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10 Places for a Late-Night Coffee Run

The need for caffeine knows no time.
IMAGE Jericho San Miguel
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True coffee addicts know that the need for caffeine can hit you any time of the day, even late at night. Thankfully, there are loads of cafes now that open even until the wee hours of the morning, so you can catch up with work or wind down with a good cup of brew (or even wine or cocktails) at the end of your busy day.

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Cafe Barbera
Whether you're in need of a quiet spot after a fun night out at Uptown Parade, or are just looking for a caffeine boost no matter the time, Cafe Barbera can deliver. The Naples-based coffee chain prides itself in serving coffee the same way they do back in Italy, meaning they only use beans hand-roasted in Naples, plus the right milk temperature and serving sizes to really emphasize the flavor of the coffee. A good place to start is with the Cappuccino Italiano (P135/eight ounces, P150/12 ounces, P165/16 ounces), with a dark chocolaty flavor.


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G/F Uptown Parade, Uptown Bonifacio. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Stockwell Cafe + Lounge
For those days when you need a break from busy Tomas Morato, Stockwell Cafe is a sanctuary that's worth a visit. Not only do they have a steady WiFi connection and a good number of cozy couches, they also offer an extensive menu of third wave coffee and espresso-based drinks. Plus, you can have dinner here with their offerings of hefty sandwiches, pasta, and even rice meals. And if you need extra help unwinding, Stockwell also offers wine and cocktails.


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61 Scout Tobias corner Scout Rallos Street, Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday) and 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Friday to Saturday).

Fundamental Coffee
For no-fuss coffee in a location that will make you forget you're in the middle of one of Makati's busiest areas, Fundamental Coffee is the place to be. This coffee shop is all about going back to basics, opting to go without fancy syrups and whipped cream. And most of the time, simple is what you need after a day of hustle and bustle.


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G/F Park Terraces, Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Catabolic Cafe
This cozy cafe in the Malingap-Maginhawa area is open till 11 p.m., perfect for those late-night, post-work catch-up sessions with the BFFs. With cool interiors that mix modern and vintage styles, you'll be able to update your Instagram feed, too. Aside from their menu of third wave coffee (with beans from EDSA BDG), a must-try is the Chicken & Waffles (P330), guaranteed to keep you coming back for dinner, night after night.


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22 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Commune Cafe
With their reliable WiFi connection and secluded nooks that let you hang out by your lonesome, Commune is a great place to catch up on some late-night work or to chill with a cup of brew before the day officially ends. This Poblacion cafe also regularly hosts workshops and improv nights so youâre guaranteed a fun time with your every visit.


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36 Polaris Street, Poblacion, Makati City. Open from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday to Thursday), 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Friday to Saturday), and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday)

Cartel Coffee + Deli
Cartel isn't just a coffee shop; it's also become a neighborhood haunt where you can get things from homegrown brands like Txanton, Belge & Co., and Holy Carabao. That doesn't mean you won't get excellent coffee here, especially with beans supplied by Yardstick. If you don't want to get too caffeinated especially late at night, get the Hot Chai Latte (P140), which will soothe your soul in an instant.


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119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

KANDLE Cafe
With KANDLE Cafe's laid-back ambience, made even homier by the knickknacks scattered all over the space, you'll find it difficult to leave. It helps that they also offer great pasta dishes, salads, and burgers to go with their drinks, all made in-house by chef and co-owner Leslie Ong. Why not end a busy day with a cocktail-inspired dish like the Bloody Mary Cream Pie Pasta (P330)?


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113 Mother Ignacia Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Friday to Saturday) and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday).

Exchange Alley Coffee House
For third-wave coffee in the South, you don't have to look further than Exchange Alley Coffee House (or EACH). Cool black-and-white interiors with yellow-and-teal details make this cafe stand out, but it's the coffee that'll make you stay until late. They offer classics like an Iced Latte (P150) and the EACH Mocha (P170), but you could also try something less conventional like the Nitro Black (P190), which is brewed in a mini keg. Thereâs delicious grub, tooâthe Bangers and Mash (P420) or breakfast sausages with mashed potatoes and a burnt onion gravy will cure any hangover.


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Unit 3, Molito Lifestyle Building 7, Madrigal-Commerce Junction, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Coffee Project
While this pretty cafe now has nine branches, their Worldwide Corporate Center branch along Shaw Boulevard stands out because it's open 24 hours on weekdays, so you know you have somewhere to hang out in no matter the time. It helps that the place is blooming with lots of plants and fresh flowers to instantly brighten up your mood.


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Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. Open 24 hours (Monday to Friday) and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Saturday to Sunday).

Single Origin
Single Origin practically has everything you look for in a cafe. There's a reliable WiFi connection, a menu of dishes that'll take you from breakfast (you can't go wrong with Bacon and Egg With Waffles at P420) to lunch and dinner, and of course, excellent coffee and tea, with over two pages of the menu dedicated to them. The cafe is a great after-work hangout, too, with their selection of beer and fun cocktails. We'd stay from sunrise to sundown every day if we could.


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2/F C3, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, and G/F Edades Building, Amorsolo Drive Rockwell, Makati City. Open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday to Tuesday), 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Wednesday), 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Thursday), and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday to Saturday).

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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