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08 June, 2009

Cihampelas Walk Shopping Mall in Bandung

Cihampelas Walk or Ci-Walk

Cihampelas Walk Mall

Cihampelas (Chi-ham-pa-las) Shopping in Bandung is one of the very popular places in town. When you are in Bandung, drivers or hotel staff will easily recommend this shopping place to you. So, with me having lots of time, I took a trip to see what it was all about. And my conclusion is right at the end of this posting with an overall rating.

Ci-Walk Entrance - Ever famous Logo Board / meet up point

This is the main drop off and pick up area of Cihampelas and you will most probably be dropped off here by your driver or taxi. Too bad there are no waiting benches or kiosk selling drinks. So, if you are tired from walking, just be prepared to wait it out for a regroup or transport. There were 4 of us here so we split up and headed our own way and met back here at a specific time.

Cihampelas Walk - Just three floors of shopping

Inside Ci-Walk Mall there is mainly general shopping here so don't bother if you are looking for real bargains, unless you get lucky with some store having a major sale. But if you have to go jalan-jalan, give it a visit. The mall looks pretty decent, clean and modern. Nice toilets too. And they have a ton of fast food here so only if you are a certified mall junkie, then go here.

One of those makeshift areas with a sale going on. Cheap too.

Anyway, I was walking around the Ci-Walk Mall looking for some factory outlets as someone told me there are factory outlets here. Sadly, after much walking, I did not find any factory outlet in the mall. There were some factory outlets outside the main road. Reminding you, this is not the factory outlet area. This is just a shopping area in Bandung.

Warung Talaga - Local food kiosk

One of the interesting local stalls outside the F&B area called Warung Talaga which was selling all kinds of Taufoo (Tahu). Tried it and it was rather interesting. Catch is you need to get a chair, more like a stool to sit and it was pretty crowded on the weekend and the Tahu was exceptionally great!

The local coffee. See the 'serbuk'(coffee dust) in it

Taufoo/Tahu Samosa. Very interesting

Another Taufoo/Tahu dish from Warung Talaga

So, I just made a quick walk around Cihampelas to pass time and did not do any shopping here. Just wanted to know what the hype was all about. I think the main street was more interesting. Again, seriously, unless you have lots of time, then visit Chiampelas Walk. Most people do.

This is a nearby place in Bandung, relatively safe and friendly. A little shopping in the mall and lots of food choices. From local to fast food. Even an Italian restaurant was seen there. Great place to bring kids and husbands as you can dump them at one of the street's restaurant while you go crazy shopping.

Be careful going here on weekends as the traffic on the main road can get nasty. I went on a Friday and I had to wait for about 30 minutes for my driver (supir) to come pick me. The traffic jam can be crazy here on weekends so just a heads up. For more info on Hotels, Taxi and Van services in Bandung, please visit my Bandung Hotel List.

For those heading to Bandung, you may want to do some homework before going there. The ultimate reason people come here is mainly for the shopping especially at the Factory Outlets in Bandung. Otherwise, it is sight seeing and golf.For those who are into the general shopping and local food, the one place you can visit is Cihampelas Walk Shopping Mall in Bandung.
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5 comments:

Sal said... 17 June 2009 at 00:34

it's nice to heard n seen that there's a picture about our tofu booth at this web site..its call:"WARUNG TALAGA",that's sell every kind of traditional tofu snack ex:tahu bodo,tahu buntel,tahu gondrong,tahu kriuk,tahu sumpel and many kinds of the other tofu snack and off course we're sell traditional drinks too likes:kopi tubruk,wedang jahe,susu kedelai,es cingcau,es tape,es cendol etc..
Come and enjoy the food,feel the comfort and uniquely atmosphere at"WARUNG TALAGA" with the verry tasty and cheap food in there..;)Gbu..

David Jr said... 1 July 2009 at 01:42

Hello Sal, thank you for your comment and I am happy to know it was your Tahu Stall which was featured. Anyway, your tahu rocks! Just to let you know and keep branching out.

David

Anonymous said... 26 October 2009 at 12:27

Is the tofu halal ie no pork or un-slaughtered animals(muslim way) or any ingredients made of these two? No offence, just checking. TQ

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