Bandung Travel Guide
Bandung is is the capital city of West Java, and the third largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. This city is also known as Parijs van Java (Paris of Java) by the Dutch for its resemblance to Paris and European atmosphere back in colonial times. Apart from Paris of Java, Bandung also called Kota Kembang, literally meaning the Flower City since Bandung used to have a lot of flowers.
This lively city is situated at the altitude of 768m and surrounded by the lush and beautiful Parahyangan mountains makes the climate mild and pleasant. The city is also known for its universities, shopping destination and a great place for gastronomic adventure. Nowadays, Bandung has become a very popular weekend escape for Jakartans, who would crowd the city on weekends and national holidays.
To help your navigation on Bandung, in this post we are divide Bandung into unofficial districts that are used mainly for travelling purposes only. The districts below are listed from top to bottom, from left to right.
Mainly industrial and developing residential area. Hussein Sastranegara International Airport is here and also the Aircraft industry. This region is connected to the west with Cimahi and Padalarang where you can find more industries, and also the Kota Baru Parahyangan (residential area).
Most part of North Bandung are up and coming residential area in the north part of Bandung. The air is considerably cooler here so it is preferable for residential area. The North Bandung residential area developing to higher area with fresh and cool air like sariwangi, gerlong, and ciwaruga.
This area are also where many universities located. It is also where malls and shopping centres like Paris Van Java malls, and Bandung Trade Center situated. On Jalan Setiabudi in the north where you can find also has a row of Factory Outlets and in process of gentrification.
Further up north has more fresh air and occupied by more residential suburb. In the north part of this area you will find many beautiful recreation place like dusun bambu, villa istana bunga, lembang, maribaya waterfall, the peak, kafe bunga, curug tilu waterfall, ciwangun indah camp, curug pelangi waterfall. Plenty cafe and restaurant with mountainous tropical rain forest view here.
Cipaganti and Cihampelas Area
Two long strips that contains upscale residential area (on Jalan Cipaganti) and Bandung’s jeans center (on Jalan Cihampelas). Stride on small streets between those two main street and you will find more relaxed residential area with some nice cafes dotting the area. Cihampelas Walk Mall (open concept) is in this area. Travel service from Jakarta mostly have terminal in this area.
In the colonial era, this is the favorite residential area for rich people. Currently you can find row of factory outlets, restaurants, and hotel along Jalan Dago (Jalan Ir. H. Juanda). Together with Riau/Gedung Sate Area, this part of the city is undergoing a tremendous change in the process of gentrification. You can find the Bandung Institute of Technology and Bandung Zoo here. The area is nice to explore, possible on foot but preferable by car.
Dago Atas (Upper Dago Area)
Another upscale residential area in the hilly part of the city. It boasts many restaurants that overlooking Bandung basin and you can see the city light in the evening. Some nice cafes and art gallery have found a way in here.
Contains middle class residential area in the vast area further to the east of Bandung. Contains the Saung Angklung Mang Udjo.
Riau/Gedung Sate Area
Part of the historical colonial government complex which is very planned and nice to explore on foot. Together with Dago area, this part of the city is undergoing tremendous change in the process of gentrification. You can find many restaurants and factory outlets in this area. A lot of trees shading the road making this area a perfect location for cafes. Be sure to stop by Gedung Sate as the architectural heritage in Bandung.
Upper Central Area
This is the new important business area in Bandung. Contains Bandung’s railway station, Paskal Hypersquare, and Istana Plaza Mall.
Bandung City Hall Area
Also part of the historical colonial government complex similar like Riau/Gedung Sate Area. But this area has more building that still functional as government / military building. Broad road and big government complexes mark the area. Contains Bandung’s city hall, the central bank office, Bandung’s cathedral, and many more historical building. Together with Riau and Dago Area, a lot of architectural sights here. The famous Braga street is here.
Bandung Kota Area
Bandung Kotas is a busy business and Chinatown area. It is where Pasar Baru Trade Center with its grand bazaar style located. Please note that it is probably the most jammed area in Bandung.
A vast area that is dense with residential, business, and industrial area. Majority are not a tourist area except some dots like the shoes production center in Cibaduyut. Contains a lot of textile and garment industry that is the main industry in Bandung area.
Bandung has a tropical monsoon climate, which borders subtropical highland climate. The city is noticeably cooler than other cities Indonesia, due to altitude influence. Still due to its position in the equator, the city experiences very small temperature variations throughout the year, while temperatures have never risen above 35°C (95°F) or fallen below 11°C (51°F).
The average year-round rainfall measures 1,838mm (72.3 inches) and the majority of it falls between October and June. In general Bandung has a very pleasant atmosphere.