10 Chill New Cafés in Manila Worth Putting on Your Weekend List

For chill vibes and great cups of joe any day of the week, really.

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(SPOT.ph) The thing with cafés is that they satisfy across different levels. Primarily they serve coffee—always a good idea given the hectic lives of most of us Manila-dwellers—but when you add great eats, visual appeal, and a comfort-inducing ambience to the mix, you get a true gem of a place that brings you back (mentally and emotionally, anyway) to your happy place. In recent months we’ve seen more of these spots pop up across the Metro—the standouts among which we’ve rounded up here.

Also read: 10 New Aesthetic Cafés in Manila to Add to Your Must-Visit List

Hitting up a hangout cafe is always a good idea and these spots deliver great coffee, chill vibes, and drool-worthy eats:

Odd Café

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Oddity doesn’t have to be a bad thing—at least not when you’re at the relative newcomer to the Makati scene that is Odd Café. Their quirky, groovy interiors—which plays around with the use of curves, squiggles, pastel colors, and the like—reflect the owners’ interior-design background, and makes it hard to resist snapping photos of every corner. Coffee, too, is given the playful treatment with signature drinks like the chocolate- and cherry-infused Black Forest (P220/hot, P230/iced)—best taken with their plant-based line of eats. Have we mentioned they’re pet-friendly, too?

Odd Café is at 7/F Finman Centre, 131 Tordesillas corner Bautista Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Kuma Kohi

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When in Malate and looking to stop by for great brews and visually striking views, Kuma Kohi’s got your back. The coffee shop goes for a distinctly cozy look with their use of brick and wooden details along with greenery, but also gets vibrant pops of royal blue from lights stationed in the corner. It’s as conducive to working as it is to chilling out with friends, especially with a Caffe Latte (P120/hot, P130/iced) or Matcha Latte (P120/hot, P130/iced) on the side.

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Kuma Kohi is at 1951 M. Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila.

Grouphug

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At Grouphug it’s all about specialty coffee—the team crafts up up everything from a classic Cappuccino (P140), to the leveled-up Mocha (P185) with single-origin chocolate, to the more refreshing Pit Stop (P160) with a double espresso shot, tonic water, and lemon. On the side you can nibble on pastries like the Single Origin Brownie (P115), and once in a while they’d have pop-up purveyors too. Bikers also get 10% off orders of their drinks!

Grouphug is at ​​Hanmaq Food Plaza, JB Tan corner E Kalaw Streets, BF Resort Village, Las Piñas City.

Deuces

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This small shop on Perea street delivers plenty of cozy vibes, and their ballerina-pink color scheme makes for a mighty IG-worthy space. As far as coffee goes you’ll find pourovers and classics like the Long Black (P110/hot, P120/cold) and Flat White (P160/hot), but don’t miss their more nostalgia-inducing Cereal Milk Latte (P250). Upgrading to dairy-free milk is an option (P50), and on the side you can nosh on Filipino breakfast plates or Japanese-style dishes. Sure doesn’t hurt that they’re pet-friendly and have sockets and free Wi-Fi.

Deuces is at 103 Perea Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.

MUJI Coffee

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Granted, this is less of a standalone café and more of a coffee counter with a compact dining area—but that’s not stopping us from dropping by MUJI Coffee’s premises. The coffee shop opened just a couple of weeks back and quickly gained traction for their zen look, consistent with the clean and minimalist aesthetic the Japanese brand is known for. As for caffeinated sips, they’ve got almost all the essential coffee drinks—Americano (starts at P80/small for hot, starts at P95/medium for cold), Cappuccino (starts at P85/small for hot, starts at P110/medium for cold), and more—as well as a one-of-a-kind Ichigo Cafe Mocha (P125/medium, P140/large). Not into coffee? The Matcha Latte (P130/small, P145/medium) is a must.

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MUJI Coffee is at 2/F Central Square, 5th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City.

Saikou Bar & Café

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Saikou means “supreme” in Japanese—something you’d be compelled to say once you step into this bar-and-café from the lifestyle brand of the same name. The café half of the equation is what you’ll find during the day, and you can hang out at their chill space with a Spanish Latte (P170/hot, P180/cold) or their signature Saikou Golden Mocha (P190/hot, P200/cold). As you sip on your drinks, you can treat your inner sneakerhead to the display of rare and high-end sneakers on the shelves across the dining area. 

Saikou Bar & Café is at The Deck, Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan City.

Angkan

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The sudden closure of Japanese coffee shop % Arabica left a hole in many a coffee lover’s heart—but it didn’t take too long before the former franchisers opened their own coffee spot dubbed Angkan. Located in BGC, the café doesn’t shy away from its Filipino roots, as they shine the spotlight on local coffee beans (alongside globally sourced beans, too) and pastries with distinctly Filipino flavors. The Orange Juice Espresso (P150) makes for a surprising—yet welcome—way to start your day, especially when paired with the Saba Bicho (P125) from Panaderya Toyo. Meanwhile, their take on a Café Mocha (starts at P190) makes use of tablea from Davao del Sur.

Angkan is at G/F W City Center, 30th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

Good Sh*t Coffee

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You know you’ll be in for a fun ride when you’ve got a name like Good Sh*t; this popular biker’s hotspot exemplifies chill with their no-frills, no-fuss look of neutrals with the occasional pop of lime-green and orange. True to their name you can get great brews here, of which the Spanish Latte (P150) and Flat White (P120) are fan favorites. Definitely get one of their baked treats on the side—you can’t go wrong with the Good Sh*t Cookie (P120) or Sourdough Croissant (P120) courtesy of local purveyor Komu.

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Good Sh*t Coffee is at 5872 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

Crepe Talk Café

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Nothing channels “laid-back afternoons in Paris” vibes quite like staying in a quaint café in the company of crêpes and coffee—and Crepe Talk delivers the said experience to the Scout Tobias area in Quezon City. Build your own sweet or savory crêpes with their wide range of fillings, or take your pick from set choices like the burger-like Meet My Ex (P280) with a beef patty; Baby Spinach (P280) with eggs, spinach, and gruyere; Summer Breeze (P250) with bananas, apples, and mangoes; and Hey Joe (P200) with bananas and chocolate—all excellent with their Pour Over (P130/hot, P140/cold) or Caramel Macchiato (P160/hot, P170/cold).

Crepe Talk Café is at 57 Scout Tobias Street, Quezon City.

Convenience Coffee Shop

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As the sign that greets you right by the door goes, “sit down, slow down, drink coffee” is this under-the-radar café’s motto—and with the totally tranquil ambience they deliver, it’s not hard to slip into a kick-back-and-relax kinda mood once you step into their space. You’ll find shades of fern-green alongside wooden surfaces and clean white walls, not to mention potted plants inside and outside the store. Add to that well-crafted beverages like the Spiced Black (P185) a.k.a. espresso spiked with Jacob’s Well Masala, and the Sweet White (P140/hot, P150/iced) that’s true to its name thanks to condensed milk, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a chill refuge from the city's chaos. 

Convenience Coffee Shop is at 3747 Apolinario Street, Bangkal, Makati City.

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