Bandung is the capital city of West Java Province, and the third largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. Nicknamed Parijs van Java (Paris of Java) by the Dutch for its resemblance to Paris and European atmosphere back at the colonial times, it is locally called as Kota Kembang, literally meaning the Flowery City since Bandung used to have a lot of flowers.
A city sitting in a former lake with an altitude of 768 meters above sea level, the surroundings of lush and beautiful Parahyangan mountains makes the climate cooler than most major cities in Indonesia. If you are into the city situation, look for its universities to study, apparel products to try on and wonderful places for gastronomic adventure. Nowadays, Bandung has become a very popular weekend escape for Jakartans because of its close proximity.
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.
Today's Bandung is a sprawling city of 2.7 million people and suffers from many of the same problems as other Indonesian cities. Traffic is congested, old buildings have been torn down, and once idyllic residences have turned into business premises, fortunately the facades are still same.
There are main roads that roughly split the city into three parts, the north, the central, and the south. The Pasupati overpass splits the north and the central. Dago or H Juanda and Merdeka are the main roads from north to south. The Jenderal Sudirman, Asia Afrika, Kosambi and Jenderal Ahmad Yani cuts the central and the south. If you enter using the toll road, you will start from the outskirts first and then make your way into the city center.
Road in bahasa Indonesia is translated into Jalan and abbreviated into Jl.; this applies to all kind of road from small road to major road. You will see a lot of Jl. in front of the road name in this guide. Very small road that cannot by passed by car is called Gang and abbreviated into Gg.
Tourist information office
- Office of Culture and Tourism of Bandung City, Jl. Ahmad Yani no. 277, ☎ .
Bandung is located in the central highlands. It can be reached from Jakarta either via the toll road or by airplane. When using the road, there are many small buses connecting Jakarta and Bandung. An alternative to the toll road is the winding and mountainous roads through Puncak (=Peak). The route through Puncak is quite scenic but on weekends and public holidays the traffic is congested.
Bandung's Husein Sastranegara ( IATA: BDO) airport has a difficult location among the mountains and has only limited services with narrow-body airplanes. The airport is located at the end of Pajajaran Street, 4 km from the centre of the city. There's no metered taxi available from Bandung airport. The official taxi of the airport (a monopoly) didn't use meter and will only drive with a taxi ticket (the ticket shown the amount you have to pay to the driver) which can be bought at the taxi booth near the international arrival exit gate for a minimum of Rp 40.000. Most hotels provide a free airport transfer services.
Some airlines serving Bandung:
- Air Asia - operates thrice daily flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and twice daily from Singapore Changi Airport, Denpasar (Bali) and Medan, and once a day to Surabaya (no-frill airline)
- Susi Air - operates daily flight from Pangandaran (a beach resort in southern part of Java) and Jakarta (Bandar Udara Halim Perdanakusuma)
Jakarta's Soekarno Hatta International Airport airport is about 3 hours away (plus any traffic jams). A number of companies offer direct shuttle services; see the next section for details.
Bus services connect Bandung and smaller surrounding cities. Several long-route buses are also available from major big cities. The most convenient way is the air-conditioned bus with the express or non-stop tag. The main bus terminals in Bandung are Leuwipanjang, serving buses from the west ( Bogor, Jakarta, Merak, Pandeglang, Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi, Cikarang, Cibinong and Sukabumi.) and Cicaheum, serving buses from the east ( Cirebon, Garut, Tasikmalaya, Banjar, Pangandaran, Indramayu, central Java cities, eastern Java cities and also from Bali Island).
It is also possible to take a bus to Cileunyi, 16 km to the east of the city. Though it actually passes Bandung, it does not stop there, so you must take an angkot to Cicaheum and then to Bandung.
By shuttle bus
With 7-10 seater minivans leaving every few minutes, the shuttle bus market between Jakarta and Bandung is fiercely competitive. Roughly speaking, services can be categorised as either door to door in a chartered car or van that takes your group exactly where you want to go, for around US $50–75, or point to point from a terminal to another, for under US $10. Many companies offer both.
Bandung shuttle providers
- 4848 Taxi. Jl Prapatan 34, Jakarta. ☎ +62 21 381 4488, +62 21 386 4848. The service is great, reliable and safe. Price: approx. US $25/car (4 persons). One destination only in a small area in Jakarta, so you have to ask which area in Jakarta the will serve.
- DayTrans (Indonesian-language only) Jakarta (Blora, Sarinah, Fatmawati, Karet, Mall Senayan City, FX Plaza, Meruya-Intercon, Kebon Jeruk-Binus, Grogol, Atrium Plaza, Hotel Acacia, Cempaka Putih Pulomas, Tebet/Pancoran and Jatiwaringin), ☎ +62 21 7063 6868 atau 6386 4005. Bandung (Dipati Ukur, Cihampelas and Pasteur), ☎ +62 22 7063 6868. Rp 90,000 for a share ride.
- Cipaganti, Probably the biggest name in the business, they serve over a half a dozen points throughout Jakarta and its suburbs from their terminal at the Bandung Trade Center (BTC) on the western side of the city, with shuttles leaving every 30 min or so on most routes. Rp 100,000 for a shared ride, Rp 700,000 for a point-to-point charter.
- Star Shuttle, This is belong to Cipaganti Group to compete with Baraya, but until end of August 2011 only serve one route from Bandung (near Gasibu) to Jakarta Sarinah Thamrin v.v. The ticket fee is same with Baraya. ☎ +62 21 700 500 000 and +62 21 700 500 000. Same as with Cipaganti, you have to mention that you will use Star Shuttle.
