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Jakarta Post

Time well spent in making the most of Bandung for browsing, bites and bargains

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 27 2012   /  11:24 am

I first visited Bandung in 1989, lured by its description as one of the prettiest cities in Indonesia and, of course, that romantic title of the “Paris of Java”. On a university student’s budget, I stayed at tiny lodgings off Jl. Asia-Afrika, taking in its historic sights by day (the Asia-Afrika conference museum, the legacies of its “tropical” Art Deco heyday) and strolling along quaintly colonial Jl. Braga at night.

It was a laid-back and relaxing interlude. What a difference 20 years and the construction of a toll road make in the development of the city! Today, Bandung is a trendy, funky and happening escape for Jakartans wanting to get away from their crowded capital. Famous for its cool climate, it is the coolest and most convenient escape from reaching boiling point in Jakarta.

“I think it has a younger, more indie vibe than Jakarta,” says “Della”...