Hey, southies! Let’s admit that sometimes it can be challenging to find a decent restaurant or cafe near us. Luckily, Hali and I found out about this new cafe in Starmall Alabang. We’re happy to introduce to you our new coffee shop tambayan in the south — Wake Up Cafe!
Wake Up Cafe
Wake Up Cafe is a new cafe in Starmall Alabang, which opened last January 2019. At first, I thought it’s just like other coffee shops in the metro. I was surprised to know that it’s price point is markedly lower than most coffee shops (coffee starts at P75 and most pastries can be bought at P35). The cafe also offers milk tea in the menu!
Even though it’s only in its first months, Wake Up Cafe already has its patrons and dedicated customers.
Ambiance and location
Wake Up Cafe is located on the 1st level of Starmall Alabang. We find its location very convenient since Starmall has its own transport hub, so commuting and meeting here is easy.
The inside of the cafe is modern and brightly lit. There are owl decors everywhere, which is charming. Aside from the pastry and coffee counter, there are also shelves with souvenirs and take-home items for purchase.
Other things that we like: there’s free wifi for every purchase up to 2 hours, and there’s plenty of outlets.
We visited on a weekday and it’s not very crowded, so the environment is fitting for studying, holding a casual meeting or just making chikahan with friends.
Coffee and pastries
The bread and pastries in Wake Up Cafe are baked fresh, everyday. The bakers wake up at 4AM to start making fresh batches for the day. Similarly, freshly ground coffee is used for serving coffee-based drinks.
We tasted some of their bestsellers.
We had iced French Vanilla coffee (regular P115), Red Velvet (regular P110), Wintermelon Milk Tea (regular P105) and Macha Macchiato frappe (regular P110). We also had a hot cup of cappuccino (regular P95).
Taste-wise, all the drinks are good. I like that their drinks aren’t overly sweet as in most coffee shops. Among our group, Wintermelon Milk Tea is clearly the winner. We had it with pearls, but you can also have it with pudding, nata de coco or boba. I also like the Red Velvet and cappuccino. I find the Macha Macchiato interesting because I rarely see coffee-based macha drinks, so I suggest you try this out too.
For the pastries, we had Spanish roll (P15), marble donut (35), red velvet cake (P85) and the crowd-favorite tiger lady (35).
Hali like all the pastries we tried, no exception. I favor the marble donut and the tiger lady, the latter which is a soft custard cake that’s too good to be true at P35 only. No wonder it easily gets sold out. The red velvet cake tastes best when paired with the drink.
Overall, we like most of the items we have ordered. Again, the menu is super affordable and we consider it a steal!
Souvenirs and take-home treats
Wake Up Cafe also sells items such as mugs, tote bags, and pouches. There are also take-home treats such as lengua de gato, cookies, pastillas, flavored peanuts, and more. Price of the treats start at P90 only.
Our final thoughts about Wake Up Cafe
We love the concept of offering affordable coffees and pastries while maintaining quality and freshness! In our opinion, Wake Up Cafe is gearing to be a new favorite tambayan — especially of students who need to study, employees or business people on casual meetings or people like us who simply want to have a nice play to dine in and stay at for a while.
In short, it’s a good cafe for everyday people!
Disclaimer: Thanks Cyrus of Wake Up Cafe for inviting us! As always, all opinions are our own.
Have you been to Wake Up Cafe? What can you say about it?