Author’s Note: This post featured the old location in Chino Roces. Habitual Coffee is now located in Salcedo Village, Makati. The address and prices have been updated.
I’m not trying to make a month-long celebration, so you don’t have to greet me belated happy birthday. Indecision got in the way, so that I couldn’t post this immediately. Anyhoo, I celebrated my 34th birthday in a coffee shop; nothing fancy; I just met a few friends over coffee. I was supposed to go to La Union, but I rescheduled the next day to hang out with my friends. But it’s my birthday so there should be something special about it. I looked for a coffee shop that I’ve never tried, one that offers specialty coffee. From consulting Google and Looloo, I found Habitual Coffee.
ℹ️ Coffee shop – Habitual Coffee quick information
📍Address: Paseo Heights, Salcedo Village, L.P. Leviste Street, Makati, 1230 Metro Manila, Philippines
🕑 Store hours: Open daily, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
💰 Price range: USD 2.07-6.57 (PHP 120-380)
🍴What to order: Flat white
🔗 Website: https://www.facebook.com/habitualcoffee
📍Coffee shop – Habitual Coffee location
Author’s note: Habitual Coffee is in a new location. See the Quick Information section.
Habitual Coffee is located in Chino Roces, Makati. I have no idea how it escaped my attention in my three years of living around that area. I remember that it shares a building with Primal Ape, a cross-fit gym; I failed to remember the exact location, so I lost my way. Yes, I wasted an hour or so of my life swimming through the traffic, trying to look for it.
My struggle is justifiable, though, because it is really not that simple to locate. For one, it is inside a walled area with no landmarks across from it to guide you. The only clue I can give you is that it is near King’s Court in Dela Rosa but stay on the Chino Roces side. If you are coming from Buendia, from King’s Court, take the sidewalk going right. You can see this concrete wall, walk a bit further, and you will see its entrance. Once you get in, it’s Habitual Coffee that you will see right away, though it’s the Primal Ape signage on top of it that you may notice at first glance.
🖼️ Coffee shop – Habitual Coffee ambiance and interiors
Habitual Coffee takes on the industrialized minimalist theme that has become the signature look of third-wave and hip cafes. Decorations are kept to a minimum. The ground and the walls made of cement were left unpainted, creating an unfinished look that is very masculine, which seems to echo the cross-fit gym next to it.
☕ Coffee shop – Habitual Coffee drinks
Habitual sources their coffee from Belis Washing Station in Atok, Benguet. I am partial to specialty coffee because they really taste better than those you can buy from regular cafes.
My friend, Potpot, greeted me with raised eyebrows. I smiled apologetically because I was late. But it was my birthday, so Potpot forgave me, lol.
PHP 170 (USD 2.94)
I ordered my favorite coffee flavor, Flat White. It has strong woodsy, and nutty notes with a bit of a sour aftertaste. It was awesome!
🥯 Coffee shop – Habitual Coffee food
Since it was my birthday, my friend, Pancake, got me a cake. It’s chocolate cake, which surprisingly passed to my liking (I’m not big on chocolate cake, you see) because it was not overly sweet. The staff garnished it with some flowers, a nice touch that I truly appreciated. The wine candles are from my friend, by the way.
PHP 200 (USD 3.46)
We also had two sandwiches; they were just okay to me, nothing remarkable. This one below is Grilled Cheese.
While there, Potpot regaled us with his many adventures and misadventures from his recent trip to the Cordillera region. As always, Pancake was in her constant giggling mood. My other friend, Alchris, came with a laptop because he had to work, so we didn’t feel his presence that much.
All in all, I loved Habitual, and my friends and I agreed that it was worth returning to. Potpot said he wanted to come back with a good camera, preferably during the day, so he could take better photos. As with me, I spread the good news with my other friends and returned to Habitual a few weeks later for a reunion with my former colleagues. Some of them also lost their way trying to find it.