Coffee shops have got to be one of the major places where people choose to stay not only for coffee.  Most people usually have their meetings, dates, study groups, or even just an alone time like me in these cozy places! Before the weekend, I was itching to go somewhere and discover new interesting places. I was really clueless until coffee shop hopping tings inside my head. And so, I went for it the next day and wandered around one of the busiest cities in the metro, MAKATI.

I ended up in Makati because almost all the coffee shops I was planning to visit were just around the area. Being known as the major cultural and entertainment hub, Makati definitely is something you should consider visiting. I'm gonna exaggerate a bit but I believe this city just have almost everything from secret coffee houses to luxurious finds.

 Anyway, enough of this intro and let's proceed to some of the coffee shops I visited over the weekend. 

YDG Coffee

also known as "Your Daily Grind". Right at the moment I saw the coffee shop, I was literally surprised (inside). The place was smaller than I thought. I even told myself, "is this it?". But honestly, that's actually one of the things I really love about this coffee shop. Its small space gives that very intimate and almost-like-home kind of vibe. If only the furniture store beside them provided a soft-cushioned chair, I would have stayed their overnight!lol.

This coffee place is perfect for those who like to spend time alone with a good book to read or a journal to write. Also perfect for those who just want to sit in front of their laptop and work all day. And I must say, they have the friendliest and most approachable staff ever!

Honey, Wake Up, P150

By the way, whenever I try a new food or coffee place, I usually ask the staff what their best seller is. Chaispresso (a combination of homemade Chai, Milk, Espresso, P160) happens to be their best seller. Unfortunately, it was unavailable during my time of visit. So, they just suggested me to try their second best selling drink(hanggang second best lang talaga ako! LOL), Honey, Wake Up(Honey, Milk, Espresso, P150). Honestly, I'm not a big fan of coffee but I gotta tell you this one is a must-try! It's my first time to have coffee mixed with honey. Who would have thought they could actually complement each other.

YDG Coffee also has another branch in Mandaluyong. If you happened to be near or within Makati and Mandaluyong area, go ahead and give this coffee shop a try!

Location: ID Center Lobby, 1232, 2100 Chino Roces Ave, Makati;438 Shaw Blvd, Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong



I first heard of Yardstick when one of my favorite Fashion Bloggers spoke about her favorite coffee shop she goes to with her husband. I was reminded about it again when I was reading a magazine from one of the coffee shops I visited. To be honest, when I saw it I immediately booked a ride and went straight to Yardstick. 

Yardstick has to be one of my favorite coffee shops I visited so far. The place has that really calming and chill vibe because of its minimalist elements. The place is good for small group meetings or for someone who just want to have a me time(like me!).

Yardstick don't just offer good food and drinks. They also sell coffee machines like La Marzocco and Rocket Espresso. So if you want to bring and have a taste of Italian coffee at home, I suggest you get one of their machines from Yardstick. If you want to know more about it, email

Yardshake, P180

If you don't have any idea what to order, I suggest you go for what the Yardstick guy suggested me to drink which is Vanilla Flat White (Espresso, Madagascar Vanilla, Fluffy Milk; Hot: P165/P185, Iced: P185). But because I want to try something different, I went for the Yardshake(P180). It was refreshing and a bit sweet just enough to satisfy my caffeinated curiosities. 

Location: G/f Universal LMS Bldg., 106 Esteban Street Legaspi Village, Makati City


The Curator Coffee and Cocktails

This has to be one of the trickiest coffee shop for me to look for. I have walked back and forth along Palanca Street looking for this coffee shop. They don't have a sign or a name outside their store. If you guys are planning to visit this shop, well they are located almost at the corner of the streets of Palanca and Legazpi.

Regardless of getting a bit lost trying to look for this coffee shop, all the searching is just worth it. I just love this place so much! Their staff will greet you with smiles and a glass of water. Something I really needed that time haha! I also love the minimalist elements this coffee shop has. To be honest, every corner of this coffee shop is just Instagram-able! check it out!

This is their cocktail room. So if you have some friends who just want to lowkey chill and have a bit of alcohol well you can consider The Curator to one of your night outs!

Shake-O-What-O, P160
The Curator offers both coffee and cocktails. And because I don't drink anything with alcohol in it, I chose to drink what they suggested me to have which is Shake-O-What-O(Espresso, Cold Brew Coffee, Milk, Coco Syrup, P160). I actually like how posh this drink was served in a cocktail glass. Pure Perfection. 

Location: 134 Legazpi Street corner C. Palanca Street, Makati


Tenant Manila

If you're the kind of person who is into surfing and coffee, then this one is for you. Tenant Manila is a lifestyle store and cafe located in San Antonio Village. This place is so interesting because they don't just sell food and coffee. If you go to the second floor, you'll get to see more of the clothes they sell. They have brands like Mollusk, Kapital, Engineered, Converse, Quality Peoples, Hillside, and Saturdays Surf. Aside from apparels, they also sell custom hand made surfboards from Mandala.

Rooibos Creme CaramelP120

If you're going to Tenant Manila, you should try their Latte (P120), and their Flat White (P140). And because I've been drinking too much coffee, I decided to try their tea for now, Rooibos Creme Caramel (P120).

 Warned you guys because I went there on a Monday for nothing! lol

Location: G/f Solace Hotel, Kamagong Street, San Antonio Village, Makati


Commune Cafe + Bar

Commune has that tita/tito kind of vibe which is gives that very relaxing and at-home feeling. It's not that big but it has enough space and chairs to accommodate small groups and dates. Commune is also open to host gatherings and events. If you have an upcoming gathering or event, maybe you can consider Commune to host the venue. You can check for more info.

Iced Mocha, P145
You can choose amog Cafe Latte (P110/P140), Cappuccino (P120/P150), or Cafe Mocha (P140/P160) if you want to have something hot. As for me, one of the staff suggested that I should go for their Iced Mocha (P145/P165)  because I prefer my drink cold. These are Commune's bet sellers both in hot and cold.

Location: 36 Polaris Corner Durban Streets, Poblacion, Makati


Hopping from one Coffee shop to another is indeed tiring. But it was worth it at the same time. Regardless of how busy the streets of Makati were, I get to discover new and interesting coffee places around the city. Hopping from places to places is really fun. This is something I would really love to suggest you guys to try. But before you hop, make sure that you do your research. It's hard to hop if you don't have a concrete plan.

To share an experience, I saw three coffee places online. Sadly, I went for a visit only to find out that those coffee shops have been closed for a period of time. So if you don't want to experience the same mistake, make sure to really do research. It's more fun to hop where in you're sure that the place you're going is open. And take note not all coffee shops are open during weekdays!

Well that's it for now! I hope I triggered your coffee cravings. So if you happen to be somewhere around Makati and you want to try something new, maybe you can consider these places I've been to. I'm telling you guys, these coffee places are so worth it to try! so go for it!