It seems like only yesterday when we were whipping up Dalgona Coffee and trying out random recipes from TikTok–they definitely made us feel like a legit barista! Despite this, there’s no shame in admitting that we can’t help but miss buying our drinks from ~actual~ cafés. TBH, we get it, we kind of miss that short run to a café while rushing to our early schedule of work and classes.
However, since we’re still in a pandemic and most of us are still under an online setup, the best that we could do while we wait for everything to return back to normal is to visit roadside coffee shops that can whip up quality drinks in no time! Whether you’re a coffee enthusiast, a biker who stops by for a cup of coffee, a random person who misses buying coffee outside, or a student who wishes for an energy boost, then this is the perfect list for you!
Looking for your next go-to roadside coffee shop? Below, eight mini cafés that offer the best coffee:
1. Lay-By Coffee
What started off as a little home-based business has now become one of the ~best~ roadside coffee shops in Marikina City. Aside from its Dirty Latte and Classic Grilled Cheese, Lay-By Coffee is also known for its chummy baristas, making them a safe space for bikers. Bonus: They also have puppuccinos!
2. Corner Café + Deli
Inspired by the popular Korean drama, Hospital Playlist, this café will give you a taste of South Korea’s most delish food trends! Corner Café + Deli may be on the roadside but you will never miss its IG-worthy establishment as it pops off with a minimalist theme and a very bright sign. If you’re looking for more places for your next Banawe food crawl, trust us, Corner’s Signature Deli Drop sandwich and Matcha Espresso are worth adding to your list!
3. Ahon Café
Located in a small corner in the neighborhoods of Quezon City, Ahon Café is a space for bikers, coffee enthusiasts, and even barkadas who just want to hang out. Its homey spot, situated on the roadside, allows people to bond together over good food, coffee, and company. Aside from Iced Spanish Latte, its famous rice bowls and pasta dishes are also a must-try!
4. Make Coffee
Looking for a quick stopover during your bike ride? Make Coffee is here for you! This modern, industrial-designed café wants to give its customers a great experience, not just with the coffee, but also with its picturesque aesthetic. Their menu also literally embodies ~range~ as they have so much to offer other than the basics. If you’re not a fan of anything with caffeine, you can always opt for their milkshakes. P.S. Their Chicken Pesto Waffwich and Double Chocolate Brownie are to die for!
5. Burnt MNL
This cozy and friendly spot can do you no wrong. Once you take a peek at Burnt MNL, you’ll know why many are raving about this roadside café. Buying from them will give you a glimpse of its kitchen as they work on your order, which makes it more worth the stop. Other than great coffee, its pasta and burnt cheesecake are also worth the try. You can also catch Burnt MNL with its small coffee carts at special events and pop-up collaborations.
For caffeine enjoyers that are always on the go, this one’s for you. D’Expresso is a Japanese-inspired neighborhood café that serves a variety of drinks that are affordable but of high quality. Its space may seem small on the roadside but you’ll immediately see it when you notice the huge signage of “coffee” with stickers below it. Also, its minimalist vibe deserves a spot in your feed, along with the crowd favorite’s iced teas and specialty coffees.
7. Coffee ArTea
Who knew that an art gallery and a coffee shop could be combined in one small place, right? Among the numerous establishments in Poblacion, Coffee ArTea stands out with its unique concept. Its roadside storefront and interior are highly appreciated by its customers since it’s filled with artworks from various local artists. This cozy café also matches the artistry of their exhibited works with their famous drinks like the Horchata Manchado and Leche Brûlée.
With both of its owners being avid enthusiasts of Japanese food, Kohi gives a unique take on their beverages. While most shops serve the classic flavored coffees, this Makati-based café focuses on using frozen coffee cubes, as they usually do when making Japan’s traditional kori kohi. This dainty roadside spot is not only famous for its drinks but also for its dark minimalist theme that captures the eye of coffee enthusiasts and bikers alike.
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