When did you last see Taal Volcano? If it was before the infamous eruption that gave the literal bang to the start of 2020, then you should definitely go and see it now post-eruption. The landscape is very different, almost eerie with the green land now replaced by a gray blanket of ash. Yet, it’s still a sight to behold in all its calm and quiet glory, contrasted by the surrounding blue lake and the lush ridges of Tagaytay.
The best way to savor this view is by sipping on a nice cup of coffee, perhaps with some delectable pastries or a full brunch with eggs. Here are Tagaytay cafes where you can get picturesque views of Taal Volcano.
Bag of Beans
For views of Taal Volcano, chic dining, and fine coffee, Bag of Beans is already a household name in Tagaytay. Its number of branches can attest to its success. You can choose from five branches, three of which have claimed excellent spots commanding Taal Volcano. Now, it’s only a question of which experience you’d like to have.
Located near Ayala Malls Serin, Bag of Beans Athena features sleek French interiors but the most coveted is the romantic al-fresco garden. For something more rustic and homey, bring the family to Charito near The Lake Hotel Tagaytay. Meanwhile, the West Lake branch in Twin Lakes Shopping Village evokes a classy French country house ambiance.
Bag of Beans is also the perfect stop after a spa experience at Nurture Wellness Village, which is just a 10-minute drive to the Athena branch.
Business hours: Athena and Charito – 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. / West Lake – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Weekdays), 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Weekends)
Tsokolateria Artisanal Cafe
If you need a break from coffee, let yourself indulge in various cocoa concoctions at Tsokolateria. They’re not limited to drinks; many of their specialty dishes are melded with chocolate too, like the Truffle Carbonara with White Choco Savings. Their hot Tsokolate Ah and Tsokolate Eh drinks are your ideal companion while taking in the views and the cool Tagaytay breeze from the outdoor setting.
Location: The Boutique Bed & Breakfast, 45 Aguinaldo Hwy, Silang Crossing East, Tagaytay City
Business hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
Here’s a lesser-known Tagaytay gem: Kuuma Kaakao. The cafe is not as glamorous as others, but who needs flashy interiors when you’ve got sweeping views of the ridge and Taal Volcano through the glass walls? Besides that, Kuuma Kaakao also has exceptional offerings. Their specialty bibingka in cheese, tablea, ube, and leche flan flavors, combined with a hot chocolate drink, will make you feel right at home.
Location: Hillcrest Plaza, Silang Junction South, Tagaytay
Business hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Tuesday – Thursday), 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Friday – Sunday)
As its name suggests, The Nest is a nice place for you to take shelter—flop into one of the hanging egg chairs overlooking Taal Volcano and Lake. It has a refreshing open space that complements the scenery. Have a sip of latte or matcha alongside the cafe’s local and continental offerings like Bulalo Flakes and Vongole.
Location: Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., Tagaytay (Near Rotonda)
Business hours: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
La Creperie is surely no stranger to crepe lovers already. For those coming from Manila, La Creperie in Tagaytay offers a heightened experience. Enjoy classic favorites like Angelina’s Le Chocolat Chaud (hot chocolate) and Chocolate Mille Crepe Cake in the al-fresco garden setting. Aside from Taal Volcano, you can also revel in the posh European-inspired Twin Lakes Shopping Village.
Location: Twin Lakes Shopping Village, Tagaytay City
Business hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Weekdays), 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Weekends)
If you’re looking for other things to do in Tagaytay, check out this sightseeing tour and more experiences you shouldn’t miss in the new normal.
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*Featured image via Kuuma Kaakao and Unsplash