With staff and coffee straight from Noah’s Barn in Bandung, you know this place is going to be good. And it is.
I tried a premium cappuccino with coffee roasted by Noah’s Barn and it was excellent. Definitely worth the extra 7rb.Susan’s ice lychee tea was refreshing and she was happy to have gotten 2 lychees in the drink. 🙂The interior of the coffee shop is quite small, yet stylish and pleasant for hanging out it in. There are a bunch of electricity sockets around the room and the bench area looks to be a particularly good place to open the laptop.The outside area in front of the coffee shop has a few bean bags and I saw plenty of people taking photos and generally doing the selfie thing.
When I tried the wifi here, it barely worked. So if you plan to come here and work, maybe test the wifi before you decide to stay.All in all a very good coffee shop doing fantastic coffee at a reasonable price. Worth a visit for sure.
Jalan Sagan Timur, Yogyakarta
Jam buka: 08:00 – 20:00
Premium Cappuccino: Rp30.000
Ice Lychee Tea: Rp25.000
Before arriving at Simetri, I already knew the price of their coffees was sky high and I was skeptical about the whole place. I actually didn’t want to come here because I thought the prices were too high. But after having visited, I have to say it’s a very good coffee shop.
The moment you walk in, you get a smell of some fake vanilla scent. Not sure what that is, but I found it to be unpleasant. But looking past the vanilla, you see an enormous old house with wooden floor boards and really high ceilings. Each room in the enormous house is set up for working and hanging out. And the tables are not tightly crammed in, so you feel you have your own personal space.The tables and chairs are quality. The chairs in particular are really comfortable and I could sit on them for hours while getting some work done on a laptop. And many people do do this.I tried a cappuccino and it was excellent. Every bit as good as the one I had in Blanco… and maybe a shade better. But when you get to this level, I actually find it hard to distinguish between what’s the absolute best and what’s number 2. Nonetheless, it’s a fantastic coffee and ranks as one of Yogya’s best.
Susan’s tea was fairly standard, but what I liked was that the pot they served was quite generous. It’s hard to feel like you’re getting good value for money with tea, so the least they can do is give you a large pot of it! Good one.The wifi here is slightly disappointing. It clocked in at 2.5mbps down and 2mbps up. That means it’s fast enough to upload a 3 or 4 min youtube video, but not really fast enough to stream youtube in high quality. It’s definitely usable, but I think they should upgrade this to ensure customers are happy with it.The wifi aside, an awesome coffee shop rivalling any I’ve visited in Indonesia. Love it.
Simetri Coffee Roasters
Jalan Sabirin No.20, Kotabaru, Yogyakarta
(0274) 501 1312
Jam buka: 09:00 – 23:00
Peppermint Tea: Rp35.000
What a fabulous cafe on the north side of town, away from the main tourism hustle and bustle. Great coffee and relaxed vibe.
As most of you will know, I’ve been reviewing a lot of cafes in Bandung in recent times, so I know what I like and what I don’t. It really is hit and miss. But this cafe hits the mark perfectly.Firstly, the interior is excellent. Because it’s located in a wide old house, you get a lovely wide window frontage which lets in a lot of light. It also means you get a different set up for the bar area than you would in Bandung. It’s different and I like it.There are plenty of tables to work from plus a lounge area. Wifi clocked in at 25mbps down and 5mbps up when I tested it out. It felt quite snappy and downloading the latest Game of Thrones episode would be a breeze.
I ordered a cappuccino and it was the best one I’ve had in Yogyakarta so far. It’s actually going to be difficult to beat, but that’s really just me saying that this is a top coffee whether it’s number 1, 2 or 3 on the ranking list.The almond croissant I had was a little disappointing. Bready and a little soggy. It was old school indonesian pastry at its mediocre best. The apple turnover was much better and had a bit of crispiness to it as well as great apple flavour inside. I sometimes wonder how one pastry can be so good and one so bad. Is it a matter of freshness? Not sure.All in all, a great little cafe to check out when you’re in Yogya.
