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Manila's Best Cafes and Coffee Shops

May 14, 2018
From stateside-style delis to cosy cafes, Manila’s coffee shop scene is booming. Caffeinate and refuel at one of these hip flop spots.

For San Fran-centric brekkie n' baked goods, make a pitstop at Wildflour Café + Bakery. The brainchild of Ana Lorenzana de Ocampo, this eatery has fast become a hit with brunching Manilians. Chow down on the likes of carabao sourdough toast with strawberry jam and ricotta, or German pancakes with a side of fresh mango.

Taking its design cues from New York delicatessens, fashionable Cartel Coffee Deli serves a Mediterranean-leaning menu of yum pastries and brunch-worthy sandwiches; smoked salmon, arugula, cream cheese and focaccia we’re looking at you. If you like what you try, shop for fresh-baked breads, cheese and cold meats at the deli counter afterwards.

The crew behind Yardstick Coffee take their java seriously; more than just a coffee house, this minimalist counter also offers info-packed workshops. Sip on an expertly roasted brew before taking one of their classes, which include espresso fundamentals and latte art.

Although it serves up decent brews, cosy neighbourhood joint Bucky's Not A Brownie is best known for its talk-of-the town decadent flavoured slices of… yep, you’ve got it! The ‘bucky’s’ come in a range of drool-worthy options, including spiced (chocolate, cayenne, pepper, cinnamon) and yana (banana, walnut, rum). We’ll take two please.

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
/ GF V-Corp Tower / 125 LP Leviste St / Salcedo Village / Makati City / +63 2 808 7072 / 6am-11pm Mon-Sat / 8am-4pm Sun /
Cartel Coffee Deli / 119 L.P. Leviste Street / Makati / + 63 2 772 8270 / 7am-12pm Sun-Thu, until 1am Fri-Sat /
Yardstick Coffee / Universal LMS Building / 106 Esteban / Legazpi Village / Makati / +63 2 845 0073 / 7am-11pm Mon-Sat, 8pm-6pm Sun /
Bucky’s Not A Brownie / 5666 Don Pedro / Poblacion / Makati / +63 2 886 9955 / 12pm-12am Wed-Thu, 12pm-1am Fri-Sat, 12am-10pm Sun /