Bandung  is the capital city of West Java, 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. 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 768m 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.
Although the oldest written reference to the city dates back to 1488, there were numerous archaeological finds of Australopithecus (Java Man) living on the banks of Cikapundung river and the shores of the Great Lake of Bandung.
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), stretched about 1000 km between the west and the east coasts of Java. As much of the north coast was impassable swamp and marsh 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's landmarks, including the Preanger and Savoy Homann hotels as well as the shopping street of Jalan Braga, date to this time. The Concordia Society, now Gedung Merdeka, was built with a large ball room as a club for rich Europeans for their weekends.
In 1880, the first major railroad between Jakarta to Bandung was opened, boosting light industry and bringing in Chinese workers. The first of Bandung's universities, the Technische Hogeschool (TH) was established on July 3, 1920. Now known as the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), one of TH's alumni was the independence leader and first president Soekarno.
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, the Dutch returned with a vengeance and on March 24, 1946, during the struggle for Indonesian independence, the city of Bandung was burned down by its own residents (Bandung Sea of Fire/Bandung Lautan Api) as a sign of refusal to surrender and over 200,000 people fled the city.
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 held 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 turned into business premises.
Jalan Asia-Afrika, the former Grote Postweg, remains one of Bandung's main thoroughfares and connects together the alun-alun (city square) with many of the city's colonial landmarks.
Alone among Indonesia's large cities, Bandung is not by the seaside, but in the central highlands. Direct transport links are thus limited, and the easiest way to go to Bandung is via Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. On the upside, the connections are excellent and the trip up through the Parahyangan mountains is quite scenic.
Bandung's Hussein Sastranegara (IATA: BDO airport has a difficult location among the mountains and has only limited services with small planes. The airport is located at the end of Pajajaran Street, 4 km from the centre of the city. A metered taxi costs approximately US$1, but most hotels provide a free airport transfer services.
Some airlines serving Bandung:
- Air Asia  - operates thrice daily flights from Kuala Lumpur and daily from Singapore , plus Denpasar/Bali and Medan once a day (no-frill airline)
- Merpati  - Balikpapan, Batam, Denpasar, Palembang, Surabaya, Tarakan and Ujung Pandang.
- Sriwijaya Air  - operate daily flight from Surabaya
There are no longer any scheduled services from Jakarta to Bandung, as both Merpati and Deraya have stopped their flights. Charter plane/helicopter service is still available if you really need a zippy connection.
Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta 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).
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 categorized as either door to door (chartered car or van that takes your group exactly where you want to go, for c. US$50-75) or point to point (from a terminal to another, for under US$10). Many companies offer both.
A select list of larger transportation companies:
- 4848. Jl Prapatan 34, Jakarta 10410. Tel.: (62)(21) 381 4488, (62)(21) 386 4848. The service is great, reliable and safe. Price: approx. US$ 25/car (4 persons).
- 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 20 minutes or so on most routes. Rp. 75,000 for a shared ride, Rp. 700,000 for a point-to-point charter.
- Baraya. The cheapest travel from Jakarta to Bandung, for only Rp. 48,000 for a shared ride.
- Primajasa, Tel.: (62)(22) 6073992 (Bandung), Tel.: (62)(21) 8009545 (Jakarta). Direct shuttle service from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Bandung Super Mall. The trip takes approx. 3 hours and the cost is approx. US$ 8.50/person or Rp. 75,000. Schedule: once every half hour from 00.30 AM to 4 PM.
- Silver Bird Van (Blue Bird Group), Jl. Mampang Prapatan Raya 60, South Jakarta. Tel.: (62)(21) 798 1234. Price: Rp. 750,000 door to door, plus toll fee Rp. 40,000.
- X-Trans, Jl. Blora 1 AB, Central Jakarta, Tel.: (62)(21) 315 0555. Price: approx. US$ 55/car 10 persons.
- CitiTrans, Jakarta (Fatmawati, Bintaro, Sudirman, Kelapa Gading), Tel.: (62)(21) 45 867 111. Bandung (Dipati Ukur), Tel.: (022) 25 33 700.
- DayTrans,  Jakarta (Fatmawati, Karet, Mall Senayan City, Meruya-Intercon, Kebon Jeruk-Binus, Grogol, Atrium Plaza, Hotel Acacia; Pulomas, Tebet dan Jatiwaringin), Tel.: (62)(21) 7063 6868. Bandung (Dipati Ukur, Cihampelas dan Pasteur), Tel.: (022) 7063 6868.
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. It is now faster to travel to Bandung by car than by train from Jakarta.
During the rainy season, parts of the Cipularang toll road may be closed because of landslides. On weekends, traffic jams often occur near the toll gates in the Djunjunan/Terusan Pasteur area.
One alternative route is by the slower, but enjoyable, route from Jakarta - Puncak - Cianjur - Bandung. If you travel by car using this route, then make sure to stop at the Puncak Pass, the tip of the highland just on the outskirts of Jakarta. From here, the view of tea plantation with fresh air can be enjoyed. There are plenty of good restaurants and hotels out there.
There is also a beautiful safari park/zoo in Puncak: Taman Safari Indonesia, Jl. Raya Puncak No.601, Cisarua, Bogor 16750. Tel.: (62)(251) 250 000, Fax.: (62)(251) 250 555. .
State operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia  offers frequent services between Jakarta and Bandung, as well as connections onward to Surabaya. Evem the fastest services take almost three hours, making this a slower option than the shuttle buses, but the scenery between Jakarta and Bandung is beautiful. The railroad passes mountains and padi terraces. Don't miss this view when traveling by train. Use the AC (air-conditioned) coach if you cannot cope with the tropical heat. Most hotels in Bandung provide free transportation from train station to the hotel.
|Argo Gede||Gambir (Jakarta) - Bandung||EKS||2h45m||Rp. 50,000||7 (M-F), 9 (Su/Sa)|
|Argo Parahyangan||Gambir (Jakarta) - Bandung||EKS & BIS||3h10m||Rp. 50,000 & Rp 30,000||9 (M-F), 11 (Su/Sa)|
|Argo Wilis||Gubeng (Surabaya) - Bandung||EKS||13h||Rp. 220,000||1|
|Turangga||Gubeng (Surabaya) - Bandung||EKS||13h||Rp. 240,000||1|
|Mutiara Selatan||Gubeng (Surabaya) - Bandung||BIS||12h40m||Rp. 120,000||1|
|Harina||Semarang - Bandung||EKS||7h10m||Rp. 120,000||1|
|Lodaya Malam||Balapan (Solo) - Bandung||EKS & BIS||16h||Rp. 130,000 & Rp. 80,000||1 (night)|
|Lodaya Pagi||Balapan (Solo) - Bandung||EKS & BIS||15h||Rp. 150,000 & Rp. 90,000||1 (daytime)|
|Parahyangan Cirebon||Cirebon - Bandung||EKS & BIS||4h 6m||Rp. 40,000||Mon to Fri (Start March 3)|
|Pasundan||Gubeng (Surabaya) - Bandung||EKO||1|
|Kahuripan||Kediri - Bandung||EKO||1|
|Sawunggalih Selatan||Kutuarjo - Bandung||EKO||1|
|Serayu||Kroya - Bandung||EKO||6h 20m||2x daily|
|Serayu||Kota (Jakarta) - Bandung||EKO||3h 15m||2x daily|
|Baraya Geulis||Padalarang - Bandung - Cicalengka||BIS||1h 22m||Rp. 8,000||Daily 10x to PDL; 2x to CLK|
|KA Cibatu||Purwakarta - Bandung||EKO||1|
|KA Cibatu||Cibatu - Bandung||EKO||1|
|KA Cianjur||Cianjur - Bandung||EKO||2|
|KRD Patas||Cicalengka - Bandung||EKO||36m||9x daily|
|KRD Bandung Raya||Padalarang - Bandung - Cicalengka||EKO||1h 19m||9x daily|
- EKS = eksekutif (AC), BIS = bisnis (non-AC), EKO = ekonomi
- Duration is total duration from end to end station.
Some tips on using angkot:
There is no uniform color, but each route has the same 2-color scheme, even the same model of minibus (some routes may mix Kijangs and minibusses). There may be custom variations to the vehicles because they are privately-owned.
Travelling around in Bandung is quite complex and frustrating, especially to newcomers. There is no mass rapid transit system, metro nor tram in Bandung. Locals travel using small public minibuses, known as angkot from angkutan=transport and kota=city.
This city transport has only origin and destination names on top. Sometimes with via description if there are more than one angkot route for a certain origin-destination route. There is no route description anywhere. 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 organization of these private city transport), sometimes price is 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-reey) 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 2000-3000 rupiah (about 25 cents USD) depends on the route and distance.
The official angkot routes are listed here .
If you don't know which angkot routes to take, then you can take a taxi. Officially, taxis use meters, but some taxi drivers may refuse to use meters and will charge you a fixed price instead. Don't be afraid to refuse and walk away, even locals are annoyed by this behaviour. Metered cabbies may also take you the long way to get more money. So be careful when travelling by taxi. The most reliable taxi company (i.e always use the meter, go straight to the destination) in Bandung is Blue Bird.
List of taxi companies in Bandung:
- 4848, Jl Suniaraja Tmr 39, Bandung 40111. Tel.: (62)(22) 4234848. Reliable, good service on Bandung to Jakarta route.
- Bandung Raya, Jl Dr Setiabudi 177, Bandung 40153. Tel.: (62)(22) 201 4018.
- Blue Bird, Jl Terusan Buah Batu 194, Bandung 40286, Tel.: (62)(22) 7561234. Good reputation and reliable.
- Centris Taxi, Jl Soekarno-Hatta 606-A, Bandung 40235. Tel.: (62)(22) 7512100. Branch of Centris Taxi company in Jakarta.
- Gemah Ripah, Tel.: (62)(22) 4217070. Second choice after Blue Bird.
- Kota Kembang, Jl Kiaracondong 338, Bandung 40275. Tel.: (62)(22) 7312312.
- Putra, Komplek Marga Asih Indah, J. Nilem 2 Blok J1 No. 10, Bandung 40215 Tlp. (62)(22) 5405010
There are also some bus lines, but they don't cover the whole city. City buses usually cover long routes across the city from end-to-end; for example, from the north to the south and from the west to the east. The city bus is called DAMRI.
Using your own car or renting 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. You can stop for one night in Puncak, Bogor or Sukabumi.
World-wide Car Rental companies are now available in major cities in Indonesia:
- WITRencar  Car Rental
- GRIYA MOBIL KITA  Indonesian rent car services.
- Suci Rental Car Rental with reasonable rate. Tel: (62) (22) 76088204 - 69760986
- Mulia Car Rental  well known for their reliable service and reasonable rate. Tel: (62) (22) 70750566 - 70167297, mobile: +62 8122015474.
- EuropCar  Rental (also available in Jakarta and Semarang)
Location: Bandung Airport (Hussein Sastranegara Airport). Tel: +62 (22) 6015871
- Dwima Car Rental  Car Rental for reasonable rate.
- Hadi Rentcar  Indonesian car rental.
For Local Car Rental in Bandung:
- Mandiri Rental Car  Car Rental in Bandung, Good Services and Friendly Driver with Reasonable Price. Address : Jl. Galaxy 1 No. 88 Margahayu Raya Barat, Bandung. Tel : (+62) (22) 7535302 - 70144533, Mobile : (+62) 81321748823
- Total Car Rental , Jl. Jajaway Dago Atas no. 12FA, Bandung 40135, Tel: +62 (22) 8252 0044. They also provide Bandung tour packages that you can choose, beside hotel reservation to manage your trip/ground arrangements.
- Cipaganti, Jl Cipaganti 84, Bandung 40131. Tel.: (62)(22) 2034376. Good, reliable service.
- Dirgantara Car Rental , Jl Lamping 7, Bandung 40131. Tel.: (62)(22) 2035050.
- Lysan, Kompl Mitra Dago Parahyangan Bl I/11, Bandung. Tel.: (62)(22) 7217070.
- Revin Tour & Travel, Jl Gatot Subroto 201, Bandung. Tel.: (62) (22) 7330111
- Kangaroo Transport, Jl.Dr Junjunan No.24 Bandung. Jakarta Ruko Inkopal F22 Kelapa Gading For Reservation Call Center :
Jakarta : (62) 21 - 4585 1575 Bandung : (62) (22) 204 0505
- Tashiru Transport , Jl Sarijadi no 157, Bandung 40132. For Reservation Call Center :
Jakarta : (62) 87822421314 Bandung : (62) (22) 95076042
Note that traffic in Bandung is so complex and the city administration likes to make experiments about the traffic. There are lack of traffic signs and directions. Most major roads are one-way, which makes it difficult to turn around if you are lost. Be careful to enter a street that it might be a one-way street from the opposite direction and there is no no-entry sign. Then, there is a police hiding somewhere and at once he will pop up instantly to stop you, which finally you will have to pay him some money.
In the late 18th and early 19th century, as locals called it the bandoeng tempo doeloe (old Bandung) era, there were many buildings built with an art-deco style. The city that had served as a weekend resort for European rich men has made these type of buildings possible. Unfortunately the city administration has a tendency to create a modern look of the city with suspension bridge, banks, malls and commercial areas, instead of preserving old historical buildings. The non-profit organization Bandung Heritage Society  has been formed recently to save these jewels forever.
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 blending modern European architecture, but closely related to the tropical surroundings. This blending of ancient decorative elements and modern architectural features has made him the best Indonesian architect at that time. He later became a professor at the Institute Technology Bandung. Among of his student is 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. Setiabudhi 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 (University of Education Indonesia) 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.
Art & 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 . 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.
Location: Jl. Padasuka 118, around 7km from Bandung.
How to get there: 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 Observatorium , built in 1923 by Nederlandsch-Indische Sterrekundige Vereeniging (Assoc. of Dutch-Indies Astronomers) is the only observatorium 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.
Location: Jl. Peneropongan Bintang, Lembang 40391. Tel: (+62) 22-2786001. E-mail: administration[at]as.itb.ac.id
To visit there, ask the department administration first for a reservation. Some visiting notes:
- 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, houses 250.000 rocks and 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: Jl. Diponegoro 57, Bandung. (near Gedung Sate complex). Tel: (+62)-22-7203205.
Visiting time: every day 09:00-15:00 except Friday. Price: Free. Recommended museum by locals.
- Sri Baduga Maharaja Museum
- Pos dan Giro Museum
- 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 outskirt of the city are mainly mountain resorts, adventures 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.
- On the way to Lembang, you can make a sidetrip to Bosscha, the only observatorium in Indonesia. Please make sure you have made a reservation and take a note on its opening hours.
- Continue your journey to Lembang and stop at one of the food stall that sells fresh milk. You can drink fresh milk with many flavours. The milk is really fresh.
- Go to the Mt. Tangkuban Perahu. Go circling around Kawah Ratu (Queen's crater) to see the volcanic activity closely. There are other craters: Kawah Upas and Kawah Domas. Beware of the tourist hawkers who sell many things at unreasonably expensive prices.
- Continue the journey to Sari Ater, a hot water spring complex. On the way, there is a good Sundanese restaurant, named Sindang Reret, that you can stop by for your lunch.
- Sari Ater  is a resort with natural hot water spring pools, some recreation parks and healthy spas. Stay overnight and have a good dinner at their restaurant.
- On the way back to Bandung, take a stop at a street food stall and have some grilled 'sweet corns or grilled ketan (sticky rice) while enjoying the view of the tea plantation.
- 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. Fahtur Gunawang is a local ram enthusiast and travel guide, tel 0062-81809878336 or email email@example.com. 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.
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. Telp (022) 820 63630. 9 screens. Ticket price: Rp. 15,000 - 22,000 - 27,000
- BSM XXI, Bandung Supermall Lt. 3, Jl. Jend Gatot Subroto. Telp: (022) 612 6521. 5 screens. Ticket price: Rp. 15,000 - 25,000
- BTC XXI, Bandung Trade Center Lt. P-2/3, Jl Dr. Djundjunan no. 143-149. Telp. (022) 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, Bandung Indah Plaza Lt. 3, Jl. Merdeka 56. Telp. (022) 424 0719. 6 screens. Ticket price: Rp. 15,000
- Galaxy 21, Jl. Kepatihan. Telp. (022) 420 8143. 6 screens. Ticket price: Rp. 9,000 - 13,000
- Jatos 21, Jatinangor Town Square, Jl. Raya Jatinangor No. 150. Telp. (022) 8792 0089. 5 screems. Ticket price: 10,000 - 15,000
- Nusantara 21, Jl. Alun-Alun Timur No. 3-7. Telp. (022) 4237 040. 4 screens. Ticket price: Rp. 8,000 - 10,000
- Regent 21, Jl. Sumatra 2. Telp. (022) 423 6370. 3 screens. Ticket price: Rp. 8,000 - 10,000
- 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, built in 1930.
Location: Jalan Kebun Binatang No. 6 Bandung 40132. Tel: (+62)-22-2502770.
