No doubt that Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk) has been one the city best icons.
Located in a very famed and strategic location in jalan Cihampelas that has been well know for the lines of shop along the road, in the middle of the bustling city, definitely gives the most added point to this site.
Alas, since the pavement all along the road is used by semi permanent street hawker, and parking spaces, the safety of the pedestrians of the Cihampelas street is very very dangerous.
The flow of the traffic that is more than its capacity makes Cihampelas street also one of the most crowded, jammed street in the City.
Definitely offering some kind of different kind atmosphere of the mall, with a lot of open air spaces, ciwalk is different.
There alley, open alley that is allocated for the food stalls with a lot of choices is definitely a haven for the food lover. Even though the international franchises fast food stalls and higher class food shop are also available in the different part of Ciwalk.
For the shops, Ciwalk offers many kinds of shops that are selling almost of everything,
starting from the international high tech gadgets, camera til the girl accessories, which is good.
But frankly and sadly some of the shops are deserted, no visitors. The native of the Bandung visitors just come for the sight seeing, that makes no profit for some of the shop owner to keep and maintain the shop open, that's why shops are keep changing, since some of them can't afford to pay the rent.
The game master, the game arcade for all kind of visitors from different ages and the high end (regular/ 3D) theater are also the main attractions of Ciwalk. The quality of service and facilities which are maintained well keep the theater and the game arcade worth visited.
There are something that the Ciwalk starts to fix, which is the toilet facilities, which is good. Since before Ciwalk didn't provide adequate toilet facilities, either the locations were too far, or overcrowded. There is an improvement for that. Which is good.
Parking facilities that is provided by Ciwalk, is anothe major problem during the weekend and high seasons. Even the Ciwalk already tried to provide huge parking spaces, it is still can't fulfill the demand of the car owner. Beware, if you wan't to have a parking space, you should use your time wisely, Come earlier!
The most disadvantage of Ciwalk is during the bad season. especially the rainy seasons.
I would avoid to come and visit there during the rainy season.
The location between one wing of the Ciwalk with the other part is separated with a huge open space. Open space, means there is no shelter or roof between. So imagine when it is raining, and you should stay in one part of Ciwalk until it stops, other wise the choice is : try to enjoy the rain water over your body.
The sells umbrella, but it is not the solution. What if you bring your kids, stroller? The pavement becomes wet and slippery.
Just another thought of Ciwalk. Enjoy.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.