On the number of times we’ve been to Pison, we’ve had completely different experiences. Some have been extremely busy, some really quiet. And it’s the busyness that really changes the nature of this place.
When we visited on a quiet occasion, the service was pleasant and attentive and the vibe of the cafe so chilled and relaxed. But when we visited and the cafe was full, service was very poor and waiters simply didn’t serve us unless we waved them over.Additionally, the vibe was a lot more chaotic and not really that nice. If you love a chaotic vibe, maybe you’d love Pison when it’s busy.The burger on a red velvet bun we had here was really really good. Generous meat patty, brioche-like bun and tasty cheese. It all sat together nicely so that you could pick it up and smash it.The coffee here is also very good and up there with some of the best in Bali.So while we think this is a very good cafe, we don’t really like it when it gets too busy.So will we come again? Absolutely. It’s just one of those places that is nice to come with a coffee and your laptop.
Jalan Petitenget 8A, Seminyak
(0812) 383 4986
Jam bu: Minggu – Jumat 08:00-23.00, Sabtu 08:00 – 00:00
Iced Taro: Rp35.000++
Red Velvet Burger: Rp65.000++
Located on Jalan Petitenget right next to Biku, The Fat Turtle is a casual cafe serving up toast and pancakes and great coffee. A great place for a slow and leisurely breakfast!
The cafe is small with old fashioned tiles, sewing machine tables and hipster lights. We found the tables to be slightly small for groups of 4, but we managed anyway. If you’re a couple wanting to come here, there’s plenty of room.We ordered a range of dishes and all were quite good. The red velvet pancakes came topped with cream and were tasty and moist.The banana bread French toast was also moist, but some might think it’s too small. We like the size.The corn fritters were awesome and the addition of the avocado purée was a good choice in order to keep the dish from being too dry.
The coffee was too notch and pretty much in line with what we expect in Bali these days.We’re fans of this place and would be happy to come back here again for breakfast or lunch. A good solid cafe for those in need of sustenance in Seminyak and one of the better places around.
The Fat Turtle
Jalan Petitenget 886A, Seminyak
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
Red Velvet Pancakes: Rp55.000++
Banana Bread French Toast: Rp45.000++
Corn Fritters: Rp55.000++
As Canggu opens up to more and more foreigners, more and more cafes open. Milk & Madu is one of the better ones in Canggu catering toward the foreigner crowd.
Located in a large Balinese style pavilion out towards Pantai Berawa, Milk & Madu serves up a range of baked egg dishes, toast, pancakes and other standard cafe fare.And the food we’ve tried is good! The skillet eggs are not huge, but enough for a breakfast and very tasty.The eggs benedict with smashed avo was sensational. The mango pancakes tasted great, but were just too much for one person to eat.
Coffees and juices are good and worth coming here for on their own.For people with kids, this is the perfect cafe. There’s a fair sized play area on the back lawn which doesn’t disturb other guests, but caters perfectly for families with kids.We really like this cafe and think it’s worth visiting if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak for a while.
Milk & Madu
Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa No.52, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara
Jam Buka: setiap hari 07:00 – 22:00
Buttermilk hotcakes: Rp60.000++
Sauteed chorizo organic skillet eggs: Rp65.000++
Super smoothies: Rp55.000++
You may well have heard of Revolver in Seminyak, that famous coffee shop with the hidden entrance which opened around 2012. It was a hit at the time and in our view is still one of the best places for coffee in Bali.
But since 2013 there has also been a coffee shop called Baby Revolver which we absolutely love. On our last visit, we ordered a couple of coffees and we were blown away by the quality which we think exceeds just about anything else out there.Great temperature, great flavour and great texture.
The iced coffee was on the strong side, just as I like it. But Susan prefers a weaker coffee and would ask for a half shot next time.
They also serve a range of pastries and cakes here which hit the spot when you’ve sipping a coffee.The location is what we really love about this place. It’s tiny and feels awesome when you’re the only one there.When it fills up it can feel a little crowded, but not so bad. Surprisingly, it’s not always full, so you’ve always got a good chance of getting a seat.The staff are cool and helpful and we’ll definitely be back regularly for a coffee fix. Highly recommended and one of our favourites in Bali!
Jalan Kayu Aya / Gang 51, Seminyak
(0361) 735 648
Black coffee: Rp25.000++
White coffee: Rp30.000++
We love this place. As fans of coffee and simple Indonesian food, this place ticks all the boxes.
