Cozy Coffee Shops & Cafes in Davao

Along with the growing number of coffee lovers in Davao is the booming industry of coffee shops, or more fondly called cafes. The city is not one you would call a slacker in terms of serving the best coffees to those who adore them.

From international coffee chains to those that are locally owned, fans of this refreshing beverage have plenty of options to choose from. These cafes also serve as a perfect venue for meeting friends, business partners or long-lost relatives, or simply spending time alone over their favorite cup.

The tight competition between cafes in Davao has also paved way to the launching of many unique ideas in coffee-making, as well as dynamic styles used by cafe managers and owners in terms of marketing and setting up cutting-edge interior designs. If you happen to be planning a trip to Davao, here are some of the most popular cafe chains you might want to visit:

Blugre Café

Davao’s pride and first coffee shop in the city, Blugre Café currently has three branches in the metropolis – one in Matina Town Square ,another in LandCo Building along J.P. Laurel Avenue and yet another in SM City. Blugre is a multi-awarded cafe owned by a Dabawenyo couple, and is famous for its Durian Larcepuccino and other durian-inspired concoctions, with prices ranging from Php 100-200 per cup. Blugre Cafe has undoubtedly made a name for itself, not just as a coffee shop, but also as a uniquely Davao experience for tourists.

Basti’s Brew

The first coffee shop in Davao City that offers free Wi-fi for all its patrons is Basti’s Brew, which takes pride in being one of the most visited cafes within the metro. It’s not hard at all to see why it is such a beloved place in Davao. It serves some of the best coffees in town, some of the best foods to go with them, and exceptional customer service. Like Bluegre Cafe, Basti’s Brew makes for an authentic Davao experience for any coffee-loving tourist.


Kasagingan is the local term for “banana plantation” and is becoming increasingly popular for its unique banana dessert recipes as a perfect pair to their equally exceptional coffee. Kasagingan is another cozy spot in Davao and is a free Wifi zone located along Torres Street. For Php 60 -120, one can have an authentic Davao experience with an interesting and tasty banana snack dish and, of course, a cup of Kasaginang’s competitive coffee.

The Yellow House

The Yellow House is literally a yellow house, except that it has been converted into this nice and sweet cafe that serves up a cozy ambiance and a mouthwatering menu of coffee, pasta and other treats. For up to as low as Php 100, one can enjoy a single visit to the place, with or without company. It is located at Mapa Street, one of the quietest areas of downtown Davao, making it an ideal place to unwind.

Tata Benito’s A Whole Latte Love Coffee

Another place that promises quiet yet enjoyable moments for individuals, pairs or groups is Tata Benito’s A Whole Latte Love Coffee. Offered here is a complete menu of energizing coffee and other beverages, as well a whole selection of pasta, cakes and other light but satisfying dishes for as low as Php 60 pesos per serving. Tata Benito’s has several locations around the city, namely J.P. Laurel Avenue, Rizal and Legazpi Streets and World Palace along Ecoland Drive.

It is impossible not to notice that more and more people, especially young professionals, have become such big fans of these coffee shops. Seems like gone are the days when Friday and Saturday nights meant a few rounds of beer and bar-hopping and dancing and loud entertainment.

Today, young adults in Davao are becoming subtler in their nightlife choices, preferring instead to sit and chat with friends while enjoying their coffee. Of course, these cafes are also right for romantic dates or even for studying before exams. Whatever the purpose, what matters most is that these coffee hubs are always open to all.

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Tips On How To Open A Restaurant Business In Davao

The increasing number of investors entering Davao is one great manifestation of the city’s economic growth. The Southern Philippine capital has actually been noted worldwide as one of the most promising places in the country in which to start a business.

With the construction of various infrastructures that are meant to make life and business more comfortable for residents, local and foreign investors are getting attracted to the idea of setting up shop here.

Those who are in the food business are especially interested in Davao, considering that it is an industry that is faring very well in this part of the country.

Considering the possibility of starting a business while living in Davao City is a good idea, if only for the fact that Davaoenos adore food, especially when it comes with ingenuity. If you’re wondering how to open a restaurant business in Davao, it shouldn’t be too different from any other type of business you may plan to put up – important factors must be considered such as location, natural and human resources, target market and budget among others.

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In terms of location, one must bear accessibility in mind. Choose a place where there are more potential customers or clients, such as those within the proximity of malls, universities, parks, churches and other crowded areas. You have the option to either rent your space or buy it.

Commercial rentals in Davao are cost-effective, costing roughly from Php 300 to Php 1,500 per square meter, depending on size and location.

Commercial spaces inside malls are normally more expensive than those in small, commercial buildings. If you want to buy your own lot where you can build your restaurant, real estate price for commercial land costs around Php 2,500 to Php 35,000 per square meter, again, depending on location.

Another thing to consider are the natural and human resources needed to keep your business going. Natural resources pertain to things you will be needing for your menu, and you will rarely find this a problem as agricultural products like fruits and vegetables and other basic commodities are generally cheap in Davao City. However, you must be keen enough when shopping for these products, making sure you go after quality and safety of the food you will be serving in your restaurant.

Human resources, on the other hand, involve your restaurant business’ staff. It is expected of you as a business owner to provide them the required salaries and benefits as mandated by the government.

Davao City’s minimum wage with COLA or Cost of Living Allowance for people employed in retail and service business ranges from Php 248 to Php 250 pesos per day, and that applies to business establishments that have an estimated population of more than 10 employees. For business establishments with less than 10 employees, the government-mandated minimum is Php 217 to Php 219 pesos per day.

It is good to collect more tips on opening a restaurant business in Davao as they can serve as a guide while you take those steps and set things up. Most successful entrepreneurs would suggest that you must focus on a specific target market, whether it is composed of students, families, young adults, adults, workers and others.

It pays to have a target clientele so you can keep your mind focused on their needs in terms of business planning, marketing and distribution. Most importantly, you must make sure that your plans fit your budget to avoid financial trouble. Plus, with a proven strategy, a restaurant business in Davao will surely be a big hit.

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