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Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Matin Firas Harahap, Cisca Lim

Versi Bahasa Indonesia: https://indonesia.tripcanvas.co/id/bandung/tempat-wisata-kegiatan/

Be it the food, shopping, or the gorgeous views, visitors come from all over to experience different things to do in Bandung’s exquisite atmosphere. In Bandung, capital city of the West Javanese province, you’re never short on things to do.

Nestled between three mountains, Bandung is well known for its cool calming weather, similar to that of places in higher altitudes. That’s also probably a reason why Bandung is commonly referred to ‘Paris van Java’ for its rich heritage in arts and culture.

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With millions of tourists flocking here every year, just what is really there to see in Bandung?

You’ve seen our take on Bali, here’s our edition of what’s in store in Bandung.

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Bandung’s Unique Hotels

Sleep tight in an incredible setting

Do we have you at untraditional hotel stays? Something more than the usual nine-storey hotels with the typical city view? Something less … boring maybe? Something more current!

Why not inject some out-of-the-ordinary appeal to that long awaited getaway of yours? Liven up your vacation with these unique accommodations in Bandung!

Also read: 14 unique hotels in Bandung for an extraordinary vacation

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1. Be transported to the Italian Renaissance – GH Universal Hotel

Located in the heart of Bandung, this classic European-style hotel will make you feel like you’re in Europe itself!

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With marble tiled floors and a rooftop café named Belle Vue, your trip to Bandung can’t be fancier.

Now here’s our crazy proposal – why don’t you save on those expensive plane tickets to Europe, and travel to Bandung instead?

You can immerse in the same atmosphere at GH Universal.

There is even a pet inn, where you can play with the 60 dogs in the compound. Guess what, the dogs also get their own special pool to swim in!

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2. Sleep by the trees and the lake – Sapulidi Sawah Cafe, Resort & Gallery

Surrounded by slopes of lush greenery and a gorgeous lake, Sapulidi is the best therapeutic place for you to recharge and get some peace and quiet away from the city.

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Where else can be more perfect for that much-yearned-for getaway with your loved one?

The rooms are mostly made of wood, and even each room has a unique name – Putri No’ong, Kembang Desa, Congklak, and many more – all derived from Sundanese culture and folklores.

Sapulidi Sawah Cafe, Resort & Gallery

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(Bonus) 3. Immerse in local culture – Kamojang Green Hotel & Resort (From USD $66, Located in Garut, 2 hours drive from Bandung)

A hidden paradise in Garut, Kamojang Green Hotel & Resort offers you an experience second to none.

There’s just something very inexplicable about this place – perhaps it’s the rejuvenating aura or the smell of crisp fresh air that is simply alluring.

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The staff here at Kamojang Green Hotel & Resort are passionate about what they do and believe in providing quality customer service.

Friendly and attentive, they are always willing to go the extra mile for you.

Here, you can immerse yourself in traditional Sudanese village style living, with a mountainous view as your perfect backdrop.

There are also various recreational activities such as fishing and watersports that you can enjoy.

Kamojang Green Hotel & Resort

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4. Hang in the sky like Spiderman – Tebing Gunung Hawu

This mountain blows plenty of other mountains out of the water. Here’s where your superhero dreams come true, and “hanging out” takes on a completely different meaning.

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For sunrise enthusiasts, Tebing Gunung Hawu boasts a fantastic viewpoint to watch the sun wake up for its morning duties. Better yet, you can catch that sunrise from your perch in a hammock, hanging precariously between two towering cliffsides. Has that image gotten your adrenaline running?

Hammocking was popularised by a group of locals in a bid to increase tourist activity in the area, – and thus prevent limestone miners from continuing to destroy Gunung Hawu’s environment. Mother Nature is pleased with you.

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The mountain is also renowned for the massive “hole” that you can see in the middle of the mountain. It’s also the reason why the mountain was christened “Hawu”, which means “fireplace” in Sundanese.

Since you’re here, how can you pass up on snapping a picture with this rare sight? If you’re lucky, you might even catch the sunlight filtering in through the hole, creating an ethereal sight.

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Tebing Gunung Hawu

Getting there: Tebing Gunung Hawu is located behind Tebing Citatah, the Singgalang limestone mountains, and will require a 30-minute trek from the latter. It is also accessible via four-wheeled vehicles. Coordinates here

Go glamping in Bandung!

