Thanks to TPLEX, you can how hie off to surftown in just 4 hours. The thought of getting away from our laptops sounds like a great idea right now. But while we love to unplug and get away from our office desks, we simply can’t let go of our java. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of cafes you can hit up when you’re in LU.
This cute little coffee shack tucked away in Urbiztondo is all about environmental sustainability. They encourage you to bring your own cups (you get P10 off when you do) for your coffee and you can even refill your tumblers with water free of charge! The cafe designed by the architect-surfer duo also behind the gorgeous Vessel Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for slow mornings and lazy afternoons when you just want to sip on your coffee and stare out into the sea.
Try: Batch Brew and Homemade Kaya
134 Beachfront, Macarthur Highway, Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
The Coffee Library San Juan
If you’re a fan of Vietnamese coffee, make sure to include this coffee shop in your LU itinerary. They’ve got different offerings including one with coconut milk and another with yogurt. The two-floor cafe has large wooden tables perfect for big groups and a bookshelf stocked with good reads you can peruse while you’re having your coffee fix.
Try: Ca Phe Bak Xiu (Coffee with Coconut Milk) and Crispy Suman a la Mode
Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
El Union Coffee
Who doesn’t know this coffee shop? Known for its famed Grilled Cheese and Dirty White, lots of beachlovers head to El Union for their fix each time they’re in Elyu. Branching out into a bigger space at The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop & Viewing Deck, you’re sure to bump into someone you know (or let’s be honest, follow on Instagram) while waiting for your order.
Try: Dirty Horchata and Indoor S’mores
Km 274+600 MacArthur Highway Brgy Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
If you’re making a pitstop in La Union on your way to Baguio, check this place out for a hearty meal to go with your coffee. The cozy resto serves their food with inspirational quotes, too! Talk about literal soul food.
Try: Coffee Alamid and Tapsilog
Camp One, 2506, MacArthur Highway, Rosario, La Union
Little Cat Coffee
If you happen to have an intense java craving while in San Fernando, spot this cafe in between a pizza place and an Indian restaurant for your fix. They also serve meals from their small kitchen in case you get the munchies, too.
Try: Aglio Olio and their version of a Redeye (cold brew plus a shot of espresso)
Lacanilao Building, Purok 6, Sevilla, San Fernando, La Union