Touring Intramuros? Take a Rest at These Must-Visit Cafes in the Walled City

Find your next favorite Intramuros cafe here.
by | January 23, 2024

From learning about the city’s history during childhood field trips to taking leisurely strolls along its cobblestone-covered streets to appreciating its centuries-old architecture, Intramuros remains a beautiful place to visit even as an adult. The next time you visit and want to take a break or simply find a new comfort place, we’ve prepared a list of local cafes in Intramuros:


Papa Kape

Location: Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila


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First opened as a home cafe in Makati and eventually opened another location inside the walled city. It is unique because the cafe is a 400-year-old water cistern with surrounding greenery. Just imagine hanging out here early in the morning or during golden hour!

Papa Kape’s best-selling drinks are available here, including the Intramuros-exclusive drink, Black Gulaman Americano.


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A number of international artists have also visited this quaint cafe, such as Carly Rae Jepsen and Wayv’s Ten – who knows, you might chance upon a celeb when you go there, too.

Operating hours: Open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM

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La Cathedral

Location: 636 Cabildo St., Intramuros, Manila


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If you’re looking for a romantic cafe that will make you feel like you flew overseas, head over to the rooftop cafe La Cathedral. It won’t be difficult to find as it’s located behind Manila Cathedral Church, hence its name. The best time to visit the cafe is during sunset and at night.

Operating hours: Open daily from 8 AM to 9 PM on Mondays to Thursdays and 8 AM to 10 PM on Fridays to Sundays.

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Belfry Café

Location: 1002 Sto. Tomas, Intramuros, Manila

While in the cathedral area, you might as well drop by Belfry Cafe and have a unique coffee experience. This cafe is located inside a bell tower, which will let you dine underneath the church’s seven gigantic bells. These bells aren’t just for decoration, as they’re still used for special occasions.

Operating hours: 11 AM to 8 PM on Mondays; 9 AM to 9 PM on Tuesdays to Fridays; 8 AM to 10 PM on Saturdays and Sundays

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Cold Treats

Location: Stall 1A, Plaza San Luis Complex, Intramuros, Manila

Nestled beside Casa Manila Museum, Cold Treats is known for its best-selling Cheesecake Mango Shake. You can enjoy a refreshing beverage indoors or head to the courtyard to take photos by the old fountain. After a day of walking around, it’s a great place for respite and appreciating the plaza’s old architecture.

Opening hours: Open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM.

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The Royal Café


Location: Plaza San Luis, Intramuros, Manila

Heads up, art lovers! If you want to be surrounded by a gallery of paintings by local artists as you enjoy delectable treats and beverages, head over to The Royal Cafe. This small charming cafe changes featured artists, so there’s new artwork to admire with each visit. Who knows, the first or next piece you’ll be displaying at home might be a painting you fall in love with at this cafe.

Operating hours: Open daily from 7 AM to 8 PM.

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Cafe Intramuros

Location: Stall 1C, Plaza San Luis Complex, General Luna cor. Real Street, Intramuros, Manila

Continue your cafe hopping experience around San Luis Complex by paying Cafe Intramuros a visit. Some of their specialty drinks include Brown Sugar Milk (PHP 175), Iced Shaken Cuculemon (PHP 165), and Strawberry Rose Milk (PHP 145). Aside from having snacks, you can order rice meals here as they serve Filipino dishes starting at PHP 189. Cafe Intramuros also offers alfresco seating if you want to experience dining by the street.

Operating hours: 10 AM to 7 PM on Mondays to Thursdays, 10 AM to 9 PM on Fridays to Sundays.

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Location: 708 Magallanes St. cor. Victoria, Intramuros, Manila

If you’re looking for a quiet cafe around Intramuros, head to P3K Cafe and enjoy its relaxing ambiance, admire its vintage interiors, and indulge in refreshing drinks and filling meals. Plus, they offer Arabica coffee from Sagada and Benguet!

Operating hours: Mondays to Saturdays from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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Location: Muralla St. cor. Recoletos St. Intramuros, Manila


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Paper+Cup prides itself as Intramuros’ best-kept secret. This quaint coffee shop is inside the office of the country’s largest English broadsheet newspaper, Manila Bulletin. From paintings to newspaper-covered sofas, this hidden Intramuros gem will be worth the experience. The cafe also has meeting rooms if you’re looking for a remote workplace to share with friends or classmates.

Operating hours: Mondays to Fridays, from 8:30 AM to 7 PM.

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IN Cafe Bar

Location: 670 Sta. Potenciana Street, Intramuros, Manila


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While most Intramuros cafes will bring you back in time with their centuries-old interiors, IN Cafe Bar stands out with its modern and chic interiors. This cozy cafe in the heart of the Old City serves coffee, pastries, and rice meals and has corners that are perfect for groups who plan on staying for longer hours. They’re pet-friendly too!

Operating hours: Open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM.

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Aujen’s Coffee

Location: Cabildo Street, cor. Beaterio St. Intramuros, Manila


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Want to try another coffee shop near Manila Cathedral? Aujen’s Coffee gives its customers a scenic alfresco seating experience by having the cathedral as its background. If you’re looking into trying different coffee blends, Aujen’s sells Curve Specialty Coffee, which is sourced from local destinations such as Ilocos Sur, Davao Del Sur, and Benguet. Their rooftop has the best views of the Cathedral.

Operating hours: Open daily from 3 PM to 11 PM.

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When she’s not writing, Ina’s busy curating playlists that will save her when words don’t work, reading, annoying her cat, or thinking of her next meal.

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