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Bandung is the capital city of West Java, and the third largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. Nicknamed Parijs van Java by the Dutch for its resemblance to Paris and European atmosphere back at the colonial times. Bandung also earned another nickname as Kota Kembang, literally meaning the Flower City since Bandung used to have a lot of flowers. Located at the altitude of 768 m with the surroundings of lush and beautiful Parahyangan mountains makes the climate mild and pleasant. The city has been well known for the universities, apparel products and a great place for gastronomic adventure. Nowadays, Bandung has become a very popular weekend escape for Jakartans, who would crowd the city on weekends and national holidays. (less...) (more...)

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Architectural jewels

There were many buildings built in a classic Dutch colonial style during the late 18th and early 19th century. The locals referred to this time as the Bandoeng tempo doeloe (old Bandung) era. The art-deco style was very popular throughout the earlier half of the 20th century and the city and it's suburbs retain many fine examples of these architectural styles. The city administration has a tendency to lean toward a modern style throughout the city with many of the more recent bridges, banks, malls and commercial areas. However many of the historical buildings have conservation orders and there are some very well preserved and maintained examples of the colonial era architecture to be seen. The non-profit organization Bandung Heritage Society [5] has been formed recently to assist in endeavours to further preserve the city's historic buildings.

Make sure you see these buildings before they're gone.

  • Villa Isola, Jl. Dr. Setiabudi 229.
    Architect: C.P.W. Schoemaker. Built in 1932 for an Italian millionaire D.W. Berretty as a villa. It lies in the northern part of Bandung, overlooking the city to south and the Tangkuban Perahu mountain to the north. Villa Isola and its 2 gardens have a magnificent design by its architect, combining the unique landscape and the Indo-European architectural style. This monumental art was later used for a hotel, named Hotel de Luxe. Now it serves as UPI's (Indonesia University of Education) headmastership building.
  • Gedung Merdeka, Jl. Asia-Afrika 65 (near alun-alun or city square).
    Architect: Van Gallen Last and C.P.W Schoemaker. Built in 1895 for a club house for rich people, named the Concordia Society. In 1955, this building was famous as the first Asian-African conference venue. Now it is a museum for that conference.
  • Savoy Homann Hotel, Jl. Asia-Afrika 112, ☎ +62 22 4232244. it was built in 1880, renovated in 1938 by a Dutch architect A.F. Aabers with an art-deco style as it is seen today. It still serves a hotel until now. The King and Queen of Siam, The Prince and Queen of Belgium, The Governor General of Indo-China, The Duchess of Westminster and even Charles Chaplin had stayed there three times. You can also still stay in this hotel and enjoying the old colonial time.
  • Grand Hotel Preanger, Jl. Asia-Afrika 81.
    It has two sides: the old facade and the modern wing side. The old facade has an interesting story, as C.P.W. Schoemaker designed the art-deco style that is blended with local culture. It was a controversial issue at that time, but that gives a unique style.
  • Gedung Sate, Jl. Diponegoro.
    Architect: J. Gerber, built in 1921. It was used as the head of the Dutch Indies Government Companies. The roof has a decoration of a popular satay food as now it is famous for the name, though it was not meant to be like that. In fact, it is a 6 ornaments, symbolizing 6 million guldens, the cost of the building. Now, the complex is the office of West Java governor and the local provincial house of representatives. Interestingly, this building mixes different architectural styles: Spanish Moorish style for the windows, Italian renaissance for the over all building, and between Balinese pura & Thai's pagoda for the roof. The facade faces directly to the Mt. Tangkubanperahu. The building is open for public, and at the end of the journey inside, you can sip a nice hot bajigur drink while watching the city view from the top floor.
  • Cipaganti Mosque, Jl. Cipaganti.
    Architect: C.P.W. Schoemaker, built in 1933. It was the only mosque that was built in the European residential area in the northern part of Bandung. The central facade still has the original design, but the mosque has been expanded to both of its side.
  • ITB West and East Hall (Aula Barat & Timur ITB), Jl. Ganesha 10.
    ITB is Institute Technology Bandung, the oldest institute of technology in Indonesia. It was built in 1918 by the architect Maclaine Pont. The most prominent Dutch East Indian architecture is the West and East Hall of this institute, where a West Sumatran style of architecture was used.

Arts & science

Bandung has been the melting point between the local Sundanese culture and the high-end technology developed at the Institute Technology Bandung. There are some interesting places to visit:

  • Saung Angklung Udjo, Jl. Padasuka 118, (around 7km from Bandung), [6]. Angklung is a traditional South-East Asian musical instrument, made by bamboo. Udjo Nalagena, a famous angklung artist, created an Angklung House in the outskirt of Bandung, where angklung is made, learned and played. You can enjoy an angklung orchestra played by 12 year old or less children or even be a part of this orchestra, holding one of the angklung instruments. The place is in the middle of padi terrace and bamboo field, a perfect location to feel the relaxedness of a small village. It is one of the famous travel destinations among westerners and is highly recommended.. The easiest way is to rent a car to go there or ask your travel agent if there is a program to visit this place.
  • Bosscha Observatory +62 22 2786001, e-mail: Jl. Peneropongan Bintang, Lembang., built in 1923 by Nederlandsch-Indische Sterrekundige Vereeniging (Assoc. of Dutch-Indies Astronomers) is the only observatory in Indonesia. It lies in Lembang, a small suburb city in the northern part of Bandung. It is now part of the Dept. of Astronomy, Institute Technology Bandung. To visit there, ask the department administration first for a reservation.
  • Geological Museum, Jl. Diponegoro 57, (near Gedung Sate complex). ☎ +62 22 7203205. Houses 250,000 rocks, a mineral collection, and 60,000 fossils. There are 3 major rooms in the museums: the geology of Indonesia, the history of life and the geology of human life. The building itself has an art-deco style, built in 1928 by a Dutch architect Wnalda van Scholtwenburg. Location:
    Visiting time: every day 09:00-15:00 except Friday. Price: Free. Recommended museum by locals.
  • Sri Baduga Maharaja Museum
  • Pos dan Giro Museum Inside the East Building of Gedung Sate
  • Mandala Wangsit Siliwangi Museum

Braga City Walk

Gedung Sate

Merdeka Building

Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)

Cihampelas Walk

Geological Museum

St. Peter\'s Cathedral

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Bandung Zoo

Landmark Building

Pasar Baru Trade Center

Bandung Adventist Hospital

Cipaganti Mosque

St. Borromeus Hospital

Padjadjaran University (UNPAD)

Kartika Sari Dago

Bandung Post Office

West Java Culture Park

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About Bandung


Although the oldest written reference to the city dates back to 1488, there were numerous archaeological finds of "Java Man" that lived on the banks of Cikapundung river and the shores of Bandung's Great Lake.

