Enjoy Warm Non-alcoholic Beverages of Yogyakarta


Yogyakarta is famous for its food, which is gudeg and bakpia. Everyone who visits Yogyakarta must try these two culinary delights or else their visit wouldn’t be complete, or so they say. Tourists can even bring home them as souvenirs for their loved ones.

Wedang uwuh. via Instagram/mjsetiabudi

But Yogyakarta’s culinary wealth is not only these two foods. In the rainy season, warm drinks become the favorite treats for Yogyakarta residents and tourists. Here are some warm drinks that you can enjoy in Yogyakarta.

Wedang Ronde

Wedang Ronde Mbah Payem. via Instagram/imas_adriyanto

Wedang Ronde is a drink that is proof of the acculturation of Chinese and Indonesian culinary. This drink contains ginger water that will warm your body. Ronde is also filled with gelatin balls containing mashed peanuts that have been mixed with sugar. You can enjoy wedang ronde at Lek Dhie Ronde (Jl Dagen) or Ronde Mbah Payem (Jl Kauman).

Wedang Uwuh

Wedang Uwuh Jogja. via Instagram/elizasetiawan

The name of this drink are quite unique because it literally means garbage drinks. That’s because the ingredients used to make wedang uwuh, at a glance, look like dried leaves. This drink contains many spices such as cloves, ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and sugar.

Wedang uwuh has a distinctive red color because it is colored naturally with secang wood. You can enjoy wedang uwuh at First Uwuh Imogiri (Jl Brigjen Katamso) or Wedang Uwuh Jogja (Jl Mawar).

Bir Pletok

Bir Pletok Bale raos. via Instagram/bale_raos_fusion_jogjacitymall

Bir Pletok is a non-alcoholic warm drink available in several places in Indonesia, including Yogyakarta. This drink was created during the Dutch colonial period so that people do not drink alcoholic beverages.

Bir Pletok is made with various ingredients such as pandanus, lemongrass, cardamom, cloves, and secang wood. After all the ingredients are cooked, lime juice is added to give it a fresher taste. You can enjoy a glass of Bir Pletok at Bale Raos (Jl Magangan Kulon).

Kopi Jos

Kopi Jos Jogja. via Instagram/fth_lizam15

This is a coffee drink that is cooked in a unique way. Instead of boiling the water first, ground coffee is mixed with warm water. A piece of ember that is still burning red is then inserted so that the water boils instantaneously in the glass.

Coffee prepared in this way has a unique and distinctive taste. You can try Kopi Jos at Kedai Kopi Jos Lik Man (Jl Wongsodirjan) or Kedai Kopi Jos Pak Agus.


Healthy herbal drinks at Jamu Ginggang. via Instagram/daily_luna88

Jamu is a traditional Javanese beverage that has many health benefits. Jamu are made with various herbs and spices and were originally made to treat certain ailments.

The most popular types of jamu are Kunyit Asam (turmeric and tamarind), Beras Kencur (rice and aromatic ginger), and Temulawak. You can try Jamu at Warung Jamu Ginggang (Jl Masjid Pakualaman).

Wedang Ronde stall at night. via Instagram/didiffaca

There are many warm drinks without alcohol that you can enjoy in Yogyakarta. Most of these drinks have good nutritional content, and good for your health. If you visit Yogyakarta, you must try these warm drinks.

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