Add a touch of luxe to your camping

So you’ve planned a super vacation with your friends and have in mind some camping but not too sure die-hard camping is what you want?

Why choose a moist nylon tent, super thin roll-out camping mat, slippery sleeping bag when you can have a warm tent with proper sprung mattresses on raised beds, crisp bed linen and cozy blankets topped off with your private landscape and the distant hoot of an owl?

Why camp when you can glamp? Infuse some glam to your camping!

Bandung offers various glamping options which cater to those little luxuries that make the best bits of camping better and take the edge off the not-so-nice bits.

5. Take glamping to the next Instagram level : The Lodge Maribaya

One thing that The Lodge Maribaya masters is glamping, with various options of outdoor activities in natural surroundings.

Calling all adrenaline-junkies out there! Ever had the wildest dream of going on an adventure that combines trekking, flying fox, tree platforms, zip biking and sky swinging?

Very possible now at The Lodge Maribaya! Besides its existing onion-shaped tents, the lodge also offers a series of exciting rides and activities.

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You won’t have time to take out those play cards and dominos you’ve packed, so be ready for an action-packed adventure of a lifetime!

Whether you want to start by the Sky Tree – an elevated platform up a tree, ideal for some great jungle views …

Or you prefer the Zip Biking (because zip lining is so cliché)…

Or even some Sky Swinging (swinging at the playground? Who does that nowadays!)…

You can be sure to have at least three awesome pictures for your Instagram feed!

What are you waiting for? Head over to The Lodge Maribaya with your squad, snap away and get gramming!

The Lodge Maribaya

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6. Set your Indian family camp at Ciwidey Valley Resort

Located at the Rancabali Ciwidey, this glamping experience comes with a flat screen TV and furnished bathroom with amenities.

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Decked in Apache style, choose the Camping Ground Family type and enjoy the hot pool, water splash games, slides, bird park, kids playground, and many more fun facilities!

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7. Perfect for that authentic camping feels – Grafika Wisata Cikole

Located at the foot of Mount Lembang (around 1,400 metres above sea level), you’ll enjoy the company of hilly savannahs among the pine forest.

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The camps here are properly secured with cement and equipped with electricity. You’ll also be given sleeping bags, fire camps and some corn skewers for that authentic camping feels.

Perfect for teens, we’d say!

Grafika Wisata Cikole

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8. Visit the Hobbit house in Bandung! – The Farm House

Farm House is located right smack on Jalan Raya Lembang, and takes about an hour’s drive from the city center to get there. (It’s on the edge of the highway, so it’s pretty easy to find too!)

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Newly opened to tourists and residents in Bandung, Farm House combines agriculture, film, and wanderlust all in one place.

With its European-styled buildings, and the Hobbit house reminiscent of Lord of the Rings – a trip here will be both educational and entertaining at the same time.

The Farm House is a suitable place for the whole family. Children can have fun running amok in ​​the big garden areas, while parents enjoy the fresh cool mountain air and great views while taking photos.

It’s truly Instagram-worthy and will create the perfect backdrop for some of your favourite holiday snaps!

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The Farm House Lembang

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9. Head to Europe (almost): Visit Kota Mini

Dreaming of ancient European architectures and picturesque surroundings to bring you back to an era steeped in culture and tradition? Now you don’t need to bear the hefty price of flight tickets to Europe as Kota Mini has freshly landed in Bandung!

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Located in the area of Grand Hotel of Lembang, Kota Mini is a place where fun and good times co-exist, since June 2017. Like the third child of the “Lembang’s most Instagrammable” family, this little town sits comfortably after its siblings – the Floating Market and the Rainbow Garden.

Beauty runs in every corner of the little town. Flamboyant buildings will transport you right into a real movie scene!

This is the perfect place to get your kids ready for the adult world too! (At least, the most enjoyable parts of adulthood.) Encourage them to take part in their dreamiest professions by role-playing police officers, firemen, little chefs, baby doll nursing and much more!

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Get a memorable family photoshoot with your little ones. Dress up in Holland-inspires clothes and roam around the town. How much more vintage can it get?

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Kota Mini is equally cat and teddy bear lovers’ paradise! We won’t say more but promise you the best of times!