In the 17th-18th century, the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) created small plantations in Bandung, with a road to Batavia (today's Jakarta) completed in 1786. In 1809, Louis Bonaparte, the ruler of the Netherlands and its colonies, ordered the Dutch Indies Governor H.W. Daendels to improve Java's defenses against the threat of the English, who occupied the nearby Malay peninsula. Daendels responded by building the Great Post Road (De Groote Postweg) that stretched about 1000 km between the west and the east coasts of Java. Because north coast was in the form of impassable swamps and marshes at the time, the road was diverted through Bandung along what is now Jalan Asia-Afrika.

Daendels liked Bandung's strategic location so much that he ordered the capital to be moved there. Military barracks were built and Bupati Wiranatakusumah II, the chief administrator of that area, built his dalem (palace), Masjid Agung (the grand mosque) and pendopo (meeting place) in the classical Javan alun-alun (city square) near a pair of holy city wells (Sumur Bandung) and facing the mystical mountain of Tangkuban Perahu.

Powered by its cinchona (for malaria drug quinine), tea, and coffee plantations, Bandung prospered and developed into an exclusive European style resort with hotels, cafes, and shops. Many of Bandung landmarks, including the Preanger and Savoy Homann hotels, as well as the shopping street of Jalan Braga, are still available today. The Concordia Society building, now Gedung Merdeka, was built with a large ball room as a club for rich Europeans to spend their weekends.

In 1880, the first major railroad between Jakarta to Bandung opened, boosting small industries and bringing in Chinese workers. The first of Bandung universities, the Technische Hogeschool (TH) was established on July 3, 1920. One of the its alumni members is President Soekarno himself. That university is now known as the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)

In 1942, after Japanese soldiers landed in coastal areas of Java, the Dutch retreated from Jakarta to Bandung, but were driven out from there as well and surrendered soon after. After the end of the war, first the British and later the Dutch came back trying to reestablish the pre-war colonial situation, but on March 24, 1946, during the struggle for Indonesian independence, the city of Bandung was burned down by retreating forces of the TRI, because they would not comply with the order given by the British forces to move out of Bandung to the south (Bandung Sea of Fire/Bandung Lautan Api). For the TRI this act was a sign of refusal to surrender. Over 200,000 people fled the city during the incident.

In 1955, the Asia Africa Conference (Konferensi Asia Afrika) was held in Bandung, paving the way for the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961. The Indonesian parliament was located in Bandung from 1955 to 1966, but was moved back to Jakarta in 1966.


There are many activities that you can do in the city or outside the city. As Bandung highland is surrounded by a string of mountains. Activities in the outskirts of the city are centred about the mountain resorts, adventure activities and outdoor sports. In the city, you can have culinary activities (see the Eat section) as there are so many food varieties, shopping with many clothing outlets and distros (see the Buy section) or just hanging around.

  • Saturday night at Jalan Dago. Every Saturday night, teenagers and youngsters are hanging around at Jalan Dago. The street stretches from Holiday Inn Hotel in the south and a few blocks to the north until Simpang Dago. The street is crowded with modified cars with loud music. Don't bring your own car if you don't want to get stuck in a traffic jam. Just walk and watch these hip-hop youngsters. There are some cafes and chic restaurants in the street that you can sit in. Don't forget to buy some grilled sweet or hot-chili corn that is sold at the street stalls. The party usually lasts until midnight.
  • Sunday morning at Gasibu Park. After having a party on Saturday night, wake up very early in the morning around 5-7AM. Go to Gasibu park at the front of the Gedung Sate complex and wear your sportswear. At the park, you can go jogging and do some stretching, and after you finish, food stalls are already waiting for you with a lot of food varieties. People's favourites are dim sum ceker (a chicken foot cooked like a dim sum) and nasi liwet (a rice cooked with coconut milk and served with chicken and other vegetables). In the walking distance, there is a famous yoghurt drink cafe with a nice and relaxing setting at Jl Cisangkuy.
  • Lembang trip. A trip to the north of Bandung cannot be missed. Rent a car and start to go at the very early in the morning to Lembang, an uphill resort city.
  • Ram fighting: Villages around Bandung host ram fights on alternate Sundays. It's a big event for locals who turn out in their hundreds to watch 5-minute bouts between prize fighter male sheep. Tournaments are held in purpose-built rings in outlying villages. Best to hire a motorbike/guide in Bandung who knows when and where the next tournament is on. Ram fighting is not a blood sport but animal lovers may be upset at the sight of the fights, which are organised and refereed rather like boxing matches.
  • S&lon=107.24 E&zoom=17&layer=O&lang=en&name=Bandung   Kawah Putih (2,430 meters), about 50 km south of Bandung (Travel south through Ciwidey). Kawah Putih is a striking crater lake and tourist spot in a volcanic crater around 50 km to the south of Bandung. Expect quite lengthy drive from the city centre. Allocate at least more than half day to visit this crater lake. The admission fee is not as cheap as other tourist spot, but the scenery is breathtaking and out of this world.


