February 15, 2024

Café Lupe in Antipolo: Familiar Food Among Familiar Roads

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  • If Café Lupe sounds familiar, that’s because it probably is. As a devotee of Our Lady of Guadalupe, it seemed like a fitting idea for Alvin Carranza to name his Filipino-Mexican restaurant after the patroness. Its first location was along Guadalupe Bridge and within the Guadalupe Seminary. In 2010, Café Lupe moved to its new home in Antipolo.

    IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    People come to Café Lupe for 2 things: The food and the view. Lucky diners who get to sit on the balcony can get stunning views of the Metro Manila skyline.

    View of the skyline from the infinity pool IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    One of their Filipino offerings is the Beef Kansi. For those not in the know, this is an Ilonggo dish that is a combination of bulalo and sinigang. Café Lupe’s kansi is sour without being overly so, which provides a balance to the bulalo taste. The meat is also tender, making this dish all the more easier to eat. Fun fact: You can order this dish even if it’s not on the menu.

    Beef Kansi / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    Their newest offering on the menu are their brick-oven pizzas. Despite people’s mixed feelings about pineapples on pizza, the Hawaiian Pizza is a mainstay at the restaurant.

    Unpopular opinion: Pineapples go on pizza. Hawaiian Pizza / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    If you’re looking for heavier pub grub, Café Lupe also offers Glazed Pork Belly. The marinade is sweet, which complements the fat, and yes, it’s a good idea to pair this with a bottle of beer.

    Glazed Pork Belly / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    Grab a few drinks to go with your food / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    If you’re more for Mexican cuisine, their must-try are Paella a la Lupe, Nachos Muchos, and Quesadilla.

    Many people traveling along Antipolo do so either in the wee hours of the morning or late at night. This can be dangerous at times because of the zigzag roads and the driver may not always be 100% alert. As such, a pit stop is always recommended and Café Lupe is one of them.

    Single beds / IMAGE from Cafe Lupe

    Apart from offering stunning views and great food, the place also has a few rooms where guests can rest. Any guest who has booked a room will have breakfast for 2 and access to their infinity pool.

    Gallery featuring works from ARTipolo / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    While waiting for a table or check-in, guests can wander into their art gallery which features works from ARTipolo. All works on display are for sale and profits will be donated to the groups chosen beneficiaries.

    Many consider Antipolo as a bygone tourist destination but Café Lupe may just be one reason for people to come back.


    This first appeared in Philippine Primer Japanese Magazine’s September 2018 issue.

    General Information

  • Lot 2-B & C, Brgy. Mambugan, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City
  • 02-8470-3201
  • 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (Monday to Thursday); 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. (Friday and Saturday); 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Sunday)
  • cafelupeantipolo.com
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