The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Boracay

Order all-day breakfast at Lemoni Cafe
Order all-day breakfast at Lemoni Cafe | © Lemoni Cafe
Photo of Shirin Bhandari
19 November 2018

While we usually take drinking coffee for granted, on vacation it becomes a form of luxury. A laid-back ambience and spectacular views while you leisurely sip on your morning coffee are what Boracay is known for. Here we list the best coffee shops on the island.

Real Coffee and Tea Café

Cafe, Contemporary, Filipino, American, $$$
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Pair freshly brewed coffee with their legendary calamansi muffin | © Real Coffee and Tea Café

Founded in 1996 by Italian-American mother and daughter team Lee and Nadine Rosaia, Real Coffee and Tea Café were one of the first on the island to serve coffee, tea and pastries. Lee first came to Boracay in 1989 when the beaches were pristine and full of palm trees, falling deeply in love with it. It does not have the same amenities of a modern café, such as internet access and air-conditioning. The native hut is made of woven bamboo walls and wood, filled with shelves stacked with books and magazines. The all-day breakfast menu is popular among travellers, where one can choose from the fluffy omelettes, pancakes, and sandwiches. Their best seller is their iconic calamansi muffin: golden brown, moist and infused with a local calamansi citrus.

Café del Sol

Cafe, Contemporary
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Enjoy freshly brewed coffee while your toes are in the sand | © Cafe del Sol

Located at the beachfront of D’mall since 2003, Café del Sol is the brainchild of Juan Elizalde and Paolo Occhionero. It provides a wide array of coffee-based beverages that have fuelled regular patrons and travellers for years. The beauty of the café lays in its al fresco dining, which lets you enjoy the view of the ocean with the sand in between your toes. On humid days there’s an option to dine indoors with the air-conditioning on full blast. From Italian espressos, blended cream coffee frappes, tea and fruit juices, the café also serves set breakfast meals and light snacks throughout the day. Remember to leave room for their legendary mango cheesecake.

Little Wave

Cafe, Contemporary
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Try their decadent Death Cream | © Little Wave

If speciality iced coffee is your thing, this is the place to be. This charming café’s signature drink of iced coffee is divine. Espresso is mixed with milk and topped with sinful sea salt cream. If you’d like to reward yourself after a long day of island tours, cool down with their decadent Death Cream. Inspired by the original Death Cream concoction by coffee luminary Peter Guiliano in the 1980s, Little Wave’s updated version uses espresso topped with vanilla custard cream. It’s similar to ice cream, while still offering that much-needed caffeine fix. Little Wave is located inside a food hall next to other trendy restaurants, headed by the same group that offers the best breakfasts in Boracay, The Sunny Side Café. The handmade gnocchi and freshly baked breads are a highlight for lunch.

Nagisa Coffee Shop

Cafe, Japanese, $$$
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Visit Nagisa Cafe to satisfy your Japanese food and coffee cravings | © Nagisa Cafe

Carved out of a mahogany tree and woven bamboo, Nagisa is a Japanese coffee shop that is a perfect place to catch the sunset. Other than its superb brewed coffee, it is also known for serving Japanese staples such as ramen, sushi and crispy tempura.

Tom n Tom's Coffee

Cafe, Contemporary
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Try the specialty coffee from this Korean chain | © Tom n Tom's

Hailing from South Korea, Tom n Toms Coffee has established popular branches across the Visayan provinces, and just recently opened in Manila. In Boracay it offers two branches – choose the one overlooking the ocean along White Beach, in Station 1. The upstairs loft is a quiet place if you need to catch up on work while on holiday – best fueled by one of their phenomenal freshly-baked pretzels.

Bo's Boracay

Cafe, Contemporary, Filipino, American, $$$
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Savor the flavor of homegrown coffee beans from the Philippines | © Bo's

Founded by Steve Benitez in Cebu in 1996, this home-grown coffee shop promotes local coffee beans from different regions of the Philippines. Bo’s sources its fresh coffee from the northern town of Sagada, and in the Mindanao regions of Bukidnon and South Cotabato. This highly successful enterprise has expanded to over 90 branches nationwide – however, the Boracay coffee shop is by far the branch with the best view.

Sunny Side Café Boracay

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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Start the day right with brewed coffee overlooking spectacular views | © Sunny Side Cafe

Known for its all-day breakfasts that represent the perfect fusion of Filipino and American cuisines, the Sunny Side Café also offers one of the best brewed coffees on the island. Located along White Beach, pair your espresso with an order of their fluffy pancakes – good enough for two!

Lemoni Cafe Boracay

Cafe, Contemporary
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Order all-day breakfast at Lemoni Cafe | © Lemoni Cafe

Cure your hangover at this refreshing open-sided venue tucked inside D’mall. The classy café specialises in brunch and serves breakfast all day and every day, so expect the coffee to be good. Indulge in their classic eggs Benedict or lemon tart after your caffeine fix.

Starbucks Café Boracay

Cafe, American, Contemporary, $$$
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This Boracay Starbucks branch has one of the best views in the Philippines | ©Starbucks/ Turner Flickr

This two-storey building offers friendly and attentive staff with an open-air veranda on its second floor. If you know what you want, the Starbucks Café in Boracay gives access to the standard coffee fare that you’re used to back home. However, the views of the white sandy beach and turquoise-coloured ocean set this spot apart from the rest of its locations worldwide.