Picture perfect café in old ship building yard
Old VOC shipyard
The more North you go in the Kota Tua, the more you go back in time. This postcard perfect café dates back to 1619, when it was the main shipyard for the East Indian Company (VOC), where they built and repaired the smaller ships in the VOC fleet. Fun fact: the larger ships were built on off-shore islands Onrust and Kapal.
Imagine these large warehouses filled to the nock with piles of wood in every possible size: planks, decks and masts. There were special quarters to repair sails, ropes and anchors and even a dedicated division to navigation and production of maps. When the VOC went bankrupt the ship wharf was rented out to Chinese carpenters as a workshop and chemical storage.
Have a cold drink
In 2000 Mr. Susilawati bought the old shipyard, renovated it and opened a new eatery: VOC Galangan (VOC company).
The veranda is a wonderful place to relax with a cold drink overlooking the beautifully manicured garden and a historic photo collection.