LIST: 10 Must-Visit Open-Air Restaurants and Cafes Near the Metro

Good food and a view, count us in!
by | November 04, 2021


After being cooped indoors for nearly two years already, we’re all bound to get tired of our usual indoor setting, miss our favorite restaurants, and simply crave fresh air. Whether you’re looking into a romantic celebration, a simple lunch out with the family, or a reunion with friends, these open-air restaurants and cafes near the Metro will let you dine safely and comfortably:

 

Hiraya Restaurant

Location: 0905 Tambayan Road, Sitio Hangganan, Pag-asa, Binangonan, Rizal

Ceilings lined with sprawling grapevines, Hiraya Restaurant becomes even more magical at night once the fairy lights are switched on, making it a perfect venue for romantic dinners. Serving Filipino specialties like Lechon Kawali, Sinigang na Baboy, and different silog dishes, there’s nothing better than sharing a good meal that tastes like home with the people you hold dear. Trabi Cafe is also in the same area, where you can get coffee and tea beverages.

Open daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Find more on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Greenhouse Café

Location: 9522 Enrile, Tagaytay City

Perfect for a date with your plantita mom or simply someone who’s fallen in love with plants especially during the pandemic, Greenhouse Cafe in Tagaytay is the first of its kind in the cool city. While enjoying a sumptuous menu of fresh salads, pasta, and mains like their Signature Adobo Pork Belly Slab (P370), guests at Greenhouse Cafe will be surrounded by rare plants sourced from different parts of the Philippines and Asia. It’s like dining in a mini jungle, making every plant-obsessed swoon! They also have a cafe with coffee and non-coffee beverages, if you don’t want a filling meal and simply want to chill and observe plants.

Operating hours: Open daily from 8 AM to 8 PM

Find more on Facebook or Instagram.

 

 

Burrow Cafe


Location: 13 Beverly Hills Ave, Beverly Hills Subd, Antipolo

Fan of low-key places? This cafe in Rizal is literally hidden below the ground – you’ll have to go 76 steps below the property to discover this gorgeous glass restaurant. Lined with floor-to-ceiling panel windows and sheer curtains, Burrow Cafe opens to surrounding greenery making its ambiance cozier and more rustic. They serve an all-day breakfast and lunch menu made with ingredients grown on their own farm or sourced from nearby markets in Antipolo. Some of their best sellers include Tender Beef Tapa (P360) made with Japanese beef and Lechon and Gising Gising Rice Bowl (P365).

Operating hours: Open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 AM to 4 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Find more on their official website or Instagram.

 

Kaulayaw Cuyambay

Location: Cuyambay Crossing, Tanay, Rizal

No need to go hiking to enjoy a scenic mountain view – Kaulayaw Cafe at Cuyambay will let you dine under dreamy fairy lights and the best scenic view of Laguna Bay and Rizal’s ridges as your background. A new location by the same team behind Kaulayaw Coffee in Antipolo, Kaulayaw Cafe offers ethically-sourced and locally-grown coffee beans, best paired with sandwiches and pastries. They also have a restaurant, which is open from 12 PM to 7 PM.

Operating hours: Open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Find more on Facebook.

 

Coffee Rush Eastridge

Location: Block 77, Lot 28 Eastridge Executive Village, Binangonan, Rizal

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If you’re a sucker for a good city and nature view, Coffee Rush will hit the right spot. The cafe has an unobstructed view of Metro Manila’s skyscrapers and Laguna Bay! Its ambiance will remind you of old provincial houses with its capiz shell window panes and tables made of old sewing machines. Mixed with a stunning view and good food, there’s no wonder why the coffee franchise has been a success, with two other branches in Pampanga and Katipunan. The cafe is located in a village so keep your receipt or you’ll have to pay a fee of P300 on your way out.

Operating hours: Open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Find more on Facebook.

 

Lutong Pugon

Location: Sitio Masanting, Sampaloc 1980 Pililla, Tanay, Rizal

 

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Craving pizza, nature, and art? Hidden in the mountains, Lutong Pugon offers a variety of wood-fired pizzas, which you can enjoy in mosaic-looking domes made with bamboo and surrounded by a garden. The owner is an artist himself – no wonder why the restaurant looks like a piece of art already. Aside from their famous wood-fired pizza, Lutong Pugon also offers salads, pasta, and mains. Don’t forget to visit the mini-gallery when you dine too!

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

Find more on Facebook.

 

Rob’s Kitchen and Cafe

Location: Sito Aroma, Brgy. Butong, Taal, Batangas

If you want to go for a longer drive, you might as well head to Batangas and have a colorful sunset and the calming sound of waves crashing on the shore as your background when you dine. Rob’s Kitchen and Cafe in Taal, Batangas has a sweeping view of Balayan Bay. During the daytime, you can enjoy an all-day breakfast menu, Filipino dishes, and a variety of coffee and non-coffee drinks. With cocktails, wines, and full-course meals, Rob’s Kitchen all makes a romantic dinner location.

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

Find more on Facebook.

 

Pugpog Biker’s Highlands Cafe

Location: Pugpog Road, Sta. Cruz, Angat Bulacan

Whether you’re a biker or motorist looking for a picturesque location for your next pit stop or simply looking for a new presko cafe, Pugpog Biker’s Highlands Cafe will be one for the books. You’ll get to dine with a stunning view of the Sierra Mountain Ranges and Angat River! Be ready to pose with your iced coffee too, as there are different photo spots like giant swings.

Operating hours: Open daily from 8 AM to 8 PM. Find more on Facebook.

 

Maura’s Place

Location: 0011 Granada Street, Pagrai Hills Subdivision, Barangay Mayamot, Antipolo, Rizal

Painted all white, Maura’s Place looks like a cozy and rustic home from the outside. The new restaurant in Antipolo has one of the best sunset views, which you can enjoy from the wooden balcony or on the patio lined with umbrellas and lantern lights. They serve rice meals, savory waffles, pasta, and more, which is best enjoyed with a dreamy city view as you dine.

Operating hours: Open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM on weekdays and 7 AM to 9 PM on weekends

Find more on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Sweet Knot Haven

Location: La Bella Tagaytay, Brgy. Neogan, Tagaytay

Looking for a hidden restaurant in Tagaytay? Located in La Bella famous for its Santorini-like condotels, Sweet Knot Haven is a two-story restaurant surrounded by pine trees and boasts white walls and accents of wood. The alfresco dining area is located on the second floor, which gets cozier at night when the weather gets cooler. On your next romantic date, enjoy the cool weather, wine, and servings of Asian fusion cuisine at Sweet Knot Haven!

Operating hours: Open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Find more on Facebook.

 

 

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When she's not writing, Ina is busy collecting stationery, making very specific playlists, listening to a podcast, or thinking of her next meal.

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