has limited international flights.[3]

Tourist arrivals in Indonesia increased by 11.24 percent year-on-year to 1.29 million people in October of 2018 from 1.16 million in the same month a year earlier. Bali was the main destination (516 thousand), followed by Jakarta (243 thousand) and Batam (141 thousand).

Considering the first ten months of the year, tourist arrivals grew 11.92 percent compared to the same period a year ago to 13.24 million. Tourist Arrivals in Indonesia averaged 832831.29 from 2011 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 1536489 in July of 2018 and a record low of 548821 in January of 2011.

Under a framework signed in June 2006, Batam, along with parts of neighbouring Bintan and Karimun, are a part of a Special Economic Zone with Singapore; this zone eliminates tariffs and value-added taxes for goods shipped between Batam and Singapore.

Timezone

Batam is 1 hour behind Singapore time.

Ferry Terminals in Batam

There are 5 ferry terminals in Batam, namely Harbour Bay, Batam Center, Sekupang Nongsapura.

1. Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal

Harbour Bay Ferry terminal

Harbour Bay is the newest Terminal to be opened in Batam. Ferries travel daily on hourly intervals and more trips during peak period. It is just 45 minutes voyage between Singapore Harbour Front Centre and Batam Harbour Bay Terminal. It is only 10 minutes drive away from Batam main attraction, Nagoya City Center where there is a congregation of shopping malls, clubs and entertainment outlets around. Harbour Bay is developed by the government to become the centre to business and commerce.

Harbour Bay Terminal is part of a integrated development where hotels like SwissBel Harbour Bay, Zest, M1 Hotel and the first 5 Star Marriott Hotel (to be completed 2019) all within walking distance from the terminal.

It is connected to the newly built BayFront Mall, and a stone throw away from Harbour Bay Mall. It boasts the longest Seafood restaurants stretch situated by the coast.

The terminal also serves domestic ferry to the following:

– Riau Island

– Stulang Laut (Berjaya Waterfront Ferry Terminal) Johor Malaysia via Bistari Gemilang

Stulang Laut Ferry Terminal, is located at Stulang Laut in Johor Bahru. This ferry terminal is an official seaport as well as international entry point in Southern Malaysia. Thus, this ferry terminal serves sea transportation services to our neighbouring country, Indonesia including Batam and Bintan Island. The location of this ferry terminal is located within the duty-free complex, about 4 km away from Johor Bahru city centre.

The ferries operating in Stulang Laut Ferry Terminal are spacious, fully air-conditioned, and comfortable for public use. The ferries serve 1.5 hours trip to Batam Island (Batam Centre) along with 3 hours to Bintan Island (Tanjung Pinang).

Putri Harbor Johor Malaysia via Marine Hawk Ferry

2. Sekupang Ferry Terminal

Sekupang International Ferry Terminal is located on the north-western tip of Batam. It is approximately forty-five minutes voyage between Singapore HarbourFront Centre and Sekupang International Ferry Terminal. Ferries travel daily on frequent intervals and more trips during peak period.

Besides the Sekupang Ferry Terminal is the Domestic Ferry Terminal, where ferry connection to other Sumatra destinations and other Riau Islands west of Batam such as Karimum and Kundur Island.

It is approximately 30 minutes by taxi from Sekupang International Ferry Terminal to Nagoya town or 15 minutes to Waterfront City Ferry Terminal (Teluk Senimba). Resorts provide shuttle bus services to pick up / drop off at the Ferry terminal.

3. NongsaPura Ferry Terminal

NongsaPura Ferry Terminal is located at the north-eastern tip of Batam in the Nongsa River. It is just forty-five minutes voyage between Singapore Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and NongsaPura Batam. Ferries travel daily on frequent intervals and more trips during peak period.

It is just a few minutes by taxi from NongsaPura Ferry Terminal to nearby resorts and approximately 35 minutes to Nagoya town or 15 minutes to Batam Hang Nadim Airport.

The Resorts provide shuttle bus services to pick up / drop off at the Ferry terminal.

Nongsa is the main tourist attraction, where the resorts and golf courses are situated.

You may enjoy your golf games at Palm Spring Golf Resort and Tering Bay Golf Resort. At the end of the promontory is the small Nongsa River, which is to be preserved in its natural state.

4. Batam Centre Ferry Terminal

Batam Centre Ferry Terminal is located at the centre of Batam. It is 60 to 70 minutes voyage between Singapore HarbourFront Centre and Batam Centre Terminal.

It is just 30 minutes by taxi from Batam Centre Ferry Terminal to Nagoya town or Batam Hang Nadim Airport.

 

Main Tourist area in Batam

There are a handful of things to do in Batam. A lot of people go there for a golfing weekend. If you take the ferry to Nongsapura (leave from Tanah Merah), there are a few pretty decent hotels where you can relax, eat pretty good food, swim, or sit on the beach.

Nagoya City Center

Nagoya derived its name historically from the Japanese occupation during WW II, and the main town is still called Nagoya.

It is a congregation of hotels, shopping malls, nightlife and entertainment into 1 area.

It’s only 10 minutes drive away from Harbour Bay Terminal.

Nongsa Coast and the Waterfront City area

Each beach on Batam Island has it own characteristics, though the northeast peninsula of Nongsa coast and the Waterfront city are the best known to Batam visitors. Only one hour’s drive from Harbour Bay, you will find a perfect spot to bake in the sun on the beach or to splash in the crystal-clear sea water. Many resorts and clubs provide water sport activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, speed boating, windsurfing, snorkeling, canoeing, and much more. The Waterfront City is also a perfect spot for you to enjoy a seafood lunch or dinner.

Harbour Bay Downtown

This newly developed area is gaining popularity among tourist and locals. It is one of the first integrated development in Batam. With a revamped ferry terminal, shopping malls such as BayFront and Harbour Bay Mall, seafood restaurants by the coast, entertainment outlets, spas and hotels, it is a perfect gate way for tourist to experience Batam.

The first 5 star Marriott Hotel overlooking the ocean is also due for completion late 2019.

Nearby Islands

If you seek something less crowded and more tranquil, head to Melur Beach on Galang Island; Sembulang Beach on Rempang Island or Pulau Petong Island. Both secluded beaches have been developed for tourism since 2000, though they still retain a calm and warm atmosphere due to the small number of visitors.

Arrival procedure for Passenger going from

Singapore HarbourFront centre to Batam The departure hall is located on the second floor in Harbourfront Centre, right beside Breadtalk. Separate queues are provided for international passengers (Foreigners) and Singapore citizens and residents (Singaporeans).

• Foreigners are required to complete an immigration card before proceeding to immigration

• Singaporeans are welcome to use the Enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (EIACS) to clear immigration After immigration, all passengers are required to collect their baggage from the baggage claim hall before proceeding to customs for clearance.

Singapore Customs Clearance

Please use the Green Channel for your baggage clearance if you do not have controlled or prohibited items to declare and have not exceeded your Duty Free Concession or GST relief.

Please use the Red Channel if you have items to declare or if in doubt

Alcohol Allowance

If you are above 18 years of age, traveled from countries other than Malaysia and have spent 48 hours or more outside Singapore immediately before your arrival, you are granted the following duty-free concessions for liquors:

Option          Spirits          Wine          Beer

A                        1L                 1 L             1 L

B                          –                  2 L             1 L

C                          –                  1 L             2 L

If you are a bona fide crew member, you will be granted duty-free concession on 0.25litre of spirits, and either 1 litre of wine or 1 litre of beer.

Cigarettes Allowance There is no duty-free concession for Tobacco, including cigarettes and cigars. Such dutiable goods should be declared. (For more information on GST Relief and other Duty-Free Concession, please visit Singapore Customs’ website @ http://www.customs.gov.sg)

If in doubt, always seek clearance at the Red Channel.

Cash Allowance Any person entering or leaving Singapore with physical currency or bearer negotiable instruments (CBNI)* that has a total value exceeding SGD 20,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency) is required to fill up the Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Report (Traveller) or NP727 form .

The Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Report (Traveller) form is available at:

– Singapore checkpoints

– Police establishments

Completed forms are to be submitted at the Customs Red Channel on arrival in Singapore, and at the immigration counters on departure from Singapore.

Further information can be found HERE.

GST Import Relief Bona-fide traveller who is not a holder of a work permit, employment pass, student pass, dependent pass or long-term pass, will be given GST relief on new articles, souvenirs, gifts and food preparations (excluding intoxicating liquors, tobacco and petroleum products) up to the following value shown in the table below:

Please be informed that the above relief is granted on an individual basis and is not applicable if the goods are brought in for trade, commercial or business purposes, or carried on behalf of other persons. For goods exceeding the eligible GST relief, travellers are required to make payment for the taxes at the Customs Tax Counter before exiting the Green/Red Channel. Further information on customs clearance and procedures can be found @ http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trav/Customs+Clearance+Procedure. htm.

Singapore Cruise Centre Regional Ferry Terminal

The Singapore Cruise Centre is a Cruise Terminal located in the south of Singapore in the vicinity of HarbourFront Centre and in Kappel Harbour, overlooking the beauty of Sentosa Island. Singapore Cruise Centre is 0.2 kilo metre from Vivo City Shopping Mall and HarbourFront Centre.

Singapore Cruise Centre was rapidly developed in the late 90s and early 21st century. Its comprises two Terminals, namely the International Passenger Terminal (IPT) and the Regional Ferry terminal (RFT).

Singapore Cruise Centre is the main entry point for cruise ships and regional ferries entering to and departing from Singapore. All travellers arriving by sea have to pass through its gates eventually for embarkation. The adjoining Regional Ferry Terminal is the main access point to neighbour Indonesia Island, such as Batam & Karimum.

BatamFast depart daily to Batam various Ferry Terminal, please refer to home page for departure schedule.

You may take any of the following transportation to Singapore Cruise Centre:

Public Buses – Bus number 10, 30, 65, 80, 93, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166, 188 & 855MRT – Take a North-East line MRT rail system and alight at HarbourFront Station.Cab – Taxi bays are located at various points of HarbourFront Centre and Vivo City.

Opposite the Cruise Centre is the Resorts World Sentosa, and is easily accessible via reliable, convenient and extremely affordable modes of transportation i.e. bus number RWS8, The Sentosa express, cable car, cabs and cars. One can also take a leisurely stroll on boardwalk from Vivo City Shopping Mall to the Resort.

Official Batam Ferry Terminal

Batam Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal is 1 of the 4 ferry terminals and the nearest from Singapore HarbourFront Centre. It is approx 35 minutes ferry ride away via Horizon Fast Ferry with trips almost every hour. Since its opening in 2006, it has been serving an average of 45,000 visitor coming from Singapore every month. It is a international terminal with ferry services to Riau island to Tanjung Balai Karimun and Stulang Laut Johor Malaysia. 

With the new Custom Auto Gate clearance in place, there will be less queue and more time for shopping!  Only Indonesian and foreigner with KITAS documentation are eligible. 

There are shopping malls, hotels, entertainment, Spa/massage centres, seafood restaurant and office tower all located within walking vicinity. Connecting to the terminal, Bayfront Mall houses many shops such as cafes, restaurant, spa/massage centers, kueh lapis bakeries and stalls selling Batam local delights.

Harbour Bay terminal interior
Excelso Harbour Bay
ESKA Wellness Spa Massage & Salon Harbour Bay
Morning Bakery Bayfront

The Promenade

Walking distance away from the terminal, is Promenade, an area by the ocean line with clubs, restaurant cafes and bars. It has a buzzing nightlife with locals raving their sports cars as they party throughout the night. Those with family can visit the numerous seafood restaurant, serving the freshest catch from around the Riau region.