- Mt. Tangkuban Perahu. You can see it at almost anywhere in Bandung, but it is not complete before you see its crater. If you're in Bandung, take a look at the north side and find an unusual shape of mountain. The name itself comes from the local Legend of Sangkuriang ("Legenda Sangkuriang") about a disobedient son who kicks his boat upside-down and then cursed into stone. Hence the name of this mountain. Tangkuban = flipped and perahu = boat mean the shape of the mountain looks like a flipped boat. It's still an active volcanic mountain. The crater is reachable by car, though it is fun to do hiking to the top by foot from Lembang. Its elevation is 2084 m above the sea level and the path from Lembang is not too steep. At the crater, it is a touristic spot. Near the main crater is another amazing site, 'Kawah Upas', where you stand between two big craters, left and right.
Location: northern side of Bandung, the closest city is Lembang.
Angkot route: St. Hall-Lembang.
More about Tangkuban Perahu
Entrance fee is Rp50,000 for foreigners to the park.When you reach Tangkuban Perahu, the first thing you'll see (and most popular) is the main crater (Kawah Ratu). But don't stop there! Many tourists miss this but it's probably the best part of Tangkuban Perahu: Kawah Domas. A 30 min walk from Kawah Ratu, track 1.3km down to Kawah Domas to get upclose and personal with volcanic activity.You will need a guide to walk you down nowadays who charge Rp250,000/hour.the walk down, visiting the Kawah Domas and walking to parkir Kawah Domas which is a parking area down the hill from Kawah ratu is approx 1hr 30mins. It will be more if you indulge in mud massage,egg boiling etc. so walk around Kawah Ratu on your own and only then get a guide.Take note guys selling tourist stuff will hassle you every where and will walk with you all thw way down to Kawah domas and will insist you buy stuff. You can politely them them before the walk down not to follow cos you are not going to buy anything. we were told you need a guide.after finishing you do not need to walk back to Kawah ratu which makes life much easier. The walk do K.Domas looks like hell on earth and it's a must experience - bubbling mud, boiling hot water, and hissing sulphur vapor. You can smell the sulfur, watch the hot water springs very closely or even buy a boiled egg from the hot surface. Don't forget, the hike up is as tiring as the way down so it's best to avoid flip flops!You do not need to walk back up!! You can now walk to Kawan Domas parkir as it is called. the walk to the parking area is much easier than walking back to Kawah ratu cos it is less steep and more flat areas. The walk to parkir Kawah Domas is is approx 900meters. good news us there is motor bike service after 300-400 meters after Kawah Domas. seems the bikes will take you out to parkir Kawah domas for a fee. They also have guides or people who are willing to assist you walking down or even carry you down for a fee!!!
Now there is a better way in my mind how to go Kawah Domas in less pain and w/out guide. after seeing Kawah ratu, go down the mountain to parkir Kawah Domas. walk from here to kawah Domas. Likely no need for guide and the walk is less tiring than the walk down from Kawah ratu. good for the old and weak.
Getting to Tangkuban Perahu
From Bandung Indah Plaza (BIP), take an 'angkot' heading to "CICAHEUM - LEDENG". The angkot will stop you at Terminal Ledeng (IDR 3000). From the terminal, take a mini van or 'Elep' towards Subang and get down at Tangkuban Perahu (IDR 12000). From the entrance of Tangkuban Perahu, it's another 4-5km hike up on a really bad road. I've been told you could hire 'motorcycle cabs' to bring you up though I have not verified that information. If you can ride a motorcycle, it's a lot easier to rent one to get there.
- Juanda Forest Park or Dago Pakar. The official name is Taman Hutan Raya ir. H. Juanda. It is a forest park, serves as a water reservoir for the city. There are some interesting parks for children or to have a picnic there. There are also some old WW II caves during the Japanese era. Some people walk through the forest to reach Maribaya park in Lembang.
Location: at the end of Jalan Dago.
Angkot routes: Abd. Muis-Dago and followed by walking or take a ride by motorcycle.
- Punclut-Lembang Hiking trail. Started from Puncrut, Jalan Kiputih, North Bandung.
Fashion shopping and its accessories is the main reason for many weekend travellers from Jakarta, because those items are expensive in Jakarta. Starting with denim (jeans) stores along Jln. Cihampelas in the 90s with unique facades to attract people, fashion stores grow rapidly into sisa exports (rejected export products), then factory outlets, now with the new trend is the distro (distribution outlets). Don't expect luxury labels, because you can find them in Jakarta.
Local Handicraft 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).
- Leather handicraft, that includes shoes, bags and other accessories. A well-known local shoe handicrafts are centered in Cibaduyut area. The Elizabeth bag maker is famous and it is located at Jl. Otto Iskandar Dinata 520, Tel. (+62)-022-5201125.
- Jean street, which is Jl. Cihampelas. A lot of denim shops decorated with funky designs. Do not be surprised to see giant models of Superman, Goku, Rambo and others, standing guard over the shops.
- Souvenir Shop, in Jl. Cihampelas no.39.Tel.(+62)-022-4205427. Very good quality and inexpensive local souvenirs. The shop is hosted in a lovely old Dutch colonial style.
- Toko Sin Sin, in Jl. Braga 59 Tel (+62)-022-4238574. 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.
- 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 Center (BEC), Jl. Purnawarman 13-15. Specializing in computers and cellphone.
- Bandung Indah Plaza (BIP), Jl. Merdeka 56. Food court, cinema.
- Bandung Supermall (BSM), Jl. Gatot Subroto 289. Food court, cinema. Also offers you high class clothes store 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 Center 1 & 2, Jl. Kepatihan. Food court, fashion, cinema.
- Setrasari Plaza, Jl. Surya Sumantri 120. Food court. Near universities.
- Paris Van Java Mall, Jl Sukajadi. Offers you the quite attractive atmosphere, a mix and match environment between outdoor and indoor mall. From Carrefour, a mega supermarket to Gramedia, a giant bookstore, from cafe to bistro, from a simple shop on the island of the mall to the high class clothes store 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 Center, 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 Center) Kompleks MTC Jl. Soekarno Hatta No. 590, Tel. (62)(22) 7538448, 7537577.
