Amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, a good cup of coffee goes a long way for that much-needed energy boost. Metro Manila is spoilt with choice for places that will satisfy your need for caffeine—and Mandaluyong, known as Tiger City, is no exception.
PhilSTAR L!fe has created a list of hidden gems and unique coffee shops in the city waiting for you to explore.
Location: The Portal Greenfield District, Sto. Cristo, Mandaluyong
Owned by the influencer Lharby Policarpio, this minimalist coffee shop is a 6-minute walk from Shaw MRT Station.
It has calm and relaxed black and white interiors ideal for your chill coffee breaks while overlooking the garden outside. The aroma of the coffee as you go inside will remind you of Arabica Cafe in Singapore.
The price of its coffee starts at P140. You can view their menu here.
Pro-tip: Order their best-seller Salted Chocolate Cloud Foam, which costs P190 for small and P210 for medium sizes.
Location: Parklea Center, EDSA Corner Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City
Do you love everything about Japan? Well, this cafe will undoubtedly be for you!
This Japanese-inspired Cafe that's open 24/7 offers a wide selection of coffee, Japanese foods, and other refreshments, perfect for early birds and night owls.
The clean and unassuming appearance of the cafe makes it a comfortable spot to work, relax, or socialize, not to mention their budget-friendly coffee that starts at P145.
Location: 837 A. Mabini Cor. Araullo St. Mandaluyong City
If you want a pocket and work-friendly cafe, try this one.
Reset Cafe is a coffee shop in Mandaluyong that offers good coffee, pastries, and all-day breakfast.
Ambiance-wise, it's cozy and has wall sockets, which are very helpful to students and other workers who love to do work in a coffee shop.
It is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: BSA Commercial Bldg., Shaw Boulevard Mandaluyong City
"Coffee with a purpose." This is what Degree C Specialty Coffee is all about, transcending its message through its coffee.
The minimalist cafe is perfect for a day with your fur babies as it's pet-friendly.
Explore their freshly roasted coffee every Wednesday and Saturday, but you can go to their store every Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
They also offer Vegan donuts and Vegan donut waffles. At the same time, some of their drinks are Signature Mocha, Vegan Spanish, and Latte with milk options varying from Almond milk, Oat milk, and unsweetened almond milk.
Location: 422 F. Martinez Ave, Mandaluyong City
No need to go to New York cause this cafe has you covered!
This tiny New York-inspired cafe opens every day with various time schedules such as Monday (8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.), Tuesday to Friday (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.), Saturdays (9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.) and Sundays 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
It's Caffeine offers various milky coffee products such as their best seller and Brooklyn's Best Over Iced Favorite, Milky Nutty Hazel (P145), Milky Iced Caramel (P150), Milky Deep Mocha (P150) and Milky Vanilla Bean (with Caffeine) which costs P150. These products are also available at Food Panda.
Location: 232 Basilan St., Mandaluyong
If you have a penchant for good coffee and music, Café in Action is the perfect hideaway.
Open every Monday to Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Café in Action offers mouth-watering and affordable food, including rice meals, tea drinks, and pasta, not to mention the perfect blending of live music.
The Tea price starts at P75. As they said, "light on the wallet and heavy on flavor."
Location: Norkis Building, 11 Calbayog Street, Corner Domingo M. Guevara, Mandaluyong City
Come chill with your friend, at this friendly neighborhood cafe where you can get coffee, frappes, milkshakes, and more. Additionally, they "currently" serve double espresso shots of 100% Arabica on every drink for the ultimate caffeine fix.
Are you fond of discounts? Currently Cafe got you! You can get your Currently Cafe loyalty card and collect special freebies when you reach "certain levels."
Should you wish to order and arrange to pick it up, the cafe is open Monday to Thursday (9 a.m. - 10 p.m.), Friday to Saturday (9 a.m. - 11 p.m.), and Sunday (1 p.m. - 10 p.m.).
The shop's Coffee, Non-coffee, Frappe, and Milkshake products start at P75, P135, P165, and P165, respectively. You can check the prices of their other product here.