It’s no secret that coffee is the drink of life. Without it, it would be extremely hard to be nice to other people in the morning. And it would be pretty impossible to hold down any sort of job. Let’s face it—we would all be useless sacks of potatoes if we didn’t have coffee running through our veins.
But coffee doesn’t just help us function on a day-to-day basis. It’s a treat for the taste buds too, especially when served with a scoop of ice cream (ICYDK, this is an actual thing and it’s called affogato!) This Italian invention is great because not only does it give you the caffeine boost you need for the day but also doubles up as a delightful dessert. It combines hot and cold as well as sweet and bitter!
Read on to find out where you can get yourself a cup of affogato in Metro Manila.
1. Firefly Coffee
If you’re on a mission to try every single coffee shop that pops up in the metro, here’s one you can add to the list. Firefly Coffee may not have created a whole lot of buzz when they opened up last year but they deserve a whole lot more attention because they serve top-notch coffee, it’s cozy and quiet in here, plus their affogatos (yup, they have more than one kind!) are to die for.
Their Classic affogato is the typical vanilla ice cream and coffee combo. The B-52 affogato however, is a little wilder, capped off with coffee, triple sec, and irish cream. The ultimate bestseller though is the Cookie Butter affogato, made with ice cream, cookie butter, and banana wheels, all capped off with cinnamon powder and coffee!
Firefly Coffee can be found at 112 Sto. Domingo Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila.
2. Kiss The Tiramisu
Skincare, K-drama, and unlimited samgyupsal are just some of the things from Korea that have made their way into the Philippines. And now, we can add Kiss The Tiramisu to that list! This dessert cafe from Seoul is famous for its re-invention of tiramisu, turning it into ice cream and giving their customers the option to customize it with all sorts of toppings.
They have matcha-flavored tiramisu ice cream as well injeolmi, though if you’re into the coffee, the Tiramisu Affogato might be your best bet. You get to be the one to drizzle the shot of espresso onto the tiramisu ice cream, making it more of an interactive experience, and not to mention a nice addition to your IG story.
Kiss The Tiramisu can be found at Three Central, Valero St., Makati, Metro Manila.
3. Manila Creamery
Manila Creamery, a local gelato company, does not mess around when it comes to the quality of their craft. They have some of the most creative flavors you’ll ever find (a lot of which are inspired by Filipino dishes), including Salted Egg Cheesecake, Mangga’t Suman, and Carrot Cake. The best part is they’re all extremely rich and creamy!
They have more than just gelato on the menu though, with a portion of their menu dedicated to coffee. If you want the best of both worlds, order up the affogato! This will give you a taste of their gelato AND their coffee. Whether it’s a warm cup of joe or an ice cold dessert, we’ll leave it up to you to decide!
Manila Creamery can be found at these locations.
4. Prominent Cafe
Curating a millennial IG feed takes a lot of work, especially when it comes to finding venues to shoot in. Well, Prominent Cafe is the aesthetic space you’ve been looking for! Their clean, white walls, wooden furnishing, minimalist decor, and IG-esque plants will fit right in with all your other effortlessly cool shots. To boot, they have good coffee for you to sip on.
They have your basic coffee needs covered, with things like espresso, long black, latte, cappuccino, and mocha found on the menu. But if you’re feeling extra or could use a little relief from the summer heat, get yourself a cup of their affogato! Not only is the espresso-ice cream combo a treat for the taste buds, it’s IG-genic too.
Prominent Cafe can be found at 49 Sct. Alcaraz St. cor. D. Tuazon St., Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Third wave coffee shops are known to draw in the hipster crowd. But Satchmi is on another level—they attract the SUPER hipster crowd. And that’s because they’re more than just a third wave coffee shop, doubling up as a vinyl records store complete with a listening room! Plus, you can buy things like film cameras, film, stickers, and other hipster merch here too.
On their menu, you’ll find that you can actually order up a full meal here. They have appetizers, soups, pastas, and sandwiches; and of course they have a lineup of coffee and beverages too. To cap off your lunch or dinner in the best way possible, help yourself to some vanilla ice cream and espresso by ordering up their affogato!
Satchmi can be found at these locations.
6. The Brewlogy Cafe
The Brewlogy Cafe may be small but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in quality, using only imported, high-quality beans to make their specialty coffee. And being the good third wave coffee shop that they are, they’re not shy to talk to their customers about the origins of their coffee and their brewing methods.
As you look through their menu, you’ll find that they’ve given their beverages some pretty witty names. Just so you don’t miss it, their version of affogato is called H.O.E. which stands for heaven on earth! It’s made with cold brew instead of the usual espresso, along with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, some mocha cream, and bits of coffee jelly. It’s definitely paradise in a cup!
The Brewlogy Cafe can be found on the 2/F of 2 Sct. Magbanua St. cor. Mother Ignacia Ave., Paligsahan, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
7. Tyler’s Cafe
Found in front of Ateneo, Tyler’s Cafe is a great place to hole up in if you have some studying to do. The ambiance is clean and bright and the menu is filled with hearty breakfast dishes, making it a very conducive place for learning (or cramming). They also have a whole list of strong coffee beverages to help keep you awake while you hit the books.
They have drinks like Gibraltar, Dirty Latte, and Macchiato, though if you don’t like your coffee too bitter, the affogato is for you. The coffee in it is still strong enough to get you all focused and energized but the milk ice cream balances it all out with its sweet creaminess. You’re sure to enjoy every scoop and sip of it!
Tyler’s Cafe can be found at 317 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila.