Bandung is the capital city of West Java, and the third largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. Nicknamed Parijs van Java (Paris of Java) by the Dutch for its resemblance to Paris and European atmosphere back in colonial times, Bandung also earned another nickname as Kota Kembang, literally meaning the Flower City since Bandung used to have a lot of flowers.
Located at the altitude of 768m and surrounded by the lush and beautiful Parahyangan mountains makes the climate mild and pleasant. The city has been well known for its universities, a clothing and a great place for gastronomic adventure. Nowadays, Bandung has become a very popular weekend escape for Jakartans, who would crowd the city on weekends and national holidays.
Bandung is divided into unofficial districts that are used mainly for travelling purposes only.
Mainly industrial and developing residential area. Hussein Sastranegara International Airport is here and also the Aircraft industry. This region is connected to the west with Cimahi and Padalarang where you can find more industries, and also the Kota Baru Parahyangan (residential area).
Mainly contains the up and coming residential area in the north part of Bandung. The air is considerably cooler here so it is preferable for residential area. Still need some progress for well managed residential area but in some enclave it already has upscale residential area. Residential area developing to higher area with fresh and cool air like sariwangi, gerlong, and ciwaruga. This region also contains many universities. Contains malls like Paris Van Java malls and Bandung Trade Center. Jalan Setiabudi in the north also has a row of Factory Outlets and in process of gentrification. Further north from this region are more residential suburb that seeks Bandung's fresher air. In the north part of this area you will find many beautiful recreation place like dusun bambu, villa istana bunga, lembang, maribaya waterfall, the peak, kafe bunga, curug tilu waterfall, ciwangun indah camp, curug pelangi waterfall. Plenty cafe and restaurant with mountaneous tropical rain forest view here...
Cipaganti and Cihampelas Areal
Two long strips that contains upscale residential area (on Jalan Cipaganti) and Bandung's jeans center (on Jalan Cihampelas). Stride on small streets between those two main street and you will find more relaxed residential area with some nice cafes dotting the area. Cihampelas Walk Mall (open concept) is in this area. Travel service from Jakarta mostly have terminal in this area.
In the colonial era, this is the favorite residential area for rich people. Currently you can find row of factory outlets, restaurants, and hotel along Jalan Dago (Jalan Ir. H. Juanda). Together with Riau/Gedung Sate Area, this part of the city is undergoing a tremendous change in the process of gentrification. You can find the Bandung Institute of Technology and Bandung Zoo here. The area is nice to explore, possible on foot but preferable by car.
Upper Dago Area
Another upscale residential area in the hilly part of the city. It boasts many restaurants that overlooking Bandung basin and you can see the city light in the evening. Some nice cafes and art gallery have found a way in here.
Contains middle class residential area in the vast area further to the east of Bandung. Contains the Saung Angklung Mang Udjo.
Riau/Gedung Sate Area
Part of the historical colonial government complex which is very planned and nice to explore on foot. Together with Dago area, this part of the city is undergoing tremendous change in the process of gentrification. You can find many restaurants and factory outlets in this area. A lot of trees shading the road making this area a perfect location for cafes. Be sure to stop by Gedung Sate as the architectural heritage in Bandung.
Upper Central Area
This is the new important business area in Bandung. Contains Bandung's railway station, Paskal Hypersquare, and Istana Plaza Mall.
City Hall Area
Also part of the historical colonial government complex similar like Riau/Gedung Sate Area. But this area has more building that still functional as government / military building. Broad road and big government complexes mark the area. Contains Bandung's city hall, the central bank office, Bandung's cathedral, and many more historical building. Together with Riau and Dago Area, a lot of architectural sights here. The famous Braga street is here.
This is a very busy business and China town area. Contains Pasar Baru Trade Center with its grand bazaar style. On weekdays continually suffering from traffic jam.
A vast area that is dense with residential, business, and industrial area. Majority are not a tourist area except some dots like the shoes production center in Cibaduyut. Contains a lot of textile and garment industry that is the main industry in Bandung area.