Neighborhood cafe in Quezon City


Al fresco dining spots aren’t just trendy these days for physical distancing purposes. When you’re cooped up at home 24/7, they also make a great yet cheap breather from your usual work-from-home set-up.

If you’re looking for an al fresco cafe in Metro Manila for your next weekend brunch, you should definitely check out Cafe Guilt in Diliman, Quezon City. The coffee shop has a refreshing outdoor setting surrounded by greenery and serves guilt-free and sinful dishes so you can eat away your stress however you like.


Indoor-outdoor setting


Cafe Guilt - Al Fresco Dining
The cafe’s outdoor dining offers a great break from your usual pandemic environment
Image credit: Cafe GUILT

Cafe Guilt has seats made of woven plant materials, wood, and marble tables, and is surrounded by plants, making it easy on the eyes. However, what makes it an ideal place to visit in the metro is its outdoor dining option where there are canopies and real trees to provide shade and keep you comfortable.

Its indoor area is also a great place to dine, with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in natural light that gives it a refreshing and airy ambiance.


Guilt-free & “full of guilt” food


Cafe Guilt - Dairy Free Oats Champorado
Dairy-free
champorado with daing – fried dried fish.
Image credit: @cafeguilt

The cafe has guilt-free and “full of guilt” dishes, depending on how you want to treat yourself.

Their guilt-free, healthy menu includes oats caldo which is a twist on the Filipino rice porridge arroz caldo , dairy-free oats champorado (sweet, chocolate rice porridge), and marinated grilled tuna steak.

Cafe Guilt - Gambas Con Chorizo
Gambas con chorizo
Image credit: @cafeguilt

They also have a wide selection of “full of guilt” food, including deep-fried duck, gambas con chorizo (sauteed shrimp in olive oil with chorizo), and Australian Angus ribeye with sweet potato fries.


Cafe by day, bar by night


Cafe Guilt - Detox Juices
Detox juices from Cafe Guilt

Image credit: Cafe GUILT

In the morning, the place is a cafe that sells coffee, detox juices, and healthy smoothies. Their Express Yourself smoothie is a must-try – a blend of espresso, banana, oat milk, virgin coconut oil, and honey. They also have an impressive selection of coffee-based drinks, including Vietnamese coffee and wild Indonesian civet coffee.

Cafe Guilt - alcoholic drinks
At night, the cafe serves alcoholic drinks
Image credit: Rizza Jade Ronquillo

At night, Cafe Guilt also serves cocktails, such as apertifs, digestifs, sours, highballs, and tikis.


Accepts reservations & walk-ins


Cafe Guilt - Reservation Policy
The cafe’s reservation policy
Image credit: Cafe GUILT

The cafe accepts walk-ins, but for your convenience, you can book a reservation at least 2 hours prior to secure a seat at the cafe from Monday to Thursday. To do this, simply message them your preferred date and time, number of persons, and mobile number at 0917 1676 050. They will then confirm your reservation through text.

They don’t do reservations during Fridays and weekends, so seats are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, keep in mind that they have limited parking space when you go.

Takeout and curbside pick-up are also available if you want to reward yourself with good food without staying outdoors for too long.


Cafe Guilt in Quezon City is your next cafe destination


Whether you want to treat yourself to a healthy meal, a high-carb one, or just want to grab some alcoholic drinks, Cafe Guilt is a place that’s worth including in your weekend plans.

Just make sure to follow social distancing measures when you go to keep yourself, other customers, and the staff safe from the virus.

Address: 35 Scout Castor Street, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Opening hours: 10AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 0917 1676 050
Cafe Guilt’s Facebook | Instagram

 

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Cover image adapted from: Cafe GUILT and @cafeguilt

 

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