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10 Cool Al-Fresco Cafés to Visit in Cebu

10 Dove Street, Kofe Café

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(SPOT.ph) Outdoor dining has gained popularity in the past few months, mostly because of the need for proper ventilation and airflow in the pandemic. In Cebu, a lot of establishments already have outdoor areas, which makes for a relatively safer option when it comes to dining out. Whether you’re looking for your caffeine fix or a great place to chill, the café scene here is pretty diverse, with specialty coffee houses, cafés with a view, and so much more.

Also read: The Cafés in Cebu to Check Out If You're After Stunning Views

Check out these 10 outdoor cafés in Cebu:

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind Cebu al-fresco cafe

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In a quiet neighborhood in Mabolo, you will find The Daily Grind, a two-storey café that looks Insta-worthy even from the outside. While the first floor has more indoor tables, the second floor transports you to a lush garden of hanging greens where you and your squad can catch up over all-day breakfast meals like the Breakfast Lomi (P120) and American Breakfast (P220). If you need your dose of caffeine, their coffee selection includes their TDG Signature Latte (P120), Long Black (P100), Espresso (P80), to name a few.

The Daily Grind is at President Roxas Street, Kasambagan, Mabolo, Cebu City.

Sip Café

Sip Café

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Sip Café has three branches scattered across Cebu City, but their biggest outdoor area is in their Streetscape branch. In fact, you can even shop local brands inside this location. The yellow elephant branding and rattan solihiya details make for a cute-meets-rustic aesthetic, but it’s their menu that has people coming back for more. The all-day breakfast menu includes Roasted Mushroom Toast (P215), Salmon Tartine (P195), and more. If you're looking for something refreshing, Sip serves freshly brewed teas (P80), such as Black Tea, Green Tea, Jasmine Green, and Lemonade, too. 

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Sip Café has branches at Streetscape Mall, Banilad, Cebu City; Camia Building, Capitol Site, Cebu City; Piazza Elesia, Talamban, Cebu City.

Drip and Draft

Drip and Draft

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Another café you can find at Streetscape is Drip and Draft, a corner café for coffee enthusiasts. Their cold-brew concoctions (start at P120) are made with locally roasted coffee beans and pasteurized milk. They also offer specialty coffee like regular-sized Flat White Coffee (P135) and large-sized Specialty House Coffee Pour-Over (P125). If you want to fuel up in their café, they have a variety of bento options that start at P280.

Drip and Draft is at Streetscape Mall, Banilad, Cebu City.

Bintana Coffee House

Bintana Coffee House Cebu

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Bintana Coffee House is every coffee and art enthusiast’s dream. Not only do they support local by holding exhibits of local artists, but they also serve Filipino cuisine like Binagoongang Pork with Buwad (P180) and Pork Bistek with Caramelized Onion (P170). If you’re just there to chill and buy a refreshing drink, you can do so by ordering their Yakult-Lemon Shake (P90) or Milkshake (P90). For coffee lovers, you can go for their Vietnamese Coffee (P140) or take your pick from their Cold Brew Black and Cold Brew White, both priced at P120. 

Bintana Coffee House is at 181 Elizabeth Pond Street, Camputhaw, Cebu City.

Ayo Ayo Café

Ayo Ayo Café

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Ayo Ayo Café is known as a Japanese sauna café-meets-guesthouse. Their open-air area is covered, so you can sit in the shade but still breathe in fresh air. Apart from the seating options, you can find a small fishpond and a little cart of items where you can buy products from local brands. They have a sauna drink menu that includes Buko Basil Lemonade (P120) and Himalayan Buko Elixir (P120). Ayo Ayo also serves other beverages such as the White Brew by Coffee Mobile (P120) and a fermented drink called Kombucha (P180), and Green Mango Shake (P100). If you’re feeling adventurous, you might want to try the Langkatsu Burger, deep-fried breaded jackfruit in their housemade burger sauce.

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Ayo Ayo Café is at 44 Emilio Osmeña Street, Guadalupe, Cebu City.

Balai Brunch by Café Plus

Cebu Balai Brunch by Café Plus

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Balai Brunch by Café is an old home on A.S. Fortuna that’s been transformed into a café and restaurant, and gives diners that homey balay feel in the city. It has a selection of hot and cold drinks—Iced Caramel Macchiato (P129), Juicy Minty Cucumber Melon (P149), and Blended Madagascar Vanilla Frappe (P129), to name a few. You can also grab a bite of their famous Farooj Charcoal Chicken (P549) and dine while you admire their vintage decor!

Balai Brunch by Café Plus is at 909 A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City.

10 Dove Street

10 Dove Street

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10 Dove Street has a branch that is in the heart of Oakridge Business Park. Its outdoor area is abundant with greens and extra-spacious, great for kids and pets who want to run around and play. Bask under the sun while haiving a slice of the Tres de Leches cake (P155) and pair it with a cup of coffee—you can get an Americano (P115) or the Cafe Mocha (P150). If your sweet tooth isn’t satisfied yet, you can always grab a cup of 10 Dove’s Fior di Latte Gelato (starts at P130).

10 Dove Street is at Oakridge Business Park, 880 A. S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City.

Oakridge Horizons Café

Oakridge Horizons Café

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One of the newest additions to the Mandaue café scene is the Oakridge Horizons Café, an al-fresco coffee shop with a view from the fifth floor. The cafe’s high ceiling and glass walls make the cafe feel bigger than it actually is. Plus, physical distancing isn’t a problem here, and there’s a lot of space for you to take pictures! Horizons has a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but if you're up for it, they also have The Horizon’s Sunrise Charcuterie Board (P1,100), which can serve up to four people. 

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Oakridge Horizons Café is at 5/F Block 88, Oakridge Business Park, 880 A. S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City.

Asmara Urban Resort

Asmara Urban Resort

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Asmara Urban Resort’s architecture was designed with sustainability in mind. The reverse-pyramid structure was made to collect rainwater for recycling, while the wooden pillars that feature heavily in its aesthetics give a relaxing, modern vibe. The urban resort concept aims to transport guests away from the hustle and bustle of city life, despite being located well in it. Asmara has a newly opened boutique hotel, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a cafeteria. In their café, Asmara serves Latte Macchiato (P120), Cappuccino (P120), and more. They also have a selection of natural and fresh juices for P180.

Asmara Urban Resort is at 1 Paseo Saturnino, Cebu City.

Kofe Café

Kofe Café

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Kofe Café is a parking-lot café where you and your furry friends can chill out and have a frothy, milky drink. This coffee bar’s furniture was resourcefully repurposed to give it a chill and rustic feel. As for the drinks, the selection of coffee options range from P80 to P150. Their menu even includes a Babyccino (P100) for kids and Pappuccino (P50) for dogs. And if you’re feeling hungry, you can choose from pasta (P130), sandwiches (P100), and silog meals for P130.

Kofe Café is at The Greenery, Pope John Paul II, Kasambagan, Mabolo, Cebu City.

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