- Baraya, The ticket fee is only Rp 70,000 for a shared ride. ☎ +62 21 7244 999 and +62 22 753 1415.
- Primajasa Bus, ☎ +62 22 607 3992 (Bandung), ☎ +62 21 800 9545 (Jakarta). Direct shuttle service from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport to Batununggal but they don't stop at Bandung Super Mall anymore. The trip takes approx. 3 hr and the cost is approx. US $8.50/person or Rp 75,000. Schedule: once every half hour from 0:30AM-4PM. Their buses feature a smoking room and toilet at the back.
- Silver Bird Van Taxi (Blue Bird Group), Jl. Mampang Prapatan Raya 60, South Jakarta. ☎ +62 21 798 1234. Price: Rp 750,000 door to door, plus toll fee Rp 50,000.
- X-Trans, Jl. Blora 1 AB, Central Jakarta, ☎ +62 21 315 0555. Price: approx. US $55/car maximum 10 persons for point-to-point charter or Rp 90,000 for a share ride.
- CitiTrans, Jakarta (Fatmawati, Bintaro, Sudirman, Kelapa Gading, PasarPagi, Central Park), ☎ 08041111000. Bandung (Dipati Ukur, Cihampelas Walk, Pasteur), ☎ 08041111000. Rp 100,000 single-trip, non-stop, on 7 or 10-person (depends on pool) shuttles with separate seats.
Due to competition, all shuttles now only have 2 prices, for 6-7 seats Rp 90,000 to Rp 100,000 and for 8-11 seats Rp 70,000 in a minibus. While taxis use car with maximum 4 passengers, excluding the driver.
Bandung is two hours away from Jakarta by car, thanks to the new Cipularang toll road that completes the inter-city highway between Jakarta and Bandung, thus it is now faster to travel by car than by train from Jakarta. However during the rainy season, parts of the road may be closed because of landslides, and bewildering because of possible high winds or blinding fog and downpours. While most cars would exit the system at Pasteur, the first exit to Bandung with excellent connections to Lembang, it is very congested during the weekends so it is highly encouraged to enter the city at the less congested tolled exits instead: try Pasir Koja, Kopo, Moh. Toha, and Buah Batu. If you still wish to exit at Pasteur so bad, note that only a car with a minimum of 4 people can use the exit on Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00!
One alternative route is by the slower, but enjoyable, route via the Puncak area. If you travel by car using this route, be sure to stop at the Puncak Pass, the tip of the highland just on the outskirts of Jakarta, for a view of tea plantation and fresh air. There are plenty of good restaurants and hotels out there.
State operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia offers frequent services between Jakarta and Bandung with Argo Parahyangan, as well as other towns on the southern rail route. Though even the fastest services take more than three hours from Jakarta, the comfortable trains, and the scenic mountains and paddy fields makes you forget time. There are two classes for each train: Executive class, near to slightly over Rp 100,000 per ticket for air conditioning, reclining seats and a foot rest and Business class for Rp 15,000 to Rp 25,000 less offers air conditioning and comfortable seats, though without recliners or foot rests.
If you do travel by train, get off at the Bandung train station, which is located right at the city center and offers excellent transportation connections to the city's places of interest. The station has two faces — the old entrance (from Jakarta is the right of the train) and the newer entrance (from Jakarta is the left of the train); to go to the parking lot and find taxis more easily, take the newer entrance, but if you want to take angkot you should go to the old entrance, there are a small terminal 100 meters in front of the station.
Some tips on using angkot:
Travelling around in Bandung can be quite complex and frustrating, especially to newcomers, because of no forms of mass rapid transit system. Locals travel using small public minibuses, known as angkot from angkutan=transport and kota=city.
This option has only origin and destination names on top, sometimes with a description of which street they pass if there are more than one angkot route for a certain origin-destination route. For locals, it is somewhat amazing that they only memorize where and how the route of each angkot route.
Although there is an official price for angkot from Organda (the local regulator of these private city transport), it is usually based on how far you travel. It's better that you ask the driver or kernet (driver assistance) about the price to go to a location. To ask for an angkot to stop and pick you up, just raise your hand and they will stop. When you're inside and want to stop, just ask the kernet to stop. Or say 'kiri' (key-ree) or simply 'stop' out loud. It was easy to find a bell that you can press to stop but not anymore. Most angkot fare are ranging from Rp 4000 and Rp 8000 for the longest route, but usually about Rp 3000 to Rp 5000. For very short distances below 1.5 kilometers, Rp 2000 is enough.
The official angkot routes are listed on Bandung's City Government website . Please note that some angkot have same destination, but have different routes, such as Angkot No. 01 from Cicaheum to Kebon Kelapa through Bandung Super Mall, while Angkot No. 02 through Aceh.
If you don't know which angkot routes to take, you're much better off to take a taxi. Officially, taxis use meters, but some taxi drivers ask you in advance to charge you a fixed price instead even though the meter works. Even then, metered cabbies may also take you a further distance to get more money. Bandung is a small city, the fare is usually about Rp25,000, and Rp50,000 for longer journeys. At most big streets, they can be hailed at malls and big hotels, but as in most cases, ordering by phone is the safest bet.
Do allow plenty of time for the journey, even in such a small city. A short trip that is about 8 km will take you 45 min to an hour through the heavy traffic during peak times (morning 08:00-09:00, evening 17:00-18:00). A short trip from Dago factory outlet areas to The Valley is less than 10 kilometers, but can take almost 50 minutes!
List of taxi companies in Bandung:
- AA, ☎ . Flawless vehicles, but in a few cases fares can jump to a minimum of Rp25,000.
