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.

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

Cappuccino: Rp25.000
* Add 15.5% tax


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
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
WiFi: 66down/22up
Cappuccino: Rp25.000
Kopi Aren: Rp20.000
* No added tax!


Antico Coffee, Bandung

Located in a quiet suburban street in an old colonial building, Antico is a tribute to the colonial architecture and design of the Dutch era. It’s a wonderfully styled house with old tiles, tables and chairs and the odd cabinet. It’s fantastic.

The coffee is very good and I’d be happy to have it every day if the week. While the food menu is simple, the nasi goreng hit the spot nicely as did Susan’s ayam telur mentega.Colonial Building Antico Coffee BandungOld Fashioned Cup Antico BandungIt’s a reasonable place to work, but the WiFi was incredibly slow I was there clicking in at 0.7mbps up and 0.7mbps down. You won’t want to be using this for anything data intensive.Food At Antico BandungInterior Antico Coffee Shop BandungI really like this cafe despite the crappy wifi because the styling is authentic and avoids following modern trends. Coffee is great and prices are really good.

Antico Coffee
Jalan Cilaki 9, Bandung
(0821) 2002 3528
Instagram: @antico_bdg
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
Cappuccino: Rp23.000
Honey Lemon: Rp22.000
Nasi Goreng Antico: Rp25.000
Ayam Telur Mentega: Rp25.000
* No added tax!


Masagi Koffee, Bandung: Fantastic Location, But Expensive

Ciumbuleuit seems to be the IT place for opening cafes and coffee shops these days and I just don’t know how the economics works because land is so expensive up here. But Masagi is giving the cafe scene in Bandung a red hot go with higher than average prices and masses of vacant land ready to be developed.

I had a magic and Susan an iced green tea and both were excellent although I have to mention that the magic was served in a latte glass rather than the standard tulip.Masagi Koffee Coffee Shop Bandung CiumbuleuitPrices here are sky high by Bandung standards, but you’re kind of paying for the privelege of drinking your coffee in Ciumbuleuit with a large lawn on which to relax on.Coffee At Masagi KoffeeIt’s an incredibly peaceful place reminiscent of Kiputih Satu with a cool breeze blowing, very little traffic noise and plenty of greenery to soothe the soul. I love it!Large Garden At Masagi KoffeeInternet is fast at 31mbps down and 12mbps up, so you can definitely come here and upload your latest YouTube video, do some video conferencing or download the latest episodes of your favourite series.Semi Outdoor Area Masagi KoffeeWorking At Masagi KoffeeThe work table situation is a little poor, but I didn’t mind opening a laptop at the table next to the coffee machine where there is also a powerpoint.

Jalan Gunung Kareumbi 1B, Ciumbuleuit
(0878) 2389 8671
Instagram: @masagikoffee
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
Magic: Rp35.000
Iced Green Tea Latte: Rp35.000
* No added tax!


Cozy Cube, Bandung: Good Coffee, Fast WiFi, Very Popular

Not to be confused with Kozi Lab and associated cafes, Cozy Cube is a funky cafe doing their own thing in the heart of Bandung.

The coffee shop is large with multiple different locations to sit ranging from the outside garden area to lounge area.Cozy Cube BandungThere are plenty of electricity sockets and the wifi here is very fast with speeds of 40mbps both up and down when I tried it. It seems like a great place to get work done.

The coffee was predictably very good and in line with high Bandung standards. It doesn’t get too much better than this. Susan’s iced red velvet latte was quite large and she was impressed with the value.Cozy Cube Bandung CoffeeThe cafe also serves a range of food, but we haven’t had a chance to try that yet. And by the looks of things, most people are here to nongkrong or work anyway and not for a meal.Cozy Cube Bandung InsideAnother fantastic coffee shop on the Bandung coffee scene. Worth visiting.

Cozy Cube
Jalan Taman Cibeunying Utara 4, Bandung
Instagram: @cozycubecoffee
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00; Fri & Sat until 23:00
Cappuccino: Rp26.000
Iced Red Velvet Latte: Rp28.000
* All prices add 15.5% tax & service


Kopi Atim, Bandung: Coffee is Awesome!

Kopi is awesome. A breath of fresh air in a Bandung coffee scene filled with same same coffee shops.

Located in the centre of Bandung, the location is more central than most coffee shops in Bandung. That’s good for tourists who visit Bandung and good if you’re visiting from almost any of the outer suburbs of Bandung because you really have to cross to the other side of town.Kopi Atim New Cafe In BandungThe fit out of the coffee shop is fantastic and our favourite out of the last 10 or so coffee shops we’ve visited. Modern styling, quality finishes all inside an old building. Kopi Atim Coffee Shop BandungThe front door is a great spot for a photo as is the rest of the coffee shop, to be honest.

There are plenty of places to set up a laptop and work as well as a few power points. The bench along the side we’d be more than happy to work at. Wifi clocked in at 8mbps down and 4mbps up which is not great, but it’s ok.Coffee At Kopi Atim BandungThe coffee was really good — milk well textured and temperature decent (could be hotter). Getting a bit worried about the trend of putting a magic in a glass though.

The creme brûlée latte was really good. The sugar on top could have been a bit more crispy, but we can’t really fault it that much.

One last thing. The brownie was awesome. Fresh, chewy, no dryness. Get one.Kopi Atim New Coffee Shop In BandungAll in all a fantastic new coffee shop in Bandung. It’s one of our favourite new places.

Kopi Atim
Gang Atim No.1, Bandung
Instagram: @kopiatim
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 20:00, weekend 09:00 – 21:00
Magic: Rp25.000
Creme Brûlée Latte: Rp25.000
Brownie: Rp20.000


Hara, Bandung: Modern, Stylish and Great for Lunch

When we first arrived at Hara on a Sunday, it reminded us of Ambroggio. And we don’t really like Ambroggio, so we were skeptical about Hara. But in our opinion, Hara is miles better than Ambroggio and somewhere we’d be happy to come back to again and again.

Hara is a big cafe with a hotel above it. The fitout is kind of luxurious, with stylish, unique fixtures and fittings. We especially love all of the different types of chairs. They’re awesome and show that someone paid a lot of attention to these small details.Hara Cafe Kollektiv Hotel BandungLet’s get onto the food. We loved it. We are massive critics of Bandung cafe food. It’s almost always sub-standard. But Hara gets it right. Philly Steak Hara Cafe BandungWe tried the Philly steak croissant and the linguini chicken pesto. The linguini in particular was awesome and chicken was very similar in style to some of the grilled chicken we get in northern Thailand. We’ve never tasted anything like it in Indonesia. Loved it!Chicken Pesto Linguini At Hara BandungThe coffee is excellent and as good as anything in Bandung. Not much else to say when it’s this good.

We really love Hara. Most people seem to be coming here for photos etc at the moment. We hope that once the hype dies down that there are still enough customers to keep this place going because it deserves it. It’s awesome.Drinks Hara CafeWifi clocked in at a very speedy 13mbps down and 20mbps up so that even the biggest YouTube uploads will be done in a matter of minutes.Hara Bandung CafeOfficially one of our favourite cafes for food in Bandung.

Profesor Soetami 62, Bandung
(022) 8200 9777
Instagram: @harabandung
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00, Fri & Sat until 23:30
Cappuccino: Rp30.000
Sunkist Honey Smoothie: Rp35.000
Philly Steak Croissant: Rp59.000
Linguini Chicken Pesto: Rp59.000
* Add 10% to all prices


The Soko, Bandung: Good Hangout Spot in Dago Atas

This cafe is on top of an old hotel in Dago Pakar and it’s quite odd. But it works.

Let’s get this out of the way for starters. The hotel that this cafe is on top of looks dark,  haunted & abandoned. It’s such a weird place to put a modern cafe. But it works mainly because of the great views and the really cool air.The Soko BandungThe coffee I got served up was great and as good as most places in Bandung. Susan had the Taro Latte and she was happy with that as well.Drinks At The SokoThe atmosphere here only really kicks off at about 4pm when people come to nongkrong. It’s at this time you’ll find people reclining on beanbags and basically having a good time.The Soko Coffee Tea ChocolateIt’s also a pretty good place to get internet stuff done with plenty of tables, electricity sockets and fast wifi. Sometimes. The wifi really slowed down as more people arrived.Outdoor The SokoAll in all a good new nongkrong place on the Bandung cafe scene despite the haunted hotel below.

The Soko
Jalan Raya Resort Dago Pakar 19, Bandung
(022) 2045 4218
Instagram: @thesokoctc
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00, Fri & Sat until midnight
Cappuccino: Rp28.000
Taro Latte: Rp29.000
* Add 15% tax and service


Black Ground Cafe & Eatery, Bandung: Enjoyable, Fast Internet and Good Coffee

Black Ground is another one of those coffee shops which is attached to an auto shop. It’s an interesting concept where they believe customers at the auto shop will hang out in the coffee shop as their car is being detailed. I’m not sure it works that well, to be honest, but that doesn’t stop Black Ground being a good coffee shop in its own right.

I had what they call a magic cappuccino. I think they mean magic. Anyway, it was excellent. Great temperature, good texture on the milk and quite strong. A top coffee.Magic Cappuccino BlackGroundSusan enjoyed her creme brûlée latte and reckons it was one of the better ones she’s had.Creme Brulee Latte Black GroundThe fitout of the place is quite good for working with lots of tables and electricity sockets. Better still, the wifi is one of the fastest we’ve tried in Bandung with 30mbps down and 30mbps. Even the biggest YouTube upload within about 5 minutes here.Black Ground BandungThey also do a range of food here such as rice, Western and pasta. It looked pretty decent but we didn’t try it. Prices are lower than average for Bandung.Black Ground Coffee BandungA good cafe on the Bandung scene.Black Ground Bandung Coffee Shop

Black Ground
Jalan Banceuy 3, Bandung
Instagram: @blackground.est17
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00, Fri & Sat 07:00 – 23:00
Magic: Rp24.000
Creme Brûlée Latte: Rp30.000
* Add 15% tax & service 


Akasya Teras, Bandung: Indonesian Food in a Modern Setting

Wow. How surprising to find a place doing good modern Indonesian food. It’s so rare in Bandung to get good modern Indonesian food that I never thought I’d see it.

But here we are. Akasya Teras is serving up perhaps the best cafe style Indonesian food in Bandung. I had the nasi goreng kampung and it was extremely spicy but also extremely tasty. The portion was quite large as well. Susan’s ayam telur asin was excellent as was the keciwis.Akasya TerasI was also surprised at the coffee. It was also excellent. I didn’t expect good coffee here because it’s more like a restaurant place. But my cappuccino was perfectly hot, great textured milk and just strong enough for my liking.Indonesian Food Akasya TerasThis cafe is actually located in the same property as my old favourite Bandung restaurant, Fashion Pasta. After they closed down, I guess Akasya took over.Akasya Teras BandungThe wifi here is fast making it a perfect place to come and work. 25mbps down and 6mbps.Akasya Teras DagoLove this place for food, coffee and getting work done.

Akasya Teras
Jalan Resort Dago Pakar 18, Bandung
(022) 2531025
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00, Fri Sat & Sun 08:00 – 23:00
Nasi Goreng Kampung: Rp49.000
Keciwis: Rp35.000
Ayam Telur Asin: Rp55.000
Cappuccino: Rp25.000
Thai Tea Cincau: Rp25.000
* Add 15.5% tax and service!