Harbour Bay Terminal interior

Accomodation

Many international hotels lies within the terminal such as Marriott Batam, Zest Hotel, Swissbel HarbourBay, M1 hotel, Habour Bay Hotel and many more. The terminal is a gateway to many attractions in Batam. It is 10 minutes drive away from Batam main tourist spot, Nagoya City Center. Ezy Taxi from the terminal is offering a flat rate of RP30,000 (SGD 3) to reach anywhere within the yellow zone in the map below. That includes most of the city area in Batam.

Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal Map

Singapore Public Holidays for 2019

The dates of the 11 gazetted public holidays for 2019 are as follows:

Singapore Public Holiday dates

New Year’s Day 1 Jan 2019 Tuesday

Chinese New Year 5 Feb 2019 Tuesday 6 Feb 2019 Wednesday

Good Friday 19 Apr 2019 Friday

Labour Day 1 May 2019 Wednesday

Vesak Day 19 May 2019* Sunday

Hari Raya Puasa 5 Jun 2019 Wednesday

National Day 9 Aug 2019 Friday

Hari Raya Haji 11 Aug 2019 *Sunday

Deepavali 27 Oct 2019 *Sunday

Christmas Day 25 Dec 2019 Wednesday

* The following Monday will be a public holiday.

With these 11 public holidays that was god given bestowed upon us, we multiplied that 11 days to 48 days of NO WORK!

Singapore Public Holiday 2019 guide

9-Day Weekend Long Holiday Opportunities. Better apply your leave fast!

Month                                 Dates                            Leaves to Take

Feb                                      2 – 10 Feb                             3 days

April / May                     27 April – 5 May                      4 days

June                                    1 – 9 June                              4 days

Dec                                   21 – 29 Dec                             4 days

Some of these 9-day long holiday opportunities fell on both June and December holidays!

Good for parents to maximise their annual leave to cater for school holidays.

Top 10 Cafes in Batam that are Instagram worthy

1. Anchor Café and Roastery

We start our glide through the Batam cafe scene with Anchor Cafe and Roastery. In a word, “pretty food.” Okay, that’s two words, but they both fit. The details make this place, and they nail it, from the perfectly topped cupcakes to the perfectly roasted gourmet coffee beans (which, by the way, are roasted on site by their very own miniature dragon, and, okay, not true, but I bet if you asked them for dragon-roasted coffee, they’d do their best.)

Anchor is started by a American expat who likes southern food. The portion is big and tasty, they made it American size. The coffee is roasted in house and the beans are ethically source thoughout the different regions in Indonesia and Asia.

On the weekend, you could spot a big expat gathering and you realise there is a big community over here. It’s a good hang out place and we spend hours away talking to people from different background. 

Anchor Cafe and Roastery Interior
Anchor Cafe and Roastery food

They should have named it The Sails, or The Albatross, because there’s nothing Anchor-y about this place. It’s light and breezy. Maybe the Anchor means you will feel like staying there forever. Which you might. I did. Even though I didn’t.

Anchor Cafe and Roastery burger

Must try: Sweet & Smoky Barbecue Sandwich ($10+) and Fireplace Coffee ($3+)

Opening Hours :Monday Closed | Tuesday – Thursday : 8am – 6pm | Friday – Sunday : 8am – 8pm

Web: http://www.anchorcafeandroastery.com Contact Phone : +62 812 7070 2210 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 10 mins drive to Kepri Mall for shopping and movies

20 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Dermaga Culinary Paradise RF No. 11, Sukajadi, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Riau 29444, Indonesia (open in google map)

2. Chemistree Cafe

Chemistree Cafe

One of Batam’s best kept non-secrets, Chemistree Cafe. A two-floored coffee and eatery. So, basically, everything-ery. And all done well, very hipstery, comforty, and woody (lots of wooden beams and trees and plants, which is cool, although you’re kind of showing the trees their dead cousins.)

Chemistree Cafe interior
Chemistree Cafe food

The place makes a nice instgram post and many influenceer is spotted always in this cafe. They have live music at night. Also done well. Music-y. I hung out and ate and sipped on both floors, and was… ( can I say “floored”? I mean, I know I can, but will you just quit reading on me if I do? I’m taking the chance). I was floored. Go. Pick a floor. Or pick both floors. Or start on the upper floor and repel down. They won’t care. They’re too busy making great coffee and awesome food.

