Top 10 Best Food to Eat Bandung

Unlike many other cities in Indonesia, Bandung doesn’t have such a set food scene, and it can be hard to find ‘traditional’ food that is unique to the city. Instead, Bandung is most famous for its dishes that originated in other parts of Indonesia but which have been given their own ‘Bandung twist’.

Much of the food found in Bandung is Sundanese in origin and although you may find similar dishes across Indonesia, the Bandung varieties are usually unique in their own right even if they can’t claim to be the original version of dish.
Despite its lack of a definitive culinary identity as opposed to other cities like Medan in Sumatra, you definitely won’t go hungry here, and a trip to this part of Java is the perfect opportunity to eat your way around the city.

Here are the recommended 10 best foods to try in Bandung.

Eating out in Bandungfood, Indonesia

Eating out in Bandung. Photo by Phalinn Ooi

Serabi

Serabi, also known as Surabi, are Indonesia’s answer to pancakes which are made with flour and then cooked in a special clay mould over charcoal to help them keep their shape. Sometimes the pancakes can be flavoured with pandan which produces a pretty pastel green version of serabi. The pancakes are usually thick and more like a mix between a cake and a pancake and are served with a sauce of palm sugar and coconut milk which is drizzled on top to give them a sweet kick. Nowadays some serabi can be served with different toppings like shavings of cheese, chocolate sprinkles, or sliced banana. This is usually a street food and can be found at breakfast time although you can also eat them as a snack at any time of the day. In other parts of Indonesia, serabi may come savoury as well.

Serabi of Bandung food, Indonesia

Serabi with sweet sugar sauce. Photo by Serenity via CC

Batagor

Batagor is eaten all over Indonesia although it is said to have originated in West Java and is one of Bandung’s specialities. The name comes from an abbreviation of the ingredients used in the dish, bakso tahu goreng, or fried meatballs and tofu. The dish is usually eaten as a snack rather than a full meal and is served with fried fish balls that are usually encased in a crispy batter or are stuffed inside the chunks of tofu for which this dish is famous. The fish balls and sit alongside shredded cabbage and are doused in a delicious peanut based sauce.

Lotek

Lotek is a Sundanese dish that is basically another version of Indonesia’s most famous salad, gado-gado. Lotek is made from vegetables like bean sprouts and water spinach, and also includes pillowy chunks of tofu. The salad ingredients are covered in a spicy peanut sauce which is reminiscent of gado-gado although the two dishes use slightly different seasonings in the sauce. Lotek also comes with prawn crackers called krupuk and is served with compressed rice cakes named lontong.

Lotek of Bandung food, Indonesia

Lotek. Photo by Okkisafire via CC

Pisang Molen

Pisang molen is a quintessential snack found all over Bandung and consists of bananas encased in pastry. The bananas are then deep fried so that the pastry puffs up to provide a kind of crunchy shell around the soft interior. This snack is so popular that many people buy pisang molen as presents to take home at the end of a trip to Bandung although they are best enjoyed piping hot from a roadside stand.

Pisang Molen of Bandung food, Indonesia

Pisang Molen. Photo by Midori via CC

Soto Bandung

Soto is a kind of soup that is famous across Indonesia and varies according to each region, and Soto Bandung is no different. Many soto recipes call for chicken to be used as the main protein, although Soto Bandung is traditionally made using beef. Unlike some soto dishes like Soto Medan which uses coconut milk to thicken the broth, Soto Bandung is clear and is pepped up with the unusual addition of slices of radish which give it a peppery kick that mixes with the hearty beef stock.

Soto of Bandung food, Indonesia

Soto Bandung. Photo by Gunawan Kartapranata via CC

Cilok Bandung

Cilok gets its name from aci which is the Indonesian word for starch. This delicious street food snack is made from tapioca which is rolled into the shape of a ball and then boiled. It may not sound exciting but the balls are then threaded into skewers and served with a spicy dipping sauce that makes this a delicious snack to eat on the go. 



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Mie Kocok

Mie Kocok is quite different from many Indonesian noodle dishes and is made from flat noodles that swim in a delicious beef stock. Depending on how it is made it can come served with kikil or cow tendons and tripe. The broth is then spiked with celery leaves and topped with fried onions. Sometimes it can also be made with chicken and may include chicken’s feet or other variations use beef meatballs.

