Located behind Sate Maranggi Mang Buche on Jalan Ambon, Sensys is a small cafe serving up a range of manual and espresso based coffee as well an assortment of snacks.
It’s a cheaper kind of hang out spot aimed at those looking for decent coffee at a good price and the Rp20.000 I spent on my coffee was well worth it.Susan had the iced Thai tea which was pretty standard. My cappuccino was good, but not awesome. Funnily enough, we came here just after The Larder @ 55 and the coffee at Sensys was much better. Surprising really, as the coffee at The Larder is usually very good.Aside from that, the fit out is simple and cozy with a few lounges and a few tables.
Speaking of which, the tables are good for working at and the internet here is quite fast at 19mbps down and 4mbps up. So it’s definitely a decent spot for opening the laptop and getting work done.Worth a visit, but very little here to distinguish itself from other good coffee shops in Bandung. (Except the price which is fantastic!)
Jalan Ambon 18, Bandung
(0821) 2244 1551
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Thai Tea: Rp15.000
* No added tax! (Yaaaaas!)
Goutte is a tiny coffee shop located in the creative working space called Taman Tengah not too far from the busyness of Jalan Riau.
It’s such a peaceful space that you can hardly believe the hustle and bustle of Jalan Riau is so close. Not only is it peaceful, the fit out the garden area is tastefully designed and pleasing to the eye.Five large picnic tables serve as the space for sitting and opening a laptop or nongkronging with your friends.
We tried a iced banana latte and an iced coffee. Both delivered what they promised — icy cold flavoured milk in a plastic cup. We weren’t disappointed.The shared wifi here was extremely slow when we tried it and there were no other customers. 0.5mbps both up and down. But when we tried the Goutte private wifi, it was much fast at 10/1.5. So if you want to work here, make sure you choose the Goutte wifi rather than the communal one.Other than that, we really liked this place. It’s just a shame that it’s not as popular as it should be.Lastly, we need to talk about price. This is one of those CHEAP coffee shops. With coffee under Rp20.000 and good wifi, it’s a great place for ppl on a budget.
Goutte Coffee & Tea
Jalan Wira Angun-angun (Taman Tengah), Bandung
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00, Fri from 13:00
Banana Latte: Rp15.000
Iced Coffee: Rp18.000
Please Please Please is a place which has been crazy popular for a couple of years now especially on weekends when hordes of Jakartans descend on the cafe.
So of course we just had to try it out to see if lives up to the hype. And for us, it does not live it up to the hype. And here’s why.When you walk in to Please Please Please, you’re immediately presented with a really weird fit out. It’s clearly an old building which has had some renovations done on it, but not everywhere. So in some areas you get a modern feel, in some areas it’s really old fashioned. And old fashioned in a bad way.Not only that, the old parts of the building haven’t really been looked after with evidence of sticky tape on the walls, window frames and some tables. It just looks like someone forgot to clean it up. The fitout really annoys me.The coffee tasted brilliant. Two minor gripes. It was luke warm. And it was served in the wrong cup. But I have to say that the flavour of the coffee and texture of the milk made up for these two minor criticisms. It was excellent.The food was good too. We had the Ho Lee Fuk Rice and Salted Egg Chicken Rice Bowl. Both were tasty and good quality.So while we really don’t like the fitout of this place, it’s still quite a good cafe to come to. Just forget about all the hype you see on social media as this hype sometimes has the effect of raising your expectations too high. Just come here and enjoy a good meal and excellent coffee.
Wifi 4mbps down & 2.5mbps up. Not really a place for working.
Please Please Please
Jalan Progo 37, Bandung
(022) 2051 2715
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00, Fri & Sat until 23:00
Ho Lee Fuk Rice: Rp59.000
Salted Egg Rice Bowl: Rp49.000
Vitamin Booster: Rp38.000
* All prices add 15% tax & service
In Bandung these days, you really have to be special if you want to be a coffee shop which stands out from the crowd. It’s not good enough to have a good coffee shop. You need something different or something which is the best.
Wheeler’s Coffee is good and we enjoyed our drinks here. We also enjoyed nongkronging on the lounge listening to the music and surfing the internet. But to be honest, you can do this in many places in Bandung these days. So while we really like Wheeler’s Coffee, we’re asking ourselves what it is that’s going to bring us back next time.I had a magic and Susan had a caramel macchiato. The magic was super strong and very enjoyable. It’s what we expect in Bandung these days. Good reliable strong coffee. They do that well here at Wheeler’s Coffee.They also have a range of dishes to eat here such as ham & cheese sandwich, salad bowl and crispy chicken sandwich. We didn’t try the food.The fit out of the cafe is pleasant enough with a couple of lounges to sit on and a few tables to work out. There’s and outdoor area for those who smoke.The wifi here is quite fast. 20mbps down and 4mbps up. I’d be very happy to come here and open a laptop to get some work done.
All in all a good coffee shop with good coffee. Worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Jalan Veteran 21, Bandung
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 07:30 – 21:00, Fri-Sun until 22:00
Caramel Macchiato: Rp32.000
Lazy Lolla is one of those places that has been promoted crazily by Bandung food bloggers over the past few months and we just had to try it out for ourselves. Is the food really like that of a 5 star hotel? Amazing? Awesome?
