5 Things to Do in Bandung Besides Shopping


Waking in Sheraton's bed was a very pleasant way to start my day and trip in Bandung. 
So what do you know about Bandung?
Aside from plentiful of shopping and "Bakso" (beef meatballs), here are five things you could make your itinerary more interesting when visiting the capital of West Java province. 

1. NuArt Sculpture Park


If you enjoy art, and you probably should (since you are in Bandung), check out this 3-hectare sculpture park of Nyoman Nuarta who built his 'empire' and gallery from scratch (no external funds). Having made many monumental brass and copper sculptures across Indonesia, most of them in Bali, his latest gargantuan project "Garuda Wisnu Kencana" is set to complete in 2018. But you can see many of his smaller art pieces at his gallery here in Bandung. 



Visit to the workshop can be arranged from the tour desk at the park. A cafe is present if you're feeling peckish. 

NuArt Sculpture Park
Jalan Setraduta Raya No L 6, Bandung 
Opens 7 days a week. 
Contact: +62 22 2017812

2. Dusun Bambu Leisure Park

Aptly named "Bamboo Forest", the park's famous bird nest pods can be rented on an hourly basis starting from 100k rupiah for you to dine in (you would need to purchase your own food from the stalls/cafe nearby). This eco-tourism leisure park is most suitable for families with kids, but if you're a couple who enjoy long walks, there's a lake, hilly rice fields and a flower garden catered for you. 




Dusun Bambu 
Jalan Kolonel Masturi KM 11, Situ Lembang, Cisarua, Kabupaten Bandung Barat
Opens 7 days a week. 
Contact: +62 22 82782020

3. Armor Coffee Cafe

Being an artistic town, there are no shortage of quaint and creative cafes around town.
So it only makes sense if you take a morning off to visit some of them. One prominent cafe to visit is the Armor Coffee Cafe, built in wood and comes with an outdoor alfresco area overlooking a field in a forest, it gives a whole new experience for the usual city cafe hoppers.

Armor coffee


Apart from serving good selections of coffees and teas (self-service), you get to order local delights such as "Pisang Goreng" (banana fritters with cheese) and "Cireng" (deep fried savoury glutinous rice paste with spicy sauce); both dishes surprisingly delicious.


Armor Coffee Cafe
Jalan Legok Randy, Ciburial, Cimenyan, Bandung
Open 7 days a week.

4. Saunt Angklung Udjo 

Set up in 1966 by the late Udjod Ngalagena and his wife, Uum Sumiati, the art studio was a place for art performance and laboratory for art education, and also a foundation to preserve sundanese art and culture, especially Angklung - a traditional musical instrument made of bamboo that produces a single musical note.

The daily performance starts from 3:30pm - 5pm, consisting of Wayang Golek (wooden puppets), mask dance and interactive angklung performance where the audience get to be part of a musical production (my favourite part of the show). It ended on a high note with an impressive Angklung Orchestra orchestrated by the son of the founder who performed a wonderful semi-jazz piece using these Angklung instrument. This performance alone was worth the entrance fee.


IDR 70,000 (weekend)
IDR 60,000 (weekday)

IDR 110,000 (weekend)
IDR 100,000 (weekday)

Saung Angklung Udjo
Jalan Padasuka 118, Bandung
Open 7 days a week.
Contact: +62 22 7201587

5. Rumah Mode Factory Outlet 

I know I said this post will be a list of things to do aside from shopping, but do you really think I am not going to include at least one factory outlet into this list? Well I am. So there you go.

A factory outlet selling all kinds of fashion wear from bags to shoes to clothes. You won't get branded but you will find something at a cheap price. I got a Mickey Mouse top for my beach wear at IDR150,000.

Easily spend a good 2 hours here before you head back home or onto your shopping spree in the rest of Bandung. Don't forget to head onto the streets to scour some good local designer boutiques that scattered the city. This place will dress you up like a modern hipster in no time.

Rumah Mode
Jalan Setiabudhi No.41, Pasteur, Sukajadi, Kota Bandung
Open 7 days a week.
Contact: +62 22 2035498 


2 kissed Nicole

  1. Love the compilation, love :) And you're right, Bandung has an arty vibe. That long haired guy in NuArt is sooo cute. Hahahaha!

    1. Thank you Gay! Haha. I see he's your type!