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.I 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).Wifi 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.For 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
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00, Fri & Sat until midnight
Lemon Tea Sereh: Rp17.000
* Add 10% tax to all prices
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.Susan 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.The 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.All in all a decent cheap coffee shop, but the cappuccino needs work. Stick with the iced coffee.
Jalan Trunojoyo 40, Bandung
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
Iced Coffee Buih: Rp15.152
* Add 15.5% to all prices
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.This coffee shop only serves coffee. No tea. No food. It’s for serious coffee lovers and those wanting to learn more about coffee.The 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.Internet 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 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
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 – 17:00
Iced Latte: Rp33.000
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.Iced 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.The 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.There’s no wifi here so don’t plan to come here and set up a laptop. It’s not that sort of place.And 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
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Iced Coffee: Rp20.000
* No added tax (yes!)
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.The coffee here is not that good and quite far below the Bandung standard. That’s disappointing as everything else about the cafe is great.The 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.There’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.A 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
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Roasted Corn Latte: Rp38.000
* Add 12.2% to all prices
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.The 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.Which 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.The 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.This 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
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Iced Matcha Latte: Rp29.000
* Add 15.5% tax to all prices
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. 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.I’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)
Jalan Cisangkuy 56, Bandung
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00
WiFi: No wifi
5oz espresso coffee: Rp17.000
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.But 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.If 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.A decent cafe worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Jalan Burangrang 14, Bandung
(022) 8735 2795
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00, Fri & Sat until midnight
* Add 15.5% tax
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!