With limited dine-in options during the pandemic, roadside cafes became the go-to hangout spots. They have popped up everywhere in Metro Manila, as well as neighboring provinces like Laguna. If you happen to be driving South, make a stopover at these charming places for a convenient cup of coffee.
Barrio CafÃ© is a roadside coffee shop in Masaya Bay, Laguna, that offers specialized drinks and homemade treats. Aside from their delectable menu items, they’re trying to keep baybayin alive by promoting the script on their packaging and faÃ§ade. Unique beverages you can get here include the Dark Mocha Rock Salt Cheese and Coffee Cream Cheese from the bubble tea-inspired line.
Broo Coffee Shop
Broo Coffee Shop has a good range of beverages, including basic brews and special brews inspired by international flavors. What sets this neighborhood coffee shop from other cafes is their Woozy Broo, which is coffee spiked with tonic and a shot of gin or vodka. Bring your reusable straw and try out this one-of-a-kind drink at San Pedro, Laguna.
The Japanese-inspired minimalist cafÃ© along Kalayaan, Laguna, is a must-visit coffee shop in the area. Beneath its unassuming exterior, Muni Coffee boasts an outstanding menu that even non-coffee drinkers can appreciate. Pair your drink of choice with their cheesy sandwich for the perfect mid-day snack.
Punto CafÃ© & Bento
Drop by this newly established cafÃ© located along the highway of Alaminos, Laguna, the next time you’re in the area. What sets Punto from your usual coffee shops is that they offer Japanese food like sushi rolls and bento boxes (hence the name). When you want to get away from the city, this is the perfect place to be surrounded by nature and take in the calming ambiance.
This cafÃ© in Binan, Laguna, has a semi-industrial theme that’s a haven for coffee-lovers and bike enthusiasts alike. Customers are welcome to park their rides at Tambikers and admire the Vespas on display at their store. We recommend trying their Salted Caramel iced coffee or bottled cold brew if you’re on the go. They’ve moved to a bigger location last September, so more people can enjoy a cup of their high-quality coffee.
Art Daniella Sison