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10 Under-the-Radar Cafés in Manila for Your Next Coffee Run

You can have your coffee al-fresco in most of these spots.
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While some of us have learned how to make coffee at home (and do it well, thanks to these finds), we won't deny that ambience plays a role in how much we end up enjoying our caffeinated drink. You might already have go-to spots pre-pandemic, but it's certainly worth checking out the new places that have popped up in the Metro as of late. There's a café that will remind you of movie theaters, a spot that also sells lovely blooms, and a homey shop where you can sip your coffee while on a hammock. Most of the coffee shops on this list have outdoor seating too, if that's more to your liking. (Remember to practice safety protocols whenever you step out of your house.)

Here are under-the-radar coffee shops in Manila where you can get your fix.

Fifty Nine Flower Cafe

Where: 59 Paseo de Roxas, Urdaneta Village, Makati City
Operating Hours: Open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
With Al-Fresco Area: Yes
The Vibe: Rustic and homey, surrounded by lots and lots of flowers
Don't Miss: The flower shop
Must-Try Drink: Latte (P115) served with edible flowers, which add a subtle floral aroma to the beverage

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Kape Cinco

Where: 5 Mount Airy Street, Mountain View Subdivision, Santa Elena, Marikina City
Operating Hours: Open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:30:00 p.m. (Tuesday to Friday), 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
With Al-Fresco Area: Yes
The Vibe: Summer vacations in the province
Don't Miss: The hammock
Must-Try Drink: Latte (P115) served with edible flowers, which add a subtle floral aroma to the beverage

Coffee ArTea

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Where: 5966 Fermina Street corner Alfonso Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
Operating Hours: Open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Tuesday to Thursday), 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Friday to Saturday), 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Sunday)
With Al-Fresco Area: Yes
The Vibe: Artsy but not intimidating
Don't Miss: The art gallery
Must-Try Drink: Lokal Cacao Bicerin (P190), which takes inspiration from Italian dessert coffee called bicerin and topped with homemade local cacao sauce and cold muscovado cream

Kohi

Where: 1147 Antipolo Street, Rizal Village, Makati City
Operating Hours: Open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
With Al-Fresco Area: Yes 
The Vibe: Minimalist but going the mostly black fixtures route
Don't Miss: Their Hottu Doggu (P120) or Japanese sausage sandwich with bonito flakes and seaweed powder, to go with your coffee
Must-Try Drink: Kori Kohi in Salted Caramel (P120), where you get to pour warm milk over frozen coffee cubes

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Granville

Where: 189 A. Mabini Street, San Juan, Mandaluyong City
Operating Hours: Open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Friday to Sunday)
With Al-Fresco Area: Yes
The Vibe: A cool and contemporary start-up—but all play, no work, of course
Don't Miss: The stadium-style seating
Must-Try Drink: Flat White (P165), which comes in a doggo-stamped cup

Cube Coffee

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Where: 1216 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Barangay Mariana, Quezon City
Operating Hours: Open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday to Sunday)
With Al-Fresco Area: Yes 
The Vibe: Japanese minimalist
Don't Miss: The bookshelf for some cool reads
Must-Try Drink: The refreshing and IG-ready Iced Coconut Latte (P185)

The Black Bean

Where: 2/F Eton West End Square, Chino Roces Avenue corner Malugay Street, San Antonio, Makati City
Operating Hours: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
With Al-Fresco Area: No 
The Vibe: Oz-inspired rustic-industrial shop
Don't Miss: The green foilage in one corner, which can be a cool background for the 'gram
Must-Try Drink: Meringue Cappuccino (P190) topped with an Italian meringue that adds a slight sweetness to the coffee

Crema MNL

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Where: 719 Agudo Street, Mandaluyong City
Operating Hours: Open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Monday to Sunday)
With Al-Fresco Area: Yes 
The Vibe: Small yet cozy coffee shop in Japan
Don't Miss: Their collection of coffee-brewing tools
Must-Try Drink: Spanish Latte (P115) for that sweet kick

Brewed Specialty Coffee

Where: The Red Dot, C. Raymundo Avenue, Rosario, Pasig City
Operating Hours: Open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Friday to Sunday)
With Al-Fresco Area: Yes 
The Vibe: Subdued tropical
Don't Miss: The "Make It Happen" neon sign
Must-Try Drink: Presa (starts at P160), if you want strawberry flavor in your coffee

Cinema '76 Café

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Where: 2/F Anonas LRT City Center, Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City
Operating Hours: Open from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
With Al-Fresco Area: Yes 
The Vibe: Movie theater snack bar
Don't Miss: The movie posters on the wall, featuring your fave TBA Studios films
Must-Try Drink: Hazelnut Frappe (P170/16oz, P185/22oz), for a sweet caffeine fix

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