The ticket prices are based on the days, in which Monday as the cheapest ticket price, and weekends as the most expensive

  • Blitzmegaplex, Paris Van Java Mall, Jl. Sukajadi 136-139.☎ +62 820 63630. 9 screens. Ticket price: Rp 15,000-22,000-27,000
  • BSM XXI +62 22 612 6521. Bandung Supermall Lt. 3, Jl. Jend Gatot Subroto. 5 screens. Ticket price: Rp 15,000-25,000
  • BTC XXI, Bandung Trade Center Lt. P-2/3, Jl Dr. Djundjunan no. 143-149. ☎ +62 22 910 1121. 5 screens. Ticket price: Rp 10,000-15,000
  • Braga 21, Braga City Walk Lt. 2, Jl. Braga 99-101. Telp. (022) 844 60121. 3 screens. Ticket price: Rp 10,000
  • CiWalk XXI, Cihampelas Walk Lt. 4, Jl. Cihampelas 160. 8 screens. Ticket price: Rp 15,000-25,000
  • CiWalk XXI The Premiere, Cihampelas Walk Lt. 4, Jl. Cihampelas 160. 2 screens. Ticket price: Rp 50,000
  • Empire 21 +62 22 424 0719. Bandung Indah Plaza Lt. 3, Jl. Merdeka 56. 6 screens. Ticket price: Rp 15,000
  • Galaxy 21 +62 22 420 8143. Jl. Kepatihan. 6 screens. Ticket price: Rp 9,000-13,000
  • Jatos 21 +62 22 8792 0089. Jatinangor Town Square, Jl. Raya Jatinangor No. 150. 5 screems. Ticket price: Rp 10,000-15,000
  • Nusantara 21 +62 22 4237 040. Jl. Alun-Alun Timur No. 3-7. 4 screens. Ticket price: Rp 8,000-10,000
  • Regent 21 +62 22 423 6370. Jl. Sumatra 2. 3 screens. Ticket price: Rp 8,000-10,000

Outdoor activities

  • Alun-alun Bandung or city square. Alun-alun is the classical central core of the democratic city in Indonesia, since the 15th century. It is typically a square of grass field with 4 sides are the city major residence, pendopo (a place to meet between citizens and the government), a mosque and a prison. The grand mosque is still visible, though it has been renovated 7 times. Now, it has undergone a major renovation and expansion with two 81 m high minarets and a Taj Mahal interior design. The pendopo is also still there, behind a high wall. The prison has been transformed into a mall with one block is preserved as a museum, a cell block where Soekarno, the first president of Indonesia, spent some time in there. The major transition is that now alun-alun serves as an entertainment park, where shopping mall buildings are surrounding the square.
  • Bandung Zoo +62 22 2502770. Jl. Kebun Binatang No. 6. Built in 1930.
  • Mt. Tangkuban Perahu. Is on the northern side of Bandung, the closest city is Lembang. (Angkot route: St. Hall-Lembang). You can see it from a distance at many places in Bandung but a tour to Bandung will not be complete without visiting the crater. If you are in Bandung, take a look towards the north keeping an eye out for a mountain of unusual shape. The name itself comes from the local legend of Sangkuriang ("Legenda Sangkuriang") The legend is based upon a disobedient son who kicks his boat upside-down and was then transformed into stone. Hence the name of this mountain. Tangkubanflipped and perahu boat. It is still an active volcanic mountain. The crater is reachable by car and it is fun to do hiking to the top by foot from Lembang. Elevation is 2,084 m above sea level and the path from Lembang is not too steep. At the crater, there is a tourist spot. Near the main crater is another amazing site, 'Kawah Upas', where you stand between two big craters, to the left and to the right.

Entrance fee to the park is Rp 50,000 for foreigners . When you reach Tangkuban Perahu, the first thing you'll see (and most popular) is the main crater (Kawah Ratu). One crater is dormant, but has a side vent that emits some smoke. The scenery below the mountain is worth a visit. But don't stop there. Many visitors miss this but it's probably the best part of Tangkuban Perahu.

Kawah Domas. A 30 min walk from Kawah Ratu, track 1.3 km down to Kawah Domas to get upclose and personal with volcanic activity. It is compulsory to hire a registered guide to walk you down to this active crater. They will charge Rp 250,000/hr. To visit the Kawah Domas and walk to the car park at Kawah Domas down the hill from Kawah ratu is approx 1 hr 30 min. It will be more if you indulge in mud massages, egg boiling or similar. Walk around Kawah Ratu on your own and only then get a guide if you feel you need one. Take note that the people selling tourist items will possibly hassle you. Politely tell them not to follow if you are not going to buy anything. Tourists are often pestered to retain a guide or to buy souvenirs. After finishing you do not need to walk back to Kawah ratu which makes life much easier. The walk to Kawah Domas looks like hell on earth and it is a must-do experience with bubbling mud, boiling hot water and hissing sulphur vapour. You can smell the sulfur, watch the hot water springs very closely or even buy a boiled egg cooked on the hot surface.

Now there is an alternative way to go Kawah Domas in less pain and without guide. After seeing Kawah Ratu, go down the mountain to parkir Kawah Domas (the Kawah Domas car park). Walk from here to Kawah Domas. You will still have to pay for the registered guide cpstomg Rp250,000 to enter to Kawah Domas. The walk is less tiring than the walk down from Kawah ratu, this may be better for the less fit.

Getting to Tangkuban Perahu

From Bandung Indah Plaza (BIP), take an 'angkot' heading to "CICAHEUM - LEDENG". The angkot will stop at Terminal Ledeng (Rp 3,000). From the terminal, take a mini van or 'Elep' towards Subang and get down at Tangkuban Perahu (Rp 12,000). From the entrance of Tangkuban Perahu, it's another 4–5 km hike up on a really bad road. You can often hire a local 'motorcycle cab' (local drivers are often waiting nearby) to take you up. If you can ride a motorcycle, it's a lot easier to rent one to get there.

  • Juanda Forest Park or Dago Pakar (Taman Hutan Raya ir. H. Juanda). It is a forest park and serves as a water reservoir catchment area for the city. There are some interesting parks for children or to have a picnic. There are also some old WWII caves used during the Japanese occupation in the 1940s. Some people walk through the forest to reach Maribaya park in Lembang. This is at the end of Jalan Dago. The Angkot routes are Abd. Muis-Dago and followed by walking or take a ride by motorcycle.
  • Puncrut-Lembang Hiking trail. Started from Puncrut, Jl. Kiputih, North Bandung.

