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:
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.
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.
Cheryl Ann is a resident of Davao. She is sharing on this site her experiences, as well as give tips on how to enjoy living in Davao as a local.