In recent years, the city has seen rapid development and growth. Large-scale infrastructural investments have led to vast improvements to the cities transport networks. The city now has a new airport, seaport and elevated railroad with more improvements in the pipeline.
Medan is close to the Barisan Mountains in the southern part of the city, as well as beautiful volcanic mountains like Mount Sibayak and Mount Sinabung which also offer spectacular views. It is known as the culinary heaven of Indonesia which is prominent for its street hawkers offering a great variety of cuisine and cheap local delicacies.