Puncak Ciumbuleuit Bandung, shortened as Punclut Bandung, is located on the hills at the outskirt of Bandung. Despite the narrow road to reach this area, Punclut is a favorite destination due to its panoramic view of the city. Now it has a new place to hang out: Kawasan Wisata Punclut, also known as the Sarae Hills.
Sarae is a Sundanese plural word for nice or beautiful. So, the Sarae Hills means a higher place (a hill) where you enjoy scenic views. Another interpretation of Sarae Hills is related to the Korean language. Since K-drama is very popular in Indonesia, some people mentioned that the pronunciation of Sarae Hills is similar to saranghae, the Korean word for I love you :)
Kawasan Wisata Punclut Bandung, the Sarae Hills, consists of several restaurants on top of a cliff, of which half part of the restaurants are on the slope. Their menus range from local to Asian and Western cuisines, from snacks to the main courses. They are:
They are all restaurants but with different concepts and menus. If you think their names are unique, you must see their layout! It seems each tries to outdo the others. Of course, each offers countless stunning photo spots for our selfies :) Hence, every restaurant either charges an entrance fee or minimum order.
Ticket: Rp. 15,000
Opening Hours: 10am-8pm
Ticket: Rp. 20,000
Opening Hours: 9am-9pm
D'Dieuland is a bit challenging to pronounce and even more difficult to understand the meaning since it is a combination of a couple of languages. While 'Land' is an English word, 'Dieu' is a Sundanese word for here, and D in the first character refers to 'the.'
D'Dieuland is more playgrounds than a restaurant. It has two playgrounds for children, the outdoor one almost at the bottom of the slope, which is closed at 6 pm. The indoor playground opens longer until 8 or 9 pm. Its giant swing is a favorite among adults. Its outbound course has several challenging obstacles, including a plank bridge and a flying fox. Between these games, there are plenty of places to hang out and dine in the shape of stilt shacks and jumbo swings with comfortable cushions. As you can imagine, there are many bridges and many more steps to reach each site.
Cakrawala is an Indonesian word for a horizon, which could be daytime or nighttime. So, there are two main areas in this restaurant. One has colorful glass on its roof that sparkles on a sunny day. The other area has a dark ceiling with lots of tiny holes, representing a galaxy at nighttime. It has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The most favorite photo spot in Cakrawala Resto is the skywalk. It is a glass platform where you can have the sky, Bandung in the distance, or Dago Bakery castle as your background photo.
Dago Bakery has a gorgeous castle at the back of the restaurant. Whether you dine in the restaurant or go inside to take pictures, you must pay an entrance fee of Rp. 20,000. You can exchange this ticket for any bakery products.
Inside, Dago Bakery at Punclut is a three-stories restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and countless photo spots. The castle is still the prime photo spot in this restaurant. Other favorite photo spots are the small turret, starboard of a ship complete with its helm, a hobbit door, and murals on the dining room walls. The castle lights up with colorful lights from dusk until closing time. It is a beautiful sight to see, such as the one we imagine in the fairy tales :)
Dago Bakery serves local and international dishes, such as rice, noodles, pizza, pasta, many variants of light meals, and ice cream! Its bread and cookies in the bakery section are people's favorites too.
The name of this restaurant is another wordplay. At a glance, it looks like an English word, but if you read "Blank" and "On" as one word, it becomes "Blankon," which is a traditional Javanese hat.
De Blank On serves Javanese and Balinese cuisines, plus some dim sum. It has indoor and outdoor seating, but the open-air terrace is a preferred seating choice when the weather permits. The favorite photo spot in this restaurant is Candi Bentar (the split gateway entrance of a temple), with a view of Bandung as the background.
Public Holiday: 9am-9pm
Lereng is an Indonesian word for slope, and anteng means calm. Many tables in this restaurant are on the terracing slope, with a view of Bandung in the distance. Lereng Anteng's menu ranges from rice to pasta, steak, and snacks. Of course, it has a variety of coffees too.
Tafso serves coffee with a view, so you can guess it is a cafe, but the menu also lists some comfort food such as toast, fried rice, and noodles. It has various outside seating, a bit like bird cages. Of course, being in Sarae Hills, Tafso has plenty of instagrammable spots. In addition, Tafso Barn also has a small playground where you can feed fish, rabbits, and sheep.
Weekdays: 9 am-9 pm
Located at one corner of Kawasan Wisata Punclut, the front and the inside of the two-story Boda Barn looks like a barn. But, going outside through the side door is a different story. It suddenly transforms into a cute French cafe! That's why it is called Bodabarn de Provence. Don't worry about the menu; although it looks like a French cafe, Bodabarn serves Indonesian and Western food :)
As the latest addition to the Sarae Hills Complex, Sudut Pandang Restaurant is on top of a multistorey parking building. Sudut is an Indonesian word for angle, and Pandang means view. It is because from where you dine, the point of view of the restaurant offers a beautiful scene.
Sudut Pandang comprises two different sections:
WOW Sarae Hills (WOW stands for World of Wonders) is the latest addition to Kawasan Wisata Punclut. It is a park that has several world-famous landmarks, such as the Golden Gate bridge, Eiffel tower, Colosseum, Santorini, Liberty statue, and Sphinx. All in all, WOW Sarae Hills is a great place to walk around, enjoy the park, and take lots of selfies :)
Since the location of Kawasan Wisata Punclut Bandung is on a slope of a hill, walking up and downhill on staircases are inevitable. So, it is not that suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Senior visitors might still enjoy the experience, although they will not be able to wander all the way down.
Jalan Pagermaneuh no. 57, Bandung
Some people refer to Punclut as Puncak Ciumbuleuit (peak of Ciumbuleuit). Perhaps because of its location, which is higher than Ciumbuleuit. Speaking of Ciumbuleuit, I am sure non-Sundanese will have a hard time pronouncing it ;-) It might be one of the reasons to shorten the name into Punclut.
Since there are few road signs to Punclut Bandung, it might be easier to turn on your GPS map. The GPS coordinate of Kawasan Wisata Punclut Bandung are 6°50'34.0"S 107°37'21.0"E (-6.842778, 107.622505). Once you are at Ciumbuleuit street, drive straight till the end. Then, turn left and pass a hospital. The road is getting narrower here; often, it is difficult for two cars to pass by smoothly.
Along the way, you will pass several Sundanese restaurants. Most of them nestle on top of the cliff, so their visitors will have unobstructed views of Bandung. Keep driving until you reach Kawasan Wisata Punclut, the Sarae Hills.
It is much easier to find it during daylight. The road will be dark at night, with very few street lights.
There are many beautiful highlands in the land of Sunda. The most favorite one is Puncak Pass, but Ciwidey Bandung has gorgeous view of lush tea plantation too. Lembang is the favorite highland near Bandung while Garut has lake, temple, and hot spring waterpark to explore.
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