There are guided tours to Perahu, but charges are Rp250,000 per person (including entrance charges), so if you are 2 persons or more, it is worth hiring a car for about Rp500,000 for the day (entrance charges are extra).


Bandung is a heaven for food lovers who enjoy new experiences. There are a lot of varieties, not only local cuisine but international ones. You can find any food you want for any kind of taste. Do note, that most eateries in Bandung focus on creating new variations, not making sure it tastes good.

Everybody has their own favourites. One page is not enough to list all food stalls, food courts, restaurants and cafes in Bandung. Here are some lists that are popular or have a long history.

Local delicacies

  • Bakso Tahu / Siomay is a steamed meat with or without tofu. It is served with peanut paste, sweet soy sauce and a lime. It is suitable for a snack to eat at anytime. In almost all streets you can find somebody selling this food with a wheeled stall (gerobak). The popular place is called Siomay Pak Lili at Jl. Geger Kalong Girang that has sold this food for 15 years.
  • Batagor is similar to bakso tahu/siomay but it is fried instead of being steamed. It is served similar with peanut paste and sweet soy sauce. Served also as a snack. Legends are Kingsley at Jl. Veteran, selling this food already for 28 years, Batagor Riri at Jl. Burangrang 41 (in front of the BCA building), Batagor Haji Isan at Jl. Bojongloa, Batagor Haji Darto at Pasar Simpang Dago, and Dailycious Batagor at the Summit Factory Outlet JL. RE. Martadinata (Riau) 61.
  • Basreng is a spicy snack made ​​from fried meatballs, with the addition of the spicy and savory seasonings suitable for you. You can also buy it from online on Ruang Jualan.
  • Martabak is a fried stuffed pancake. There are two types: sweet and savory. Sweet martabak is a thick pancake stuffed with chocolate/cheese/banana/sugar. The savory martabak is a thin fried pancake stuffed with eggs, some vegetables, mushrooms, chicken/beef and one filled with sweet corn and cheese. The most popular ones are Martabak Lodaya and Martabak San Francisco at Jl. Lodaya. Another recommended place is Martabak Andir at Jl. Jendral Sudirman, near the Andir wet market. One more best martabak which should not be forgotten is Martabak Canada at Jl. Kebon Kawung near the Pertamina outlet.
  • Soto Bandung is a soup with beef meat, soy beans and some vegetables. The old food stalls selling this food is at Soto Ojolali, Jl. Cibadak (near alun-alun), since 1940s.
  • Lotek is a mixed boiled vegetables, served with peanut paste and some chillies, similar to gado gado. The hotter the better. The famous place is Lotek Kalipah Apo, Jl. Kalipah Apo, every day 9AM-16PM. Have been selling this food for already 48 years. One plate is around Rp 4,500.
  • Mie Kocok is a noodle soup, served with beef foot, beef skin and tauge or mung bean sprout. If you don't fancy with these parts of beef, then you can ask not to have it and you can still taste its appetite. The famous place is a street vendor, Mie Kocok SKM, at Jl. Sunda.
  • Mie Ayam is a noodle soup served with chicken and it comes with a variety of toppings. The famous place is at Mie Naripan in Jl. Naripan, they serve varieties of good noodles there. Another good place is at Bakmi Mangkok Mas in Jl. Setiabudhi.
  • Nasi Timbel is the famous Sundanese dish. It is a tube-shaped rice that has a distinguish flavour, because it is cooked inside a banana leaf. It is usually served with lalapan (raw vegetables), fried tofu & tempe, fried chicken and chili paste. You can find this type of dish in most of Sundanese restaurants. The well-known timbel food stall is located nearby Istiqomah mosque. Another good place is at Nasi Timbel Dago at Jl. Dago for around Rp 20,000.
  • Laksa Bandung is the famous old traditional dish. This dish is kind of chicken soup using coconut milk with turmeric for the stock, and in side it contains sliced rice cake (cooked inside a banana leaf), bean sprout, vermicelli, shredded chicken and for the finishing is garnished with holly basil and Oncom Bandung the traditional fermented soy bean cake. The well-known laksa vendor is located at the junction of Jl. Pungkur and Lengkong Pondok Laksa is very appetising and one plate costs around Rp 7,000

Legendary eateries

  • Sate Kardjan, Jl. Pasirkaliki, open 24 hr daily . Lamb satay speciality, since 1970. Try sate buntel (a grilled minced lamb meat), tongseng (lamb meat in a coconut milk soup), nasi goreng kambing (fried rice with lamb) or sate cempe (satay from 10 month old lamb). We visited this place after much trouble to find it, and found that the sate is average and the ambience wanting. Not worth the trip to find this place.
  • Bakmi Naripan +62 22 4205516. Jl. Naripan 108 (around the corner of Jl. Sunda and Jl. Naripan), Bandung, a Indonesian Chinese noodle establishment since 1960's.
  • Bubur Ayam Mang Oyo, Jl. Sulanjana (near Gasibu) and several branches. It's a chicken porridge. Nice for starting your day.
  • Kedai Ma' Uneh, Jl. Terasana I No. 132 Pajajaran. It's in an alley in front of Pajajaran sport complex. Delicious Sundanese food.
  • Baso Lela, Jl. Awiligar, everyday open until 9PM. On the a hill side with a nice view to the city. Try yamien, a dried boiled noodle, mixed with soy sauce. There are sweet yamien and salt yamien. Try also chicken noodle and the strawberry juice as a dessert.
  • Santosa, Jl. Aceh, everyday open from 5PM-9:30PM. A hawker with open air eating. Open since the 1960s. Try the fried kway teow/noodle/rice. They use a special wok to enhance the taste. Located opposite of the municipal office, near KONI Jabar dorm.
  • Waroeng Boentoet, Jl. Anggrek No. 48, Bandung (near Jl. RE Martadinata/Riau). It is the only restaurant in Bandung that specialized in a traditional heritage of delicious oxtail soup with the legendary taste sensation of the essence of spices. The Waroeng is decorated in a nice and simple vintage theme, with a very good service and affordable price that will provide its customers a high level of dine in satisfaction. Try some of its specialties like oxtail soup, oxtail teriyaki, oxtail barbeque, oxtail black pepper, oxtail chili penyet, fruits salad, black sticky rice milkshake, vegetable-fruit juice, and purple yam juice. This place is a must. Easy to find and good prices for excellent food.

