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Top Choice Bar in Pangandaran

Bamboo Beach Café

This fine beach bar lines up nicely with the waves, and is the perfect location to scout the swell with a cold Bintang in hand, particularly at sunset. Benches and tables with thatched umbrellas wander all the way t…
Top Choice Gardens in Bogor

Kebun Raya

At the heart of Bogor are the fabulous botanical gardens, known as the Kebun Raya, the city’s green lung of around 87 hectares. Governor General Raffles first developed a garden here, but the spacious grounds of the…
Top Choice Seafood in Pangandaran

Pasar Ikan

Pangandaran’s terrific fish market consists of more than a dozen large, open-sided restaurants just off the east beach. Karya Bahari is considered the best – which is why it's so crowded – but all operate on exactly…
Top Choice Cafe in Bandung

Wiki Koffee

The best place for coffee on Jl Braga is this smoky cafe set in a restored old storefront and tastefully decorated with vintage furniture, art and fresh-cut flowers. This is where the hip, young and cute collide in …
Top Choice Indonesian in Bogor

De' Leuit

The most happening eatery in Bogor. There's seating on three floors beneath a soaring, pyramid-shaped thatched roof, though the best tables are on the first two levels. It does sate (satay), mixed rice dishes, fried…
National Park in Pangandaran

Pangandaran National Park

The Pangandaran National Park, which takes up the entire southern end of Pangandaran, is a wild expanse of dense forest. Within its boundaries live porcupines, kijang (barking deer), hornbills, monitor lizards and m…
International in Bogor

Grand Garden Café

The cafe-restaurant in the botanical gardens is a wonderfully civilised place for a bite or a drink, with sweeping views down to the water lily ponds. It's a little pricey (especially as you need to pay the 25,000Rp…
Coffee in Bandung

Armor Kopi

A good reason to hit the hills is this outdoor cafe set among pine plantations and pastoral outlooks. There's an excellent choice of Indonesian coffees, served in a multitude of techniques; our favourite it its Aceh…
Market in Bogor

Pasar Baru

Jl Suryakencana, steps from the garden gates, is a whirlwind of activity as shoppers spill en masse from within the byzantine concrete halls of Pasar Baru onto the street. Inside, the morning market is awash with al…
Gallery in Bandung

Selasar Sunaryo Art Space

Just outside of town in the pretty rural district of Ciburial is this sleek contemporary art gallery. It exhibits both Indonesian and international artists in monthly changing shows in its four galleries. There's al…