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Yumaju Coffee Bandung

Yumaju, Bandung: Popular and Stylish Coffee Shop

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.Coffee at YumajuThe 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.Front of YumajuPeople 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.Yumaju CoffeePrices 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.

Yumaju
Jalan Maulana Yusuf No.10, Bandung
(0897) 757 9006
Instagram: @yumajucoffee
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00

Magic: Rp25.000
Pastry: Rp22.500

Abraham & Smith Bandung Counter

Abraham & Smith, Bandung: Grungy Warehouse with Good Coffee

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!Abraham & Smith Bandung InsideMost 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.Abraham & Smith Bandung Coffee & TeaThis 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.Abraham & Smith Bandung Seating AreaGive it a try.

Abraham & Smith
Jalan Gudang Selatan No.22, Bandung (Building A before Kozi Lab)
Instagram: @abrahamandamith
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Cappuccino: Rp18.000
Iced Lemon Tea: Rp12.000

Barleu Bandung Front

Barleu, Bandung: Cute Coffee Shop with Great Coffee

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!Barleu Bandung CoffeeSusan 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.Barleu Bandung CounterThe 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.Barleu Bandung Inside and SmallWifi 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.Barleu Bandung InsideI’m a big of this small coffee shop. Big shout out to Rizal for the top coffee.

Barleu
Jalan Anggrek No.55, Bandung
Instagram: @barleu_coffeeshop
Opening Hours: 10:00 – midnight
Cappuccino: Rp25.000
Cold Matcha Latte: Rp30.000
Pisang Goreng: Rp17.000
* All prices add 12.75%

Ruckerpark Bandung Inside

Ruckerpark Coffee, Bandung

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.Ruckerpark Bandung work areaI 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.Ruckerpark Bandung CoffeeThe 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.Ruckerpark Bandung CounterCome here for great coffee, fast wifi and a great work environment. There’s perhaps no better in Bandung at this moment.

Ruckerpark Coffee
Jalan Dr. Cipto No.24, Bandung
(0813) 2325 7099
Instagram: @ruckerparkcoffee
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00 (Fri & Sat until midnight, Fri open at 13:00)
Magic: Rp33.000
Tea: Rp28.000
Nasi Goreng Kari: Rp49.000
Wedges: Rp22.000
* + 15.5% for food only, not drinks

Kamar Tujuh Bandung out the front

Kamar Tujuh, Bandung – Tiny Coffee Shop, Great Style

This is a tiny little coffee shop in an old colonial building next to an old hotel and I love it.

There’s only enough room to seat 8 inside at the bench (plus a few at the bar) and about another 10 outside. They’ve managed to give the coffee shop a slightly modern feel despite keeping all the old windows and a few pieces of old furniture.Kamar Tujuh insideI ordered a cappuccino and it was strong with well textured milk. It was a winner in my mind. Susan’s tea was a specialty green tea and she enjoyed that.Kamar Tujuh Bandung coffeeInternet is very fast with downloads well above 20mbps and uploads over 40mbps, so it’s definitely a place to come if you need to do some work. But to be honest, most people are here to just hang out with friends!Kamar Tujuh old TVThere’s a lot to like about this relaxing place that puts its emphasis on good coffee and a few cakes. Staff were pleasant and helpful and it’s somewhere I want to come back to.

Kamar Tujuh
Jalan Cilamaya No.1, Bandung
Instagram: @kamartujuh.bdg
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00
Cappuccino: Rp26.000
Green Tea: Rp25.000

Sejiwa Bandung in front

Sejiwa, Bandung – Lots of Potential, But Falls Short

When I first saw this building, I was sure this place was going to be incredible. A massive two storey steel and glass structure with grey tiled floors, hundreds of down lights and a couple of Vespas. It reminded me a little bit of an Apple Store.

And then I saw the lab coats. Any coffee shop which makes its staff wear lab coats needs to close down. It’s such a ridiculous uniform that it instantly turns me right off the place.Sejiwa BandungLab coats aside, service was attentive enough and I was seated pretty quickly. But one thing I did notice is that the staff are bored. They seem to lack any direct leadership from the owners.Sejiwa Bandung Ground FloorMenu prices here are quite variable with cappuccinos being a reasonable Rp26.000, but semur daging Rp60.000. French toast Rp25.000, Pho Rp60.000. It’s a little weird to have these variable prices, especially when you expect Western dishes to be more expensive than local dishes.Sejiwa Bandung Chicken StripsThe coffee I had was good. A magic in a latte glass is something I’ve been seeing a bit of in Indonesia lately, but it’s not a big deal.Sejiwa Bandung CoffeeThe food was disappointing. To be honest, it’s no better or worse than Bandung cafe food always is. In other words, nowhere the quality of the coffee.

I had the Brioche French Toast and it was a sad slab of soggy bread topped with some cold bananas and an unidentifiable green sauce. It wasn’t even brioche. I couldn’t finish it. The chicken strips were coated in batter and tasted OK.Sejiwa Bandung Brioche French ToastSejiwa has loads of potential to be a great place for coffee, nongkrong and some snacks. At this stage, the only thing I would come back for is the coffee.

Wifi is fast.

Sejiwa
Jalan Progo 15, Bandung
Instagram: @sejiwacoffee
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
Magic: Rp28.000
Home Made Tea: Rp22.000
Chicken Strips: Rp35.000
Brioche French Toast: Rp25.000
* All prices +15.5% tax and service

Aditi Bandung Front

Aditi Coffee House, Bandung: Great Coffee & Fast Wifi

Aditi is one of those coffee shops that loves polished concrete. Polished concrete floors, polished concrete walls, polished concrete bench seats. We’ve seen this style before, of course, but not so much in Bandung except for Mimiti and perhaps a couple of others.

