So, it’s the end of the Christmas holidays and you know you’ve eaten more than your fair share of all that wonderful seasonal food. In short, you almost always overate and you’re trying hard to hide that secret of consuming three fruit cakes while absently watching a Vikings season 4 marathon. But it shows in your bloated big tummy that everyone is starting to comment on, and joke about.
So relax, and since you need to start somewhere, start cutting down on bloating food by taking your snacks instead at some of Cagayan de Oro’s cute local coffee shops. Of course, coffee is never fattening and is even an antioxidant, so this makes perfect sense as an alternative snack. But again, the coffee is useless if you pair it with a big slice of Black Forest cake, so keep away from the sweets for now.
Mai Crafts Boutique Cafe
Located along Don A. Velez Street in front of Sentro 1850, this cute and cozy coffee shop used to be a crafts shop that sells imported home furnishings and hobby crafts. If you are interested, they still sell their wares at their mini loft. Mai is perfect if you just want to spend some time alone time or you want to enjoy the company of an intimate group and bond over comfortable silence.
They serve various coffee and tea selections at reasonable prices, which is just about right for your anti-bloating diet. Do take note that the Mai Coffee Cream has a bit of rum in it. Do try the Churros as this is what has made the café popular when it’s paired with Americana coffee.
It’s basically fried dough pastries dusted with icing sugar and served with rich chocolate or “sikwate” dip. Have it served piping hot and fresh. They’re open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This is a really quiet coffee shop surprisingly in the middle of the city, located along Don A. Velez Street in front of Grand City Hotel. Vienna has ambient low lights giving off an almost solemn feeling. It’s perfect for chats and get-to-know-you sessions with friends, family, and anyone else you can think of.
It will seem that the contrast between the harsh and hot outdoors to the cool and dim lights of the coffee shop will be a welcome respite.
They serve a really wide range of coffee and cakes. As for drinks, if you want something on the colder side, try their Original Vienna’s Iced Coffee. It still won’t hurt your dietary status. They’re open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Dave’s Beanery Café
This quaint coffee shop is located along the Kauswagan Highway right beside SM Savemore Kauswagan. They’re open from 8:00 a.m. to (gasp) 12:00 midnight, something unheard of in CDO coffee shops. Dave’s Beanery is undeniably one of the best coffee shops in the city.
Even when it is not located in the city’s downtown, plenty of people still go there just to enjoy good coffee with some good food as well. The atmosphere at Dave’s Beanery Cafe is really relaxing and homey, that’s why many people love hanging out there.
Their foods and drinks are also quite affordable, so even students can try this cafe. Currently, Dave’s Beanery has two branches, the other one being located beside Jollibee NHA Kauswagan right across N Hotel.
Aside from the coffee and food they have a strong Wi-Fi connection, something people look for nowadays.
Coffee Quarters and the New Office
This new coffee shop that just opened October of last year is located along Corrales Avenue beside the 7-Eleven. They offer a wide array of coffee, flavored coffee, and fruity smoothies. And since you’re into a new diet to get rid of that bloated tummy, why not bring your work along with you to the second floor at The New Office Co-working Space.
So instead of just sitting around with your coffee, you can do some work on the second floor since they offer strong and free Wi-Fi, very clean and quiet work space environment, and communal or single tables.
For a daily, weekly, or monthly fee, you also get to enjoy free brewed coffee and purified drinking water, free printing/scanning/photocopying, office supplies, and conference room with projector.
Pane e Dolci
This is considered Cagayan de Oro’s prime “Take a Break from the Ordinary” coffee shop. The name is pronounced, Pan-ee Dul-chee, and sylvanas is the main product of Pane e Dolci, aside from their delicious and succulent coffee. Though the coffee shop has other products like cakes and brownies, they now serve the only specialty coffees in the city such as Civet coffee. They also serve meals for lunch and dinner.
They are the first to bake and sell real sylvanas in Cagayan de Oro. They are also the first and only outlet to feature sylvanas in different flavors like nutella, classic (salted butter cream), ube, chocolate, peanut butter, and red velvet. They are now located at their new outlet at the Café Zibetto on 8th and 21st Streets in Nazareth.
Bean Voyage Coffee Roasters
Only just opened last year, Bean Voyage is located at the Marfori Compound at the corner of Pabayo-Gaerlan Streets. It offers a “first” in the city, the Selfie Coffee. This type of coffee is an edible and water-based drink first introduced by the coffee shop’s proprietor when the café opened.
The customer simply takes a selfie using a smartphone and sends it to the Bean Voyage Facebook page, and the café will print it out on your coffee. After taking a picture of the coffee selfie, you can drink it, and of course the picture will disappear. The café does offer other hot and cold coffee and coffee flavored drinks, their so-called ‘Antarctic’ drinks, non-coffee blends, and even hot or cold tea. They also have a variety of foods, snacks, and desserts.