We always complain about the standard of cafe food in Bandung, so when we find a cafe doing something a little bit different to a high standard, it’s really surprising!
Beans and Greens is a cafe specialising in salads, bowls and veggie dishes. They’re not exclusively vegetarian, but a good portion of their menu is veggie-based so it’s a fantastic place to visit when you’re in need of a veggie fix after too many nasi gorengs.The fitout is bright and airy and out the back there is a garden area where most people choose to sit.
The coffee here is quite good and definitely worth ordering if you’re coming here for a salad. But I wouldn’t go out of my way to come here for the coffee on its own.Let’s talk about the food. We ordered salmon penne and shirataki bakmi Jawa and both were fantastic.
The bakmi Jawa replaces traditional noodles with low carb low calorie shirataki noodles which can sometimes taste a little weird, but in this dish were really good.The salmon penne was honestly just as you’d expect. A hunk of salmon on top of a bed of pesto covered penne, a few mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and a tiny amount of cheese. I thought it was excellent.
In fact, I think this cafe is one of the better new cafes on the Bandung scene despite the coffee not quite being up to standard. Hopefully next time I come here (definitely coming back), the coffee will be better.It’s possible to open a laptop here and work as many tables have electricity outlets and the wifi is quite fast at 27mbps down and 4mbps up.
A really good new cafe on the Bandung scene.
Greens and Beans
Jalan Bahureksa 9, Bandung
(022) 2426 0826
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
5 Spice Lemonade: Rp25.000
Salmon Penne: Rp85.000
Shirataki Bakmi Jawa: Rp45.000
* Add 10% tax to all prices
Sometimes when you visit a place you are immediately impressed by the design, fitout and aspect of the property and Ceritera is one of those. So much so that I thought this would be one of my favourite cafes in Bandung. But it’s not. Far from it.
When you arrive at this cafe, you’re immediately drawn to the view — a view I first came to know when I moved to Ciumbuleuit many moons ago. And this cafe makes the most of this view with a special tiered outdoor area and a fantastic interior with balcony overlooking the valley. It’s brilliant and has one of the best feels of any cafe in Bandung.But there are problems. When I was there, staff were having problems with the steam coming out of the machine, but they served me up a coffee anyway and the milk was awful. Thin, watery and unpleasant. The flavour of the coffee was nice, but it was ruined by the milk. Sorry, not good enough.Susan’s iced coffee was excellent and the pisang aroma we had was quite good too. But that cappuccino… no no no.
I tried to get the wifi working here, but no matter what I did, it wouldn’t connect. Susan managed to connect and got 17mbps down and 7mbps up. Definitely fast enough for work, but only if you can connect.The inside area has plenty of tables and chairs with electricity sockets, so you could easily spend a few hours here working.This is a cafe with plenty of potential. Great fitout in a great location. I believe they know how to serve good coffee and that I was served a bad one because they had some sort of technical problem. Next time I visit, I hope to get a good one.
Jalan Gunung Kencana II no.2, Bandung
(0896) 4739 0281
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
Es Kopi Titik: Rp20.000
Pisang Aroma: Rp20.000
* No added tax
When you roll up to this place you’re immediately reminded of Mimiti both at its original location and more recently at its new location in Dago. Such is the design of this place with concrete and faux concrete walls, the comparisons are unavoidable.
I came here during the soft opening and there were still a few rough edges and it did seem a little plain, even though they’re going for the stark, austere look. It’s nothing a few plants can’t fix and perhaps the odd piece of art.A couple of the sitting areas here are boiling hot due to the plastic canopy above them. These areas aren’t really habitable at this time due to the intense heat and reminded me a bit of a greenhouse. The friendly manager told me they were working on a solution for the heat and I’m sure they’ll have that under control by the time that you arrive.
I had a cappuccino and it was served in a custom made cup of a size slightly smaller than I’d expect for a cappuccino. My coffee was excellent. Beautifully smooth, perfectly strong and the cup a pleasure to drink from. It’s right up there as one of the best in Bandung.Susan’s green drink was pleasant and both of our meals were enjoyable. A special mention to the fried chicken on my nasi goreng — it was excellent.WiFi here is fast. I clocked 25mbps down and 49mbps up, so this place is definitely a potential work spot for you. Particular if you choose one of the indoor air conditioned areas where the air is cool, electricity plentiful and tables large. If not, the outside areas also have plenty of electricity sockets.This place has loads of potential and I can see this place becoming a hit after they iron out a few of the issues that exist at this point in time.
La Lune Coffee & Luncheonette
Jalan Hegarmanah 12, Bandung
Opening Hours: 07:30 – 23:00
Nasi Goreng Kampung: Rp43.000
Mushroom Poke Bowl: Rp45.000
Green Healthy Juice: Rp30.000
* Add 15.5% to all prices
Another day, another Bandung coffee shop. Sometimes it feels like the new coffee shops in Bandung are neverending and honestly, it takes a lot to impress me these days.
So when I arrived at Satu Pintu, I was expecting the same old Bandung coffee shop. But I was immediately in love with the property Satu Pintu is located on. A large old block with lots of old trees much like Bandung would have been in the old days. I love trees.The coffee shop itself is to the side of the main house and has two main sections. One large section outdoors for those who smoke and one large one indoors for those who don’t and who prefer air conditioning.
The inside section feels good. Someone with an eye for design has really paid attention to so many aspects of the interior that it feels incredibly well organised, clean and finished with good quality. It’s better than the average Bandung standard and as a result, it feels good to be here.I tried the cappuccino here which apparently is stronger than their magic. That’s new for me, but I can attest to the fact that the cappuccino is super strong. I loved it.
Susan had the iced matcha latte and it has a particular flavour to it that made it more enjoyable than the average matcha latte.WiFi here is fast at 39mbps down and 7mbps up and there are plenty of places to sit and work as well as plug in. A good place to work.After visiting more than 80 coffee shops in Bandung over the past few years, this is now one of our favourites. Love it.
Jalan Aceh 56, Bandung
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00, Fri & Sat until midnight
Iced Matcha Latte: Rp25.000
* No added tax!
Kudu Ngopi is a small tempat ngopi in Bandung which serves up great speciality coffee from a small La Marzocco.
The coffee here is really good and definitely in line with what I expect these days in Bandung. Strong, silky smooth and definitely gives you a jolt of caffeine.They also do some good here, but it’s a pretty comprehensive menu of simple foods which are good for either a snack or full meal. They’re not going to win any restaurant awards here, but I’m sure the food will fill a hole nonetheless.The fitout is pretty simple and they do a good job with the limited space they have. A bunch of couches, stools and chairs all clustered together give the place an intimate vibe, but I could imagine it getting quite noisy when it’s full.
WiFi here is bad. So bad that you may not even be able to use it. When I was here it was running at 0.13mbps down and 0.27mbps up which is basically unusable unless you are absolute desperate. With that in mind, don’t come here to work until they get a better internet connection.All in all a good cafe serving delicious coffee at a good price.
Graha Manggala Siliwangi, Jalan Aceh 66B, Bandung
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
No added tax!
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