Never-Ending Bandung, Indonesia
What to Eat?
Armor Coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee. A must to help you through the day. Bandung has so many choices when it comes to coffee shops, one of the most famous being Armor Coffee in Taman Hutan Raya Djuanda, or Tahura to locals. Customers come for the greenery, cool air, natural beauty and some of the best brews in the city. Armor Coffee has other outlets near Tahura.
Warkop Modjok. This pretty little coffee shop is not easy to find. It is located inside a residential complex, near Sersan Bajuri Street. It kind of stands off on its own, a small wooden building painted blue. Warung Modjok specializes in affordable coffee and traditional side dishes. There is an outdoor seating area, in the garden with wooden chairs and tables. Warkop Modjok is famous for the white bicycle in front of the blue building. People like to mark their visit by posing for pictures on the bike.
Warunk Upnormal. Warunk Upnormal is a food stall that sells a variety of instant noodles. The food is inexpensive but Warunk Upnormal is famous for the variety and flavours of its noodles. Dishes include matah instant noodles with bolognaise sauce. Besides the noodles there is toast, which you can get with milk and chocolate, Nutella, taro, srikaya and more. Warunk Upnormal originally opened in Bandung and now has numerous branches, including in Jakarta. Warunk Upnormal offers a comfortable atmosphere, perfect for spending time with friends and colleagues. The outlet on Jalan RE Martadinata offers plenty of seating options, from a smoking area, non-smoking area and a private room. There are also games available.
Bakso Boedjangan. Bakso Boedjangan in Bandung is all about meatballs. This booming restaurant specializes in bakso, Indonesian meatballs, offering a dazzling array of meatballs that keeps fans coming back again and again. Specialties at Boedjangan include Bakso Super Pedas Kuah Kluwak, meatballs with spicy minced chilli and green noodles, and Bakso Wagyu Cincang Pedas Sedang, wagyu meatballs with spicy chilli grind. Then there is the famous Bakso Cuanki.
Bandung Street Food
A gastronomic wonderland for food hunters, Bandung has everything from fine-dining restaurants and cafes to coffee shops. The city is particularly famous for its street food. Here are some of the best street foods and most happening food stalls in Bandung.
Martabak Nikmat Andir. Martabak is a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread and is popular around Indonesia. Martabak Nikmat Andir is known for its interesting flavours and toppings, such as red bean with cheese, Japanese peanut with cheese, peas with cheese, plum with cheese, cherry with cheese, even jackfruit with cheese. But their most popular item is martabak with pandan and jagung keju (corn and cheese). This food stall is open daily from 4 to 11pm.
Mie Kocok Keburi Jukut. Another must-try street food in Bandung is mie kocok kebun jukut. This stall sells delicious noodle soup in a simple cart near the Bandung train station. A bowl of delicious noodle soup is only Rp 15,000.
Cireng Cipaganti. Cireng Cipaganti is famous as a pioneer of cireng in Bandung. Cireng is a kind of snack made by frying a dough mix. Abad Radja, the co-founder of Cireng Cipaganti, had been selling this traditional snack since 1990. Prices start at Rp 15,000.
Soto Bandung Pak Simon. Soto Bandung is beef tripe soup and has become one of the signature dishes of Bandung. It’s easy to find Soto Bandung in the city but Pak Simon has a reputation for serving some of the best around.
Kue Cubit Asiong. This traditional snack usually comes in two flavours, plain and chocolate. But Kue Cubit Asiong offers something different. This simple stall in front of Aloysius School sells a signature kue cubit in green tea flavour. Prices range from Rp 7,000 to Rp 10,000.