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24 May 2009

Layer Cakes in Bandung, Kartikasari and Mayasari

Layer Cakes in Bandung, Indonesia

Kartikasari Layer Cakes (Kek Lapis)

Layer Cakes in Bandung are a must try considering that this city is famous for their layer cakes. Well known bakeries throughout town sell them and if you are unsure,simply ask the locals for directions. Though the popular ones are on the pricey side, there are many to choose from. However, you be the judge when you attempt to try some of the popular ones available here.

or Kartika Sari is one of the most famous bakeries in Bandung. Specialising in layer cakes and Pisang Molen they do not come cheap at all! Be warned that a brick of layer cake will set you back Rp.140,000 (RM 44.80) For a full sized layer cake, the price is Rp440,000 (RM 140.00) and per slice, Rp.8,000 (RM 2.50). So, how many layer cakes did you promise your relatives and friends?

Kartikasari Bakery in Bandung

KartikaSari Bakery is also a very popular stop for all Jakarta tourist. For the record, the common locals do not shop here. It is sort of a luxury bakery and one can spend thousands of Rupiah in Kartika Sari just on Layer Cakes. Seriously, even my supir/driver has never tried the layer cake from Kartikasari. I ended up buying one for him since he was so patient and a very nice person. I asked him if he had tried it and his reply was 'this is rich mans cakes, I usually get my wife to make them or buy them from the local stalls'.

Kartika Sari notice

Kartikasari also claims to be only in Bandung! No other outlets outside of Bandung, so one can only get them in Bandung. A damn good gimmick to keep people coming back to Kartika Sari in Bandung.

A selection of pastries

The crowd

The crowd at Kartikasari is simply amazing on weekends. Every bakery outlet we pass, you would see this kind of crown in there. People seem to be buying 3 or 4 layer cakes per person not forgetting the other goodies there. This alone shows that Kartikasari is really popular in Bandung not only for the layer cake but also for the overall selection.

Lots of choices

Besides the Layer Cake, Pisang Molen, Pastries, nonya cakes, ice cream and all types of cakes are available here. Other items include Indonesian biscuits and keropok. Seriously, some of the stuff here is better than back in KL. Especially the pastries. But again, the Layer Cake is simply awesome!

Here are the addresses and contact number for Kartika Sari Bakery:
  • Jalan Buah Batu 165A - Tel: +62 22 7379385
    This outlet is the main branch and is in front of Bandung main train station.
  • Jalan Kebon Jukut 3C
    Tel: +62 22 4230397
  • Jalan H. Akbar
    Tel: +62 22 4231355
  • Jalan Kopo Sayati 111A
    Tel: +62 22 5414340
  • Jalan Terusan Jakarta 77E
    Tel: +62 22 4230397
  • Jalan Ir. H. Djuanda (Dago)
Mayasari Bakery
Mayasari outlet at the Bandung airport

Mayasari is another well known outlet which sells the layer cakes and pisang bolen. Not that I saw a lot of them in town, but the one at the airport before you leave was pretty stocked up with slabs of layer cake or slices of it. Last minute shoppers would tend to use up the remaining rupiahs there by buying the layer cakes or like we did. I bought 2 slices of layer cake and ate it there itself.

Mayasari Layer cakes available in slices

Mayasari Layer cake in rolls. Priced at Rp.85,000 (RM 27.00) per roll

Mayasari Address in Bandung:

Jl. Dr. Junjungan No. 143 BTC LGF A-4 No. 7 Tel: 022 6126375
Jl. Kebon Kawung No. 22 Bandung Tel: 022 4222444
Jl. Cihampelas No. 110 Bandung Tel: 022 2042678
Jl. Sukamukti No. 10 Bandung Tel: 022 2034444
Jl. Ahmad Yani No. 259 Bandung Tel: 0803207867
Email: sari.maya96@yahoo.co.id


Holland Bakery in town

Another chain of bakeries in Bandung called Holland Bakery. They are so prominent, you can easily identify them by the windmills on top of the building. Even the taxi drivers know of Holland Bakery. We bought a few pastries from here but I did not see any layer cakes. I assumed they were finished as it was quite late at night. Driving around town, I counted at least about 3 Holland Bakeries around town.

Holland Bakery outlets address:

Jl. Sunda 68 Bandung, Tel: 022 4234434
Jl. Kopo Bihbul No. 47 Bandung, Tel: 022 5425235
Jl. Dr.Abdul Rivai No. 7 Bandung, Tel: 022 4266627
Jl. Merdeka No. 68 Bandung, Tel: 022 4221121
Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi No. 103 X Bandung, Tel: 022 2036675

So, desserts in Bandung can turn out to be an exciting adventure. You just have to ask around for the really good and popular stuff. For more information on Hotels near Factory Outlets, prices and contact numbers, taxi or van services, please visit my Bandung Hotel Blog. For those who have tried layer cakes in Malaysia or Singapore, you best try some of Indonesia's famous layer cakes in Bandung.
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clay said... 28 August 2009 at 01:39

Hello Jrhogan

I would like to find out more about bandung?Can i have your email?

This is my first time to bandung so i would like to know which is the best place to stay as i read ur post there are several places like riau,dago and sukajadi area.The most important thing is i would like to know the distance in order for me to consider.

Hope you can reply me at ppo_ri@hotmail.com



Valentino Kokasih said... 16 September 2009 at 09:42

Wow, great post. Nice food photographs too.
By the way, don't forget to visit bandung old buildings (art deco buildings) which built in around 1930, spread around the city. The famous place (for old buildings) is Braga Street. You will get different atmosphere there.

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Sue - Kota Kinabalu said... 5 October 2009 at 11:52

Hi David,
Very informative. I noticed you have listed most of the famous FOs. Keep up the great work! BTW, tailors/seamstress there are really a sought out thingy, hope you can get some information. Would be a great help to me for my next trip. Thanks!


maria said... 22 December 2009 at 21:11

I'm a complete foodie...so it was very obvious for me to visit this post.....watching all the pictures of mouth watering desserts....I wish to visit this place to enjoy the variety of food.
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Anonymous said... 29 December 2009 at 23:37

very thorough write up of bandung..regarding food..I agreed with you that the layered cakes are one of the best..perhaps you should try some from Kuching-equally good if not better..Kartikasari overall presentation of their pastries and other stuff look delicious and yummy but we have tried some during my trip just a couple of weeks ago..not so fantastic..

You have forgotten to introduce Amanda's brownies..that I will give my thumbs up...just go to Amanda outlet..sold every where too.

Bandung overall a highly recommended place to visit...shopping is a blast! will go again..

Valerie. sabah

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Anonymous said... 21 January 2013 at 05:20

Actually, Kartika Sari famous for Pisang Molen, not layer cake.
I'm agreed with you, crowd was absolutely bloody terrible.

Try Primarasa, another must try bakery shop at Bandung. This shop is spreaded all over the city.

Locals usually buy Kartika Sari and or Primarasa, cake at Sweet Heart, then maybe Amanda.

Kartika Sari famous for Bollen series, especially Pisang Bollen, and Bagelen.
Prima Rasa famous for Brownies, also Bagelen.
Sweet heart for roll cake, this is legendary cake shop, not only for Bandung, but for Indonesia too.

Anonymous said... 23 March 2013 at 18:12

Is there any branch of kartikasari in pontianak?

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