17 Must-Try Ensaymadas That Will Melt in Your Mouth


Pretty please, with sugar and cheese on top.

We like our ensaymada how we like almost everything: soft, sweet, and cheesy. The pastry has been passed down for generations, but has always remained a staple for merienda. Laden with butter, sugar, and cheese, the sweet buns of glory always make an appearance on our tables.

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Paired with hot cocoa, coffee, or any sweet concoction of your choice, the sweet and savory combo can never go wrong. So go ahead, take a bite of these fluffy picks in and out of Metro Manila, and say cheese!

Habitual Coffee – Legazpi Village

Habitual Coffee is a specialty cafe that serves single origin espresso, aeropress-brewed coffee, and a limited menu of light meals. Grab a cup of coffee and pair it with their special Ensaymada Toast.

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2135 Chino Roces Avenue, Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 833 9556

Cafe Mary Grace – various branches

Cafe Mary Grace is a homegrown cafe serving traditional cakes and pastries, as well as everyone’s well-loved ensaymada and cheese rolls. Menu also includes a number of signature dishes like salads, pancakes and pastas.

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Homemade Treasures – Pampanga

Homemade Treasures is a made-to-order, home-based baking kitchen in Porac, Pampanga. Known for top-notch, quality Kapampangan ’30s Ensaimadas and Sansrivals, but also try their bestsellers Cheese Rolls, Food for the Gods, Mango Bars, Belgian Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cheesecakes, Cakes and Pies.

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184 Manibaug, Libutad, Porac, Pampanga
(045) 323 4149

Hizon’s – various branches

Hizon’s celebrates their kitchen’s best, serving homemade dishes like entrees, pasta, pastries, and desserts. Their recognized sweet treats are their Best Caviar Cheese and their Ensaimada.

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Cunanan’s Bakery – Pasig

Serving warm and fresh pastries straight from their oven, Cunanan’s is a local staple for the very best Ensaymada by the dozen.

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44 Jasmin St., Valle Verde 2, Pasig City
(02) 631 0798

Imang Salud – Legazpi Village

At the center of the famous Legazpi Sunday Market, Imang Salud Ensaimadas shines the light on their star dish: the ensaimada. Grab yours right off their counter, hot and laden with butter.

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Legazpi cor. V. A. Rufino St., Legazpi Village, Makati City
(02) 404 6582

Pi Breakfast and Pies – various branches

Pi Breakfast & Pies serves specialty breakfast and pies all day, everyday. It is most popular for its signature Kitayama Wagyu Beef Sirloin Tapa, Caramelized Spam, dessert pies, and Original and Flavored Ensaymadas.

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Mylene’s Ensaymada and Banana Cake – Marikina

Mylene’s is a family-owned business offering two homemade specialties, the ensaymada and banana cake. With special and top-secret recipes kept in the family, their dishes carry the right ounce of love. Aside from their specialties, try their Carrot Cake, Classic Mamon, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Ruby’s Building, 36 Lilac Street, Concepcion II, Marikina
(02) 949 9604

Breakfast at Antonio’s – Tagaytay

Breakfast at Antonio’s serves an all-day breakfast menu designed to rouse the senses. They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At Breakfast at Antonio’s, they take this adage very seriously.

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Aguinaldo Highway, Barangay Bagong Tubig 4120, Tagaytay
(046) 413 0738

Cafe by the Ruins Dua – Baguio

Cafe by the Ruins serves natural and local ingredients that embody its way of cooking that is distinctly Baguio. It’s for people who want to taste authentic local dishes that tell something about the region’s culture. We recommend the Pinikpikan, and the Baguio Bagnet with Padas bagoong.

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#225 Upper Session Road, near Military Cut-off, Baguio City
(074) 422 9466

Bakere Cafe – Kapitolyo

Originally a home-based bakery known for their cheese cupcake. Bakere Cafe, now a full-fledged restaurant offers a selection of pastries, pasta, sandwiches, and salads. Enjoy their Grilled Ensaymada filled with Chocolate.

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3 Brixton St, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 452 2503

Concha’s Garden Cafe – various branches

Concha’s Garden is an offbeat garden-inspired restaurant and one of Tagaytay’s best kept secret restaurants serving classic and well-loved Filipino dishes. Try their special Concha’s Old Fashioned Ensaymada topped with Queso de Bola.

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Cafe Sweet Inspirations – Katipunan Ave.

Sweet Inspirations is a restaurant, bakeshop, and catering company along Katipunan in Quezon City. Sweet Inspirations prides itself for its delectable desserts and a la carte favorites. Try their version of the Yema Ensaymada cake.

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311 Katipunan Ave, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(02) 433 4200

Pamana Restaurant – various branches

Pamana Restaurant is a garden cafe and restaurant in Tagaytay that specializes in its special Filipino cuisine with an urban twist. Try their classics like Nilagang Bulalo, Kare-Kare, Sinugba, Crispy Pata, Pancit, and their Tsokolate ah De Batirol at Tostadong Ensaymada.

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Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay
(046) 413 2461

Ka Tunying’s Cafe – Quezon City

Ka Tunying’s is a bakery cafe by news anchor Anthony Taberna. It serves all day breakfast, Filipino favorites, breads and coffee. Try their specialty Ensaymada with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cream and caramel sauce.

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Slice – Bonifacio High Street

Slice is a homegrown cafe most known for its freshly baked and indulgent cakes. It is said to be the home of the choco yema cake. With a healthy twist on their ensaymada, try their Grilled Sweet Potato Ensaymada.

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G/F Bonifacio High Street Central, West Superblock, 7th Ave cor 29th St, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 553 7783

Pan de Amerikana – various branches

With four branches offering high quality and affordable food and service, Pan de Amerikana guarantees to serve the freshest baked goods like their famous pan de sal.

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131 Katipunan Ave, White Plains, Quezon City
(02) 442 5601

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