One of the big attractions to Bandung is the variety of interesting restaurants, cafes, and coffee houses tucked into the hills around Bandung. Every weekend, Jakartans escape the chaos and congestion of the capital to relax in the quiet Bandung hills.
Here are some of my favorite places.
Dago Atas Area
A bar / restaurant / night club designed in sort of a ski lodge theme – it’s very cozy sitting by the fireplace on a cool evening in the mountains above Bandung, while enjoying the company of good friends. It’s one of Bandung’s most popular night spots. Various activities are separated by levels – dining, dancing, and bar. The pizza is the best, but all the food is good, and the ambiance is unparalleled.
Jl. Bumi Sari, No.119, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 7003 3030
Think spectacular view, great coffee and Beef Wellington – Kopi Ireng is one of Bandung’s favorite places. They usually offer live entertainment on weekends. This is where I had my first cup of Kopi Luwak Tubruk – the most expensive coffee in the world. It is processed from the intestines of the Musang (weasel). That’s right, the Musang eats the coffee beans, passes them through their digestive system, and then deposits the finished product for us coffee lovers to enjoy. Rp.75,000 per cup.
Bukit Pakar Timur
Phone: +62 22 253 1074, +62 22 9115 6299
This traditional Javanese style villa doubles as a restaurant and a home. Built on the side of the hill, it allows you to choose from a variety of dining environments, each on a different level. Have a chat with the owner as you enjoy your Nasi Liwet Ayam Jamur (rice with chicken, and mushrooms baked in coconut milk and basil), and Tempe Mendoan (battered, deep fried tempe with a sweet soy sauce dip).
Jl. Rancakendal Luhur No.17,Bandung
Phone: +62 22 9112 1679 /+62 22 250 1344
Yet another hill side restaurant that offers a great view of Bandung, along with terrific food. Try the Fettuccini Carbonara – it’s the best.
Jl. Dago Pakar Timur 111
Phone: +62 22 2536225
Part of the Selasar Gallery complex, Kopi Selasar gives fans of the famous Indonesian artist, Sunaryo Selasar, a place to chill out after enjoying his gallery. Coffees, juices, and deserts.
Jl. Bukit Pakar Timur No.100,Bandung
Phone: +62 22 250 7939
The Valley is a popular resort with rooms from Rp.500,000. Their Bistro Cafe offers an elegant dining experience at an affordable price, with both Western and Indonesian food, and an extensive wine selection.
The Valley Resort
Jl Lembah Pakar Timur 28, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 253 1052
Coffee, fruit drinks , and snacks combine with the saw mill environment to create a unique hang out place. The menu is mixed Western and Indonesian.
Jl. Rancakendal Luhur No.8,Bandung
Phone: +62 22 253 1090
Enjoy a great view from the veranda of this villa while enjoying the best Yamin Manis (noodles with sweet soy sauce) in Bandung.
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Jl. Kupa No.6
Kompleks Rancakendal, Bandung
Phone: +62 22 250 1396
Fabulous coffee and deserts in a inviting, rustic atmosphere. Sit here all day and take advantage of their free hot spot.
Jl. Terusan Ranca Kendal No.9, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 251 2613
Excellent, authentic pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven served in a homey, living room environment overlooking the hills of Bandung.
Wood Fired Pizza
Jl. Terusan Ranca Kendal No.8, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 250 2523
Sierra Cafe offers an elegant atmosphere and a varied menu of both Western, and Indonesian food. They are especially well known for their steaks.
Sierra Cafe and Lounge
Jl. Bukit Pakar Timur No.33, Bandung
Phone: +62 22 251 2240
Cihideung (Black River) Area
A traditional Indonesian village atmosphere combined with a natural setting. Lounge in one of the private saungs (shelters), and enjoy the sound of the waterfall, and the feel of a traditional Sundanese village. Try the Wedang Ronde (sweet dumplings in ginger sauce), and the Iga Bakar (barbeque beef ribs).
Culture Gallery & Cafe
Jl. Sersan Bajuri Km 4,7 Triniti Villas Bandung
Phone : +62 22 278 7915
Perched high on a hill between Bandung and Lembang, The Peak is one of Bandung’s most exclusive restaurants. They offer a wide range of steaks, pastas, salads, and traditional Indonesian dishes. They also have an extensive selection of wines. Prices range from Rp.600,000 for Kobe Beef, to Rp.60,000 for a pasta dish.
The Peak Resort Dining
Jl. Desa Karyawangi Ciwaruga KM 6,8 No.388
Kecamatan Parongpong Kabupaten, Bandung
Phone: +62 22 270 0759, Reservation: +62 81 5606 8000
Traditional Sundanese food served in an exotic Sundanese themed environment that includes rice fields, rivers and the jungle. Relax in one of their authentic Saungs while enjoying the rich environment. They also have riverside bungalows available for around Rp.500,000 per night.
