10 Cafés in Cebu That Can Put You in a Productive Mood

PHOTO BY (Right to Left) Café Selva, Marco Polo Lobby Lounge ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) While Cebuanos are known to enjoy going out, that doesn't mean we go out purely for fun—sometimes we need to head out to get work done if doing it at home just isn't, well, working out. And it hasn't been lately after Typhoon Odette. Luckily, a few cafés have opened their doors to those who need a place to settle down with reliable WiFi and chargeable outlets. Below, we round up the ones that pair all these practical needs with food and drinks that aren't to be missed either; perfect fuel for a productive day ahead. Searching for the best place to get work done with a selection of great food and drinks? These are the cafés you need to check out.


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Commonly Uncommon Coffee

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Commonly Uncommon Coffee is a coffee shop at Crossroads that opened in December 2021. But did you know they’ve been in the coffee scene for a while as they started out as a blog on Instagram? Upon entering, you’ll immediately notice their shop has bright interiors and sleek furniture: an ideal environment for productivity. To get the engines going, you can start with their Cold Brew (P145) or C.U.C. Cream Coffee (P170). But they also have their own Crossroads Special (P145), which is cold brew with vanilla syrup and coffee-infused milk foam. Although their food menu is still quite limited post-Odette, they are still able to serve heavy dishes that you can enjoy for a quick lunch break. Choose from their best-sellers such as the Pork Belly Aburi (P345), or the Shrimp Sandwich (P325).

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Commonly Uncommon is at Crossroads Mall, Governor M. Cuenco Street, Banilad, Cebu City. For more information, visit their Facebook or Instagram page.

Drip & Draft

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Drip & Draft has been a staple in the Banilad area for a couple of years. While they started out from the team's passion for great, locally roasted coffee and locally brewed beer, they also want to offer a nice and comfortable space where friends can get together to enjoy a coffee or beer. Their Cold White Brew (P140) actually leads their coffee roster, and is known to be brewed only using fresh and locally sourced milk. 


You can visit them for breakfast as they open their doors as early as 6:30 a.m. They serve warm Silogs that come in regular and premium sizes (double the meat and rice!). They also give out WiFi codes that work for two hours, but you can stay as long as you like by requesting for a new code when yours expires.

Drip & Draft is at Streetscape, Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City. For more information, visit their website, Facebook or Instagram page.

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Café Selva

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Café Selva is a family-owned establishment that maintains a cozy and unique interior. Step inside their café and you’ll fall in love with its set-up filled with plants either hanging from the ceilings, clinging to the walls, or resting on the floor in big pots. Their cushioned chairs also make your stay here even more comfortable. Although their food menu is quite limited for now due to Odette, you can ask for the chef’s recommendation when you visit. But they do have their standard beverages such as the Toffee Nut Latte (P145), or the Americano (P115) if you feel like a simple cup of coffee.

Café Selva is at the back of BPI Talamban Branch, Governor M. Cuenco, Talamban, Cebu City. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Workplace Café

PHOTO BY Workplace Café

As its name suggests, Workplace Café is at the intersection of productivity and good coffee. They have a cozy atmosphere, but want to provide a place where you can get work done—with their comfy seats, power outlets, and even a napping station! They especially pride themselves on their uber fast fiber WiFi, which reaches up to 1,000 mbps. Aside from these functional perks, they also offer great food, such as their Pesto Buttered Porkchop (P170). But if you’re looking for a sweeter coffee alternative too, try out their best-selling Caramel Macchiato (P145). Get all of these and more for a minimum of P50/hour together with a complimentary glass of black coffee or iced tea.

Workplace Café has branches at Jamestown, Mantawa Ave., Tipolo, Mandaue City; #2 Autogas Station, Banawa, Guadalupe, Cebu City; and Unit 7 Building C, The Outlets at Pueblo, Verde, Mez II, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City. For more information, visit their website.



PHOTO BY Seda Hotels

Misto is every Seda hotel’s staple café. Aside from serving basic coffee, they also provide meals prepared by the hotel's chefs. You can order a la carte or stick to a set menu. From their a la carte menu, their best sellers include Baby Back Ribs (P650), or their Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon (P520). But if you opt for their set menu (P700-P850), you can enjoy four courses composed of a salad, an entrée, a side dish, and a dessert. They allow you to stay as long as you need to, as long as you’re vaccinated. If you’re feeling a little cold from the constant blast of aircon, you can also order their Hot Chocolate (P100) to keep you warm.


