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Cafes in Manila are a dime a dozen, so it can be quite the ordeal to find the ones that are worth the time of day. Whether you’re in pursuit of your morning buzz, settling down for a bite of brunch, or simply looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, this list might be of help to you.
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We’ve curated a list of cafes with beautiful interiors and exceptional coffee. What’s more, each of these cafes can provide a gastronomic feast that will tickle your taste buds without hurting your wallet.
Some of these spots continue draw crowds far and wide, while others are hidden gems you have yet to try. One or the other, you’ll thank us later.
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Drip Cafe – Banawe
Drip Cafe is going to be your new home away from home. Everything about this house-turned-restaurant is cozy and inviting, from its menu to its earthy interiors. The cafe specializes in drip coffee and pastries like their best-selling calamansi pie and ube chiffon cake.
Romulo Cafe – multiple branches
A tribute to the late Carlos P. Romulo, Romulo Cafe offers traditional Filipino comfort food from heirloom recipes. Romulo Cafe gives its diners a glimpse of the Philippine history though its museum-style interiors. Read more here.
Kumori Cafe – SM North EDSA
A franchise from Japan, Kumori (translated to ‘cloudy’) is a quaint bakery and cafe that promises fresh and authentic Japanese bread and pastries. Some of their must tries include the cheese tarts, hanjuku cheese, and more.
The Brewology Cafe – Tomas Morato
The Brewology Cafe is a quirky brunch cafe offering small bites, baked goods and specialty beverages. They have waffles, sandwiches, cakes and pastries too. Read our full feature here.
Chaplin Cafe – Century City Mall
Named after the English film actor Charlie Chaplin, Chaplin Cafe sits prettily on a roof deck spot in Century City Mall. The “all in one coffee place” serve a mix of Israeli and European dishes with a touch of Filipino as well.
White Camp Coffee – Mother Ignacia Ave.
White Camp Coffee serves Asian comfort food, specialty coffee and feel good desserts. This is their first branch in the Metro.
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#62 Sgt. Esguerra Ave cor. Mother Ignacia Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe – Diliman
Owned by Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco, Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe serves food from around the world. Read our full feature here.
Single Origin – multiple branches
Single Origin is a favorite hangout spot in BGC where coffee and alcohol lovers can find a common ground. Read our full feature here.
LoLa Cafe + Bar – Tomas Morato
LoLa Cafe is a destination restaurant that offers specialty Filipino cuisine helmed by Chef John Mangibin, his first under the LoLa Group. Read more here.
Kandle Cafe – Mother Ignacia
Kandle Cafe is a neighborhood cafe serving contemporary local dishes using homegrown greens. Signature dishes include this Mr. Eggoy and Ms. Eggy pasta, praline cake and more. Specialty coffee is also served.
Wadoughs – Maginhawa
Wadough’s is a whimsical cafe that specializes in out-of-the-box and Instagram-worthy pastries. After first selling their cakes and pastries online in 2012, Wadough’s now offers all-day breakfast meals, coffees, light snacks, and customized cakes for special events.
Little Owl Cafe – New Manila
Little Owl Cafe is a newly-opened cafe that serves breakfast, brunch, and dinner fares. They also have pasta, sweet Belgian waffles, burgers, cakes, and coffee. Read more here.
Wildflour Cafe + Bakery – multiple branches
Wildflour Cafe + Bakery offers international fare and specialty breads and cakes – with a delectable brunch menu until 3pm featuring the best homemade pancakes, sandwiches, and coffee to start off your day.
Also feature here: 12 Unique Bakeries in the Metro for When You Wanna Get Fancy
Little Flour Cafe – BGC
Little Flour Cafe is Wildflour’s little sister – bringing Wildflour’s best-selling brunch meals, pastries, desserts, coffee, wine and drinks together with new locally-inspired dishes, such as Filipino rice bowls and delicacies.
Early Bird Breakfast Club – Century City Mall
The Early Bird Breakfast Club is a whole-day breakfast cafe that has redefined and redesigned our breakfast favorites. They aim to serve ‘beautiful breakfast morning, noon and night’. It has one of the most bright and beautiful interiors and plated dishes in the metro today.
The Giving Cafe – Mandaluyong
The Giving Cafe serves coffee, other drinks, snacks, pasta dishes, sandwiches, and more while supporting local coffee growers. Read our full feature here.
Sheridan St cor Pines St, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
Refinery – multiple branches
Refinery is a third wave cafe that serves all-day breakfast and brunch items, international comfort dishes, and more.
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