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Warung Kopi Limarasa

Warung Kopi Limarasa, Bandung: Bad Coffee, Good Banana Bread, Needs Improvement

In a city that has hundreds of great coffee shops, it’s imperative that if you’re opening a coffee shop you get the coffee right. It has to be world standard.

And right off the bat, a Warung Kopi Limarasa disappoints. My cappuccino was one dimensional, served in a kopitiam style cup and lacked depth. With a good coffee machine out the front, I had expected much better.Upstairs Warung Kopi LimarasaI arrived here at just after 8 and there weren’t any other customers. So the staff were playing up a bit and shouting and laughing with each other in a playful, yet unprofessional way. It irked me.

I had a slice of banana bread which was very good, but I didn’t get a chance to try any of the heavy meals as we were told they weren’t available (probably because it was too early).Coffee And Banana Bread At Warung Kopi LimarasaWifi clocks in at 16mbps down and 3mbps up. I can imagine this slows to a crawl in a full cafe, so you’ll have to make up your own mind as to whether you want to work here. But with so many great cafes in Bandung, I suggest having a look somewhere else first before deciding to set up a laptop here.Warung Kopi Limarasa BandungFor me, this is a disappointing coffee shop when compared to Bandung coffee shop standard in 2018. One saving grace is that it’s on the cheap side at Rp20.000 for a cappuccino.

Warung Kopi Limarasa
Jalan Braga 36, Bandung
(022) 2053 2339
Instagram: @warungkopi_limarasa
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00, Fri & Sat until midnight
WiFi: 16down/3up
Cappuccino: Rp20.000
Lemon Tea Sereh: Rp17.000
* Add 10% tax to all prices

Buih Kopi Bandung

Buih Kopi, Bandung: Delicious Iced Coffee, Bad Cappuccino

I’ve seen the name of this cafe around a bit recently and decided to stop by and see what the fuss is about.

And I’m still wondering what all the fuss is about. I had a cappuccino and the milk was boiled… it was so hot that it was undrinkable for about 15 minutes. Needless to say, it wasn’t a good coffee.Buih Kopi Bandung FrontSusan had an iced coffee buih and that tasted quite good and perhaps that is what the fuss is about. Or perhaps people love the prices here because it is very cheap. In fact, it’s one of the cheapest cappuccinos made with a real espresso machine in the whole of Bandung.Buih Kopi Bandung CoffeeThe fitout here is odd. Lots of soft chairs, but also a large concrete bench with no pillows which make it impractical for spending much time on.

WiFi here is quite fast at 15mbps down and 8mbps up and there are electricity sockets dotted around the place. If you need a cheap place to work, this is a good one if you can get a soft seat.Buih Kopi Bandung InteriorAll in all a decent cheap coffee shop, but the cappuccino needs work. Stick with the iced coffee.

Buih Kopi
Jalan Trunojoyo 40, Bandung
Instagram: @buihkopi
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
WiFi: 15down/8up
Cappuccino: Rp15.152
Iced Coffee Buih: Rp15.152
* Add 15.5% to all prices

Wheels Coffee Roasters Bandung

Wheels Coffee Roaster, Bandung: Coffee Shop for Serious Coffee Lovers

Sometimes when in Bandung it’s difficult to know if a coffee is serious about before actually visiting it. You can judge by the name, by Instagram… or anything for that matter! But after stepping inside Wheels Coffee Roaster on Jalan Eyckman, we immediately knew we were dealing with serious coffee people.

The shop is stylish without trying to be the next big thing in design. We like that because it means it’s not setting itself up as a one hit wonder. It’s here for the long haul.Wheels Coffee Serious About CoffeeThis coffee shop only serves coffee. No tea. No food. It’s for serious coffee lovers and those wanting to learn more about coffee.Coffee At Wheels Coffee BandungThe coffee here is strong. I ordered a magic and a magic is supposed to be a double ristretto in a small cup. And that’s exactly what I received. Sometimes you don’t get that in Bandung for some reason. For those wanting a less strong coffee, I can recommend the iced latte which had a light caramely flavour to it.Wheels Coffee Roasters Inside BandungInternet here is isn’t going to win any speed awards at 6.5mbps down and 3.5mbps up, but it’s fast enough for general web browsing, YouTube viewing and emails. There are a few good places to open your laptop and I’d be happy to spend a couple of hours here working.Wheels Coffee BandungWheels Coffee Roaster is a fantastic new addition to the Bandung coffee scene and one we hope lasts much longer.