- Bandung Raya, ☎ .
- Blue Bird, ☎ . Good reputation and reliable, this is the premium taxi company in Indonesia. Call centre staff can speak English. Most hotels will gladly call the taxi to pick you up. Rp 10,000 additional charge for phone order.
- Centris Taxi, ☎ .
- Cipaganti Taxi, ☎ . The best alternative if you are unable to find Blue Bird.
- Gemah Ripah, ☎ . Third choice after Blue Bird, no minimum payment even by phone order.
- Kota Kembang, +62 22 731 2312.
- Putra, ☎ .
There are a number of bus companies but they don't cover the whole city due to many narrow streets in Bandung. City buses, called Damri, usually cover long routes across the city from end-to-end; for example, from the north to the south (Dago or Setiabudi to Leuwi Panjang CentralTerminal) and from the west to the east (from Cibeureum to Cicaheum and then to Cibiru). The intersection of north-south routes and east-East west is Alun-alun Central Park and intersection of Astana Anyar and Asia Afrika.
Buses can be stopped anywhere, not just at the bus stops. The ticket price for all routes is Rp 2,000 for without air-con and Rp 3,500 with air-com.
Using a car is probably the easiest and the most convenient way to travel around Bandung and surrounds. If you don't have a valid driving licence, then you can also rent a car with a chauffeur, which is very common for western travelers. Perhaps it is even better to rent a car from Jakarta. Rental cars are available from numerous outlets, including major international brands, for an average of Rp350,000 per day for 12 hours, Rp500,000 for travel outside Bandung such as to Tangkuban Perahu.
While it is generally required to travel by car, especially to the outskirt mountains, the horrendous weekend and rush hour traffic jams can put your trip up to an hour behind schedule, so be sure to plan ahead by starting early and look for alternate routes! The major roads that are often crowded are the roads leading up to Lembang (Jalan Sukajadi), Dago, Cihampelas, and the corridor from Pasteur toll exit to Pasupati overpass that connects these streets. On the weekends, especially long holidays, hoards of cars from Jakarta head over to this part of the city for a getaway, resulting in even uglier drive times. Be aware that many streets, especially the small ones, typically go one-way but sometimes poorly indicated!
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 its 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 has been formed recently to assist in endeavours to further preserve the city's historic buildings.
Who is C.P.W. Schoemaker?
Born in Ambarawa (Central Java) in 1882, Schoemaker has been renowned as the father of Bandung Art Deco architectural style. He is famous for adapting modern European architecture to the tropical surroundings. This blending of ancient decorative elements and modern architectural features has made him the best Indonesian architect of his time. He later became a professor at the Institute Technology Bandung. Among his students was ir. Soekarno, the first president of the Republic of Indonesia. He died in 1949 in the city that he loved and buried at the Pandu cemetery, Bandung.
When visiting Bandung, don't forget to visit his residence at Jl. Sawunggaling 2, where its heroic renovation has been awarded by UNESCO.
His artworks include: Gedung Merdeka, Villa Isola, facade of the Grand Preanger Hotel, Cipaganti mosque, Cathedral at Jl. Merdeka, Church at Jl. Wastukencana, the Majestic theater, Gedung PLN, Landmark building at Jl. Braga, etc.
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, ☎ . 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 (Masjid Raya Cipaganti), 85 Jl Raa Wiranatakusumah. 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), 10 Jl. Ganesha. 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, 40192 Jawa Barat (around 7 km from Bandung). 9AM - 5PM. 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, Jl. Peneropongan Bintang, Lembang, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. on reservation. 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.
- Reservation must be made 1 month before.
- Bosscha is closed on national holidays, Sunday and Monday.
- Day visit at 9:00, 12:00 (except Friday at 13:00) and 15:00.
- Public night (17:00-19:30), between April–October, with some presentations and demos. Ask there for a specific date as this public night is open at the 7th & 8th of the lunar month.
- Special visit can be arranged, subject to their availability.
- Geological Museum (Museum Geologi), 57 Jl. Diponegoro (near Gedung Sate complex), ☎ . Sat-Mo 9AM-3PM. Houses 250,000 rocks, a mineral collection, and 60,000 fossils. There are 3 major rooms in the museum: 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. Recommended museum by locals. Free.
- Sri Baduga Maharaja Museum (Museum Negeri Sribaduga), Jl. BKR No. 185, ☎ 022 – 5210976. Mo-Fr 8AM-3PM, Sa-Su 8AM-2PM, closed on public holidays. Archeological and geological exhibitions from the prehistoric West Java to the Hindu-Buddhist era.
- Pos dan Giro Museum Inside the East Building of Gedung Sate
- Mandala Wangsit Siliwangi Museum
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 savor the culinary diversity (see the Eat section), shop at the cheap outlets and distros (see the Buy section) or just hang around.
Every Sunday is Car Free Day in Dago street from Cikapayang to the north to Simpang-Siliwangi between 06:00 to 10:00. Come as early as possible, because it can become hectic, as it is only a small street.
- Trans Studio Bandung, Jl. Gatot Subroto no.289, Bandung., ☎ . Indonesia's biggest indoor theme park is an equivalent to Universal Studios, but to a much smaller scale. There are more than 20 rides within 3 zones: Studio Central, The Lost World, and Magic Corner. Some of the attractions, especially the roller coasters, are equally thrilling to what you would expect in an outdoor amusement park. Weekdays Rp. 150.000, weekends Rp. 250.000.
