A city of contrasts, Bandung is one of Indonesia's most significant and most rapidly developing cities. located at a distance of 150 kms from Jakarta. Characterized by rippling rice fields, volcanic mountains, and a distinctly European feel, Bandung was dubbed the "Paris of Java" by the Dutch colonialists. Due to Bandung's volcanic geographic features that made it easy to defend from attacks, the Dutch East India Company had plans to relocate the country's capital from the erstwhile called Batavia (Jakarta), but those plans fell through because of the Second World War. It has since blossomed into the preferred weekend getaway destination of many Jakartans.
Tourists frequent Jl. Braga to while away some time at the numerous for cafes, restaurants, and museums. Jl. Cihampelas is known for its shopping trips, and for a taste of the modern, they can visit Jl. Tirtayasa and Jl. Trunoyoso for the high-end restaurants and malls that are found there. A defining feature of the city is its surrounding mountains and they can be seen from any part of Bandung.
It also has a zoo, botanical gardens, golf courses, lakes, waterfalls and tea gardens that beautifully counter the developing urban hub that Bandung is becoming. Filled with historical relics, a thriving youth culture, beautiful scenery, and delicious coffee, Bandung is the perfect weekend destination. Replete with petite traditional cafes and hot springs, Bandung offers a welcome relief to the hectic pace of life experienced in Jakarta.
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The best time to visit Bandung is from June to September during the dry season. The lack of constant rain that may disrupt the road systems and transportation options make the dry season the perfect time to visit Bandung. Its mountain climate also makes sure that summer in Bandung is far more temperate than in Jakarta or most other parts of Java.
The local food consists of Urang Sunda or Sundanese food, with fresh ingredients and subtle taste, compared to the spicy, rich food in the rest of the country. Nasi Timbel, or steamed rice wrapped in banana leaves, is the best delicacy in Bandung, and it is usually accompanied by tofu or fried meat.
Another popular dish is Sayur Asem, or a sour tamarind-based soup, which is eaten with rice. Ikan Bakar, one of the less commonly found dishes in Bandung, is no less of a treat- freshwater fish like carp grilled with sweet soy chilli sauce, served with salad is one of Bandung's hidden gems. Other than this, Bandung is home to many picturesque, small cafes that serve a variety of Western and Indonesian food, including The Valley Cafe, Cafe Burangrang, and Cafe DePakar. Cocorico Cafe is a must-visit spot for large portions of Western comfort food.
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