Because who doesn’t love desserts?
Contrary to belief, we uphold the less mainstream idea that dessert is the most important part of the day. Why, you may ask? Because it’s the one meal of the day that’s sure to cool us down, both literally (for cold desserts) and figuratively (because it puts us in a good mood).
No one likes a hothead, so before you turn into one, head to one of these stores and get yourself a super cool and unique dessert (or two)! Trust us, you’ll be thanking us after.
Update: Check out the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Metro Manila this month!
Olivia & Co. – multiple branches
Olivia & Co seeks to become the go to place for a gourmet experience. They serve artisanal coffee and tea to compliment food inspired by various cuisines of the world. Read our full feature here.
Dessert specialty: Unique cakes
Restoran Garuda – Legazpi Village
Restoran Garuda serves authentic Indonesian dishes at affordable prices and with a great ambiance. Best sellers include Beef Rendang, Chicken Satay and Nasi Goreng among others. Their must-try dessert is their Pandan Cake and their take on halo-halo Es Campur. Read our full feature here.
Dessert specialty: Cakes, Indonesian desserts
Teppan Okochi – Fort Bonifacio
Teppan Okochi is a fine dining Japanese restaurant by Grand Chef Akihiro Okochi of Osaka, Japan. They serve dishes like okonomiyaki, Hiroshima oyster teppanyaki, wagyu teppanyaki, and unagi. The seasonal dessert plate can include sakura mochi wrapped in lotus leaf, matcha mochi, and sweet potato cake. Read our full feature here.
Dessert specialty: Japanese assorted sweets, crepes
Unit 7, G/F Ore Square Building, 31st St, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Ilustrado – Intramuros
Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, Intramuros. Ilustrado features a Hispanic architectural design with old world interiors and known to serve world-class Filipino, Spanish, as well as Global cuisines. Their must-try dessert is their Sampaguita Ice Drop! Read our full feature here.
Dessert specialty: Filipino desserts such as Brazo de Mercedez and halo-halo
744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
Soru Izakaya – multiple branches
Soru Izakaya offers a tasteful blend of after-work gastropub drinks accompanied with fresh Japanese eats. From sashimi plates and savory yakitori combinations to refreshing beverages and speakeasy cocktails, Soru Izakaya completes the whole modern Japan experience that brings you a glimpse of the Tokyo night life. The matcha cheesecake is made of layered matcha and white chocolate cheesecake and buttered grahams. Read our full feature here.
Dessert specialty: Cheesecake, tiramisu
Florabel – Capitol Commons
Florabel is a Western-Filipino restaurant serving a mix of both cuisines. Both their Quezo de Bola Cheesecake and Chocnut Torte are picture-perfect desserts you’d want to take several photos of for your Instagram feed.
Dessert specialty: Cakes, pies, and Brazo de Mercedes
Vampire Penguin – The 30th
Vampire Penguin is a dessert shop from California that specializes in shaved snow desserts. It’s a shaved ice dessert that has the consistency of fresh fallen snow, where they use fruit concentrates and other toppings to make it taste even better. Read our full feature here.
Dessert Specialty: Shaved Snow
Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Vampire Penguin Special at Vampire Penguin! Read more here.
Shakeaway – Uptown Mall
Shakeaway, a.k.a. the “World’s Largest Milkshake Bar Company,” was established in Bournemouth, England in 1999. They’re known as the original re-inventor of milkshakes, offering over 180 different flavors using fresh ingredients. Aside from their mouthwatering milkshakes, they also have frozen yoghurt.
Dessert Specialty: Milkshakes, Frozen Yoghurt
Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Choco Cornflakes Yogurt, Chocolate Chip Milkshake, and more at Vampire Penguin! Read more here.
The Lost Bread – multiple branches
The Lost Bread is a homegrown dessert cafe offering french toasts, specialty milkshakes, cotton candy ice cream, and other desserts. Read our full feature here.
Dessert Specialty: Soda Pops
Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Sorbe-Toasts at The Lost Bread! Read more here.
Bellefleur by Beatrix – Greenhills
Bellefleur by Beatrix is a bakery that offers unique cakes like Ube Leche Flan and Frozen Ube Brazo, cookies, some frozen goods, and drinks from Thirsty Turtle.
Dessert Specialty: Leche Flan, Brazo, and cakes
Also read: 17 of the Most Addicting Frozen Brazo Cakes in Manila
Bliss Bowl – SM Megamall
Bliss Bowls is the first smoothie bowl bar in Metro Manila that serves beautiful healthy smoothie bowls, fresh pressed juices, and organic snacks. These smoothie bowls can be consumed as a hearty breakfast or a yummy dessert. Read our full feature here.
Dessert Specialty: Smoothie Bowls
Crazytella – The Yard Underground
Crazytella of The Yard Underground, is a Nutella-themed dessert stall offering various dessert options served in your own, customized Nutella jar. They also just recently released their Smoresicles in three flavors – Hazelnut Truffle, Peanut Butter, and Choco Chip.
Dessert Specialty: Wafella, Smoresicles
Related post: 16 Irresistible Desserts for All Nutella-Obsessed
Manila Creamery – multiple branches
Manila Creamery incorporates the Filipino culture and flavors using modern techniques, to create world class gelato with unique local ingredients. They also have gelato shakes in unique flavors like matcha taho, cereal killer, and ube salted egg. Read more here.
Dessert Specialty: Locally-Made Gelato, Gelato Shakes
Ice Pops – Pop-Up Bazaars
Ice Pops MNL offers on-the-go icy treats perfect for summer. They have innovative creations like Oreos and Cream, Vietnamese Coffee, and more!
Dessert Specialty: Ice Popsicles
Jiro Coffee Studio – Diliman
Jiro is a newly opened third wave coffee shop serving unique coffee variations like the much talked about Cocospresso – espresso served with iced coconut water inside a coconut shell.
Dessert Specialty: Cocospresso
Seol Bang – Venice Grand Canal
Seol Bang is a newly-opened Korean dessert cafe specializing in the Korean bingsu, with flavors like mango cheesecake, salted caramel cookie, and strawberry granola.
Dessert Specialty: Korean Bingsu
Also read: 13 Fun Cafes for Korean Bingsu Desserts
Playground 11 Cafe – Poblacion
Playground 11 is a concept community cafe featuring favorite menu items from different brands including the rainbow ice cream from Comfort Creamery.
Dessert Specialty: Homemade Rainbow Ice Cream
Also read: 11 Instagram-Worthy Rainbow Dishes To Try in Manila
BLK 513 – various branches
BLK 513 is another homegrown dessert shop that is the first to offer the activated charcoal-enhanced yoghurt. Aside from this, they also just recently released their Skim Floats in three flavors – Raw Cacao, Mocha, and Matcha.
Dessert Specialty: Charcoal-Enhanced Yoghurt, Skim Floats
Freezer Burn – BGC
Helmed by Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla, Freezer Burn offers a unique dessert experience with their hot and cold combo creations such as the Morning Glory, Ketchup Mayo Fries, and Junkie. Read more here.
Dessert Specialty: Hot and cold desserts, Cotton candy milkshakes
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