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