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Rest assured, hunger and thirst are taken care of too. Head over to Kota Mini little café and satisfy your cravings!

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End your day with some play time at Kota Mini Hobbit Playground along with a memorable train tour of the entire little town, before heading over for dinner at the town’s outdoor restaurant. We don’t think a family-fun day can get any better!

Kota Mini

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10. Immerse yourself in an oriental experience: Bandung’s Chinatown

Located in the surroundings of Bandung’s largest Chinese Temple, Satya Budhi Temple, Chinatown is an addition to the city’s long list of shopping and culinary attractions.

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The area is densely packed with small shops and food outlets selling authentic food and items with a Chinese descent.

If Chinese food isn’t your thing, fret not – Bandung’s Chinatown is also dedicated to authentic Sundanese food. Must try: Snack on some Bakso Goreng, Nasi Lengko (traditionally from Cirebon) and anything spicy! You’re in Indonesia after all!

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Good to know: Bandung’s Chinatown sells halal food and beverages, thus catering to Muslim visitors too.

You can even check out a museum where you can find a collection of vintage Chinese artefacts such as porcelain bowls and plates.

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The general ambience is enhanced with the flamboyant overhead lanterns suspended along the street. Shops here propose a collection of clothes, souvenirs, home decorations and accessories. It is indeed a good place to practise your bargaining skills!

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Don’t forget to drop by the merchandise store for some antique home decor. (Yes it’s time to give your living room a little vintage look!)

You can even rent traditional Chinese clothes that’s worthy of your social media feed!

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Tip: Purchases in Bandung’s Chinatown need to be made via debit card or flazz card (no cash is accepted).

Bandung’s Chinatown

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11. Explore the hidden canyon of River Cikahuripan

Have you heard of Cikahuripan river’s hidden canyon, located just one kilometre away from the entrance of Cikahuripan tourism spot?

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The path is dominated by giant rocks all the way up the two towering cliffs of 10 metres high, spreading up to 100 metres wide from one side to another.

Wedged between the fossil cliffs is a small beautiful river of Cikahuripan. Its water glistens in the distance, creating an inviting body of crystal turquoise pond.

The water goes as deep as 4 metres, but some rocky spots are shallower, so you can enjoy it with your family.

Cikahuripan River

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Take a memorable dip in Bandung’s magazine-approved infinity pools

We’re not quite sure where infinity pools originate from but let’s just be grateful they exist.

Oh yes, what a time to be alive! It is one of the best ideas and most stunning man-made gifts of the 20th century! The best thing is that, in Bandung, some accommodations with infinity pools are coupled with the most mesmerizing views!

Also read: 9 Affordable Bandung hotels with stunning infinity pools

12. At the Vantage Point of the Valley – Dulang Resort and Resto (From USD $39)

Take a dip in the pool and unwind with a cocktail, as your eyes feast on a mesmerising view of paddy fields and city lights in the horizon.

You can still enjoy the breathtaking view while dining on a patio hanging over the edge of the pool.

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As it’s on higher ground, you’ll be greeted with a morning mist when you wake.

The Dulang Resort is also designed to deliver the impression of a wooden cabin in the middle of nowhere – a perfect place to recharge.

Dulang Resort and Resto

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13. A ‘Santorini-like’ million-dollar-view in Bandung: Art Deco Luxury Hotel and Residence

A place where you finally won’t have to edit your pictures! If a postcard-perfect pool view is your thing, you’ve found where to stay in Bandung!

An infinity pool perfected with cozy white-washed hues and décor, enhanced by cozy gazebos for you to laze around all day.

Although the first thing you’ll want to do is head over to the pool area, you might want to prioritize a room tour (especially if you’ve booked a suite with balcony). You’ll thank us for that!

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Eye-candy or even better – soul food! How can you not be happy with a semi-outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the lush greenery?

We know some of you are more into strolling around rather than relaxing, fear not – you have the option to do so, and in style! Discover Bandung’s whereabouts with the hotel’s unique London Taxi.

The Dining Room is the resident restaurant offering an ultimate gastronomic experience enhanced by its 360-degree panoramic view.

The highlight of your stay will definitely be your majestic bedroom. With its luxe and cool ambience, your fantasy of affordable luxury sojourn is fulfilled.