Great manual brew coffee including Vietnam drip as well a bunch of cemilan such as pisang goreng and peuyeum. They often have heavier meals such as lontong sayur, bubur lodeh and nasi goreng.It’s this simple, old style food which for us makes this place a hit. Too many places these days either do fast food or modern Indonesian food. And it’s usually crap. But Imah Babaturan does good simple food the old way. And it’s awesome.The fitout here is like a warung. But slightly more modern. And that’s cool too. Keeping that traditional Indonesian warung feel, but making it brighter and cleaner.The staff here are fantastic perhaps because they’re also the owners. And as we know, having the owners working in the place they own makes a whole lot of difference.So if you’re looking for a cheap place for coffee and a simply indonesia meal in Bandung, we highly recommend Imah Babaturan. We spent Rp45.000 on 1 iced coffee with milk, 1 iced tea and one lontong sayur. That’s a bargain.
Warung Kopi Imah Babaturan
Jalan Kebon Bibit 3, Bandung
Opening Hours: daily 08:00 – 22:00
Es Kopi Susu: Rp15.000
Es Teh Tawar: Rp5.000
Lontong Sayur: Rp15.000
I really love this place and I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s the unique but highly stylish furniture. Maybe it’s the fitout of the shop. Maybe because it’s so spacious.
Who knows? But one thing is for sure that this place is a great place to come and have a coffee and perhaps get a bit of work done.Opening in the second half of 2016, Eiger Coffee Jalan Dago is basically half coffee shop, half bag shop. But it’s not just any old bag shop or coffee shop. It’s designed to be ultra modern and to give a feel of premium quality. And you know what? They pull it off really well.
The tables are made from wood and concrete and each have a power point. The chairs are different from standard cafe chairs and are comfortable, but also stylish.On the counter is a jug of free infused water as well as a selection of cakes.
There are also a few high stools for those who like to drink their coffee while looking down on others…….Surprise surprise. The smoking area out the front is actually really good. Not just an add-on as is the case in most coffee shops.The brewing area is a thing of beauty which everything looking really stylish and the lighting setting it all off.
We also appreciated the funky murals, random wooden bike and other associated design related things. It feels good to be here.The coffee I had was of the standard you’d expect in Bandung these days. Very good. Price is about middle of the road.
The honey bunny sweety was awesome and something we’d come here specifically for.The wifi here is shit. It needs to be fixed. It took me ages to get into it and when I finally did, it was too slow for Bandung standards. Yeah, I could do a bit of browsing, but it would drive me crazy if I had something important to do on it.Wifi aside, everything at Eiger Coffee is awesome. This place brings a new angle to coffee shops in Bandung and is something that others will need to work hard to catch up to.
Jalan Dago 88, Bandung
Opening Hours: daily 08:00 – 21:00
Honey bunny sweety: Rp25.000
Sydwic Bandung takes minimalist styling to the next level with their new cafe on Jalan Cilaki.
We visited on what we were assuming would be a quiet Friday morning, but were greeted by a full house. We’d come a week earlier and also been greeted by a full house, so we can safely say that this place is booming.How long the boom will last is anyone’s guess.
The interior of this place is what all the fuss is about because it is so damn stylish. Stark white walls, fancy furniture a plain marble top bar. The back section of the cafe is where most people want to sit because that’s where the best photos are.We ordered a cappuccino, hot taro latte, cinnamon twist and cheese bun. The drinks were good, the cheese bun was OK and the cinnamon twist was disappointing.
The cinnamon twist is a dense, doughy piece of bread with cinnamon sugar on top. It’s so doughy that it tastes like it’s not cooked properly and we really didn’t like it. But we get the impression that our view is an outlier because it seems as though they sell a lot of them.We haven’t had a chance to try the sandwiches or rice bowls yet, but the cinnamon twist wasn’t in a style we’re happy with, so we probably wouldn’t like the heavier dishes either.
With so many coffee shops opening in Bandung, it gets more and more difficult to stand out from the crowd. And having good coffee and a nice fitout is simply not enough anymore.Whether Sydwic stands the test of time, only time will tell. But our suspicion is they’re going to have to up their game with the bread first despite the bread coming from the famous Roti Selai.
Coffee prices are quite cheap for Bandung and that will appeal to a particular market. Wifi is fast and free.All in all a good new coffee shop in Bandung that will be loved by many.
