If you’re a Singaporean thinking about Bandung,
I bet you’re thinking about that pink, syrupy drink. Rose syrup + milk.
That was exactly what came to my mind when I first heard that I would be going to Bandung! Then I had this idea that Bandung was a little sleepy town with a volcano somewhere in its proximity.
Then I head it was a shopper’s paradise. Honestly, I was skeptical. Someone had told me Sri Lanka had factory outlets and I was sorely disappointed. I kinda thought Bandung’s outlet shopping would be on the same par. I’d only changed SGD $200 for 3 days. In the end? It was NOT ENOUGH.
Yes, shopping in Bandung is no joke – and it’s not just for the girls, there’s an equal amount of stuff for the guys and the kids, too!
Here are some of my favourite buys –
It’s common to find brands like MANGO, F21, H&M and Zara in the factory outlets. Prices aren’t exactly dirt cheap – a little more expensive than Bangkok, but the material and workmanship is definitely way better and it comes in sizes… good news to everyone that doesn’t fit into the stick-thin asian female stereotype that a lot of Thai wholesalers fashion cater to. “Free size”, they say.
Don’t expect Woodbury / American style outlets. The outlets in Bandung are actually quite “capalang” – you’ll find everything randomly arranged in one residential-like building, and it’s up to you to do the digging!
There are basically 3 areas where all the factory outlets are:
1. Jalan Setiabudhi – Rumah Mode, Mode Plus, Fashion World
2. Jalan Dago – Level, Polo, Nike, Grande, Marc & Stuart, Uptown, Carla, Glow, Donatello
3. Jalan Riau – Summit, Heritage, Cascade, Secret
AS YOU CAN SEE, there are MANY outlets!! It’s shopping heaven!
If you’re staying at a hotel that’s relatively central (we stayed at Gino Feruci Bandung), it’s pretty cheap to just cab around – the fare should just go up to about less than $5. Many of the cabs have a minimum fee of IDR20,000 – but that’s just about SGD$3.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try taking the angkot (a public minibus). We couldnt get a cab along the busy road of Setiabudhi so Alexis and I walked down the hill and took an angkot to Dago. Angkot drivers will slow down when they see pedestrians. Ask “pergi Dago tak?” (do you go to Dago?) when he winds down the window, and if he says yes, just hop on. The ride will cost you IDR2,000 per person… SGD$0.30 or so!
Once you reach a certain road, individual outlets are within walking distances from each other. Continue reading