COFFEE MADNESS: 14 Cafes and Restos Worth to Visit During Rainy Season around Metro Manila
If you want to take a break and refresh your mind, we suggest going and spending some time in a relaxing place such as a cafe and restaurant. In our July issue, we are featuring cafes and restaurants around the metro that are worth visiting, especially during this rainy season.
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Nestled somewhere along the busy road of Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay you can find Himawari Specialty Coffee. This charming coffee shop serves delightful coffee and pastries to its loyal and new customers. They offer specialty coffee beans ordered from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Brazil, Costa Rica, etc., and the great thing about this cafe, they roast their own beans using an in-house machine at their store. Since they’re using high-quality beans, Shinozaki, the owner, recommends their signature black coffee (which comes at a reasonable price) to enjoy its bold flavor. As a bonus, you’ll get a discount if you buy pastries alongside their drinks. For those who want to brew and enjoy their own concoctions at home, they sell a wide range of coffee bean varieties as well as coffee-making equipment such as drippers and French presses.
Address: CVI Bldg. Sitio Muzon, Puting Kahoy, Sta.Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Silang, Cavite
Contact number: 0939-439-0000
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With its bright interiors accentuated by brick walls and wooden furniture, Prologue will remind you of modern rustic restaurants scattered around the metro and will make you forget that you’re not in Tomas Morato, and it can be argued to be the most popular dining and entertainment destination in Quezon City.
Aside from its beautiful interiors, Prologue also offers freshly baked bread and imported coffee blends. They have five coffee blends as of the moment: Hiro Blend, Mimi Blend, Decaf, Misty Valley Blend, and Midnight Blend; each of whom have their own unique flavor and aroma.
Address: 87 Scout Gandia 1103 Quezon City
Business Hours: 9 a.m. – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Sat to Sun)
Contact Number: 02-8693-2013 | 0961-379-9889 | 0995 -842-4928
The Fat Seed Café + Roastery
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In 2018, the Fat Seed Cafe+Roastery served their first brewed coffee at the U.P. Town Center in Quezon City. Despite the ongoing pandemic, they managed to open another branch in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig. Compared to other restos and cafes known for offering an “authentic” cafe experience, the Fat Seed Cafe+Roastery sets itself apart from the rest by creating new, intertwining flavors as seen on their diverse set of meals that perfectly complement their concoctions. Aside from that, all beans are roasted in-house.
Mono Wine Cafe
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A cafe-restaurant in Legaspi Village, Makati, Mono Wine Cafe is a sister branch of Sourdough Cafe, which is a popular restaurant in Quezon City. Aside from their famous European dishes such as homemade bread and pasta, the restaurant also sells cheese and bread. They are also known for their wide array of quality cheeses.
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A popular cafe in Kyoto opened by Japanese owner Katsunori Tokaibayashi and Latte Art World Championship Champion Junichi Yamaguchi, % Arabica has been an all-time favorite hangout place of coffee lovers. The % logo is an artistic impression of the cafe to simply say that they only serve 100% Arabica coffee beans.
Address: G/F Unit 1, W City Center, 7th Ave, Bonifacio Global City 1634 Taguig
Business Hours: 8 a.m. -8 p.m.
Contact Number: 02-8821-6744
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Habitual Coffee offers a unique kind of coffee. The coffee brewed by AeroPress, which is extracted using air pressure, has a great reputation in the cafe community. One of the owners, Kaye Joy Ong, is a talented brewer who won third place in the 2015 World AeroPress Championship.
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A kiosk at the Green Hills Shopping Mall, Niseko Coffee is known for using locally produced arabica beans. Their coffee espresso is also a best-seller and a must-try.
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A stylish cafe with bright wood and colorful design, Yardstick is home to quality and delightful beans. The main branch of the company affiliated with Yardstick is a supplier of coffee beans and coffee equipment from manufacturers such as Rocket Espresso and La Marzocco to restaurants. They created a store to hold workshops and to expand the knowledge of coffee lovers while also introducing their products.
Address: 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Makati, 1227 Metro Manila
Business Hours: 7 a.m.-12 a.m. (Mon to Thurs, Sunday); 7 a.m.-1 a.m. (Fri to Sat)
Contact Number: 02-8372-3891 | 0977-801-1352
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A fashionable cafe with stores in Rockwell, BGC, and Greenbelt. Single Origin offers the best coffee beans from Colombia, Brazil, and Guatemala. They also offer about 6 types of gourmet sandwiches and hamburgers made with high-quality ingredients such as European cheese and Japanese beef.
Address: G/F Edades Tower, Amorsolo Dr. cor. Rockwell Dr., Makati City
Business Hours: 0995-914-4137 | 02-8772-6259
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Salcedo’s popular cafe has changed its location to Burgos and has started anew. The new store has an additional second floor and terrace seats, which has an all-glass design that is aesthetically great from the outside. Commune Cafe only uses high-quality arabica beans from the Philippines.
Address: 36 Polaris corner Durban Streets, Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Mon to Tue) | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Wed to Fri) | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Sat to Sun)
Contact Number: 02-8275-6324 | 0919-859-5848
Malongo Atelier Barista
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A luxury coffee shop that originated in France in 1934, Malongo Atelier Barista opened its first Manila store in December 2018. The cafe allows you to choose your own raw beans, which they will roast and pack for you on the spot, so you can go home with freshly roasted beans.
Adress: LGF Unit L40 One Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Fort Bonifacio 1634 Fort Bonifacio
Business Hours: 02-8242-1953
Contact Number: 02-8242-1953
Blue Wonder Coffee & Bean Roasters
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Set up in two locations, Pasig and Cartimar. The Cartimar store is small and has a nice atmosphere, perfect for taking a break after shopping. They also sell whole beans and coffee-making equipment.
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Italy’s long-established espresso brand, Illy Cafe has several cafes in Manila where you can enjoy delicious Italian food with coffee. Their espresso is highly recommended.
Omotesando Koffee (Omotesando Coffee)
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The Manila branch opened by Barista Eiichi Kunitomo in Omotesando is scheduled to open in August 2021! There are three locations: Power Plant, Greenbelt, and Ayala Triangle. In addition to Manila, it has branches in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, and London.
This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese Magazines July 2021 issue