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. GotBaked — Quezon City
Dessert and coffee bar GotBaked is the newest addition to Katipunan’s roster of cafes that you just have to visit! If you like all things sweet, you’ll fall in love with their yummy selection of cookies, doughnuts, and brownies. Then, pair your treat of choice with their classic or special coffee-based drinks for a caffeine boost.
Looking for a new spot in Quezon City to get some work done? GotBaked also has pretty good Internet connectivity, electrical outlets for your devices, and even extension cords for you to borrow. The best part? They are currently offering a 5% discount on all drinks for Ateneo, Miriam College, and UP Diliman college students!
2. Sérendipité — Quezon City
Another coffee shop with free WiFi conveniently located near the top universities in Quezon City is Sérendipité. You can find this coffee shop tucked away in OpenSpace Katipunan, a community hub for office space solutions. With its work-conducive atmosphere and convenient location, expect tons of customers even on weekdays. But of course, you’re sure to save yourself a comfortable seat during off-peak hours.
Address: 50 Esteban Abada St, Quezon City
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 8am–10pm; Saturday–Sunday, 10am–12am
3. Granville Coffee Inc. — San Juan City
If you’re a sucker for all things cosy, then you’ll absolutely appreciate Granville Coffee Inc.’s ambience. This relatively new coffee shop in San Juan is decked out in plush seating, warm lighting, and modern furnishings, which make working or studying a lot more inviting. It even features a stadium-style seating area to add a hint of playfulness to the space. As for its menu, they offer all sorts of caffeinated beverages, wine, craft beers, and all-day breakfast staples.
Address: 189 A. Mabini, San Juan, 1500 Kalakhang Maynila
Opening hours: Sunday–Thursday, 8am–10pm; Friday–Saturday, 8am–12am
4. 33 Cafe — Parañaque City
BF Homes, Parañaque has a steadily growing reputation for its cafes and restaurants. 33 Cafe is the newest addition to its coffee shops with free WiFi and a great working environment. If you’re on the hunt for a spot in the South with great F&B, aesthetically pleasing interiors, and amiable staff, then this is one you can’t miss. Enjoy their speciality teas and coffee-based drinks while getting some work or reading done!
Address: 280 Aguirre Ave, Parañaque, 1718 Metro Manila
Opening hours: Daily, 7am–12am
For more information, visit 33 Cafe’s official Instagram page.
5. QCup Philippines — Quezon City
While any cafe with tables and free WiFi can easily be a conducive working space, QCup offers you more than just that! It features different seating options for your work needs. You can settle down by the window for natural daylight when reading, type away on your laptop among its cushioned chairs, or opt for its al fresco dining space for a breath of fresh air. Whatever you choose, QCup allows for focused productivity and efficiency.
Address: 17 West Ave, Quezon City, 1104
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–2am; Saturday–Sunday, 7am–2am
6. 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!
Address: 36 Polaris, Makati City
Opening hours: Sunday–Thrusday, 8am–12am; Friday–Saturday, 8am-1am
7. 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.
Address: Paseo Heights, Salcedo Village, L.P. Leviste Street, Makati City
Opening hours: Daily, 8am–5pm
8. 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.
Address: 9 Katipunan Ave, Quezon City
Opening hours: Daily, 7am–6pm
9. 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.
Address: 67 Scout Rallos St, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103
Opening hours: Sunday–Thursday; 10am–2am; Friday–Saturday, 10am–3am
10. 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!
Address: Five/NEO, 31st Street, Taguig City
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 7am–2am; Saturday, 7am-9pm
11. 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.
Address: 116 Timog Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
Opening hours: Monday–Thursday, 10.30am–10pm; Friday–Sunday, 10.30am–11pm; Sunday, 12pm–8pm
12. 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?
Address: Unit 101-A, H258+2C8 Windsor Tower, 163 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City
Opening hours: Sunday–Thursday, 8am–9pm; Friday–Saturday, 8am–10pm
13. 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!
Address: Westgate Hub, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Opening hours: Monday–Friday; 7am–5pm; Saturday–Sunday, 7am–6pm
14. 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.
Check out their branches here.
15. 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.
Check out their branches here.
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!