Written by Cisca Lim
Co-written by Edira Putri
Edited by Candice Neo
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Most of the time, a meal isn’t just a meal.
When you are in Bandung, a meal is often a combination of a great ambience, breathtaking view, exceptional taste, unique concept, finger-licking flavour, and even philosophical ideas.
And for that reason, Bandung has always been famous with cool cafes just around every corner.
Don’t worry about not being able to try them all – we bring you 31 hippest cafes in Bandung (one of them is even a secret) to kickstart your journey to enjoy Bandung’s culinary goodness.
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Dusun Bambu Family Leisure Park is an ideal place to spend the weekend with your loved ones, family or friends – here, you can find everything (literally), from villa accommodations to camps to activities like biking or adventure games for kids.
And of course, how can we miss out the best places for lunch or dinner? Dusun Bambu does not only have one, but three amazing restaurants, each with a unique theme, where you can dig in and bask in the gorgeous views.
16-a. In a birdcage suspended in the trees – Lutung Kasarung
Imagine dining like a bird, high up in the trees.
Photo via: Jenny Wong
Each of its seats has a design of a bird’s cage that sits on top of the tree.
You can enjoy nature’s greenery all around you as you dig into your meal.
Photo via: Jenny Wong
What should you try? One of its popular dishes is the coconut roasted rice!
Photo via: Almaviva
Lutung Kasarung Opening hours: Friday to Sunday 10 AM to 10 PM
16-b. Dine in your little hut by the lake – Purbasari
This is one of the dreamiest places to dine at in Bandung.
The Purbasari restaurant features a traditional Indonesian gazebo that surrounds and overlooks a lake.
Photo via andienprintyasari.blogspot
Here, you can dine in a traditional Indonesian vibe, and in comfort and style.
Trust us, if you bring your significant other here, he/she will be impressed!
Fried rice with a view (Photo via MyFunFooDiary)
Purbasari Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10 AM to 10 PM
16-c. Over the mountains and the trees – Burangrang
Burangrang is is the biggest cafe at Dusun Bambu. It’s located among the taller hills at the resort, which gives customers a clear view of the Burangrang mountain (hence the name!).
With its glass walls, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the cafe’s surroundings.
Don’t leave without trying one of its specials – the betutu grilled chicken.
Burangrang Opening Hours: Daily 10 AM to 10 PM
17. Hummingbird heartbeat
True to its name, every aspect of Hummingbird cafe is dedicated to make you feel like a free, exquisite bird.
Let’s start with the outside, which has a giant bird cage-like exterior.
Photo via: Sebandung
The interior decoration is homey, with cosy wooden furniture and artistic hummingbird prints painted all over the walls.
Photo via: Marzalia, Mintull, Sisca, Stefani
But don’t worry, you won’t be served bird food.
You can order from a birdy-themed menu with fancy hummingbird names for crepes and drinks.
In fact, the cafe is famous for its galette variations, including this popular Lucifer Galette with beef, sunny side up, mustard, and onion jam.
Photo via: Marzalia, Mintulll, Sisca, Stefani
18. Almost a doll’s house – Nanny Pavillon Home
One of the newest unique themed restaurants in the block in Bandung (though it already has many branches in other Indonesian cities), the interior of Nanny Pavillon is a sweet eye candy with its pretty furniture and cute interior.
Here, you can choose which ‘room’ you want to dine in – be it the Dining Room, Bedroom, Garden, Playroom, or even the Bathroom (yes, and your seats are toilet seats)!
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As the concept stems from the owner’s belief in family gatherings and cosy treats, you will expect nothing but amicable service here, making you feel right at home.
Nanny Pavillon is also best-known for serving delicious French American pancakes. Highly rated are the peach pancake with vanilla ice cream and blueberry pancake cheese roll.
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Do taste its green tea pancake too!
If pancakes aren’t your thing, order some pasta and Western delights to whet your tastebud.
19. Transported to the past by Warung Suluh
Stepping in to Warung Suluh is like stepping out of a time machine. Not to a scary pre-historic era or a futuristic future, but to a time that’s just right for nostalgia.
Photo via: Gito
Here, the interior is cosy and traditional, decorated by old pictures, old comics, vintage posters and furniture.
Photo via Nisa Hamdan
This place cherishes original and Javanese nuances, and all of your senses will be engaged.
