10 Great Minimalist Cafés in Manila (2021 Edition)
These spots are as chill as can be.
(SPOT.ph) What is it about minimalist cafés, anyway? Maybe it’s the fact that they’re a serene escape from our stressful everyday lives; maybe it’s just that they’re totally picturesque and make for great content for your Instagram feed. Or maybe it's just the fact that they prove that—when done right—less can be more, and the popularity of the minimalist aesthetic is proof of that. If you’re looking for a space to hang out around the Metro, you’ve got options—and more than stellar interiors, they serve great eats and drinks, too.
Find your inner Zen at these minimalist cafes in Metro Manila:
This quaint coffee shop in Quezon City has a clean, bright look that makes it a relaxing place to be whether you’re looking to study, doodle, or just take IG-worthy photos of your coffee. It’s also one of those rare places that hits that sweet spot between catering to both the budding coffee enthusiast and the serious coffee head, with specialty brews that can be had in one-of-a-kind playful forms. For example, there’s the Butterball (starts at P150) that comes with butterball-infused milk for pouring over coffee ice cubes, as well as the marshmallow-topped Toasty (P180) that might remind you of S’mores.
Prominent is at 49 Scout Alcaraz Street corner D. Tuazon, Banawe, Quezon City.
Kale Cafe + Restaurant
Kale Cafe + Restaurant may very well be Fairview’s best-kept secret. Decked in soothing shades of white and gray with touches of warm wood, it’s the kind of place that pretty much spells chill. There’s plenty of natural light, too, which adds to the lively yet relaxed mood. Aside from coffee, you can also get great savory dishes here—think Torched Salmon Donburi (P275) and Baked Salted Egg Penne (P229).
Kale Café + Restaurant is at 2/F 527 Melting Pot Building, Omega Avenue, Greater Fairview, Quezon City.
This spot in Makati evokes the minimalist look of Japanese cafés, with varying shades of gray on the walls and chairs made of wood. You’ll find great cups of joe here, using specialty-grade coffee beans from local roasters, but their savory dishes and desserts are well worth trying, too—we’re huge fans of their Fried Chicken + Mac ’n Cheese (P450) and Calamansi Pie (P190).
Bad Café is at G/F Windsor Tower, Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Latitude Bean + Bar
Located in a residential area in Malate, Latitude Bean + Bar goes for a sleek look that’s at once serene but elegant with its aegean-blue walls, wooden fixtures, and eyecatching grid-like display on one of the walls. They take their coffee game seriously here—you’ll spot a La Marzocco machine on the counter, and they employ Brazil-Vietnam beans for their cups of joe. You can get everything from the basic Long Black (P115/hot, P125/iced), manual brews using the V60 and Aeropress (starts at P145/hot), and non-coffee drinks like the Frozen Hot Chocolate (P165).
Latitude Bean + Bar is at 1851 Pilar Hidalgo Lim Street corner Remedios Street, Malate, Manila City.
% Arabica, 257 McKinley
% Arabica’s newest branch at 257 McKinley was designed in collaboration with German architect Alexis Dornier—and it’s a haven for lovers of the minimalist aesthetic. With a mostly-white backdrop and plenty of glass windows to let the light in, it’s as cozy as it is cool and especially easy on the eyes. Plus, their ampitheater-style seating area is totally IG-worthy.
% Arabica's 257 McKinley branch is at Shop G03-G04, G/F 25/7 McKinley Building, 25th corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Formerly a coffee stall at De La Salle University, Firefly Coffee is the place to be when you’re looking to hang out somewhere that's more on the dim and brooding end of the ambience spectrum. You’ll want to snap photos of their signature line-art mural while trying out their specialty coffee drinks, which include the Dirty White (P150) and Firefly Cold Brew (P170).
Firefly Coffee is at 112 Sto. Domingo Avenue, Banawe, Quezon City.
Group & Boiler Coffee Co.
When in the South and looking for a laid-back place to chill away on a lazy afternoon, check out Group & Boiler Coffee Co. Its clean colors make it a great place to hang out any time of the day, and you’ll want to take photos of the quirky decor—including a vintage fan and a bicycle hung on one of the walls! Their coffee lineup includes straightforward, espresso-based cups of joe as well as coffee cocktails if you're looking to add a bit of a skip to your step.
Group & Boiler Coffee Co. is at Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
This hidden gem in Malate has the kind of zen, minimalist look that almost looks like it came straight out of an issue of Kinfolk. Tiny as it is, it’s as cozy as can be, with plenty of wooden touches and foliage that make for an ever-so-laid back mood. Given its coziness, it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re by yourself and want to savor the lone-dining experience while sipping on a well-made cup of joe.
Blocleaf Café is at 1850 M. H. Del Pilar Street, Malate, Manila City.
Chapter Coffee Roastery and Cafe
Come for the minimalist interiors, stay for the truly good coffee at Chapter Coffee Roastery and Cafe. They’ve got a calm, cozy feel that’s decked mostly in white, with a couple of warm wooden tones here and there. Chapter is not just a café but a roastery, offering a variety of single-origin coffees that’ll expand your coffee horizons.
Chapter Coffee Roastery and Cafe is at 143 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
If you're in the Mandaluyong area and in need of a good cup of joe in a quiet space, be sure to drop by YDG Coffee. It's the kind of spot that soothes the busy mind with how it combines wooden furniture, monochrome photographs, and white walls—plus there's plenty of natural light shining through their picture windows. Do check out their signature drinks, which include the Honey Wake Up (P150)—a latte drink with honey and cinnamon—and PB Latte (P150) with peanut butter.
YDG Coffee is at G/F Mandala Park, 312 Shaw Boulevard, Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong City.