- Gasibu Park (Lapangan Gasibu). In front of Gedung Sate. It's a favorite spot for a walk around a park and all the way towards Monju (Monumen Perjuangan), some 500 meters away. fairground at some weekends, and food stalls at both ends of the park corridor. People's favorites include dim sum ceker (a chicken foot cooked dim sum style) and nasi liwet (rice cooked in coconut milk, with chicken and vegetables). Within walking distance, there is a famous yoghurt drink cafe with a nice and relaxing setting at Jl Cisangkuy.
- 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 organized and refereed rather like boxing matches.
- Alun-alun Kota Bandung (Bandung 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, Jl. Kebun Binatang No. 6, ☎ . Built in 1930. Popular for domestic tourists, mainly of the second day of Idul Fitri as tradition, but is not recommended for foregn tourists, because is not well maintained.
- Kawah Putih (White Crater), about 50 km south of Bandung (Travel south through Ciwidey). Discovered by Alfred Junghuhn in the 1800s, the crater lake was formed because of an eruption of the ancient age. It still features the a typical volcano lake with blue waters, grey cliffs, and white ground that you can step on to get close to the water, and it has had little to no activity for the past four centuries. Formerly a sulphur mine, its smell can be strong at some point — a 30 minute to one hour visit should suffice. Surprisingly, vegetation can still be found within its immediate vicinity. Park a car on site for Rp150,000 or cheaper downhill and then take a minivan, but you must still go through the flights of stairs with stalls at either side to reach the crater. Nuissance, a group with a young couple and a DSLR will be followed by some people, suppose take pre-wedding photos and have to pay more than Rp 100,000.
- Tangkuban Perahu, alan Raya Tangkuban Parahu no 282. The most well known mountain in Bandung. Called so because it resembles a capsized boat from a distance. There are three craters, the main crater Ratu, the secondary Upas right next to it, and the small Domas 20 minutes away on foot from the two craters. While you cannot get down to the crater because of its very steep elevation (and is fenced), you can still enjoy the marveling view of Ratu and Upas. It's a photographer's paradise! Unfortunately, most tourists only tend to see these two craters and forget Domas, the only crater that can get you an up close and personal encounter. You'll feel what a typical volcano has to offer, such as bubbling mud, boiling water, and hissing smell of sulphur, within a safe distance of course. You can even boil an egg by dunking it in the hot water! That being said, if you do not want to buy anything, politely and persistently say "No" to the pushy vendors that sells souvenirs. Rp50,000 for foreigners.
- Juanda Public Forest Park. It is a forest park in the city and serves as a water catchment area for the city. There are some interesting parks for children or to have a picnic. There are also some old second World War (Dutch and Japan) 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/hike a kilometer or take a ride by motorcycle/ojek. Ample parking lot available in front of the gate.
- Puncrut-Lembang walking trail. Begins at Puncrut, Jl. Kiputih, North Bandung. For beginners or who save the stamina, it is better to go to Ledeng first and continue to Lembang by angkot and ask people to go down to Puncrut.
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, Jl. Riau and Jl. Setiabudhi. Sisa exports (rejected export products), and factory outlets are prolific and have a very wide range of export quality items, mainly for 'L' sizes and over. Small sizes sometimes are remakes of big sizes, which you may find fit your body, but with the pocket on your chest looking oversized. 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, ☎ . 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, ☎ . 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, ☎ . 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, ☎ , 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.
While shopping malls are not the actual highlights of a trip to Bandung, there are a few that are prominent enough to be included in this list.
- Bandung Indah Plaza (BIP), Jl. Merdeka No. 56 (Jl. Sumatra),, ☎ . Daily 10:00-22:00. The typical layout of malls you would expect like Jakarta, with middle class shops and reasonably priced restaurants.
- Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk), Jl. Cihampelas No. 160, ☎ . Daily 10:00-22:00. After a drop from your outlet shopping at the strip, there are choices of restaurants to fill up, or rest at the outdoor park for a change of pace.
- Paris Van Java (PVJ), Jl. Sukajadi No. 137-139, ☎ . Open-air style shopping mall, buildings designed in a European colonial style, hence its name. Wide alleyways and boulevards filled with middle to upper class apparels with a plethora of food outlets, as well as a Blitz cinema that sometimes airs non-Hollywood blockbusters as well as a number of Indonesian movies.
- Trans Studio Mall (TSM), Jl. Gatot Subroto 289, ☎ . An opulent addition to the city, right next to the theme park. The place to find upscale clothing and fashion brands, as well as sit-down dining options and a huge food court.
- Istana Plaza (IP), Jl. Pasirkaliki 121-123, ☎ . By and large, an ordinary mall of middle class tenants. Located right at the heart of Bandung.
Factory outlets (FO)
Many fashion items that are typically manufactured for many of the world's top brands are produced in Indonesia. Of the productions, even slight defects such as a missing or incorrectly inserted button are enough to reject the bag from being displayed at their shelves, or they might have overrun the production quota that they ended up being dumped. These residual products are sold with sisa export tags, because they were made for export. Some of these items have Grade A (best quality, overrun product) or Grade B (export quality, slight defect) qualities. Don't be surprised to see made in Korea or made in Singapore in their tags! While you will still see a bag tagged $65 intended for sale at New York City, they will sell for only Rp45,000 ($5), a dramatically small fraction of the listed price in the destination market!
Enjoy bargain hunting but make a careful inspection yourself. Check for below-standard or damaged items and counterfeit branded products. The shops often have a wide range of modern contemporary styles and accessories.
Most of factory outlets are concentrated in Riau Street, Cihampelas Street, Dago Street, and Sukajadi-Setiabudi street. Listed here are just a few of the attractions, while its surrounding area has other shops that have surprises waiting for those who do pay a visit. If you cannot find what you are looking for, it is very likely you can find them next door or across the street!
