Layer Cakes in Bandung, Kartikasari and Mayasari

Layer Cakes in Bandung Kartikasari and Mayasari
Layer Cakes in Bandung are a must try when you visit this city which is very famous for their layer cakes from the popular local bakeries in town. They are usually found in the busy areas and if you are unsure, simply ask any of the locals for directions and chances are they will lead you there. Though the popular ones are on the pricey side, there are many local bakeries to choose from. However, you be the judge and jury when you attempt to try some of the popular kek lapis or layer cakes available here.

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 in Bandung
Kartikasari Bakery in Bandung

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.

Gambar KartikasariKartika Sari notice

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.

A selection of pastries

Bandung KartikasariThe crowd

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.

Kartikasari BandungLots of choices

Besides the Layer Cakes, you can also find Pisang Molen, Various Pastries, nyonya cakes, ice cream and all types of cakes here. Other related items include Indonesian biscuits and keropok. Seriously, some of the stuff here is better than back home in KL from where I come from. Especially the pastries.

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 Bakery BandungMayasari 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 as souvenirs just like I did. I bought 2 slices of the Mayasari layer cake and finished it even before boarding my flight back. 

Kek Lapis MayasariMayasari Layer Cakes available in slices

Photo Mayasari Layer cakesMayasari 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


Bandung Holland BakeryHolland Bakery in town

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

Desserts in Bandung can turn out to be an exciting adventure for the traveling foodie or jut anyone who loves sweet things. You just have to ask around for the really good and popular stuff when you are there as this is exactly what I did.

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.
clay said...

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...

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.

Foto Kota Bandung

Sue - Kota Kinabalu said...

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...

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...

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

Anonymous said...

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...

Is there any branch of kartikasari in pontianak?

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