If you are visiting Bandung and want something besides factory outlets, PVJ is probably one of your best solutions. Here, you can indulge in some shopping, coffee or just relaxing with your loved ones or family. Generally, anything famous in Bandung is most likely available here.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jurassic 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.
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. (Update April 2017, they now 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.
Read this link for a full detailed list of shops in Paris Van Java in Bandung, plus you can get up to date information about the shopping mall in Bandung. They have many events going on and also a list of food and beverage places.
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.