10 Great Cafés for Hanging Out in Quezon City
Or places where you can have some precious me-time.
(SPOT.ph) It can sometimes be hard to find quiet places to retreat to in a big bustling city like Quezon City. Thankfully, the city is crawling with tons of cafés, where you can work, meet up with friends, or simply have an afternoon to yourself.
Owned by a four-sibling team, KANDLE Café prides itself not only with its carefully curated menu of drinks but with its food as well. Nearly everything in the café is made in-house, whether it’s the bread, the noodles or the beef patties. Nothing exemplifies that dedication to fresh and homemade ingredients more than the KANDLE Burger, a 100% pure beef patty, topped with red pesto, cheese, sautéed onions, and a tomato, sandwiched in between two pillowy soft buns. It’s even big enough to share with a friend.
Kandle Café is at 113 Mother Ignacia Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.
What if Michelin-starred chef Jiro Ono dedicated himself to the art of coffee rather than sushi? That’s the idea behind Jiro Coffee Studio, which brands itself as an artist’s haven in Quezon City. The minimalist Japanese-inspired branding shows up not only in the café’s interiors, which is lined with all kinds of art books, but in its eclectic menu too. Check out the Cocoespresso, a blend of dark espresso and coconut water, served in a chilled coconut shell. It’s a drink that’s not only going to wake you up, but also provide refreshing relief on a hot summer day.
Jiro Coffee Studio is at 2/F Crossroad Center, 77 Mother Ignacia Street, Diliman, Quezon City.
With its wide open space, and clean and minimalist interiors, Prominent is not only a place where one can buckle down and work, but it’s also where artists can freely share their work and techniques with other people, with the café sometimes playing host to creative workshops. A wide variety of board games are available too, for those who enjoy game nights. But it’s the drinks that are going to make you stay. Check out the Toasty, a choice of hot mocha, chocolate or latte, topped with a torched marshmallow. There’s also the Gelatte, a latte float topped with ice cream sourced from the Manila Creamery.
Prominent is at 49 Scout Alcaraz corner D. Tuazon, Banawe, Quezon City.
With sayings like “No Bad Days” and “Good Things Ahead” plastered on its walls, it’s safe to say that Common Folk is good vibes in café-form. The owners have taken on a friendly approach when it comes to introducing third wave coffee to their customers, making sure that their baristas are more than ready to explain the process behind your chosen brew. There are even drinks on the menu for non-coffee drinkers, such as the Chai Tea Latte or the Matcha Tea Latte. But for those hoping for a jolt of energy, check out Common Folk’s Flat White, served in a shot glass.
Common Folk is at 79 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City.
With its floor to ceiling windows, brick and wood walls, and use of ceiling lights, Stockwell Café + Lounge comes off as more of a date night place rather than a casual coffee joint. The fanciness extends to its menu as well, with dishes like the Steak and Truffle Mashed Potato and Chicken Cordon Bleu. For coffee enthusiasts, Stockwell has six different kinds of coffee beans and six kinds of brewing techniques to choose from. Feeling adventurous? Try out the Stockwell 50/50, a drink concocted with milk and a secret ingredient that the owners refuse to share.
Stockwell Café + Lounge is at 61 Scout Tobias corner Scout Rallos Street, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
UP Town Center regulars will find a new cozy haven at The Fat Seed, the mall’s newest café. Though for owners Bryant Dee and Chef Pierre Ivan Tan, the label ‘café’ may be a bit of a cop-out; they do offer more than just excellent brew. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffles in Salted Egg Sauce is already getting raves for satisfyingly crunchy-and-juicy fried chicken and a winning bacon-maple syrup. But the real stunner here is the Wagyu Pares—with wagyu cubes in a that familiar subtly-sweet and savory sauce, and fried rice, it’s like your go-to classic Pinoy lunch leveled up. Plus with eclectic murals, deliberately mismatched décor, and an over-all effortlessly cool vibe, The Fat Seed is a feast for the eyes, too, and might just inspire you to get more creative.
The Fat Seed is at G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
Located near some of Quezon City’s universities, it should come as no surprise that Equatorial Coffee is a longtime favorite haunt of college students who live off caffeine. Equatorial sources its beans from Yardstick and isn’t afraid to experiment with flavors. Unique drinks include the Angry Black, a long black coffee infused with pressurized nitrogen, poured over ice, the Dirty Chai, a double espresso poured over a blend of creamy milk and black tea spiced with cardamom, ginger, and peppercorns, and the Charcoal Latte, a double espresso blended with activated charcoal for detox benefits.
Equatorial Coffee is at 325 F. Dela Rosa Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Ella and the Blackbird
Katipunan regulars may remember Ella and the Blackbird by its previous name, Craft Coffee Revolution. The rebranded coffee joint still has the same cozy interior, with salvaged wood boards, high stools, and cushions, but also a brand new menu. In fact, Ella and the Blackbird features not one or even two, but three truffle dishes: The creamy Truffle Mushroom Pasta, Truffle Omelet and their signature Truffle Burger. If the richness of the truffle dishes are too much, try washing it down with any one of Ella’s Slushies. Check out the Calamansi Slushy, which comes with wild honey to cut down on the tartness.
Ella and the Blackbird is at 88 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Despite being located right beside one of Quezon City’s busy highways, Little Owl feels like an escape from the hustle of daily city life. Even with its minimalist interiors, the café feels roomy and comfortable, thanks to its use of natural light and high ceilings. Little Owl also serves coffee sourced from Toby’s Estate. Pair any of the brews with the Chocolate Tart, a dark chocolate ganache encased in a warm, flaky crust.
Little Owl is at 655 Broadway Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City.
Coffee shops can feel like a second home, considering the amount of time people spend in them. The Katipunan area has Tyler’s Café, an all-day breakfast joint that’s able to bring comfort any time of the day. Everything on the menu feels like Mom cooked it, since ingredients, whether it’s the jam, bread, or the bacon, are made in-house. If breakfast isn’t complete without rice, check out the Brisket and Eggs. The tender brisket is paired with garlic rice cooked in beef fat, making for a sinful yet comforting meal.
Tyler's Café is at 317 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.