Mie Kocok stall in Bandung, Indonesia

Mie Kocok stall in Bandung. Photo by Phalinn Ooi

Karedok

Karedok is similar in many ways to gado-gado and lotek. Essentially it is a salad made up of crunchy vegetables such as beans, bean sprouts, cabbage, and cucumber although it omits steamed potato which is often found in both gado-gado and lotek. The salad is tossed in a thick peanut dressing mixed with chilli and the signature difference when it comes to keradok is the use of basil leaves which add an aromatic herbal hit to the dish.

Sundanese Food in Bandung, Karedok, Indonesia

Sundanese Food in Bandung, Karedok on bottom left. Photo by Gunawan Kartapranata via CC

Gepuk

Another Sundanese favourite in Bandung is gepuk which is a dish of spicy fried beef which is sometimes likened to Indonesia’s famous beef rendang curry. The dish is usually made using beef flank which is pounded to soften the flesh and then mixed with aromatic spices like coriander, lemongrass, galangal and Indonesian bay leaves. The meat is then cooked in coconut milk and is slightly sweet thanks to the addition of palm sugar. Gepuk is usually served with rice and is topped with fried shallots.

Amanda Brownies

Brownies may not immediately sound like a quintessential Indonesian dish but if you are looking for dessert in Bandung then these are not to be missed. The brownies here are steamed rather than baked which means they are incredibly soft and fluffy with a deep hit of cocoa that makes them rich and incredibly moreish. The most famous spot to buy brownies in the city is Amanda Brownies so make sure to come and pick up a box before you leave.

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Bandung Trip Itinerary – 3 days or nights

Bandung is your one-stop destination for culinary, culture, shopping and nature. Your trip will definitely tickle your every sense with Bandung’s diverse tourist attractions and things to do.

Culinary wise, you will find unique cafes in every corner and delicious local food everywhere. Culture-wise, there are the Lawangwangi art space performances while shopping wise, you will be spoilt for choices with its many factory outlets and boutiques.

To top it off, get around Bandung for excursions to famous places like the Kawah Putih Crater or chill by Situ Patenggang lake or look up the legend of Tangkuban Perahu.

Read on for our Bandung Trip 3 days itinerary plan that will help you to maximise your visit here!

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Day One – Shopping, Cafe and Restaurant

Bandung is really quite a vibrant city and is considered a hub for retail and culinary tourism. Jalan Setiabudi, Jalan Cihampelas, and Jalan Riau are a couple of very popular areas where you’ll find the streets fill with shopping and eating opportunities!

Start the morning with a trip to Rumah Mode on Jalan Setiabudi (to beat the afternoon crowds!). This factory outlet bursts at the seams with all things retail. They also have a few eateries where you can taste local treats such as Batagor, Nasi Timbel, and Martabak, set around beautiful garden settings.

Rumah Mode at Bandung, Indonesia

Rumah Mode at Bandung. Photo by Isna On/Off

Midday head down to Jalan Cihampelas, popularly known as ‘Jeans Street’ due to the huge amount of denim sellers there. This is also a busy street with a notable lack of walking areas – so take care when moving from shop to shop! What makes this street stand out are the large cartoon statues that head some of the shops. You’ll find Rambo, Spiderman, Aladdin, Hercules, Superman, to name just a few! This street isn’t the cleanest or most organized, but it’s worth a visit if only just to see it’s unique visual appeal.

If Jeans Street tired you out, which it most certainly will, you can pop into Ciwalk Mall for a bit of relaxation with more complete, organized shops and restaurants. It’s designed in a garden walk style which makes for pleasant strolling. Gokanna serves up traditional Indonesian and Sundanese (the local food in Bandung) dishes, or there are western favourites such as Soho, Raffles, and Pizza Hut among others.

