Road trips in Laguna are the best. The province abounds with nature, and trees and mountains are an almost everpresent view on the road. Along the way, it’s also easy to find cafes offering more than just a coffee break. Aside from good locally crafted coffee, the quaint scenery surrounding them adds to the charm of Laguna’s roadside cafes.
Be ready to make a lot of stops in Laguna, as these roadside cafes have picturesque locations that will make you want to linger longer.
Nowadays Coffee, Calamba
It’s a small roadside cafe, but its clean white facade will quickly draw you in. Nowadays Coffee is a neighborhood cafe that evokes the minimalist aesthetic of Tokyo cafes. It offers specially crafted coffee and different kinds of cookies.
Nowadays Coffee is situated along the wide Bucal Bypass Road, which is lined with trees and garden shops, making the drive here very pleasurable.
Location: Stall 3, Bucal Bypass Rd., Calamba, Laguna
Coffee Mariano, Los Baños
Coffee Mariano is a mobile coffee cart that, luckily, stays on one spot for patrons to find. Its base in Umali Subdivision near UP Los Baños is a quaint residential area and shaded by huge trees.
Coffee Mariano brews rich and flavorful coffee using moka pot. There are also non-coffee options like fruit lattes and lemonade.
Location: Halcon St., Umali Subd., Batong Malake, Los Baños
Barrio Cafe, Bay
The name of this cafe is apt for its location — a modest rural neighborhood in the old town of Bay. It is not a major thoroughfare, but it’s a good detour if you’re traveling between Los Baños and Calauan. The cafe has a designated parking space for those who want to stay awhile.
The cafe has cheap and delicious espresso and milk tea concoctions, best matched with their cookies and cheesecakes. Their fries and rice bowls are also a must-try.
Location: F.T. San Luis Ave., Masaya, Bay, Laguna
Muni Coffee, Kalayaan
Another Insta-perfect roadside cafe in Laguna is Muni Coffee, with its pared-down aesthetic. This little coffee kiosk sits on a laidback section of the national highway, beautifully backdropped by trees and mountains.
The small wood-framed windows offer a glimpse of the cafe’s coffee bean selection and brewing equipment. Have a taste of their signature craft coffee made using V60, and espresso-based drinks like dirty matcha latte.
Location: National Hwy, Longos, Kalayaan, Laguna
The Brew, Liliw
This mobile cafe has found a perfect spot among the old rural houses of Liliw, and its rustic, wooden look enhances the nostalgic vibe. The drinks are not only delicious but also cheap — everything is priced below PHP 100!
Espresso-based drinks like Spanish latte or cold brew are best enjoyed with The Brew’s best-selling pastries, ensaymada and cinnamon rolls.
Location: 260 Gatayaw St., Brgy. Pag-asa, Liliw, Laguna
Hombre Brew, Liliw
Another roadside cafe worth checking out in Liliw is Hombre Brew, a cafe walk-up window housed in a charming old home. It has a cozy little space to enjoy coffee along the roadside on J.P. Rizal.
The cafe prides itself on original blends of locally sourced and roasted coffee. Best-sellers include 24-hour cold brews in different flavors and HB signature choco.
Location: 080 Rizal St., Liliw, Laguna
Punto Cafe & Bento
If you’re traveling between Batangas and Laguna via Alaminos, then Punto Cafe & Bento will be the perfect stopover. You can easily spot it along the highway — a green space where a cubic coffee kiosk stands, ready to supply more than just coffee.
Aside from your usual coffee faves, Punto also has affordable sushi and bento meals that are sure to energize you for the rest of your trip.
Location: 248 Pan-Philippine Hwy, Alaminos, Laguna
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*Featured image via Punto Cafe & Bento, Nowadays Coffee, Barrio Café