- Mall Lingkar Selatan, Jl. Peta. Supermarket, Food Court.
- Jatinangor Town Square, Jl. Raya Jatinangor. The complete 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, The newest shopping mall in Cimahi located at Jl. Raya Cibabat.
During the quality inspection, some of the products might be rejected, or they may overrun the production quota. These residual products are sold with sisa export tags, because they were made for export, but couldn't pass through. 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 USD$65, but they sell it for Rp. 45.000,00 (US$ 4.50).
Enjoy bargain hunting! Take a careful inspection yourself. Check for below-standard/damaged items. Beware also for the fake products with branded name.}}
It was originally meant for export garment (textile) factories that open a store directly in their area so that they can sell with bargain prices. Since it was a big success, many factory outlets without the factory itself were opening in many places in the city, also with bargain price tags. To attract people, they decorated the store with many styles: the colonial style, an old Chinese dynasty, etc. Some stores even 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. Some of them are listed below:
- Factory outlets in Jl. Riau: Heritage (inside an old historical building), Cascade, Summit, Oasis, Metropolitan, Renaritti, Secret, Terminal Tas, Edward Forrer, Stamp.
- Factory outlets in Jl. Dago: Rich & Famous, Coconel, Glamour, Blossom, Uptown (also opens a cafe that sells good chicken noodle and famous for the strawberry juice), Dago Stock Centre, M&M, Justine.
- Around Jl.Sukajadi-Jl.Setiabudi: Rumah Mode (Jl. Setiabudi 41F), Diaz (Jl. Sederhana mostly shoes).
- Other places: Batian (Jl. Otto Iskandardinata 535, you can find used and new items), Stock Center (Jl. Sukarno Hatta), Cargo (Jl. Diponegoro), Cosmo (Jl. Pelajar Pejuang 45), The Big Price Cut (The first factory outlet in Bandung) (Jl. Aceh)
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 other fashion products and accessories. After their products receive large attention, then they make their own clothing company. Now, 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 entrepeneurs, 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 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/without tofu. It is served with peanut paste, sweet soy sauce and a lime. It is suitable for a snack, 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, and Batagor Haji Darto at Pasar Simpang Dago.
- 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. The most popular ones are Martabak Lodaya and Martabak San Fransisco at Jln. Lodaya. Another recommended place is Martabak Andir at Jln. Jendral Sudirman, near the Andir wet market. My personal favourite is the one filled with sweet corn and cheese. One more best martabak which should not be forgotten is Martabak Canada at Jalan Kebon Kawung near the gas station.
- 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 about Rp. 4500, very cheap.
- 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. One plate cost about 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 is contains 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. Its cheap and very appetizing. One plate cost about Rp.7000
Have been around for years and still famous for their delicious food:
- Sate Kardjan, Jl. Pasirkaliki, every day 24h. 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).
- 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 9 PM. It's new but getting popular. It's in the hill side of Bandung 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 5 PM until 9.30 PM. It's a hawker with open air eating experience. Opened since '60s. Try the fried kway teow/noodle/rice. They are using a special wok to enhance the taste. Located opposite of the municipal office, near KONI Jabar dorm.
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 with your own car there). Sundanese food. Designed with natural elements as you eat at a hut in the middle of padi field, small waterfall and river. At night it's really amazing to walk along candlelit pathways. Eating out really means eating out here.
- 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 light. International cuisines (Western, Japanese and Thailand).
- N Cafe, Jl. Sutra Duta Kencana II/11, Bandung. Balinese & European cuisines, with great scenery surrounding really make u feel comfortable.Great Coffee comes with special brew, try our balinese fried duck speciality then you will never forget the taste.
- Kedai Nyonya Rumah, Jl. Naripan 92. Indonesian cuisines. The interior design is very relaxing, giving a nice eating experience.
- Tizis Restaurant, Jl. Kidang Pananjung 3. European dishes with homemade bread and pastries. A well-known expats place to dine.
- Atmosphere Cafe, Jl. Lengkong Besar No. 97, Tel. : (62)(22) 4262815.
- The Peak Resort Dining, Komplek Girandah Desa Karyawangi, Ciwaruga, Parongpong Bandung, Tel. (62)(22) 2705429
- The Valley Bistro, Jl. Lembah Pakar Timur No. 28 (Dago) Bandung , Tel. (62)(22) 2531052.
- The View Restaurant, Jl Resort Dago Pakar Raya No. 28 Bandung, Tel. (62)(22) 2531198 , Fax (62)(22) 2531196
Sunda is the ethnic name of the local people living in West Java. Sundanese food has some distinctive features than other ethnics. 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 with famous name has many branches in Bandung and the vicinity. Some of the popular ones are:
- Dago Panyawangan, Jl Dago 137, Tel +62-22-2507551. The Legendary Sundanese Restaurant in Bandung.
- Sindang Reret, Jl. Surapati No. 53, Tel. (+62)-22-2501474. The other branche is outside the city in the north: Jl. Raya Cikole Km.22 Lembang, Tel. (+62)-22-2786500. The good one is the branch restaurant (see the Lembang Trip).
- Ponyo, Jl. Malabar 60, Tel. (+62)-22-7301477. There are many branches outside the city.
- AA Laksana, Jl. Soekarno Hatta 494, Tel. (+62)-22-7509303. There are 2 other branches: 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. Can be found at 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.
- 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, Tel. (62)(22) 7100539, Jl. Pasirkaliki No. 160, Tel. (62)(22) 4234330 and Rumah Mode Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi No. 41, Tel. (62)(22) 91147980.
