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. Our Bandung Trip 3 days itinerary plan will help you to maximise your visit here!

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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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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Where is the best place to shop in Bandung?

Q: My friends and I are going to Bandung over the weekend from Jakarta to do some serious shopping. We heard that there are many choices and good deals in Bandung! We are so excited. Can you suggest few best places to shop in Bandung? Thank you!
– Subi

Here are a few local tips on where is the best place to shop in Bandung:

Jalan Riau factory outlets
Trans Studio Complex mini theme park, hotel and mall
Dago District for food, shopping and with nice hangout area
For traditional batik go to Jalan Sumbawa Batik Komar

Happy shopping!

For more information read Bandung Travel Guide

Bandung, West Java

Bandung is all about being a popular weekend destination for locals and for travelers as side excursions as it is located just a drive away from Jakarta. The food here is cheap and delicious while there are many cheap fashion shops like factory outlets as well as other tourist attractions. The whole place has evolved among tourism industry and you can be sure to find many things to do and many things to buy here.

Where is it

Bandung is in West Java, Indonesia and being a capital there it is the third largest city after Jakarta and Surabaya.

Map of Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Map of Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Why go?

Well known for as a shopping haven, locals and travelers alike will go to Bandung for a good bargain and lots of shopping.

What to see

Though yes many only comes to Bandung for the main reason of shopping, there are a few tourist attractions and interesting places in places that is worth a visit. In the recent years, Bandung has also emerged as a young and vibrant city, boasting chic and hip cafes, restaurants and also places to stay.

Villa Isola – built by an Italian millionaire and perched at the northern part of Bandung overlooking a breathtaking view of the city to the south.
Gedung Merdeka – another architectural wonder built for the rich previously and then made famous for hosting the first Asian-African conference.
Gedung Sate – 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.

What to do

Shopping of course, mostly famous for clothing, factory outlets for many designers products, denim jeans and also electronics.

Bandung Shopping Guide

Women sellers at Bandung, Indonesia

Women sellers at Bandung, Indonesia

Here are the list of recommended shopping places in Bandung:

Alun-alun – center of city with many shopping malls
Rumah Mode Factory Outlet
Paris Van Java
Pasar Baru Trade Center
Pasar Dago
Bandung Electronic Malls
Factory outlets in Jalan Riau and Jalan Dago
Trans Studio Complex for mini theme park, hotel and mall
Dago District for food, shopping and with nice hangout area
For traditional batik go to Jalan Sumbawa Batik Komar

Watch musical performance at Saung Angklung Udjo

Visit Kebun Binatang Bandung

Where to stay

Stays here range from high end to mid-rang hotels to hostels, B&Bs and budget hotels or hostels. Being a fairly popular travel destination for both locals and foreigners, Bandung does not lack in choices of place to stay. The popular hotels in Bandung is Padma Hotel Bandung * and The Trans Luxury Hotel *, while the budget hotels are Noor Hotel Bandung * and Ivory by Ayola Hotel Bandung *

How to get there

As Jakarta to Bandung is a popular route, you may find many options to get there.

Train

Jakarta to Bandung
You may take a train from Jakarta to Bandung via many trains and times as this is a very popular route. Here is more information on train from Jakarta to Bandung. There are also trains from the other side of Java towards Bandung, mainly places like Yogyakarta or Purwokerto.

Bus

You may also take the many bus from Jakarta to Bandung, again with many choices of operators and time due to its high demand. But the most convenient and comfortable bus is the non-stop air conditioned bus (express bus). Main bus terminal in Bandung is Leuwipanjang, with buses from Jakarta, Bogor and surrounding while the other bus terminal Cicaheum has buses coming from Cirebon, Banjarm Pangandaran and even Bali islands.

Ciwidey, Bandung, Indonesia

Ciwidey, Bandung, Indonesia

Flight

If you want to fly into Bandung, the international airport is Husein Sastranegara with several airlines serving this route for international flights like Air Asia, Batavia Air, Garuda indonesia, Silk Air and also domestic flights like Lion Air or Merpati Nusantara Airlines. Bandung Indonesia airport is close to the city center ith taxi fixed at 43000Rp.

Car

If you would brave the traffic in Jakarta or probably coming from elsewhere, you may drive from Jakarta to Bandung in just 2 hours. Just take note of possibility of floods during rainy season and really heavy traffic jams during weekends. You may take a further alternative route via Puncak and Cianjur if you have the time and have a pit stop at the highland for a view of tea plantation before continuing. Here you may also check out Bogor and the Taman Safari Indonesia.

Taxi

If you do not want to drive but still take the car, it is possible to hire a taxi to take you there, be it with meters or a fix price but beware of being overcharged or scammed. Check out transports in Indonesia for proper tips on choosing the right taxi and how to get around generally.

Saung Angklung Udjo at Bandung, Indonesia

Saung Angklung Udjo at Bandung, Indonesiaa

Where to go nearby

Kawah Putih
2 hours from Bandung city center, the lake is a stunningly beautiful with setting from a movie. Being the highland it is also cooling but beware of sunburn too cause regardless it can still be pretty sunny. This is a sulphuric lake as it is from a volcano.The entire area can be explored in 30 minutes.

Tangkuban Perahu
About 1.5 hours from Bandung, it is yet another crater from volcano of Indonesia that is worth the visit for the sheer awe of the view from the top.

Kawah Putih at Bandung, Indonesia

Kawah Putih at Bandung, Indonesia

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