Your Friendly Al Fresco Cafe: One Line Cafe

When I was already decided to pursue on my passion project Kape Tayo, Rizal, my first agenda was to find the nearest coffee shop from my home. And voila, I found One Line Cafe, which was only a walk from our house. I learned about this through browsing our homeowners’ Facebook page and was surprised that this beautiful cafe existed inside our subdivision.

How to Go to One Line Cafe

From Valley Golf along Ortigas Extension Avenue, ride a Phase 3 shuttle service and ask them to drop you off at One Line Cafe. You may also opt to ride a tricycle, but they would only drop you off at the gate of Phase 3; from here, use Google Maps to walk toward your destination.

What to Expect at One Line Cafe

One Line Cafe is an outdoor coffee shop, filled with greens and browns. There are several instagrammable spots here, but my favorite was the one with a signage. I went here at 2:00 p.m., so there were only a few customers by then, allowing me to take pictures around. By 4:00 p.m., people slowly occupied the place.

Aside from the food, what I liked about this place was their staff. When one of them saw me taking pictures of myself using a tripod, she volunteered to capture my photos and even asked me to pose at different spots in the cafe. Such a kind-hearted staff!

What to Eat at One Line Cafe

I ordered their best-sellers: tapsilog (Php 120) and toffee hazelnut frappe (Php 150). Both were worth my money, especially the tapsilog. If only I had two stomachs, I would have ordered their aglio pasta.

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Good Pizza, Good Coffee at Lucas Cafe

I am eager to be inside my room 24/7, working relentlessly on editing paperwork whose payments are long overdue, but this has taken a toll on me, especially since I was a girl who sought for peace in discovering new places before the pandemic started.

I am always anxious when I go out since (1) the delta variant is just around and (2) I am a freelancer trying to make do of what I have. But there are also times when I am persuaded by my concerned connections and friends to go out for a while to take a breather (after seeing my artworks implying dark thoughts on Instagram). I agreed on a few conditions: places will only be in Rizal, preferably near my hometown; we won’t stay too long outside; it would be on a weekday so there’d be fewer people; and there is coffee . . . which led us to our discovery of Lucas Cafe.

How to Go to Lucas Cafe

Across Valley Golf subdivision is a narrow street, a part of Gen. A. Ricarte road. Walk toward a tricycle terminal, and then tell the driver to drop you off at Mars Street (PhP 30–40), which is a street away from Taytay United Methodist Church. Walk straight until you find a cozy cafe.

What to Expect in Lucas Cafe

The above pictures show how the exterior of Lucas Cafe looks like at four in the afternoon. It had a rustic and welcoming ambience, with air-purifying plants and wood accents beautifying the venue.

At six in the evening, they open their LED lights whose warm tones add to the coziness of the cafe. The pictures below show how their al fresco dining area looks like. They are only limited with three tables that could accommodate at most two to three people if protocols are followed.

We dined there at around four in the afternoon of a Wednesday, and it was one of our best decisions that week, I guess. It was not too hot, and there were few dine-in customers. The cool wind, along with the serenity and coziness that Lucas Cafe brought forth, refreshed and calmed our stressed selves. For the first time that week, I felt relaxed.

What to Eat in Lucas Cafe

We ordered macchiato iced coffee (PhP 100), noncaffeinated cookies and cream iced blended drink (PhP 120), and their best-selling spinach pizza (PhP 210).

I loved both the drinks, especially when eaten with the pizza. Though if I had to recommend only one of the few things we ordered (I am sorry, coffee), I highly recommend their spinach pizza. Must try! I wanted to go for the bacon flavor, but the spinach flavor was highly rated, so we took the recommendation. Never have I thought that I could taste both sweetness and saltiness in a pizza (since most of the pizzas I order are fully loaded with either cheese or meat); this may have been the best pizza I have ever tasted.

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Lucas Cafe
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
3 Mars Street, Taytay Rizal
https://www.facebook.com/LucasCafeTeaPizzaDessert/

Intramuros Escapade: Casa Manila and Belfry Cafe

I have been to Intramuros many times, and I am still in awe how this walled city manage to keep its beauty. This time, we were there to visit Belfry Cafe, but since we had more time in the afternoon, we decided to check Casa Manila first.

How to Go to Intramuros

The pandemic made it impossible to ride a G-liner bus going directly to Quiapo, so we had to ride a bus that dropped us off at LRT-2 Gilmore Station. Across the road, there are jeepneys to Recto, and in Recto, there are jeepneys that can drop you off at an area near Intramuros. This means the LRT-2 Recto station is also a possible mode of transportation.

You can use Google Maps to walk toward Casa Manila and Belfry Cafe (or just rent a pedicab).

Casa Manila

You need a StaySafePH account or QR code to be able to enter Casa Manila, which is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be your entrance and exit pass to the museum, aside from the ticket worth seventy-five pesos (non-students).

Upon entering, you will have a glimpse of the casa’s office-like area, complete with the antique bookshelf, candleholder, and lamps. By the way, always be mindful and walk on the red carpet. We got scolded because we forgot about this reminder. Hehe.

Next seems to be an area where guests can be entertained. The grand piano and the harp were splendid sights. If my guest room would be this huge, then I’d love to have these.

Rooms with painted self-portraits, canopy beds, and ceilings and walls painted with heavenly creatures are luxurious, don’t you think. Though they look like high-maintenance.

At the end of the Casa Manila tour, we got to see the bathroom, the toilet room (yes, they are two different rooms), and the kitchen. Here, I learned that there is no such thing as “too many pots and pans.”

After Casa Manila, our next destination was supposed to be Belfry Cafe, but we saw the Book Stop Project near the Manila Cathedral, so we stopped by to take photos.

Belfry Cafe

Belfry Cafe (open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) is just a minute or two away from the Manila Cathedral. It displays huge bells hanging from the ceiling of the cafe. Aside from this feature, they have approachable staff and homely ambience.

I ordered their coffee mocha blended (Php 140) and garlic cream cheese bread (Php 120). The frappe was fine—nothing extraordinary, same as other iced blended drinks. The garlic cream cheese bread, however, gave me a unique experience, as it was my first time.

Check out their updated menu on their Facebook page.

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