After trying the original Eiger Coffee on Jalan Dago, I had high hopes for Eiger Coffee on Jalan Cihampelas. And it was everything I expected and perhaps a bit more.
The cafe is located on top of the fabulous Eiger adventure store in a narrow building with a large balcony with swinging chairs. There’s loads of wood, custom benches and hipster light fittings. Kind of what you expect from a coffee shop in Bandung these days.The coffee is good. I had a very strong cappuccino and Susan had a Honey Bunny Sweetie. It was exactly like the one she had in Eiger Coffee Jalan Dago… that is, very enjoyable with lots of yoghurt and banana.The tables here are good for working at and there are plenty of power points. Wifi clocks in at about 20mbps down and 4mbps up. It’s quite zippy and fast enough for most people.With its fresh wooden interior and great coffee, Eiger Coffee Cihampelas is definitely recommended.
Eiger Coffee Cihampelas
Jalan Cihampelas No.22, Bandung
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00
Honey Bunny Sweetie: Rp33.500
There’s a trend in Bandung coffee shops to be as modern and clinical as possible. And not everyone likes that. I do, but I do like variety as well. And Daily Breu gives us that variety.
Attached to the Bread Corner shop, Daily Breu is a small family run coffee shop that is well designed, but not in the ultra modern way that many cafes now demand. And that’s a good thing.I had a large cappuccino here and it was really good. Susan had a peppermint tea and she appreciated that addition of some real mint leaves and a bit of honey. Too often in Bandung cafes, they just give you a tea bag and hot water. Here they don’t.We also ordered some toast with jam and that was enjoyable. More than I expected.The wifi here is quite fast at 18mbps down and 2mbps up and the tables each have their own power point. A good place to open the laptop and get work done.
A good little cafe on the Bandung scene suitable for a little bit of laptop work, hanging out with friends or just enjoying the coffee.
Jalan Rontgen No.9, Bandung
(022) 423 8126
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
Hot Honey Mint Tea: Rp18.000
Roti Bakar: Rp15.000
Kentang Goreng: Rp18.000
This is quite far north of the main tourist area of Yogya and as such, it’s not really that frequently visited by people on holiday. You will however see lots of locals hanging out it due its large garden area and comfy seating.
I tried a latte here and it was pretty good, but not as good as something like Simetri. Susan’s pineapple & mint drink was refreshing, but nothing to get too excited about.The garden really is pleasant here and most people choose to sit on the patio looking out over the garden rather than in the garden itself which is in the direct sun.Wifi here is not bad, but it’s not going to be good enough for bandwidth intensive tasks. Browsing the web and doing social media works fine and I clocked the speed at 5mbps down and 1mbps up.I think prices here are too expensive for what you get. And certainly too expensive for Yogya. But if you’re not price sensitive, by all means come and enjoy a coffee on the terrace. It’s a really relaxing place and great for getting out the traffic you inevitably find in the north of Yogya.
Epic Coffee & Furniture
Jalan Palagan Tentara Pelajar No.29, Sleman, Yogyakarta
(0274) 453 0704
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Pineapple Mint Squash: Rp34.000
* Add 10% tax to all prices
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.
Note: They have stopped giving free water to customers. You now have to buy it and it is ridiculously expensive at 17.200 per serving.
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
Lantai Bumi is located in the north of town far away from where most visitor wander. It caters more towards the local crowd of university students, both Indonesian and foreign. For that reason, you’ll find lots of space to set up a laptop.
I ordered a cappuccino and Susan order a mocha and both were quite good, although not the best we’ve had in Yogya. And that’s the thing. The more coffee shops you try, the more picky you come when judging your coffee. With that in mind, this is still a very good coffee and I’d be happy to come here again for it. Better still, prices are on the lower side of things.We also ordered the pisang goreng and a nasi goreng. Both were good for a light snack, although the banana was slightly more crispy than I would have liked. Again, not a big deal. Still nice enough.The interior of this place is quite plain, but has enough room to seat over 30 people in the non-smoking area and many more in the smoking section. All along the walls there are electricity outlets meaning it’s a great place to work. Especially since the wifi was quite fast at 20mbps down and 9mbps up. Perfectly uploading that vlog you just made.I think this is a pretty good place to come and get some work done, but also if you’re just after a decent coffee in the north of town. Good one.
Lantai Bumi Coffee & Space
Pogung Baru Blok C28, Yogyakarta
(0274) 501 1651
Jam buka: 08:00 – 00:00
Banana Fritters: Rp23.000
Nasi Goreng: Rp26.000
With all the success the crew had at Kozi Lab in the warehouse down in central Bandung, it’s no surprise that they’ve teamed up again to open another coffee shop in a different location. This time they’ve snagged a large house in Dago atas and converted it into a B&B and coffee shop. And it’s really good!
The houses in this area are all older style, but with plenty of class. I absolutely love these old houses because they still retain some charm, still have great quality fittings and still feel great to be in. Much better than most of the concrete monstrosities in Bandung.The fitout, to be honest, is fairly minimal. It really looks and feels like a house even down to the piano, courtyard and office areas.
The coffee is good as you’d expect from this mob with my magic having plenty of punch and the milk textured beautifully. Susan’s kopi pisang susu was enjoyable and was perfect for people who want to try coffee, but don’t want to go too full on.We also ordered some food and it was surprisingly good! I had the ayam tinorangsak which was coated in green chilli, but wasn’t too spicy. Susan had the sop kacang merah and she was happy with the tastiness of it. The main positive of the chicken dish for me is that they provided two small breast portions which is exactly what I wanted.There are plenty of tables to work at and the wifi clocked in at a speedy 20mbps down and 4mbps up.
Budaraa is a good place to work, have lunch and drink great coffee.One last thing, the air is often THICK with cigarette smoke, so if you value your lungs, it’s probably best to avoid this place.