Art Deco Luxury Hotel and Residence

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14. Recline in a Mountainous Utopia: SangRia Resort & Spa (From USD $76)

Drive up the winding roads towards Lembang and you will find this romantic getaway spot on a hillside, where the view from the balcony of every room is a guaranteed masterpiece.

Sip a glass of martini by the poolside, while you enjoy the view of lush greenery in the woods that stretch beyond the horizon.

You can also take a dip in the hot tub when the weather gets chilly.

If you want to get closer to the surrounding nature, ask the receptionist for nearby hiking trails.

The resort also offers a spa to loosen up those sore muscles after a day of trekking in the forest.

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Located in the heart of Lembang, the resort is only minutes from many attractions – strawberry fields where you can pick your own fruit, De’ Ranch, and the Bosscha Observatory.

That’s not to mention the many restaurants where you can get the best picture-perfect angles of the valley.

SangRia Resort & Spa

From $76 per room per night

Location: SanGria Resort & Spa – Jl. Hortikultura, Lembang, Bandung
Contact: +62-22-2788777
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Bandung’s themed cafes and restaurants

Satisfy your craves in style

You must have heard that café-hopping is a thing in Bandung. What if we told you that there’s far more than the usual copy-paste minimalist concept cafés and restaurants?

You’ll be wondering if you’re still on this planet or one where your fantasies have become reality!

Discover Bandung’s uniquely themed eateries that stand out from the rest.

15. Super kawaii Doraemon-theme cafe in Bandung – D’ Moners Home

Love Doraemon? You don’t have to travel all the way to Japan to meet Fujiko F Fujio’s futuristic cat.  D’Moners cafe will do more than satisfy your love for everything Doraemon right in Bandung!

From the hands of the owner who loves the adorable character, this two-storey cafe is designed to spoil Doraemon fans to the fullest. Level 1 is filled with comfortable tables and chairs decorated with Doraemon wallpapers, while Level 2 replicates Nobita’s house – complete with his bedroom and the iconic magic-drawer desk!

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The menu also takes on a Japanese theme with Doraemon written all over it. Enjoy special Doraemon bento sets, Ramen Ganari, Omurice Time Blanket, Jelly Translator Cheese and Doraemon’s favorite snack – Dorayaki Milk Pudding.

While you wait for your cute dishes to be served, you can enjoy the Doraemon dolls display, watch an episode or read the many comic books available. Don’t forget to take some iconic selfies while you’re at it!

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16. The only all-white Santorini cave dining in Indonesia – Goldstar 360 Cafe

Switch your fancy candlelit dinner with a whimsical cave dining. How much more of a fairytale dining experience can you get?

Right on the third floor of the multifunction building of Goldstar Sport Resto, a special series of all-white interconnected caves await. These Greece-inspired caves offer different concepts (outdoors, semi outdoors and indoors) too.

There is Megas Lakkos – a private area with blue lights, Korydallos – a secluded area with prison theme, and Stravomyti, Mykonos and Petralona which are the middle sections with giant glass windows.

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The drawings on the wall depict ancient sketches and other symbolic patterns create that exotic ambience. Doesn’t that simply add to the romance?

Food here is also quite affordable, delicious and is halal. Enjoy favourite meals such as Nasi Goreng, chicken steak or spaghetti with plenty of drinks, including alcohol.

When you’re done cave-hiding, head up to their rooftop cafe on the 5th floor for 360-degree view of Bandung.

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17. Get your spooky fix: Bandung’s Abandoned Café

If you’re an adept of horror movies and haunted houses, this one might be a good pick for you!

Bandung’s Abandoned Café will haunt you from starters to desserts; with its décor straight out of a murder scene.

Rumours have it that the café is haunted from a former crime case. Brrrr – doesn’t the idea give you the chills already?

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To amplify the daunting ambience, there isn’t much lightning in the café area. Dark, eerie stairs lead you to the second floor where you will find yourself a seat …maybe next to Casper? Who knows, after all they are the real owners of the café!

Food options are pretty varied but a must-try would be the ultimate out-of-a-crime scene burger with a knife stabbed in the bun.

Fancy a little trick or treat? We dare you!

Abandoned Café

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18. Visit the little fairies: Warkop Modjok

Once upon a time there was a little restaurant named Warkop Modjok that looked like it came straight out of a mythical fairy-tale.

Although the food doesn’t have any sprinkling of pixie dust, they are sure to tease your tastebuds.

