It is a much smaller city if compared to Jakarta, but it is still a great place. Bandung, a city that is surrounded by highlands, well-known for its cool temperature. A lot of people from Jakarta comes here during the weekends in search of fresh air and not-so-crowded places. Bandung is a famous getaway destination, other than being 140 kilometers away from Jakarta, there are many kinds of interesting places to visit: from urban places to rural sceneries.
If you’re a nature-type of person, you have a lot of choices of places to visit in Bandung: Kawah Putih, Situ Patenggang or Patenggang Lake, Bukit Moko, and Ranca Upas. Kawah Putih is a striking crater lake, located in Ciwidey area, 50 km south of Bandung. The word putih, or white, is taken from the white color of the soil which contains sulfur that surrounds the lake, and also the greenish-white lake itself. Not far away from Kawah Putih, there is another exotic tourist attraction: Situ Patenggang. You could see a very beautiful scenery of a lake surrounded by tea plantation. Still, in Ciwidey area, the other place to enjoy nature is Ranca Upas, a camping ground that has hot springs and a deer breeding place. The view here is also amazing, it has a forest-like scenery with a view of a lake and Mount Patuha. If you want to enjoy the view of Bandung city itself, you could go to Bukit Moko or known as Bukit Bintang Moko, one of the highest peak in Bandung. The best time to visit this place is during the night when Bandung is covered with beautiful lights.
For art enthusiasts, you could visit NuArt Sculpture Park or Selasar Sunaryo Art Space. NuArt Sculpture Park showcases the sculptures that are made by the sculptor, Nyoman Nuarta. The artworks are displayed both inside the NuArt building and in the park. This gallery has a cafe too, the N Café. While Selasar Sunaryo Art Space does not only showcases Sunaryo’s own artworks, but also contemporary exhibitions of contemporary Indonesian artists. This art gallery has various spaces and facilities, which are: Gallery A and B, Wing Gallery, Stone Garden, two halls, a bamboo house, an amphitheater, a library, souvenir shop, and woody-themed Selasar Café. What’s unique about this gallery is the presence of traditional buildings that are side by side with a modern one. Other than seeing the artworks, people could join workshops in the NuArt gallery, or watch movies in Selasar Sunaryo.
Bandung is also a destination for food hunters. From low-priced street foods, coffee shops, the ones with a stunning view, until high-class fine dining. While in Bandung you must try some of these local street foods: Cuanki (a soup that contains tofu, noodles, siomay, and meatballs), Batagor (fried fish dumplings served with peanut sauce), Seblak (wet kerupuk in spicy sauce), Mie Kocok (noodle soup served with beef foot, beef skin, and mung bean sprout. You could find local delicacies in the Burangrang Culinary Street with many other cafes, or in Paskal Food Market in Pasar Kaliki area. Paskal Food Market is a food court with more than 100 food stalls from local to western cuisines, starting from Rp 10.000. Paskal is a popular hangout place in Bandung because of its romantic atmosphere at night. If you want to enjoy a cup of coffee while enjoying the view of Bandung from the middle of the city, you could go to Eugene The Goat in Dago area. Another alternative is Lereng Anteng Panoramic Coffee in Lembang, a little bit outside of the city. Here you could eat while enjoying a beautiful view either on wooden furniture, bean bags or inside a transparent tent. Most fine dining restaurants here also offers stunning views of the Maja House in Sersan Bajuri Street and The Peak, a restaurant on a top of a hill in Lembang.
With a budget around Rp 1.500.000 to 2.000.000 is enough for you to stroll around Bandung; to enjoy its nature, uniqueness, and delicious cuisines.
NuArt Sculpture Park and N Cafe: Jl. Setraduta Raya No L 6, Ciwaruga, Bandung | (Park opening hours: Friday-Saturday: 9 AM-9PM; Sunday-Thursday: 9 AM-5PM, Cafe: Monday – Friday : 9 AM to 6 PM; Saturday – Sunday : 11 AM to 10 PM)
Selasar Sunaryo and Kopi Selasar: Bukit Pakar Timur No.100, Cimenyan, Bandung | (Artspace opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM-5PM, Cafe: Monday-Thursday: 10 AM-5 PM; Friday-Sunday: 10 AM-9 PM)
Paskal Food Market: Ruko Paskal Hyper Square, Jl. Pasir Kaliki No. 25-27, Bandung | (Opening hours: Sunday-Friday: 11 AM-11:30 PM; Saturday: 11 AM-12:30 AM)
Eugene The Goat: Jl. Awiligar Raya I No.2, Cimenyan, Bandung | (Opening hours: Sunday-Friday: 8 AM-10 PM; Saturday: 8 AM-12 AM)
Lereng Anteng Panoramic Coffee: Kampung Pagermaneuh, Desa Pagerwangi, Lembang | (Opening hours: Weekdays: 8 AM-10 PM; Weekends: 8 AM-11 PM)
Maja House: Jl. Sersan Bajuri No.72, Cihideung, Parongpong, Kota Bandung | (Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 AM-12 AM; Friday-Saturday: 11 AM-2 AM)
The Peak: JL. Desa Karyawangi, KM 6, Lembang, Kabupaten Bandung Barat | (Opening hours: Sunday-Friday: 9 AM-12 AM; Saturday: 9 AM-2 AM)
Words by: Antonia Wahyudi
Images are Credited to: Theodore Daniel