Sapu Lidi Sawah
Café – Resort – Gallery
Jl. Sersan Bajuri komplek Graha Puspa
Cihideung, Lembang Bandung
Phone: +62 22 278 6915, +62 22 278 6461
Everything about strawberries – juice, coffee, and desserts, and you can even pick your own strawberries. Their Nasi Lewit (Rice steamed in spiced coconut milk) is something special.
Jl. Cigugur Girang No. 145 Parongpong
Phone: +62 22 91144247 / +62 81 2249 2728 / +62 81 3217 57892
In the City
There are many great cafes and restaurants in the city too, if you can’t make it into the countryside.
A popular eatery just off Jean Street that specializes in pizza, pasta, steak, and nasi goreng (fried rice).
Jl. Prof. Eyckman No. 2,Bandung
Phone: +62 22 2030516
This is a German pub combined with an Indian restaurant that serves a variety traditional Indian, and Western food. Very good!
German Pub and Curry Kitchen
Jl. Prof. Drg. Surya Sumantri No.59, Bandung
Phone: +62 22 201 2704
Tizi is a Restaurant, Bakery, and Winery that has been in operation since 1967. It’s a great place for German food like Schaschlik, Huhner Worst, Zwiebel Suppe, and Poffertjes. They also serve a great sausage submarine sandwich. All of their sausage is homemade. Their garden design makes for a relaxing respite from the city without going all the way into the hills.
TIZI Restaurant and Bar
Jl.Kidang Pananjung No.3, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 2504963
The Cellar Restaurant is a big place where you can choose to lounge the day away on one of the sofas or sit at a table. They have a full Western menu offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is live entertainment on the weekends. The wine store in the corner stocks a good selection.
Jl. Diponegoro No.9, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 420 3588; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Eastern Shark Fin Restaurant has an excellent Dim Sum breakfast that includes a huge variety. Get there before 8:00 a.m. to avoid long lines. The price depends on what you eat, but a good meal for me was Rp.50,000.
The Chinese take their Dim Sum very seriously as a culinary art. It was interesting to learn Dim Sum has three categories. Fried Dim Sum is likened to a leather jacket in that it’s hard on the outside. Then, there are two varieties of steamed Dim Sum: the “wool sweater,” and the “silk blouse.” The wool sweater also has a fairly dense outer layer, but the silk blouse has a fragile, sheer skin. Both the leather jacket, and the wool sweater varieties were originally peasant food, but the silk blouse variety was reserved for royalty.
Eastern Shark Fin Restaurant
Istana Plaza, Ground Floor,
Jl.Pasir Kaliki 121, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 604 6778
“It feels like a second home,” is their slogan. They’re serving pasta’s, steaks, and Indonesian dishes in a tropical garden in the city.
Jl. Tamansari No.82, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 251 2350 Email:email@example.com
Sonny Soeng runs his popular coffee shop hangout, just as it has been since 1947. He doesn’t believe in signs, advertisings, specials, or business cards. He relies on his customer spreading the word after they have been served a great product, and given good service. It must work, because this place in Dago was overflowing for Sunday brunch.
Because there are no signs, it’s kind of hard to find – look for it diagonally across from Santo Borromeus Hospital.
Jl. Hasanudin 12, Bandung
Phone: +62 22 250 3332 or +62 811 203 563
Relax after your Dago shopping spree on one of their comfortable sofas while you try to decide from the overwhelming selection of pasta dishes. Good food – low prices – free hotspot – relaxed atmosphere.
Jalan Ganesha No. 3, Bandung
Phone: +62 22 250 0416
Steak and coffee in a warm homey atmosphere in the Riau area. You can either eat in a living, or dining room.Very good food, at mid-range prices.
Dakken Steak and Coffee
Jl. Martadinata No.67
Phone:+62 22 4209507
Mama’s Restaurant is an oasis of pork – smoked, roasted, or sausage, for those who crave this taboo delacy. They also have beef and chicken cooked in the traditional German home cooking style, as well as steaks, burgers, and pizza.
Mama’s Greman Restaurant
Jl. Prof. Eyckman No.3, Cihampelas, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 203 2803 or +62 22 7075 5700
Indischetafel is beautifully decorated with Dutch antiques. They have a varied menu of gourmet Indonesian dishes, Western food, and Dutch desserts.
Jl. Soematera No.19, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 421 8802
Traditional Sundanese food, buffet style. Just pick out what you want, and they’ll prepare it and bring it to your table – excellent.
Jl. Kebon Kawung No.24, Bandung
Phone:+62 22 426 6333
Do you have a favorite Bandung restaurant or cafe? Please share with a comment!