Wheels Coffee Roaster
Jalan Prof Eyckman 32, Bandung
Instagram: @wheelscoffeeroasters
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 – 17:00
WiFi: 6.5down/3.5up
Magic: Rp33.000
Iced Latte: Rp33.000

Kopi Toko Djawa Bandung

Kopi Toko Djawa, Bandung: Fantastic Iced Coffee on Jalan Braga

The coffee scene in Bandung is so so odd. Having the best coffee or best fitout means almost nothing. You don’t have to be the best to be the busiest and Kopi Toko Djawa is a case in point.

The coffee here is below Bandung standard. I had the cappuccino and it was ok, but nothing like what you expect in Bandung these days. Susan’s es kopi toko djawa was refreshing and is actually what everyone is coming here for.Coffee Shop Kopi Toko Djawa BandungIced coffee with palm sugar is their specialty and people absolutely love it. And I have to agree that an iced coffee with palm sugar is 10x better than with regular white sugar.Iced Coffee Toko DjawaThe fitout here is basic and anywhere else in Bandung I’d be slamming it. But it works here because of the constant stream of customers coming and going.Busiest Coffee Shop In BandungThere’s no wifi here so don’t plan to come here and set up a laptop. It’s not that sort of place.Kopi Toko Djawa Coffee Shop BandungAnd with that, we have to ask ourselves why Kopi Toko Djawa has so many customers and better coffee shops have hardly any. If you’re in Braga, come here for an iced coffee. It’s good and cheap. But please, also make an effort to visit one of Bandung’s other coffee shops which in my opinion are even better.

Kopi Toko Djawa
Jalan Braga 79, Bandung
Instagram: @kopitokodjawa
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Cappuccino: Rp22.000
Iced Coffee: Rp20.000
* No added tax (yes!)

Wake Cup Bandung

Wake Cup Coffee, Bandung: Perfect Spot to Wait for a Train

We didn’t know what to expect before entering this coffee shop as it’s in a location that doesn’t really have any other coffee shops. Right across from the station, I assumed that it might be unpopular because of the traffic situation out the front.

But I was wrong. At 8am when we arrived, the cafe was already pumping with a decent crowd who had popped in for arisan, to read a book, to do some business on the laptop. It was a wide variety of people who found this place to be suitable.Wake Cup Bandung Coffee ShopThe coffee here is not that good and quite far below the Bandung standard. That’s disappointing as everything else about the cafe is great.Coffee At Wake Cup BandungThe fitout is modern, fresh and comfortable with a variety of different areas to hang out in. We especially like the seats next to the window and those upstairs.Wake Cup Coffeeshop BandungThere’s a selection of cakes and pastries available as well as a full menu of proper meals. I didn’t try any of those, but I assume they’ll conform to Bandung cafe standards…. which is not too great.Interior Wake Cup BandungA decent coffee shop, especially if you’re waiting for a train or have some time to kill before checking into your hotel. Also a decent place to work, but the wifi is a little slow at 9mbps down and 2 mbps up.

Wake Cup Coffee
Jalan Kebon Kawung 16, Bandung
(0878) 2584 1806
Instagram: @wakecupbandung
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
WiFi: 9down/2up

Cappuccino: Rp32.000
Roasted Corn Latte: Rp38.000
* Add 12.2% to all prices

Hi Brew Coffee Bandung

Hi, Brew! Coffee, Bandung: One of the Cafes for Working in Bandung

New for 2018, Hi, Brew! Coffee has one of the strangest names of a coffee shop in the whole of Bandung and that’s saying something because Bandung does have some weirdly named coffee shops.

The interior of this coffee shop is modern, stylish and exudes a feeling of quality. Many cafes furnish their interiors with cheap tables and chairs but Hi Brew has elected to go for more expensive furniture. I love that.Interior Hi Brew Coffee BandungThe indoor area is air conditioned, but there is also a two storey area out the back which is perfect for smoking and nongkronging. Both the inside and outside areas are suitable for working and we saw a lot of people setting their laptops up here.Outdoor Hi Brew Coffee BandungWhich brings us to WiFi. It’s pretty good, but a long way from the best in Bandung with 31mbps down and 6mbps up when we tested it. Definitely good enough for most uses, but a little sluggish when a few people do data intensive things.Coffee At Hi Brew BandungThe coffee here is excellent and I appreciate the funky cup it’s served in. They also do food here, but we haven’t tried it yet.Upper Floor Outdoor Hi Brew BandungThis is a great place for coffee, opening your laptop and hanging out with friends. Comfy, stylish and practical.

Hi, Brew! Coffee
Jalan Boscha 43, Bandung
(022) 203 3909
Instagram: @hi.brewcoffee
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Cappuccino: Rp27.000
Iced Matcha Latte: Rp29.000
* Add 15.5% tax to all prices

The Potting Shed Bandung

The Potting Shed, Bandung: Well-designed Cafe with Good Coffee and Food

We first visited Oliver’s Hostelery quite a few years ago and loved the design of the place. A few years down the track and they’ve changed the name to The House Tour Hotel and opened a cafe in the foyer called The Potting Shed.