Jeans Street at Bandung, Indonesia

Jeans Street at Bandung. Photo by ann_espino

After a bit of rest, Jalan Riau calls for more shopping and an abundance of delectable cafes and restaurants. Two favourite factory outlets here are The Secret Factory Outlet and Heritage Factory Outlet. They’re both comfortable, complete, and reasonably cheap. Heritage is set in one of the old Dutch buildings that have been refurbished to suit modern Bandung, and there’s quite a good restaurant next door called Dakken Coffee and Steak, also in a refurbished colonial building. They serve tasty local and western food, recommended! Otherwise, there’s a lovely café around the corner on Jalan Progo called Hummingbird Eatery, which also has a decadent selection of cakes and cookies!

The Secret Factory Outlet at Bandung, Indonesia

The Secret Factory Outlet at Bandung. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir

If you don’t fancy settling in for dinner here around Riau, there’s a nice restaurant not too far away called Atmosphere Resort Café that has a stunning traditional décor and delectable menu.



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Day Two – Excursions from Bandung

With shopping and eating thoroughly explored in the city, it’s time to find some nature!

Head to the south Ciwidey hills in the morning. You’ll find the temperatures drop and the natural scenery takes over. Kawah Putih Crater Lake is quite a beautiful sight! The enchanting turquoise crater, ghostly bare trees, grey hills and white mist make it a rather stunning spot for budding photographers and selfie-takers. Make sure you wear a mask or cover your nose and mouth as breathing in sulfur fumes can be uncomfortable. Nearby, you’ll find lushly green tea plantations such as Rancabali that will also take your breath away! They cover rather large areas, so crowds aren’t a worry and peaceful moments are enough for everyone. There are a few places that have thermal hot pools too, but they’re usually full of local families and can get really crowded.

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Excursion from Bandung to Kawah Putih Crater, Indonesia

Excursion from Bandung – Kawah Putih Crater

Stop by Situ Patenggang lake and prepare to witness yet another sight for sore eyes. Take a small boat ride to Batu Cinta and hear the old story about this ‘Love Rock’ in the middle of the lake. This is a really picturesque lake so make sure you have your camera ready! No doubt you’ll be doing a lot of snacking on local treats around Ciwidey, but for a late lunch, there are some good traditional restaurants. Saung Gawir comes recommended, as does Sidang Reret, both boast delicious local cuisines and stunning natural scenery. They are located on the main road from which you come and go from Ciwidey area.

Situ Patenggang lake, Bandung, Indonesia

Situ Patenggang lake

In the evening, you might find yourself tired from the hectic traffic getting to and from Ciwidey. So it might be a nice idea to chill at your hotel or take an evening stroll along Jalan Braga, possibly the most unique and well-known heritage streets in Bandung that still holds it’s colonial style architecture. Here you’ll find cafes, restaurants, art shops and even a mall (Braga City Walk). On the southern corner sits Gedung Merdeka which houses the Asian-African Conference Museum that was first held in 1955, and its 60th-anniversary conference was held just recently in 2015. Masjid Raya Bandung is just around the corner in Alun-Alun. The most noteworthy mosque in the city is open to the public on Saturday and Monday. It should also be said that most shops on Jalan Braga are closed on Sundays, so a visit to this area would be best on Saturday (though very busy), or Monday.

Masjid Raya (Mosque) Bandung, Indonesia

Masjid Raya (Mosque) Bandung. Photo by Ikhlasul Amal

Day Three – Nature, art and food

Today can be a relaxing and unwinding mix of nature, art, and food.

30km to the north of Bandung lies a stratovolcano crater called Tangkuban Perahu (meaning: ‘up-turned boat’) which has an interesting local legend about love and tragedy that can be told by locals there, just ask! There are three main craters: Kawah Ratu, Kawah Domas, and Kawah Upas. The atmosphere is friendly and very local, with souvenirs, snacks, and plenty of photo opportunities. It gets pretty chilly up there so be sure to bring a jacket and scarf. Or you can buy colourful scarves and gloves on the site!

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Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Indonesia

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung

Beautiful view from Lawangwangi Art Space Bandung, Indonesia

Beautiful view from Lawangwangi Art Space. Photo by Riana Ambarsari

Also in the north, there are a few villas and resorts like Gracia Resort and Spa * (75,000 IDR entrance) and Ciater Hot Springs (40,000 IDR entrance) which have hot spring pools and nice restaurants. Spend a night here to experience the cool temperatures and steamy springs, and sample local delicacies in any of the cosy restaurants. Really, quite a treat! Again, the temperatures are comfortably neutral during the day but can get rather cold once night falls.

