We're in over half of the year already, and this might be the best time to have that quick getaway and (finally) hang out with your friends.
Aside from getting rest, one of the best ways to take a breather is simply by catching up with your friends. If you’re up for a chill and intimate bond, one way to do it is to do a road trip and sing your hearts out—carpool karaoke-style—en route to Tagaytay where views and food always serve.
Recently, our team headed to Tagaytay for a quick getaway. Our travel was made smooth with Ford’s Next-Gen Territory and Everest. With the help of its modern technology and intelligent safety system that were not intimidating to use, we were able to navigate around the city easily despite its steep roads.
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Both cars also have a 360-degree camera that assisted us, especially in tight spaces. Its spacious yet stylish seats also helped us get that comfort despite the long drive going to and exploring the city, saving us the needed energy for Instagram poses and more chika.
So, allow us to share our latest discoveries and cafe recommendations in Tagaytay.
Takao Studios Coffee
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Craving Japanese food but want it with a twist? Takao Studios Coffee offers Japanese cuisine with a touch of the usual Filipino food, which perfectly suits all tastes, even for picky eaters.
Tucked along the busy highway, this hidden gem is located on the rooftop of the Cabins Eco Hotel, where you can freely relax and admire the view in an al fresco dining.
When you visit, try their savory Gyudon and partner it with your favorite espresso. If you opt for a quick snack, try their Katsu Sando, a simple yet filling katsu sandwich to accompany you and your friends during long drives. For those with a sweet tooth, you must not miss the wonders of its Takao Toast—toasted pandesal with brûléed bananas you can dip either in espresso or classic maple syrup.
Takao Studios Coffee is located at Cabins by Eco Hotel, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hi-way, Silang Junction South, Tagaytay City, open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Have your coffee fix in this Muji-designed café. Hello Café offers a variety of Filipino comfort food—from silog meals to sophisticated pastas, not to mention a variety of coffee drinks you can choose from.
Located inside a private subdivision in Tagaytay, this café has that homey atmosphere giving you much-needed peace and quiet from the fast-paced life in Metro Manila.
Spill all the missed chika over their hearty meals either in al fresco dining or inside the minimalist and stylish interior.
Hello Café is located at Lot 2F-8, Polivel Subdivision, Maitim Second East, Tagaytay City, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Kap'ean Coffee PH
This new café near Twin Lakes is perfect for both big and small gatherings with its spacious al fresco dining.
Kap'ean Coffee PH offers a variety of drinks from freshly brewed coffee to noncoffee drinks—such as cream-based, flavored yogurt, and tea drinks. They also offer savory treats such as roast beef sandwiches (P325), tuna melt paninis (P290), and grilled cheese paninis (P220). For dessert lovers, do not miss their bibingka cake or coffee affogato.
For pasta lovers, you can try mushroom alfredo linguine (P305) or their fish flakes with salted egg pasta (P325). Check out the rest of the menu here.
First opened its doors in July 2022, this two-story café perfectly gives the homey ambiance where guests will be greeted by the lush greenery landscape with a bonus view of the pond. Perfectly caters to your nature and caffeine fix.
Kap'ean Coffee PH is located at Abagatan ti Manila - Amuyong, Alfonso, Cavite, open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, until 10 p.m. on Fridays, and until 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Marj’s Café first opened its cutesy doors in July 2022. This romantic café offers a quick caffeine fix for as low as P100. For non-coffee drinkers, there are a variety of fruiteas and ice-blended drinks to choose from.
Bond over their sumptuous pasta and pizzas and dig into their pastries. You can also avail your favorite Filipino dishes like Chicken Adobo and Tapang Batangas for only P320.
Marj’s Café is located at Aguinaldo Highway, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City, open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekends.