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
It took me a while to find this place as there is no sign out the front telling you what it is. Hot tip: look for the sign for Suave. Woodlane is in there.
Woodlane has moved around quite a lot over the years and has ended up here sharing a shop with Suave ice cream.The coffee here is prepared in a more manual style with no big espresso machine pumping out shots. Because of that you’ll find that the coffee is cheaper than the average in Bandung.
I tried a cappuccino and I was impressed with the flavour and consistency of the milk. Susan had an iced taro latte and she enjoyed it as well.The shop is quite a good one for hanging out with friends especially if you’re looking for coffee under Rp20.000.
When I was there I had to hook into the wifi from the nearby dental clinic and it kept kicking me off because I was too far away. In other words, it’s not an ideal place to open a laptop and work.Stick to nongkrong and coffee (and perhaps ice cream) and you’ll enjoy this place.
Jalan Anggrek 36, Bandung
Open Hours: 16:00 – 22:00 (ice cream open from 10:00)
Iced Taro Latte: Rp15.000
The name of this place is quite odd and doesn’t really make sense. But I’m not one to judge a book by its cover (much), so I thought I’d give it a try anyway.
The cafe is well designed and doesn’t really focus on coffee so much — it’s a proper cafe with a full food menu as well.Despite this, I was here for the coffee so I ordered a cappuccino and Susan ordered a banana choco which is basically a chocolate milkshake with banana in it.
The coffee wasn’t very nice. There seemed to be some cinnamon sprinkled on top of my cappuccino like they would have done in Bandung back in 2012. Also, at the bottom of my coffee there was a pile of coffee grounds which was disappointing.The standard of coffee in Bandung at the moment is very high — perhaps world class. And unfortunately the coffee at Pillow Talk is a long way from this standard.
Susan’s banana choco was enjoyable, but also quite expensive at about Rp42.000 when you include tax and service.Wifi here is fast and there is plenty of room to open a laptop and work. I clocked 18mbps down and 8mbps up on my speedtest and it felt quite snappy.
I really like this place as a casual hang out place as well as a place to get some work done. I just hope they can continue to work on the coffee because at this stage it’s not quite there.
Pillow Talk Coffee and Comfy
Jalan Haji Hasan 12, Bandung
(022) 250 4733
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 (Fri & Sat until 23:00)
Banana Choco: Rp37.000
* All prices add 15.5%
Yumaju is an ultra stylish coffee shop that is amazingly popular with the university student crowd.
I grabbed a magic and a salted caramel pastry and both were excellent. The coffee was strong and the milk textured beautifully and the temperature just perfect. The pastry with a little bit more bread-like than pastry-like, but I really enjoyed it anyway.The cafes has space for about 20-25 customers in side seated either on tiny lounges or normal tables. To be honest, they’re done a great job fitting so many seats in such a small space and the only drawback is that if you’re seated on a lounge, you’re not really going to have any table space.
Out the front there is additional seating and this is where most of the smokers sit. It’s a fairly large area as well.People love to open their laptops in this cafe and that makes the wifi slightly slow. It’s still usable for sure, but it’s just not as quick as many other coffee shops in Bandung.Prices here are middle of the road for Bandung and thankfully no tax is added to the price. An incredibly popular stylish cafe worth visiting for good coffee.
Jalan Maulana Yusuf No.10, Bandung
(0897) 757 9006
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00