Have you ever heard of Kopi Luwak or Weasel Coffee? This extraordinary variant of coffee is originally from Indonesia. And it is not the type of coffee from Indonesia. Without even realizing it, you maybe drinking some among many types of Indonesian coffee on a daily basis.
Needless to say, that while in Bandung, Indonesia, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy some of the best coffee. Yes, you probably can have the same at your favorite coffee shop back home, but here, at its origin, it is fresher and way cheaper!
Here are the top 3 coffee shops and cafes in Bandung you should visit for the best coffee plus a great ambience within nature!
Ask anyone in Bandung for a coffee shop recommendation around the Dago area and they will say Armor Kopi. First and foremost, this is one of the oldest coffee shops in Bandung and arguably the pioneer of modern coffee shops in this part of Indonesia. Back in the old days, coffee shops were mostly for older generations or workers who just want to enjoy one glass (yes, glass, not cup) of thick black coffee in the afternoon. But coffee shops nowadays, such as Armor Kopi, cater more to younger customers in Bandung, serving a wide range of drinks (along with snacks and food) and provide a cozy spot to hang out and work remotely.
However, Armor Kopi still tries to keep the quaint nuance of old coffee shops. Here, you have to stand in line at the counter to order, instead of waiting for a waiter to come to your table. The menu is written on blackboards behind the counter. You can keep everything traditional by ordering a cup of black coffee for 20,000 IDR (around 1.4 USD) or try out one of their best-sellers, fresh Lemonade Koffie for 26,000 IDR (around 1.9 USD). Don’t miss out on trying out some homemade Bandung snacks, such as fried tofu and steamed banana, ranging from 10,000 IDR to 31,000 IDR (0.7 USD – 2.2 USD).
Armor Kopi is located not far from the main road, but the trees surrounding its seating area provide a quieter ambiance. Planning to hang out with a big group of friends? Pick one of their gazebo seats where you can relax, plug in your computer for a short movie, or even lay down during a cool afternoon.
Address: Jl. Bukit Pakar Utara No.10, Ciburial, Kec. Cimenyan, Bandung, Jawa Barat 40135, Indonesia
Hours: 8 am - 10 pm (daily)
Phone: +62 877-1849-2114
Before you start guessing that 372 Kopi offers 372 different kinds of coffee drinks, let me tell you that this café was named after its address. However, they do offer quite an extensive list of coffee, from V60 to cold brew, ranging from 10,000 IDR to 25,000 IDR (0.7 USD - 1.8 USD) per cup. To accompany your drinks, they serve local snacks, such as Cireng or fried tapioca flour with spicy sauce, and also Western-style dishes such as pizza. Food prices here range from 5,000 IDR to 30,000 IDR (0.4 USD – 2.2 USD).
But the highlight of 372 Kopi is its ambiance. To locals, the Dago area of Bandung is known for its nature, tall pine trees, and pleasant weather. And 372 Kopi offers exactly that. In one of the seating areas, you get to sit at a wooden table overlooking a reservoir, under pine trees. Isn’t that just the best?
If you don’t feel like sitting outdoors, or when the weather is not accommodating, there is also indoor and semi-indoor seating with comfy chairs and couches.
Local Tip: If you visit after 8 pm, ask the staff if you can get bakso, one of Bandung specialties, which is a bowl of hot meatball soup. Even though the café does not officially serve this, there is a regular local vendor nearby that opens at night, feeding hungry coffee lovers for 20,000 IDR (1.4 USD) per bowl. It makes for a perfect meal as the night gets colder!
Address: Jl. Dago No.372, Dago, Kecamatan Coblong, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40135, Indonesia
Hours: 12 pm - 12 am (daily)
Dalem Wangi Bed & Brew
Besides its nature and weather, Dago is known for one thing: Taman Hutan Rakyat (Tahura) or “The People’s Forest Park”. This park covers a wide area of untouched nature in the mountain area of north Bandung, rich in history and urban legends. We will get to that later!
Inside this huge park, there are some traditional coffee shops and modern cafes, one of which is Dalem Wangi Bed & Brew. Even though this café is relatively new, Dalem Wangi has gained its popularity due to its location.
When I visited in mid-2019, they were still developing their menu. However, you can expect to find standard coffee shop options such as Vietnamese Drip coffee which is sold at 25,000 IDR (around 1.8 USD). Enjoy your coffee while being surrounded by pine trees for the ultimate peace you have been longing for.
Dalem Wangi Bed & Brew
Address: Kompleks Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda Dago, Jl. Pakar Kulon, Ciburial, Cimenyan, Bandung, West Java 40198, Indonesia
Hours: 8 am - 10 pm (Tuesday - Sunday) and 4:30 pm - 10 pm (Monday)
Phone: +62 811-206-556
The urban legends of Tahura
These three coffee shops are located around (and inside) Taman Hutan Rakyat or Tahura. This huge park consists of hectares of natural forest, hiking trails, camping sites, and caves. These caves are the highlight of Tahura. There are two cave complexes, one is called Goa Jepang or “Japanese Cave” and the other one is the Goa Belanda or the “Dutch Cave”. Both caves were dug and built during Dutch colonisation (the early 1900s) and Japanese occupation (around 1944), subsequently.
According to urban legends, both caves are haunted. Many sightings have been reported and even recorded during a local mystery TV show. If you are interested, it is highly suggested to hire a local guide to get to know more about the stories. Please refer to the ticketing booth at the main entrance for more information!
Address: Kompleks Tahura, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No.99, Ciburial, Kec. Cimenyan, Bandung, Jawa Barat 40198, Indonesia
Hours: 7 am - 5 pm (daily)
Phone: +62 22 2507891
It is not just about the coffee
Dago, Bandung offers more than nature and pleasant weather. With good coffee, good companies, and perhaps good mysterious stories to share after exploring Tahura, this can be your next unforgettable experience!
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