Central Bandung forms the city centre (pusat kota) of the city of Bandung. Although the area had been inhabited before, it was here that the city of Bandung was founded in the year 1810, at the place where the Great Post Road crosses the Cikapundung river. This place, known as the Kilometre Zero, is still the centre of the city.
Many roads in the city centre of Bandung have one-way traffic, and driving to your destination may therefore require careful planning. Some of the main roads into Central Bandung include Jl. Pajajaran from the airport in Northwest Bandung and Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago Road) from North Bandung, as well as the original Great Post Road, which is now known as Jl. Jendral Sudirman in the west, Jl. Asia Afrika in the centre, and Jl. Jendral Gatot Subroto in the east.
On-street parking is not allowed on major roads. There is a parking garage under the Alun-alun square, and the various shopping centres also have their own parking facilities. In Jalan Braga and a few other streets, prepaid parking meters have been installed.
1 Bandung railway station (also known as Hall station) is in Central Bandung. Apart from being served by long-distance trains to and from for example Jakarta and Yogyakarta, the station is also served by a few daily local trains to other stations in the city and its suburbs, such as Cimahi. Also 2 Ciroyom railway station at the western edge of Central Bandung sees a few daily local trains. However, for travelling by public transport within the city, it is usually easier and faster to use buses and angkot (public minivans).
For getting around in Bandung by public transport, you can take a bus or angkot (public minivan). Angkots follow a fixed route (there are various routes throughout the city), but there is no fixed schedule and there are no fixed stops. To get on, simply raise your hand. To get off, shout "Kiri!" to the driver, so he will pull over on the left (Indonesian: kiri) side of the road. The price of an angkot ride within the city is usually about Rp2,000 to 5,000. It is best to ask a local which angkot route to take, and how to recognise the location you want to get off.
The main bus and angkot stops in Central Bandung are Stasiun Hall (behind the main railway station), Terminal Ciroyom (next to Ciroyom railway station), and 3 Kebon Kalapa bus terminal (southside of the city centre, also known as Abdul Muis). From all of these locations, there are angkot in all directions to destinations throughout the city. From Stasiun Hall there are also angkot to the suburbs of Cimahi (24 hours per day) and Lembang. There are also buses, operated by DAMRI, that run to Cimahi from the Alun-alun square.
Landmarks and monumentsEdit
- 1 Kilometre Zero (Titik Kilometer Nol), Jl. Asia Afrika. In 1808, the Great Post Road across Java was built (the section in Bandung's city centre is now called Jalan Asia Afrika). It is said that when Governor-General H.W. Daendels of the Dutch East Indies travelled along the route, he said at the place where the road crosses the Cikapundung river: "Make sure that a city has been built here, when I return." At that location the a 'Kilometre Zero' milestone was placed, and until today this is used as the zero-point of Bandung and the wider region. Apart from the milestone, there is a commemorative plaque.
- 2 Alun-alun. The alun-alun is the large central open lawn square, as most Indonesian cities, towns, and villages have. Bandung's alun-alun is just west of the Kilometre Zero, on the southside of the Jalan Asia Afrika. Bandung's alun-alun has been renovated in 2015 using synthetic grass, and it is a popular place for locals to get together. Hawkers sell many types of snacks and toys for children. There is an underground parking garage below the square. On the northern side (Jl. Asia Africa), most days there'll be some youngsters hanging out dressed up in fancy costumes (cosplay) that are happy for a donation when you take pictures with them.