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So grab a seat, order Warkop Modjok’s signature fried rice dishes or feast on some of their snacks ranging from Spicy Tofu to Cassava Cheese and enjoy your happily-ever-after dining experience!

Oh… and make a wish while you’re at it, you never know if a fairy is tuning in.

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19. Almost a doll’s house: Nanny Pavillon Home

One of the newest kid 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)!

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 peach pancake with vanilla ice cream and blueberry pancake cheese roll.

Do taste its green tea pancake too!

If pancakes aren’t your thing, order some pasta and Western delights to whet your tastebud.

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20. Coral Rocks at the Top of a Mountain: Goa Pawon and Stone Garden of Padalarang

After a 20-minute hike up Mount Pasigit, there lies the mouth of Goa Pawon (Pawon Caves), a significant historic site where ancient human remains (now on display in Bandung’s Museum Geologi) were found.

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Take a few steps further towards the peak of the mountain and you will find an array of calcium-rich rocks, which are usually found along a beach.

Scientists believe that there once existed a sea stretching from Padalarang to Negreg, with Bandung lying hundreds of metres underwater. The theory is that a few volcanic eruptions later caused the valley to be formed.

Here, you can find seashells embedded on the rocks – bizarre indeed!

Since not many people know about this spot yet, make sure you bring your own water as there are no warungs open at the venue (as of now!).

Goa Pawon and Stone Garden of Padalarang

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21.Tickle your palate with Bandung’s edible flowers: Rainbow Garden at Floating Market, Lembang

You’ve certainly heard of Lembang’s popular Floating Market, a reproduction of Thailand’s traditional floating market where you can sample delicacies and other fresh products from locals. But did you know that lately, it has gained uniqueness and fascination over its Rainbow Garden?

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Blooming all year round, the Rainbow Garden welcomes visitors on a daily basis.

With Lembang’s ideal chilly weather, you can be sure to be able to admire a garden full of vibrant flowers (over 100 different species), most of which, believe it or not, are actually edible! This ensures that the flowers are safe for kids too.

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You’ll be amazed by how beautifully those flowers have blossomed that you’ll want them in your garden as well (or mouth maybe). Why not purchase some plants and flowers for your loved ones?

Now you’ve got romantic flowery pictures for your social media feed!

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Dine with Bandung’s most unbeatable views

Picturesque views do not always rhyme with rooftop! But when they do, it leaves you speechless. What better way to get a grip on the sights and sounds of Bandung than from its restaurants with breathtaking sights?

From summit settings to watch a sunset to pirate ship restaurants with scenic mountainous backdrops while you dine, you’re in for a treat; both visually and gastronomically.

Also read: 15 restaurants in Bandung with incredibly breathtaking views

22. Dine aboard a pirate ship – Pinisi Resto

Ever heard of Legok Kondang’s Pinisi Resto? A new discovery we’ve found, the Pinisi Resto is on a giant ship docked beside the lake and surrounded with gorgeous mountain views.

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The kids will be ecstatic to climb aboard the ship and have one of the most unforgettable dining experiences ever. Serving up a BBQ feast, Pinisi Resto is a great place to bond with the family while feasting and play acting as pirates!

PS: Pinisi Resto is located in family glamping site Legok Kondang, do call ahead to make a reservation if you’d like to dine here!

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23. Dine By the Lake at Gubug Makan Mang Engking

Imagine dining in a traditional Indonesian hut by the lake – the best place to retreat to after all the shopping in the city.

This restaurant has quite a few branches in Indonesia, including in Jakarta, but the one in Bandung is one of its best.

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When you can tear yourself away from the gorgeous view, don’t forget to try one of its signatures – honey glazed prawns.

There’s also a fish pond and a children’s playground to keep the little ones entertained while you enjoy a long lunch.

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24. Indulge in the whimsical rustic beauty of Tafso Barn

How would you like to enjoy a family day in a scenic cafe with whimsical vintage spots and great food?

In the Ciumbuleuit area, Tafso Barn is making headlines as a must-visit culinary spot. With a scenic view of Bandung, this gorgeous cafe houses a mini golf field, decorated human-sized white bird cages, vintage swings and cosy mini tents.

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This huge area is also divided into separate cafe sections with different concepts. Choose from the shaded tables in the garden or rustic setting with old barrels as props.

