Your trip to Bandung will never complete unless if you bring oleh-oleh for family back home. Here is the assorted list of our favorite choices and for you to try as well.
As a city designated for tourism, everything in Bandung becomes more vibrant than ever. Aside from the sprouting resorts, hotels, restaurants, and places of interest; the oleh-oleh shops become an integral part of the city as well. Among so many, we decided to squeeze it into our four latest favorites overlooking both the old guards and something new for you.
Jalan Bawean no. 4, Bandung
+62 22 420 5471
Staying faithful since it first appeared in 1946, Bawean – or formerly known as Sweetheart, has always been my favorite. Classic choices from mocha tart, lapis malang, nougat tart, and the most stunning piece of art – the chocolate wafers shaped like gold bullions are the must-try here.
Quite recently Bawean just opened their brand of restaurant as well still nearby the original shop. The prices may be a bit premium for Bandung but the pride, the standard, and the classic values are something to be held that high.
B & JO BANANA CAKE AND MUFFIN
Floating Market Lembang
Jalan Grand Hotel Lembang no. 33E, Lembang
Passing by the floating market part of Floating Market Lembang, you will certainly not miss this banana cake shop that sells quite similar thing with the world famous Tokyo Banana. The spongy soft cake in banana shape is another interesting choice of oleh-oleh from Bandung – or in this case, Lembang.
The banana came in the same shape but different coating of flavors. They came in packages so it’ll be both convenient for you to share on your trip back or as oleh-oleh.
Jalan Kemuning no. 20, Bandung
Prima Rasa is the powerhouse of oleh-oleh shop from Bandung, peered directly from the likes of Kartika Rasa or Amanda. I remember in the 1990s that it used to be a small and charming classic cake shop in a quiet neighborhood.
Quite surprisingly since almost a decade ago, it has been transforming into one of the best oleh-oleh shop in Bandung and attracting so many visitors and small businesses alike. Its take on brownies and other affordable yet flavorful cakes are the among the must-not-miss list whenever you came to the city.
Jalan Sesko AU no. 20, Lembang
+62 22 2784 4749
Lembang may be known for its tahu susu (milk tofu) shops, but Tahu Tauhid is clearly the biggest among all in tofu competition there. Started modestly as a home business, this tofu mogul has been expanding itself within the past few years and become the icon of Lembang itself.
The production line is an elaborated one and therefore even if a throng of tourists and tofu enthusiasts are coming, they can still efficiently serve everyone and as you return home, the juicy fresh tofu coming from the best soybeans will clearly color your palate as you drench it with sambal kecap.
Featured in VENTURE TRAVEL MAGAZINE October 2014 edition
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Photography by Dennie Benedict & Rian Farisa