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6 Must-Try Non-Alcoholic Drinks in the Metro


Staying sober? Don’t worry, your drink options are just as good!




Whether it’s the end of a tiring week, a quick mid-day lunch break or a sporadic get-together in a coffee shop, long talks with friends are best enjoyed over drinks. However, not every memorable meal has to be celebrated over a bucket of beer. The next time you head out with your friends, consider swapping the alcohol for the artisanal by ordering these beverages!


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Strawberry Hibiscus Ombre Latte from Love Monday Café



Do you want to take your coffee drinking experience to the next level? It’s time for you to head over to Love Monday Café.


The quaint coffee shop features a wide range of meals that are sure to satisfy customers of all ages. Dropping by exclusively for their specialty drinks is worth the trip in itself! Favorites from the café include the Strawberry Hibiscus Ombre Latté (P140/hot, P150/iced), which combines the tastes of of milk, coffee, and hibiscus juice in a perfect balance. Plus, it’s IG-worthy, too!


Love Monday Café is located in 19 San Rafael St., Pasig.


Double Chocolate Cookie Mocha Frostino from Costa Coffee


Naturally, we couldn’t leave out the chocolate lovers in this list.


Costa Coffee is another great place to head on over to satisfy your sweet tooth. One cup of their Double Chocolate Cookie Mocha Frostino is priced at P185, and is filled with their signature ice blended Mocha Italia topped with toasted almonds and chocolate drizzle. If the photos look this good, just imagine how mouthwatering the actual drink will be.


Ready to satisfy our chocolate cravings, Costa Coffee has 16 outlets in the metro.


Kumquat Green Tea from Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea

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If you’re looking for something light and flavorful, fruit teas are your best bet. Popular fruit tea chain, Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea, has only been in the Philippines for a year, but it’s easily become a crowd favorite. Yi Fang’s Kumquat Green Tea is a well-balanced blend of sweet and sour freshness. Get a medium cup for P95 or large for P110.


Pay the fruit tea joint a visit in any of the following branches: Ayala Malls the 30th, M. Paterno, BGC High Street, and Ayala Malls Trinoma.


Rainbow Latté from Happy Beans

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Hot drink lovers, we hear you. Not all tasty drinks are chilled!


If you’re looking to add a little color to your life, try the Rainbow Latté from Happy Beans. This cafe is the first to offer this unique type of coffee art, pioneered by American barista Mason Salisbury, in the Philippines. Don’t let the fancy latté art fool you! Despite being oh so Instagrammable, the drink is priced at an affordable P148.


Happy Beans is beside Mall of Korea in Pasig.


Nicto’s Holiday Cup from Nicto’s Coffee Shop



If puns tickle your funny bone, then the cups at Nicto’s Coffee Shop will be your new favorite watering hole. Featuring a witty “your bitter half” tagline, this brewery’s drinks bank on sweetened coffee for those harboring a sweet tooth.


The rim of the cup is lined with salt to balance the taste a-la a tequila shot—without the alcohol, of course. The Holiday Cup is available at P140 for a hot cup, or P150 for a chilled one.


Nicto’s Coffee Shop is located in Kapitolyo, Pasig.


Milk Tea Milkshakes from The Lost Bread


There’s no denying it: milk tea has become incredibly popular since it was first introduced to Filipinos years ago. Riding this wave, The Lost Bread came up with a twist to the fan favorite drink: milk tea milkshakes. Expect a thicker and creamier consistency with the same milk tea taste we all know and love.


These milkshakes come in three flavors: Brown Sugar Okinawa, Toffee Caramel Hokkaido, and Brewed Black Thai Tea. Enjoy a baby shake for P75 or a regular cup for P120.


The Lost Bread is in SM Megamall, Glorietta 4, and StrEat Maginhawa Food Park.


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One question remains: which of these drinks will you try with your friends first?



Words Cessi Treñas

Art Alexandra Lara

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