Bandung . Tropical Art Deco
Surrounded by lush coffee plantations, the charming hill retreat Bandung was once a social magnet for colonial elite, European noblemen and the rich and famous. In the roaring twenties artistic freedom and economic prosperity fueled a building boom of hotels, holiday homes, cafés and boutiques in tropical art-deco, neo-classical and Indo-European styles: the Paris of Java. The once idyllic town is now a dense metropolitan area, but look carefully and you see evidence of its carefree and creative past.