Bandung is a notorious weekend destination in West Java. True to its moniker, the Paris of Java, this town’s charm can be linked to its natural beauty, coupled with culinary delights at unique establishments. Whether you’re in for luscious, traditional Sundanese cuisine or some European classics, get ready to eat in a tent on a picturesque hill, wooden ship or inside a pool in Bandung’s best restaurants.
In Bandung, a meal is never just a meal. From spaces featuring on-site art galleries to panoramic views of the area’s hills, the best restaurants in Bandung offer more than just food on the menu.
Restaurant, Indonesian, European, American, $$$
Restaurant-cum-galleries are not hard to come by in Bandung. Many Bandung restaurants combine food and art, two of the things the city is known for. Lawangwangi takes a visitor’s experience even further by providing views of sweeping hills from the seating area and a gorgeous wooden deck, aka selfie central. Their delicious Indonesian and European fare will fuel your body and mind before you head to their art gallery, with its ever-changing works that entice you to keep coming back.
Restaurant, Indonesian, $$$
This restaurant, a vast compound nestled on a lush hill in Bandung, is full of exciting experiences. The restaurant mimics a traditional village, filled with rivers, ponds, gardens and charming traditional huts in the dining area. The authentic village atmosphere gets you in the mood to devour Indonesian fare, especially the famed Sundanese cuisine. From this spot’s music to its food presentation, each element creates a profound dining experience. The restaurant also has a stage for performances, souvenir outlet and kiosks selling traditional snacks and goods.
Restaurant, Indonesian, Asian, $$$
Dusun Bambu is a family leisure park, offering everything you’ll ever need in an ideal Bandung getaway without leaving the compound. Other than the glamping site and resort, the establishment is cherished for its restaurants. From cosy lakeside cabanas to gorgeous birds nest dining rooms, eating becomes a memorable experience when you’re at Dusun Bambu. Authentic Sundanese cuisine pairs well with the tranquil natural surroundings. Signature spicy dishes entice your senses and keep you warm in this calm, sleepy atmosphere.
Restaurant, Indonesian, American, European, $$$
The ever-growing culinary sphere in Bandung has given rise to concept-driven restaurants that bring dining to a whole new level. Pinisi Resto has entered the scene in the form of a massive wooden ship that’s docked by a lake and surrounded by lush greenery. The atmosphere alone dangles a carrot in front of local foodies and their unquenchable thirst for fresh dining experiences. The restaurant has a tranquil ambiance and is lovely enough for a weekend getaway but playful enough to enjoy on a family holiday.
Cafe, Restaurant, Steakhouse, European, Asian, Indonesian, $$$
Congo is a restaurant, gallery and in their own words, ‘a jungle’. Inspired by Africa’s Congo and its jungles, this restaurant boasts flourishing trees and vegetation, located near the fancy wooden cabins and dining area. In line with its vision as a gallery, the interior is adorned with collector-grade creations. Congo is also famed for its variety of steak and Indonesian specials.
Restaurant, American, European, Indonesian, $$$
This restaurant’s birds nest-inspired exterior alone lures anyone who passes by, while others sit in Bandung’s notorious weekend traffic just to reach this eatery. The quirky facade gives way to a cosy interior that’s dominated by earthy decor. The restaurant offers various cuisines, from pasta to rice dishes. Hummingbird also has a guesthouse, in case you’re in need of a unique place to stay that is steps away from excellent food.
Cafe, Restaurant, Indonesian, Asian, European, Tea , $$$
Dago’s hills have some of the most lively culinary districts in Bandung. The slopes have been colonised by stylish cafés and restaurants that incorporate glorious views into the ambiance. Cafe D’Pakar occupies a large compound at the top of the hills and graciously makes use of this space, with its towering trees and wooden interior. The outdoor seating area is waitlist-worthy, as foodies are eager to experience Indonesian delicacies in a panoramic, natural setting. Other than Bandung’s batagor and other local classics, this restaurant also has Western menu options.
Cafe, Restaurant, European, American, $$$
Just when we thought Bandung was one restaurant away from being oversaturated with jungle themes, One Eighty marched in. Still providing greenery and a vertical garden, this restaurant and café’s diversity can be attributed to its pool dining area. If you’re thinking that ‘pool’ means ‘poolside’, you’re mistaken. One Eighty lets you enjoy your delectable Western-style brunch in the shallow pool, with your toes dipping in the water and your mind impressed by the scenery.
Cafe, Restaurant, Indonesian, $$$
While a sweeping highland vista is not on the menu, it’s certainly part of this restaurant’s specialties. At Lereng Anteng, you’ll dine in a stunning, airy space overlooking Bandung’s signature hills and jungles. If that’s not enough, they also have transparent tents that are excellent for groups or couples who are craving some quality time. The restaurant serves Indonesian classics like nasi goreng and snacks to share. Any choice from the wide selection of coffee will give you the perfect companion to get through the hilltop’s chilly weather.
Restaurant, European, Asian, $$$
When you arrive at this restaurant, you’ll find an iconic glass house and a vintage building next to it. The location’s charm precedes anything else this spot has to offer. The compound blends in well with the leafy surroundings and the area’s relaxed atmosphere. From European classics like pizza and pasta to Asian fare, this restaurant serves authentic and delicious food; the presentation and generous portion sizes are a plus as well. The complex includes a playground with fun rides, as well as some fluffy friends, ideal additions to a family getaway in Bandung.