- Ibu Haji Ciganea, famous sundanese food restaurant from Purwakarta, Bandung branch can be located at Jl. Lodaya No. 29, Tel. (62)(22) 7314291
- The Duck King, Paris Van Java Mall, Jalan Sukajadi, Bandung. The best Chinese Restaurant in Bandung.
- Coca Suki, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) 173. A branch of Thailand restaurant Coca .
- Hoka Hoka Bento, Jl. Merdeka 47 Tel.: (62)(22) 424 5494. Japanese Restaurant. Menu: ekkado, chicken katsu, sukiyaki, koori kon nyaku, shrimp ball, beef yakiniku, shabu-shabu, teriyaki, udon. Opening hours: 10.00 - 22.00. Price: approx. US$ 4/person. Other branch : 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.
- Hanamasa, Istana Plaza. Jl. PasirKaliki. Jl. Merdeka 39-41 Telp: (62)(22) 4204426. Japanese restaurant. Menu: yakiniku, shabu-shabu, robatayaki, beef, chicken, seafood. Opening hours: 11.00 AM to 10.00 PM. Price: approx. US$ 22/person.
- Sushi Tei, Jl.Sumatra No.9. Telp : (62) (22) 4223181
- Atmosphere Resort Cafe, Jalan Lengkong Besar 97, Bandung. Phone +62-22-4262815
- Glosis Restaurant at Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk). Jl. Cihampelas, Bandung. Price: approx. US 8/person
- Cafe Venezia. Jl. Sukajadi 205, Bandung. Telp.: (62)(22) 2031277. Italian restaurant. Menu: pasta, pizza, fried chicken, salad, soup. Opening hours: 09.00 - 23.00. Price: approx. US$ 15/person. Nowadays the name has been changed to Vienna cafe & resto which give more variative foods.
- Tony Roma's Jl. Sumatra 1, Bandung 40000 West Java Tel: (62)(22) 422 4656. Fax: (62)(22) 422 4660. American Restaurant. Menu: ribs, steaks, soup, salad. Price: splurge.
- Sadewa Steak Near Pajajaran, 5 minutes from Airport, 10 minutes from Railway Station. Jl. Sadewa 24, Bandung. Specialize European Steak and Pasta, Unique menus, Cozy place. Open daily at 16.30 - 22.00. Price: approx. US$ 4/person.
- Canary. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda 28, Bandung. Tel.: (62)(22) 423 8928. International Restaurant. Menu: hamburger, steak, fried chicken, sate, soup, salad. Opening hours: 07.00 - 21.00. Price: approx. US$ 7/person.
- Pizza Hut, well known international brand for Pizza, there are a lot of it branch in Bandung such as in Bandung 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, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda.
- McDonald's, American fast food restaurant mainly in Burger and Fried Chicken, you can find McD branch in Bandung 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 number: 14045.
- KFC, best brand for fried chicken, located at Jl. Pajajaran No. 68, Jl. Buah Batu No. 189B, Tel. (62)(22) 7321887, Jl. RE. Martadinata No. 72, Tel. (62)(22) 4261465, Jl. Sukarno Hatta No. 423, Tel. (62)(22) 7562076, Jl. Kepatihan No. 19A, Tel. (62)(22) 4208660, Bandung Supermall, Bandung Trade Center GF, Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi No. 169, Tel. (62)(22) 2017616, Jl. Merdeka No. 27, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 40-42, Tel. (62)(22) 4218965, Jl. Kopo No. 599, Paris Van Java Mall GF, Metro Indah Mall GF,
- Amigos Restaurant at Le'aries Garden Hotel. Jl. Terusan Pasteur Annex, Bandung. Telp: (62)(22) 200 5401 Fax: (62)(22) 200 7406  Price: approx. US 6/person
- Mustika Jaya Sari Jl. Ciumbuleuit No. 39, Bandung. Tel.: (62)(22) 203 8539. Menu: fish, prawn, crab, salad, fried chicken. Price: budget.
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, it is located at Jalan Braga 20, the colonial downtown of the city. The bakery was opened as Het Snoephuis (which means The Candy House) in 1929. The interior is still the same as it was. Breads and cookies' names are 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 0830-1900 (close on Sunday).
- Bawean Bakery, it is located at Jalan Bawean 4. Bawean Bakery was established in 1946 and its name was Sweetheart Bakery until they changed their name during the New Order regime. The new name is taken from the shop location in Jalan Bawean. Their specialties are all kind of cake that are baked using rum, like nougat rolls, brownies, and so on. By using this alcoholic ingredient, their cakes taste a bit bitter and can be kept until 6 days.
- Brussel's Spring, it is located at Jalan Sumatera next to Exsport Station, bag store. It's steaks and waffle ice creams are very tasteful and it's a must try culinaire. The prices are quite expensive compared to local food, which range between 20,000 and 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. It's very popular that you might have to queue before it opens.
- Brownies Primarasa, Jl. Kemuning 20, Jl. Buah Batu 169A, and Jl. Peta 169. Its speciality is the chocolate brownies.
- Dunkin Donuts, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 51, Bandung. Tel.: (62)(22) 4208617. Airport Hussein Sastranegara. Bakery chain. Menu: donuts, croissant, sandwich. 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, domestic well known donuts shop with fascinating flavor, located at : Paris Van Java Mall GF, Istana Plaza GF, Bandung Supermall GF, Cihampelas Walk GF.
- Braga Permai (formerly Maison Bogerijn), Jl Braga 58, Bandung 40111, Tel.: (62)(22)420 1831. Famous ice cream parlor in Bandung.
- Baskin and Robbins, Jl Sukajadi 232, Bandung 40153. Tel.: (62)(22) 203 8457. JL. RE Martadinata No. 225, Tel.: (62)(22) 720 8122. Jl. Gatot Subroto No. 289, Bandung 40273. Tel.: (62)(22) 910 1404. Istana Plaza, Jl. Pasir Kaliki 121-123 Bandung, Tel.: (62)(22) 6000403. . Ice cream parlor.
