4 Homegrown Cafés to Try in Davao City

Durian coffeeccino, anyone? Check out these Davaoeño coffeeshops where fresh local produce take the spotlight. By Shai Lagarde

Davao is known for many things—the Philippine Eagle, waling-waling orchid, Crocodile park, Mt. Apo, and nature parks like Eden and Malagos Garden—but it’s called the Durian Capital of the Philippines after all. The king of fruits is the star of many delicacies here, coffeeshop offerings included. Here are some of Davao’s best-loved cafés, all located a short ride away from the upcoming residential project of Avida in Abreeza.

1. Coffeecat

Coffeecat serves coffee-based drinks called Macchiatos, herbal and milk tea drinks called Specialteas, ice-blended drinks called Avalanche, and premium frozen yogurt snacks, smoothies, and healthy parfaits called Yogo. They also serve your conventional coffeeshop food items such as sandwiches, pastries, and pasta. One dish known as Angry Harry, a spaghetti with tomato-based Italian sauce mixed with spicy herbs, comes highly recommended.

Pictured are two of their most popular offerings, the Durian Tapioca Avalanche (with an option to make it A La Mode!) and Durian Brulee Cheesecake. Coffeecat’s popularity has even reached further north—they’ve got another branch in Cebu.

E. Jacinto Extension, Davao City. Open 9am-11:45pm. Visit yourcoffeecat.com for more info.

2. Karlo’s Gourmet and Coffee

Nestled by the famed Jack’s Ridge in Davao City, Karlo’s is a café and bistro serving a Filipinized fusion of French, Italian, Mexican, and American comfort food. On the menu you’ve got your standard breakfasts, snacks, soups and salads, pastas, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and coffees—and then some.

Their exotic fruit-flavored coffee list features Durian Coffee Gelato, Mangosteen Frappuccino, Kape Marang, Guyabano Coffee Freeze, and Kape Langka. One sip, hot or cold, of these authentic cuppas and you know you’re nowhere else but in Davao.

Jack’s Ridge, Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City. Open 8am-1am. Visit jacksridgedavao.com for more info.

3. South Brews Coffee

A quick peek at the reviews on South Brews’ Facebook page has a few customers claiming the coffee is even better than in that world-famous café you’re thinking of right now. The only one to offer both drip and siphon coffee in Davao, South Brews’ espresso blends are made from freshly harvested arabica coffee (with cute latte art, too).

Spruce up the flavor with options like hazelnut, peppermint, butterscotch, macadamia, and of course, durian! Their bestselling Durian Cappuccino pairs well with the pastries,and chips made right in the shop. Also available are pastas, smoothies, and frozen blends called Frappuzzinos.

#4 Residencia del Marina, Jacinto St., Davao City, Davao del Sur. Open 8am-12mn. Visit the South Brews page for more info.

4. Blugré Coffee

Arguably the most popular of the city’s homegrown cafés, Blugré now has five branches outside of the six in Davao: General Santos, Koronadal, Antipolo, Malacañang, and BGC. Established in 1998, it pioneered the fusion of espresso and durian with its signature hot drink, the Durian Coffeeccino. Since then, the menu has expanded to add other durian-infused beverages and cakes like Durian Dulce De Leche Cheesecake.

If you’re not so adventurous as to order matching durian drinks and meals, Blugré serves more traditional coffees, shakes, sandwiches, pastas, pica-picas, desserts, and rice meals. But hey, when in Davao!

G/F Abreeza Mall, JP Laurel Avenue, Poblacion District, Davao City. Open 10am-9pm.
Visit blugre.ph for more info.

At any of these cafés, prepare to shell out no more than P500 for two people and go home with a fully satisfied tummy. Even better if “home” is Abreeza—easy access to the city’s best, combined with the perks of living within an estate.