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.
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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
Boyle’s Coffee is originally from Korea and specialises in “Dutch Coffee”. It’s mainly drip coffee done in a special way to accentuate the flavour of the coffee. It’s all pretty technical and serious.
But given that I really love coffee, but hate the science behind it all, I opted for a standard cappuccino which I understand more than a technical cold brew. And I must say it was a pleasant cappuccino and worthy of a place on the Bandung coffee scene.Susan had a green tea latte which came in a mammoth tall glass as big as my forearm. It was predictably enjoyable — you really can’t go too wrong with those things.We also ordered some food and it was pretty good, but nothing I come away raving about. I got the Tortilla Chicken crispy which was basically a fried chicken wrap with lots of vegetables. To be honest, I appreciated all the vegetables. Some people might prefer more chicken. Susan got the spaghetti meatball which was an Indonesian style spaghetti dish. Something I’m not a fan of, but I know many Indonesians enjoy including Susan. (Indonesian-style meatballs and Indonesian style tomato sauce)The interior is a bit weird. I think they’ve gone for the stark, sterile white look, but it usually doesn’t work so well in Indonesia due to wonky painting and dirt on the walls. And it doesn’t really work here. The outside area is actually where more people choose to nongkrong and smoke.The wifi here is fast and there are plenty of tables to work from. I clocked 20mbps both down and up and uploaded a 6 minute high definition video in a few minutes.
All in all a decent addition to the Bandung coffee scene and somewhere that will attract more of the middle aged crowd than many other youthful cafes. And that’s not a bad thing.
Kompleks Surya Setra Blok C No.2, Bandung
(022) 200 5528
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Green Tea Blend: Rp40.000
Tortilla Chicken Crispy: Rp50.000
Spaghetti Meatball: Rp48.000
* All prices add 15.5%
Wow, high expectations! I really thought this place was going to be awesome, but it’s not. It’s not awesome because there are a few details which haven’t been attended to. I just hope they can figure out what needs to be fixed and then fix it.
Firstly, the fit out of the cafe is modern, large and quite enjoyable to hang out in. I really thought the tables were good for opening a laptop at and the music was quite decent. But they allow people to smoke inside the air conditioned room. It’s ridiculous and perhaps one of the only places in Bandung where this happens these days. If you’re a smoker, this is great. If not, it sucks. Note: e-cigarettes are not allowed.I ordered a cappuccino and Susan ordered a peppermint tea. My coffee was nice, but a little weak for my tastes. We also ordered a brownie and some cheese fries. The brownie was awful. I’m not sure if it was stale or not… but it was the same texture as a biscuit meaning it was extremely crunchy. It wasn’t good.The wifi here clocked in at 3mbps down and 1mbps up which is workable.
Prices of all items here are really quite low for Bandung standards.I really had high expectations for this place and I’ve got to say, it really could be much better with a few tweaks here and there. But right now, the cafe needs to step up in order to get it running in accordance with their vision.Stop smoking inside, make sure cakes are not stale (or good quality), amp up the coffee strength.
Jalan Cendana No.3, Bandung
(022) 720 6090
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12:00 – 23:00, Sun & Mon 12:00 – 21:00
Peppermint Tea: Rp15.000
Cheese Fries: Rp18.000
Kopi Barli is an odd place that is sort of out of place in this area of town. But it’s got a lot of character and I think it deserves a little more attention than it gets.
Kopi Barli isn’t the hyped hipster places that seemingly pop up weekly in Bandung. It’s more of an art space catering to the average Indonesia who likes to smoke, drink coffee, play pool and nongkrong in the garden. And for those purposes it’s fantastic.I ordered a cappuccino and it was quite good. Not like some of the best in Bandung, but not far off to be honest. They know how to make good coffee. End of story. Susan had hot honey lemon and it was perfect for her given that she had a bad cold at the time. A simple drink done well.The fitout of the place is interesting. There are pieces of art all around the place which give the cafe a pleasant feel. But it’s not ultra modern, and that makes you feel at home. Especially when you look at the garden area. It really does feel like a loungeroom albeit an outdoor one.The cafe is quite breezy meaning there is no need for air conditioning. There’s a pool table which was getting plenty of use when I was there.
If you just want to hang out, there’s quite a few comfy lounges. But for those wanting to open a laptop, there are a lot of tables as well. And speaking of work, the wifi is quite fast clocking in at 10mbps up and down when I tested it out.All in all, Kopi Barli is an enjoyable place to visit and hang out in. If you’re up around the setrasari area, drop in and check it out.
Jalan Professor Doktor Sutami No. 91, Bandung
(022) 2027 7315
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00 (until 23:00 on Fri & Sat)
Hot Honey Lemon: Rp20.000
Roempi is not as hipster as many of the new coffee shops in Bandung, but it’s also much much cheaper with a cappuccino being just Rp16.000! Bargain!
The inside of Roempi is a cross between typical hipster coffee shop and Warunk Upnormal nongkrong spot. And it works really well. Lots of places to open your laptop, lots of places to sit and chat with friends and lots of places to just drink coffee and eat food.And food here is mainly Indonesian food. The nasi goreng kunyit I had was really good and I can imagine their other Indonesian food to be good too. The menu is extensive and you can also find ice dishes like the ones you might find in Korea — I’ll be trying one of these next time.
