10 Cafés in Alabang and Parañaque That Are Perfect for Hanging Out
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(SPOT.ph) There are three things that make up a great café—amazing coffee, tasty eats, and, of course, a relaxing ambience. For your café-loving heart, we’ve made it a mission to scour the Metro for all the noteworthy coffee joints, but this time we’ve set our sights all the way down south. Keep your eyes peeled for these awesome coffee shops that make sweet hangouts in Alabang and Parañaque.
Just from the name itself, you know that Need Coffee understands very well that you, well, need coffee to fuel your day. So if it’s coffee you want, it’s coffee you’ll get—each cup here is a product of freshly roasted beans. A great place to start is their Batch Brew (P80), or specialty coffee with a hint of fruity flavors made first thing in the morning. Enjoy their take on classics like the Latte (P160) and Iced Americano (P140), but don’t leave without trying something from their dessert menu, like the Salted Egg Brazo de Mercedes (P170) or Banana Crisp Cake (P160)!
Need Coffee is at 252-B Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Designer Blooms Café
Anyone who has a soft spot for beautiful flowers can’t miss Designer Blooms Café. This homey joint will make you feel like you’re having an outdoor picnic with all their pretty flowers and elegant décor, which all just begs to be put on your social-media grid. Their menu is all shades of IG-worthy, too! The café’s house favorites include a classic Four Cheese Pizza (P235) that’s sprinkled with just the right balance of your favorite cheeses like mozzarella and cheddar. But if you’re there to get your coffee fix, you can’t go wrong with a no-fail Cappuccino (P105), which we’d totally pair with their not-too-sweet Mocha Sans Rival (P235).
Designer Blooms Café is at Unit 11B Molito Commercial Complex, Madrigal Avenue corner Commerce Avenue, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Exchange Alley Coffee House
Exchange Alley Coffee House is a haven for anyone looking for handcrafted coffee in Alabang. Apart from a lot of single-origin options on their extensive beverage menu, they also serve a mean nitro coffee (or coffee on tap)! You can swing by for a glass of their creamy Nitro Black (P190) to find out what we’re talking about, and if you’re looking for some filling eats to go with your caffeine, just check out their short-but-sweet all-day breakfast menu, which includes a lot of morning staples like Avocado Toast (P180) and Eggs Benedict (P280).
Exchange Alley Coffee House is at Unit 3 Molito Commercial Complex, Madrigal Avenue corner Commerce Avenue, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Bean & Yolk
If their name tells you anything, it’s this: Bean & Yolk whips up some awesome coffee- and egg-based dishes to make your brunch just a bit better. If you’re looking for something other than your usual brew, you might want to try their Espresso Milkshake (P200) or even their S’Mores Mocha (P175), a blend of espresso, Malagos dark chocolate, with frothed milk and a fluffy layer of burnt marshmallows. It’s perfect for satisfying any coffee-loving sweet tooth out there. We can’t stop eyeing their their Hazelnut Ricotta French Toast (P250), either!
Bean & Yolk is at Westgate Hub, Westgate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
81 Café and Bistro
The unanimous favorite about 81 Café and Bistro? Their homey meals that will remind you of your mother’s cooking. Their Adobong Puti (P275) is a crowd favorite, especially for anyone who likes their pork adobo cooked in a lot of garlic. Their Pork Sisig (P250), on the other hand, will leave you dreaming of the next time you can try it again. And something for dessert? Don’t miss the Salted Caramel Cheesecake (P150), which is sure to make your toes curl in delight. It’s best with their Brewed Coffee (P90) and a fun conversation, so bring a friend!
81 Café and Bistro is at 3/F Madison Galleries, 398 Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa City.
Magnum Opus Fine Coffees
Just in case you haven’t heard, Magnum Opus serves some of the best grilled sandwiches in this side of Metro Manila. Their Monte Cristo (P250) oozes with cheese, and it’s topped with generous servings of ham and chicken. Don’t forget to have each bite with clotted cream and their homemade jam served on the side. Meanwhile, we wouldn’t mind having it with a soothing cup of their best-selling Belgian Heartbreak (P175), made with a mix of mocha, steamed milk, rich chocolate, and that punch of caffeine care of a shot of espresso.
Magnum Opus Fine Coffees is at 2/F The Prime Building, 115 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Bowen 24 Café
If the elegant interiors and laid-back feel of Bowen 24 Café don’t persuade you to tell your friends about it, then maybe a taste of their dishes will. Their drinks menu is pretty impressive, covering more than just the basics, including all-time favorites like frappes and milkshakes. We’re in love at the thought of having a Chocolate Chip Frappe (P170) in this humid weather, and you’ve got plenty of dishes to choose from, too. If you’re looking for something light, have the savory Sardines Pesto Sandwich (P190). With Bowen 24’s all-around dishes and beverages, there’s no shortage of options for you to munch on here!
Bowen 24 Café is at 29 President's Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Artists Haven Café
When it’s not a workshop space or an art gallery, Artists Haven Café—at its heart—is a go-to hangout for when you just want to munch on something good while enjoying a laid-back afternoon over a cup of joe. You’ll have all sorts of homemade delights to indulge in here, from filling starters like the Pumpkin Soup (P135), all the way to irresistible mains like their Native Sausage ala Juan Luna (P220), or Ilocano-style longganisa that also happens to be one of their bestsellers! Plus, you can’t go wrong with their Artisan Café Coffee (P75), the café’s house-blend brew made with Arabica beans to really keep you going through the rest of the day.
Artists Haven Café is at 190 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Not only does the coffee shop have a wide assortment of drinks, like frappes and 3D latte art, but their food choices are also worth your while. You really can’t go wrong with the BLT Panini (P180) and Matcha Latte (P130) combo, but if you’re looking for something heart-stopping, you might want to try their spicy Buffalo Wings (P250) and Curry Tonkatsu (P250).
Carpe Diem is at 153 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
If you walk into cafés expecting to be transported out of the daily drama of life, then Another Story won’t disappoint. The place looks straight out of a fairytale, with a mix of elegant and quirky knickknacks giving it a homey feel. And speaking of home, Another Story’s menu feels like it—from a whopping plate of comfort that is the Another Story Big Breakfast (P495), complete with ham, bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms, and baked beans, to their delightfully creamy Ube Cheesecake (P215). Wash it all down with Another Story's signature Iced Vietnamese (P190) for a really good time.
Another Story is at 2/F Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.