A destination on the rise, Bandung lures holidaymakers and city trippers with promises of cooler climes, gorgeous greenery and sensational shopping. But did you know the city is also famous for its culinary traditions? Or that it’s home to some beautiful Dutch architecture? HotelQuickly asked its Indonesian office to name their top Bandung experiences for the perfect Bandung citytrip. Read on to find out what you should do next time you’re in town:
Take a morning tea walk – Bask in glorious views of the valley, stroll between rows of tea bushes and soak up the fresh air of the Bandung countryside with a visit to the Malabar Tea Plantation. Set amid gently rolling hills, the plantation has its own souvenir and tea shop where you can bliss out over a freshly brewed cuppa.
White water rafting in Pangalengan – Hang on: This is going to be bumpy ride. Prepare to careen down small waterfalls, bounce between rushing currents and get well and truly soaked on this adrenaline-pumping adventure, best enjoyed with friends in tow.
Explore volcanic craters – About two hours from the city of Bandung, the enormous Tangkuban Perahu crater is known for spectacular views. Visitors can poke around steaming hot springs and bubbling mud, or even boil eggs in the pools of water near the crater. Another volcanic crater for your list is Kawah Putih, a sulfuric lake with a dreamy aquamarine hue (keep your camera charged for this one.)
Snack like a local – Noodle dishes such as mie kocok from Kartika Sari and yamin wale from Warung Lela are the first names that pop up when Bandung locals talk about food. These savory snacks are great for pulling you through a long afternoon of shopping. On the sweet side, look for awug, getuk and kelepon – all made from coconut, all delectable.
Shop the factory outlets – They say no one leaves Bandung empty-handed. The city’s bustling shopping malls and factory outlets carry brand-name items at a fraction of their regular prices. Shop for shoes, bags and more clothes than you can carry at Rumah Mode, Pasar Baru and Toko Tiga.
“No one leaves Bandung empty-handed…”
Have dinner and drinks up in the hills – The suburbs of Bandung are loaded with lovely restaurants where you can dine in style, watch the sunset and admire the city lights. Try The Valley for delicious cuisine, Lawang Wangi for art displays, Maja House for cushy lounging and Congo Gallery for a romantic meal.
Lunch along the river – At the Lembang Floating Market north of Bandung, you can sample traditional Indonesian fare from floating restaurants on the Situ Umar lake. The food is prepared by vendors on the boats then passed to diners on the banks. Want to work that big lunch off? Rent your own boat and paddle away.
Walk Bandung’s historical streets – See how old and new merge in the heart of the city at Jalan Asia-Afrika and Jalan Braga. Take a historical walk tours to learn the stories behind the streets’ colonial-era Dutch buildings, then stroll Jalan Braga on foot to discover a world of pastry stores, antique shops and Indonesian art.
Learn to play the angklung – If you love music and cultural art, you can’t miss an afternoon at Saung Angklung Udjo. There are several performances and workshops available for visitors, but the focus in always on the bamboo instruments that are the unique sound of Indonesian music.
Find pastry perfection at Roti Gempol – Known for serving everything homemade, Roti Gempol is packed every day with happy, hungry locals. For a classic Bandung breakfast in an authentic neighborhood, you know where to go.
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