Sometimes, all we need is a quick change of scenery and good coffee. And maybe a new story or post on Instagram. If you’re dead bored at home but don’t have time or budget for a long trip just yet, these Insta-perfect and ~aesthetic~ cafes outside Manila are the perfect excuse to hit the road for only a few hours. Don’t forget your OOTD and camera!
Typica Coffee in Taytay, Rizal
Typica Coffee is a quaint coffee shop in Taytay, Rizal, whose owner has been inspired by the simple and minimalist aesthetic of cafes in Japan. Despite its modest facade, it has many options for every kind of coffee (and non-coffee) drinker. There are also Japanese-inspired dishes and pastries like the Japanese Fusion Pasta and Hokkaido Cheese Tart.
Combine your visit to Typica Coffee with a spa day at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa, just 20 minutes away by car from the cafe!
Location: 72 E. Rodriguez Ave., Taytay, Rizal (Near JB Badminton Court)
Business hours: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Crescent Moon Cafe in Antipolo City
In contrast with the minimalist Typica Coffee, Crescent Moon Cafe will bring out the stylish boho in you. Its interior of colorful hanging fabrics, patterned upholstery, and rustic light fixtures is the perfect spot for a Coachella-style photo op. The cafe offers a full dining experience, with creative dishes that are a combination of local and Asian favorites. The coffee options are simple—brewed or iced—but make a lasting impression especially when paired with their must-try Suman at Manga. Be sure to also check out the cafe’s pottery and art section too!
If you’re up for a hassle-free adventure around Antipolo City, check out this private day tour that takes you to Crescent Moon Cafe as well as Pinto Art Museum, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa, and more of the city’s top attractions.
Location: Sapang Buho Rd., Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City, Rizal
Business hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Wednesday – Sunday)
Muni Coffee in Kalayaan, Laguna
Just like the trendy hole-in-the-wall cafes opening today, Muni Coffee would make you think of a minimalist to-go coffee kiosk you would normally find in little alleys in Tokyo. What makes this coffee shop a precious find, besides its craft coffee, is its small but mighty efforts to minimize its impact on the environment. For instance, it reuses milk boxes as coffee holders and provides wooden stirrers and sugarcane straws for the drinks.
Location: National Hwy, Longos, Kalayaan, Laguna
Business hours: 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Tuesday – Sunday)
Cafe Agapita in Silang, Cavite
The next time you head to Tagaytay from Manila, be sure to stop by its underrated close neighbor Silang which, unbeknownst to many, is also home to many charming cafes. Among them, Cafe Agapita has been making the rounds on social media for its delicious offerings and Instagram-worthy garden setting. The cafe offers fresh local brews and various options for meals and desserts.
Location: 11 Kapitan Sayas St., Sabutan, Silang, Cavite
Business hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Monday – Thursday), 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Friday – Sunday)
CaKe’s Coffee and Tea in Amadeo, Cavite
Another hidden gem near Tagaytay is CaKe’s Coffee and Tea, definitely Insta-worthy with its clean white facade and rustic interior. The actual cafe space is small but the parking lot is spacious, so you can chill outside with your cup of coffee while enjoying the cool breeze of Tagaytay. While the cafe focuses only on pastries and coffee, they do have a wide array of options from the classic brewed coffee and latte to Spanish latte, cold brew, and blended drinks.
While you’re here, why not treat yourself to a spa experience at Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay? It’s just a 15-minute drive from the cafe!
Location: 112 Crisanto M. De Los Reyes Ave., Banaybanay, Amadeo, Cavite
Business hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Urban Garden Cafe & Bistro in Angeles City
Raid your mom’s closet for the perfect retro OOTD to match Urban Garden Cafe & Bistro’s chic tiled interior. The minimalist white tables and chairs pop out nicely against the warm orange tiles and green plants. Combine all these in one frame and you’ve got yourself the perfect shot. Be sure to drop your phone and savor unique pastries like “cro-ffles,” a combination of croissant and waffle. There are also many options for coffee, tea, and smoothies.
Location: 1639 Building, #101, Fil-Am Friendship Hwy, Angeles City, Pampanga
Business hours: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Moon Cafe in Angeles City
For lovers of Hallyu and Korean culture, Moon Cafe offers a taste of the Korean coffee scene which, like Japan, is heavily touched by minimalism. Korean background music and Korean magazines on the reading shelves enhance the vibe. And just like in South Korea where artisan coffee is prevalent, Moon Cafe specializes in pour-over coffee. Have a cup with their best-selling Levain-style cookies or a light meal of pasta and sandwiches.
Location: Unit 107 Omnistellar Building, Fil-Am Friendship Hwy, Angeles City, Pampanga
Business hours: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Monday), 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Tuesday – Sunday)
Lost Ranger Cafe in Candaba, Pampanga
There is a Ford Ranger truck, a green coffee kiosk in tow, seemingly lost in the middle of a road in Pampanga. But while it’s there, it flags down passers-by for a cup of joe and maybe a few moments of respite. This is the concept of Lost Ranger Cafe. It’s a traveling cafe that focuses on locations close to nature. Its current location on Candaba-Baliuag Road in Paligue, Candaba lets you get inspiring countryside photos for the gram.
Check Lost Ranger Cafe’s Facebook page for updates on its location and store hours.
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*Featured image via Urban Garden Cafe, Muni Coffee, Typica Coffee