These 5 Cafés Have Your Back When You Want to Disconnect

Jan 27, 2024 0 comments


Let's be honest: navigating your 20s is a little confusing – one moment, you're bursting with energy, ready to conquer the world, and the next, you just want to chill, undisturbed, in your little bubble.  

Ever find yourself yearning for that perfect chill spot, your very own 'tambayan,' just like Central Perk in Friends or MacLaren's Pub in How I Met Your Mother? You know, a place where you can ponder life's mysteries over coffee or be alone and live your main character moments. Call it the sinking realization of adulthood or Saturday – who's keeping track anyway?

Well, put your shoes on because some cafes in the metro could be your next hangout sanctuary! Who knows, these spots could be where your story takes an unexpected turn – meet-cutes are still very much a thing!

Silingan Coffee 

Located in the heart of Cubao Expo, Silingan Coffee isn't just a coffee spot— it's got a story worth sharing.  This coffee shop manned by the resilient moms, wives, sisters, and daughters of those affected by EJKs (extra-judicial killings) during the recent war on drugs under the Duterte administration.

Silingan, which means "neighbor" in Visayan or "kapitbahay" in Tagalog, isn't just a catchy name. It reflects their mission to revive that good ol' Filipino vibe of 'pakikipag-kapitbahay' and 'pakikipag-kapwa tao' (neighborliness and camaraderie). So, when you swing by for your caffeine fix, know you're sipping on more than just coffee – you're tasting the heart of a community. 

Papakape


When life starts strutting its stuff and you're craving that serene escape, Papakape in Fort Santiago, Intramuros, is where it's at! Playfully named from "papa kape ako," this café has set up shop in Aljibe de la Fuerza, a legit 400-year-old water cistern inside Fort Santiago. From quenching thirsts centuries ago to now serving up a blend of history and fantastic coffee, it's a vibe. 

So, whether you're a history buff or just a caffeine connoisseur, Papakape has the perfect blend of past and present for your chill sessions. Oh, and while you're soaking in the vibes, give a nod to the café's resident black-and-white feline, Tiago! 

The Den Manila

Coffee and culture? Inside the creative bubble of The Hub Make Lab at Escolta hides a perfect hideaway for coffee lovers who also have a soft spot for contemporary culture. It initially started as a coffee shop and an art space, but now it also hosts a few more explorations featuring photo exhibits, live music performances, exclusive food offerings, and even physical zines! This place is definitely for the COOL-tured!

The Brewman

Yet another gem of Cubao Espo is The Brewman, where "Coffee and Community" isn't just a slogan – it's a vibe you'll sense the moment you step in. The energy is infectious, making it the go-to spot whether you're catching up with pals or simply taking a leisurely afternoon stroll. And guess what? They occasionally throw open mic sessions for talks that are, without a doubt, intriguing. Why not give it a shot?

Bring your friends along to this warm and inviting haven or just go by yourself! For sure, you'll find yourself returning, not just for the coffee, but for the incredible company that makes The Brewman a place like no other.

BASK Coffee + Kitchen


If you happen to find yourself in the San Juan area, look no further than BASK – the ultimate place for your best main character moments. This stylish café boasts a cozy interior, setting the stage for quiet chitchats with friends or those introspective solo conversations – no judgment here!

And guess what? Their doors swing open from 8 AM to 9 PM every single day, ensuring you can seize that perfect moment whenever it strikes. Because, let's face it, every day is a good day for a little BASK magic.



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