Quezon City is bursting with interesting nooks and crannies and hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.
If you’re a South girl or guy (or even if you simply want to explore your turf!), take advantage of the next time you find yourself in the North and skip the usual coffee spots in favor of these shops. From their exceptional brews to their delicious chow, their offerings will make the drive worth it the moment you take your first sip or bite. You might even find yourself venturing out to QC just to come back for seconds—don’t say we didn’t warn you!
1. Habitual Coffee
Tucked in a corner of Ayala Vertis North (it’s on the same floor as the cinemas), the cozy coffee shop almost feels like an extension of your living room or lanai. The open-type café has a sofa, marble-top tables, and a mishmash of rattan and tufted chairs. Try their specialty Espresso (₱150), or if you’re in the mood for something cool, the Vanilla Almond Cold Brew (₱150).
Level 4 Ayala Malls Vertis North
Mindanao Ave., Quezon City
2. SGD Coffee Bodega
Hidden away from the busy streets of Maginhawa, SGD Coffee Bodega is along the quiet Maalalahanin Street. Here, guests are served by the students of the Coffee Science Center, also in the same spot. With a bar on the first floor and its coffee lab plus more seating on the mezzanine, it’s a great place to either park your laptop to work on your own or hang out with friends for a coffee break. Try their version of a cold brew topped with almond-infused cream, the SGD Cold (₱185). Plus, a must-try is their Affogato (₱155) which has hints of orange and is prepared with homemade ice cream.
SGD Coffee Bodega
Coffee Science Center
45 Maalalahanin St. Teachers Village East
Diliman, Quezon City
(0917) 826 9537
3. Kandle Café
The Insta-worthy coffee shop has an al fresco area with a refreshing background of lush greens, while inside, the walls are just begging to be photographed. If you’re looking for a major jolt, order the Flat Black (₱150), which is a triple shot latte, or go for something sweet like the Iced Dark Mocha (₱170). They also have an assortment of tea selections if that’s more your style. The paella croquettes (₱280) are delicious, if you want a savory partner to your caffeine.
113 Mother Ignacia Ave, QC
(02) 372 4504
4. Tweedle Book Café
The café is unassuming from the outside but once you step inside, you’ll instantly feel the magic: books all over, art peppering the walls, and the smell of good food and coffee wafting in the air. Try their PJ’s Choco Nut Cappuccino (₱150) or if you’re feeling a bit dangerous, go for the Valar Morghulis (₱180)—hot café mocha, whisky, and black magic. They’ve also got board games you can borrow, so you’re entertained while having your coffee.
Tweedle Book Café
106B Sct. Gandia St.
Diliman, Quezon City
(0922) 805 1688
5. Prominent Manila
The bright and prominently white café sits right beside a gas station along Scout Alcaraz. The sleek interiors match the smooth cups of coffee they serve, too. Go for your standard espresso (₱80) or if you’re feeling experimental, try their version of an affogato, the Gelatte (₱180) made with Manila Creamery gelato, the Chocnut (₱150), or Butterball (₱150). Make sure to order some cheese rolls (₱60) to go with your cuppa.
9 Scout Oscar M. Alcaraz St.
Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City
(0917) 523 1333
6. Catabolic Café
This café ticks all the design aesthetic boxes with its graphic-lined walls and letterboard menu, but you’ll find yourself staying (and returning) for the coffee and yummy food. Try their Fried Chicken and Waffles (₱350), which they serve with strawberry butter. If you’re too full for a meal, share an order of the Bibingka Waffle (₱200). Then get a Cubano Cortado (₱140) or a Flat White (₱140) which you can have iced or hot.
22 Malingap Street, Quezon City
(02) 366 8822
7. Tyler’s Café
The fairly new all-day breakfast café is the brainchild of the same team that brought you Cello’s Doughnuts and Gino’s Pizza. The airy and sunny café serves different types of breakfast fare plus coffee brewed using Yardstick’s beans. Have their Strawberry Ricotta Pancakes (₱255) or the Choco Hazelnut Bar (₱220), and satisfy your caffeine cravings with a cup of Café Mocha (₱150) or the Dirty Latte (₱150). They also have Drip Coffee available at ₱110.
319 Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
(02) 225 7462
8. Fat Seed Café + Roastery
Hidden behind a clothing retail store in Phase 2 of UP Town Center, Fat Seed Café + Roastery is also accessible from the open air area at the ground level. Treat yourself to a Mochaccino (₱170) or try their Single Origin (₱150) or Local (₱135) blends either by French Press, Aeropress, V60, or Siphon. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, try their Belgian Hot Chocolate (₱140) or Matcha Latte (₱150).
Fat Seed Café +Roastery
Phase 2 GF UP Town Center
Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
(02) 936 2113
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