ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Travel and Places»
  • Visiting Asia»
  • Southeastern Asia

Old Fashioned Cafes in Bandung West Java Indonesia

Updated on July 1, 2011
Old-fashioned cafe in Bandung
Old-fashioned cafe in Bandung

There are many new and stylish cafes and restaurants in my city, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. But at least there are three old fashioned cafes that really have delicious ice creams and cakes. These cafes are still preserving the old-fashioned taste and quality, like years ago when The Dutch still occupied Indonesia.

Many elder people used to visit these cafes just to enjoy their old memories. These cafes definitely bring their old sweet memories back.

Mount Blanc ice cream
Mount Blanc ice cream

1. RASA Bakery and Cafe

Address : 15 Tamblong Street, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Phone : +62-22-4205530 ; +62-22-4201428

Opened first in 1936 and became the favorite place for The Dutch people to enjoy some tea with snacks in the evening. This place was called Hazes.
In 1966, Hazes was bought by Mrs. Kamarga, an Indonesian woman. And she changed the name into RASA until now. (Rasa means taste).

RASA Bakery and Cafe still preserves the European interior and style, like the window's shape and the exterior part.

The best thing in RASA is the ice cream. Or maybe because I love ice cream so much :) But ice cream has been the most recommended in RASA. What made it so special is because it's a homemade ice cream. They maintain the originality and quality of their ice cream recipes. I think the ice cream is very fresh and not so sweet.

You may enjoy many kind of ice creams, like Snow White, Black & Beauty, Banana Split, Mount Blanc (which is mocca ice cream with lady finger and whipped cream as the topping), and exotic ice creams like Hawaiian Love Song (different flavors of ice cream with fruit cocktail served on top of a pineapple) and ice cream served on top of a young coconut.

The presentation is so gorgeous and tastes really good, that make RASA's ice cream unforgettable.
Beside ice cream, RASA also serves old-fashioned cakes like amandel cake (still become recommended cake in RASA from 1936 until now) and the Dutch cakes like Poffertjes are also become favorite here.

Price range : 10,000 - 30,000 IDR or $1-$3

Hawaiian Love Song ice cream
Hawaiian Love Song ice cream

Rasa Cafe and Bakery

A marker15 Tamblong Street, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia -
Jalan Tamblong, Bandung, Indonesia
get directions

Rasa Cafe and Bakery

Braga Permai ice cream
Braga Permai ice cream

2. Braga Permai Cafe (means Peaceful Braga Cafe)

Address : 58 Braga Street, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Phone ; +62-22-4233778

Still an old-fashioned cafe. It was known as Maison Bogerijn in the Colonial era. Established in 1921 by the Bogerijn family and became very luxury and sophisticated also famous restaurant at that time.

The ice cream and chocolate or praline in this cafe are great. They sell some oldies snacks too like bitterballen (melted in tongue oh..), pastries, and marshmallows. But they serve Indonesian dishes as well as European and Chinese like beef steak, salad, soup and crab fried rice.

The dessert that is worth trying is pancake.

Price range : Ice cream 17,000 to 25,000 IDR or $1.7 -$2.5
Chocolates 35,000 IDR/100 gram or $3.5 /100 gram Tax 20% (the price is quite high for local people)

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Braga Permai interior selections
Braga Permai interior
Braga Permai interior
Chocolate selections
Chocolate selections

Braga Permai

A marker58 Braga Street, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia -
Braga St, Bandung, Indonesia
get directions

Old cashier machine in Sumber Hidangan
Old cashier machine in Sumber Hidangan

3. Sumber Hidangan

Address : 20-22 Braga Street, Bandung, West Java

Phone : +62-22-4236638
Open daily : Monday to Saturday 08:30 to 19:00

Near the Braga Permai, there is another old-fashioned bakery and cafe, it called Sumber Hidangan (means Source of Dishes)
This place was established in 1929, at that time it called : Het Snoephuis means The Candy House.

Visitors may hardly recognize this cafe because they don't have a clear sign outside, but if you're browsing along Braga street and ask local people about Sumber Hidangan, they will definitely point it for you. Most of Bandung people know this place.

Sumber Hidangan sells many oldies cakes, cookies, snacks. The ice cream is cheap and delicious. All the cakes and breads name are all in Dutch, like Zwieback, Roomsoes, Frou Frou Mocca, Doublet Bokkepootjes (double lady fingers meringue with chocolate), Taai Taai Pop (ginger bread), Krentenbrood, Ananastaart, and many more.

Zwieback is a twice-baked cookie with a crisp of sugar crust. A big cookie smeared with vanilla, sugar, butter, and spices like nutmeg, and cinnamon mix. It tastes really great. 
Krentenbrood is raisin bread
Suiger Hagelslaag is sugar sprinkles.
Saucijzenbrood is roll cake with mincemeat filling, Krentenbollen is raisin roll cake, and Vruchten zandtaart is dried fruit pie
Nesselrode is vanilla ice cream

Price range :
Bread : 3,000 to 12,000 IDR or $0.3 to $1.2
Ice cream : 9,000 to 12,000 IDR or $0.9 to $1.2

Snacks and ice cream in Sumber Hidangan
Snacks and ice cream in Sumber Hidangan

Sumber Hidangan Bandung

A marker20-22 Braga Street, Bandung, West Java -
Braga St, Bandung, Indonesia
get directions

Sumber Hidangan cafe


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • febriedethan profile image

      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Micky Dee, you're always so kind with your comment :) you're most welcome Sir!

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Beautiful hub as always. Thank you febriedethan!

    • febriedethan profile image

      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      @ BkCreative, you're welcome! I'm glad if you enjoy this.

      @ SimoneSmith, thank you, please visit Bandung someday!

      @ Agusfanani, how come? haha.. you have to visit those places then. Happy Lebaran to you Agus! Have a great holiday!

      @ Dave Mathews, yes Sir, please come by someday! Thank you for commenting!

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Thank you for another beautiful place for me to try and visit.


    • agusfanani profile image

      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Hey, I"ve lived in Bandung for years but I didn't realize there were such places. Thank you for the information, I should visit them when I go to Bandung.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Brilliant hub!

      These places look absolutely charming. I love the photos, your explanations of the lovely foods available, and also the bits of history you provide! These strike me as the perfect places for a pleasant chat and happy snacking. What's more, I want to go these and feel nostalgic, and I'm only 22! Hahaa.

    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh this looks so delightful. How lovely to have a cafe to eat and greet. Thanks for the photos - rated awesome!

    • febriedethan profile image

      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Hanna, you're most welcome, those cafes are giving our grandparents sweet memories. Have a great weekend!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for showing these wonderful Old Fashioned Cafes. I enjoyed your hub.