- Rasa Bakery, visits Rasa bakery means visits one of best ice cream, place in Bandung. It is located at Jalan Tamblong which is intersected with Jalan Asia Afrika. The traditionally made ice cream's prices ranged between 10000 to 20000 rupiah.
- I Scream for Ice Cream, Jl. Hariangbanga.
As the sale of alcoholic drinks is to be banned at public restaurants (although you can find them in upscale public restaurants), it will be difficult to find liquor, except at bars, night clubs, hotels and 24-hour mini markets. However, drinking fresh icy yogurt or juice is very tempting, especially after spending a day in a hot sun. These are some famous drinking places to try:
- 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 specialize in fresh milk beverages.
- Rumah Kopi, Jl. Awiligar (near baso Lela). It literally means "coffee house". They serve many kinds of coffee at cheap prices.
- 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.
North Bandung / Dago / Jl. H. Juanda:
- Holiday Inn Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) 31-33, ph: +62 22 4211333 (firstname.lastname@example.org fax: +62 22 4216666)  - lower Dago area. Class: 4 Stars.
- Aston Primera Pasteur Jl. Dr. Junjunan 96, Bandung 40162, ph: +62 22 2060123 (fax: +62 22 2060124)  - Hotel & Conference Center. Class: 4 stars.
- The Luxton Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) 18, ph: +62 22 4220 700 fax: +62 22 4220 600)  . Class: 4 Stars.
- Sheraton Inn Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) 390, ph: +62 22 2500303 (fax: +62 22 2500301)  - upper Dago area, close to the dago golf center. Class: 5 Stars.
- Jayakarta Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) 381A, h: +62 22 2505888 (email@example.com fax: +62 22 2505388)  - upper Dago area. Class: 4 Stars.
- Patra Jasa, Patra Jasa Bandung. Jl. Ir. H. Juanda 132. Tel.: (62)(22) 250 4664. Fax : (62)(22) 250 4995. Close to Bandung Institute of Technology. Class: 2 stars.
- Geulis, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda no. 129. Tel. (62)(22) 250 7777 / 250 3600. Fax (62)(22) 250 3086. Class : 3 stars.
- Marbella Dago Pakar, Komplek Resort Dago Pakar, Desa Ciburial Kecamatan Cimenyan. Class : 5 Stars.
- Garden Permata, Jl. Lemahneundeut no. 7 Bandung 40164. Tel : (62)(22) 2011000. Class : 4 Stars.
- GH Universal, Jl. Setiabudhi 376 Bandung 40143 Tel : (62)(22) 2010388. Class : 5 Stars.
- Villa Roberni Villa Istana Bunga, V3, ph: +62 22 2789443 / +6281514030077 (firstname.lastname@example.org fax: +62 22 2789443)  - North Bandung, Parongpong - Cisarua. Class: Villa.
- Aston Hotel and Residence Jl. Braga 99-101, Bandung 40111, ph: +62 22 84460000 (fax: +62 22 84460100)  - a hotel inside the Braga City Walk. Class: 4 stars.
- Grand Preanger Jl. Asia-Afrika 81, Bandung 40111, ph: 0-800-182-1112 (toll free) or +62 22 4231631 (email@example.com fax: +62 22 4231631)  - Alun-Alun area, the facade has an art-deco style. Class: 5 stars.
- Panghegar Jl. Merdeka 2, Bandung 40111, Tel.: (62)(22) 4232286 (firstname.lastname@example.org fax: +62 22 4231583)  - at the city center with a revolving restaurant on the roof. Class: 4 Stars.
- Hilton Bandung Jl. HOS Tjokroaminoto No. 41-43, Bandung, Indonesia 40182, ph: +62 22 8606 6888 (fax: +62 22 8606 6999 )  Class: 5 stars.
- Hyatt Regency Bandung, Jl. Sumatera 51, Bandung 40115, Tel.: (62)(22) 4211234 (email@example.com fax: +62 22 4210380)  - at the city center. 252 rooms and suites with Indonesian decor, marble bath, working desk with broadband internet access, daily newspaper, in-room coffee and nightly turndown. Regency Club lounge for free continental breakfast, evening cocktails and canapes. Class: 5 stars.
- Santika Jl. Sumatera 52-54, Bandung 40115. Tel: (62)(22) 420 3009 (firstname.lastname@example.org fax: +62 22 4239601)  - at the city center. Class : 3 Stars.
- Savoy Homann Jl. Asia-Afrika 112, Bandung 40261. Tel.: (62)(22) 4232244 (email@example.com fax: +62 22 4236187) . Bandung's oldest hotel and one-time host to Charlie Chaplin and Yasser Arafat, among many others. The current building is a striking art-deco work from the 1930s. Getting a little long in tooth, but under renovation as of 2007. Class : 4 stars.
- Vue Palace Hotel Jl. Otto Iskandardinata no. 3, Bandung 40117. Tel.: (62) (22) 4266288 firstname.lastname@example.org). Class : 4 stars.
- The Padma Bandung Jl. Ranca Bentang 56-58, Bandung 40142, ph: +62 22 2030333(email@example.com fax: +62 22 2030633)  - superb view to the northern hills and try the swimming pool. Class: 5 Stars.
- Hotel Mitra ,Jl. WR. Supratman No.98 Bandung 40122 , Tel.: (62)(22) 7207245. Fax: (62)(22) 7218304. Class: 3 Stars.
- Arion Swiss Bellhotel (formerly Citra Cikopo), Jl. Otto Iskandardinata no. 16 Bandung 40171, Tel.: (62)(22) 4240000. Fax: (62)(22) 4266270. Class: 4 Stars.
- Grand Aquila Jl. Dr. Djundjunan (Terusan Pasteur) 116, Bandung 40173, ph: +62 22 2039280 (firstname.lastname@example.org fax: +62 22 2039282)  - nearby the Pasteur toll gate. Class: 5 Stars.