- Cascade, Jalan RE Martadinata (Riau) No. 65, ☎ . Mostly casual or semi formal clothing. There are also collections of hats and accessories. The top floor has a dedicated scrapbooking area, where an instructor can teach you how to make one with accessories of your choice!
- ForMen, Jalan RE Martadinata (Riau) No.36, ☎ . The dedicated factory outlet solely for men, from formal to casual wear, a perfect resort while waiting for your wife or girlfriend shopping till drop.
- Heritage, Jalan RE Martadinata (Riau) no. 63. Colonial style exterior with humongous options of clothing. The outdoor café is very wide, has greenery, and a playing area. The top floor has a dedicated section for outwear or sweaters, as well as scrapbook making.
- The Secret, Jalan RE Martadinata (Riau) No.47. A modern style outlet, the first outlet you'll encounter when you enter Jalan Riau. There is a huge section for kids at its back, but it is for generally all ages. Both casual and smart casual options.
- Rumah Mode, Jalan Doktor Setiabudi no.41F, ☎ . Daily 9AM-9PM. Probably the most well-known outlet in Bandung. The options are especially great for both girls and boys' formal wear, but may not be as cheap as the street outlets. If your feet are aching after the stroll, there are cafés with both indoor and outdoor sit-down areas. VERY crowded on weekends.
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:
- unkl347, Jl. Trunojoyo 4
- Invictus,Jl.Pager gunung 13 and Jl.Trunojoyo 6 
- Ouval Research, Jl. Buah Batu 64
- No Label, Jl. Sumatra 24, Blackjack, Jl. Trunojoyo
- Screamous, Jl. Trunojoyo
- Badger, Jl. Trunojoyo
- Airplane,"starseeker","oglea", "Blankwear" Jl. Sultan Agung
- Cosmic, Jl. Trunojoyo
- Green Light, Bandung Indah Plaza Lt. 2 and Jl. Buah Batu
- Temple, Jl. Dipatiukur
- Skaters, Bandung Indah Plaza Lt. 2, Jl. Cihampelas and Jl. Raya Lembang
- Black ID, Jl. Lombok and Paris Van Java Mall.
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.
- 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
- 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, ☎ . Jl. Naripan 108 (around the corner of Jl. Sunda and Jl. Naripan), Bandung, an 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.
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 and Jl. Trunojoyo 29, serve Indonesian cuisine.
- Tizis Restaurant, Jl. Kidang Pananjung 3. European dishes with homemade bread and pastries.
- Atmosphere Cafe, ☎ . Jl. Lengkong Besar No. 97.
- The Peak Resort Dining, ☎ . Komplek Girandah Desa Karyawangi, Ciwaruga, Parongpong,
- The Stone Cafe, ☎ . Jl. Rancakendal Luhur No.5 (Gerbang Dago Resort), Dago Atas.
- The Valley Bistro, ☎ . Jl. Lembah Pakar Timur No. 28 (Dago).
- The View Restaurant, ☎ , fax: +62 22 2531196. Jl Resort Dago Pakar Raya No. 28, '
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, ☎ . 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, ☎ . Jl. Malabar 60. There are many branches outside the city.
- AA Laksana, ☎ . 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, ☎ . 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, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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, ☎ . Jalan Pasirkaliki No. 18 near Paskal Hypersquare and Bandung Train Station.
- Jess Dago, Jl. Ir. H.Djuanda 151 B, ☎ . '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, ☎ . 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.
- Momiji, ☎ . Japanese Cuisine, Jl. Braga 64. Serving authenthic Japanese cuisine in Jalan Braga, the famous historical street of Bandung.
- Midori, ☎ . Jl. Sultan Tirtayasa 31. Similar price range with Sushi Tei. Its sashimi are thick
- Korean House, ☎ . At North Bandung on Jl. Sukajadi No. 175.
- Chef's Table Resto and Bar, ☎ . 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, ☎ . Jalan Lengkong Besar 97.
- Glosis Restaurant at Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk). Jl. Cihampelas. Prices are approximately US $8/person
- Vienna cafe & resto, ☎ . Previously Cafe Venezia. Jl. Sukajadi 205. Italian restaurant with pasta, pizza, fried chicken, salad, soup. 9AM-11PM. Approximately US $15/person.
- Tony Roma's, ☎ , 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, ☎ . Jl. Ir. H. Juanda 28. International style restaurant withhamburger, steak, fried chicken, sate, soup, salad. Hours 7AM-9PM. Price: approx. US $7/person.
- The Stone Cafe, ☎ . 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.
- Amigos Restaurant, ☎ , fax: +62 22 200 7406. At Le'aries Garden Hotel. Jl. Terusan Pasteur Annex. Price: approx. US6/person
- 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, ☎ . Jl Sumatera 31.
- Parit 9 Seafood, ☎ . Jln Anggrek No 61 Bandung
- D'Cost seafood, ☎ . 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, ☎ . JL.Ir.H.DJUANDA 151 B BANDUNG.
Ice cream and pastry
Your culinary tour in Bandung does not end at the restaurants/cafes! There are plenty of bakeries in the city where exotic pastries entices you to bring one home — a legacy of the Dutch who wanted to pamper or relax in the city. Some of them have high popularities that you must take a queue even before the shop it even opens!
- Sumber Hidangan, Jl. Braga 20,. Daily 8:30AM-7PM, closed Sundays. The bakery was opened as Het Snoephuis (The Candy House) in 1929. The interior is still pretty much the same as it was in earlier times. Breads and cookies' still retain their names on display in Dutch, such as zwieback, roomsoes, krentenbrood, saucijzenbrood, suiker hagelslaag. Its old-time ambience and original menu attracts tourists and long-time patrons. While the premise may look like a run down but the elderly long-time working staffs suggest that they have authenticity in mind. If you are fed up with pastries, its ice cream and steak should perk you up.