- 3 Grand Mosque (Masjid Raya Bandung), Jl. Asia Afrika (western side of Alun-alun square), ☏ . Mosque open daily 24h (but non-Muslims should respect praying times); minaret open Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00. The provincial mosque of West Java. The first 'Great Mosque' (Masjid Agung) of Bandung was constructed in 1812, shortly after the founding of the city. Throughout the 19th century, it was gradually expanded and renovated, and in 1930 the front porch was refurbished with a design by Henri Maclaine Pont, who also designed the ITB campus in North Bandung. However, during the renovation and expansion of 1955, the year of the Bandung Conference, most of the mosque's features from before Indonesian independence were demolished. The latest major renovation took place in 2001-2003, when the main circular dome was built, and the two iconic minarets were added. The minarets were planned to be 99 metres high each, but this would result in restrictions for the airport in Northwest Bandung, so it was reduced to 81 metres. After this renovation, the mosque became the official provincial mosque, and its name was changed from Great Mosque to Grand Mosque. During weekends, one of the minarets is open to visitors. A quick elevator brings visitors to the top floor, which gives a great view across the city. Mosque free entrance; minaret Rp3,000.
- 4 Museum of the Asian-African Conference (Museum Konferensi Asia Afrika; Gedung Merdeka), Jl. Asia-Afrika No. 65, ☏ . Tue-Thu 8:00-16:00; Fri 14:00-16:00; Sat-Sun 9:00-16:00. The Merdeka Building was built in 1895, but completely refurbished in 1920 to a design by Dutch architect Charles P. Wolff Schoemaker, as a club house for the Concordia Society of rich colonials. The building was renovated in 1940 by A.F. Aalbers, the architect of the Savoy Homann hotel across the street. The building was renamed Gedung Merdeka ('Independence Building') after Indonesian independence, and was the venue of the 1955 Bandung Conference, the first meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (the Asian-African Conference). Now, the building houses a museum on that conference. Free entrance.
- 5 Museum Mandala Wangsit Siliwangi (Military Museum), Jl. Lembong No. 38, ☏ . Mon-Thu 8:00-13:00, Fri 8:00-10:00, Sat 8:00-12:00. Arms museum. The building was constructed around 1910 in Romanticist style, and was the house of Dutch army major general H. ter Poorten. The collection consists mainly of weapons used during the Japanese invasion and the Indonesian War of Independence, as well as items related to certain events that happened during these wars, such as the Bandung Lautan Api incident of 1946, when Indonesian nationalists on purpose burned down large parts of South Bandung. Free entrance.
There are many colonial buildings in Central Bandung, especially in Jalan Braga and its vicinity (Jl. Asia Afrika to the south and Jl. Merdeka to the north). Some of the colonial buildings are very famous, while others are relatively unknown. A walk in this area will lead you along dozens of colonial buildings.
- 6 Savoy Homann Hotel, Jl. Asia-Afrika No. 112. The Savoy Homann is the true grand old hotel of Bandung. The current building was designed by Dutch architect A.F. Aalbers in art-deco style, and built in 1939. One of the famous guests of the hotel during the colonial era was Charlie Chaplin. After Indonesian independence, the Savoy Homann hosted the delegations of the 1955 Asian-African conference, which was held across the street in Gedung Merdeka. Some of the guests included Soekarno, Ho Chi Minh, and Tito. It is still one of the most famous hotels of Bandung. In addition to staying in one of its rooms (see the Sleep section below), you can also visit the building to admire its art-deco architecture and the classic interior decoration.
- 7 Grand Hotel Preanger, Jl. Asia-Afrika No. 81. Although less well-known than the Savoy Homann, also the Preanger hotel has a history dating back to the 19th century. The current building dates from 1925 and is based on a design by Dutch architect C.P.W. Schoemaker. The facade combined art deco style with local cultural elements, which was a controversial issue at the time of building.
- 8 Kodam III/Siliwangi (Departement van Oorlog; Gedung Sabahu), Jl. Aceh / Jl. Kalimantan. Built in 1910-1915 as the Departement van Oorlog (Department of War) of the Dutch East Indies. The New Indies Style building is now used as the headquarters of the Kodam III/Siliwangi military district formation, covering the provinces of West Java and Banten.
- 9 Gedung Pakuan (Huis van de Resident), Jl. Cicendo No 1 (northern end of Jl. Otto Iskandardinata). Built 1864-1867 as the new residence of the resident of the residency of Parahyangan, as its capital was moved from Cianjur to Bandung. The Indies Empire style building is nowadays used as the official residence of the governor of West Java province.
