Bandung shopping guide provides information you need to find malls in Bandung. Yes, there are several malls in Bandung since this city is well known as a shopping paradise in Sunda and the third largest city in Indonesia.
Bandung shopping guide will start at Trans Studio Mall (TSM), the largest mall in Bandung. The location is on Gatot Subroto street. Initially, the name of this mall was Bandung Super Mall (BSM). It changed its name when it introduced Trans Studio complex, where Trans Studio Mall, Trans Studio Bandung, and the 2 hotels: Ibis Bandung Hotel and Trans Luxury Hotel are integrated.
Trans Studio Mall is built as an entertainment center in Bandung, meaning everyone can have fun here, either shopping, hangout, watch movies in cinemas, or play in the indoor theme park.
You can go shopping at Metro department store or in more than 200 specialty stores, many carry international branded items.
If you want to hang out with friends, you can spend some time in the coffee shops, such as Starbucks or Coffee Beans, or have lunch or dinner in the restaurants that are scattered in this mall. However, most of the restaurants and the food court now is located at the second floor, near the entrance to Trans Studio Bandung, cinemas and convention center.
Trans Studio Bandung Theme Park is the second indoor theme park in Indonesia. It offers 20 rides, all are indoor. They are divided into 3 zones: Studio Central, Lost City and Magic Corner.
With all of Trans Studio Mall offers, no wonder the traffic is very heavy during weekends, especially long weekends and school holidays. Therefore, I recommend to come early (the mall opens at 10am), or stay at one of the two hotels if you plan to stay overnight in Bandung.
Bandung Shopping Guide continues to another good place to hangout in Bandung: Paris Van Java Mall. The location of PVJ is on Sukajadi street, exit at Pasteur if you use the toll road.
PVJ is a 4 storey mall, but half of it is underground. Most of the restaurants and cafes are located in the front yard, hence, you can enjoy the open air. Therefore, it’s better you come here on late afternoon until evening when the sun is not so intense and the cool winds blow.
What if you arrive here in the hot afternoon? Well, there are still many things we can do here. Playing ice skating during hot afternoon will be very tempting, the location is on the first floor. We also can watch movies at the cinemas. Or, we can go shopping at Sogo department store or many specialty shops, selling from clothes to glasses, household wares to gadgets, many are branded items. We also can shop at Carrefour supermarket or buy books at Gramedia book store.
Personally, I don’t really like walking around in this mall, since most of the floors are below the ground level. The ground level itself is nice, the corridors are covered with transparent roof, hence, there are lots of open air during daylight, a bit too warm though and too dark after sunset.
The first level is on the rooftop of this mall. It is the location of the one and only ice skating rink in Bandung. Therefore, it is crowded during weekends and school holiday, especially in the afternoon. It's better to come early (it opens at 10AM). If you need a coach, they start at 11AM.
We also can find miniature farm and birdpark in this first floor. Children will have fun in the miniature farm, where they can feed goats, young cows, sheep and rabbits. They also can feed various birds in the miniature birdpark in front of the ice rink. Unfortunately, the ticket price for each of these attractions is quite expensive.
Nevertheless, people do enjoy relaxing in this mall. The traffic near this mall is always jammed during weekends, not to mention the difficulties to get a parking lot.
The next in the list for Bandung shopping mall is Istana Plaza. This mall is smaller than the first two malls I described above, but it really has good atmosphere with great lighting, which makes us feel cozy and relax.
The location is in the corner of Pajajaran and Pasirkaliki street, which is in the heart of Bandung, near Husein Sastranegara airport as well as Bandung railway station. Unfortunately, the parking lot is limited, therefore, I prefer to come here during weekdays.
The concept of Istana Plaza is one stop family shopping mall. There are five big stores here: Ace Hardware, Matahari department store, Gramedia book stores, Electronic Solution and Giant supermarket. In addition there are many specialty stores such as boutiques, jewelry stores, toys, etc.
Your children will love to play in the game arcade named Game Master. It has two locations, in the highest floor and in the first floor for young children.
There are many restaurants here as well as a food court with various style: Chinese, Japanese, Western, and Sundanese foods, from international franchise such as Mc Donald, Pizza Hut, Baskin Robbins to the local cuisines are all here.
The location is at Cihampelas street, the most famous Bandung shopping for jeans clothing and apparels and the gate to this mall is right in the heart of this street. However, since most of the mall area is behind other stores, we will not feel the traffic jam and hectic of the street outside Ciwalk area.
In my opinion the concept of this mall is to have fun and hangout in the park, where the main building is not so big, but surrounded by trees and pedestrian walks as well as lots of benches to relax in the park. Therefore, many cafes have open air areas facing the pedestrian walk, make them a cozy place for hangout.
There are 150 tenants in this mall consist of stores, cafes, restaurant, game center, karaoke, cinemas, playground and a food court.
Another unique characteristic of Ciwalk you can not find in other malls in Bandung is that it allows you to bring your pet in the park as well as inside the mall.
The next mall in Bandung shopping guide is to go to the first mall in Bandung: Bandung Indah Plaza. The location is right in the heart of the city, at the busy Merdeka street. This mall is connected to Hyatt Regency Bandung, one of the five star hotels in this city.
This mall wants to approach youth market, the students from nearby universities. It has approximately 200 tenants, including Matahari department store and Hypermart supermarket, as well as many specialty stores. In addition, you can entertain yourself by watching movies in cinemas or play game in the game arcade here.
Presently, Bandung shopping malls are scatterred all over the city. One of them is Festival Citylink, targeting people who live in western part of Bandung. The location of this mall is at Peta street.
The anchor tenants of this mall are Matahari department store, Gramedia book store and Lotte supermarket. Recently ACE hardware and Toys Kingdom also opened their stores here. This mall has many specialty shops on fashion and apparels as well as gadgets. In addition, it has many restaurants, bakeries and a food court we can choose. Children can have fun at the game arcade or even take a ride on miniature train circling the mall,
Festival Citylink is connected to two hotels: Harris and Pop hotel. The location is convenient for us who want to explore the southern and western part of Bandung.
Bandung shopping guide continues to the Fashion Mall of Bandung Trade Center. The location of BTC is at Dr. Djundjunan street, the popular name of this area is Pasteur. It is near the entrance to Pasteur toll gate.
The theme of Bandung Trade Center is Fashion Mall. Hence, BTC is full with small shops selling everything related to fashions, such as clothes, especially women and kids clothes, bags, and accesorries. Most of them are not branded. The price and product quality is standard.
In addition to the fashion shops, there are several restaurants, a food court, a supermarket, book stores, a game arcade, paid playground and a hotel. What is really interesting is that I found a music sheet store here, which is a bit difficult to find in Bandung.
In addition to the above malls, Bandung shopping guide also has a list of smaller malls in Bandung, but they are more specialized, such as:
I believe they are all distinct malls in Bandung. I hope this Bandung shopping guide helps you decide your next destination for shopping and hangout.
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