Cozy Cafe Series: Cafe Travel

Care for some coffee, pastries, and white walls you can write on?

By Raphael Mones
October 12, 2016

With homey interiors and nooks perfect for cozying up, Café Travel is one of the best places for a hot cup of coffee to beat a rainy day away.

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Filipinos love their coffee as much as Koreans do, so it’s no wonder why the Korean-inspired Café Travel has become a hit in Metro Manila. Opened in March 2015, this café is located in Archer’s Nook Center, in front of De La Salle University – Manila, along Taft Avenue.

3, Cafe Travel, Manila

Café Travel has its own way of making you feel right at home: Once you set foot inside the café, you will be greeted with sunny smiles from the staff. Travel-inspired accessories are found in every corner to make you feel like you’re in the hip coffee shops of Seoul or the sophisticated bakeries of Paris.

1, Cafe Travel, Manila

The dining areas come in the form of nooks, complete with pillows and chair cushions, where guests can plop down and watch the pouring rain from the windows. These small areas are usually occupied by students working on school projects or bonding over coffee and snacks. Speaking of the menu, their array of hot and cold beverages and pastries are something you can definitely look forward to.

Drinks, Cafe Travel, Manila

The offerings at Café Travel feature coffee shop staples like espressos, Americanos, lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos. They also have “Travel Specials,” or their own concoction of blended beverages including Travel Java Chip (a personal favorite) and Travel Green Tea (for the matcha lovers out there). Café Travel also has refreshing drinks like strawberry, blueberry, and mango smoothies, as well as lemon iced tea and calamansi aid. The ingredients used in some of their beverages are all imported from Korea, so you are not only given a feel of the country but a taste of it, too!

Honey-Slice, Cafe Travel, Manila

Their delectable pastries come in satisfying portions, and each bite makes it worth every penny. The carrot & pecan cake is delicious, while the blueberry cheesecake is a must-try for cheesecake connoisseurs. The honey bread is not as simple as it sounds—it is their best-seller and is great for sharing.

Nook, Cafe Travel

Another distinct feature of Café Travel is its freedom wall. Once you settle in a nook, you’ll notice the notes, doodles, and writings on the walls from previous customers. Val Francisco, Branch Manager of Café Travel Manila, said that the writings are similar to the mementos you leave behind in every place you travel to that you can hope to find again when you come back. Though some find them messy, others would like to consider them as “graffiti art” that add character to the place.

Blueberry-Cheesecake, Cafe Travel, Manila

Café Travel has a “one order per person” policy, which allows guests to stay for only three hours. If you wish to stay longer (understandable for such a cozy place), just simply order more.

Oreo-Cheesecake, Cafe Travel, Manila

A lot is in store for Café Travel in the months and years to come: Recently, they opened another branch in San Fernando, Pampanga. They are also looking at renting out the space for events since many have expressed their interest in holding anniversaries, proposals, and even photoshoots in the café. They are also planning to include bingsu (the delectable Korean halo-halo) in their menu!

Carrot-Cake, Cafe Travel, Manila

Café Travel is, without doubt, one of the hottest cafes in the metro. Though the habagat season has officially ended, rains are still to be expected over the Philippines towards the end of the year. If you find yourself feeling a bit cold or melancholic during a sudden downpour, don’t forget that Café Travel is open daily from 9:00 AM to 12:00 mn, ready to take your blues away.