- 10 Toko De Vries, Jl. Asia Afrika No. 100. Known as the first department store of Bandung, Warenhuis De Vries (in Dutch) was established in 1895, and the building in (Old) Indies Style was built in 1899. After Indonesian independence, the building remained in use as a shop, but by the 1990s it became unused. In 2010, the building has been renovated (including the lettering of "Warenhuis De Vries"), and is now in use by a bank.
- 11 Bala Keselamatan (Salvation Army headquarters), Jl. Jawa No. 20. The headquarters of the Salvation Army of the Dutch East Indies was built in 1920. The building is still in use as the headquarters of the Indonesian Salvation Army.
- 12 DENIS Bank Building (Headquarters Bank BJB), Jl. Naripan No. 12-14 (at the corner with Jl. Braga). The headquarter of De Eerste Nederlandsch-Indische Spaarkas ('The First Dutch East Indies Savings Bank', DENIS) was built in 1935 to a design by Dutch architect A.F. Aalbers in art-deco style, with a horizontal side with smooth curves, and a lift tower that is higher than the six floors of the rest of the building. The design was much appreciated, and therefore Aalbers also received the contract to design the new Savoy Homann hotel building. After Indonesian independence, DENIS Bank was nationalised, and nowadays the building is the headquarters of the BJB Bank (the regional bank for Western Java).
- 13 Insulinde (Headquarters Bank BJB Syariah), Jl. Braga No. 135. A design by architect Wolff Schoemaker. Built as the headquarters of the Insulinde oil factory. Nowadays in use as the headquarters of the BJB Syariah bank.
- 14 Bandung Cathedral (Gereja Katedral Santo Petrus), Jl. Merdeka No.14, ☏ . Church building designed by Wolff Schoemaker in Neogothic style, built in 1921.
- 15 Bethel Protestant Church (GPIB Bethel; Pieterskerk), Jl. Wastukencana No. 1, ☏ . Tue-Sat 8:00-17:00. Another church designed by Wolff Schoemaker, this protestant church was built in 1924.
- 16 New Majestic (Bioscoop Concordia), Jl. Braga No. 1, ☏ . Cinema building designed by Wolff Schoemaker, built in 1924. Now the building is used as a restaurant, and sometimes as a concert venue.
- 17 Santa Angela School (HBS St. Angela), Jl. Merdeka No. 24. Private Catholic school, founded by Dutch Ursuline nuns in 1905, adjacent to the Ursuline convent. The building was constructed in 1922.
- 18 SMP Negeri 5 (MULO Bandoeng), Jl. Sumatera No. 40. The main junior high school in colonial Bandung, built in 1920. The building is still in use as junior highschool (SMP).
- 1 "Ade Irma Suryani Nasution" Traffic Park (Taman Lalu Lintas), Jl. Belitung No. 1, ☏ . Mon-Tue/Sat 8:00-15:00, Sun 8:00-16:00. Recreation park in the heart of the city, for children to learn about traffic signs and rules. Children can ride around by mini-cars or bicycles. The park is located in a green garden space that used to be part of the command centre of the Dutch East Indies army. Rp5,000.
- 1 Bandung Indah Plaza (BIP), Jl. Merdeka No. 56, ☏ . Daily 10:00-22:00. Typical Indonesian city mall with an Empire XXI cinema, a family karaoke (KTV), large supermarket, department store, and a range of middle class shops and reasonably priced cafés and restaurants.
- 2 Braga City Walk, Jl. Braga, No. 99-101, ☏ . Daily 10:00-22:00. Small mall right in the heart of Bandung. The number of shops is limited, but there are various cafés and restaurants, and a cinema.
- 3 Pasar Baru Trade Center, Jl. Otto Iskandar Dinata. Daily 9:00-17:00. Very large shopping centre. One of the oldest shopping locations of Bandung, the Pasar Baru ('new market') was established in the 19th century. Nowadays, it is a centre with hundreds of small shops on 8 floors.