Chic restaurants

For those who want a breathtaking view, eat in a local Sundanese village or have romantic international cuisine. Don't expect the taste to be half as good as the view and experience though.

  • Kampung Daun, Jl Sersan Bajuri Km 4.7 No 88 Villa Trinity Complex (you need to drive there with your own car ). Sundanese food. You eat at a hut in the middle of valley (no padi fields) near a small waterfall and river. At night it's really amazing to walk along candlelit pathways. Eating out really means eating out here. The atmosphere here is enchanting and magical. Lots of trees, bushes and secluded "pondok" small huts for relaxing and food, cool as it is set in a valley with the sound of running water from the waterfall beside you. Food prices are higher than in Bandung or even other high end restaurants cause you need to cover the cost of the use of the huts.
  • fashion pasta: Italian Style Living Restaurant, Jl Resor Dago Pakar No 18 A ( International place for lunch and dining . Try all original the best Italian food, from Antipasti, Pizza, Salad, Soup, Pasta, Main Course, Dessert ). ph +62 22 2516101/ +62 22 72221014
  • Sierra Cafe & Lounge, Jl. Bukit Pakar no 33. Located on the hill of Dago Pakar in Bandung, Sierra delivers a relaxing and indulging ambience with a breathtaking view of Bandung's city lights. International cuisines include Western, Japanese and Thai).
  • N Cafe, Jl. Sutra Duta Kencana II/11. Balinese & European cuisines, with great scenery, try the balinese fried duck.
  • Kedai Nyonya Rumah, Jl. Naripan 92. Indonesian cuisine.
  • Tizis Restaurant, Jl. Kidang Pananjung 3. European dishes with homemade bread and pastries.
  • Atmosphere Cafe +62 22 4262815. Jl. Lengkong Besar No. 97.
  • The Peak Resort Dining +62 22 2705429. Komplek Girandah Desa Karyawangi, Ciwaruga, Parongpong,
  • The Stone Cafe +62 22 2500577. Jl. Rancakendal Luhur No.5 (Gerbang Dago Resort), Dago Atas.
  • The Valley Bistro +62 22 2531052. Jl. Lembah Pakar Timur No. 28 (Dago).
  • The View Restaurant +62 22 2531198, fax: +62 22 2531196. Jl Resort Dago Pakar Raya No. 28, '

Sundanese restaurants

Sunda is the ethnic name of the local people living in West Java. Sundanese food has some distinctive features. It mainly consists of fried fish, pepes ikan (steamed fish in a banana leaf), raw vegetables and chili pastes. To try these type of foods there are numerous Sundanese restaurants. Some of the popular ones have several branches in Bandung.

  • Dago Panyawangan +62 22 2507551. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No 137, Cibeunying.
  • Sindang Reret, Jl. Surapati No. 53, ☎ +62 22 2501474. Another branch is outside the city in the north at Jl. Raya Cikole Km.22 Lembang, ☎ +62 22 2786500. The better one is the branch restaurant .
  • Ponyo +62 22 7301477. Jl. Malabar 60. There are many branches outside the city.
  • AA Laksana +62 22 7509303. Jl. Soekarno Hatta 494. There are 2 other branches at Jl. Jakarta 21 and Jl. Cihampelas 30. A big self-service eatery with long tables already filled with plates of food. Take what you want and ask the server to count the plates when finished.
  • Ampera, The famous Sundanese restaurant in Bandung with cheap price and lot of branch. Jl. Sukarno Hatta (Cigereleng), Jl. Sukarno Hatta (Sanggar Hurip), Jl. Sukarno Hatta (Metro), Jl. Pajajaran, Jl. Pungkur, Jl. Dewi Sartika (Kebon Kalapa), Jl. Taman Citarum, Kepatihan Plaza and Jl. Raya Lembang. When we ate at Ampera on Angerrek, food was cold and tasteless.
  • Saung Kabayan, Jl. Dr. Djunjunan.
  • Raja Sunda, Jl. Dr. Djunjunan.
  • Sambel Cibiuk, Jl. Merak.
  • Bumbu Desa, newer and more prestigious Sundanese traditional restaurant, branch in Bandung can be located at Jl. Laswi No. 1, ☎ +62 22 7100539, Jl. Pasirkaliki No. 160, ☎ +62 22 4234330 and Rumah Mode Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi No. 41, ☎ +62 22 91147980.
  • Ibu Haji Ciganea +62 22 7314291. Famous sundanese food restaurant from Purwakarta, Bandung branch can be located at Jl. Lodaya No. 29,

Chinese style restaurants

  • The Duck King, Paris Van Java Mall, Jl. Sukajadi. Possibly the best Chinese restaurant in Bandung.
  • Golden Lake Chinese Restaurant, Jl.Setiabudhi 269-275,  +62 22 2012610, e-mail: 7AM-2PM, 6PM-10PM. Discount up to 30%, until Aug 31, 2011, Cantonese meals, yamcha/dimsum served by chef from Hongkong.
  • Eastern Restaurant, Istana Plaza Mall, at Upper Central Bandung Jl. Pasirkaliki. Halal Chinese Restaurant but very popular in Bandung
  • Grand Eastern Restaurant +62 22 4200580. Jalan Pasirkaliki No. 18 near Paskal Hypersquare and Bandung Train Station.
  • Jess Dago, Jl. Ir. H.Djuanda 151 B,  +62 22 2504893. 'Chinese and Malay cuisine.

