I really didn’t know what to expect before coming to Coffee Koma except that it was a small coffee shop in a fairly central area in Dago. So I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered a laid back coffee shop serving fantastic coffee.
The coffee shop has 2 floors and I chose the top floor because it’s bright, airy and really well designed. I love the wooden benches, white walls, plants and especially the amount of natural light that enters. I took up the bench facing the windows and spent a few hours just tapping away on my computer without even feeling like I was here for long.Likewise, the coffee went down a treat. Smooth, not too strong, served in a proper cup. Susan’s iced mocha was delicious and one of the best iced drink she’s had in Bandung.The wifi in the upstairs area is a little hard to connect to because the router is located downstairs. But once you’ve connected, it’s fine. I was getting 6mbps down and 13mbps up which is fine for youtube and the like, but didn’t really work too well when I was trying to make a video call. I believe that sitting downstairs would allow a much more stable and faster connection.There are lots of places to sit and open your laptop and there are electricity sockets everywhere. Prices are around about average for Bandung.I’m a fan of Koma Coffee and it’s definitely somewhere worth checking out if you’re in Dago.
Jalan Siliwangi 8, Bandung
(0821) 3093 9911
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Es Kopi Susu Moka: Rp 26.000
* No Tax!
I really love this coffee shop. Not only because it’s cute, small and peaceful but also because it’s run by an enthusiastic young woman in a city dominated by coffee shops run by men. It’s proof that women can operate coffee shops as good as or if not better than men.
The fitout of the shop is lovely — small, cozy, clean white walls with handmade wooden stools. There’s a little outdoor area for those wanting to smoke and drink coffee.I had a cappuccino and Susan had an iced coffee. Both were fantastic. And what’s better, the prices were so low — one of the cheapest espresso-based coffees in Bandung made from a proper machine. Susan particularly liked the taste of her iced coffee because it didn’t just taste like sweet milk, like many iced coffees in Bandung. It had real depth of flavour.The cappuccino wasn’t a strong one and my preference would be to have a double shot next time. Still, the flavour was great, the temperature bang on and the milk textured perfectly.
The WiFi here is really quite fast at 16mbps down and 17mbps up — your youtube video is going to upload really fast! There isn’t a lot of space to work here, but you could open your laptop for an hour so if you needed to, especially outside.One last point is about access. Kopi Alit is in a narrow gang only accessible by foot and motorbikes. Cars have to either park on Jalan Pagarsih or Jalan Cibadak and then walk. We actually like this a lot. It gives the place a bit more a “hidden gem” feel and definitely makes it feel a lot more low-key and not so flashy like so many other new coffee shops in Bandung.Kopi Alit is the new low-key coffee hang out in Bandung and we love it.
Gang Nyi Empok 19, Bandung (between Cibadak and Pagarsih)
(0813) 2456 2703
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
Es Kopi: Rp18.000
* No tax!
We absolutely love old buildings, especially when they’re treated with care and restored to their former beauty. Teman Lama is one such place where the insides have been stripped out and replaced with a modern fitout while keeping the original structure. It looks great!
I had a cappuccino and Susan had an iced coffee and both were excellent. The cappuccino was strong, had silky smooth milk and was severed in a tulip cup. The iced coffee was strong, flavoursome and perfect for a hot day. It’s the 3rd iced coffee in a row from Bandung coffee shops which has been strong and we really love this trend.The food here is quite simple, but also very good. The Nasi Bakar Kencur was excellent — lots of bumbu, crispy chicken and tempe. Yore’s chicken had the potential to be bland and uninteresting, but it turned out to be tasty with the diced tomato cutting through the creaminess of the mayo. There are plenty of places to open your laptop and the chairs are comfortable enough to sit at for a few hours. Just make sure you have enough battery as the electricity sockets are limited. WiFi here was running at 22mbps down and 7mbps up when we were there and the cafe was half full.This is a fantastic new modern cafe on the Bandung scene with reasonable prices, high quality and a fresh look. Worth a visit.
Jalan Bima 80, Bandung
(0878) 228 546
(0878) 2287 1915
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00, Fri & Sat until 23:00
Es Kopi Temanlama: Rp18.000
Yore’s Chicken: Rp38.000
Nasi Bakar Kencur: Rp40.000
* Add 15.5% tax to all prices
Sudut Kopi is a name that has been around for a while and was originally at a different location. The new location is fairly central and right next door to a hostel, so you’re likely to see a few bule around from time to time.
The coffee here is excellent. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much because they serve all their drinks in single use containers which shits me no end (last time I visited they used a proper cup for the coffee). But fair’s fair and they do pump out very good coffee. In fact, the iced coffee was one of the best I’ve had because it has a strong coffee flavour unlike most in Bandung which taste like sweetened milk.The coffee shop is very small with most of the seats out the front meaning it’s smoker friendly. It’s a good little hang out spot.Working here isn’t really possible because they don’t yet have WiFi, but it might be possible to snag onto the hotel’s WiFi across the road (ask the staff).Prices here are very low for coffee of this standard. You get a proper espresso machine producing your coffee for Rp18.000. I don’t think it gets much cheaper than this in Bandung. What’s more, they had a promo and I only had to pay Rp15.000 for my cappuccino!Fantastic coffee at Sudut Kopi but a bit of a shame about the single use cups. Fix that and this place is a winner.
Jalan Pandawa 2, Bandung
(0821) 2865 7664
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00, Fri-Sun until 23:00
Es Kopi Sudut: Rp20.000
* Add 10% tax to all prices
We absolutely loved the original Kuro Coffee because of its cozy nature, so just had to try their new outlet. Strangely, it’s nothing like the original, but should we be concerned?
A little bit. A lot of the character of the original shop is gone in Ciumbuleuit and you’re left with a rather quiet, empty space. This is primarily due to how massive the cafe is and how few people were there when we visited.The cafe is in the house of the owner on Jalan Ciumbuleuit and it’s a glorious old architect-designed building with lots of nice touches such as the massive sliding doors and shallow staircase to the upper floor.
Being in Ciumbuleuit and with lots of open windows, the building stays cool naturally. There is a lot of seating space here. So much that it would take a really large crowd to fill it. The good thing is that you can come here if you need some peace and quiet.The outdoor area is a luxury in Bandung and the garden could serve as a great place for people wanting to lounge on beanbags and happily there are a few.
For those needing to work, there is an abundance of good tables and so many electricity sockets. The wifi here is one of the fastest in Bandung at 60mbps down and 70mbps up — fast enough for absolutely any task you have.I asked for a magic and it was offered to me in a demitasse cup which is traditionally used for a piccolo latte. Thankfully the staff suggested I could also have it in their standard sized cup which made the ratio a little more magic… but herein lies the problem. The magic was so named because it was supposed to be a magic ratio of milk and coffee. And this means there is only one sized cup that can ever be used.The food here has some good aspects. I tried the torikatsu don and the soufflé pancakes. The pancakes were very blonde, nothing like a soufflé pancake and contained exactly 5 berries. 1 strawberry sliced really thin and 4 local blackberries (perhaps mulberries) – it was really stingy in my view. It was extremely disappointing.The torikatsu don was interesting and delicious. We appreciated that a bit of thought had gone into the slaw to make it flavoursome and we also really loved the colour on the fried chicken. Yum!
So while Kuro in Ciumbuleuit feels quiet because of how big a space it is, we really think the coffee is good and definitely worth a try. We also recommend coming here if you need to get work done. A good cafe on the Bandung scene that needs to improve those pancakes.
Kuro Coffee Ciumbuleuit
Jalan Ciumbuleuit 130, Bandung
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Indogo Lemonade: Rp30.000
Torikatsu don: Rp40.000
Soufflé pancakes: Rp35.000
* Add 10% tax
This is the second outlet of the extremely popular Yumaju coffee shop which opened a couple of years back and it keeps the slick operating principles of the original shop going strong.
I was never a great fan of the original Yumaju primarily because it was always so busy when I went there. Yet, they do have fantastic coffee and some yummy pastries. And so it is with this new location. Great coffee, tasty pastries but a much better location in my view.
The shop itself is quite small, but they have only put 3 tables in there which means there is a limit to the number of people who will cram in at one time. This is a good thing.What most people love is the outdoor area which is large and shaded by some massive trees. It’s such a fantastic space to just hang out with a coffee.And that’s what makes the new Yumaju such a winner. Great coffee with a space that is big enough to not feel jammed in. It’s actually one of the best coffee shops in Bandung. WiFi is a reasonable 22mbps down and 8mbps up and there are a lot of electricity sockets, even outside. It’s a top spot to work, top spot for coffee and a top spot to nongkrong. Come here.
Yumaju Jalan Menado
Jalan Menado, Bandung
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00; Sat & Sun until midnight
White Magic: Rp30.000
Chocolate Danish (yum!): Rp24.500
* No Tax
We came here after a rather pleasant experience at the Immigration office. What better way to celebrate efficient bureaucracy than by visiting a new coffee shop.
Serantau is a large open-sided building, neatly decorated which is ideal for hanging out with friends. It’s one of those places that absolutely thrives when groups of people get together to nongkrong. Smoking is allowed.The coffee here is manual and their espresso is made without a machine. For a cappuccino made without an espresso machine, I have to say that my coffee was pretty good and better than some others in Bandung which are made with an expensive machine.Susan had iced coffee Serantau and she enjoyed it. The best part was that the coffee flavour wasn’t too overpowering — perfect for those who like coffee, but not that really strong flavour you sometimes get.