- 4 Istana Bandung Electronic Center (BEC), Jl. Purnawarman No. 13-15, ☏ . Daily 10:00-22:00. Five floors of electronics shops, and a food court.
- 5 Paskal Hyper Square, Jl. Pasirkaliki, ☏ . Daily 10:00-midnight. Open-air shopping centre with various shops, cafés, restaurants, a foodcourt, KTV, and the Amnesia night club.
Local handicrafts and souvenirsEdit
- 6 Toko Sin Sin (Sin Sin Art Shop), Jl. Braga 59, ☏ . Mon-Sat 9:00-17:00, Sun 9:00-12:00. Sells various high quality handicraft and souvenirs, including wayang golek (wood puppet), wayang kulit (leather puppet), angklung, leather and crocodile skin handicraft (mostly bags, wallets, and belts), wood carvings, Indonesian traditional silverworks, paintings, and even Indonesian furniture. This is a shop with very long history, started even before Indonesia gained independence.
- 7 Cupumanik (Galeri Wayang Golek), Jl. H. Akbar No. 10, ☏ . Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00; Sat 8:00-14:00. Centre for wayang golek (traditional Sundanese wooden doll puppets).
- 8 Elizabeth, Jl. Otto Iskandar Dinata No.520 (Otista), ☏ . Daily 9:00-21:30. Leather handicrafts, including shoes, bags and other accessories. Elizabeth was founded in Bandung in 1963, and now has stores throughout Indonesia.
- 1 Lotek Kalipah Apo 42, Jl. Kalipah Apo No. 42, ☏ . Wed-Mon 9:00-16:00. Established in the 1960s. Specialty is lotek, Bandung-style vegetable salad with peanut sauce. About Rp20,000 for a main course.
- 2 Sate Kardjan, Jalan Pasirkaliki No 25-27 (Paskal Food Market), ☏ . Daily 10:30-23:30. Lamb satay speciality, since 1970. Try sate buntel (a grilled minced lamb meat), tongseng (lamb meat in a coconut milk soup), nasi goreng kambing (fried rice with lamb) or sate cempe (satay from 10 month old lamb).
- 3 Soto Ojolali, Jalan Cibadak No.79 -81, ☏ . Daily 8:00-21:00. Selling a variety of soups since the 1940s, specialties are Soto Bandung and Soto Jakarta. About Rp30,000 per portion.
- 4 Warung Nasi Ampera, Jl. Dalem Kaum Gg Kaum No 54/15A, ☏ . Mon-Fri 9:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 9:00-21:00. Ampera is a chain of Sundanese restaurants established in Bandung. Nowadays, there are dozens of branches across the city and Western Java.
- 5 Batagor Kingsley, Jalan Veteran No. 25, ☏ . Fri-Wed 8:00-20:00. Batagor and siomay.
- 6 Kedai Nyonya Rumah, Jl. Naripan No. 92C, ☏ . Mon-Fri 7:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-22:00. Serves Indonesian and Western food.
- 7 Atmosphere Resort Cafe, Jl. Lengkong Besar No. 97, ☏ . Sun-Fri 11:00-midnight, Sat 11:00-1:00.
- 8 Grand Eastern, Jalan Pasirkaliki No. 18, ☏ . Daily 8:00-14:00 and 18:00-22:00.
Snacks, ice cream, and pastryEdit
- 9 Kartika Sari, Jalan Haji Akbar No. 4 (small alley of Jl. Kebon Kawung), ☏ . Daily 7:00-20:00. The primary brand for local Bandung pastries. A wide selection of pastries, but the most famous include its lapis cakes; the cheese sticks; keju bagelen; and the special pisang mollen, a round bread stuffed with banana that you can choose with or without choose. The main store is in Jalan H. Akbar near the main railway station, but there are several more branches throughout the city.
