Tired of going to popular coffee shops cause it’s too crowded and there’s nowhere else to stay?

We can totally relate.

Coffee shops like Starbucks and Coffee Bean are always filled with people – especially in the busting city of Makati. We know that coffee shops are the best place to get away from the ruckus of the city. It’s a place where you hang out, catch up with your friends or have meetings, but it’s hard when there’s no vacant tables in your favourite coffee shop.

But not to worry! We discovered the top 10 underrated coffee shops around Makati for all you workaholic coffee lovers! Get ready to have a new favourite hang out place.


1. Toby’s Estate

Address: Senta Condominium, 140 Legazpi St., Legazpi Village, Makati City

toby's estate legaspi village makati
Photo by: ph.phonebooky.com

Okay, this first one isn’t as hidden as the others, but it’s definitely the crowd-favorite coffee shop!

Toby’s Estate is equipped with WiFi and the bright interiors is sure to keep you feeling active and comfortable. The ambiance is especially catered for the people studying or working.

This is everyone’s favourite cafe because of how good the coffee is. If you plan to go here, you should know that one of the best flat whites in Manila is served at Toby’s Estate!

2. Yardstick

Address: Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila

Photo by: talesfromthetummy.com

Hidden in the busy city of Makati is an artsy coffee shop that you probably wouldn’t notice unless you have a keen eye.

Yardstick is the perfect place for minimalists! The walls are plain white while the wooden tables and chairs bring the pop of color in the simple interior!

photo by: talesfromthetummy.com

What’s really cool and unique about the place is the function room which serves as a workshop space for coffee appreciation.

3. Commune

Address: 36 Polaris, Makati, Metro Manila

instagram: @CommunePH

Third on the list is Commune. They take pride in their Philippine coffee. Ever since their opening, they’ve only featured local beans in its menu and they plan to keep local beans in the spotlight.

photo by: Philippine Primer

This place is perfect if you want wifi, comfort, and instagram-worthy shots! Oh, did we mention that Commune also serves the cutest latte art?

4. Your Local

Address: 106 Esteban, Legazpi Village, Makati, Kalakhang Maynila

photo by thetummytrain.com

Your Local is known as the most hip bistro in Legazpi village. Before, this place had no distinct sign other than a door/divider next to Yardstick, so if you aren’t familiar with the place, you wouldn’t even know it existed!

Are you getting Narnia vibes too? It’s like a little piece of heaven once you know where to find it.

A must try in Your Local is their Torched Salmon Donburi (P550). It’s a little pricey, but well worth it! This is one of Your Local’s signature dishes. It’s a torched Norwegian salmon placed on top of roasted corn, shiitake rice, and topped with fish roe, shrimp flakes, oboro and salmon skin.

5. Coffee Project 

Address: 100 Aguirre, Legazpi Village, Makati, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines

The newest coffee shop in Makati is Coffee Project. It’s the best place for people who need to work because it has an outlet, fast wifi, and it’s a new branch so not a lot of people know about it yet!

photo by Joel C Garcia

The warm, homey feel of the place is sure to keep you at ease. What’s unique about it is the garden-like features. Every corner is green and sprouting with beautiful flowers.

If you’re a fan of Starbucks, then you will definitely want to check out Coffee Project. It’s much cheaper and just as good! Personally, I would recommend the Creme Brûlée frappe. (P120-140)


6. Bucky’s

Address: 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati

instagram: @buckysnotabrownie

Sixth on the list is for the sweet tooth and the kids at heart. Bucky’s menu serves “kid’s food” as they call it. They serve mouth-watering desserts like ice cream, brownies and delicious parfaits! They also take pride on their meals like Chicken Parm, Swedish Meatballs and more!


7. Cartel Coffee Deli

photo by sassy manila.com

Address: 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Makati, 1227 Metro Manila

Every coffee shop in Makati has their own quirk, but in Cartel Coffee Deli, they set themselves apart because they serve only the freshest products.

instagram: @chocomusette

Their bread is always freshly baked, and they have a deli that will provide for your kitchen needs. And of course, what’s a coffee shop without amazing coffee? This rustic yet chic cafe is a great place if you need a place to hangout.

8. Fundamental Coffee

Address: G/F Retail 3, Park Terraces Tower 1, Ayala Center, Makati, 1226 Metro Manila

instagram: @giannetan

You can find Fundamental on the ground floor of a luxury condominium across Glorietta 2. It’s super convenient if you want to get away from the ruckus of the mall without going too far.

They partnered up with Yardstick and Bo’s Coffee, so you can bet that they serve only the best. The food is served generously and quite beautifully too – perfect for an instagram post!

9. Local Edition

Address: Mayfair Mansion, 116 Perea, Legaspi Village, Makati, 1229 Metro Manila

photo by lallieperalejo.com

Ninth on the list is Local Edition. This is a place where you can concentrate and work on your budding ideas. It’s an ideal area for brainstorming and have a meeting, or just to be alone. Either way, you’re sure to instantly feel at home.


instagram: @localedition

The best food in Local Edition is hands down the grilled cheese sandwiches. (P190)

10. Dean & DeLuca

Address: 18 Amorsolo Dr, Makati, Metro Manila

photo by: gojackiego.com

Last but not the least is Dean and Deluca! The ambiance in this coffee shop will make you feel like you’re in New York! This is the posh and sophisticated coffee shop in Amorsolo Drive, Makati. Everything in the menu looks good and the ambiance is straight off your all-american dream cafe!

Dean and Deluca’s Margherita Mozza (P780) is a must-try when you visit.

So now that we’ve let you in with the secret, you don’t have to worry about crowded coffee shops anymore!

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