- Bawean Bakery (formerly Sweetheart 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 at Jalan Bawean. Their specialties are cakes baked using rum; such as nougat rolls, brownies and similar. This alcoholic ingredient make their cakes taste a bit bitter but preservable for a week.
- Brownies Kukus Amanda, (Main outlet) Jl. Rancabolang 29 (branch) Jl. Ir. H. Djuanda No. 167, Jl. Dr. Setiabudi No. 164, ☎ . For its namesake, the brand highlights its steamed (no-bake) chocolate soft brownies, enticing people to form a line at its outlets!
- Kartika Sari, (Main outlet) Jl. Buah Batu 165A, (branch) Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 85 (Dago), ☎ . The primary brand for local Bandung pastries. A wide selection of pastries, but the most famous include its lapis cakes; the cheese sticks; keju bagelen; and the special pisang mollen, a round bread stuffed with banana that you can choose with or without choose.
- Prima Rasa, Jl. Kemuning 20, ☎ . The main contender of Kartika Sari, similar products but some of the pastries has an added modern touch. Its best-selling product includes the Picnic Roll, a box of assorted sweet and savory pastries.
- Rasa Bakery, Jl. Tamblong no. 15, ☎ . One of the most well known ice cream parlors in Bandung. Home made for your sweet tooth. From Rp20,000.
- Soes Merdeka, Jl. Merdeka No. 25-29, ☎ . The outlet has a legacy of its kue soes, a puff pastry with sweet fillings, but its specialty includes a rum filling.
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), ☎ , 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, ☎ . 10AM-12midnight. Traditional Sundanese teas in a cosy and relax environment. Rp 8,000-35,000,-.
Most sleeping options are in line with where most of the tourist attractions are: around the Pasupati bridge and to its north. Accommodation in the city itself available for a wide range of price, from a $30 1-star, to more than $200 room at a 5-star hotel, which usually occupies the city center area. More options are up the hill at Lembang, especially 3-star hotels.
- Ahadiat Hotel & Bungalow, Jl. Sindang Sirna Elok No.9, ☎ . Bungalow style hotel along a man-made lake, you can fish for a small fee, or let the children play at its very own playground. From Rp375,000.
- Cassadua Hotel, Jl Cassa no. 2, ☎ . Balcony, terrace, cableTV, internet, private toilet and bath. Fitness room/gym, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, airport transfer, room service and wake-up call. From Rp 225,000.00.
- Hotel Jelita Parahyangan, Jl. Pasirkaliki 61, ☎ . A/C rooms, all with private toilet and bath, cableTV, mini-home theater, and balcony/terrace. Airport and city transfers, cafe, and laundry services. From Rp 198,000.
- Ottenville Boutique Hotel, Jln Dr Otten no 6, ☎ . A/C rooms, all with a toilet and bath with hot/cold shower, flat-screen satellite TV, and coffee/tea maker/mini-bar. From Rp 348,000.00.
- Aston Tropicana, Jl Cihampelas 125-129, ☎ , fax: +62 22 8446 0100. The only giant hotel right at the heart of Bandung's shopping destination, Cihampelas. Beds may not be comfortable for people more than 6 feet high, but otherwise the rooms are very spacious. Complete facilities such as pool, gym, Japanese restaurant, and a grand ballroom. From Rp700,000.
- Savoy Homann, Jl. Asia-Afrika 112, ☎ , fax: +62 22 423 6187, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bandung's oldest hotel and one-time host to Charlie Chaplin, Yasser Arafat, and the delegation of the 1955 Asia-African Conference. The current building is a striking art-deco work from the 1930s, perfect for even a daytime visit. Rooms do have a revamp but still somewhat dim. Food and drinks are on par with the benign price. From Rp500,000.
- The Imperium International Hotel, Jl. Dr Rum 30-32, ☎ . A/C, cableTV, mini-bar, and a coffee/tea maker. Club Music Room, a sport centre, and a swimming pool. 3 stars. From US $45.
- Topas Galeria Hotel, Jl. Dr. Djunjunan No. 153, ☎ . A/C rooms, all with cableTV, internet connection and a mini-bar. Room service, massage service, and airport/city transfer. From Rp 600,000.
- Villa Damar, Jl. Damar no.7, Jawa Barat, ☎ . Deluxe, Junior Suite and Garden Suite, all equipped with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV and refrigerator. Facilities and services are spa & wellness centre, restaurant and coffee shop. From USD 64.00.
- Aston Primera Pasteur, ☎ , fax: +62 22 206 0124. Jl. Dr. Junjunan 96. Hotel & conference centre. 4 stars.
- Grand Aquila, ☎ , fax: +62 22 2039282, e-mail: email@example.com. Jl. Dr. Djundjunan (Terusan Pasteur) 11. Nearby the Pasteur toll gate. 5 stars.
- Grand Preanger, Jl. Asia-Afrika 81., ☎ , toll-free: 0 800 182-1112, fax: +62 22 4231631. Jl. Asia-Afrika 81. In the Alun-Alun area, the facade has an art-deco style. 5 stars.
- Hilton Bandung, Jl. HOS Tjokroaminoto No. 41-43, ☎ , fax: +62 22 8606 6999. The standard high-end Hilton experience can be found at its Bandung property. Rooms look slightly outdated but large, a minimum of 45 square meters, and the suites are even more cavernous. Friendly facilities for business travelers and family, as well as a gym and swimming pool. Breakfast at Purnawarman, cocktail at Magma, or lounging at a poolside café or the lobby bar. From Rp1,000,000.
