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Chill Stops at Coffee Shops

During the rainy season, we’re often forced to stay indoors. But if being cooped up is driving you up the wall and it’s safe to venture outside, we suggest visiting coffee shops that will bring sunshine to your dreary day.

We take you outside Manila to the nearby Bulacan province – a place rich, not only in history, but also a colorful coffee-hopping experience. After all, aside from warming you up, coffee is found to improve energy levels, improve physical performance, and lowers risk to some type of diseases such as Type II Diabetes, Parkinson’s, and some types of cancer.

If you’re up for an eye-candy of an experience that involves, not only the interiors but also the food, then the Instagram-friendly-Baldough Kitchen and Café won’t let you down.

Oriental Chicken Macadamia Pasta in homemade tomato sauce

French fries and nachos mixed with olives and pickles topped with grated cheese and cheese sauce

Their unique way of food presentation involves the sweets packed on top of the frappes. This way you can enjoy both treats in a spoonful. Bestsellers include the frappes Choco Nutella is the Answer, I Love You More than Cotton Candy and Have a Break, Have a Kitkat Matcha.

The hanging white curtains, floor cushions, and stylish lighting create a relaxing, mellow vibe.

Baldough Kitchen and Café
Location: #358 Santan St. San Jose, Plaridel, Bulacan
How to get there: Ride the Baliwag Transit bus located in Cubao bound for Baliwag. Get down at Plaridel Crossing. Ride a tricycle going to Baldough Kitchen and Café, located near Nina’s Fried Itik and Restaurant.

Next stop is…

Pastel colors everywhere, unicorn magic in the air. This café will certainly satisfy your sweet cravings.

In this ideal place for barkada or family bonding, you can take your unicorn dreams a step farther by wearing unicorn onesies provided by the café. The place’s colorful and cheerful vibe will bring out the inner kid in anyone.

Snap photos with your unicorn friends, play with stuffed toys, and dig into colorful and tasty snacks.

Frappes are the main attraction in the shop – with the Knightmare Moon Chocolate and Pinkypie Strawberry as the fanciest and most eye-catching.

The Unicorn Rainbow Toast is topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and treats such as marshmallows and sprinkles.
The lightly salted french fries is loaded with cheese gratings and sauce, and topped with bacon bits. The Star shaped waffle is drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with cream and cookies.

If you don’t feel like eating a snack, order the more filling rice meals. The Cordon Bleu and Tapa rice meal are served with egg.
Despite the small space of the store, it’s chock-full of stuffed toys, soft blankets, and decorations that make you feel like you’ve stepped into wonderland.

Dreamy “Unicorn” Café
Location: Feliza Bldg, 110a McArthur Highway, Sumapang Matanda, Malolos, Bulacan
How to get there: Ride the Baliwag Transit bus located in Cubao bound for Malolos, Bulacan. Get off at Robinsons Place Malolos. Walk 300 meters to Dreamy “Unicorn” Café.

The last but not the least…

As American humorist Josh Billings said, “A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” Whenever you feel down and unloved, you can always trust your furry friends to cheer you up.

With a fee of P199 that’s inclusive of a Cucumber Lemonade or House Blend Iced Tea, you can hang out and play with these canines at the Dog House Cafe.

Dog House Café was founded when two colleagues, a coffee shop owner and a veterinarian, came up with the idea of merging their businesses together. The store instantly became a hit among both dog and coffee lovers.

Meet Pugs, Golden Retrievers, Pomeranians, Malteses, Shih Tzus, French Bulldogs, Beagles, and many more. Complete with vaccinations and maintained with vitamins, they are healthy, playful and safe.

Bestsellers are the Basil Pesto Pasta, H.B.L.T. Sandwich, Iced Latte, and the Chocolate Cookie Crumble Frappuccino.

Dog House Cafe
Location: 363 Sta. Cruz, Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan
How to get there: Ride the Baliwag Transit bus located in Cubao bound for Malolos and ask the driver to drop you off at Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan. Walk for 200 meters toward the Dog House Café.

Bulacan is best known for its heritage structures such as the Barasoain Church, the Biak-Na-Bato National Park, Malangaan Cave and many more. Over the years, the province has gained popularity for culinary tourism, with modern restaurants and pastry shops such as the ones featured above popping up along the highway.

So the next time you come here to get your fill its historical sights, remember to also get your fill of eats and coffee in cafes—a recommended food trip whether it’s raining or not.

Panahon TV Intern Macson Kyle Talana