It’s hard to be an introvert in the Philippines. You could hunker down at home and make your own cocktails but sometimes you need a bit of fresh air, too. so here are…

8. Kitchen of Cakes and Coffee

Tomas Morato Avenue, Sacred Heart, Quezon City
(02) 412 3358

Open from: Monday to Wednesday 9AM-12AM, Thursday to Sunday 9AM-2AM
Price Range: PHP250

KoCCo’s located at the busy strip of Tomas Morato but because of the layout and seating of the place, you can have your cake and eat it, too, at a quiet booth or corner. They have cakes, more-than-decent coffee and great comfort food.

7. ROC Cafe

G/F Bahay ng Alumni, R. Magsaysay Ave. Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 425-0191

Open from: Tuesday to Sunday 11AM-9PM

Price Range: PHP150-300

ROC is tucked away at the left side of UP Diliman’s Bahay ng Alumni. And like KoCCo the configuration of the place allows for some alone time. You can come here for lunch, merienda or dinner and you’ll be fine.

6. CornerTree Cafe

150 Jupiter St. Bel-Air, Makati
(02) 897-0295

Open from: Tuesday to Sunday 11AM-10PM
Price Range: PHP300-500

For the health conscious introvert, Corner Tree is a little taste of heaven. They have vegetarian and vegan organic food and a scrumptious flourless chocolate cake. The small cafe stands under a tree in the quieter end of Jupiter.

5. Figaro in Rockwell

G/F Joya Residential South Tower Estrella cor. Joya Drive Rockwell Center, Makati
(02) 403-0879 / (02) 898-1065

Open from: Monday to Saturday 6:30AM-10PM, Sunday 7AM-8:30PM
Price Range: PHP150-300

This Figaro is just like any other Figaro but since it’s located at the ground floor of one of Rockwell’s residential buildings, it’s quieter and the vibe is more relaxed.

4. Press Café in Fully Booked Alabang Town Center

Fully Booked Bldg, Commerce Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 804-3591

Open from: Sunday to Thursday 11AM-10:30PM, Friday to Saturday 10AM-11PM
Price Range: PHP200-400

Press Cafe is at the ground floor of Fully Booked. The in-house coffee shop’s vibe is conducive for people who just want to read while having a cup of coffee. The staff’s nice and friendly and they’ll understand if you want to be left alone.

3. Magnum Opus Coffees

2/F The Prime Bldg. 115 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque
0939 920 0701

Open from: Monday 4:30PM-11PM, Tuesday to Sunday 10:30AM-11PM
Price Range: PHP150-300

Magnum Opus Fine Coffee Gallery is BF’s neighborhood artisan coffee place that doubles as a gallery for budding artists. The place is perfect for the discerning coffee fan as the owner/head bean can cook up your dream coffee concoction.

2. UCC Café Terrace

Forbes Town Center, 26th St. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 845 1365

Open from: Sunday to Monday 7AM-11PM, Friday to Saturday 7AM-12AM
Price Range: PHP300-500

While the UCC Cafe Terrace at the Fort is favorite place for business meetings, there’s always a corner table for the person who wants to sit away from the hustle and bustle of the district.

1. Kuppa Roastery & Cafe

Commercenter Bldg., 31st St cor 4th Ave. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 623-5120

Open from: Sunday to Thursday 7AM-11PM, Friday to Saturday 7AM-12AM
Price Range: PHP200-300

Introverts can enjoy breakfast (and lunch, and dinner) here at Kuppa. It’s a place for yuppies and families but there’s enough space for a comfortable vibe. Get the corner booth for yourself or hang out at the semi-enclosed smoking area that the restaurant’s patrons hardly use.

Jozza Alegre Palaganas

Jozza has two life pegs: Martha Stewart and Jonah Peretti. She dreams of one day owning a juicer and the Internet. In the meantime, she's 8List's managing editor.

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