At first there was only Armor Kopi, but now there is Waroeng Pinus and some other coffee shops or eating place.
Yes, I was talking about the coffee shop at Taman Hutan Raya Juanda or also known as Tahura in Bandung. I was quite surprised to find out that now there are more choices of coffee shop there, after reading Pashatama’s blog about it. When I visited the place, I counted that there are now around 5 coffee shop and eating places there, including the famous Armor Kopi. However, after I looked around, I decided to try the new Waroeng Pinus, where the name ‘pinus’ is actually the translation of ‘pine forest.’
(Also read: Sipping coffee at Armor Kopi Bandung)
Is Waroeng Pinus easy to find?
It is very easy to find Waroeng Pinus. Just head to the Tahura Bandung, and you will arrive at the destination. You can enter to Waroeng Pinus from the parking lot, or you can go from inside the forest. Well, the coffee shops there are placed ‘side-by-side’ at the entrance of the pine forests, so you can literally walk out from Waroeng Pinus to other coffee shops from inside!
Design okay or not
The design of the café is actually quite similar to the one in Armor Kopi. The main small house uses the element of wood and glasses for the window. Compared to Armor Kopi that has a wide open space for the seating area, Waroeng Pinus chose to contain the area from the surrounding with hedgerows or a line of plants.
They also has installed a fiberglass roof at the main dining area, as nobody knows when the rain will fall. I think it would be interesting to see the drop of the water from the sky from below? Right? Well, I did not experience it at that time, as it was not raining 😉
One thing that I love about the design of this place is they built the place without cutting the trees. That’s why you will see the tree in the middle of the small house, or they make holes at the ceiling for the trees.
The space of Waroeng Pinus is not as wide as the Armor Kopi, but it is enough. You can choose to sit under the roof, or sit under the sky (no roof), beside the small house. The area under the roof seems ‘too cramped’ for me, as there are two long tables with some small tables.
At first, I decided to sit beside the small house, where there were only a few of small tables. It felt nicer to sit there, as it’s just like sitting at the forest haha. Then, I heard the sound of the rain from other area (actually, I wasn’t sure where was the sound of the rain coming from), so I moved to the area with the roof. But then … there was no rain after I moved!!
And talking of this small house, there are actually some cute seats and small tables inside the house. But I guess, it’s hard to put your food and drinks together at that small table, right? 😉
Besides drink, it also has some varieties of food. And somehow, I was interested to eat a light food at that time, so I ordered a chicken porridge.
Other foods that are available to order came from the Italian food area, such as spaghetti or penne. There is also some traditional food, such as pecel and fried rice 😉
What do you think?
To be honest, all of the coffee shops there have the same view of the pines forest, but some of them also have the view of the lake.
I chose Waroeng Pinus, as it is located not that closed to other café, plus it’s not as crowded as Armor Kopi.
Would I come back again? Absolutely! I love the cool weather, and the ambiance of the forest 😉
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