On the hunt for a local caffeine fix close to the capital of the Philippines? Be where the vibrant coffee culture is on the rise—Rizal. Here, you’ll find many new cafes with a cozy atmosphere, stunning views, cool weather, and great food. So, let’s ditch our usual coffee place (just for now, of course) and go on a caffeinated tour through the best cafes in Rizal. We’re listing 10 of them, so it’s time to perk up!
1. Kaulayaw Coffee
If you’re on the lookout for a chill spot to unwind and hang out, Kaulayaw Coffee in Antipolo, Rizal is definitely worth a visit. With breathtaking views and stunning sunsets, it’s the perfect place to kick back and enjoy some quality time with your favorite person (or persons).
And if you’re a fan of supporting local farmers and suppliers, you’re in luck – Kaulayaw Coffee’s tagline is “Ethically sourced, locally grown.” Bonus points for the clever menu, which features drinks and dishes with Filipino names like Makisig and Paraluman.
In the mood for something different? Kaulayaw Coffee also serves French press and cold brew drinks. Sometimes the cafe also hosts art exhibits or live music performances.
2. Cafe Katerina
Get ready to be wowed by Cafe Katerina—a hidden gem nestled on a hill. They’ve got more than just your typical cafe fare here. And you’ll love the food and beverage options that range from breakfast to past dinner, perfect for after-work get-togethers. Don’t miss out on their must-try items like the Katerina Frappe House Special and CK Puto Bumbong.
And let’s not forget the stunning views—sipping on their popular barako coffee while taking in the scenery is the perfect way to start your day. And if you’re lucky, you might get to see what they call the “sea of clouds”. If you can’t get enough of their coffee blends, you can even take home some packed grounds to enjoy later.
3. Kape Natividad
Have you heard about Kape Natividad Roastery and Café? They’re the OG espresso-based coffee shop in Tanay, and they’ve got a killer menu to boot. You can feast on everything from breakfast favorites and Filipino dishes to their famous pugon-baked pizza.
And the best part? Their new branch is right on the Marilaque Highway, making it a natural and ideal stop for any trip to Tanay and beyond. Plus, the view is amazing. You can enjoy your meal and sip your coffee while gazing out at the stunning Sierra Madre mountains and Laguna de Bay.
Regular patrons rave about their iced coffee, cafe mocha, salted caramel latte, and pugon pizza—we personally loved the White Truffle and Hawaiian. Yum!
4. Typica Coffee
Some of you might have already seen this on your social media feeds – Typica Coffee in Taytay, Rizal is a must-visit if you love coffee and like trying out new coffee shops. This sari-sari-store-turned-cafe (sari-sari store is a neighborhood sundry store) is located near a tiangge (bazaar), so you can easily drop by for a caffeine fix while shopping.
They’ve got Japanese-style drinks that are not only affordable but also delicious. From the classic cold brew to the creamy vanilla coffee, or the indulgent caramel macchiato, every sip will transport you to the quaint neighborhoods of Tokyo.
And while you’re there, don’t miss out on their must-try Hokkaido cheese tart. Come for the coffee, stay for the gram-worthy aesthetic!
5. Playlist Cafe
Get ready for some picture-perfect moments and a feast for the senses at Playlist Café! This Antipolo café is a haven for photographers and foodies alike, with its stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that offer an epic view of the Metro Manila skyline.
But it’s not just the view that’s impressive – the mix of rustic and modern decor creates an Instagrammable atmosphere at every turn. For the best photo-ops, head out to the balcony and enjoy your meal alfresco style.
They’ve got something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for a quick coffee and some delicious garlic parmesan fries, or you’re ready to treat yourself to heartier meals like their baked beef stew, juicy t-bone steak, or mouthwatering Hainanese chicken. And make sure to save room for dessert because their tempura ice cream is an absolute must-try!
6. Cafe Augusta
Looking for a Mediterranean escape that’s just a stone’s throw away from Manila? Let us introduce you to Cafe Augusta. This coffee shop with a view offers an alfresco dining area where you can take in the stunning Metro Manila cityscape and surrounding areas. Just make sure to visit in the late afternoon or at night to avoid the heat.