With an extensive menu from Indonesian, Western to Japanese cuisine, make sure your phone is all charged up – you’ll be snapping away too much before you know it.

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25. Bamboo scene all the way!: Kebon Awi Kaffee

Disconnect from the big city life and transport yourself to a unique natural environment at Kebon Awi Kaffee.

Here, you can enjoy an open-air dining experience hidden in a “bamboo forest” of 25 different species. The cafe is also committed to sustainability and conservation of natural resources.

With an outstanding collection of bamboo species, Kebon Awi Kaffee also offers educational tours, workshops and sculptures’ gallery. This is another way to promote local talents through the concepts of sustainability.

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Depending on the size of your group, you will be accommodated in a little hut with comfortably padded sofas and tables. The biggest hut can accommodate up to 20 people while the smaller one is ideal for 4-6 people to dine in comfortably.

While the restaurant’s specialties are primarily traditional Indonesian dishes, they also cater to different tastes and have Western options. Must try: The Panna Cotta with blueberry and cherry toppings!

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26. Indulge in tipples with a killer view at The 18 Restaurant and Lounge, Trans Luxury Hotel

Looking for somewhere extra special where you can wine and dine with a gorgeous view of Bandung city from up high?

Don’t miss the 18 Restaurant and Lounge at Trans Luxury Hotel.

Here, we recommend the barramundi fish, chicken parmigiana and tortellini pasta – all served with excellent service.

This is the perfect place for a romantic dinner with your loved one, as you quietly admire the beautiful city lights spread out beneath you.

The 18 Restaurant and Lounge, Trans Luxury Hotel

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27. The Mystical lake above the Clouds: Kawah Putih

This Crater Lake, which formed after Mount Patuha blew its top, has been considered a mystical one – birds that flew near the area would die, which made people reluctant to find out what was really up there, until the 19th century when a German botanist explored the area and discovered a beautiful crater lake.

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Its crystal blue waters changes with the weather conditions, and is lined with fine white sand, giving visitors an otherworldly experience. Even the vegetation around the area is quite different to those below.

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Although situated at the top of a mountain crater, essential facilities such as toilets and parking space are available, along with small eateries.

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28. Where nature meets modern comforts: Dusun Bambu Leisure Park

Tired of the same old sights of the city? Nestled atop a hill in Lembang, Dusun Bambu Leisure Park offers a view of lush greenery and crisp mountain air all within the comforts of modern architecture.

Covering 15 hectares of land, children and teens can roam freely in the beautifully manicured gardens and playgrounds or take part in the many activities ranging from pottery, mini golf, a hot air balloon, and even a shooting range!

Recently, they also added The Labyrinth – a new attraction designed to let your kids truly play on carpeted ground in slides, mini houses, tunnels and more to their hearts’ content!

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For food, families have three restaurants to choose from – you can enjoy a private lunch at Lutung Kasarung in ‘bird’s nest’ cabins hanging on pine trees, taste traditional Sundanese cuisine at Purbasari in lakeside gazebos, or dine with a view of Mount Burangrang at the Burangrang Café.

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The Pasar Khatulistiwa market is also available for guests who are looking for light snacks, vegetables, and souvenirs.

Not enough time to try out all the attractions at Dusun Bambu? How about spending the night at the Kampung Layung Villas complete with your own butler?

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, go ‘glamping’ at the Sayang Heoulang (Eagle Camp) – get closer to the outdoors in comfort!

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Dusun Bambu Leisure Park

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Go cafe-hopping around Bandung’s photogenic cafes

Looking to brag about some unique cafés and induce some jealousy among your friends?

We’ve got you covered; Bandung hides some of the best ones. We’ve listed a few of the most exclusive ones so you won’t really have to hunt for them. You’re welcome!

Ranging from artsy food with a radiance of colours to the most exclusive concepts, you’ll need to free up some memory on your phone so you can snap away to no end!

29. The best seats in the swimming pool – Kalpa Tree Cafe

Dining by the pool side is cool, but a table right in the middle of the pool? That’s even more special!

A luscious blue swimming pool sits beautifully at the outdoor area of Kalpa Tree Cafe.

Right in the middle, there’s an opening with a flight of steps leading downwards to a circular dining area. This is the best seat in the house where you can admire the surroundings to your heart’s content.

