Indulging in good food followed by excellent coffee is a ritual that many of us hold dear to our hearts. There’s just something so soothing about enjoying a steaming, hot cup of joe after a satisfying meal especially when you’re in good company.
The best part of these simple experiences is that they don’t cost a lot of money. You can even use a credit card so that points can be exchanged for free items and perks later on.
The next time you’re on the lookout for a great coffee place that serves delicious food, check one of these restaurants out:
1. Cartel Coffee + Deli: Tucked in the quiet urban area of Salcedo Village is Cartel Coffee, a casual dining experience that’s known for its coffee as well as the food. Cartel is the brainchild of the owners of Pablo, a Spanish restaurant located on the ground floor of Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences.
As soon as you enter Cartel, you’ll feel right at home. The muted lights, expansive use of wood in the middle of the urban jungle, and black chalkboards emphasize the cozy neighborhood feel that many patrons love about Cartel. There’s also a very distinct European flair thanks to the imported goods on display, tempting you at each turn: baked goods, fine wine, Spanish meats, fresh salads, deli foods, and of course, the coffee provided by the master brewers over at Yardstick.
Breakfast goodness. Source: https://www.instagram.com/cartel.deli/
The seating area at Cartel is rather intimate: with just a handful of tables, you’re reminded that you’re in the center of a busy residential and commercial neighborhood. Cartel is perfect for a quick and satisfying snack, taking coffee to go, or enjoying a glass of wine while waiting for traffic to subside.
Cartel Coffee + Deli
Address: 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opening hours: 7 AM to 12 MN
Sweet treats. Source: https://www.instagram.com/cartel.deli/
2. Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen: If you love comfort food and coffee, you’ll love Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen. Located in Chino Roces extension, Bluesmith is a straightforward restaurant and café – no frills, nothing fancy; you know they stick to what they do best which is good food and coffee.
Bluesmith is crystal-clear on their promise of home-cooked goodness – as clear as the glass walls it’s encased in. As soon as you walk in, the industrial lights hanging from the ceiling will immediately catch your eye. Diners can see in and out of the restaurant, which operates on the ground floor of a commercial building called MJ Plaza. Bluesmith is known for classic favorites such as Chorizo and Kesong Puti Pasta, Chili Soup with Homemade Cornbread, Mr. Ben Eggs Benedict, and Tenderloin Beef Salpicao. Wash it down with your choice of coffee; choose from single origins as well as pour-over blends.
Chorizo & Kesong Puti Pasta. Source: https://www.instagram.com/bluesmithck/
Comfort food defined. Source: https://www.instagram.com/bluesmithck/
Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen
Address: G/F MJ Plaza, 2310 Chino Roces Ext., Makati
Opening hours: 7 AM to 11 PM
3. Drip Café: In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Banawe is a unique coffee and dining experience you shouldn’t miss. Drip Café doesn’t look like your ordinary café – its façade looks like a vintage home, and its interiors are a welcoming, intimate coffee shop.
Drip Café is newly renovated, having undergone a face lift late last year. Cool gray walls, warm wood, and touches of botanical greens merge to create a relaxing ambiance. They also have new offerings, such as the Chicken Salpicao, Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy, and Creamy Chicken Alfredo. It seems that the owners of Drip Café designed the menu offers with med students in mind since they frequent the place often due to its proximity to med schools. They also offer a wide range of caffeinated drinks that will get you through a night of study or work, as well as refreshing frappes and matcha lattes.
Classic Filipino breakfast favorite. Source: https://www.instagram.com/dripcafeph/
Address: 46-A Banawe corner Maria Clara St., Banawe, Quezon City
Opening hours: 7 AM to 10 PM
4. Early Bird Breakfast Club: It doesn’t get better than breakfast food and coffee; a match made in heaven! Early Bird Breakfast Club is for everyone who enjoys breakfast food any time of the day. Located in Eastwood Mall, Early Bird’s bright, colorful interiors will perk you up if caffeine isn’t enough.
The menu of Early Bird Breakfast Club is filled with new offerings, both breakfast staples as well as exciting additions that will tickle your palate. Enjoy a hearty breakfast with a spin by trying the Egg and Cheese Burger, as well as the Crispy Fried Chicken, Three-Cheese Baked Prawn, Smoked Bacon Slab, and Bacon Chicharon. If we could only have breakfast meals as sinful and delicious as these every single day, life would be perfect. Aside from a selection of coffee, Early Bird Breakfast Club also serves butterbeer and sweet drinks such as the choco-peanut butter milkshake.
Early Bird Breakfast Club
Address: G/F Eastwood Mall, Eastwood Avenue, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Opening hours: 7 AM to 11 PM
5. Niche Café: Ideal for barkadas looking for a place to unwind with food and drink, what makes Niche Café different is its extremely casual vibe. Niche Café is popular among young customers who enjoy playing board games, but if you want to just lay back and chill, it has that, too!
Niche Café’s bright blue and green colors will catch your eye. The place is set up as if it’s a large bunk bed, with stairs to get you to the top if you’d rather hang out at the crib’s upper level. Soft throw pillows are all over for your enjoyment. There are spaces for one, two, and up to 4 people to comfortably play board games, which you can use for free as long as you order food and drink. But Niche Café isn’t playing games when it comes to their offerings: the classic Cheesy Meaty Nachos, Cheesy Fries, Watson & Crick Cheeseburger with Bacon, and Aristotle Cheesy Mushroom Melt will all have your mouth watering. They also offer a wide range of sinfully sweet drinks such as Winter Melon Milk Tea, Oreo Frappe, and the Java Chip Frappe.
Address: 2nd Floor, Villareal Building, Building 1193, Maria Orosa St., Ermita, Manila
Opening Hours: 4 PM to 12 AM
There is so much more to cafés and coffee shops than just getting caffeinated. So, the next time you and your barkada want to go out for coffee, bring your appetite because these restaurants pack a punch in the food department, too!