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Medan is the fourth-largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. Each ethnic group contributes to thousands of tasty, mouth-watering dishes found in every corner of Medan. They offer to locals and tourists alike dozens of food streets and hawker centres to suit their appetite at any time of the day. From the sweet Javanese cuisine, to delicious Batak grilled pork, to hot Padang dishes, from savoury Chinese noodles, to spicy Indian curry, this varied cuisine is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is obvious why the locals are so into food. The city itself is quite well known for "food-tourism", especially amongst other Indonesians. It's a convenient stepping stone to other places like the 'weekend getaway' Berastagi, the island of Penang, Malaysia and, of course the ever popular, beautiful crater lake Lake Toba.

It's interesting to contrast the old, Dutch style green areas, with parks, lawns, and huge old Dutch houses (now turned into government offices or commercial business) and the hundreds and hundreds of newer, shoddy shophouses sprawled together by the hundreds in the commercial areas along with a few modern style malls.

Medan hosts a great lot of very nice Art Déco buildings from the Dutch colonial era, like the Old City Hall, the Post office, the Great Mosque and many business buildings in and around Jl. Ahmad Yani. Some of them are in horrible shape, but most of them maintain their old splendour.

Taman Simalem Resort is Indonesia's first agro-eco-tourism destination that has the magnificent Lake Toba as the backdrop at some 1400 m above sea level. Some unique features of the resort comprise Indonesia's largest loquat farm, an organic vegetables farm, a 9-hole golf course set in a tea and coffee estate and a twin waterfall in the 130-ha jungle that surrounds the resort. Other theme park attractions include HillPark GreenHill City and Pantai Cermin Theme Park.

Shopping options are plenty in Medan. Sun Plaza is one of them which is located downtown in the Central Business District area, just at the border of Little India, surrounded by major international banks. This is the major and largest high-end shopping mall in Medan. Plenty of food choices from western to eastern. There is a huge supermarket, Hypermart, which stocks almost anything, just like Carrefour. Has more luxurious goods than other malls in town, however many of them are knock-off branded products. Cambridge City Square is another option. It is located downtown, linked to both Grand Swiss BelHotel and Cambridge apartments. This is the latest and newest shopping mall in Medan.

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