Jalan Bukit Dago Utara II No.11, Bandung
(0821) 1739 4118
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00
Kopi Pisang Susu: Rp18.000
Sop Kacang Merah: Rp30.000
Ayam Tinorangsak: Rp32.000
Set far up in the hills of Dago not far from Taman Hutan Raya Juanda, Armor Leuit is the latest in the line of Armor Kopi shops which have opened up over the years.
This shop is the successor of the original Kopi Armor which was located in the ground of TAHURA. It was pulled down after irregularities with the contract. In the meantime, the owners set up Armor Kopi Garden which was a success in its own right. And now Armor Leuit.The coffee is much the same as the other Kopi Armor locations where they specialise in manual brew and offer milk which is of the condensed variety. I tried a vietnam drip as usual and it was good.But the real reason come here is to nongkrong and I would say that this is one of the best places in Bandung to nongkrong.The grounds are expansive and house a number of different huts as well as lots of tables. I’m not sure what will happen in the wet season… perhaps they just lose 50% of their seating.If you love the cool air of Dago and love the outdoors, you’ll love Armor Leuit. No wifi.
Jalan Bukit Pakar Utara No.10, Bandung
(0812) 1396 0941
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Vietnam Drip: Rp21.000
Cold Press Juice: Rp25.000
Pisang Goreng: Rp21.000
Maybe it was the wrong day to visit or maybe this place is just the most popular place in Bandung, but when I visited on a Sunday it was packed!
Ambrogio Patisserie marks itself firmly as a place that does great cakes and pastries simply by the name. And if you call yourself a patisserie, you have to be awesome.I tried the banoffee croissant and although it’s not a traditional croissant flavour, I still expect the texture of the croissant to match what you’d normally get — chewy, yet slightly crispy pastry that isn’t too flakey. Sadly, my croissant was very breadlike with the wrong kind of chewiness. Not sure if it was fresh or not………..The cappuccino I had was great and I give 2 thumbs up to the baristas. Fantastic milk texture, perfect temperature and damn good tasting.
Susan’s healthy juice was green, tasty and full of fruit and a bit of green veg. I thought it was a little on the sweet side, so I would ask the staff to put the sugar on the side next time.I also ordered the chicken cordon bleu which is basically a piece of chicken rolled in crumbs and filled with a bit of (beef) bacon and cheese. It’s difficult to tell whether this was a frozen cordon bleu or not, but it was tasty nonetheless. I think it was frozen.
The fitout of the cafe is excellent. Large open spaces, classy wooden tables and lots of polished concrete floors. Plenty of tables for working at.Talking of work, the wifi was slow when I was there. But I’m going to give them a break here because when I visited, the cafe was full. You can’t expect super fast wifi on a day like this. It was still usable and you could even watch a YouTube video if you needed to despite how crowded it was.
Ambrogio is a cafe of ups and downs. Perhaps its popularity means they have to premake lots of pastries on weekends and that’s why quality suffers. But even despite the crowds, they’ve managed to do a great job of keeping service fast, food levels quite high and customer satisfaction right up there.
I actually quite like this place. Maybe I’ll come back when it’s not so busy and try that croissant again.
Jalan Banda No.26, Bandung
(022) 2051 2779
Open Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Chicken Cordon Bleu: Rp60.000
Healthy Juice: Rp26.000
Banoffee Croissant: Rp18.500
* Add 15.5% to all prices
The first time I visited this place, I actually drove away because I didn’t like the look of it. But I knew at some point I would have to come back and try the coffee and I’m glad I did because it was quite good!
The cafe is an open sided room with a cage on it and that means you can smoke in the main area. There’s a few bits of furniture around the place and a corner used for the selfie crowd.There’s a TV where they play all the big soccer matches and the crowds often come and go as the match starts and finishes.
I tried a cappuccino and it was surprisingly good. A super strong thing with nicely textured milk. It left me jittery from the amount of caffeine in it. A real heart starter.Susan’s red velvet drink was pretty standard. Pink powder with hot milk. It looked good!They also serve a wide variety of food here, but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet.
Wifi here is fast and I could imagine opening a laptop here to get work done. When I tested it, the speed was 15mbps down and up.I really like this place as a cheaper coffee hang out place. It’s not as modern & flashy as many of Bandung’s new cafes, but it’s still comfortable with good coffee at a great price. Top marks.
Next Coffee and Food
Jalan Cendana No.8, Bandung
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Red Velvet Drink: Rp23.000
Lula Bakery is a small cafe attached to the Glosis restaurant on Jalan Citarum. It seems that Glosis saw all the new coffee shops in Bandung and wanted to get in on the action. And they’ve done a reasonable job of entering the Bandung coffee scene, but they still have some way to go.
I ordered a cappuccino and it cost an eye watering Rp35.000. It’s one of the more expensive coffees in Bandung and to be honest, it was nowhere near the best. Actually, it was quite a decent coffee, but with so much fantastic coffee in Bandung these days, it takes a lot to be in the top ten.Susan ordered a peppermint tea which was just a Dilmah tea bag and cup of hot water — Rp28.000. Sorry, but that is unacceptable. If you are charging Rp28.000 for tea, it absolutely must be special. Not a Dilmah tea bag.It’s a relatively cozy cafe with decent tables and chairs to work at. In fact, the wifi was quite fast when I was there clocking in at 13mbps down and 9mbps up.The smoking area out the front is going to appeal to a lot of people, but the real problem is the price of drinks, especially the tea bag and hot water. You can’t expect people to come here and nongkrong when you’re charging so much.
Lula Bakery & Coffee
Jalan Citarum No.12, Bandung
(022) 8783 1503
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:30
Dilmah Tea: Rp28.000