- 10 Martabak Canada, Jl. Kebon Kawung (about 100 m from the main railway station), ☏ . Daily 17:00-midnight. A wide variety of martabak manis sweet stuffed pancakes and martabak asin salty stuffed pancakes.
- 11 Rasa Bakery, Jl. Tamblong No. 15, ☏ . Daily 8:00-21:30. One of the most well known ice cream parlors in Bandung. Home made for your sweet tooth.
- 12 Soes Merdeka, Jl. Merdeka No. 25-29, ☏ . Daily 7:00-21:00. The outlet has a legacy of its kue soes, a puff pastry with sweet fillings, but its specialty includes a rum filling.
- 13 Sumber Hidangan, Jl. Braga 20, ☏ . Mon-Sat 9:00-15:30, Sun closed. The bakery was opened as Het Snoephuis (The Candy House) in 1929. The interior is still pretty much the same as it was in earlier times. Breads and cookies' still retain their names on display in Dutch, such as zwieback, roomsoes, krentenbrood, saucijzenbrood, suiker hagelslaag. Its old-time ambience and original menu attracts tourists and long-time patrons. While the premise may look like a run down but the elderly long-time working staffs suggest that they have authenticity in mind. If you are fed up with pastries, its ice cream and steak should perk you up.
Bars and night clubsEdit
- 1 Amnesia Club (Amnes), Paskal Hypersquare, Jl. Pasir Kaliki, ☏ . Mon-Sat 21:00-2:00. Large nightclub frequented by students as well as expats and tourists.
- 2 North Sea Bar, Jl. Braga No. 82, ☏ . Mon-Fri 18:00-2:00, Sat-Sun 18:00-3:00. Pub owned by a Dutchman that is popular among expats and bar-girls. Draught beers and Dutch snacks.
- 3 Southbank Club, Jl. Sumatera No. 5-7, ☏ . Thu-Sat nights. Lounge bar/nightclub.
- 4 The Loft Bar & Bistro, Jl. Sumatera No. 5-7, ☏ . Sun-Thu 16:00-midnight, Fri-Sat 17:00-1:00.
Cafés and coffee housesEdit
- 5 BMC (Bandoengsche Melk Centrale), Jl. Aceh No.30, ☏ . Daily 8:00-23:00. In an old Dutch colonial house. They specialise in fresh milk beverages.
- 6 Es Sekoteng Bungsu, Jl. Veteran No. 29, ☏ . Daily 8:00-18:00. Es sekoteng is a grated ice cube with avocado, young coconut and kolang-kaling (some local preserved fruit)
- 7 Kopi Aroma Bandung, Jl. Banceuy No. 51, ☏ . Mon-Sat 8:30-14:30. Good quality coffee store and factory, in an old district of town. The Robusta coffee beans are stored for 5 years and the Arabica beans for as long as 8 years and sourced from coffee plantations throughout Indonesia.
- 1 Fabu Hotel, Jl. Kebonjati No. 32, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 3-star hotel without pool or spa. From Rp347,000.
- 2 favehotel Braga, Jl Braga 99-101, ☏ . Hotel inside Braga City Walk with various vendors and Factory Outlet, near the Aston Braga Hotel. With cableTV, free Wifi in all rooms and public areas, private toilet and bath, restaurant, coffee shop, airport transfer, room service and wake-up call, car park. From Rp333,000 per night. 18 square meters standard room without breakfast, extra bed is not available.
- 3 favehotel Hyper Square, Jl Pasir Kaliki No. 25-27 (Paskal Hyper Square), ☏ . With cable TV, free Wifi in all rooms and public areas, private toilet and bath, restaurant, coffee shop, room service and wake-up call, ample car park, but mostly without shade. One location with Pascal Food Market/Court, the biggest food court in Bandung with hundreds of menus. The rooms are not soundproof. From Rp313,000 per night.