The coffee was really good. Just strong enough for me, but not too strong to give you the jitters. To be honest, it was right up there with the good Bandung coffees. Top marks.The wifi here is quite poor with 3mbps down and 0.5mbps up when I tried it. That means you won’t be doing any video streaming or youtube uploads. But simple web browsing and instagram was OK.I’m really impressed with this place. It’s a cheaper place that gives people what they want. Good coffee, good indo food, good nongkrong environment. Highly recommended.
Jalan Anggrek No.27, Bandung
(022) 720 8078
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 (Fri & Sat until midnight)
Green Healthy Juice: Rp20.000
Nasi Goreng Cikur: Rp17.000
* All prices add 15.5%
I love to judge a book by it’s cover. What this means is that I’m sometimes totally wrong when I see a place from the outside and try and guess what their coffee is like. In the case of Grind Joe, I was so far off the mark it’s a bit embarrassing. Grind Joe is surprisingly awesome and I want the word to get out.
From the outside, Grind Joe looks like it’s in the lobby of an office block on the corner of the super-busy Jalan Dago. WRONG! It’s actually attached to the lobby of the Moxy Hotel, Marriott’s first Moxy hotel in the whole of Asia! Say what?!Moxy is a super trendy young person hotel and of course they need a fantastic coffee shop to go along with it. And they have absolutely succeeded with this coffee shop as it’s one of the better ones in Bandung and the coffee is one of the best.
The interior is basic with laminated benches for seats, lots of glass and lots of open space. It’s actually quite a fresh look and not too bad for working in. I guess the main problem is that if you stay here too long, you’ll get a sore arse because the seats are quite firm, even when you manage to get one with padding.The coffee here is amazing and one of my favourites in Bandung. They’re using a Brazil, Ethiopia Toraja blend as their house blend and I really love it. The cappuccino is quite large, but it’s also served with a double ristretto so it’s quite strong. Awesome!
The cups their using here are like no other in Bandung and I really appreciate the uniqueness of the cups. They feel good in your hands and look great too.We ordered food from the restaurant next door and it was really nice. The nasi goreng was really expensive at Rp54.450, but you know what? It was one of the better nasi gorengs at a cafe in Bandung. Pretty close in price to the one at Ruckerpark… so it’s expensive, but good.
The wifi here clocked in at 10mbps both up and down when I first arrived. But after that, it shit itself and was on and off for the next 2 or 3 hours. They need to fix this. Now.I love this cafe. The wifi was crap, but everything else was great. Fix the wifi and we have a contender for best coffee shop in Bandung.
Jalan Dago No.69, Bandung
(022) 2052 7475
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 21:00
Banana Mocha: Rp50.000
Nasi Goreng Bandung: Rp54.500
Manis Legit Prata: Rp32.670
With staff and coffee straight from Noah’s Barn in Bandung, you know this place is going to be good. And it is.
I tried a premium cappuccino with coffee roasted by Noah’s Barn and it was excellent. Definitely worth the extra 7rb.Susan’s ice lychee tea was refreshing and she was happy to have gotten 2 lychees in the drink. 🙂The interior of the coffee shop is quite small, yet stylish and pleasant for hanging out it in. There are a bunch of electricity sockets around the room and the bench area looks to be a particularly good place to open the laptop.The outside area in front of the coffee shop has a few bean bags and I saw plenty of people taking photos and generally doing the selfie thing.
When I tried the wifi here, it barely worked. So if you plan to come here and work, maybe test the wifi before you decide to stay.All in all a very good coffee shop doing fantastic coffee at a reasonable price. Worth a visit for sure.
Jalan Sagan Timur, Yogyakarta
Jam buka: 08:00 – 20:00
Premium Cappuccino: Rp30.000
Ice Lychee Tea: Rp25.000
Before arriving at Simetri, I already knew the price of their coffees was sky high and I was skeptical about the whole place. I actually didn’t want to come here because I thought the prices were too high. But after having visited, I have to say it’s a very good coffee shop.
The moment you walk in, you get a smell of some fake vanilla scent. Not sure what that is, but I found it to be unpleasant. But looking past the vanilla, you see an enormous old house with wooden floor boards and really high ceilings. Each room in the enormous house is set up for working and hanging out. And the tables are not tightly crammed in, so you feel you have your own personal space.The tables and chairs are quality. The chairs in particular are really comfortable and I could sit on them for hours while getting some work done on a laptop. And many people do do this.I tried a cappuccino and it was excellent. Every bit as good as the one I had in Blanco… and maybe a shade better. But when you get to this level, I actually find it hard to distinguish between what’s the absolute best and what’s number 2. Nonetheless, it’s a fantastic coffee and ranks as one of Yogya’s best.
Susan’s tea was fairly standard, but what I liked was that the pot they served was quite generous. It’s hard to feel like you’re getting good value for money with tea, so the least they can do is give you a large pot of it! Good one.The wifi here is slightly disappointing. It clocked in at 2.5mbps down and 2mbps up. That means it’s fast enough to upload a 3 or 4 min youtube video, but not really fast enough to stream youtube in high quality. It’s definitely usable, but I think they should upgrade this to ensure customers are happy with it.The wifi aside, an awesome coffee shop rivalling any I’ve visited in Indonesia. Love it.
Simetri Coffee Roasters
Jalan Sabirin No.20, Kotabaru, Yogyakarta
(0274) 501 1312
Jam buka: 09:00 – 23:00
Peppermint Tea: Rp35.000