While you’re in the area, visit an art gallery and restaurant. One popular gallery is called Lawangwangi Art Space. They have alternate exhibitions monthly with both local and international artists, a café, event rooms, garden, and photogenic balcony with a beautiful view of Bandung. Another famous gallery is called Selasar which has similar features but specializes in delicious Indian dishes among other Indonesian and western flavors. Selasar tends to be a lot quieter and calmer in the atmosphere than the ever-popular Lawangwangi.

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Best Accommodations in Bandung

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place when I am planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Most people like to stay in the center of Bandung for easy access to shopping and food, but if you are looking for a relaxing and tranquil getaway, a little up north are some beautiful retreats, with quicker access to tourist spots. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bandung:

Luxury (from 150 USD)
Padma Hotel
For those who enjoys nature and tranquillity, this hotel is surrounded by greeneries and mountain breeze. Highly recommended for luxury seekers. This deluxe hotel comes with a stunning pool area, impressive outdoor dining and a variety of free activities to choose from.Find latest prices or reviews at Booking.com *
The Trans Luxury Hotel Bandung
For those seeking luxury in a good location, this hotel is attached to a major mall. The skyline views from the rooms will make you want to stay in! The interior is extravagant yet comfortable. It is also a favourite of family, as there are clubs and sand area at the pool for the kids. Find latest prices or reviews at Booking.com *
Mid-range (50 - 150 USD)
Hilton Bandung
For those looking for a well-known hotel with world class services and strong security. You will find all the usual luxury here, with impressive rooftop pool, featuring beautiful views of Tangkuban Perahu mountain. Also well located, it is only 5 minutes walk to the shopping center and 5 minutes drive to the airport. Book quickly as this hotel often sells out. Find latest prices or reviews at Booking.com *
Grand Mercure
Another safe and well known hotel for a mid-range budget. This hotel located quietly just off center of Bandung. With a grand design, it comes with impressive pools, sun terraces and a fitness center. Find latest prices or reviews at Booking.com *
Budget (below 50 USD)
Harris Hotel
Well-known name for its good budget hotels, this one in Bandung lives up to it. Value for money, this hotel comes with a rooftop pool, gym and spa. The spacious rooms come with a view to the beautiful Ciumbeuleuit area. Located north of Bandung, it has easy access to Lembang area with many of Bandung’s must see places above. Find latest prices or reviews at Booking.com *
Ivory by Ayola Hotel Bandung
For those looking for an affordable hotel in the center of Bandung. Located strategically at the Riau Street, this stylishly designed hotel is spacious yet cozy. Guests love it here for the price, location, comfortable beds and good coffee. Find the latest prices and reviews at Booking.com *

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10 Tempat Wisata yang Wajib Dikunjungi di Bandung

English Version: Top 10 Things to Do and What to See in Bandung

Bandung merupakan tempat yang terkenal di Indonesia dan pasti tidak asing bagi wisatawan yang berkunjung ke Jawa. Banyak warga lokal yang merekomendasikan Bandung untuk berbelanja, wisata kuliner dan menikmati suasananya yang sejuk. Bandung menjadi tujuan akhir pekan yang populer bagi mereka yang ingin menghindari keramaian dan hiruk pikuk kota Jakarta. Banyak wisatawan mengatakan mereka memiliki pengalaman terbaik menjelajahi Indonesia di sini.

Di tempat ini anda dapat menemukan makanan dengan harga murah dan lezat, barang-barang dijual murah dan bermacam-macam, dan juga terdapat tempat wisata yang penting bagi Indonesia. Oleh karena itu tidak mengherankan jika seluruh Bandung berkembang menjadi industri pariwisata, jadi datang ke sini dan bersenang-senanglah.

Berikut ini kami merangkum 10 Tempat Wisata yang Wajib Dikunjungi di Bandung:

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia

Kegiatan yang Harus dilakukan di Bandung

Belanja di Pusat Pertokoan

Saya tidak melebih-lebihkan di sini, tidak ada yang kembali dari Bandung dengan tangan kosong. Terutama jika anda pergi ke factory outlet di Jl Riau atau Jl Dago, anda akan menemukan semua barang berkualitas seperti pakaian, sepatu, tas dan lainnya dari berbagai merek terkenal. Semua barang yang anda temukan di sini dalam kondisi baik, keluaran baru tapi dijual setengah harga.

SBelanja di Pusat Pertokoan, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Belanja di Pusat Pertokoan

Melihat Matahari Terbenam di The Valley

Jika anda sedang mencari alternatif lain untuk makan di Bandung, anda dapat memilih The Valley untuk makan malam. Restoran spesialis makanan barat ini terletak di puncak bukit dengan panorama matahari terbenam yang menakjubkan. Makanan yang disajikan juga lezat, jadi anda bisa menikmati makan sambil melihat matahari terbenam di atas kota Bandung.

Wisata Kuliner di Kampung Daun

Kampung Daun merupakan salah satu restoran terbaik di Bandung, banyak turis datang ke sini untuk menikmati suasana santai dengan gubuk bambu, sungai dan air terjun. Makanan di sini cukup enak dan tempatnya luas serta harganya murah. Kunjungi Kampung Daun untuk menikmati masakan khas Indonesia di luar ruangan yang nyaman dan tenang.

Wisata Kuliner di Kampung Daun, Bandung, Indonesia

Wisata Kuliner di Kampung Daun, Bandung

Tersesat di Pasar Baru

Pasar Baru hampir seperti pasar-pasar lain di Indonesia, anda bisa tersesat di sini dan menemukan segala macam barang yang anda inginkan. Wisatawan datang ke sini untuk membeli kain dan souvenir. Harga di sini juga luar biasa murah terutama jika anda pandai menawar. Meskipun begitu, berhati-hatilah dengan barang-barang bawaan anda karena tempat ini benar-benar penuh sesak.

Menikmati Pertunjukan Musik di Saung Angklung Udjo

Menikmati pertunjukan musik tradisional di Saung Angklung Udjo adalah salah satu cara terbaik untuk mengeksplor budaya Indonesia. Selama 2 jam pertunjukan anda akan disuguhi pertunjukan budaya seperti wayang golek, tari topeng, permainan Angklung * dan anda dapat ikut menari bersama anak-anak kecil.

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung, Indonesia

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung

Berjalan-Jalan di Banjaran Kampung Sawah

Bagaimana mungkin anda datang ke Asia tanpa terpesona deretan sawah hijau yang indah. Tidak banyak orang yang tahu, Bandung benar-benar memiliki sawah dan beberapa sawah terletak di banjaran. Anda dapat bertanya pada penduduk sekitar dimana lokasinya dan pergilah ke sana untuk menyegarkan jiwa. Ada satu rupanya di Kampung Sawah Ciwidey!

Kampung Sawah di Banjaran Bandung, Indonesia

Kampung Sawah di Banjaran Bandung

Tempat-tempat yang Wajib Dilihat di Bandung

Kawah Putih

Pasti berada di daftar teratas tempat wisata yang harus anda kunjungi, danau cantik seperti dalam film akan memukau mata anda. Terletak di daerah pegunungan dan membutuhkan waktu sekitar 2 jam dari pusat kota Bandung. Walaupun berhawa dingin waspadalah dengan sengatan matahari karena langit benar-benar cerah di sini tanpa anda sadari. Kawah Putih merupakan danau sulfur yang berasal dari letusan gunung berapi. Anda dapat mengeksplorasi tempat ini dalam waktu 30 menit melaluiKawah Putih, Bandung Tour *.

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java

Tangkuban Perahu

Sekitar 1,5 jam dari Bandung, Tangkuban Perahu merupakan kawah yang terbentuk dari letusan gunung berapi di Indonesia yang harus anda kunjungi untuk pemandangan dari atas yang mengagumkan. Mungkin Tangkuban Perahu berada di urutan kedua setelah Kawah Putih tapi danau ini masih sangat layak untuk dilihat.