Jalan Cilaki 63, Bandung
(022) 727 3656
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 07:00 – 22:00; Friday-Sunday 07:00 – 23:00
Hot Taro Latte: Rp24.000
Cinnamon Twist: Rp11.500
Cheese Bun: Rp5.750
And the new coffee shops keep opening in Bandung. This time it’s Lighthouse Coffee Brewery on Jalan Surdiman.
These days, you absolutely have to serve really good coffee if you’re going to open a coffee shop in Bandung. If not, you’ll fail really quickly. Even coffee shops serving great coffee sometimes struggle to get enough business.So with that in mind, we can safely say that Lighthouse does produce a good coffee. The coffee here is a little on the light side which is great for those who don’t like a really strong coffee. I had a magic (double shot ristretto with milk) and the strength was just perfect for me. Not too strong, but strong enough that I could get the taste of the coffee.The prices here are pretty much middle of the range for Bandung. The magic was Rp29.000 which is fantastic compared to Jakarta prices and standard for Bandung (unless you go somewhere like Common Grounds where the prices are anything but common).
The interior design of Lighthouse is modern. Perhaps the most modern in Bandung. A large wooden floor, modern furniture with a mix of metal and wood as well as a big metal bar with a “follow the light” logo on it. It’s pretty cool.Sadly, when we were there it was empty. We only saw one other customer come in. And that’s the way it is in Bandung coffee shops these days. You can be good, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to be full with customers. Hopefully they’ll get more and more customers in the future.There’s a small smoking area out the front and they do have free wifi.
Definitely a worthwhile nongkrong spot in Bandung.
Lighthouse Coffee Brewery
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman 546 Blok A-6, Bandung
(022) 2056 2121
Hot lemon tea: Rp19.000
French fries: Rp17.000
Avocado coffee: Rp34.000
We rarely eat good pastries in Bandung. And god knows we try. We try so many croissants, pain au chocolates and almond croissants and we can’t even remember the last time we had one. They’re so rare.
So when we decided to head out to Batununggal to try out the new pastry shop, Harliman Boulangerie, we had very low expectations. Even from the photos of instagrammers, we felt sure the pastries were going to be dry and flakey as is almost always the case in Bandung.But when we got there and tried their pastries, we were shocked. The pastries weren’t dry and flakey. They weren’t dense and bready. They were spot on and probably not far off what we’ve experienced in Paris! They were that good.The pain au chocolate was a winner. The outside was only slightly stiff, but gave way as soon as our teeth sunk into it. The inside was fluffy and better still, slightly chewy.
The almond croissant was predictably dense, but surprisingly had a slight crispiness to it that we really loved.
And that’s the point here. Getting the fine balance between too crispy and too much like bread is extremely difficult. And at Harliman they’ve found that balance and as a result serve what we consider to be the best pastries in Bandung. It’s a big call, we know.
One piece of advice we’d like to give. DO NOT HAVE YOUR CROISSANT HEATED. They offer this at Harliman, but we suspect it will dry the pastry right out and make it flakey beyond belief.Lastly, a small comment on the coffee. We didn’t really enjoy the coffee here. So if you need coffee, only order one if you’re desperate. Otherwise wait until you’re able to visit somewhere else for your coffee fix.Harliman is definitely worth a visit if you love pastries and is our pick for them in Bandung.
Jalan Batununggal Indah Raya 164, Bandung
Opening hours: daily 09:00 – 21:00
If you’re looking for a place to nongkrong in Bandung that is both modern and old school at the same time, look no further than Kedai Kopi Bara on Jalan Cibadak.
Located in an colonial building, Kedai Kopi Bara has been given a facelift that brings it into the 21st century. Lots of handmade wooden furniture, a couple of couches and lots of bright natural night make it feel quite modern.There’s a constant stream of the latest music playing, fast free wifi and a few books to make the place great for hanging out in.We’ve tried a range of things here and the coffee is top notch. Yes, it does compare with the best in Bandung. Susan likes green tea lattes and the iced one here is pretty much like it is everywhere.
They do a small selection of food here, but last time we visited, the kitchen wasn’t open.We find it interesting that the coffee shop isn’t that busy. Where is everyone? This is one of the better coffee shops in Bandung and it’s virtually empty!The great coffee, relaxing ambience and decent food selection make this one of our favourite nongkrong spots in Bandung. Let’s hope they get enough customers to make keeping the business going worthwhile.
Kedai Kopi Bara
Jalan Cibadak 237, Bandung
Opening Hours: daily 07:30 – 22:00
Iced Thai Green Tea: Rp15.000