Surrounded by lush coffee plantations, Bandung was once a social magnet for the colonial elite, European noblemen and the rich and famous. In the roaring twenties, artistic freedom and economic prosperity fuelled a building boom of hotels, holiday homes, cafés and boutiques in tropical Art Deco, neo-classical and Indo-European styles along the chic. Jl Braga. No wonder the charming hill retreat was also known as 'the Paris of Java'! The once-idyllic town has long evolved into a dense metropolitan area, but if you look carefully, you’ll see traces of its carefree and creative past everywhere.