Many of the coffee shops in Bandung are starting to look quite similar to one another with a few exceptions such as the excellent Masagi. Another new concept for coffee shops in Bandung is on offer at Carla Living.
Carla Living is a homewares shop in the Citilink Mall in the south of Bandung. Inside the homewares shop is fantastic little coffee shop which is reminiscent of some we see in Bali such as Bungalow Living in Canggu and Kimsoo in Seminyak.Aside from fantastic homewares, they also serve top notch coffee which in my opinion rivals the best in Bandung. Silky smooth milk, deep rich coffee and a range of blends to suit every palette. It’s serious coffee at a price that is hard to beat.Internet here is fast. Very fast. Probably the second fastest I’ve tested in Bandung so far with a speed of 66mbps down and 20mbps up. Workspaces are plentiful and there are electricity sockets at a few of the tables.This is a fantastic little coffee shop with a new feel, great coffee, low price and fast internet. Give it a try if you’re in the area!
Ground Floor, Festival Citilink, Bandung
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
Kopi Aren: Rp20.000
* No added tax!
Located in a quiet suburban street in an old colonial building, Antico is a tribute to the colonial architecture and design of the Dutch era. It’s a wonderfully styled house with old tiles, tables and chairs and the odd cabinet. It’s fantastic.
The coffee is very good and I’d be happy to have it every day if the week. While the food menu is simple, the nasi goreng hit the spot nicely as did Susan’s ayam telur mentega.It’s a reasonable place to work, but the WiFi was incredibly slow I was there clicking in at 0.7mbps up and 0.7mbps down. You won’t want to be using this for anything data intensive.I really like this cafe despite the crappy wifi because the styling is authentic and avoids following modern trends. Coffee is great and prices are really good.
Jalan Cilaki 9, Bandung
(0821) 2002 3528
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
Honey Lemon: Rp22.000
Nasi Goreng Antico: Rp25.000
Ayam Telur Mentega: Rp25.000
* No added tax!
Not to be confused with Kozi Lab and associated cafes, Cozy Cube is a funky cafe doing their own thing in the heart of Bandung.
The coffee shop is large with multiple different locations to sit ranging from the outside garden area to lounge area.There are plenty of electricity sockets and the wifi here is very fast with speeds of 40mbps both up and down when I tried it. It seems like a great place to get work done.
The coffee was predictably very good and in line with high Bandung standards. It doesn’t get too much better than this. Susan’s iced red velvet latte was quite large and she was impressed with the value.The cafe also serves a range of food, but we haven’t had a chance to try that yet. And by the looks of things, most people are here to nongkrong or work anyway and not for a meal.Another fantastic coffee shop on the Bandung coffee scene. Worth visiting.
Jalan Taman Cibeunying Utara 4, Bandung
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00; Fri & Sat until 23:00
Iced Red Velvet Latte: Rp28.000
* All prices add 15.5% tax & service
Kopi is awesome. A breath of fresh air in a Bandung coffee scene filled with same same coffee shops.
Located in the centre of Bandung, the location is more central than most coffee shops in Bandung. That’s good for tourists who visit Bandung and good if you’re visiting from almost any of the outer suburbs of Bandung because you really have to cross to the other side of town.The fit out of the coffee shop is fantastic and our favourite out of the last 10 or so coffee shops we’ve visited. Modern styling, quality finishes all inside an old building. The front door is a great spot for a photo as is the rest of the coffee shop, to be honest.
There are plenty of places to set up a laptop and work as well as a few power points. The bench along the side we’d be more than happy to work at. Wifi clocked in at 8mbps down and 4mbps up which is not great, but it’s ok.The coffee was really good — milk well textured and temperature decent (could be hotter). Getting a bit worried about the trend of putting a magic in a glass though.
The creme brûlée latte was really good. The sugar on top could have been a bit more crispy, but we can’t really fault it that much.
One last thing. The brownie was awesome. Fresh, chewy, no dryness. Get one.All in all a fantastic new coffee shop in Bandung. It’s one of our favourite new places.
Gang Atim No.1, Bandung
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 20:00, weekend 09:00 – 21:00
Creme Brûlée Latte: Rp25.000
When we first arrived at Hara on a Sunday, it reminded us of Ambroggio. And we don’t really like Ambroggio, so we were skeptical about Hara. But in our opinion, Hara is miles better than Ambroggio and somewhere we’d be happy to come back to again and again.