- Hyatt Regency Bandung, ☎ , fax: +62 22 4210380, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jl. Sumatera 51. (252 rooms and suites in the city centre with Indonesian decor, marble bath, working desk, broadband internet access, daily newspaper, in-room coffee and nightly turndown. Regency Club lounge for free continental breakfast, evening cocktails and canapes. 5 stars.
- Jadul Village Resort & Spa, Terusan Sersan Bajuri 45 Cihideung, ☎ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 12PM. Jadul Village Resort & Spa offers rooms equipped with safe and TV. Some of its facilities and services are restaurant, cafe, meeting room, spa, buggy service, bar and lounge. Rates start at 1,000,000.00 IDR.
- The Padma Bandung, Jl. Ranca Bentang 56-58, ☎ , fax: +62 22 2030633, e-mail: email@example.com. 5 star with view to the northern hills, swimming pool. From Rp1,800,000.
- Panghegar, ☎ , fax: +62 22 423 1583, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jl. Merdeka 2. In the city centre with a revolving restaurant on the roof. 4 Stars.
- Papandayan, ☎ , fax: +62 22 7310988, e-mail: email@example.com. Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto 83. 4 stars.
North Bandung and surrounding, Dago/Jl. H. Juanda and Riau:
- Bumi Sawunggaling Hotel, Jl. Sawunggaling No.13, ☎ . All rooms have A/C, cableTV, and mini-bar. Business centre, spa, wifi and travel services. From Rp 320,000.
- The Palais Dago Hotel, Jl. Ir. H. Djuanda No. 90, ☎ . Boutique hotel with well appointed rooms, bar, cafe and resto, meeting room and business centre. From Rp 1,000,000.
- Holiday Inn, ☎ , fax: +62 22 4216666, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) 31-33. (. Lower Dago area. 4 Stars.
- The Luxton, ☎ , fax: +62 22 4220 600. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) 18. 4 stars.
- Sheraton Inn, ☎ , fax: +62 22 250 0301. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) 390. Upper Dago area, close to the dago golf centre. 5 stars.
- Jayakarta, ☎ , fax: +62 22 250 5388, e-mail: email@example.com. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) 381A. Upper Dago area. 4 stars.
- De Bukit Dago Jl. Bukit Pakar Timur IV/D6 (Dago). ☎ +62 811 248 956, +62 811 248 912. (firstname.lastname@example.org) (fax:+62 22 4207950), . A villa/guest house in the Dago hill area with Bandung city views.
- Patra Jasa, ☎ , fax: +62 22 250 4995. Patra Jasa. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda 132. Close to Bandung Institute of Technology. 2 stars.
- Garden Permata, ☎ . Jl. Lemahneundeut no. 7. 4 stars.
- Dago Guest House, ☎ , fax: +62 22 250 7030, e-mail: email@example.com. Jl. Bukit Dago Selatan 53B, Dago. (Located in the West Java Art & Culture Complex (Kompleks Taman Budaya Propinsi Jawa Barat)). Private bathroom with shower, A/C, cableTV. Book online for cheaper rates. Free airport pickup, internet.
- Santika, ☎ , fax: +62 22 423 9601, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jl. Sumatera 52-54. 3 stars.
- De Riau Motel, ☎ , , fax: +62 22 420 7950, e-mail: email@example.com. Jl. Cimanuk 37. . Affordable cheap motel at the city centre.
- Tamara Guest House, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jl. Wira Angun-Angun No.46. Guesthouse with single, twin, and triple bedrooms, with private bathroom, western appliances and hot water; Free continental breakfast, internet access, cableTV in common room, trilingual host; English, Dutch, Indonesia. Taxi, tour, and car rental can be arranged.
North 'Outside' Bandung
- GH Universal, ☎ . Jl. Setiabudhi 376. 5 stars.
- Villa Roberni Villa Istana Bunga, V3 North Bandung, Parongpong. ☎ +62 22 278 9443, +62 815 1403 0077 (email@example.com), (fax:+62 22 278 9443), .
- the Santorini Villa Villa Istana Bunga, W.8 North Bandung, Parongpong. ☎ +62 22 278 9443, +62 815 1403 0077 (firstname.lastname@example.org), (fax:+62 22 278 9443), .
- De Villa Kompleks Villa Istana Bunga, Villa keluarga. North Bandung, Parongpong - Cisarua. ☎ +62 22 811 248912, +62 811 248956 (email@example.com), (fax:+62 22 420 7950), . Spacious garden, 24 hr private security, public swimming pool, basketball and tennis court. Bandung city view and scenery view.
- Daarul Jannah Cottage, Jln. Gegerkalong Girang No 67., ☎ . 15 A/C rooms, all with Internet, coffee/tea maker, and a private bathroom with shower.
- Hotel Talagasari Permai, Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi 269-275. (North Bandung, close to Lembang and Tangkuban Perahu), ☎ , fax: +62 22 2011731, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 7AM, check-out: 12 noon. A/C rooms , TV, bathroom with shower and bathtub, swimming pool, karaoke. Sundanese, European and Chinese restaurant, free breakfast for 2 persons. Discount 50% promo until 31 Aug, 2011 & 1 night free for 10 stays in 3 months. From Rp 280,000 nett.
- Vue Palace Hotel, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Jl. Otto Iskandardinata no.3. . 4 stars.
- Hotel Pelangi Indan, JL Pasirkaliki no 84, ☎ 022-423-5451. Standard double/Deluxe double with own bathrooms. RP110.000/125.000.