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The uber chic ambience extends from the outdoors right into its warm cosy space inside. You’ll love the combination of glass-frame doors, the stylish black spiral staircase and the open bar with a Western fireplace.

Here, you can find Western and Indonesian cuisine. Don’t miss out on its Nasi Goreng Kalpa, Dory Singapore Sauce and extra cheesy Spaghetti Carbonara. Wash it down with colorful drinks such as Bubble gum watermelon and orange juice!

Be sure to bring along a change of fresh clothes if you want to dip in the inviting pool. Just purchase a swim voucher for Rp.80,000 (approximately USD 6) which you can also use to spend on food.

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30. Dine at a restaurant with a pool for the kids! – One Eighty Coffee

Newly opened in 2016, One Eighty Coffee provides a stunningly family-friendly restaurant where parents get the option of dining in water while kids splash about in a shallow pool.

Think tables and chairs set in a shallow pool. It’s a different experience for sure, and this hip restaurant delivers creativity in spades with its industrial style complete with brick walls and wood accents.

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Apart from the pool area of the restaurant, there are 2 floors with a spiral staircase going up. Get settled anywhere you wish and start ordering!

There’s Indonesian and Western cuisine on the menu such as Iga Garang Assam, and familiar favourites like Aglio Olio and English Breakfast – and boy do they look appetising.

PS: The water in the shallow pool goes a little above the ankles. Do wear slippers and shorts if you intend to dine in the water area of the restaurant, and bring a spare set of clothes for the kids if necessary!

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31. Dramatic Rocky Mountain For A Distinct Rush of Nature – Gunung Batu, Lembang

Lembang makes for the perfect destination for mountaineers as it is situated on the highland of Bandung. So if you’re in search for the next adrenaline rush through height, then Batu Mount might just be the perfect choice for you.

Just as the name suggests, Gunung Batu or the Stone Mountain is dominated with large rocky surfaces all the way to its top.

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As one of the tallest mountains in Lembang, you get to witness the unobstructed view of other surrounding mountains such as Tangkuban Perahu, Gunung Putri, Bukit Tunggul and Palasari.

All of which enhance the vivid beauty of Mount Batu as a whole. It also makes for the best camping site to get your dose of sunrise

Gunung Batu, Lembang

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Bandung’s affordable romantic restaurants

Dine for two at a price for one

As a rule of thumb, romantic gastronomic experiences and hefty price tags go hand in hand. However, for many of us out there, spending hundreds of dollars on a single meal is simply an avoidable option.

Fret not, Bandung offers plenty of restaurants with top-notch quality and romantic ambience to complement the occasion.

Also read: 9 romantic restaurants in Bandung for the perfect date under $10

32. Dine in a Castle: Belle Vue French and Italian Bistro

Your date will love to be treated like a king or a queen at Belle Vue French and Italian Bistro.

This romantic restaurant offers guests real European luxury complete with chandeliers and mountain views.

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The amorous atmosphere isn’t limited to the surrounds.  Every detail is attended to as the chef prepares mouth-watering dishes for your enjoyment. The Poulette A ‘A Bierre, Tenderloving Beef, and Chocolate Zagablione won’t disappoint.

Be sure to come in the evening to enjoy the sunset view while dining like royalty atop this German-style castle.

If you can splurge more, try out the romantic rooftop dinnerin the Chapel of the Angels too!

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33. Travel around the World to Vintage England: Royal Stag Bistro

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to grow up in the royal family?

The Royal Stag Bistro with its funky and vintage English interior is here to answer just that.

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From the deer antlers adorning the wall to ancient children’s books, you will feel like you have completely departed Indonesia.

The menu is mostly English with an Asian twist. Some of the delicious dishes include the Golden Scotch Egg, Toad in the Hole, and the Lancashire Hot Pot.

What’s more romantic than taking your date on a trip to royal England without leaving Bandung?

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34. Eat like true Parisians at Bilbao Brasserie

Bonjour, a table for two please! What’s more romantic than a soft and airy French-themed ambience complemented with perfectly melted cheese, tender steak and dim lights?

Welcome to Bilbao Brasserie, a uniquely themed and affordable restaurant for the most romantic tête-à-tête with your partner. Escape from overcrowded restaurants to enjoy your dreamy dinner for two.