- Papandayan Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto 83, Bandung 40262, ph: +62 22 7310799 (email@example.com fax: +62 22 7310988) . Class: 4 Stars.
- Horison Bandung Jl. Pelajar Pejuang 121, Bandung 40264. Tel.: (62)(22) 7305000 (firstname.lastname@example.org fax: +62 22 7310993) - in the residential Buah Batu area. Class: 4 Stars.
- * Hotel Nalendra J. Cihampelas No. 225-229, Bandung 40131, Indonesia (62-22) 2034000 http://www.hotelnalendra-bandung.com Best rates on official website start at IDR 490,000Hotel Nalendra is located at Bandung, Indonesia. It offers 85 air-conditioned rooms and suites, all of which have a cable television, an Internet connection, and a mini-bar. Some of its amenities include restaurant, bar, and café, a swimming pool, and spa and massage service. They also offer an airport/city transfer and car rental, which is perfect for easy travelling around the city. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like Saung Angklung Udjo, Kawah Putih, and Ciater Hot Spring.
- Novotel Bandung Jalan Cihampelas No 23, Bandung,40171. Tel: (62) (22) 4211001. (- Fax: +62 22 4212999. Class : 4 Stars.
- Aston Tropicana Hotel Jalan Cihampelas no. 125-129, Bandung 40131. Tel (62) (22) 2030101. (. Class : 5 Stars.
- Villa Punclut Jl. Bukit Raya Timur No. 504, Ciumbeleuit +62812 1301 6022 http://villapuncrut.blogspot.com/ Email: Rumah.email@example.com. Class:Villa
- Cihampelas Hotel Jln. Cihampelas No 222 and 240, Bandung 40131 (62 22) 203 3425 http://www.cihampelashotel.com Offers 15 air-conditioned rooms , all of which have a Internet access, cable TV, coffee/tea maker, and a private bathroom with shower and tub
- '''Daarul Jannah Cottage''' Jln. Gegerkalong Girang No 67, Bandung 40152 (62 22) 2007955 http://www.cottagedaaruljannah.com Offers 15 air-conditioned rooms , all of which have a Internet access, coffee/tea maker, and a private bathroom with shower
Tourism Promotion Office
- Dinas Pariwisata Kota Bandung: JL. Ahmad Yani No. 227 Bandung, Telp. (62)(22) 7210768. .
- Jl. Stasiun Timur No. 1, Tel.: (62)(22) 421 6648.
- Ambulance: 118.
- Police: 110.
- West Java Police HQ (Polda Jawa Barat) : Jl. Soekarno Hatta No. 748, Tel.: (62)(22) 7806392.
- Police stations:
- Greater Bandung (Polwiltabes Bandung), Jl. Merdeka
- West Bandung (Polresta Bandung Barat), Jl. Sukajadi No. 141A, Tel.: (62)(22) 203 1615.
- East Bandung (Polresta Bandung Timur), Jl. AH. Nasution No. 21, Tel.: (62)(22) 7805981.
- Central Bandung (Polresta Bandung Tengah), Jl. Jend. Ahmad Yani No. 282, Tel: (62)(22) 7200058, (62)(22) 7271115.
- Bandung (Polres Bandung), Soreang.
- Cimahi (Polres Cimahi), Jl. Raya Cibabat, Tel.: (62)(22) 2031181.
- Royal Netherlands Honorary Consulate, Jl. Dayang Sumbi No. 3, Tel.: (62)(22) 250 6195, Fax.: (62)(22) 250 6197
- France Consular Agency, Jl. Purnawarman No. 32, Tel.: (62)(22) 421 2417, Fax.: (62)(22) 420 7877
- Hungary Honorary Consulate, Jl. Padasaluyu Utara II No. 3, Tel.: (62)(22) 201 0354, Fax.: (62)(22) 201 4407
- Poland Honorary Consulate, Jl. Bukit Pakar Utara No. 75, Bandung 40198, Tel.; (62)(22) 250 3765.
Hospitals with 24 hours emergency rooms
- RS Umum Pusat Dr Hasan Sadikin, JI. Pasteur No 38, Tel.: (62)(22) 203 4953.
- RS Santo Borromeus, JI. Ir. H Juanda No 100, Tel.: (62)(22) 250 4041. (62) 22 255 2000
- RS Rajawali: Jl Rajawali 38 Bandung. Tel.: (62)(22) 6011913
- RS Advent Bandung, JI. Cihampelas No 161. Tel.: (62)(22) 203 4386.
- RS Immanuel Bandung, JI. Kopo No 161. Tel.: (62)(22) 500 1656.
- RS Santo Yusup Bandung: Jl Cikutra No.7 Bandung, Tel.: (62)(22) 7208172.
- RS Muhammadiyah Bandung: Jl. KH Ahmad Dahlan No.53, Tel.: (62)(22) 730 1062.
- Santosa Bandung International Hospital: Jl. Kebonjati No.38 Bandung, Tel.: (62) (22) 4248 555.
- RS Kebonjati : Jl. Kebonjati No. 152 Bandung.
- RS Advent : Jl. Cihampelas No. 161 Bandung.
- RS Al Islam Bandung : Jl. Sukarno Hatta No. 644 Bandung.
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 plantation. Ciwidey and Pangalengan are the main destination to the south mountains. Situ Patenggang lake in the middle of tea plantation in Ciwidey offers you a relax time in a boat, fishing, camping or in a bungalow. A few kilometers from the lake, there is Kawah Putih (white crater), made by sulfuric activity in the area with a camping park, called Ranca Upas.
- West: chalk mountain range. There is not much nature destination 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 rice. If you are hungry, there are plenty of good Sundanese restaurants in the vicinity, because the road to the west is the main hub between Bandung to Jakarta.
- 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 hours), 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 dodol snack.
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