Must try: Hotplate Meatball

Opening Hours : EveRyday 8am – 12am

Web: www.facebook.com/chemistreecafebatam

Contact Phone : +62 778 4086547

Email : nil

What to do next: 10 min drive to Mega mall centre for shopping and movies.

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Raja H. Fisabilillah No.12B, Tlk. Tering, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

3. Sum Craft Tea Cafe

Pounce Cafe

So the first thing about Sum Craft Tea, it’s in a Mall, and you’ll probably think, “No way a mall has a solid cafe,” and you will be — wait for it — wrong! How’s that feel, to be wrong? It feels wrong, am I right? Located in Bayfront Mall in Harbour Bay Terminal (Beside KFC and in front of the taxi stand ), Sum is co owned by a Korean Owner intending to bring the korean vibe and flavour into their Boba Tea.

House Car Mr Jingles.

Been there on the weekend and it is really crowded. Serving different types of Boba and fruit tea, be sure to their their Signature Crunchy Brown Sugar Series. Their pearls are specially infused with Gula Melaka and Brown Sugar. Very different from your usual ones back in Singapore. 

Matcha Berry Marble Latte is really good. The Strawberry and Matcha blends so well together with their transparent pearl topping.

The black Charcoal Fresh milk, which you don’t find in Singapore but really popular in Korea is really good too. All their milk tea uses fresh milk.

Must try: Crunchy Brown Sugar Milk Tea ( 3 SGD+ ),  Charcoal Fresh Milk ( 2 SGD +) and Matcha Berry Marble Latte (3 SGD +).

Opening Hours : Mondays: 12pm till 8pm | Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 830pm

Web: https://www.facebook.com/sumcrafttea/

Contact Phone : +62 821-7042-0059 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Situated in Bayfront Mall, you can shop around for Kueh Lapis or Eska Spa on the second floor.

In Bayfront Mall, Harbour Bay Terminal, beside KFC and in front of the Taxi Stand.

Address: Harbour Bay Complex, Jodoh River, Batu Ampar, Batam City, Riau Islands, Indonesia (open in google map)

4. Roasteree Cafe & Roastery

I’ll say this about the Roasteree — they like their art big! If you have four hours to kill, go through every piece of the mural behind their stage, it’s gorgeous, it’s worth it, and it’s big! The ambiance is what makes RC&R, it’s got a darkish, Edgar Allen Poe on a laptop feel that I appreciated.

Roasteree Cafe & Roastery
Roasteree Cafe & Roastery food

But there’s also the contrast of the live entertainment on the rooftop, which is pure jam, and the bands they pick are always spot on. Plus, they use the word “roast” twice in their name! You can’t get more roasty than that. And they have a sign that says, “Sorry, No Internet. Talk to Each Other.” Perfect. I like my coffee with some snark in it. Well done, roast roast.

Must try: Rosmunich

Opening Hours: Everyday: 6pm – 2am

Web: https://www.facebook.com/roasteree?utm_source=tripadvisor&utm_medium=referral

Contact Phone : +62 778 741 8695 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Short drive to Batam City Square for shopping and movies

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

5. Tea Box Café

5. Tea Box Café
5. Tea Box Café food

The Tea Box Cafe is a place your Mom would love. Do you know why? Because it was founded by eleven — yes, eleven! — mothers, who combined their absolute best recipes and motherly motherness to create some of the greatest food you’ll ever find at a cafe. Their Squid Ink pasta tasted so fresh with the right amount of spice. Their Cannelloni have a hearty soulful taste to it. (I don’t even know what that is, and I’m too lazy to Google it.) Also, there are also sorts of motherly sayings and advices painted on the walls throughout the TBC, and none of them make you feel guilty

Must try: Squid Ink Spaghetti (SGD 5 plus) CANNELLONI (SGD 3.5 plus)