The Potting Shed was extremely busy when we visited midweek. It was kind of surprising really as Oliver’s was always so quiet. They’ve renovated the foyer slightly since Oliver’s time and added a glass house. And it’s this glass house that seems to be trending on Instagram these. And we honestly don’t know what all the fuss is about.Glass House Potting Shed BandungThe cappuccino I had here was small but tasty and came in a beautiful handmade cup. The food was also quite good and much better than average Bandung cafe food. That’s not to say it’s perfect, but it’s quite good.Coffee At The Potting Shed BandungThe rawon pasta was tasty, contained a couple of chunks of fish and was better than expected.Rawon Pasta At The Potting Shed BandungThe omelette could have been a disaster, but with the addition of a bit of smashed avocado and some salsa type stuff, it was delicious.Omelette At The Potting Shed BandungThe fit out here is quite good, but we’re surprised people are swooning over it all of a sudden. It’s always been good.Inside The Potting Shed BandungThe WiFi was quite slow when visited clocking in at 2mbps down and 2mbps up. So it’s not really a place to come and work. And besides, you’ll be distracted by all the people trying to get photos of their girlfriends in the glasshouse.Side Area The Potting Shed BandungA well-designed place for decent food and coffee. Worth a visit.

The Potting Shed
Jalan Panumbang Jaya 5, Bandung
(0811) 995 0800
Instagram: @thehousetourhotel
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Cappuccino: Rp30.000
Iced Lemon Tea: Rp30.000
Omelette: Rp42.500
Rawon Pasta: Rp48.500
* No added tax!

Dreezel Coffee Bandung

Dreezel Coffee, Bandung: Classic Hangout Spot for Smoking and Drinking Coffee

This is a classic nongkrong coffee shop in Bandung which is outdoors, perfect for smoking and drinking coffee.

The crowds here are a little edgier than many coffee shops in Bandung and the prices are lower too. The cheapest coffee is only Rp12.000 with a single origin manual brew only costing Rp25.000.Coffee At Dreezel Coffee Bandung It’s a rough and ready place, but that’s kind of what makes this place so popular. Seats are small stools and old drums and the tables are tiny. You’re not coming here to work. Just to nongkrong, drink coffee and smoke. Oh yeah, no elites allowed.Hangout Spot Dreezel CoffeeI’m not a big fan of this type of coffee shop, but if you like this sort of scene, you’re going to love Dreezel. And by the way, the coffee was pretty good too. (PS my coffee took about 25 minutes to come out)Dreezel Coffee Shop Bandung

Dreezel Coffee
Jalan Cisangkuy 56, Bandung
Instagram: @dreezelcoffee
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00
WiFi: No wifi

5oz espresso coffee: Rp17.000

Kopitera Bandung

Kopitera, Bandung: Ordinary Menu but Good Coffee

Kopitera is a cafe in an old colonial building which serves both food and coffee. I came here for the coffee and it was pretty good.

The cafe itself is on a busy road with quite a lot of traffic noise and isn’t too peaceful. It’s also not air conditioned and some of the seats get quite hot during the day. In that regard, it’s not really a place you’ll want to come and work.Kopitera Coffeeshop BandungBut the coffee is really good and quite strong plus the prices are reasonable too. There’s also a simple food menu of nasi goreng etc, but I didn’t try that as I’m all nasi gorenged out — there’s only so much nasi goreng you can eat as you move from cafe to cafe. There needs to be some innovation here on the Bandung cafe scene.Inside Kopitera BandungCoffee At Kopitera BandungIf you do decide to open your laptop, the WiFi is a zippy 26mbps up and 26mbps down so you’ll be able to watch YouTube videos in HD and upload whatever you need to in no time.Room Out Back Kopitera BandungA decent cafe worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Kopitera
Jalan Burangrang 14, Bandung
(022) 8735 2795
Instagram: @kopitera.id
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00, Fri & Sat until midnight
WiFi: 26down/26up

Cappuccino: Rp25.000
* Add 15.5% tax

Carla Living Festival CityLink Bandung

Carla Living, Bandung: Coffee and Homewares!

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.Coffee Shop Carla Living BandungCarla Living Coffee BandungAside 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.Coffee At Carla Living BandungInternet 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.Carla Living BandungThis 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!

Carla Living
Ground Floor, Festival Citilink, Bandung
Instagram: @carla.living
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
WiFi: 66down/22up
Cappuccino: Rp25.000
Kopi Aren: Rp20.000
* No added tax!