While you dig in to traditional food, Javanese ‘keroncong’ songs are played in the background, a perfect match to create the right ambience.
Photo via: Anastasia
Try the mysterious Nasi Pendem, which is served with chicken and boiled egg, hidden beneath the tempting brightly-coloured yellow rice.
Photo via: Jane Kebee
Warung Suluh is great for a simple gathering with friends, for you to reminisce the good ol’ days.
20. Maja House (Sugar & Cream) – Comfy on high
This restaurant offers more than just a breathtaking view as the coolest rooftop cafe-bar in Bandung.
This place is retro, natural and comfy, thanks to the indoor plants, wooden furniture and sophisticated sparkly decor.
And when you wander outdoors, you’ll be greeted by a gorgeous view.
Photo via: Prasetyo Wibowo
If you can’t take your eyes off of the mountainous backdrop blanketed in greenery and blue skies with marching clouds, you’re not alone.
Photo via Wulanoeloel, Novi
Just pick one of the comfy daybeds to lay down in the outdoor dining area, where you think you have the best camera angle.
When you can look away a little, take a look at the menu, which serves up Western, Asian, and local culinary. You can even get food with no artificial ingredients.
Photo via: Hungry Doctor
Its Spaghetti Aglio Olio is very tasty, with plenty of smoked beef and real chili (instead of chili powder or chili flakes).
21. Food meets art (or the other way round) in Lawangwangi
Lawangwangi gives you a whole new perspective on capturing Bandung’s beauty – from a sophisticated deck.
Photo via: Jana Fathia
Originally an art gallery, this place sums up to a piece of art in itself, with incredible creative bits you can enjoy one by one, when the mountain view from the all-glass interior doesn’t distract you.
Photo via: Cafe David
The first floor of this gallery and restaurant serves as an exhibition space, gallery, and craft shop. They do have special exhibitions at times, so do check the schedule if you fancy artistic dining amidst the beautiful scenery of Bandung.
Photo via: Cerita Perut
The food is also a work of art with thoughtful details in the display, like this picturesque Nasi Goreng Risotto, a traditional-Western fusion food with creamy mozzarella and tortilla.
Photo via: Novia, MyFunFooDiary
22. Fun in the woods of Congo
This restaurant was originally a woodcraft gallery too incredible to be closed to the public.
So they opened a restaurant with the same peaceful, natural ambience with a sophisticated design of a gallery. So there’s the best of both worlds.
This culinary gem, with excellent Western food and an incredible natural environment, is tucked away inside lush green woods – you might even forget that you’re not in an actual jungle!
Among all the high-quality steak it offers, the recommended choice is to start with ebony steak, a toothsome tenderloin with luscious mushroom sauce topped with onion rings.
23. Bizarre yet homey in Warung Salse
Welcome to your dream deck house.
It’s not hard to point out this place from afar with its bizarre exterior.
Once you’re done admiring the stylish triangle-ish shaped building, you’ll be greeted by its homey interior, with a backdrop of tall green trees and mountains.
Photo via: Deborafenty
With that much of an excellent taste, there’s more to come in Salse’s neighborhood.
Salse is actually a part of a resort complex with eight upcoming unique villas, a spa and an amphitheater tucked away in the woods.
Curious? Be patient and start here.
And what about food? Don’t miss trying the recommended Spaghetti Tektek, a European-Asian fusion of pasta and traditional seasoning with kerupuk, red chilli and all.
24. Atmosphere – Romantic in Bali
True to its name, atmosphere is not the only exceptional thing you can enjoy in this Balinese-themed restaurant.
This restaurant’s design is inspired by Bali’s natural richness and topped with cozy gazebos, a fish pond and an indoor dining area with polished wood furniture and candles.
Natural, checked. Super romantic, checked. Adventurous, checked.
Food ranges from European, Asian, to Indonesian cuisine. If you want a full Balinese experience, try this Nasi Campur with Bebek Betutu and Sate Lilit, complete with the special Balinese condiment, sambal matah.
25. Artwork in place at Kopi Selasar
Kopi Selasar is part of Selasar Sunaryo, a highly artistic place with an edgy exterior and an interior decked out in a multitude of artwork.