- 4 ibis budget Bandung Asia Afrika, Jl Asia Afrika No. 128, ☏ . Budget hotel in the city centre. With cableTV, free Wifi in all rooms and public areas, private toilet and bath, restaurant, coffee shop, room service and wake-up call, limited car park. From Rp300,000 per night.
- 5 Hotel Jelita Parahyangan, Jl. Pasirkaliki 61, ☏ . A/C rooms, all with private toilet and bath, cableTV, mini-home theater, and balcony/terrace. Airport and city transfers, cafe, and laundry services. From Rp198,000 per night.
- 6 Hotel Pelangi Indah, Jl. Pasirkaliki No. 84, ☏ . Budget hotel in the city centre. From Rp125,000.
- 7 Arion Swiss Bellhotel (formerly Citra Cikopo), Jl. Otto Iskandardinata No. 16, ☏ , fax: . 4 star hotel near the railway station. From Rp700,000.
- 8 Aryaduta Bandung (former Hyatt Regency), Jl. Sumatera No. 51, ☏ , fax: . 252 rooms and suites in the city centre with Indonesian decor, marble bath, working desk, broadband internet access, daily newspaper, in-room coffee and nightly turndown. From Rp688,000 per night.
- 9 Grand Royal Panghegar, Jl. Merdeka No. 2 (From Rp700,000 per night), ☏ , fax: . In the city centre with a revolving restaurant on the roof. 4 stars.
- 10 Santika Bandung, Jl. Sumatera No. 52-54, ☏ , fax: . 3 star hotel near the corners of Riau and Dago streets. Double rooms from Rp690,000 per night.
- 11 Vue Palace Hotel, Jl. Otto Iskandardinata No. 3, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 4 star hotel near the railway station.
- 12 De'Rain Hotel Bandung, Jl. Lengkong Kecil No. 76-80, ☏ . From Rp700,000.
- 13 Gino Feruci Hotel Braga, Jl. Braga No. 67, ☏ . Hotel in the heart of Braga Street. From Rp600,000.
- 14 Golden Flower Hotel Bandung, Jl. Asia Afrika No. 15-17, ☏ . Very centrally-located, just behind the Grand Mosque. From Rp625,000.
- 15 Grand Preanger, Jl. Asia-Afrika No. 81, ☏ , toll-free: . In the Alun-Alun area, the facade has an art-deco style. 5 stars. From Rp830,000 per night.
- 16 Hilton Bandung, Jl. HOS Tjokroaminoto No. 41-43, ☏ , fax: . The standard high-end Hilton experience can be found at its Bandung property. Rooms look slightly outdated but large, a minimum of 45 square meters, and the suites are even more cavernous. Friendly facilities for business travelers and family, as well as a gym and swimming pool. Breakfast at Purnawarman, cocktail at Magma, or lounging at a poolside café or the lobby bar. From Rp1,000,000.
- 17 Savoy Homann, Jl. Asia-Afrika 112, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Bandung's main grand old hotel and one-time host to Charlie Chaplin, Yasser Arafat, and the delegation of the 1955 Asia-African Conference. The current building is a striking Art Deco work from the 1930s, perfect for even a daytime visit. Rooms have been renovated but are still somewhat dim. From Rp1,050,000.
- 1 City police headquarters (Polrestabes Bandung), Jl. Merdeka No. 18-21, ☏ .
- 2 Cicendo local police (Polsekta Cicendo), Jl. Pasirkaliki No. 117, ☏ . Small local police station for the Cicendo district.
- 3 Sumur Bandung local police (Polsekta Sumur Bandung), Jl. Kebon Sirih No. 39, ☏ . Small local police station for the Sumur Bandung district.
Hospitals with 24 hour emergency unitsEdit
There are various copy shops and internet cafés in the area. Many cafés and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi access, including the branches of McDonald's and Starbucks at the Bandung Indah Plaza shopping mall, and there is also a free public Wi-Fi at the central Alun-alun square. The city's main post office can be found at Jl. Asia Afrika No. 49, opposite the Grand Mosque.