Let’s face it, even with the abundance of cafes and restaurants in Manila, it’s still hard to decide where to meet and catch up with your friends now and then. And sometimes, even your time to hang out reminds you of work-related lunch outs or study sessions with your schoolmates. Of course, we don’t like those kinds of reminders when all we want is to chill out and enjoy our friends’ company. So, what we suggest is that you take a drive to the north and have a taste of the delicious cakes and meals in Antipolo instead. It’s near Manila, but it has a different ambience. With a lot of relaxing cafes in Antipolo on our list, you can’t tell us that it’s hard to escape Manila’s busy city life.
Must-visit cafes in Antipolo
1. Cafe Lupe Hostel & Restaurant
Cafe Lupe is not your ordinary cafe. It’s also a hostel. The Mexican themed restaurant’s name was coined from the name of Our Lady of Guadalupe since the owner is one of her devotees. The charming cafe offers not just a fusion of Mexican and Filipino food but also a scenic view of Manila, Marikina, Makati, and Ortigas. Every day except Saturdays, local live bands play to entertain diners of the cafe.
Address: Cafe Lupe Hostel & Resto Lot 2-B & C, Brgy. Mambugan, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City
Budget: From ₱60 to ₱600
2. Cafe Esse
Cafe Esse prides itself as a provider of quality grade coffee in Antipolo. The modern rustic theme of the lounge matches perfectly with their excellent selection of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although the cafe opens as early as 8am, it closes at 1am. The closing time makes us think that they love catering to guests with late-night sweet cravings; what do you think?
Address: 2/F CEO Building, L. Sumulong Circle, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City
Budget: From ₱75-₱180
3. Jar Tree Cafe
Jar Tree Cafe is not your ordinary cafe. It is also a mini-mart where you can get your favourite Korean goodies. It is managed by young Koreans who have decided to live in the Philippines for good. Aside from coffee, they also serve Bingsu which is a hit to Filipinos, especially during summertime. Indeed a relaxing cafe, guests often race to get the tables at the loft area.
Address: 23 Sumulong Hwy, Sta. Cruz, Antipolo, Rizal
Budget: From ₱100 to ₱300
4. Chives Bistro & Market
The industrially designed cafe opens at 10am and closes at 11pm. Serving mainly European-inspired food, the staff of the minimalist cafe will surely make your Chives Bistro & Market experience noteworthy that you might want to come back as soon as possible
Address: Ground Floor, EM Gems Building, L. Sumulong, Circumferential Road, San Roque, Upper Antipolo, Rizal
Budget: From ₱135 to ₱350
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5. Crescent Moon Café
What’s so unique about Crescent Moon Café is that it’s also a pottery studio. Aside from being a restaurant offering Southeast Asian dishes, you can also find here The Glass Bar, which is also known as The Bar and Art Space of the area. Teachers hold creative workshops at The Glass Bar for guests to try their hands on art. Such a therapeutic way to spend your day, right? There is a lunch buffet every weekend while weekdays are for a la carte orders.
Address: Sapang Buho Rd. Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City
Budget: From ₱60 to ₱300
6. Yellow Lantern Cafe
With an attractive set of lights adorning the cafe and books lined up on a hanging shelf, Yellow Lantern Cafe gives off some homelike vibes to its guests.
Address: Ground Floor, Comodaville Building, 267-269 Sumulong Highway, Mambugan, Lower Antipolo, Rizal
Budget: From ₱60 to ₱359
7. Café Cristina Bar and Resto
Acoustic nights are always better at the Café Cristina Bar and Resto. Trying the outdoor dining on their terrace tops our list of things to do in Antipolo for sure! Just look at the view! Need we say more?
Address: Sitio Cabading Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo, Rizal
Budget: From ₱55 to ₱650
8. Café Rizal
In recent years, Antipolo has become quite the place to be on weekends — and the famed Pinto Art Museum is one of the top reasons why. The Instagrammer’s haven isn’t just filled with stunning works of art; it’s got a quaint cafe of its own, too. Guests flock Café Rizal’s for its laid-back atmosphere, picturesque setup, and modern Pinoy cuisine. (An excellent combo, don’t you think?) We recommend dining outdoors for the full experience!
Address: 1 Sierra Madre St, Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
Budget: ₱60 to ₱545
9. Burrow Cafe
One of the city’s hidden gems, Burrow Cafe is an underground cafe tucked within the grounds of Antipolo Beehouse. Upon entering this vibrant hideout surrounded by lush forest, you’ll easily fall in love with its unique setup. Adding a special touch to its rustic, homey setting, its colourful hammocks are probably everyone’s favourite part about Burrow. It isn’t just all about the photos, though — their mouth-watering all-day breakfast and lunch menu certainly makes it one of the best cafes in Antipolo!
Address: 113 Beverly Hills Ave, Beverly Hills Subd., Antipolo
Budget: From ₱100 to ₱570
10. Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
Coffee lovers, in particular, will love Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen. Though the first things that will grab your attention are their floor-to-ceiling windows and fresh green interiors, their extensive lineup of caffeinated beverages will be what keeps you coming back for more. Whether you’re dropping by for lunch, dessert, or merienda, this cafe in Antipolo makes for an excellent choice!
Address: Blk 2, Mission Hills Blvd, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
Budget: From ₱45 to ₱575
11. Cafe Agusta
One thing a lot of us usually associate with Antipolo? Breathtaking views, of course. And if jaw-dropping scenes are what you’re after when taking your pick of cafes in Antipolo, then Cafe Agusta is just the place for you! Diners favour their selection of cakes — from carrot cake to sansrival — and coffee, so you’ll definitely want to come for merienda. Plus, wouldn’t you love to be there in time to see the sunset and admire the city lights at night?
Address: Grand Heights Road, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
Budget: From ₱90 to ₱300
12. Vieux Chalet
Known to be one of the most romantic cafes in Antipolo, Vieux Chalet is a go-to for special occasions. Despite having been around since 1984 (can you believe that?), this restaurant is anything but overrated! Designed to feel like a home away from home, Vieux Chalet offers a great place to relax, unwind, and get some much-needed quality time with your significant other — and over delicious Swiss cuisine, too.
Address: 456 Taktak Rd., Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
Budget: From ₱200 to ₱900
Did our list of cafes in Antipolo make you drool and dream about spending hours indulging in scrumptious food and beautiful views? Don’t worry, we feel you! So, what are you waiting for exactly? Call your friends and let them know your next destination to rest and relax!