Baras and Pililia Escapade: RXpresso Cafe and Bulawan Bistro Cafe

One last municipality to go before I complete my cafe hunting tour in Rizal! Yay. Huhu, but search engines only returned a few results, so if you know cafes in Jalajala, let me know.

Below are the cafes I visited in Baras and Pililia: RXpresso Cafe and Bulawan Bistro Cafe.

RXpresso Cafe

Usually, I would only go to coffices, resto cafes, and casual coffee shops so I could thoroughly blog about their interiors and meals. This was the first time I visited a roadside cafe in Rizal, which can be found in the municipality of Baras: RXpresso Cafe.

How to Go to RXpresso Cafe

From any point in Ortigas Avenue Extension, ride an Antipolo-Tanay jeep and tell the driver to drop you off at Baras-Tanay boundary. You can easily locate RXpresso Cafe using Google Maps.

What to Drink in RXpresso Cafe

This roadside cafe offers various iced and hot drinks, including their best-selling flavors: salted caramel, dark mocha, and their signature mix. I ordered a 22-ounce iced dark mocha for PhP 110, and I tasted mocha the first sip.

For more information about this cafe, visit this post by Kape Tayo, Rizal.


RXpresso Cafe
Baras, Rizal (near Tanay-Baras boundary)
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/RXpressoCafe

Bulawan Bistro Cafe

I had a hard time finding coffee shops in municipalities beyond Binangonan coming from Cainta such as Baras, Jalajala, and Pililia. When it was my turn to visit Pililia, Google Maps would usually show “temporarily closed” cafes or cafes that were unresponsive to queries. Good thing Bulawan Bistro Cafe was able to respond to me through text and was able to answer my inquiries regarding directions.

How to Go to Bulawan Bistro Cafe

From any point in Ortigas Avenue Extension, ride an Antipolo-Tanay jeep. You know you have reached the end of the trip when you are already in Tanay terminal.

In the terminal, look for the line going to Quisao, Pililia, and tell the driver to drop you off at Bulawan. You’ll see Bulawan along the highway, but when you’re in doubt, use Google Maps.

On the way home, there were already a few jeepneys returning, so I had to ride a tricycle going to the market. The tricycle driver kindly dropped me off at a jeep with an Antipolo-Crossing sign.

What to Expect at Bulawan Cafe Bistro

Their more well-known business is the Bulawan Floating Restaurant, and I honestly didn’t know they had a separate cafe. It was as beautiful as the restaurant⁠, and it had an outdoor and indoor dining.

If you’re looking for a spacious cafe that would fit twenty or so people, Bulawan Bistro Cafe would be perfect. Aside from their beautifully designed interior filled with indoor plants and rattan lights and mirrors, you would also love their glass windows that would allow you to have a glimpse of the windmills.

Their fully furnished wooden tables are perfect for tita-tito gatherings. My favorite part was the wall filled with rattan mirrors, in which I took plenty of selfies.

Below are pictures of what Bulawan Cafe Bistro looks like at six in the evening.

The cafe does not have its own toilet, so if you need to pee, you have to go to their restaurant. At least you’d be able to get a glimpse of their restaurant, which is just as beautiful as their cafe.

What to Eat at Bulawan Cafe Bistro

I ordered their truffle infused kabute pasta (PhP 195) and iced caramel macchiato (PhP 105). I must say both are must-trys! I badly wanted to taste their pizza, but I went there alone and had no one to share with. Maybe next time.

For more information about this cafe, visit this post by Kape Tayo, Rizal.

Favorite Picture


Bulawan Bistro Cafe
Km. 59 National Highway, Pililia, Rizal
7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/bulawanbistrocafe