(SPOT.ph) Bonifacio Global City is popularly known as a weekend-brunch destination for good reason. Meanwhile, you’ll see the neighborhood transform into a busy sprawl loaded with people needing that caffeine rush to power them through the day and their commute on weekdays. It’s no secret that the neighborhood is studded with great cafés left and right, making it perfect for people who can’t live without coffee. We’ve listed the 10 best coffee shops in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) where you can either grab a quick cuppa or just hang out and chill.
Here are the best coffee shops in Bonifacio Global City:
It’s difficult not to think about % Arabica when you’re scouting for great coffee in BGC. With their delicate brews and eye-catching interiors, how could you not? Stepping inside this Japanese café would make the minimalist lover in you gasp as you gaze at their thoughtfully designed floor-to-ceiling windows and plain-white walls mixed with a bit of wood and bare concrete. Their second floor is also a favorite hangout of cubicle dwellers on break and even folks who just want to have a little alone time and watch the hours pass by from above.
Must-tries: Spanish Latte (Hot: P160/short Arabica, P170/tall Arabica, P180/short Single Blend, P190/tall Single Blend; Iced: P170/tall Arabica, P190/tall Single Origin), Chocolate Nut Cookie (P110)
% Arabica is at G/F W City Center, 7th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Harlan + Holden Coffee
If you’re into sleek and aesthetically pleasing coffee shops, then Harlan + Holden might just win you over with their stylish feminine flair juxtaposed with subtle industrial details. Their coffee and sweet treats are likewise memorable—don’t miss their milky Cream Latte, which gives off an earthy-sweet profile. The drink is best paired with their homemade crumbly Chocolate Chip Walnut, a bestseller among the coffee shop’s most loyal patrons.
Must-tries: Cream Latte (P150/short, P170/tall or cold), Matcha Green Tea Latte (P140/short, P160/tall or cold), Chocolate Chip Walnut (P100)
Harlan + Holden Coffee is at G/F One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Caravan Black is one of the OG coffee shops in BGC and it’s really no surprise why they’re still standing all these years. Although a bit hidden from plain sight, the café lures people in with their wide array of beverages like a fizzy Cold Brew Nitro for when you need that morning punch, or a deep and nutty Hot Chocolate to relax you before a big office presentation. Be sure to try some of their signature cocktails, too.
Must-tries: Cold Brew Nitro (P190), Hot Chocolate (P135/7 oz, P150/10 oz), Naked Chorizo (P360)
Caravan Black is at G/F Net Park Building, 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Little Flour Café
When it comes to no-frills brunch and coffee, Little Flour Café is always a good bet. Opened in 2017, the place has a more compact menu compared to its older sibling Wildflour Café + Bakery and it zooms in on tried-and-tested brews and breakfast fare like rice bowls, sandwiches, and toast. Also flaunting a relaxing atmosphere, with mismatched furniture and deep-red brick walls, Little Flour Café proves that it’s one of the most reliable coffee joints in the city.
Must-tries: Sisig Rice Bowl (P420), Brioche French Toast (P420), Vietnamese Latte (P145)
Little Flour Cafe is at G/F World Plaza, 4th Avenue corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Coffee shops are a dime a dozen in BGC and it’s practically impossible not to find one wherever you go. What makes Caffe Freddo stand out from the rest is their unique renditions of otherwise popular breakfast staples. The Tuna Poke Sandwich might sound odd to some, but the combination of textures and flavors of fresh tuna sashimi, tangy caper aioli, and chewy flatbread will leave you wanting more. Meanwhile, the Avocado Tartine is also another crowd favorite, with chunks of salty feta contrasting the mild creaminess of mashed avocados.
Must-tries: Avocado Tartine (P270), Tuna Poke Sandwich (P320)
Caffe Freddo is at The Spa Building, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.
The Bake House
Admit it: A five-star hotel isn’t exactly the first thing you’d go to when you’re looking for coffee and a place to chill. Well, The Bake House is out to show that the next big neighborhood café can be located anywhere, even if it’s in a luxury hotel. Amid the rather formal and glam atmosphere outside, the café is anything but, with modern-industrial elements taking the spotlight. And unlike what you might think, food and drinks are also wallet-friendly. Don’t leave without trying the tangy-sweet Apple Turnover and hefty Prosciutto and Arugula Toast.
Must-tries: Apple Turnover (P85), Prosciutto and Arugula Toast (P250)
The Bake House is at Lobby Level, Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Malongo Atelier Barista
Whether you’re still a newbie enthusiast or a hardcore coffee geek, it’s easy to feel welcomed at Malongo Atelier Barista. Cozy couches and comfortable seats are common at this café, making it a breeze to do a bit of work here. Meanwhile, their extensive selection of hot and cold beverages, from tea to coffee, can excite any caffeine junkie—and if you can’t decide on what to order, just approach any of their expert baristas for help. The cafe, which opened in 2018, also offers a wide variety of beans for you to take home. You can even have them roasted and ground on the spot!
Must-tries: Tea Frappe (P180), Viennese Coffee (P180)
Malongo Atelier Barista is at G/F One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Kuppa Roastery & Coffee
Freshly brewed coffee made with Philippine beans are the main event at Kuppa Roastery & Coffee but even non-coffee drinkers can have a great time here. The café’s relaxing vibe makes it a go-to of many office workers around the area while their all-day breakfast invites anyone to stay a bit longer. Don’t skip the famous Spamchi, with Spam, two fried eggs, and their special kimchi rice, then cool the heat off with the cafe’s 12-Hour Cold Brew. Just a word of advice: Come early to avoid the mad lunch crowd if you plan to hang out here.
Must-tries: Spamchi (P310), 12-Hour Cold Brew (P185)
Kuppa Roastery & Coffee is at G/F Commercenter Building, 4th Avenue corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Since its arrival in Manila in 2014, Toby’s Estate has been a constant choice of coffee aficionados all over the Metro. Although they have five branches in BGC alone, we’d have to give it to their Shangri-La at the Fort outpost for its cozy ambience, extensive menu, and cheerful staff. Their signature Woolloomooloo blend is earthy and bright, perfect for whatever brew method you prefer. Whether you’re here for a quick cuppa or to do some work (they’ve got power sockets in every corner), this coffee shop will not disappoint.
Must-tries: Flat White (P170), Mocha (P180), French Onion Soup (P250), Calamansi Pie (P190)
Toby’s Estate is at G/F Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Coffee addicts who frequent Hong Kong were ecstatic to find out that Elephant Grounds was opening a branch in BGC. And after almost six months since its launch in the Metro, the popular brunch place has gained a steady stream of regulars—proof that it’s not all hype. With a kitchen helmed by chefs Nicco Santos and Queenie Villar, you can be sure that your meal is in good hands. From pasta and breakfast toasts to coffee and ice cream, Elephant Grounds BGC takes pride in its unique adaptation of the original Hong Kong menu. Take, for example, their very satisfying Tapa Donburi, which highlights savory, fork-tender beef and fluffy garlic Japanese rice. Did we mention that their hip and chill wood-laden interiors also make for great coffice ambience?
Must-tries: Tapa Donburi (P430), Classic Belgian Waffle (P170), Earl Grey Ice Cream (P150)
Elephant Grounds is at LG/F One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.