8 Awesome Cafés and Working Spaces in Manila

Even if you’ve never heard of a “coffice” (as in coffee + office), chances are you’ve taken your work to a Coffee Bean or Starbucks to get things done.

As tasks become increasingly doable online -and with Manila traffic continuing to waste our time – the practice of cofficing is alive and well: a more practical approach to productivity.

If you’re looking for quieter, cozier, or snazzier alternatives to your usual coffee chain, clock in at any of these cafés and working spaces on your next work shift.

1. Quezon City Public Library

Quezon City‘s 70-year-old library reopened in February 2017, and is considered one of the country’s best public libraries. If you prefer to slack off in more casual environment, the QCPL and its in-house coffee shop Cafe@Lib provides just the right amount of freedom and focus.

Tips: there’s a (reasonable) dress code, and laptops and bags must be registered at the counter.

Price per person: ₱20 hourly charging fee, ₱100-300 per meal at Café@Lib. Gate 7 City Hall Compound, Diliman, Quezon City. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, Sat 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2. Bà nội’s + Cà phe Et Boulangerie

Previously located at UP Town Center, Bà nội’s + Cà phe has moved to Kapitolyo in Pasig and has added a French-Vietnamese bakery.

Banh mi, spring rolls, pho, and rice meals are served along with fast WiFi, electric sockets, and a relaxing ambience that’s perfect for freelancers needing a place to work. The rustic French-inspired interiors don’t hurt, either.

Price per meal: ₱300-600 per person. 12 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig. Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

3. Artesania Bespoke Furniture

“Thank you for not sitting” isn’t a rule they follow at this furniture showroom along Arnaiz Avenue. The pieces at Artesania are for sale, but also serve as the seats for its coffee shop, Caffeined.

Needless to say, it’s a space teeming with visual inspiration. That, plus the smell of coffee, is sure to perk you up when you’re tackling an especially stressful deadline.

Price per person: ₱120-200. 910 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City. Open Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 9 p.m and Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4. Clock In

Whether you’re a coffice-hopping freelancer or an entrepreneur working on your next startup, Clock In offers different types of working spaces to suit your needs.

There are individual desks, meeting rooms, private offices, and larger coworking areas, all inclusive of WiFi, outlet use, and drinks. They also hold “After Hours,” a monthly series of talks and meet-ups.

Price per person: ₱100 per hour, ₱620 per day, ₱1,500 per hour for meeting rooms. 1-day pass available. For monthly rates, packages, and hours per branch, click here: Makati, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Technology Center. Opening soon in Vertis North, Ayala Malls The 30th, and Ayala North Exchange.

5. Flossom Kitchen + Café

If you think the name sounds like it may have something to do with flowers that blossom, you would be correct. This Instagram-pretty café near Mandaluyong features garden-inspired décor, with plants and floral décor in every corner, including the ceiling.

Enjoy scrumptious all-day brunch, burgers, hearty rice meals, snacks, and picture-perfect desserts while you work.

Price per meal: ₱200-600 per person 187 N. Averilla Street, Sta. Lucia, San Juan City. Open Mon-Thu 8 a.m. to 10 p.m and Fri-Sun 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

6. M Café + Kabila at Ayala Museum

The in-house café and restaurant of Ayala Museum offers delightful Asian fusion cuisine, lots of natural light, and a view of the Greenbelt gardens.

A cofficing tip: they serve a brunch buffet on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a weekday meriendabuffet from 2-6 p.m., both with live music. You might want to time your breaks and reward yourself accordingly.

Price per meal: ₱500-1,000. Glass Wing, Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue cor. De La Rosa Street, Ayala Center, Makati City. Open Mon-Sun 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

7. Diligence Café

What’s better than a homey working space that offers reliable WiFi, unlimited coffee and juice, and electrical sockets? One where you’re actually allowed to take power naps!

Located conveniently around Diliman and Taft Avenue, Diligence Café’s nap slip asks you when you would like to be woken up, so you can continue chasing after your real-life dreams.

Price per person: ₱60 per hour, ₱350 per day, ₱3,500 per month. Conference room rental is ₱400 per hour. Shower service is available at ₱100 inclusive of shower kit. In Quezon City: 2/F Floor Elizabeth Hall, Katipunan Avenue. Open Mon-Sat 12 p.m. to 7 a.m.

8. Launchpad Coworking

True to its name, Launchpad provides more than coworking desks and offices—the space-themed hub in Alabang actually serves as a takeoff point for your dreams.

You may rent the space for a launch or workshop, attend a “Mission Monday” talk by industry leaders, and even get help with your business, like registration, documents, social media management, or brand identity.

Price per person: walk-in starts at ₱200 for 3 hours, meeting room starts at ₱1,000 for 2 hours, event space rental starts at ₱4,000 for 4 hours. 3-day pass available. 2/F Commercenter near Alabang Town Center. Open weekdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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