Working or studying from home can be a bit dull at times and that can also affect your productivity. Speaking from experience as a writer, I tend to lose focus at home since I’m tempted to take a nap whenever I can see my bed or sofa. So when I really need to get things done for the day, it’s always a good idea to get out of the house. If you’re just like me and you live around Marikina, there are a lot of places you can work or chill with good coffee and free WiFi.
I’ve listed down seven study-friendly coffee shops around Marikina that can offer you a comfortable place to stay as you keep up with your deadlines.
1. Do Güd Café
Open from Wednesday to Monday (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
9 E. Rodriguez Cor. Lakandula St., Parang Marikina City
This co-working cafe is an ideal place to get your work done. Aside from the free WiFi and outlet, Do Güd serves energizing coffee drinks and delicious dishes and pastries. They are also pet-friendly and have both indoor and outdoor spaces for your convenience. Among my personal favorites from their menu are their Iced Spanish Latte and Creamy Tuna Pasta. I also adore their customer service and the fact that they also have a self-photo studio and gym. You can even avail a free 5-minute self-photo session for every Php 550 purchase!
2. Kape Benito Community Café
Open from Monday to Friday (12 n.n. to 10 p.m.) and Saturday to Sunday (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
48 Sparrow St., Sta. Elena, Marikina City (Near Marikina City Hall and Marikina Sports Center)
Whether you’re working indoors or outdoors, Kape Benito’s high-speed internet will always be available for you. This community café really thinks about its customers through its ergonomic chairs, universal outlets, accessible free WiFi, and affordable drinks and food selections. Their well-thought-out interior and exterior designs provide a cozy and comforting ambiance to help you focus on your work or studies. While you’re there enjoy their tasty beverages, from different types of coffee and teas to mocktails as well as their Kape Benito Specials.
Open from Monday to Thursday (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Friday to Sunday (9 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
88 General Ordoñez St., Corner Lakandula St., Marikina Heights, Marikina City
Nothing beats like coffee in the morning with D’expresso. This family-friendly and study-friendly coffee shop near San Ramon Hospital in Marikina serves the most amazing coffee and pastries. In fact, I devoured their Iced Caramel Latte and doughnuts. Aside from the free WiFi access and outlets, they also have board games available to use and play with your family and friends during your study breaks!
4. Pokkó Coffee
Open from Monday to Thursday (12 n.n. to 10 p.m.) and Friday to Sunday (12 n.n. to 11 p.m.)
37 Nicanor Roxas St. Calumpang Marikina (Near San Roque Elementary School)
Can’t get enough of Spanish Latte? Then look no further. Pokkó Coffee takes pride in its Iced Spanish Latte with its perfect balance of sweet and bold flavor profiles taste. Aside from serving premium quality coffee, they also have non-coffee drinks, pasta, and pastries. Of course, free WiFi and outlets are available at Pokkó for those who need to work and study. Your furry friends are welcome as well to accompany you in the café.
5. Bubba Lab
Open Everyday (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Ext. B, C&B Circle Mall, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
From grade school to college, Bubba Lab has provided me with a safe and productive space to work for long hours. This science lab-inspired milk tea and coffee place offers a wide range of drinks designed to fit in a periodic table of elements. Their Nutella-flavored milk tea, Bubbatella, is definitely worth trying along with their Super Nova and Fish and Jojos. From time to time, they also hold Busking Nights to support local artists and to entertain their labmates with soulful music.