Kartikasari or Kartika Sari is hands down one of the most famous bakeries in Bandung which specializes in layer cakes and Pisang Molen, and mind you - they do not come cheap at all! Be warned that a brick of layer cake will set you back around Rp.140,000 (RM 44.80) for a full sized layer cake and the price is also around 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 is also a very popular stop for the local Jakarta tourist and for the record, the common Bandung locals do not even shop here. It is sort of a luxury bakery and one can spend thousands of Indonesian 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'. How sweet is that.
Kartikasari also claims to be only available in Bandung! They have no other outlets outside of Bandung (to date), so one can only get them in Bandung. If you ask me, this is a damn good gimmick to keep people coming back to Kartika Sari in Bandung.
The crowd at the bakery is simply amazing on weekends as every bakery outlet we pass, you would see a almost full house of shoppers in each of the outlets. People are seen 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 their overall cake and pastry selections.
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 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 as souvenirs just like I did. I bought 2 slices of the Mayasari layer cake and finished it even before boarding my flight back.
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
Another chain of bakeries in Bandung is called Holland Bakery. The beauty about this one is that they are so prominent, you can easily identify them by the windmills on top of the building. I bought a few pastries from here but I did not see any layer cakes so I assumed they were finished as it was quite late at night. Driving on my way back to the hotel, I counted at least about 3 Holland Bakeries around town so this is another alternative for cake and pastry lovers.
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
For anyone heading to Bandung, you can also get more information on Hotels near Factory Outlets, prices and contact numbers, taxi or van services by visiting my Bandung Factory Outlet and Hotel List. For those who have tried layer cakes in Malaysia or Singapore, I would highly recommend that you try some of Indonesia's famous layer cakes in Bandung.