Have you ever walked into a cafe, looked around, and thought: “Am I in heaven?”
Angeles City, Pampanga, is full of breathtakingly beautiful hangouts that not only serve delicious coffee, but are also totally Instagrammable and super budget-friendly too.
Since Angeles is only a short drive away from Metro Manila via expressway, here are 10 must-see cafes around the Clark area that are only a few minutes from the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
If you’re looking for a peaceful place with minimalist vibes and a warm atmosphere, have your next cup of coffee at Kalidad.
This Japanese-inspired cafe serves delicious freshly-brewed original creations, and you can enjoy the full experience for as low as P150-P300.
You’ll find it at the ground floor of the Omnistellar Building along Friendship Highway, which is rapidly becoming known as a popular hangout for millennials who want to drive up north.
Must-try: Cloud Americano (P150), Matcha (P150) and Dirty Horchata (P170).
Store hours: Sun-Thurs (10 am - 6 pm); Fri-Sat (10 am - 7 pm)
What to put on Waze: Omnistellar Building, Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Angeles
2. Amand Coffee Bar
Have you ever been in love with a place before?
Remodeled from one of the most famous resorts in Angeles back in the day, Amand Coffee Bar has to be one of the most Instagrammable places to hang.
Influencers and architecture students from far and wide have said great things about this hidden gem, from its retro vibes, poolside theater, and tropical greenery to its decadent desserts and marvelous fixtures curated by interior designer JC Manalo.
Must-try: Madagascar Cafe Latte; Mango Passionfruit; Deconstructed Croissant French Toast
Store hours: Mon-Thurs (11 am - 9 pm); Fri-Sun (11 am - 9 pm)
What to put on Waze: Amand Coffee Bar on Miracle Avenue, Angeles, Pampanga (inside Villa Dolores subdivision)
3. Cafe Ana
The first word that comes to your mind when you walk through the doors of Cafe Ana will surely be “Pretty.” Like, really pretty.
However, once you take a sip of their unique drinks and taste their Korean-inspired creations, the word is going to be “delicious.”
Elegantly adorned with flora and a whole lot of pastel, the lush velvet sofas of Cafe Ana are the perfect place to flaunt your next #OOTD.
Must-try: Real Strawberry Milk; Mozarella Cheese Tteokbokki
Store hours: Open daily (9 am-10 pm)
What to put on Waze: Cafe Ana at 363 Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Angeles
4. Urban Garden Cafe & Bistro
Urban Garden Cafe & Bistro is undoubtedly one of the most stylish places to hang in Pampanga.
Take one look at its gorgeous architectural design to its minimalist orange-tiled interior and the drive from Metro Manila to Angeles, Pampanga, instantly becomes worth it.
We know you’ll want to take pictures as soon as possible, but make sure you also savor the deliciousness of their in-house creations.
Must-try: White Chocolate Mocha; Caramel Macchiato; Hazelnut Latte
Store hours: Opens daily (10:30 am - 12 mn)
What to put on Waze: Urban Garden Cafe & Bistro on Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Angeles
5. Moon Cafe
Once you find your spot inside Moon Cafe, it’s going to be very hard to leave.
For one thing, almost every corner has that industrial, minimalist splendor and great lighting, which is always great whether it’s for reading, relaxing or taking a selfie.
You and your friends might want to swing by to try their special Macadamia Latte, but you can also stay a while to properly enjoy their delicious food offerings like Salted Egg Pasta.
Must-try: Macadamia Latte; Strawberry Milk; Salted Egg Pasta
Store hours: Mon (12 nn - 8 pm); Tue - Sun (10 am - 10pm)
What to put on Waze: Moon Café at Unit 107 Omnistellar Building, Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Angeles
6. Cafe Rooftop
You know those dreamy summer pool parties with twinkly lights overhead that we always see in music videos?
That’s how fun the vibe is once the elevator doors open to Cafe Rooftop.
Sitting on top of a 5-storey building near Clark Freeport Zone, you and your friends can climb up and indulge on cold drinks and delicious pika-pika while watching the sunset.
Must-try: Salted Caramel Frappe; Rocky Road Frappe; Signature Cafe Rooftop Platter
Store hours: Open daily (1 pm - 12 mn)
What to put on Waze: Cafe Rooftop at 5th Floor, SG Golf Building, Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Angeles
Facebook: Cafe Rooftop
Are these the gardens of Versailles? No, it’s actually a cafe you can drive to within 20 minutes from NLEX Clark exit.
Located inside Grand Palazzo Royale along Friendship Highway, Cioccolo has an al fresco dining area which is perfect for an intimate and romantic dinner under the stars.
You can also just treat yourself to a slice of cake, and take it all in like you’re at a magnificent garden party in Europe.
Must-try: Coffee blends including White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate; Brazo de Mercedes Cheesecake
Store hours: Opens daily (4 pm - 11 pm)
What to put on Waze: Royal Garden Estate, Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Angeles City (inside Grand Palazzo Royale)
Contact numbers: 09957350582 or 09613688746
Sometimes, what we love about a coffee shop is how it can feel like home.
Teaspoon along Friendship Highway can comfort in more ways than one, with its warm, cozy ambience and delicious cakes and coffee.
Make sure you try their special Pinoy Chillers, which are drinks inspired by our favorite childhood sweets like Mik-Mik, Choc-Nut, and Haw Haw.
Must-try: Choc-Nut Pinoy Chiller; Queso de Bola Cheesecake
Store hours: Opens daily (9 am - 9 pm)
What to put on Waze: Teaspoon Cafe on Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Angeles
9. Café Dia
Café Dia is a haven for all the old-school coffee-lovers out there.
With its cozy industrial feel and the smell of freshly-brewed drinks, this is an ideal place for those who need a nice, quiet place to read, relax or get some work done.
You and your friends can also enjoy al fresco dining or order finger food at the end of a long, tiring day.
Must-try: Roasted Almond Latte; Pizza Fries, Korean Gorgonzola
Store hours: Opens daily (8 am - 10 pm)
What to put on Waze: Cafe Dia on Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Angeles
Facebook: Café Dia
10. Tom & Toms
Another IG-worthy place to schedule your next new normal coffee date in Pampanga is Tom & Toms.
The Korean café’s gorgeous Angeles branch has wide, comfortable chairs and a multi-level table area to give you plenty of space to enjoy your morning coffee.
Must-try: Oriental Latte; Caramel Macchiato
Store hours: Mon-Fri (8:30 am-11 pm); Sat-Sun (8:30 am-12 mn)
What to put on Waze: Tom N Toms Coffee - Korea Town Angeles branch at Amur Cor. Madiera St., Kampupot St, Angeles, 2009 Pampanga
Facebook: Tom N Toms Coffee
Reminder: Business establishments in Angeles City strictly adhere to IATF safety guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, so don’t forget to wear your face masks and face shields and practice social distancing on your next in-person coffee date.
Enjoy! – RC, GMA News