Metro Manila has an emerging coffee culture, and it’s good news for coffee fans.
Makati is a great place to walk. Although it is a busy place, it may have as much traffic congestion during rush hours as other places in Metro Manila. With its green spaces, Makati is a great place for walking, especially the area around the CBD.
There are small parks around the neighborhoods surrounding the CBD. When I’m in Makati, I usually walk a lot, which is not difficult to do because I have an awful sense of geographical direction. Fortunately, while wandering and trying to get the GPS on my phone to work, I stumbled upon these five cafés where one can get a good cup of coffee.
I recommend these five cafes if you’re looking for a place you can hang out and get a caffeine fix at the same time.
Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban, Legazpi Village
Monday – Saturday: 7am-11pm, Sunday: 8am-6pm
Recommended for: Coffee
At the Legazpi Village branch, I ordered the cold brew right after the cappuccino. Both were pleasing.
Yardstick takes coffee quite seriously. They host events such as workshops (The Chemistry of Milk and Coffee is an interestingly-titled one) and have baristas who enter competitions (and win).
Toby’s Estate Coffee
VCO V Corporate Center Shop 6, 125 L.P. Leviste St. Salcedo Village
Phone: (02) 507-6174
Recommended for: Coffee and food
This is a franchise of the Sydneysider’s Toby Smith original in Australia. I tried the single origin of the Miarayon, which is a little sour and has some earthy aftertaste.
There is an extensive food menu, and I would recommend anything that has chorizo in it. The slow cooked lentil stew with sweet potato and chorizo is a superb meal in itself.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Space 5, Ayala Triangle Garden
Recommended for: breakfast and atmosphere, maybe a latte
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has 13 branches all over Makati, and the one I chose was in the middle of the Ayala Triangle Garden park. It was a relaxing to have the greenery and sit outdoors.
I ordered a salmon scramble, a breakfast special that consists of salmon bits in scrambled egg over toast. The coffee came with it.
The food was a nice warm breakfast, but the Americano coffee that came with it was burnt, like it had been in the pot over a hot plate for too long. I finished the breakfast and left the coffee after one sip. I would suggest ordering a coffee separately, instead of the cup that comes with a combo dish.
2135 Chino Roces Avenue
Recommended for: Coffee and power points for charging devices
Habitual has a cool atmosphere. It feels like a warehouse, with the coffee bar in the middle and tables lining three sides of the space. I went there to work and have some coffee.
The coffee at Habitual is good, and I had both a latte and an espresso. The barista was working alone when I was there. Although it is often cited for a good place to work, it was half full when I visited and the conversation was not conducive to working. I enjoyed the coffee.
One thing about Habitual is it is too far to walk from the CBD, and I had to take a taxi after realizing that I needed to cross a busy highway to get there. Having a choice of walking to get a good coffee, I would choose the next recommendation, below.
Wildflour Bakery + Café
Ground Floor, V Corporate Center Bldg, 125 LP Leviste St
Branch 2: Ground Floor, Frabelle Business Center, 111 Rada Street, Legaspi Village
Hours: 6am – 10pm
Recommended for: Coffee, baked products and atmosphere
Wildflour remains my favorite in Makati. There are two branches both within 20 minutes or less walking distance from the CBD. One branch is on Rada Street, and the other is on Leviste Street. I prefer the bigger branch on Leviste St. as it has more space and you can watch the baking and the cooking from wherever you are perched.
I had an almond croissant and a cappuccino for breakfast. The croissant was crispy on the outside and a little chewy inside. I loved the toasted almond shavings on top. It went well with the cappuccino. I also had a fine espresso.
If you are a walker and coffee drinker, Makati has some great cafés waiting for you.