As the old adage goes, too much of anything can’t be a good thing. But surely coffee is the exemption to the rule, right? How can it be bad when it’s the main source of life for the tired and sleepless people of Metro Manila!
If you’re one of the many who can’t live without coffee, you’ll be glad to know that several new coffee shops have opened up in the city. And if you’re lucky, one of them might be near you! There’s one in Kapitolyo that’ll make you love Mondays, one in BGC that has Hello Kitty on everything, and one in QC that minimalist millennials would love to hole up in.
1. Cafe Barbera
Opened in 1870, Cafe Barbera has been serving coffee in Italy longer than any of us have been alive. It may have been ages since they first introduced the people of Naples to their signature blend, but they’ve kept their unique coffee tradition alive and kicking throughout the years and have even expanded overseas. Now you can find them in BGC!
Staying true to the Cafe Barbera name, their branch here uses the same brewing methods as they do in Naples. One of the most unique drinks you can try here is the Brasiliano, which gives you layers of espresso, condensed milk, and foam in a shot glass. Another one is the Nutelloto, an irresistibly rich blend of Nutella, coffee, whipped cream, and cocoa powder!
Cafe Barbera can be found on the G/F of Uptown Parade, 9th Ave. cor. 38th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.
2. Hello Kitty Cafe
While we’re able to outgrow most of our childhood obsessions, Hello Kitty continues to amuse even the grown ups. If you’re one of those who can’t let go of their Hello Kitty merch, here’s a cafe where you can drown your senses in all things Hello Kitty. Literally everything, from the furniture down to the drinks, has the face of the world’s most popular cat on it!
When you’re done taking a million pictures and finally ready to order, you can go for the Cafe Latte, complete with whiskers and a bow. Another pretty drink you can sip on is the Matcha Green Tea Frappe. If you want desserts to go with your coffee, get yourself some Biskies. These giant cookies are topped off all sorts of sweet, yummy things!
Hello Kitty Cafe can be found on the 3/F of Uptown Place Mall, 36th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.
3. Hustle Cafe
What started out as fund-raising project for street kids eventually turned into a full-time business for the owners of Hustle Cafe. Now they have a spot they can call their own and a very pretty one at that! Having skillfully transformed container vans into a peaceful, garden-inspired oasis, they’ve created the perfect hideout for those who want to get away from the chaos of the city.
If you want something cold and refreshing to sip on as you enjoy the ambiance, they have 24-Hr Cold Brew as well as Cold Brew Soda (mixed Indian tonic). But if it’s a cup of warm and comforting coffee you’re after, go for their Espresso, Americano, Aeropress, Latte, or Cappuccino (you can opt for Sagada beans or Dark Matter Theory).
Hustle Cafe can be found at 94 10th Ave., Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
4. Love Monday Cafe
While most of us would never use the words love and Monday in the same sentence, you might just start rethinking your feelings for the most hated day of the week if you spend it inside this new coffee shop. Love Monday Cafe is a fun and quirky hideout whose concept was inspired by its owners’ passion for food and traveling. It’ll be hard to feel sad in here!
Aside from the positive vibes, the creative drinks and delicious comfort food also help keep the Monday blues away. Their ombre drinks (they have ombre lattes, milk teas, and lemonade!) are visual treats that can perk up any day. If that doesn’t work, digging into entrees like the Spamghetti, Chinese Kikiam, or Cheesy Rosti should do the trick.
Love Cafe Monday can be found San Rafael St., Kapitolyo, Pasig, Metro Manila.
For those who only like three colors (namely black, white, and grey), you’ll love the interior design in this new cafe. Meant to be a simple, unpretentious space for minimalists, you’ll find basic furniture, a toned-down color scheme, and a laid-back ambiance at Salty. The flashiest thing you’ll see here is the huge, colorful mural on one of the walls outside!
To match its simplistic look, it has a menu that features no-frills comfort food like Buffalo Wings, Herb and Salted Egg Chicken Fingers, and Cilantro Lime Chicken. For your dose of caffeine, you can get yourself a cup of Cold Brew, Flat White, Hot Caramel Macchiato, or Hot White Chocolate Espresso.
SALTY can be found at 54-C Sct. Gandia St. cor. Sct. Tobias St., Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
6. Sweet Butter Bakery + Cafe
It may seem like Maginhawa has it all when it comes to food. But in case you haven’t noticed, there aren’t a lot of bakeries in the area. Which is why Sweet Buttery Bakery + Cafe is the perfect addition to the lineup! A level up from the local panaderias, you can help yourself to a wider variation of pastries, including yummy things like Chocolate Banana Muffins, Revel Squares, and Raisin and Cream Cheese Buns!
Aside from baked goods, this cute nook also serves up a pretty impressive selection of food and desserts. They have all-day breakfast dishes, pastas, cakes, cookies, you name it! If you need coffee to help digest all that food, get yourself a cup of their Brewed Coffee or Cafe Mocha.
Sweet Butter Bakery + Cafe can be found at 46 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
7. The Giving Cafe
They say that the best way to feel better is to do something kind. Well, it’s actually an act of kindness when you buy coffee from this new coffee shop! Created to raise funds for the Foundation of Sustainable Coffee Excellence, The Giving Cafe let’s you help out in supporting the farming community in Benguet when you buy products from their coffee line. You get your dose of caffeine and you’re making the world a better place–it’s a win-win situation!
They have basic coffee drinks like Espresso, Americano, Cortado, and Flat White. But if you’re in the mood to try something different, one of the most creative concoctions you can try from the menu is the Pinipig & Condensada Quake, made with coffee, condensed milk, and pinipig!
The Giving Cafe can be found at Sheridan St. cor. Pines St., Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.