I’ve got to say that the fitout is quite pleasant and it’s actually nice to have so much cold concrete when it’s hot outside. But I’m sure opinions will vary on this.Aditi Bandung InsideThey’re using a tiny La Marzocco one group machine which seems to be doing the job adequately here as the cafe’s not really that big.Aditi Bandung CounterI tried a cappuccino and it was really strong. I like my coffee strong, but people who really aren’t into coffee very much might find it way too strong. Actually, I thought it was a really good coffee with good texture on the milk and great coffee flavour.Aditi Bandung Coffee and CroissantI’m not sure where they get their croissants, but I have seen them in other coffee shops as well. I really like these croissants. Crispy outside, chewy inside and the red velvet one I had also has custard inside. Definitely worth a try.

Aside from the pastries, Aditi also serves a range of snacks such as fried tofu as well as some bigger rice based meals.

When I used the wifi, it clocked in at 20mbps down and 40mbps up which is really quite fast. There are a few tables for setting up a laptop, so working here would be an option.Aditi Bandung Smoking AreaAll in all a fantastic new addition to the Bandung coffee scene. Check it out.

Aditi Coffee House
Jalan Kh. Ahmad Dahlan No.5, Bandung
(0822) 6253 3299
Instagram: @aditicoffeehouse 
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Cappuccino:
Rp27.000

Mocha: Rp33.000
Red Velvet Croissant: Rp22.000
* all prices add 15.5%

City Center Homestay Hualien Room with Bed

Review: City Center Homestay, Hualien, Taiwan

I was bit surprised I couldn’t find really cheap places to stay in Hualien such as what I found in Kaohsiung. After searching for ages, I decided on City Center Homestay and I’m happy with my choice.

The “homestay” isn’t a homestay. It’s a hotel which isn’t staffed which is how most hotels in Hualien seem to be run. This means that when I arrived, there were no staff available and I had to email the owner through the booking.com app — luckily I had data on my phone.City Center Homestay Hualien RoomThe room I was given was quite large and certainly big enough to store a bit of luggage in as well as house the bed and table and chair. The LCD TV is massive and has international channels, the wifi is fast and reliable and the air-conditioning is icy cold. Too bad it was already cold when I visited Hualien.

I thought the bed was excellent. Super soft, nice big soft quilt and really clean. The shower was hot and strong and the bathroom modern and clean.City Center Homestay Hualien Common AreaWhat was really cool was that there was a washing machine on the top floor for free use by guests.City Center Homestay Hualien BathroomLocation is great. I initially thought the location was bad because it’s 2.5km from the train station. But to be fair, the train station is miles away from the main centre of town. Around the hotel are coffee shops and great eateries and it’s easy to catch the bus to the train station from here.

All in all, City Center Homestay is a great hotel in the center of Hualien. Recommended.

City Center Homestay
No. 83, Xinyi Street, 970 Hualien City, Taiwan
Standard Queen Room: US$36 (check current price on booking.com)

Contrast Bandung serving area

Contrast, Bandung – Incredible Coffee, Cozy Cafe

Contrast is just about everything I want in a specialty coffee shop. I love it.

The shop is a long, narrow thing with a stylish fit out that is every bit as modern as you’d want a coffee shop to be in 2017.Contrast Bandung ground floorOpened towards the end of 2016, the shop has managed to consistently serve up great coffee after great coffee in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere.

I recently ordered a magic with then Colombian beans and it was a great coffee, although it could have been a little hotter. Keep steaming that milk, boys!

Prices here are what I’d consider to be middle of the road for Bandung with a standard milky coffee costing Rp28.000.Contrast Bandung CoffeeThe wifi was reasonable, but nothing special. It’s definitely usable with a laptop to get some work done, but you’re not going to be streaming video or doing anything too bandwidth intensive.

All in all, a fantastic coffee shop in Bandung and definitely in my top 5 at the time of writing. Go here!

Contrast
Jalan Anggrek 46, Bandung
Instagram: @contrast.id
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Cappuccino: Rp28.000
Magic (w/ Colombian beans): Rp37.000

General & Co. Bandung outside

General & Co., Bandung – Great Concept, Disappointing Execution

If there is one thing that turns me off a cafe more than anything else, it’s when I’m served a spilt coffee. I get it. Everyone makes mistakes. But when the entire side of your cup is covered in coffee and the base is swimming in a pool of it, it’s just unacceptable. And that’s what I was served at General & Co.

The coffee itself tasted ok and the price was great, but food is as much about visuals and environment as it is flavour. So I just cannot like this coffee. Big thumbs down. Sorry guys.General & Co. spilt coffeeWe also tried a beef and cheese sandwich as well as bistik oma. Both dishes were better than expected after the coffee incident. The bistik oma with plenty of vegetables and a decent amount of meat for the price. Flavour was good too.General & Co. beef and riceThe fitout of the cafe is quite nice with a large open air area with plenty of tables for nongkronging with your friends.General & Co. Bandung insideThis cafe is actually just across the road from Paskal Hypersquare Food Market, so if you come here at night, you could always grab a few snacks from across the road too.General & Co. beef & cheese sandwichBeer is served here as well and it’s open quite late.

Oh yeah, I also found I rock in my sandwich. Lucky me!General & Co. Stone in my Sandwich

General & Co.
Paskal Hypersquare, Bandung
(0878) 2100 7028
Instagram: @general.co
Opening Hours: 10:00 – midnight
Coffee: Rp19.000
Bistik Oma: Rp40.000
Beef Cheese Sandwich: Rp35.000