Thai style restaurants

  • Coca Suki. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) 173. A branch of the Coca restaurant in Thailand.
  • Thai Palace, in Istana Plaza Mall. Jl. PasirKaliki and another branch at Upper Dago Area on Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 345 B ☎ +62 22 2503006 ; +62 22 2512857.

Japanese and Korean style restaurants

  • Hanamasa +62 22 4204426. Istana Plaza. Jl. PasirKaliki. Jl. Merdeka 39-41. Japanese restaurant with yakiniku, shabu-shabu, robatayaki, beef, chicken, seafood. Opening hours: 11AM-10PM. Approximately US $22/person.
  • Hoka Hoka Bento +62 22 424 5494. Jl. Merdeka 47. Japanese Restaurant with ekkado, chicken katsu, sukiyaki, koori kon nyaku, shrimp ball, beef yakiniku, shabu-shabu, teriyaki, udon. Hours: 10AM-10PM. Price is approximately US $4/person. Branches : Bandung Electronic Center 3rd Fl., Bandung Trade Center 3rd Fl., Istana Plaza 3rd Fl., Mall IITC Kopo GF., Borma Jl. Terusan Jakarta No. 53E, Metro Indah Mall GF., Kings Shopping Center 1, 4th Fl., Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi No. 61, Stasiun Bandung Jl. Kebon Kawung, Hero Jl. Buah Batu No. 237, Yogya Jl. Sunda No. 60 4th Fl.
  • Momiji +62 22 4203786. Japanese Cuisine, Jl. Braga 64. Serving authenthic Japanese cuisine in Jalan Braga, the famous historical street of Bandung.
  • Sushi Tei +62 22 4223181. Jl.Sumatra No.9. Nice upscale restaurant that is cheaper than hotel restaurant but more expensive than average restaurant in Bandung. Famous for its sushi
  • Midori +62 22 4260787. Jl. Sultan Tirtayasa 31. Similar price range with Sushi Tei. Its sashimi are thick
  • Korean House +62 22 203 1626. At North Bandung on Jl. Sukajadi No. 175.

Western restaurants

  • Chef's Table Resto and Bar +62 22 2033453. Jalan Setiabudi 67. European restaurant with selections of ribs, steaks, pasta, pizza with no MSG. Open until 11PM. US $8-10/person.
  • Atmosphere Resort Cafe +62 22 4262815. Jalan Lengkong Besar 97.
  • Glosis Restaurant at Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk). Jl. Cihampelas. Prices are approximately US $8/person
  • Vienna cafe & resto +62 22 2031277. Previously Cafe Venezia. Jl. Sukajadi 205. Italian restaurant with pasta, pizza, fried chicken, salad, soup. 9AM-11PM. Approximately US $15/person.
  • Tony Roma's +62 22 422 4656, fax: +62 22 422 4660. Jl. Sumatra 1. American themed restaurant with ribs, steaks, soup, salad. Prices are in the higher range.
  • Sadewa Steak Near Pajajaran, 5 min from Airport, 10 min from Railway Station. Jl. Sadewa 24, Bandung. Specialize European steak and pasta in a cozy environment. Open 4:30PM-10PM. Price: approx. US $4/person.
  • Canary +62 22 423 8928. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda 28. International style restaurant withhamburger, steak, fried chicken, sate, soup, salad. Hours 7AM-9PM. Price: approx. US $7/person.
  • Pizza Hut, well known international brand for pizza with multiple outlets including; Indah Plaza GF, Mollis GF, Kings Shopping Center 2 GF, Bandung Supermall, Istana Plaza GF, Carrefour Kiaracondong, Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi, Jl. Buah Batu, Jl. Kopo Bihbul and Jl. Ir. H. Juanda.
  • McDonalds, American fast food restaurant providing formulaic burgers and fried chicken at Bandung Indah Plaza GF, Premiere Plaza GF, Kings Shopping Center 2 GF, Kepatihan Plaza 3rd Fl, Istana Plaza Parking Ground, Istana Plaza 3rd Fl, Dago Boutique Apartment, Griya Jl. Buah Batu, Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi, Jl. Jendral Gatot Subroto. Delivery ☎ 14045.
  • KFC, American fast food with a formulaic fried chicken style; Jl. Pajajaran No. 68, Jl. Buah Batu No. 189B, ☎ +62 22 7321887, Jl. RE. Martadinata No. 72, ☎ +62 22 4261465, Jl. Sukarno Hatta No. 423, ☎ +62 22 7562076, Jl. Kepatihan No. 19A, ☎ +62 22 4208660, Bandung Supermall, Bandung Trade Center GF, Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi No. 169, ☎ +62 22 2017616, Jl. Merdeka No. 27, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 40-42, ☎ +62 22 4218965, Jl. Kopo No. 599, Paris Van Java Mall GF, Metro Indah Mall GF,
  • The Stone Cafe +62 22 2500577. The unforgettable dining experience, Jl. Rancakendal Luhur No.5 (Gerbang Dago Resort), Dago Atas. International style menu, Sundanese Menu, Chinese menu. Hours: 11AM-11PM on weekdays, 11AM-2AM on Sat and Sundays. Live music every Day.

Mexican restaurants

  • Amigos Restaurant +62 22 200 5401, fax: +62 22 200 7406. At Le'aries Garden Hotel. Jl. Terusan Pasteur Annex. Price: approx. US6/person

Seafood restaurants

  • HDL Jl. Cilaki. Street food in stalls on pedestrian area of the street. Reportedly very delicious and affordable but you need to take caution if you are not accustomed with street food in developing countries.
  • Praoe Seafood +62-22-4215606. Jl Sumatera 31.
  • Parit 9 Seafood +62-22-7103908. Jln Anggrek No 61 Bandung
  • D'Cost seafood +62-22-2044200. Budget no-frill seafood restaurant that has several branches in Bandung. One of them in North of Bandung on Jl. Sukajadi no. 197.
  • JESS 2 DAGO +62-22-2504893. JL.Ir.H.DJUANDA 151 B BANDUNG.