If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll be delighted with their selection of classic coffee beverages like espresso, cafe americano, macchiato, cappuccino, and latte, all of which can be enjoyed iced. And if coffee isn’t your thing, don’t worry – they’ve got you covered with non-coffee beverages like cotton candy shake, raspberry iced tea, hot chocolate, and their famous Agusta Coolers in flavors like Blue Ocean, Cuban Mint, Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Raspberry, and Green Apple.
Feeling hungry? Café Agusta has a great selection of dishes to choose from including nachos, pasta, and salads. So next time you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and indulge in great food and drinks with a breathtaking view.
7. Yellow Bird Cafe X Kitchen
Yellow Bird Cafe X Kitchen is a charming Rizal cafe that’s perfect for any occasion. From group hangouts to dinner dates, it’s sure to become a favorite spot.
You’ll be spoilt for choice here when it comes to coffee—they have everything from classic espresso drinks to unique flavored lattes like salted caramel, coconut with mocha, and hazelnut. Coming here hungry is not a problem either. You’ll have plenty of options, including sandwiches, pasta, and entrees like Grade 6 Wagyu Flat Iron Steak and 8-hour Baby Back Ribs with a complimentary glass of wine.
And for all the plant lovers out there, the cafe boasts a beautiful facade and alfresco dining area adorned with various types of plants.
8. The Rooftop Bar and Cafe
Unwind from that stressful weekend with some good food and drinks while overlooking the city at The Rooftop Bar & Cafe in Antipolo. This newly-opened food spot is housed in a building with plenty of space for you to enjoy your meal. Choose from an extensive culinary repertoire of alcoholic drinks, handcrafted beverages, classic pulutans (finger food), and rice meals.
The first and second floors are air-conditioned and feature lush greens and rattan lamps, the perfect space to enjoy your coffee without enduring the heat. For alfresco dining, the third and fourth floors offer outdoor tables and chairs, but the pièce de résistance is the rooftop with its stylish bar and breathtaking view of Metro Manila.
Satisfy your cravings with their Hickory Pork BBQ Ribs, The Rooftop Bulalo, Salted Egg Chicken, Sisig Pizza, Calamares, and Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta. And don’t forget to pair your food with their delicious cocktails for a memorable bar experience. Feel the fresh wind in your hair as you indulge in their mouth-watering bar chow and amazing drinks.
9. ArtSector Gallery & Chimney Cafe 360
Are you looking for a romantic spot for your next date? Then might we recommend Chimney Cafe 360? This café and gallery has it all—amazing art, delicious food, and breathtaking views of Manila’s skyline, the Pililla Windmill, and Laguna de Bay. The long drive is worth it.
To make the most of your visit, plan to be there in the afternoon. Make it so you can have time to see the art and the different floors of the gallery before catching the sunset and savoring your coffee and meals. After, enjoy the evening with coffee, pasta, beer or a glass of wine to share.
If you’ve been to the Pinto Art Museum, you’ll find the cafe similar in style as both locations were designed by the talented visual artist Antonio Leaño. With rooftop access, a chic modern interior, and picture-perfect views from every angle, Chimney Cafe 360 is the perfect spot for your next date night.
10. Uggy Cafe
If you’re a coffee lover, you’re in for a treat. Uggy Café serves delicious single-origin coffee at affordable prices. Haven’t tried single-origin coffee before? Then head over to Uggy Café.
Their Kenyan beans have a deep chocolatey taste that you just have to try. You could also try their Costa Rican coffee, which has citrusy notes and smells a little bit like leaves or grass. And among the reasons why we want you to visit Uggy Cafe is that they source their beans locally, so you can support local farmers while enjoying your caffeine fix.
Aside from coffee, you can also check out a selection of pastas and cakes that pairs perfectly with their signature drinks. Try their Kafe Kala or Filthy, you won’t be disappointed. Oh, and the cafe’s quaint nook might just be the perfect spot for you to relax and catch up with friends or work remotely.
So, if you’re a coffee and food enthusiast who wants to try something new, Rizal should be on your list of must-visit places because it’s a trending destination for delicious drinks and delectable eats. Whether you’re looking for a place to hangout with friends, a peaceful area to work or study, or a romantic spot for date, Rizal’s cafes and restaurants are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Who knows, you might just discover your new happy place.