‘Tis the season to…go to the mall! It’s raining outside, you have a holiday shopping list, and there are end-of-year sales galore. Perhaps you need a pre-shopping-spree energy boost, or maybe you’re ready for a rest. Here are some great places to stop and take some time out at 4 of Bandung’s most popular shopping malls.
1. Cihampelas Walk
Escape the human jungle and sit amongst the greenery of Sama Dengan cafe. Share your table with a cute and cuddly panda, lion, monkey, elephant – who knows?! Enjoy a coffee or juice with a slice of fresh cake, or choose from their extensive food menu. Since opening in mid-2018 they have become a firm favorite of both adults and kids.
Jl. Cihampelas No.160, Cipaganti, Coblong, Bandung
Phone: (022) 2061122
2. 23 Paskal Mall
If you’re in a glamorous mood, you must go to Buttercup Signature Boulangerie and Cafe. They are on the exterior of the ground floor, on the south side of the building. Their cakes and pastries are as luxe as their decor. Of course, they have a full menu if you’re staying for a meal.
For a sweet treat, stop by the food court on Level 2 and grab a scoop of your favorite flavor from Mixolato Gelato. Their gelato is delicately flavored and creamy, and is much healthier than regular ice cream (so why not have 2 scoops?!)
3. Paris Van Java Mall
Up, up, up and tucked away at the top of the mall you’ll find The Alluvia. This is an uber-classy tapas bar where you can enjoy a cheeky drink and some sophisticated food. Far from being another international franchise, this is a locally owned business. Of course, the menu was designed by an Italian chef, so you will get a taste of great European flavors.
On the sky level, with its open-air perspective, is the Vietnamese treasure Pho Ngon. As the name tells us, they serve tasty phở, along with other Vietnamese delights. This place is a colorful and fun celebration of the culture. Take some time to enjoy the quirky decor, artistic murals, and the cheeky slogan on the shirts of the wait staff.
4. Trans Studio Mall
On the ground level facing onto the entrance plaza, you will find Mozaik & Co. It’s a light and airy place which serves small bites and substantial meals, as well as plenty of beverage choices. After a day of shopping, you can order a beer and relax while you gather the strength for your journey home.
Jl. Gatot Subroto No.289, Cibangkong, Batununggal, Bandung