Opening Hours: Everyday: 7am – 9pm

Web:http://www.facebook.com/t.boxcafe/

Contact Phone : +62 778 408 0149 Email :nil

What to do next: Short drive to Kepri Mall for shopping , ktv and movies 

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Ruko Khazanah Blok R No. 8-9, Jl. Sudirman, Sukajadi, Batam Kota, Sukajadi, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444

(open in google map)

6. One Dozen Cafe ( previously known as Kopi Raya)

One Dozen Café

Next up, go crab crazy at One Dozen Cafe (not sure how you go crab crazy, maybe you run around making pincher hands, covered in butter — hey, it’s your meal). Seriously, the seafood is so fresh it will wink at your Dad and kiss your Mama. The chilli crab has its own unqiue Indonesian taste to it. Affordable, well-presented, and comfy, One Dozen serves great coffee, and there’s alcohol in the alcoholic drinks! Come on, get crabby. You know you want to do that pincher hand thing.

One Dozen Café chili crab
One Dozen Café sunny side up

Must try: chilli crab ($25+ for 4 pax) and Sunny Setup ice cream (tbc)

Opening Hours: Everyday: 8am – 11pm

Web:http://www.facebook.com/onedozencafe/

Contact Phone : +62 778 749 4479 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 10 min drive to Mega mall centre for shopping and movies

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Ruko Mahkota Raya Blok F No. 8, Jl. Fisabilillah, Tlk. Tering, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

7. Hook Coffee Shop

Hook Coffee Shop

What’s a pirate’s favorite coffee? Who cares, they’re pirates, they’re not supposed to have it good! But you are, and you will at Hook Coffee. Nautically themed all the way down to a see-through floor with crocodiles beneath your feet! Okay, that does not exist, and besides, there are no sea crocodiles, you should know that.

Hook Coffee Shop

But you know what there is at Hook Coffee? Black Pizza with Carbonara Sauce. Sorry, Carrrrrrrbonara Sauce. And there are awesome coffees from Flores and Mandheling and other sundry exotic locations. And Italian, Western, and Indonesian edibles from a menu that would turn Blackbeard’s beard blue with envy. One trip to Hook and you’re sure to get, um, er — hooked! There, I said it.

Must try: Black pizza

Opening Hours: Everyday: 8am – 11pm

Web:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hook%20Coffee%20Shop%20Tembesi/1196330843846268/

Contact Phone : +62 812-9587-5845 Email : nil

What to do next: 10 min drive to Batam City Square for shopping and movies

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Bunga Raya, Batu Selicin, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444

(open in google map)

8. My Garden Restaurant Cafe & Bar

Let’s talk open air. Let’s talk views. Let’s talk greenery and design and comfort and enchanting garden surroundings. Let’s talk My Garden Restaurant Cafe & Bar, perhaps the most unique eatery and drinkery in Batam. Read the reviews, they’re absolutely effusive, like verbal flowers opening at sunrise in praise of the experience of this lush cafe.

Take a perfectly modern and well-planned cafe and drop it into the middle of a well-manicured jungle. And then drop you in for dinner, lunch, or drinks. And then we’ll airlift you out, back to your hotel, where you can tell everyone of your time in a magical place that was half-nature and half-restaurant. Maybe they’ll believe you.

My Garden Restaurant Cafe & Bar
My Garden Restaurant Cafe & Bar sandwich
My Garden Restaurant Cafe & Bar waffles

Must try: Waffle sandwiche

Opening Hours: Everyday: 3pm – 12am

Web:https://www.mygardenresto.com/

Contact Phone : +62 811 7783 000 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 10 min drive to Batam City Square for shopping and movies

30 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Ruko Bida Asri 2 No. 9 Jl. Raja M Selah, Belian, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432 (open in google map)

9. Socialite's Crib Cafe & Bar

Socialite's Crib Cafe & Bar

How many levels do you want in a cafe and bar? One? Come on, that’s nothing. Two? Okay, hold on, cowboy, that’s a little ambitious. Three? What, no way, no one has three different levels, each with their own theme and design for three different experiences, who would do such a thing? Socialite’s Crib Cafe & Bar would. Just for you they have gone the extra mile, three times over.

