Shopping in Bandung is one of the few experiences one should take as right now, it is a local market only with a few Malaysians and Singaporeans heading there. They mostly cater to the people from Jakarta that come there for the weekends to buy up everything. Since AirAsia open the flight route there, many Malaysians have been there solely to shop at the factory outlets or try the Sundanese food.
If you know the roads in Bandung well, you could make your own way there but I would not advise even trying. Time spent looking for the places would be good shopping time wasted! Anyway, it is quite cheap to hire a van for the entire day shopping the factory outlets in Bandung.
Dago Factory Outlet area – One of the interesting areas where most of the factory outlets are based in old converted colonial bungalows. There are about 8 to 10 factory outlets there and once reaching there, you can walk from outlet to outlet as most of them are next to each other. Local hawkers would be in front of almost any factory outlet selling drinks and food. You will also see some selling souvenirs or even cheap knock-off t-shirts by the road.
The thing to look out for are the ‘brands’. So if you see Versace and Louis Vuitton on entering a factory outlet, be cautious. They are most likely 99% fake. Those who do not know will fall for it while those who know will just buy it since t is cheap. Maybe as a gift for someone home?
For the larger sized men, there are XXL, XXXL or Big Size as they are known there. So, if you wander around the factory outlets and cannot find them, just ask one of the assistants where the Big Sized items are. However, there are not much available compared to the common size and do not expect top brands with Big Size.
Meaning, most of the stuff there is excellent for people who are no taller than 5′ 10″. I am 5′ 11″ and on trying the L size, it just does not fit. I need an XL but most of the choices there go up to L.
I went into Glamour Factory Outlet and got myself a pair of DKNY Army 3/4 cargos for Rp.69,000 (Rm22.00). The sizes were from 28 right up till 38! So, choices for pants there are quite good. I saw a lot of beachwear at this factory outlet too.
The other thing is do not be fooled by the outlook of the entrance for these factory outlets. Once you make it inside, it just expands into this large warehouse which cannot be seen from the front. Easily, you can spend about an hour or two in there.
At the Dago Factory Outlets, there is an amazing selection of working class clothes for the men. So men, at least you can spend time walking around checking out clothes for yourself. Ladies, this would also be great gifts for your loved ones, fathers and collegues! Sadly, I do not wear these type of shirts anymore since I work for myself.
My overall conclusion on Dago Factory Outlets – Excellent place to shop. Nice design and large factory outlets which caters to ladies, men and also children clothings. You can easily spend half a day here so be prepared. No point planning to come here for 2-3 hours as you will end up being dissapointed. Minimum of 4-5 hours is required here for shopping lovers.
Factory Outlets at
Jalan Riau, Bandung
The Jalan Riau area takes some serious walking as the factory outlets are not next to each other. towards the end where Heritage is located, it is a traffic junction with all four corners dominated with factory outlets. It is a good 1000 meter walk from one end to the other. So, get those comfy shoes on!
My conclusion on the Jalan Riau Factory Outlets – This place is much better to spend your hard earned money than side street shopping in town area. The varieties available make life so much more interesting. If your hubby is a MU fan, then good for him. He can blow half his salary there to be the envy of his other MU buddies or YOU can simply do it for him.As mentioned above about the brands, just be cautious about the super luxury labels as they are 99% most likely fakes. So, if it floats your boat, then why not? Go for it!For the parents with kids, you will find these factory outlets a wonderland! There are just so many choices available for children with prices ranging from Rp.10,000 to Rp.50,000. Gap, Guess and you name it for the kids. A true deal if you ask me.
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.
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 Paris Van Java 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, Paris Van Java 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) 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 Paris Van Java, 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.
One part of Paris Van Java, there is an entertainment area with bars and clubs with live bands performing. Not forgetting the Karaoke which is called InulVizta. 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.
For food at Paris Van Java, 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.
Cihampelas Main Street
@ Jalan Cihampelas
Then again, if you are a low income earner having saved up for this trip, then it would be alright to come here. Meaning you will wear anything that cost under RM10.00 and doesn’t fuss. But don’t regret after spending hundreds here and move to the next place to find much more nicer stuff.
Also do not be fooled by the Factory Outlet signs around/along the Cihampelas road. They are substandard normal goods. The real stuff (branded) is NOT here. I saw many jeans there but none of the brands ring a bell in my head. Strange… I really cannot remember any of the brand names I saw.
However at Cihampelas, there are some small specialty shops along the road but nothing to shout about. A Tattoo parlor is also smack centre of the area for those who enjoy collection a tatt at every destination.
Cihampelas Walk or Ci-Walk