- De Bale Townhouse (Kompleks Bale Pakuan Town house), ☎ , e-mail: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Jl. Cimbuleuit. Newly built town house with modern architecture.
- Novotel Bandung, ☎ , fax: +62 22 4212999, e-mail: email@example.com. Jalan Cihampelas No 23. 4 star hotel.
- Sensa Hotel Bandung, Jl Cihampelas No 160., ☎ . 5 star. Connected to the 'Cihampelas Walk', boulevard-style shopping mall.
- Cihampelas Hotel, Jln. Cihampelas No 222 and 240., ☎ . 15 A/C rooms, all with internet, cableTV, coffee/tea maker, and a private bathroom with shower and bathtub.
- Hotel Nalendra Bandung, Jl. Cihampelas 225-227., ☎ . 91 room 3 star hotel in 3 types ( standard, deluxe & suite ). A/C, TV, hot water, cafe, mini-bar, massage, swimming pool, free internet in lobby area, free pick up & drop to airport & train station, breakfast for 2 person. From Rp 530,000.
- Hotel Mitra, ☎ , fax: +62 22 721 8304. Jl. WR. Supratman No.98. 3 stars.
- Arion Swiss Bellhotel (formerly Citra Cikopo), ☎ , fax: +62 22 426 6270. Jl. Otto Iskandardinata no. 16. 4 stars.
- Dinas Pariwisata Kota Bandung: JL. Ahmad Yani No. 227, ☎ +62 22 7210768. .
- Jl. Stasiun Timur No. 1, ☎ +62 22 421 6648.
- Ambulance: 118.
- Police: 110.
- West Java Police HQ (Polda Jawa Barat) : Jl. Soekarno Hatta No. 748, ☎ +62 22 7806392.
- Police stations:
- Greater Bandung (Polwiltabes Bandung), Jl. Merdeka
- West Bandung (Polresta Bandung Barat), Jl. Sukajadi No. 141A, ☎ +62 22 203 1615.
- East Bandung (Polresta Bandung Timur), Jl. AH. Nasution No. 21, ☎ +62 22 7805981.
- Central Bandung (Polresta Bandung Tengah), Jl. Jend. Ahmad Yani No. 282, ☎ +62 22 7200058, +62 22 7271115.
- Bandung (Polres Bandung), Soreang.
- Cimahi (Polres Cimahi), Jl. Raya Cibabat,☎ +62 22 2031181.
- Royal Netherlands Honorary Consulate, Jl. Dayang Sumbi No. 3, ☎ , fax: +62 22 2506197.
- France Consular Agency, Jl. Purnawarman No. 32, ☎ , fax: +62 22 4207877.
- Hungary Honorary Consulate, Jl. Padasaluyu Utara II No. 3, ☎ , fax: +62 22 2014407.
- Poland Honorary Consulate, Jl. Bukit Pakar Utara No. 75, ☎ .
Hospitals with 24 hour emergency rooms
- RS Umum Pusat Dr Hasan Sadikin, JI. Pasteur No 38, ☎ +62 22 2034953.
- RS Santo Borromeus, JI. Ir. H Juanda No 100, ☎ +62 22 250 4041, +62 22 2552000
- RS Rajawali: Jl Rajawali 38. ☎ +62 22 6011913
- RS Advent Bandung, JI. Cihampelas No 161. ☎ +62 22 2034386.
- RS Immanuel Bandung, JI. Kopo No 161. ☎ +62 22 5001656.
- RS Santo Yusup Bandung: Jl Cikutra No.7. ☎ +62 22 7208172.
- RS Muhammadiyah Bandung: Jl. KH Ahmad Dahlan No.53. ☎ +62 22 7301062.
- Santosa Bandung International Hospital: Jl. Kebonjati No.38. ☎ +62 22 4248555.
- RS Kebonjati : Jl. Kebonjati No. 152.
- RS Advent : Jl. Cihampelas No. 161.
- RS Al Islam Bandung : Jl. Sukarno Hatta No. 644.
There are some sidetrips to the mountain range surrounding Bandung:
- North: mount Tangkuban Perahu. Lembang is a favourite weekend break destination at the base of the mountain with hiking trail and active volcanic crater. You can stay at Sari Ater, a natural hot spring water complex, or rent a villa. In the vicinity, Maribaya park offers a wonderful waterfall traps.
- South: tea plantations. Ciwidey & Pangalengan are the main destination to the south mountains. Situ Patenggang lake in the middle of tea plantation in Ciwidey offers a relaxing time in a boat, fishing, camping or in a bungalow. A few kilometers from the lake is Kawah Putih (white crater), made by sulfuric activity in the area with a camping park, called Ranca Upas. The area is frequently used as a pre-wedding photography area. Entrance fee: Rp 150,000/car or Rp 5,000/motorcycle plus Rp 16,000 per person. Significant different entrance fee between car and motorcycle due to Forestry Administration discourage of using cars.
- West: chalk mountain range. There are not many nature destinations in the west, except Situ Ciburuy lake at the side of the main road hub to Cianjur and the Saguling dam. You might also want to taste peuyeum, a local food made from fermented cassava. If you are hungry, there are plenty of good Sundanese restaurants in the vicinity, because the road (non toll) to the west is the main hub between Bandung and Jakarta through Puncak.
- East: a link of Bandung to the eastern part of West Java and to neighbouring Central Java province. You can go to Cirebon (about 2-3 hr), a coastal city known for fishing and oil industries. To the southeast you can go to Garut (about 1 hour), a resort city in the valley of mountain, well known for its dodol snack.