Ice cream and pastry

Food in Bandung does not stop at the restaurants/cafes. There are plenty of bakeries in the city that you can buy some pastries. Some of them have high popularities that you must take a queue even before the shop is open in the morning.


  • Sumber Hidangan, Jl. Braga 20, in the colonial centre of the city. The bakery was opened as Het Snoephuis (The Candy House) in 1929. The interior is still much the same as it was in earlier times. Breads and cookies' have names in Dutch, such as zwieback, roomsoes, krentenbrood, saucijzenbrood, suiker hagelslaag. Its old-time ambience and original menu attracts tourists and long-time patrons, but the run-down premise and declining sophistication of its foods and services suggest a losing struggle to remain in business. Open daily from 8:30AM-7PM, closed on Sunday.
  • Bawean Bakery, Jl. Bawean 4. Established in 1946, the name was Sweetheart Bakery until they changed it name during the New Order regime. The new name is taken from the shop location in Jalan Bawean. Their specialties are cakes baked using rum; such as nougat rolls, brownies and similar. By using this alcoholic ingredient their cakes taste a bit bitter but they can be kept for up to 6 days.
  • Brussel's Spring, Jl. Sumatera next to the Exsport Station bag store. Steaks and waffle ice creams are very tasty. The prices range between Rp 20,000-75,000.
  • Kartika Sari, try the famous cake: pisang molen, a cake stuffed with banana. Very delicious.
    There are 6 stores: Jl. Kebon Jukut 3C, Jl. Buah Batu 165A, Jl. H. Akbar, Jl. Kopo Sayati 111A, Jl. Terusan Jakarta 77E, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago).
  • Brownies Kukus Amanda, Jl. Rancabolang 29, Jl. Lodaya 8, Jl. Purwakarta. Try brownies kukus, steamed brownies with melted chocolate inside. Soft and very delicious. Very popular and people sometimes queue waiting for it to open.
  • Brownies Primarasa, Jl. Kemuning 20, Jl. Buah Batu 169A, and Jl. Peta 169. Speciality is the chocolate brownies.
  • Dunkin Donuts +62 22 4208617. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 51. Airport Hussein Sastranegara. American bakery chain with donuts, croissant and sandwiches. Price: approx. US $3/person.
  • Sus Merdeka, Jl. Merdeka (in front of Bandung Indah Plaza). Famous for its Choux/puff pastry with rum butter filling.
  • J.Co Donuts & Coffee, Well known local donut shop with fascinating flavours. Paris Van Java Mall GF, Istana Plaza GF, Bandung Supermall GF, Cihampelas Walk GF.

Ice cream

  • Braga Permai (formerly Maison Bogerijn),  +62 22 420 1831. Jl Braga 58. Famous ice cream parlor in Bandung.
  • Baskin and Robbins. Jl Sukajadi 232, ☎ +62 22 203 8457. Jl. RE Martadinata No. 225,☎ +62 22 720 8122. Jl. Gatot Subroto No. 289, ☎ +62 22 910 1404. Istana Plaza, Jl. Pasir Kaliki 121-123, ☎ +62 22 6000403. Ice cream parlor.
  • Rasa Bakery, At the intersection of Jl. Tamblong & Jl. Asia Afrika. One of the best places for ice cream in Bandung. The traditionally made ice cream. Rp 10,000-20,000.
  • I Scream for Ice Cream, Jl. Hariangbanga.


Alcoholic drinks can often be found at bars, night clubs, hotels and 24 hr mini-markets. Drinking fresh icy yogurt or juice is very tempting, especially after spending a day in a hot sun.

  • Yoghurt Cisangkuy, Jl. Cisangkuy (near Gedung Sate complex). It has many flavours of fresh yogurt with fresh fruits. Very suitable as a resting place after walking in the hot weather.
  • Es Cendol Elizabeth, in front of the Elizabeth bag shop at Jl. Otto Iskandar Dinata and Jl. Cihampelas. Cendol is an Indonesian drink made with coconut and coconut milk, served with ice cubes and sweet brown sugar.
  • Bandoengsche Melk Centrale (BMC), Jl. Aceh 30, in an old Dutch colonial house. They specialise in fresh milk beverages.
  • Rumah Kopi, (Coffee house). Jl. Awiligar (near baso Lela). They serve many kinds of coffee.
  • Susu Segar Lembang, at many street vendors in Lembang. It is outside the city, but it would be nice to stop if you do a sidetrip to Lembang.
  • Es Sekoteng Bungsu, Jl. Bungsu 29. Es sekoteng is a grated ice cube with avocado, young coconut and kolang-kaling (some local preserved fruit).

For alcoholic drinks you can buy it in these stores:

  • Dago 34, Jl. Dago no. 34. Located in the heart of Dago.
  • Warung Internasional, Jl. Dago. it located near Dago 34.
  • Taurus, located near Alun-Alun, it's easy to find.
  • Kopi Aroma, Jl. Banceuy No. 51 (close to Alun-Alun area),  +62 22 4230473, fax: +62 22 4232648. Good quality coffee store and factory, in an old district of town. The Robusta coffee beans are stored for 5 years and the Arabica beans for as long as 8 years and sourced from coffee plantations throughout Indonesia.
  • Tea Gallery Walini, Jl.Dago, No.92,  +62 22 2502631. 10AM-12midnight. Traditional Sundanese teas in a cosy and relax environment. Rp 8,000-35,000,-.


Shopping for clothing and accessories is the main reason many weekend visitors travel from Jakarta. Many items are less expensive than in Jakarta. Denim (jeans) stores are along Jl. Cihampelas. These became very popular in the 90s with unique facades built to attract people. The more up-market fashion stores include the many emporiums on Jl. Dago and Jl. Riau. Sisa exports (rejected export products), and factory outlets are prolific and have a very wide range of export quality items. These are sometimes available in the larger sizes that may be suitable for some visitors. A new trend are the distro (distribution outlets). Luxury labels are often available but for those the extensive upmarket malls in Jakarta may be more suitable with a much larger range, however they are often more expensive.

