Check Out These Unique Coffee And Culture Spots In Manila

Celebrate International Coffee Day and World Tourism Day in Manila

Tourism has played a major role in building economies and livelihood opportunities, and occasions like this remind you to appreciate the culture and heritage surrounding you amid your hectic schedule. Enjoy a fun, coffee and culture-filled adventure in the country’s capital without having to face the traffic by going around the city on its iconic LRT-1 line! Here’s a quick day trip itinerary that you might wanna try.

Hugot Cafe

Feeling a little sentimental? Let it out and express it at Hugot Cafe in Tondo, Manila. Just off the Abad Santos LRT-1 station, it’s the perfect place to stay awhile and indulge in your feelings. At the Hugot Café, you can eat, drink, and bask in the feels-heavy ambiance to your heart’s content by writing your hugot out—who knows, your hugot might even be good enough to be put on the walls.

Hugot Cafe
Photo from Hugot Cafe Facebook page

The Den

Since it’s International Coffee Day, take a good shot of good local coffee at The Den. It’s located in First United Building, accessible through the Carriedo LRT-1 Station. You can also roam around Escolta and immerse more in the city’s history.

The Den at Escolta (Facebook)
Photo from The Den’s Facebook page

Bahay Tsinoy

Learn more about the history and way of life of ancestral Chinese-Filipinos at Bahay Tsinoy. A few blocks away from the Central LRT-1 Station, Bahay Tsinoy is located in Intramuros and is the home to the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center.

Bahay Tsinoy Tour of 2019 Mr. And Ms. Chinatown Philippines
Photo from Bahay Tsinoy’s Facebook page

Upside Down Museum

Have fun at the Upside Down Museum in Pasay, accessible via Vito Cruz LRT-1 station. Take IG-worthy photos in this whimsical place with your family and friends.

This is the best part of going around town via LRT-1. You can do a quick tour in just one day. Watch out for more itineraries because there’s always an adventure waiting for you in Manila.

ikotMNL is a tourism program launched by Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) in 2018 in partnership with the Department of Tourism, tour operators, and local government units. It aims to connect foreign and local travelers to Manila’s rich history, cultural heritage, and top food destinations by riding the LRT-1 to areas such as Intramuros, Binondo, Quiapo, and many more. For more information, visit, like ikotMNL on Facebook, and follow @ikotmnl on Instagram and Twitter.

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