Besides food, Bandung is known both among locals and to Malaysians as a place for bargain shopping. Because there’s a lot of clothing factories based here, the overruns are placed in factory outlets scattered throughout the city.
You can easily find out which are the popular ones just by asking the hotel or your taxi driver. To get around, you can rent a taxi for a day, but that doesn’t include any parking fees that you need to pay (which almost all of the factory outlets have) of 2,000 rupiah (20 AUD cents).
The difficulty I had while researching for which factory outlets to go to, is that eventhough a lot of blogs in the internet would say which outlets are popular for shopping, they wouldn’t say or show what items you can find there. The common brands I would find (which I believe are authentic) is Cotton On, Guess, some H&M, Forever 21, Espirit and if I’m lucky a few Zara and Mango.
Having said that, I wasn’t just looking for getting branded clothes at a lower price. I wanted to find clothes that had some sort of style to them and was fashionable.
And in a lot of the factory outlets, you can’t expect to find something like that. If you’re going to look for jeans, or simple tank tops or t shirts, then yes you’ll find a lot at bargain prices. But otherwise, you’ll probably get disappointed by the choices available.
The only factory outlet I went crazy shopping at is Rumah Mode. Compared to the other factory outlets, this had a cleaner, fancier atmosphere where even if I didn’t shop, the place in itself gave that local feel because of the architecture and statues around the area.