There’s always that one weird friend who orders hot coffee even at the height of summer. If that’s you, then you best head to Tagaytay where it’s easier to appreciate your joe. With its picturesque landscape and cool climate even in summer, it’s the perfect place for coffee—and bulalo—dates. Whether you like hot brews, frappes, or decaf, here are the most picture-perfect coffee date spots in Tagaytay.
Sip n’ Brew / Miara Cafe
This rooftop cafe at Miara Events Place is the perfect coffee date spot with a panorama of Taal Volcano. The place is spacious and airy, with a roofed area adorned with ceiling plants and an open balcony that lets you soak in the scenery better. Miara Cafe offers its own coffee blends, as well as a milk tea selection by Sip n’ Brew for the non-coffee drinkers in the family or group.
Location: Yakhua Bldg., Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hwy, Tagaytay City
Business hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Mon–Fri), 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Sat–Sun)
Sspace Coffee Bar
If you’re headed to Tagaytay via Santa Rosa, Sspace (short for Slow Space) is the perfect stopover for coffee. This rustic minimalist coffee bar on the roadside is reminiscent of hole-in-the-wall specialty cafes in Tokyo. Sspace serves handcrafted coffee made with homegrown beans and using slow brew methods such as pour-over, French press, and moka pot. There is a little seating area with an Instagrammable accent wall featuring a wooden panel mural by a local artist.
Location: 25 Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Rd., Tagaytay City (Beside Mazapan Sweets)
Business hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Tue–Sun)
Looking for good coffee to complement a relaxing day in Tagaytay? UCC Clockwork offers more options from a popular cafe chain for the discerning coffee drinker. Aside from the regular espresso coffee, the cafe lays out artisanal brewing methods such as pour-over and siphon, which are also quite a spectacle to watch. They’re the most Instagrammable aspect of this cafe, though the place itself is also pretty and cozy. The view of Taal Volcano is also right outside.
Location: Cliffhouse Tagaytay, Km. 58, Aguinaldo Hwy., Tagaytay City
Business hours: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cafe Voi La
If you’re looking for something more exotic and colorful, you’ll love Cafe Voi La with its Asian-themed interiors. Even the al-fresco area is picture-perfect especially at sundown, with colorful parasols, fairy lights, and oriental lanterns. Cafe Voi La has an extensive menu of Asian specialties, including Asian drinks like Vietnamese coffee, best paired with desserts like mango sticky rice.
Cafe Voi La is just a stone’s throw away from famous sightseeing attractions like Picnic Grove and People’s Park in the Sky.
Location: Crosswinds Tagaytay, Brgy. Iruhin Central, Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., Tagaytay City Business hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Mon–Thu), 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (Fri–Sun)
Bag of Beans
A list of picture-perfect cafes wouldn’t be complete without Bag of Beans. With five branches, this garden cafe is well-loved for its eclectic European-inspired interiors with a homey and romantic ambiance. Coffee dates are best set at the lush al-fresco area of Bag of Beans Athena (near Ayala Malls Serin) or at the balcony of the West Lake branch, both with sweeping views of Taal Volcano.
Business hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. (may vary slightly per branch)
Well-known cafe chain Coffee Project put a spin on its 50th branch in Tagaytay, with the moniker “Ruined Project?” It features an industrial space with seemingly unfinished bare cement walls. But the thick greenery and chic coffee tables give it a strong aesthetic appeal. It’s a great place to enjoy Coffee Project classics such as Vietnamese-style Ca Phe Sua Da and the Freddo.
Location: Crosswinds Tagaytay, Brgy. Iruhin Central, Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., Tagaytay City
Business hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Mon–Fri), 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Sat–Sun)
*Featured image via Sspace / Ruined Project / Miara Cafe