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14 July, 2009

Paris Van Java Shopping Mall in Bandung


Paris Van Java Shopping Mall in Bandung is one of the popular shopping spots for the locals and also tourist. Located at Jalan Setiabudi, everyone and anyone in Bandung knows about PVJ as the locals call it. The name Paris Van Java came about because back in the day, Bandung was know as the Paris of Java mostly due to the Dutch era.

Paris Van Java Entrance to Sogo

So, what is this Paris Van Java? According to the PVJ website, it is a Resort Lifestyle Place. A mega huge shopping mall which looks so much nicer than most of the malls around Bandung. I had some spare time so my driver suggested we go take a look inside. The mall is really huge with over 5,000 square meters of shopping and 200 European styled shops.

Outdoor shopping area at night

The kind of shopping you will find in here is from middle to high end items. So one would not find the cheaper brands there. One of the brands I saw there was Charles & Keith selling handbags and shoes. Other popular brands are Esprit, Mango (MNG), Roxy, La Senza, Rip Curl, Nike, Crocs, Adidas and many others. Do not expect Versace, Armani, DKNY, Prada, Hugo and the super top named outlets here.

Exotic plants stall

Overall, it is a nice place to go for a meal and do some window shopping. Only if you have the time to spare in Bandung. The ambiance in PVJs street area is also very nice. They have the open area with stalls in the middle selling various items from nick-knacks to even rare exotic jungle plants. I was so tempted to buy some plants but I know it would not make it through the customs.

Staghorn Fern decorations

The way they use the Staghorn Ferns (Tanduk Rusa) as decorations around the open area is also interesting. Planted along the mall street, these Staghorn Ferns are huge, beautiful and well taken care of. I must say that the landscaping department of PVJ is really creative.

Choices of restaurants available

At PVJ, there is a fantastic selection of food available. From local cuisine to international names. There are cafes and bars in the main entrance walk area and restaurants located throughout Paris Van Java. The mall is also pretty busy with most locals patronising or simply doing some shopping as they have Sogo and also Carrefour there.

ePlex, entertainment area at PVJ

There is an entertainment area with bars and clubs with live bands performing. Not forgetting the Karaoke which is called Inul Vizta. For the movie lovers, there is a cineplex called Blitz Megaplex and again for the kids, there is a Jurrasic World and also Kids-X-Kids Playground. With all of these places, it makes it the perfect family get away minus the Factory Outlet feel.

Pepper Lunch Hamburger Steak

For food,I tried the newly opened Pepper Lunch Japanese Fine Steaks. A fast food restaurant serving a variety of Japanese styled dishes. Only reason I tried this was they do not have it in Malaysia.

Another thing you have to be careful at PVJ is when it rains, the outdoor street area is not fully covered so walking there would be wise with an umbrella. Also, the parking on weekends can be really bad. If you have a driver, they would either drop you at he main entrance and pick you from there.

Here is a full detailed list of shops in Paris Van Java in Bandung

If you are in Bandung doing some Factory Outlet Shopping, chances are you will be spending at least the weekend or maybe four to five days there. Don't forget to try some of the famous Sundanese Food and Kartika Sari Layer Cakes there. Apart from just plain shopping or staying in the hotel, there are also sight seeing to be done or you can take a break and visit Paris Van Java Shopping Mall in Bandung.
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7 comments:

Rahul said... 17 July 2009 01:24

Interesting text. You have a nice blog. Keep it up!. I tell u about Budget Hotel, you can check Hotel Suncity

David Jr said... 23 July 2009 01:19

Hello Rahul, thank you for the nice words and great budget hotel write up you have too.

David

tiffanyk. said... 25 July 2009 03:08

It's so great shopping in Bandung! The factory outlets have really really cheap clothing. :D

candrawulan said... 19 August 2009 22:32

I came across your blog and really enjoyed your post about PVJ. Thanks for sharing such a lovely story about my hometown, Bandung.

Cath J said... 5 March 2010 15:09

Finally have a chance to check out this.. ^_^

ahmad said... 2 April 2010 16:24

Nice post...and I hope we can work together to promote tourism in their respective countries. I'm Indonesian travel blogger , nice to visit your blog.

David Jr said... 10 October 2010 13:33

Tiffany, yes they sure do have some great deals in Bandung.

Candrawulan, thank you and I am always looking forward to re0visiting Bandung again.

Cath, So how was your Bandung trip?

Ahmad, thank you. Drop me a mail as I would like to see some of your articles too.

David

Item Reviewed: Paris Van Java Shopping Mall in Bandung Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: David Jr
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