Hara is a big cafe with a hotel above it. The fitout is kind of luxurious, with stylish, unique fixtures and fittings. We especially love all of the different types of chairs. They’re awesome and show that someone paid a lot of attention to these small details.Let’s get onto the food. We loved it. We are massive critics of Bandung cafe food. It’s almost always sub-standard. But Hara gets it right. We tried the Philly steak croissant and the linguini chicken pesto. The linguini in particular was awesome and chicken was very similar in style to some of the grilled chicken we get in northern Thailand. We’ve never tasted anything like it in Indonesia. Loved it!The coffee is excellent and as good as anything in Bandung. Not much else to say when it’s this good.
We really love Hara. Most people seem to be coming here for photos etc at the moment. We hope that once the hype dies down that there are still enough customers to keep this place going because it deserves it. It’s awesome.Wifi clocked in at a very speedy 13mbps down and 20mbps up so that even the biggest YouTube uploads will be done in a matter of minutes.Officially one of our favourite cafes for food in Bandung.
Profesor Soetami 62, Bandung
(022) 8200 9777
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00, Fri & Sat until 23:30
Sunkist Honey Smoothie: Rp35.000
Philly Steak Croissant: Rp59.000
Linguini Chicken Pesto: Rp59.000
* Add 10% to all prices
This cafe is on top of an old hotel in Dago Pakar and it’s quite odd. But it works.
Let’s get this out of the way for starters. The hotel that this cafe is on top of looks dark, haunted & abandoned. It’s such a weird place to put a modern cafe. But it works mainly because of the great views and the really cool air.The coffee I got served up was great and as good as most places in Bandung. Susan had the Taro Latte and she was happy with that as well.The atmosphere here only really kicks off at about 4pm when people come to nongkrong. It’s at this time you’ll find people reclining on beanbags and basically having a good time.It’s also a pretty good place to get internet stuff done with plenty of tables, electricity sockets and fast wifi. Sometimes. The wifi really slowed down as more people arrived.All in all a good new nongkrong place on the Bandung cafe scene despite the haunted hotel below.
Jalan Raya Resort Dago Pakar 19, Bandung
(022) 2045 4218
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00, Fri & Sat until midnight
Taro Latte: Rp29.000
* Add 15% tax and service
Wow. How surprising to find a place doing good modern Indonesian food. It’s so rare in Bandung to get good modern Indonesian food that I never thought I’d see it.
But here we are. Akasya Teras is serving up perhaps the best cafe style Indonesian food in Bandung. I had the nasi goreng kampung and it was extremely spicy but also extremely tasty. The portion was quite large as well. Susan’s ayam telur asin was excellent as was the keciwis.I was also surprised at the coffee. It was also excellent. I didn’t expect good coffee here because it’s more like a restaurant place. But my cappuccino was perfectly hot, great textured milk and just strong enough for my liking.This cafe is actually located in the same property as my old favourite Bandung restaurant, Fashion Pasta. After they closed down, I guess Akasya took over.The wifi here is fast making it a perfect place to come and work. 25mbps down and 6mbps.Love this place for food, coffee and getting work done.
Jalan Resort Dago Pakar 18, Bandung
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00, Fri Sat & Sun 08:00 – 23:00
Nasi Goreng Kampung: Rp49.000
Ayam Telur Asin: Rp55.000
Thai Tea Cincau: Rp25.000
* Add 15.5% tax and service!
Diskus Cafe is a bright and airy coffee shop located above a very busy food court in the middle of a residential complex near Maranatha Univesity. When we visited it was extremely popular with the university crowd.
We tried a hot red velvet latte and a cappuccino. The cappuccino was strong, full of flavour, good temperature, but a little off on milk texture. But this is a very minor criticism. The coffee was still very good.The red velvet latte was pretty standard and enjoyable, but nothing different to what you get everywhere else in Bandung. I mean, what else can you do to a red velvet latte?The fitout is really good. The room gets a lot of light and there are lots of clean bright white walls which come up great when you overexpose them in your photos.The little section with 3 tables and cushions on the floor is a popular spot for people who like to sit on the floor. It’s also where most people are getting their instagram photos.All in all a good hang out spot with good coffee. They also serve food. Wifi was 10mbps down and 10mbps up when we were there, but we suspect it would be much faster in an empty cafe. Still, it’s fast.
Diskus Cafe & Bites
Jalan Terusan Babakan Jeruk 1 No. 109-111, Bandung
(0815) 6155 2403
Opening Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Red Velvet Latte: Rp19.000
* No added tax! (yay!)