Sometimes, all it takes to get stuff done is a change of scenery and a boost of caffeine. Luckily, freelancers and folks who work from home are able to change up their workspace any day. And while there are countless co-working spaces in Metro Manila, some still prefer the cosy feel of a cafe. (Obviously, because there are more food options, too.) But, not all coffee shops provide an ideal environment for studying, reading, or writing. Thus, we’ve gathered a list of the best must-visit coffee shops in Metro Manila with free WiFi and a quiet atmosphere!
Work conducive coffee shops in Metro Manila with free WiFi
1. Commune Cafe + Bar — Makati City
Makatizens would know that Commune is one of the best coffee shops in the vibrant district of Poblacion. Here, people gather mostly to either catch up with friends or chase a deadline — either way, they would do so while sipping on locally sourced coffee. Beyond its cosy interiors, its outdoor balcony also provides a pretty conducive space for reading and studying. What’s more, Commune is proudly a safe space for LGBTQ folk, among other spots in the Makati CBD!
2. Habitual Coffee — Makati City
Tucked away in Salcedo Village, one of Makati’s quieter neighbourhoods, lies third-wave speciality coffee roaster Habitual Coffee. Despite its limited seating, customers can focus on getting work done here since there aren’t too many people around. Lauded for its AeroPress hand-brewed coffee, Habitual Coffee also serves up light grub and snacks to munch on while typing away.
3. Common Folk — Quezon City
With its welcoming atmosphere and decadent selection of coffee creations, Common Folk promises you “no bad days.” Its minimalist interiors and stable Internet connection make for a conducive spot in the metro for working. They also provide a food menu comprising pasta dishes, sandwiches, and rice bowls in case you get hungry. So, if you’re a student or freelancer on the hunt for cafes up north, this is one you can’t miss.
4. High Grounds — Quezon City
If it’s a fast and stable WiFi connection you’re after, then High Ground is your best bet. Often frequented by digital nomads and gamers, it provides spaces for your work and gaming needs. It’s basically a cafe, restaurant, computer shop, and co-working space rolled into one enclave! Menu-wise, it offers a wide range of eats for brunch through dinner and a fairly decent selection of hot and cold beverages.
5. Frank & Dean — Taguig City
Frank & Dean, located in the bustling hub of Bonifacio Global City, serves your fave comfort fare and fresh brews for a good value. If you intend to get some work done, it has free, stable WiFi and power outlets to charge your devices. And if you wish to sink into your seat with a good book, its floor-to-ceiling glass windows let in a lot of natural sunlight, perfect for reading. Overall, it makes for a rather ideal workplace outside of your actual workplace!
6. Hisbeans — Quezon City
Hisbeans is a Korea-based coffee shop in Quezon City that serves premium coffee made with the finest speciality beans. While they currently have only one branch here in the Philippines, we’re hoping to see more make their way through other cities. Here, you’ll be treated not only to great coffee but also to a calming and comfortable environment that’s ideal for studying. Most importantly, Hisbeans commits itself to providing support for its employees just as much as it does for its customers — by developing a culture of working with PWD professionals.
7. Bad Cafe — Makati City
Among other quiet neighbourhood cafes in Makati that are ideal for freelancers and folks with a WFH setup is Bad Cafe. Nestled along Legaspi Village, this quaint coffee shop offers fresh cups of Joe, a yummy brunch menu, and a stable Internet connection. Additionally, its clean and minimalist interiors make for a relaxing atmosphere to help you concentrate for long hours. What’s not to love?
8. Bean & Yolk — Muntinlupa City
Start your day with a hearty brunch at Bean & Yolk before getting down to business! Here, you can take your pick among crowd-faves like breakfast bowls, waffles, sandwiches and more. Meanwhile, their best coffee creations include the B&Y mocha, hot choco, and latte gianduja brewed to perfection. Head down to its space for coffee house beats, your daily dose of caffeine and, well, eggs just the way you love it!
9. Bo’s Coffee
With multiple branches across Metro Manila — especially along the University Belt — you can never go wrong with Bo’s. Although typically packed with busy students and freelancers, it surprisingly manages to create a peaceful environment. That said, you can focus on getting some work done without getting distracted.
Apart from making delicious cups of Joe, Bo’s aims to celebrate Pinoy roots and support local farmers. It is best known for its locally and sustainably sourced beans from Sagada, Bukidnon, Davao, Benguet, and other coffee farms in the Philippines.
10. Coffee Project
Last but not least on this list of quiet coffee shops in Manila with free WiFi is none other than Coffee Project. Often hailed for being one of the most IG-worthy cafes, it also offers areas for reading, meetings and co-working sessions. In fact, its branch in Las Piñas City is every bookworm’s haven as it is both a library and cafe (a collaboration with Fully Booked). Ultimately, it aims to create a unique coffee culture for everyone here in the Philippines.
So, where are you headed for your next work sesh? Are your go-tos on this list of quiet coffee shops in Manila with free WiFi? Let us know what other places in the metro provide the best environment for studying and getting work done. Wishing you the best of luck!