Photo via: Marischkaprudence
The cafe area is just as artsy as the rest of this complex, and even more, if you would consider good coffee as an art.
Photo via: Santi Cahya
And of course, you can see rolling green hills from where you sip that artwork. Try some snacks to go with your choice of coffee.
Photo via: Melna Monica Apriana, Raya, RflarasRamadyani Febi Larasati
These fried sausages have just the right amount of sausages and fries to keep you going, but light enough to complement your coffee experience.
This cafe is located not far from an open amphitheatre where you can even watch art performances.
26. Kids’ dreams come true at Treehouse Cafe
Yes, you’ve read correctly.
Here’s a treehouse – the one in every child’s dream.
Photo via: JoTravelguide
Better yet for all parents – it’s a treehouse with a cafe where you can sit down and relax in a cosy corner, either indoors or outdoors, while the kids are kept perfectly safe, busy, and happy, clamouring around their actual tree house.
This cafe even has a mini flying fox, so don’t worry if your hyperactive kids are bored by the treehouse!
Here, the specialty meal is also a kid’s favourite – sausages. Parents will approve of it too, as they are healthy homemade sausages with no artificial flavoring – just like this Big Banger Sausage (30cm long!), which is served with vegetables.
27. Three layers of Cocorico
Located in the hip neighborhood of cool cafes with great ambience and an astonishing city view from the heights, Cocorico is an outstanding choice to enjoy food, view, and overall, Bandung.
Photo via: Sebandung
This three-storey cafe offers a different atmosphere on each level.
The first floor is a neat and splendid garden to enjoy an outdoor dining experience with an amazing view of the city.
Photo via: Audrey Subrata
On the second floor is an indoor dining area with a very exceptional interior that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nature, with all its beauty and without the heat that comes with it – you get to lounge in air-conditioned comfort inside.
Third floor is where you can enjoy a heavenly view of Bandung from the rooftop area – words can’t do justice to its magnificence.
Photo via: Ursa Madjor
Other than traditional and Asian food, Cocorico also serves pizza with various toppings – which you must try.
El Diablo pizza is a popular choice with its unique combination of beef, mushroom, jalapenos, and Indonesian cayenne pepper.
28. Pick a gazebo and own it for a while in Stone Cafe
At the Stone Cafe, you’ll forget you’re actually in the city.
Photo via: Irwankch
You get to dine in a village ambience, with bamboo decor in gazebos and a lot of stones, thus the name.
Photo via: Bandung Lifestyle
At 8pm, there’s also a live music performance to relax or even jam to.
The place serves desirable traditional and European foods with no artificial food flavouring. And one of the must-tries is the combo barbecue, a complete combination of sirloin, snapper fish and shrimp with special Stone Cafe sauce.
Photo via: Sharon, Pho, Rules, Xinli
This spacious, mostly outdoor dining area is an integrated part of a whole pack of fun for kids, or anyone who just wants a playful moment.
Photo via: Rizma
Let’s say the fun starts with a vast strawberry farm, where you can bring home the best little red fresh fruit that you hand-picked.
Photo via: Agnes Chen
And there’s this whimsical playground. Your kids would appreciate the outdoor time!
Photo via: Nurfha Keith
But don’t forget what you came here for (part of the reason, at least) – the food. With its specialty of traditional, Western and Asian food, both you and your little one wouldn’t mind leaving that playground. For a while.
If you visit with a group, try Paket Nasi Liwet Komplit for 4 persons, a traditional classic complete with various side dishes, vegetables, and special condiments.
Photo via: Umah Stroberi
30. Waterfront Dining at Floating Market Lembang
There’s nothing you can’t do in Bandung – dining in the middle of the woods, up in the mountains, and now by the waters.
Photo via: Dennie, Ramon, Nicholasac
It’s an unforgettable dining experience with the lake view, different from the usual mountainous scenery of Bandung.
As for the food, the place serves finger-licking traditional snacks and meals, fresh from the canoe.
Photo via: Nicholasac, Sheraton Bandung, Liandamarta
This Sate Buntel Sapi from Kedai Boentel, with its special taste and tender meat, is visitors’ all-time favourite. You can even bring your meal up the boat and have a nice float!
Off the boats and on the ground, this place also offers lots of attractions like animal farms, where you and your little ones can feed rabbits, ducks, swans, and fish.