There are plenty of spaces here for opening a laptop, plenty of electricity sockets and the wifi is fast at 47mbps down and 10mbps up. Definitely a place you can come and work at, but there is no air conditioning.A decent new coffee shop on the Bandung scene for people more interested in nongkrong and low prices.
Jalan Lombok 19, Bandung
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00; Fri Sat & Sun 11:00 – 24:00
Es Kopi Serantau: Rp22.000
* No tax!
I absolutely love old colonial buildings. Big, cool, fantastic design, built to last and just a joy to be in. It’s the same all around the world with those old buildings which have been preserved. And such is the case at Work Coffee where it’s located in an enormous old Dutch house which doesn’t need air-conditioning because of the way it’s designed.
The building retains all the original windows, floor tiles, roof tiles and ornate high ceilings. It’s these ceilings and big windows that keep the building wonderously cool even though it’s as hot as hades outside. It’s a stunning building which has been modernised by the cafe owners.There are plenty of places to work at Work Coffee — electricity sockets everywhere, great places to sit with a laptop including standard tables and a high bench with stools.
Of course the internet here is fast enough for most needs at 22mbps down and 7mbps.The coffee here is excellent and the cups they serve the coffee in are excellent. I had a magic which was strong, punchy with silky smooth milk. Susan had an iced coffee which came in a glass without a straw. They are vehemently opposed to single use plastic here and we love that. There is nothing worse than being served a drink in a disposable plastic cup, especially when you’re having your coffee at the shop itself.For those taking away here, they provide recyclable paper cups, but staff said they recommend against it because the quality drops when you take it away. Makes sense.
I also had a chocolate croissant which was OK. The croissant itself was good, but I think it was overheated to the point that it became dry and flaky — not so good. I’d recommend just eating it cold if you’re coming here for a croissant.Other items on the menu include full meals such as nasi goreng, crispy chicken and pasta. It looks good, but I haven’t tried it yet.
I love this cafe. I really do. Top coffee, a great place to work and really cool without the need for air-conditioning. Fantastic.
Jalan Sumbawa 28, Bandung
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Iced Coffee: Rp20.000
Chocolate Croissant: Rp16.000
* Add 10% tax to all prices
Located in small colonial house in a quiet back street, Coffeelense Coffee Brewery is relaxing place to come and sip on a coffee.
Out the front there is a cafe serving all sorts of dishes included fried chicken and nasi goreng, so you can have a coffee and grab a meal at the same time.There are plenty of work spaces here and lots of electricity sockets. The internet is a speedy 20mbps down and 30mbps up which makes it a pretty good place to work.The cappuccino I had here wasn’t really what you’d call specialty coffee, but it was enjoyable all the same. At only Rp20.000, it was a bit of a bargain.The main reason to come here is to relax, get a bit of work done and generally just hang out. It’s not the best coffee in Bandung by miles, but the coffee shop is enjoyable. Worth a visit with friends.
Coffeelense Coffee Brewery
Jalan Panaitan 22, Bandung
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00, weekends until 23:00, Friday & Sunday from 2PM.
Iced Lemon Tea: Rp15.000
“Right coffee is truth serum and you can tell people everything”. Whaaaaaa??? So goes the saying on the front of Righthands Coffee… I have no idea what it means, but, I’m sure it’s something meaningful.
Righthands is a good nongkrong and working spot in Bandung primarily due to the good tables and chairs, abundance of electricty sockets and a lovely outdoor area where you can smoke to your heart’s content. It’s just a pity about the wifi speed which clocks in at 4mbps down and 1mbps up. But unless you need to do some data intensive work such as youtube or downloading the latest TV episodes, the speed here is good enough.The flavour of the cappuccino I had was really good, but I was a bit disappointed with the milk. Rather than a thick, luscious, silky smooth texture, I got something quite flat, watery and lacking texture. It really was disappointing! Maybe I was just unlucky especially because I expect more for a Rp28.000 coffee.Anyway, they also serve a range of food here including snacks and large meals such as nasi goreng. I didn’t try that, but it looked pretty good as it was being delivered to the table next to mine.The air-conditioned area is a great place to set up a laptop, but on sunny days it tends to get quite hot when sitting next to the window because sun shines straight in. It’s not unbearable, but definitely something I would fix if I owned this place.Righthands is not a bad place for hanging out with friends or getting work done, but there are a few shortcomings that could be improved relatively easily such as better wifi and a larger awning on the windows. Worth a look.
Jalan Cisokan 8C, Bandung
(0852) 8041 4985
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00; Fri & Sat until midnight
Iced Caramel Latte: Rp35.000
* No Tax!