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Expat Community in Bandung

In 2004, immigration figures showed just under 1,500 expatriates living in Bandung, mostly Koreans, British and Americans. The expat community lives throughout Bandung but 90% of them live in North Bandung where the air is fresher and the traffic more reasonnable. There is a teachers' community in Dago Atas, and expatriates with better incomes tend to live in Setra Sari, Setia Budhi, with a few in the Buat Batu and Kopo areas.

Links to community resources for expats living in Bandung:

Bandung Expat Directory and Guide to Bandung, published by the Friends of Bandung International School, is an absolute must-have resource for all expats moving to Bandung.

Women's International Club of Bandung

Church Services in Bandung

Bandung Hash House Harriers - Bob Holland, 0812-62228215

Rotary Club of Bandung Kota Kembang

Bandung Trails

Bharat Club - social club for Indians in Bandung for more information, please email the club

A few tips from local expat residensts:

  • Kota Kembang Taxi is not recommended. Blue Bird, Gemarih Pah, and Gemah Ripah are the best taxi companies in Bandung to utilize.
  • OBC Guest House is a nice place to stay for a month or more. It is about Rp 1,500,000 a month. It’s right behind UNPAR Economics Building.
  • If you like R&B, Klub Pesta and another at the top of the Lippo Tower are the best spots.
  • For the best massage in the world, go to the Hyatt Hotel in the fitness room
  • The owner of Toko Setiabudhi is a good contact for Taekwondo groups.
  • Most expats live in northern part of Bandung or in Lembang.
  • Many major fast food chains are present in shopping malls.


For shopping, Pasar Baru in Pasir Kaliki is recommended.There, you can bargain for clothes. Pasar Baru will be hectic after lunch time. Not only fabrics and clothing are avilalbe there, but also a food court, jewellry stores, and bag counters.Another shopping locale is Kings; it sells clothes, bags. For shopping malls, PVJ is nicer than Istana Plaza in Pasir Kaliki. PVJ is in Sukajadi, a little bit farther than Istana Plaza. There is a Carrefour, Gramedia bookstore, Sogo Department Store, Body Shop, Crocs Store, J.Co, Taiwanese Restaurant, Duta Suara Musik, Gelato, Auntie Anne's Pretzel, Lemonade Cafe at the back side, Blizt Theatre, and Papaya Mart (sells many imported product from Japan, Korea, European and American).

  • Good shopping at Carefour, Hero, Giant and Toko Setiabudi.
  • Clothing – Pleanty of shopping malls (Bandung Indah Plaza, Bandung Supermall, Instana Plaza) and Factory outlets
  • Hardware stores – ACE Hardware in Instana Plaza and Sunia Raya street.
  • Electronic stores specializing in cell phones, laptops, etc can be found in Bandung Electronic Centre in front of CCF. You can bargain on the cell phone prices.
  • For weekend banking transactions, can go to BCA in BTC-only for deposits and withdrawals. Open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am up to 2pm (CS-021.55.999.888).
  • For travel to Jakarta, you can use Cipaganti travel in BTC (to various Jakarta destinations - South, North, West, East, Bekasi, Depok, Soekarno-Hatta Int'l Airport (24h) for reservations call 022.612.6650. From Bandung to Jakarta or from Jakarta to Bandung,the cost is Rp 60.000-it will be different if you want to go to the Airport, they will pick you up from your house and the cost around Rp 120.000. The best seat for you to sit on is in the front, next to the driver.


Other International Schools in Bandung

Restaurants and Dining in Bandung

The Peak Resort Dining
Komplek Girindah
Jl. Ds Karyawangi Ciwaruga KM 6, 8 No. 388
Parongpong, Bandung, West Java
Tel. (62-22) 278-5429, 270-0759
Fax (62-22) 270-0759

Discover a unique dining experience with a cozy ambience at an elevation of 1200 meters near the summit of a steeply rising, symmetrical hill in Karyawangi Village, Ciwaruga. The Peak is a modern country-style resort dining establishment, offering discerning indoor and outdoor dining service with an incredible view of the Bandung valley. “The mood is precious”; it is so precious that we serve it even if you do not order it! Enriched by visionary architecture, integrated landscape, and cultural décor, the dining atmosphere offers an endless variety of unexpected delights. For a gathering with colleagues, family or friends our catering team is wholly committed to delight your palate with a gastronomic array in an international buffet spread or an irresistible five-course dinner with your choice of spirits and a good selection of wine and cigars.