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Bilbao Brasserie perfectly illustrates traditional French brasserie, relaxed setting, and an all-day menu with a focus on French Raclette cheese (a type of melted cheese directly served from the cheese wheel).

The most-recommended dish is their steak with add-on Raclette. A waiter will come to gently scrape a huge, oozing pile of cheese over your tender steak accompanied by roasted potatoes. A real cultural experience!

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Bandung’s fun family-friendly restaurants

In case you’re a foodie, we understand the struggle in managing kids while you indulge.

Thanks to some lovely indoor and outdoor concepts at Bandung’s restaurants, you no longer need to worry about such situations.

Yes, you read that right! Finally restaurants are welcoming children with open arms and it’s a chance for you to put aside the inevitable public tantrum embarrassment.

35. Have a fun and cosy beanbag family lunch to amazing views – Lereng Anteng

For parents looking for a kid-friendly place to dine at with stunning panoramic views of Bandung, fresh mountain air, and great coffee – head to Lereng Anteng.

Get seated in colourful beanbag chairs, and enjoy the refreshingly cool weather and misty mountain views. Up on the menu, choose from local favourites ranging from Indonesian to Sundanese fare. As for coffee, you might be happy to hear that Vietnamese Drip coffee is available here too!

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Apart from the views, the fun and cosy beanbags and the food, remember to bring along a board game or two for a fun family treat!

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36. Picnic is always a good idea: Le Delice Café and Bakery

Downtown Bandung is home to one of the most fascinating picnic-themed cafés.

Revamping a traditional family dining experience, the café is set on grass with a garden patch (synthetic grass so don’t worry about kids getting dirty) beautified with actual picnic props – the traditional checkered picnic cloth as well as the ultimate picnic basket filled with bakery options.

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What a dreamy old-school scene!

The menu is primarily bolstered with child-friendly options, your kid’s favourite pasta, French fries, chicken wings and ice-cream!

Did we mention they even thought of keeping your kids busy after meals? A swing and plenty of other fun-filled activities! Life-saver isn’t it?

Le Delice Café and Bakery

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37. Fly into photogenic paradise at Dago Dream Park

Dago Dream Park is not just any family park,but it is styled with a distinct Balinese nuance that will instantly put you in a relaxed mood.

The trees and statues around are decorated with the iconic black and white checkered cloth, while the big bridge entrance above the running river stands steady and proud.

Located in the hilly and chilly Lembang, Dago Dream Park welcomes you with these family attractions you must not miss:

37-a. Discover a whole new world from your flying Aladdin carpet

With the endless pine forest as your backdrop, feel the rush of adrenaline as the Aladdin carpet takes you up for a ride from one end to another. You’ll stop for a short while in the middle of the ride, but the secure safety gears will keep you safe while you pose for photos.

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If you purchase the professionally taken printed photos, the cables are edited out for that extra “floating in the air” effect, but of course, if you’re a seasoned Instagrammer, you’ll probably be able to do that yourself!

37-b. Selfie with the clouds during Skybike

Pedal along as the Skybike takes you across the beautiful landscape of Lembang. Don’t the panoramic emerald green forest and mountain in the distance appear so surreal in the mist?

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Dago Dream Park

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38. Creative space with burgers, beanbags and shopping? Visit 107 Garage Room!

Whether it’s for a best friend’s reunion, a Saturdate brunch or a solo time out, 107 Garage Room is a creative space with a warm welcoming ambience coupled with your favourite light-food menus, fine coffee and local fashion brands. You’ve heard right! All these under one roof!

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Who can say no to a hipster place with beanbags where you can lounge comfortably, catching up on gossip with your friends, coffee in one hand and burger in another?

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107 Garage Room is home to Bandung’s favourite outlets ranging from the famous burger joint Brother Jonn & Sons to the inevitable coffee shop – Two Hands Full Coffee.

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You will also be able to get your hands on unique clothing pieces at the shopping vents showcasing local brands and talent. All these are in line with 107 Garage Room’s mission, which is to support start-up brands in the local industry.

Bonus point: With its minimalist concept, boho food truck, and flamboyant seating, this space will definitely earn a feature on your Instagram feed!

107 Garage Room

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Have we inspired you to travel to Bandung? Where would you like to visit? Do share your thoughts in the comments section, we would love to hear from you!

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