Photo: Plantations outside Bandung.

Eat and meet

Bandung

Warungs, kaki limas and rumah makans are available absolutely everywhere in Bandung and at night you will not walk past a single street corner without seeing someone selling local food. This food is generally very delicious, but relies heavily on frying and many visitors will want to mix up their eating habits to avoid oil overload. During the day, options along most streets are limited to snack foods such as gorengan, a word used to describe a variety of fried tasty treats. More substantial meals are best found in food courts attached to malls or in standalone fixed restaurants.


Origin House & Kitchen
Jalan Sumatra 21, Bandung

The owners of this place have done a fantastic job of creating a menu and eating space that resembles what one would expect in a Western organic cafe. It's a bit of an anomaly in Bandung, but it does sit on Jalan Sumatra, one of the best places to shun traditional Indonesian warungs and indulge in food you'd be happy to go out for in the West. For those wanting to purchase some organic... Read our full review of Origin House & Kitchen.

Gianni's
Jalan Cihampelas 205, Bandung

The expansive list of European food and a smattering of Indonesian favourites is a pleasant surprise for a restaurant in an Indonesian city not reliant on the trade of foreigners. For main course, the salmon steak is hard to go past as are the variety of pasta dishes. If you're craving something sweet the dessert menu offers a fantastic mousse as well some decent cakes. The ground floor isn't... Read our full review of Gianni's .

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Jalan Gardujati, Bandung

Jalan Gardujati is located within walking distance of the train station which is convenient if you're staying close by and want to check out Bandung street food at night between 18:00 and 22:00. Starting 150 metres to the south of the train line, a wide range of food stalls offer local foods such as wedang ronde (glutinous rice ball with ginger soup), kuo tie (Chinese-style fried dumplings) and... Read our full review of Jalan Gardujati & Jalan Cibadak.

Warung Cepot
Jalan Pasirkaliki, Bandung

It's a clean, modern Sundanese-style restaurant with traditional cooking implements adorning the walls and traditional music drifting softly into consciousness to give a feel that is unique in Bandung. The menu contains many dishes that you simply will not find commonly in Indonesia as they are old Sundanese recipes usually reserved for special occasions, such as weddings and funerals. You... Read our full review of Warung Cepot.

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Jalan Sukajadi, Bandung

The main attraction of this mall is the semi-outdoor cafe/restaurant strip along the outer part of the mall building. During weekends, most of the cafes stay open until midnight even though the mall itself is closed at 22:00. Those into the round-ball variety of football can head to the MU Cafe for a live match on the big screen with a glass of beer and cigarette in hand. For those wanting to... Read our full review of Paris van Java .

Hummingbird
Jalan Progo, Bandung

The interior design of the cafe is eye-catching featuring an abundance of wood, huge paintings of hummingbirds on each of the walls and perfect lighting to give a warm feel. Mixed in with the paintings of birds are cute walls featuring assorted knick-knacks which add to the overall “designer” feel of the establishment -- definitely overseen by someone with an eye for detail. Turning to... Read our full review of Hummingbird.

Indischetafel
Jalan Sumatra 19, Bandung

The owners of Indischetafel have done a wonderful job of transforming this old building into a museum-cum-restaurant in the heart of one of Bandung's upmarket eating districts. Each room is adorned with antiques and is set up to resemble the formal dining spaces that once were contained in countless Dutch houses before 1945 – the year of Indonesia's independence. Despite the formal feel of... Read our full review of Indischetafel.

Giggle Box
Jalan Progo No.33, Bandung

Giggle Box boasts an impressive fit-out, with floral wallpaper and cute photos adorning the walls, charming white tables and chairs and splashes of colour in all the right places, giving a distinctly modern twist to a colonial theme. The menu here is cheap and simple featuring dishes suited to the Western palate, such as hamburgers and schnitzels as well as restaurant-quality Indonesian... Read our full review of Giggle Box.

Great cafes in Bandung

Most travellers arrive in Bandung by train and immediately head for the nearby hotels that surround the smoggy, noisy and dirty station area. These shocking first impressions of Bandung can lead one to believe that Bandung is nothing more than just another big Indonesian metropolis with absolutely no redeeming features let alone a well-developed eating scene. But Bandung is Java’s culinary... Read our full review of Great cafes in Bandung.

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Jalan Pasirkaliki, Bandung

IP as it's known locally is not the biggest mall in Bandung, but it's still a nice enough place to hang out, grab a coffee and eat foods from all over the world. McDonald's is located in the parking area of the mall, but the attraction is the selection of cuisines available inside. Our favourites are Eastern (Chinese), Thai Palace and Hanamasa (Japanese shabu-shabu). The food court on the top... Read our full review of Istana Plaza.

Paskal Food Market
Jalan Pasirkaliki, Bandung

It's an open-air food court that claims to serve 1,100 different cuisines. We counted about 100, but this selection is more than enough to allow a fussy eater to find something to their liking -- for the gastronome, it could well break them. The process for ordering is overly-complex, but not too much of a hassle. Order from one of the many food counters, take your docket to the nearby... Read our full review of Paskal Food Market.

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Food Court, 6th floor, Jalan Otto Iskandardinata, Bandung

If you want to experience a local market atmosphere, check this place out. The first two floors are occupied by a wet market selling meat, fruit and vegetables and is a fascinating site in itself. Then from the confusingly labelled first to fifth floors a plethora of stalls sell cloth, clothes, bags, shoes, jewellery and other assorted knick-knacks. The food court on the sixth floor mostly serves... Read our full review of Pasarbaru Trade Centre.

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