Blanco Coffee & Book
Jalan Kranggan No.30, Yogyakarta
(0274) 292 3354
Jam buka: 07:00 – 00:00
Green Tea Latte: Rp23.000
Almond Croissant: Rp16.000
Apple Turnover: Rp16.000
Ruang Seduh (brewing room) is a small, yet stylish coffee shop in the southern part of town not far from Prawirotaman. They do a range of fantastic espresso coffee drinks as well as some tea which rival some of the better coffee shops in Bandung and Jakarta (they actually have an outlet in Jakarta as well).
I tried a cappuccino and the milk was steamed and textured to perfection and the coffee taste was quite strong. A double shot? Not sure, but it was awesome anyway. Susan had the loose leaf green tea and she enjoyed that too. Can’t really get too excited about tea, right?The fitout of the cafe is very simple, but whoever designed it has an eye for what looks good. Lots of white and a large polished concrete floor which puts most of Bandung and Jakarta’s coffee shop interiors to shame.Prices here are high. I kind of object to paying Rp35.000 for a coffee outside of Jakarta. And for that reason alone I don’t rate this place as highly as I otherwise would. The price is just that steep.Aside from the steep price, everything else about this coffee shop is awesome. Definitely worth a try if you’re interested in coffee shop hopping in Yogyakarta. When I tested the wifi it went at 10mbps down and 1mpbs up.
Jalan Tirtodipuran No.46, Yogyakarta
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Iced Chocolate: Rp40.000
It took me a while to find this place as there is no sign out the front telling you what it is. Hot tip: look for the sign for Suave. Woodlane is in there.
Woodlane has moved around quite a lot over the years and has ended up here sharing a shop with Suave ice cream.The coffee here is prepared in a more manual style with no big espresso machine pumping out shots. Because of that you’ll find that the coffee is cheaper than the average in Bandung.
I tried a cappuccino and I was impressed with the flavour and consistency of the milk. Susan had an iced taro latte and she enjoyed it as well.The shop is quite a good one for hanging out with friends especially if you’re looking for coffee under Rp20.000.
When I was there I had to hook into the wifi from the nearby dental clinic and it kept kicking me off because I was too far away. In other words, it’s not an ideal place to open a laptop and work.Stick to nongkrong and coffee (and perhaps ice cream) and you’ll enjoy this place.
Jalan Anggrek 36, Bandung
Open Hours: 16:00 – 22:00 (ice cream open from 10:00)
Iced Taro Latte: Rp15.000
The name of this place is quite odd and doesn’t really make sense. But I’m not one to judge a book by its cover (much), so I thought I’d give it a try anyway.
The cafe is well designed and doesn’t really focus on coffee so much — it’s a proper cafe with a full food menu as well.Despite this, I was here for the coffee so I ordered a cappuccino and Susan ordered a banana choco which is basically a chocolate milkshake with banana in it.
The coffee wasn’t very nice. There seemed to be some cinnamon sprinkled on top of my cappuccino like they would have done in Bandung back in 2012. Also, at the bottom of my coffee there was a pile of coffee grounds which was disappointing.The standard of coffee in Bandung at the moment is very high — perhaps world class. And unfortunately the coffee at Pillow Talk is a long way from this standard.
Susan’s banana choco was enjoyable, but also quite expensive at about Rp42.000 when you include tax and service.Wifi here is fast and there is plenty of room to open a laptop and work. I clocked 18mbps down and 8mbps up on my speedtest and it felt quite snappy.
I really like this place as a casual hang out place as well as a place to get some work done. I just hope they can continue to work on the coffee because at this stage it’s not quite there.
Pillow Talk Coffee and Comfy
Jalan Haji Hasan 12, Bandung
(022) 250 4733
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 (Fri & Sat until 23:00)
Banana Choco: Rp37.000
* All prices add 15.5%
Yumaju is an ultra stylish coffee shop that is amazingly popular with the university student crowd.
I grabbed a magic and a salted caramel pastry and both were excellent. The coffee was strong and the milk textured beautifully and the temperature just perfect. The pastry with a little bit more bread-like than pastry-like, but I really enjoyed it anyway.The cafes has space for about 20-25 customers in side seated either on tiny lounges or normal tables. To be honest, they’re done a great job fitting so many seats in such a small space and the only drawback is that if you’re seated on a lounge, you’re not really going to have any table space.