Restaurants in Bandung – a variety of rich culinary experiences

Every weekend thousands of people from Jakarta travel to Bandung to visit the many factory outlets and dine out at hotels, resorts and open air restaurants. Hoping to escape the traffic jams of Jakarta, many are disappointed to find that Bandung suffers a similar fate at the weekend, with thousands of B plated cars clogging the roads. In this brief article we would like to share a few ideas on out of town eating places where the traffic is not quite as severe as down town Bandung.

Kampung Daun

One the best known is attractions in the surrounding hills around Bandung is this unique and remarkable place which offers a wide choice of food; perhaps best known for its Indonesian cuisine, it also offers western favourites such as steak, pizza and pasta. This traditional and cultural centre comprises dozens of suang (traditional huts) catering for small groups or larger gatherings. The whole complex sits amongst an array of native ferns and other exotic tropical plants, located in a small canon where the water races over red rocks – this native garden setting is a treat for your eyes. After dining, it is almost irresistible to lie down on the comfy cushions and listen to the cascading water or steady rain – look around; you will be one of many soaking up the tranquillity and dosing off – ahhh, just bliss! For directions it is best to look the location up on the net, or hire a local car and driver. Guaranteed not to disappoint. (BH)


If you are travelling through Lembang on way to the volcano or hot springs at Ciater, there is a Chinese restaurant located just up from the small fruit market on the left hand side of the road. Situated on a sharp right hand turn in the middle of town, the Mandarin is an unassuming small rumah makan, run by the same married couple for nearly 30 years and in all that time it has offered some the best food in the Bandung region. Its signature dish is kangkung cha, served in a sizzling plate with tender slices of steak and quail eggs, this is a regional delicacy that all the locals come to enjoy. Other favourites here include the crab and asparagus soup, fantastic frog’s legs, and all the seafood. The decor is plain, but the food; sensational. (BH)


Burgundy Restaurant

Not far from Lembang on the road to Marabaya, this is a complete contrast to the Mandarin. Located on ridge overlooking a beautiful green valley, it offers a wide range of cuisine in a delightful setting. One of the many food offerings here is the tempura – a tasty combination of prawns and local vegetables in a light batter, or you can choose from a variety of western dishes, washed down with a glass of fine wine, of which there is quite a good selection. The Burgundy Restaurant is a cool place, and l mean this in both terms – it is a great place to hang out and enjoy the view, but it can get cold, so bring a light jacket, particularly if dining in the evening. (BH)

Burgundy Restaurant

Congo Restaurant & Wood Gallery

This is a favourite day & night spot for visitors who want to enjoy the mountain air and indulge in a good variety of food. Like many other restaurants in the Dago area, its surrounds are tastefully done, including the old wood mill and gallery, which has on display some magnificent pieces of furniture highlighting beautiful wood grains and  colours. As with the Burgundy restaurant mentioned above, evening dinner guests at Congo can enjoy live entertainment, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. (BH)


Mountain View Golf Club

as mentioned earlier Dago has many wonderful restaurants and coffee houses, but not many offer better food than the Mountain View Golf Club. Visitors are very welcome and food has greatly improved since the introduction of a new Italian chef. Whether you drop in for lunch or a simple drink, the view from the open balcony is breathtaking. (BH)


Cafe OZ

Certainly worth a visit if you want a good restaurant with an Australian flavour. As you would expect it has premium roasted coffee, wonderful meat pies, gourmet pizzas, burgers, steaks and other western food, but also offers Asian favourites. Complete with a big screen in the front deck area and a playground out the back, Café Oz is a really good place to take the family. Cafe OZ offers something a little bit different and is off the main drag at Jl. Bungur No. 23. (BH)

Cafe OZ

Bamboo Shack

Located near the Dago mini-bus terminal, it is worth a visit if new to Bandung. Apart from a great selection of food in the mini-market, plus eat in or takeaway (suggest you try the Jerry Burger), upstairs is an internet cafe and lounge with tourism information which can assist in providing valuable details and directions to many of the fine attractions around Bandung. Now a regular meetin