24 September 2019
SPIEGEL BAR & BISTRO

SPIEGEL BAR & BISTRO

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

Java has no shortage of charming cities waiting to be explored—Semarang being one of them. The historic port is not only largest city in Central Java, but is also home to a number of colonial sites (most of which are said to be paranormal hotspots), a lively student population, and pockets of paradise for the local foodie. Lawang Sewu and Lumpia Semarang aside, the city is slowly evolving to become a beacon for Indonesian coffee enthusiasts as well.

While not a coffee shop in name, Spiegel Bar & Bistro does a fantastic job on fulfilling the need for icy cold lattes in the middle of a sweltering day. Housed in a stark white European-style building right next to the iconic Blenduk Church, Speigel brings forth memories of the past while keeping an eye on the modern and stylish. Built in 1895, Spiegel was once a general goods store that sold all manners of home goods ranging from fabric, furniture, to typewriters. At some point, it was also a restaurant, an art gallery, and the office of a company that imported musical instruments. Renovated and redone in 2015, today, it’s a popular tourist spot and a great place to refuel after exploring Semarang’s Kota Lama (Old City).

Hidden within the chapel-like building is a rustic warehouse-looking space with lofty ceilings and a distinctly industrial look. Full brick walls, dramatic archways, and generous windows all add to the space’s sense of size and grandeur.  Besides its commodiousness, the first thing to catch the eye may well be the glitzy full bar that sits right across the entrance—after all, this is a place to imbibe. Teetotalers need worry not, however, as Spiegel caters to those who would much prefer an americano or an iced chocolate instead. There’s even a gelato counter right beside the door to satisfy your sweet tooth. Other than drinks and desserts, the bar and bistro also serves a selection of Western and Italian-inspired dishes.

Above the bar lies a large void that provides glimpses into Impala Space—Semarang’s first coworking space—which can be accessed via the dramatic (and slightly dizzying) staircase in the back. Next to the bar and bistro sits a chic boutique clothing store that promises an afternoon of playing dress-up. The entire Spiegel building has come a long way since its time as a home goods store, and it seems as though the people of Semarang have plenty of room to appreciate just how it has evolved.

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

spiegel bar & bistro semarang kota lama cafe

Address: Kota Lama, Jl. Letjen Suprapto No.59, Tj. Mas, Kec. Semarang Utara, Kota Semarang, Jawa Tengah 50174
Phone: 0243580049
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 10AM-12AM, Fri-Sun 10AM-1AM
Instagram: @spiegelbistro
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/est1895/

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