Out the front there is additional seating and this is where most of the smokers sit. It’s a fairly large area as well.People love to open their laptops in this cafe and that makes the wifi slightly slow. It’s still usable for sure, but it’s just not as quick as many other coffee shops in Bandung.Prices here are middle of the road for Bandung and thankfully no tax is added to the price. An incredibly popular stylish cafe worth visiting for good coffee.
Jalan Maulana Yusuf No.10, Bandung
(0897) 757 9006
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
If you’re sick of the stark white walls, polished concrete floors and hipster vibe of many of Bandung’s cafes, you could always try Abraham & Smith for something a little bit different.
Located in the same complex as the original Kozi Lab down on Jalan Gudang Selatan, Abraham & Smith is a no frills coffee shop in an old warehouse. It feels less hipster than Kozi Lab and a little dirtier. It feels good!Most of the furniture here is basically just old crates and barrels chopped up to make tables and chairs. The service area is a jumbled mess of steel, wood and manual brewing tools. It’s wild!
The cappuccino I had here was way better than I expected. If I hadn’t watched the guy make the coffee, I would have sworn he used an espresso machine. But he didn’t. Everything on the stove top including the incredible textured milk. Top marks.This coffee shop unashamedly caters towards people who are looking to nongkrong, smoke, drink coffee and perhaps have a game of cards. It has loads of style for such a place I really love it.Give it a try.
Abraham & Smith
Jalan Gudang Selatan No.22, Bandung (Building A before Kozi Lab)
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Iced Lemon Tea: Rp12.000
Barleu opened in early 2017 and has quickly become one of my favourite places for a quick coffee in Bandung.
The coffee here is quite strong and that’s because their default is to use 2 shots of espresso. I like this strength of coffee, but some might find it too strong. If you don’t like a strong coffee, just ask for one shot. Otherwise the coffee is a bold and punchy double shot. Yum!Susan had a matcha latte and it actually had a hint of a green Thai tea flavour in it which in itself isn’t a bad thing. Susan did say that her drink was a little sweet for her liking. Maybe ask for half sugar.
I also tried the pisang goreng and surprisingly I though it was delish! Super sweet bananas and crispy batter makes for good pisang goreng and I’d be happy to eat this again for a snack.The coffee shop has a tiny indoor area which is really brightly lit. It’s a nice place to hang out for a while. For smokers, there is quite a large veranda area which is perfect for nongkronging on for hours on end.Wifi was medium speed when I was there, but it seems it might be able to achieve 20mbps in off-peak times. In other words, it’s a decent place to open a laptop.I’m a big of this small coffee shop. Big shout out to Rizal for the top coffee.
Jalan Anggrek No.55, Bandung
Opening Hours: 10:00 – midnight
Cold Matcha Latte: Rp30.000
Pisang Goreng: Rp17.000
* All prices add 12.75%
Just when you thought you’d already found the best place to work in Bandung, you find Ruckerpark. Ruckerpark could well be the best place in Bandung to open up a laptop and get some work done.
Due the the abundance of space in the cafe as well as massive long benches, power sockets at every seat and super fast wifi, I can’t think of a much better place to open my laptop.I had a magic as well as a nasi goreng and wedges and all were good. The magic was super strong as I’d expect, but in the wrong cup/glass. Not sure what is going in Bandung, but a magic should be in a tulip cup, not a glass in order to get the “magic” milk to coffee ratio. Anyway, this was a fantastic coffee despite the wrong cup.The food was pretty good too, but I really have to comment on the price — Rp49.000 for nasi goreng is extremely expensive, even in a cafe. So my advice would be to skip the food unless you’re extremely hungry. It’s just not worth it. To Ruckerpark: You’re nasi goreng is too expensive.Come here for great coffee, fast wifi and a great work environment. There’s perhaps no better in Bandung at this moment.
Jalan Dr. Cipto No.24, Bandung
(0813) 2325 7099
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00 (Fri & Sat until midnight, Fri open at 13:00)
Nasi Goreng Kari: Rp49.000
* + 15.5% for food only, not drinks