Socialite's Crib Cafe & Bar
Socialite's Crib Cafe & Bar food
Socialite's Crib Cafe & Bar food

There is a rooftop adorned with greenery at every angle, the perfect frame for amazing views and cool bands. The second floor is for more the quiet types, comfortable, cozy, breeze and perfect for chatting. And the first floor is where it all begins, and where they spin out some of the best food in Batam, along with some very tasty beverage options including a local favorite, Seaweed Beer. Good stuff. On so many levels.

Opening Hours: Everyday: 3 pm – 1 am. Monday closed.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/socialitescrib/

Contact Phone : +62 822 8423 5774 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 10 min drive to Mega mall centre for shopping and movies

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Ruko Royal Sincom Blok C No. 18-19, Jalan Laksamana Bintan, Teluk Tering, Batam City, Tlk. Tering, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432 (open in google map)

10. Lee's Cafe & Bar

How many Teddy Bears are too many Teddy Bears? It’s a question you won’t be able to answers at Lee’s, because they have just the right amount of Teddy Bears. On the walls, on the tables, Teddy here, Teddy everywhere. And it just… works. Mixed with the cafe’s well-designed vintage style, fabulous food, and super-friendly customer service, Teddy is the perfect touch to make your visit to Lee’s cuddly and memorable. Just like the Teddy Bear you had as a kid. Except you didn’t bring him and 200 of his friends to a chic cafe for some food and drink. But you could. He’d fit right in.

Lee's Cafe & Bar

Opening Hours: Everyday: 11 am – 1 am | Saturday 11 am – 2 am

Web: www.facebook.com/leescafebar

Contact Phone : +62 778 408 5111 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 5 min drive to BCS mall for shopping and movies

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444 (open in google map)

Batam Local Brewery craft beer

1. Brewsky & Co.

Local Brewery and Craft beer

Ask 20 people their favorite brew house in Batam, and you know what you’ll hear? “Hey, stop asking all of us about brew houses, enough, already!” But before you overdid it, you know what you would have heard, a lot? “Brewsky & Co.”

Brewsky has been solidly ensconced as a Batam beer destination for way longer than you’ve been asking for recommendations. As the night goes on the crowd grows, but it never feels crowded and the craft beers are always flowing. There’s plenty of entertainment with multiple big screens, and plenty of good times to be had. At Brewsky’s. Just ask someone. But keep it below 20.

Local Brewery and Craft beer

Must try: HP beer and Bali Blues beer (SGD 3+)

Opening Hours: Everyday : 6pm – 1am

Web:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hook%20Coffee%20Shop%20Tembesi/1196330843846268/

Contact Phone : +62 778 429 999 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Near to Nagoya city walk

11 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Nagoya Citywalk Lantai Dasar, Jalan Kompleks Nagoya City Walk, Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

2. Fresh Beer Batam Centre

Fresh Beer Batam Cenre

If you don’t believe that Fresh Beer Batam has fresh beer, then you’re very hard to convince. Because the bar is surrounded by wooden kegs and silver brew equipment, and the beer is flowing from taps, and people are way into drinking it. So, what’s your problem? The. Beer. Is. Fresh. And the ambiance is black and white, clean and stark, nothing to hide, just like a beer shop should be.

Oh, and beyond the beer, some of the most exotic dishes you can exoticize in your exotic brain. Mouse Deer Meat. Rattlesnake. Kitten Soul Soup. (Okay, made that last one up, but I bet it would be smooth.) And then, if all that isn’t enough (it is, you should be convinced by now), they’re famous for their Green Beer. Or, as I like to call it, Kermit’s Tears.

Green Beer aka kermit's tears

Must try: Green Beer

Opening Hours: Everyday : 6pm – 1am

Web: www.facebook.com/BatamFreshBeer

Contact Phone : +62 778 469 442 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Short drive to Mega Mall for shopping or movies.

11 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Engku Putri No.1, Tlk. Tering, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444

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And so, there it is, a vast array of super options for Batam cafes, restaurants, and craft breweries. We did our job. Now you get out there and visit them all. Because that’s your job.