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Cloud 9 Lounge
by: Emma Kwee

Cloud 9 is a name well chosen for this café that sits on top of a Dago hill, and can be reached by climbing a stairway up to the top floor of a building decorated with clouds. Rumours had reached my ears that Cloud 9 is one of the best places for a pitcher of beer in a snug environment, so up the stairs we went.

  • The Vibe
    A wooden interior is lit by warm ceiling lamps, and tables are scattered over two floors, with benches instead of chairs, enabling intimate coziness. It is an example of what a few light bulbs and sense of decoration can do, without having to go overboard with luxurious furniture for a slick and tight décor to please the spoiled loungers. Cloud 9 has a spot on intimate cozy atmosphere, that doesn't feel fabricated. At the lower sitting area, the windows reveal Bandung 's city lights, a backdrop that demands a toast.
  • The drinks
    Cloud 9 is a restaurant during the day, offering quite a list of pizza's, the curiously named ‘Fat Eddies Supreme' (Rp.54,000) being the favorite. The description tells us: ‘Our premium pizza with just about everything in it', so a big appetite might be a requirement. Other than that there's a good selection of vegetarian dishes and Western style plate meals, such as Fritto Misto (Rp.19,000) or Spanish beef kebab.

    At this hour though, most people already finished their Fat Eddies, and are enjoying the liquid section of the menu. Half a gaze suffices to conclude that pitchers of beer are the favorite in this department. The selection of beers is pretty good, with Bintang, San Miguel, Carlsberg, Anker, Tiger and Corona served by the glass, bottle or pitcher (two large bottles). A pitcher of Bintang comes at Rp.32,500 which is pretty decent. There is also a not too extensive list of cocktails where Long Island is the crowd-pleaser.

  • The crowd
    The regulars at the bar seem to know the place and the other guests quite well, they are a mixture of English teachers from different countries and local artists and bohemians who choose Cloud 9 as their favorite hang out spot and. On other tables giggling couples are to be spotted, enjoying the rare sense of privacy that this place offers, and groups of friends are sandwiched in the couches by dozens, sharing pitchers of beer and stories to match. Overall Cloud 9 has a very friendly atmosphere, no bouncers, security guards, people-staring-people or uneasiness, a café like a café should be.

SD's personal take on Cloud 9
The rumours were true, Cloud 9 is a top spot for relaxed hanging out. If you're not that much into clubbing or the seeing-and-being-seen scene, but prefer a good conversation with friends in a cozy friendly environment, head up that mountain!

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Jalan Bukit Pakar Timur No. 18, Coblong, Bandung

About The Author

Emma Kwee

Emma is a Dutch born and bred Indonesia lover who after years of traveling stranded and lost her heart to the same country her father was born in.

Emma writes for Streetdirectory Indonesia. Robert J Steiner manages Streetdirectory.co.id & FlowerAdvisor.co.id, well known for for online Flowers & Gifts in Indonesia.

She is currently living the good life in Bandung, writing for streetdirectory.com while sipping fresh coconut juice under a palmtree, she's planning on staying put for a while.

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