While movement restrictions have eased in the Queen City, social distancing remains to be an important rule in every gathering. Whether it be a date with the barkada or working out of the house, Cebu is abundant with outdoor spaces that allow patrons to breathe much needed fresh air while remaining safe and following health protocols.
We’ve listed down five different outdoor cafés in Cebu City to match different laag preferences:
Bintana Cafe is a classic. This coffee shop is located at Barangay Camputhaw, Cebu City, distanced enough from the busy streets of Mango Avenue and Escario so as to drown out all the noise from the busy streets that surround it.
Bintana has an air-conditioned space with socially distanced tables, but the highlight is its quaint garden setting with tables, outlets, and a fast WiFi connection.
Serving a menu of affordable classic dishes, milkshakes, and locally brewed coffee, the place is perfect for those who are more productive working outside their homes but wish to remain socially distanced.
Bintana is open from 11 am to 8 pm from Mondays to Saturdays.
Located in Barangay Guadalupe, Ayo-ayo Café serves as a zen escape for city folk in need of a break from the fast-paced workings of the Queen City. The cafe-sauna-hostel hybrid operates to immerse customers in comfort and tranquility, to provide them with a place where they could both meet deadlines in peace or unwind without traveling far from home.
Ayo-ayo has an open-air café where they serve Japanese dishes such as omu rice, chicken teriyaki salad, udon bolognese, and gyoza. The space also has a bar area when one can either enjoy an iced coffee or for the more laid back customers, a refreshing cocktail. Visitors can also opt to stay in the indoor cafe below the hostel if they wish to quietly focus on work, or go all out and head to the sauna and pool should they want to treat themselves.
Ayo-ayo is open from 11 am to 11 pm on Tuesdays to Sundays.
The Daily Grind
The Daily Grind, a cafe located at Pres. Roxas St., Barangay Kasambagan, is popular among millennials in the city. Apart from its quaint indoor space, the place offers a picturesque rooftop adorned by lush greenery. The place is a popular spot for work meetings, catching up with friends, or even just treating oneself to good coffee and good food.
Apart from its ambiance, TDG is known for its quality drinks ranging from brewed coffee, vegan smoothies, and cocktails. Their menu also boasts hearty dishes like their well-loved kimchi rice, burgers, and pastas as well as pastries. Not only is TDG a good place to reconnect with people – because of its pet-friendly policy, customers can enjoy their cafe time with their fur babies as well.
TDG is open every day of the week from 7 am to 11 pm.
Perched atop a scenic spot in Barangay Busay, Maharlicup is a favorite among sunrise chasers and cyclists.
Apart from offering one of the best mountain views in the city, the place serves affordable Cebuano painit delicacies. Among them are the Argao torta, puto-sikwate, and Carabao mango to pair. Their drinks also do not stray from the Cebuano favorites. Apart from the skiwate or the Cebuano version of the hot chocolate, Maharlicup also has locally sourced brewed coffee.
Maharlicup is open everyday of the week from 6 am to 10 pm.
Kofe Café is the go-to for fur-parents who wish to unwind with their pets. It’s located in the Greenery, by Pope John Paul II St., Barangay Kasambagan in Mabolo.
Not only are they a pet-friendly space, but the café goes the extra mile in welcoming beloved fur-babies by having custom puppuccinos on the menu – the first one in Cebu City. As for their humans, the café not only offers an assortment of coffee, but they can also opt for wine and beers – the key ingredient for brunch in the city.
Kofe Café is open from 10 am to 10 pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 11 am to 9 pm on Sundays. – Rappler.com