Villa Isola

Dibangun oleh seorang jutawan Italia dan terletak di bagian utara Bandung menghadap pemandangan kota Bandung bagian selatan.

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java

Gedung Sate and the view

Dibangun dan digunakan oleh perusahaan-perusahaan Belanda, terkenal karena dekorasi satenya. Gedung ini memiliki 6 ornamen yang melambangkan 6 juta guldens. Saat ini Gedung Sate digunakan sebagai kantor Gubernur Jawa Barat. Beruntung, tempat ini dibuka untuk umum dan jangan lupa untuk melihat-lihat dan menikmati minuman di lantai atas sambil melihat keelokan kota Bandung.

Gedung Merdeka

Gedung lain berarsitektur gaya Belanda yang dibangun untuk bangsawan di masa lalu dan terkenal karena menjadi tempat berlangsungnya Konferensi Asia Afrika yang pertama. Walaupun tidak banyak atraksi di sini tapi layak untuk dikunjungi jika anda kebetulan berada di dekatnya.

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java

Jadi, inilah 10 kegiatan terbaik yang ditawarkan Bandung dan tempat-tempat yang wajib dikunjungi. Anda akan kagum dengan bagaimana anda dapat bersenang-senang tanpa menghabiskan banyak hal, terutama bagi anda yang memiliki anggaran untuk backpaking di Indonesia, meskipun membawa banyak belanjaan itu cerita lain! Untuk informasi lebih lanjut anda dapat membaca petunjuk perjalanan ke Bandung.

Photo credits from top: Irwandy Mazwir, Azlan DuPree, Chen Wu, nomilknocry, firmatography, Irwandy Mazwir and MangAndri Kasep

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Top 10 Things to Do and What to See in Bandung

Bandung is a well-known place in Indonesia and to travelers in Java especially. There are many things to do in Bandung and it is not short of attractions to see. Many locals will recommend going there for shopping, food and cool respite. It is a popular weekend destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Jakarta. Many travelers would say they have their best Indonesian experience here.

Here the food is cheap and delicious, the things are cheap and in a huge variety and important Indonesian attractions are nearby. Therefore, it is no surprise that the whole place evolved around tourism industry so come here and have fun.

Here’s our take of Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Bandung:

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Bandung city, Java, Indonesia

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir


Top Things To Do in Bandung

Shop in factory outlets

I am not exaggerating here, nobody goes back from Bandung empty handed. Especially if you go to the factory outlets at Jl Riau or Jl Dago, you will find all the hidden gems of quality clothes, shoes, bags and all else in various famous brands. All the items you find here are in good condition, brand new but in half the price!

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Shopping at Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Shopping at Bandung. Photo by Azlan DuPree

Catch sunset at The Valley

If you are looking for another option to dine and something special to do in Bandung, you can choose to go to The Valley for dinner. This Western restaurant is located at a hilltop with amazing sunset view. The food is good too, so enjoy your meal while watching the sunset over Bandung city.

Eat at Kampung Daun

One of the Bandung’s best restaurant, many tourists come here for the relaxing ambiance with bamboo huts, streams, and waterfall. Food is not especially delicious but it is extensive and inexpensive. Come here for the overall experience of enjoying Indonesian cuisine in a comfortable and serene outdoor setting.

Kampung Daun restaurant at Bandung, Indonesia

Kampung Daun restaurant at Bandung. Photo by Chen Wu

Get lost in Pasar Baru

This epitome of Indonesian market in Bandung, you can get lost here and find all sorts of things that delight you. Travelers come here to source for fabrics and souvenirs. Prices here are unbelievable too especially if you have special bargaining skills. Though do take care of your belongings as this place is really crowded.

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Enjoy the musical performance at Saung Angklung Udjo

This traditional musical performance is one of the best way to explore Indonesian culture. It is a 2 hour show of several parts including puppet show, mask dance, Angklung performance and dances with little kids. Watch the performance and maybe also participate in an Angklung workshop, they are bound to delight.

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung, Indonesia

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung. Photo by inna dee

Walk off the beaten path in search of rice terraces

How can one come to Asia and not be awed by towering rice terraces. Unknown to many, Bandung actually do have rolling rice fields and some rice terraces in the highlands. Bribe a local to tell you the location is and head there for a soul refreshing time. There’s one apparently in Ciwidey!

Rice Terraces at Bandung, Indonesia

Rice Terraces at Bandung. Photo by chrisinno

Top What to See in Bandung

Kawah Putih

Definitely in the top of the list of attractions for its stunningly beautiful lake as if set out of a movie. It is 2 hours away from Bandung city center and in the highland but it is worth to do. The place is cooling but beware of sunburn as it is still really sunny here without feeling it. This is a sulphuric lake as it comes from a volcano.The entire area can be explored in 30 minutes. Many people come here either by car hire or through a Kawah Putih, Bandung Tour.

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java. Photo by firmatography

Tangkuban Perahu

About 1.5 hours from Bandung, it is yet another crater from a volcano in Indonesia that is worth the visit for the sheer awe of the view from the top. This may be second best to Kawah Putih but still worth to visit.

Villa Isola

Built by an Italian millionaire and perched at the northern part of Bandung, Villa Isola overlooks a breathtaking view of the city to the south. This is one tourist attractions not to be missed. There are also cool places to stay nearby Villa Isola *

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir

Gedung Sate and the view

Built and used by the Dutch companies, it is popular for its satay food decoration. It has 6 ornaments symbolizing 6 million guldens. Now it is used as the office for West Java governor. Luckily, the place is open to public and don’t forget to have a good chill and drink at the top floor while overlooking the city.

Gedung Merdeka

Another architectural wonder built for the rich previously and then made famous for hosting the first Asian-African conference. Though not much of an attraction but worth to take a look if you are nearby.

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung. Photo by MangAndri Kasep

There you have it, the best of what Bandung have to offer in terms of things to do and attractions to see. You will be amazed how you can enjoy yourself so much without actually really spending a lot, especially good for budget travelers who are backpacking in Indonesia, though carrying a lot of things after the shopping is another story altogether! Do read our Bandung travel guide for more information.


Best Accommodations in Bandung

Agoda.com is my favourite site to book a place when I am planning my tripis my favourite site to book a place when I am planning my trip because they have the most extensive hotel listings in Asia with great deals.

Most people like to stay in the center of Bandung for easy access to shopping and food, but if you are looking for a relaxing and tranquil getaway, a little up north are some beautiful retreats, with quicker access to tourist spots. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bandung:

    Luxury (from 150 USD)

  • Padma Hotel
    For those who enjoy nature and tranquillity, this hotel is surrounded by greeneries and mountain breeze. Highly recommended for luxury seekers. This deluxe hotel comes with a stunning pool area, impressive outdoor dining and a variety of free activities to choose from.
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  • The Trans Luxury Hotel Bandung
    For those seeking luxury in a good location, this hotel is attached to a major mall. The skyline views from the rooms will make you want to stay in! The interior is extravagant yet comfortable. It is also a favourite of family, as there are clubs and sand area at the pool for the kids.
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    Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

  • Hilton Bandung
    For those looking for a well-known hotel with world class services and strong security. You will find all the usual luxury here, with impressive rooftop pool, featuring beautiful views of Tangkuban Perahu mountain. Also well located, it is only 5 minutes walk to the shopping center and 5 minutes drive to the airport. Book quickly as this hotel often sells out.
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  • Grand Mercure
    Another safe and well known hotel for a mid-range budget. This hotel located quietly just off center of Bandung. With a grand design, it comes with impressive pools, sun terraces and a fitness center.
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    Budget (below 50 USD)

  • Harris Hotel
    Well-known name for its good budget hotels, this one in Bandung lives up to it. Value for money, this hotel comes with a rooftop pool, gym and spa. The spacious rooms come with a view to the beautiful Ciumbeuleuit area. Located north of Bandung, it has easy access to Lembang area with many of Bandung’s must see places above.
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  • Ivory by Ayola Hotel Bandung
    For those looking for an affordable hotel in the center of Bandung. Located strategically at the Riau Street, this stylishly designed hotel is spacious yet cozy. Guests love it here for the price, location, comfortable beds and good coffee.
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