5 things to do in Bandung: Indonesia’s “Paris of Java”

Bandung is not far from Jakarta. In fact, I traveled there by a van and it took us not more than four hours. And on the way back to Jakarta to Bandung, we took a train ride that lasted for a good three hours. Why did I say good? To begin with, the trains are good even though the prices are cheap. Also, the views are spectacular! So if you do decide to go by train, make sure to have your seats reserved at least a day before.

1. The Paskal Food Market

Paskal Food Market, Foursquare.com

Paskal Food Market, Foursquare.com

Paskal Food Market, Foursquare.com

Feast your heart out with food, dry goods, and Indonesian hospitality. Visit the Paskal market in Bandung, it has more than a thousand kinds of dishes to offer both tourists and locals alike, plus it's location is away from the prying eyes of beggars and pollution.

Name:
Paskal Food Market
Address:
Paskal Hyper Square (Jl. Pasirkaliki No. 25-27), Bandung, West Java 40181, Indonesia
TEL:
+62 22 86060789
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Visit Sapulidi Cafe

Sapulidi Cafe, Resort and Gallery, Foursquare.com

Sapulidi Cafe, Resort and Gallery, Foursquare.com

Sapulidi Cafe, Resort and Gallery, Foursquare.com

You'd think this place is a farming area, with all the huts and the lake in the middle. but it's actually a restaurant, a hotel, and a gallery in one. The food is great, plus nothing beats the experience of eating inside a hut, surrounded by lush greenery.

Name:
Sapulidi Cafe, Resort and Gallery
Address:
Kompleks Graha Puspa (Jl. Sersan Bajuri, Cihideung - Lembang), Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
TEL:
+62 22 2786915
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. Wander around Patenggang Lake

Situ Patengan (Patenggang), Foursquare.com

Situ Patengan (Patenggang), Foursquare.com

Situ Patengan (Patenggang), Foursquare.com

The wonderful Patenggang Lake, or Situ Patenggang in Bahasa, is a great place to suck in all the fresh air there is left in Indonesia. No, I'm not saying that Indonesia is full of air pollution, but this is one of the few places where there is actually fresh air.

Name:
Situ Patengan (Patenggang)
Address:
Jalan Raya Patengan (Ciwidey), Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Be amazed with Kawah Putih

Kawah Putih Ciwidey, Bandung, Foursquare.com

Kawah Putih Ciwidey, Bandung, Foursquare.com

Kawah Putih Ciwidey, Bandung, Foursquare.com

No, it isn't snowing in Bandung. This is actually Kawah Putih, or the white crater. You might need to travel a wee bit far from the city center of Bandung to reach this area, but it's worth it. Also, there is a bit of walking to reach the crater from the entrance.

Name:
Kawah Putih Ciwidey, Bandung
Address:
Bandung, Indonesia
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Have a photo shoot at the tea plantation

Rancabali Tea Plantations Area, Foursquare.com

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What's more beautiful than lush greenery and a camera?

Name:
Rancabali Tea Plantations Area
Address:
Ciwidey (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q), Bandung, West Java 40012, Indonesia
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Bandung is no Yogyakarta nor Bali, but it has it's own charms and is definitely on the to-go to list for your Indonesia visit.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?