Well, all we can say is that we didn’t feel quite excited about Lazy Lolla as many food bloggers. We ordered a cappuccino, taro shake, nasi goreng lazy lolla and creamy chicken mushroom and vegetable.Firstly, the food tasted quite good. The nasi goreng was wrapped in an omelette as you might get in Thailand and was quite decent. But it’s not as good as the Nasi Goreng Cikur you can get next door at Roempi. The Creamy Chicken was also not bad and something that most people would be happy with.But the coffee wasn’t good. My cappuccino had good temperature, but the milk was frothed in a very old school style and the overall flavour wasn’t nice. I wouldn’t order this coffee again. The Taro Shake was quite good and we were happy with that.The fitout here is spacious and quite comfortable, but I was a bit confused about the big lounge chairs. They didn’t seem to match.I tested the internet at 16mbps down and 4mbps up which is fast enough for most things that people want to do. It’s actually a pretty relaxed place to open a laptop and get things done!
Prices here are low. In fact, they are super cheap for the sort of place they are. Thumbs up.So all in all, Lazy Lolla is a pretty good place, but the standard in Bandung is so high right now that they need to be better.
Jalan Anggrek 29, Bandung
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Taro Shake: Rp25.000
Nasi Goreng: Rp31.500
Creamy Chicken: Rp35.000
* Add 15.5% tax & service to all items
Spadaa Koffie is a small coffee shop owned by the same people who own Blue Doors. And just like Blue Doors, we think this place is a hit.
Let’s just get a few criticisms out of the way first so we can get onto the good parts. No coffee shop should deny their customers sugar. But Spadaa (and Blue Doors) will not give sugar to their customers on Sunday. It’s the height of coffee snobbery and we hate it with a passion. Secondly, my eggs didn’t have salt on them. That’s it. These are my only criticisms at this stage.We ordered the Mushroom Sliders, Big Breakfast, Magic and fresh juice.
The Mushrooms Sliders was not sliders. It was mushrooms on toast with scrambled eggs. Not sure why they call it sliders. Naming aside, the meal was fabulous. Mushrooms seasoned beautifully, the bread the best in Bandung (yes, amazing sourdough) and the eggs light and fluffy (despite having no salt). A fabulous meal. But not sliders!The Big Brekkie was halal meaning beef bacon. I guess you have to compromise when the majority of your customers don’t eat pork. The poached egg was cooked to perfection, mushrooms tasty, bread delightful and the tomato packed with sambal. Delish.
The coffee was predictably very good and in line with the best cafes in Bandung. The juice couldn’t be faulted — freshly squeezed juice pure and simple.The fitout is completely different to almost anything else in Bandung. A large garden courtyard surround by 4 seating areas.
The seating area on the roof is a winner.If you need to get work done, the wifi is fast enough at 12mbps down and 4mbps up. There are also plenty of power points if need them as well.
We’re fans on this place. We really are. But they need to cut out this coffee snobbery crap because it doesn’t go down well with customers who simply like sugar in their coffee. They, after all, are the customer.One last thing. I’d like to give a big shout out to the 4 guys I spoke to in the upstairs area.
Jalan Ternate 5, Bandung
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00 (food until 21:00)
Mushroom Sliders: Rp47.000
Big Breakfast: Rp70.000
Fresh Juice: Rp42.000
* No tax!
If you like small and cozy coffee shops that aren’t overrun with the Instagram crowd, you’re going to absolutely love Kuro Koffee.
This coffee shop is the sort of place you come to if you love great coffee without all the fuss that goes along with it in many places. In other words, a coffee lover’s dream.I ordered a latte and it was excellent. Served in a custom porcelain cup from Japan, I loved that they were happy to experiment with a different cup. I love it.Susan’s Sakura Lemonade was too sweet for my liking because she mixed all the sugar syrup in. But the flavour itself was fantastic and a little bit different to most drinks you find in Bandung.Prices here a very good for the qualily. Rp25.000 for that cafe latte was brilliant.
The fitout is really quite pleasant. Air conditioned inside, pleasantly cool outside (the smoking area). There are a couple places to sit and open a laptop and the wifi is fast with 20mbps down and 4mbps up.They also do a range of food, but we haven’t tried that yet.
Kuro Koffee is one of my new favourite coffee shops in Bandung. The focus is on quality and not just trying to follow the latest trend. Awesome.
Note: A new outlet has just opened in Paskal Hypersquare.
Jalan Sukaasih 1, Bandung (Inside Papaya Supermarket)
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00 (Sun from 10:30)
Sakura Lemonade: Rp30.000
With so many expensive coffee shops in Bandung doing great coffee, we sometimes wonder why people aren’t trying to tap into the cheaper market by producing great coffee at a great price. 9/1/1 Coffee Lab fits the bill perfectly by doing great tasting coffee for a price with is half what you often pay elsewhere.
Located in small building on Jalan Saparua, 9/1/1 Coffee Lab (sometimes written 911 Coffee Lab) has as many seats outside as inside. This means that if you’re a smoker, there are plenty of places to sit back, have a coffee and a cigarette. Inside or outside. This also means that if you hate smoking, you probably won’t like this place.The drinks we had were good, but quite a distance from the best in Bandung. That said, they were better than we had in our recent 2 week trip through Europe which generally has bad coffee.My cappuccino was made manually without an espresso machine. The coffee was good, but I’m afraid it was too cold. Only lukewarm. Still, worth every cent I paid given it’s so cheap.At Rp16.000, it’s one of the cheapest milk based coffees in Bandung and certainly the best at this price point. Perhaps why the cafe seems to be so popular.
The menu has a range of typical snacks such as pisang goreng for good prices.
If you’re price conscious but still like good coffee, come here. It’s really good.Wifi barely worked when I visited.
9/1/1 Coffee Lab
Jalan Halmahera 2, Bandung
(0813) 1373 7389
Opening Hours: daily 08:00 – 23:00
Red Velvet Latte: Rp20.000
Pisang Goreng: Rp15.000
Cake: Rp5.000 (cheap!)
Muffin: Rp8.000 (cheap!)
*No tax added!!!