Misto has branches at Seda Ayala Center Cebu, Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu City; and Seda Central Bloc Cebu, I.T. Park, Cebu City. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

Marco Polo Lobby Lounge

PHOTO BY Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Another hotel café that you can check out is Marco Polo’s Lobby Lounge. If you haven’t tried their acclaimed best-selling Malicious cookies (P51/two pieces) that are filled with an indulgent serving of milk and white chocolate chips, now is your chance. But aside from this, they also serve other pastries you can munch on while working. Their ensaymada (P131/piece), Mini Mango Cheesecake (P177.86), and Truffle Cake (P177.86) are part of their highly recommended items. Wash them down with their fresh juice or shakes (P250) with choices of Watermelon, Pineapple, or Mango. You can stay as long as you like from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. while relaxing on their soft couches. 


Marco Polo is at Nivel Hills, Cebu Veterans Drive, Cebu City. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

Bicester Café

PHOTO BY Bicester Café

Bicester Café was born from a love of travel. Its owners would venture to new cafés, where they’d savor a good cup of coffee and warm brunch, over quality conversation. Inspiration from their travels is what gave way to the environment they try to foster: a peaceful haven amidst the busy city life. They’re quite known for their brunches that won them the Sunstar Best of Cebu - Brunch (2019) award. But while their menu includes international items like the Chicken and Waffle (P350), they also have Filipino favorites like Tapa Rice (P220). Pair these with their signature Matcha Latte (P180) for the perfect brunch set-up. 


Bicester Café is at Mahogany Place, Pope John Paul II Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City. For more information, visit their website, Facebook, or Instagram pages.


PHOTO BY Tightrope

Tightrope is the coffee shop famed for elevating the coffee experience in Cebu with their sophisticated machines and specialty coffee. But even so, their menu still allows enjoyment for both coffee newbies and enthusiasts alike. You can go basic and sample their Flat White (P150). Or go for their signature Spanish Latte (P160), which has a shot of espresso, accompanied by a splash of whole and condensed milk. Their glass walls also allow natural light to come in, creating an aesthetic environment and a lively afternoon vibe. They also serve food so you can enjoy your breakfast or lunch here while lounging on their minimalist furniture. Some of their best-sellers for food include Beef Tapa (P320), Torikatsu (P290), and the Grilled Three Cheese (P250).


Tightrope has branches at M.L. Quezon Avenue, F. Cabahug Street, Cebu City; and Velez Medical Arts, Cebu City. For more information, visit their Facebook or Instagram page.

Lazy Joy Café

PHOTO BY Lazy Joy Café

Lovingly named after Joy, their family’s matriarch, the Lazy Joy Café is the place to get rid of your stress. Check out their Lazy Cubes, individual work cubicles that give you a privacy you can’t get elsewhere. These compartments also provide an assured distance from other people for safety reasons. Each cube has its own lighting and charging outlet. But if you’re looking for a group set-up, you can rent out their meeting rooms that come with a 32-inch TV, and its own aircon for a maximum of 10 people. 


They also have a common customer area that still promotes safe seating. For both options, you can enjoy a selection of food and beverages. For food, they have meals like Grilled Tuna (P135), Carbonara (P150), and Beef Stir Fry (P190). They’re also very happy to offer their own pastries such as the Basque Burnt Cheesecake (P145/slice), Brookies (P55/piece), and Blueberry Cheesecake (P150/slice). Lastly, for drinks, they have their Caramel Macchiato (P155/medium, P175/large), Blueberry Cream (P110/medium, P135/large), and Iced Flavored Teas (P80/medium, P90/large). 

Lazy Joy Coffee is at F. Cabahug Street corner President Roxas Street, Cebu City. For more information, visit their Facebook or Instagram pages.

The Lobby Bar

PHOTO BY Radisson Blu Hotel

The Lobby Bar is Radisson Blu’s café. With their quiet mornings, guests can enjoy their basic coffee favorites such as Lattes, Cappuccinos, Mochas, Americanos, and the like, for just P160 each. But while the mornings start off a bit slow, their afternoons actually turn out quite busy with the number of people that flock here to get work done. This is because they offer an interesting package that really caters to those looking to get work done. For just P300, they offer unlimited refills to their brewed coffee or teas which include a choice of either green tea, chamomile, or earl grey. You can stay as long as they’re open, but try to get there early as they can run out of seats quickly!

The Lobby Bar is at Radisson Blu Hotel, Sergio Osmena Boulevard corner Juan Luna Avenue, Cebu City. For more information, visit their website or Facebook pages.


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