It was a cloudy Sunday afternoon when we went on a sidetrip to Bag of Beans, a small and unassuming coffee shop and bakery along Aguinaldo Highway up in the breezy city of Tagaytay.
Surprisingly, the main attraction at Bag of Beans is not the coffee, which comes in big servings and costs less that the usual urban fare. It is the home-made pies and its delightful ambience which have made Bag of Beans our favorite destination On this part of the Tagaytay Ridge.
Bag of Beans serves a wonderful assortment of mouth-watering home-made pies. These treats are to die for especially if its partnered with the hot native chocolate, made rich and thick the traditional tsokolate-eh way.
More to the pleasant surprise in this treasure trove of goodies is the enchating garden a few steps away the highway.
This garden is no longer a secret. In fact it has gained a fan club. The garden reminds of the playful atmosphere of the Frances H. Burnett’s Secret Garden with colorful assortments of flora and fauna.
Several tables and thatched roof gazebos provide private little intimate spaces within this really private garden, fenced in as it is by a slope of flowering shrubs and a collection of palms.
The overall character of Bag of Beans is a combination of elements rustic, picturesque and completely relaxing. One can sit under a shaded table all day and just take in the cool Tagaytay breeze and the fresh ambience of the garden.
The children can explore every nook and cranny pretending to be in Alice’s wonderland and discover a world where the animals and flowers talk.
Bag of Beans is more than the usual open-air, al fresco kapihan. This Tagaytay pit stop has become a place to reacharge and to be refreshed. Just as the delectable pies can be considered food for the spirit, so as the images of the garden are visual getaways for the green-deprived urban soul.