Just as how Cebu is magnificent when it comes to gorgeous destinations, so it is when it comes to cafes that will delight the coffee lovers and coffeeholic. Coffee shops are always a great place to have a refreshment, to get away from the stress of work, and to find leisure from the tiring daily living.
Cafes have always been a haven of food, warm coffee, chilled refreshments, and homely ambiance. It’s like a home away from home. Cebu has a ton of cafes that will actually make you happy. This listicle will feature 10 best cafes in Cebu, and how each one of them made to this filtered list.
Coffee Prince Cebu
Filipinos love Koreans. Movies, songs, and telenovelas are well-liked by Filipinos, and I think that blatantly show how the Philippines is admiring the Korean culture. Now, Korean-themed cafes are also available in the country such as the Coffee Prince that is situated in Cebu City, the Queen City of the South.
Coffee Prince serves a broad range of refreshments such as frappes. They also serve coffees with blends. The café is not just Korean-oriented because they have put a little twist on their menu by adding Mexican snacks such as nachos. And because it’s Coffee Prince, who knows? You might just find your prince in this café.
- Address: 0246 Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City, 6000
- Contact: (032) 254-5989
A paradise of ice cream and desserts, Butterbean will satisfy the cravings of your sweet tooth. Butterbean will let you create your own ice cream. Wait, what? Yes. DIY ice creams are available for only Php 65 to Php 110 ($1 to $3), price varies per size and flavor. They also got an array choice of cakes.
- Address: G.A Arcade, N. Escario St. Cebu City, Cebu 6000
- Contact: 032-401-2710
Opened in 2012, the Dolce Café intimidates other boutique cafes with their pad of white chrome and glass. Aside from the classic-modern touch of their shop, what’s more being visited this café is their delicious fares and goodies. Some of the cakes that you must try are Oreo Brazo (Classic Brazo de Mercedez with Chocolate for a twist), Choco Triffle (a very chocolatey mousse), and Smores Cake. Moreover, people love the buttercakes in this café (available in three majestic flavors: classic, mango, and ube). All these cakes are a perfect match to a cup of coffee.
- Address: Panorama Heights Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu 6000
- Contact: 032-231-3973
Café Caw is frequented by food crawlers because of its relaxing ambiance and its menu of delectable crunch and drinks. The café has 10 varieties of coffee and a bunch of sweet treats to satisfy your sweet, sweet cravings such as cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and pancakes. But if you are not into light bites, then you can opt to order breakfasts or other heavy snacks.
Another attention-grabber in this café is their interior. Inside of their shop is furniture and settees with pastel color making the entire boutique neat and bright.
- Contact: 032-414-0611
A Little Piece of Sky Café
Doesn’t everyone love to be in the cloud 9? Perhaps, you’d love to visit a little piece of sky in Cebu. The ALPS Café (A Little Piece of Sky Café) will take you to the heaven with their delicious pasta and desserts. They also serve milk teas and other refreshments. The atmosphere of the café is relaxing and very calm. Perhaps, it is ideal for reading or having small conversations. The interior is very artisanal with the musky smell of books as you enter the establishment. Every Friday, they play foreign movies to entertain guests.
According to a source, ALPS is somewhat difficult to find because it hides behind a parking lot. So, you have to search for it (which, with no doubt, will surely be worth it). ALPS is also closed for renovation for the time being. Will update you once the café is open.
- Address: 945 M. Veloso St. Cebu City, Cebu 6000
Boutique cafes are today’s trend, but nothing can beat the vintage, American-style diners. And frankly, diners can rarely be found nowadays. But happy, there’s this diner in Cebu that mimics American diners in the late 50s and 60s – small cozy place with tasty snacks and cold beer. Café Racer is a U.S Diner-themed snackette that serves good food in a great place at a reasonable price.
One of the things that will grab your attention is their vintage-feel interior that mostly consists of vintage cars (and parts) with an old garage ambiance. There you can enjoy eating outdoors or indoors. They have a very broad space that can accommodate a lot of epicures and gastronomes. The interesting thing I found is the gasoline station that functions, except that, it does not spew gas, but cold beer! Isn’t it awesome? They also have a Volkswagen camp van as a cashier section that looks so rad.
The food, they are quite typical, but still, they are good enough to fill your starving tummy. It’s an excellent place for friends and family.
- Address: Ouano Ave., Nra, Mandaue City, Cebu
- Contact: 032-511-7798
Bike Yard Café with Angst
There’s the Eat, Pray, Love and there is also the Ride, Park, and Eat at Bike Yard Café with Angst – A café that serves as a haven for bikers. This diner has red and black theme making it cool and fancy for all sorts of eaters. Bikers are most welcomed in this café. They have an outdoor space to let guests enjoy the air. Most bikers visit this place at 6 PM onwards where the café serves a bucket of beers and a pulutan(beer match) for only Php250 (approximately $5).
And here’s another Korean-themed café that invaded Cebu and attracted several food crawlers, the Oppa Café. The café is jam-packed mostly by students from the nearby universities. Oppa Café is frequented in three reasons: accommodating Korean servers, Korean-style interior, and deliciously aromatic milk teas and coffees.
- Address: Junquera St., Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
- Contact: 032-253-9810
Because art and food always make an excellent combination, Sprockets Café offers art photography and sumptuous fares. Inside their hub, you will be fascinated with some incredible shots of lomo and will be served with a menu of healthy snacks. They serve delicious milk teas, coffee, along with biscuits and pastries.
- Address: Across University of Carlos – Tambalan (UST-TC), Cebu City
- Contact: 032-236-8955
Sunday 2PM café is a boutique café that serves warm coffee and various refreshments and savory snacks. But don’t be fooled by the café’s name, because it is open not only every 2PMon Sundays, but every day from 10AM to 11PM (Monday to Saturday; 2PM to 11PM every Sundays). The café has a lot of gimmicks such as sticky notes, coloring pads, instant cameras, books, and DVDs (that you can rent). So, enjoy your lazy Sunday by visiting this café that will feed your tummy and pamper your tired mind. Don’t forget to bring your friends!
- Address: F. Cabahug Café, Cebu City, Cebu