I'm a travelling mother of one, from the UK but now living in Indonesia. Looking forward to sharing day out ideas with you.
Published July 10th 2019
No need to walk 10 thousand miles for these suggestions
Although Bandung is supposed to be a city of gardens, with all the traffic it can sometimes be hard to find somewhere for a nice safe stroll. So why not try these three spots for some safe, car free places to have a wander.
Teras Cikapundung BBWS aka River Walk Located near Babakan, in the north of Bandung, is Teras Cikapundung BBWS or what I like to call the River Walk. It's free apart from paying 3,000 IDR for your moped parking. Cars are slightly more but just be aware there aren't many spaces for them. After you have parked take a slow walk through the big stones, around a pond area to the amphitheatre. Here there are lots of interesting features like a wall with fish sculptures. Meander over the bridge and on the other side there's a very small fair area for children. I don't think I would have let my toddler on the rides even if they were open but there was a fish pond with plastic fish that was fun.
We also walked around the big pond that has turtle fountains and then went for a little adventure up the steps. This area did look closed and perhaps opened later at night or at weekends? All-in-all I would say it's not worth a long drive to visit but if you live close and are looking for a short, fun, free play area to simply enjoy some nature then it would fit the bill perfectly. Plus, as I mention it's really close to the Babakan Siliwangi Forest so why not visit both while in the area.
Babakan Siliwangi aka Forest Walk Located just near Bandung Zoo is Babakan Siliwangi Forest Walk. It's open 24 hours a day and makes for a perfect nature stroll. As you turn off Jalan Siliwangi, please don't be put off by the rubbish tip but simply turn left and be directed to the parking area. Mopeds park under the decked walkway with green railings and cars a little bit further along. As normal for Indonesia, you'll need to pay a few thousand for parking.
The parking and chill out area with tables and benches
At the entrance of the walkway (on the right as you look at the parking area) you'll find a small courtyard with tree and pond in the middle – a very pleasant chill-out area. You need to make your way to the upper level (ramps not steps) to find the start. In this area, you'll find lots of seats and tables to relax around. So a perfect idea would be to bring a bite to eat. The other option would be to simply enjoy some of the local food carts below. The path itself is a high, decked walkway which winds through the wooded area. There's ample shade and it's safe enough to let the toddler run ahead a little.
I mentioned it's open all the time and although we went during the day I could see it was well set up with lots of lampposts. Saying that I have driven past at night and it does look very dark, so judge for yourself. On this note, one very small downside is that the main road passes nearby and you can hear the constant roar of the engines in the background.
But a very positive point is that I actually saw a lady in a wheelchair enjoying the pathway. This must have been hard work for her friends as some bits are very steep and around the parking area, it is very uneven. It's so steep that children were simply sitting down and using the path as a slide. I tracked the distance around 1.5 miles in total and you can't get lost as it's one big loop.
Sunday Morning Car Free Street If you're looking for something a little different to do on a Sunday morning then head to Jalan Ir. H Juanda, in the northeast of the centre of the city. Every Sunday the section between Jalan Layang Pasupati and Jalan Siliwangi is closed off to cars and mopeds between 6am and 10am. In total, I think it was about a 1.5 / 2 mile walk from the top to the bottom and back again.
Along the way, you'll find plenty of performances, Zumba classes, food stalls, dancing and much more. We only needed to pay 2,000 IDR to park our moped in front of Warung Pasta. There was plenty of space and lots of shaded areas. It made for fun early morning outing. And my toddler loved the street performers. On a side note towards the bottom of this street is Kartikasari, a small shopping centre. Inside here is a very good soft play should you wish to add a little more onto your day. I'll be writing about this location very soon.