Local handicrafts and souvenirs

  • Wayang Golek, is a Sundanese puppet show. Unlike Javanese wayang puppet, wayang golek is made from wood. Find wayang golek at Galeri Cupumanik, Jl. Haji Umar.
  • Angklung, is a Sundanese ethnical music instrument (see at See section).
  • Elizabeth +62 22 5201125. Jl. Otto Iskandar Dinata 520. Leather handicrafts, including shoes, bags and other accessories. Well-known local shoe and leather craft outlets are centred in the Cibaduyut area.
  • Jeans Street, Jl. Cihampelas. A lot of denim shops decorated with funky designs. Giant models of Superman, Goku, Rambo and others, stand guard over some of the shops.
  • Souvenir Shop +62 22 4205427. Jl. Cihampelas no.39. Very good quality and inexpensive local souvenirs. The shop in one of the many old Dutch colonial style buildings.
  • Toko Sin Sin +62 22 4238574. Jl. Braga 59. Sells various high quality handicraft and souvenirs, including wayang golek (wood puppet), wayang kulit (leather puppet), angklung, leather and crocodile skin handicraft (mostly bags, wallets, and belts), wood carvings, Indonesian traditional silverworks, paintings, and even Indonesian furniture. This is a shop with very long history, started even before Indonesia gained independence.
  • LORI +62 22 7315604, fax: +62 22 7311459. Jl. Guntur 1. Ethnic contemporary styled jewellery and handicraft accessories for women and men. Product use natural, environment friendly materials such as stones, cowstone, woods, seeds and Rudrakash/Ganitrus Beads.

Shopping malls

  • Alun-alun. Centre of the city. In the alun-alun area there are many shopping malls, but they are rather old.
  • Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk). Jl. Cihampelas. Shopping, dining and hanging out in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.
  • Bandung Electronic Centre, (BEC), Jl. Purnawarman 13-15. Specialising in electronic devices.
  • Bandung Indah Plaza, (BIP), Jl. Merdeka 56. Food court, cinema.
  • Trans Studio Mall, (TSM) formerly Bandung Supermal), Jl. Gatot Subroto 289. Food court, cinema. Also offers you high class clothing stores such as Hugo Boss, Raoul, Next, Mango, Guess, Esprit, and many more.
  • Bandung Trade Center, Jl. Terusan Pasteur 143. Food Court.
  • Braga City Walk. Jl. Braga. Shopping complex at the heart of the famous Braga Street.
  • Istana Plaza. Jl. Pasirkaliki 121-123. Free wireless internet, assisted taxi stand, cinema, shopping reward programs, and ice skating ring.
  • Kings Shopping Centre, 1 & 2, Jl. Kepatihan. Food court, fashion, cinema.
  • Setrasari Plaza, Jl. Surya Sumantri 120. Food court. Near universities.
  • Paris Van Java Mall, Jl Sukajadi. An attractive atmosphere with a mixed environment of outdoor and indoor mall. Carrefour, a mega international style supermarket, Gramedia, a giant bookstore, cafe, bistros. Both smaller shops and high end clothing stores such as MNG, Guess, H.O.B., and Esprit can be found here.
  • Kepatihan Plaza, Jl. Kepatihan. Fashion, supermarket and food court.
  • Istana Building Commodities Centre, Jl. Jendral Ahmad Yani. Building materials, electronics, computers.
  • Bandung Electronic Mall, Jl. Naripan. Electronics, computers, cellphones and food court.
  • Planet Dago, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda. Cellphones, bowling court.
  • Plaza Dago, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda. Fashion, ice skate court, food court.
  • Metro Indah Mall, (former Metro Trade Centre) Kompleks MTC Jl. Soekarno Hatta No. 590, ☎ +62 22 7538448, +62 22 7537577.
  • Mall Lingkar Selatan, Jl. Peta. Supermarket, food court.
  • Jatinangor Town Square, Jl. Raya Jatinangor. Shopping mall in eastern Bandung.
  • Plaza Pajajaran, Jl. Raya Jatinangor.
  • Cimahi Mall, Jl. Gandawijaya. The first shopping mall in Cimahi.
  • Mall IITC Kopo, Jl. Kopo. Cellphones and food court.
  • Bandung Trade Mall, Jl. Kiaracondong.
  • Lucky Square, Jl. Terusan Jakarta.
  • Plaza Cimahi, Jl. Raya Cibabat. A newer shopping mall in Cimahi.

Factory outlets

During the quality inspection, some of the products may have been been rejected, or the local manufacturers may have overrun their production quota. These residual products are sold with sisa export tags, because they were made for export. Some of these items have Grade A (best quality, but overrun product) or Grade B (export quality, but do not pass QC) qualities. Don't be surprised to see made in Korea or made in Singapore in their tags. Sometimes you will see the original price, such as US $65, but they may sell it for Rp 45,000, a fraction of the list price in the destination market.

Enjoy bargain hunting but make a careful inspection yourself. Check for below-standard/damaged items. Beware also for the fake products with branded name. The shops often have a wide range of modern contemporary styles and accessories. Some stores may have a small food court.

Most of factory outlets are concentrated in Jl. Riau, Jl. Dago (Jl. Ir. H. Juanda) and around Jl.Sukajadi-Jl.Setiabudi area.

  • Factory outlets in Jl. Riau:
  • Factory outlets in Jl. Dago:
  • Around Jl. Sukajadi - Jl. Setiabudi:
  • Other places:

Distros (distribution outlets)

Distros are a new phenomenon in Bandung where a shop sells stylish products that were made by local designers. They are served as a distribution store, because these local designers do not have their own marketing label yet. The products that are sold are books, indie label records, magazines and also fashion products and accessories. After their products receive large attention they may then release their own clothing label. There are more than 200 local brand names in Bandung. One thing that makes distros stand out from factory outlet is that distros come from individual designers and young entrepreneurs, while factory outlet products come from a garment factory.

Note that now distros are getting famous in Indonesia. The local branded name with free and independent motivation has been shifted. Be careful when buying in distros as the prices are increasing to a level almost the same as at boutique shops.

  • Some of the Bandung distros:

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