Breakfasts and Dinners at Café Adriatico in Malate



Famous for the Shrine of Remedies of the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, the bohemian district of Malate has been a busy weekend place in Manila.  Several restaurant and cafes offering a variety of flavors has dotted this once middle residential district. From the pricey to the budget-friendly, from the historic to the modern, dining spots in Malate has been satisfying the varying taste and preference of urban dwellers.


But for me, nothing beats a specific type of café or restaurant in the metro that offers good food, good drinks, a relaxed atmosphere, a genteel company and reasonable price. One of these Malate restaurants that meet or exceed these standards is Café Adriatico.



This quaint café/restaurant in Remedios Circle traced its beginnings as an antique shop. The antique business was not doing well as might be expected. Having such a penchant for beautiful objects owner Larry Cruz, son of Ambassador E. Aguilar Cruz,  was always reluctant to sell them. Instead, he has decided to convert his antique shop into a café using his collection of old objects as conversation pieces. 




Initially, the café served as a meeting place Larry’s friends. At Café Adriatico, they enjoy good coffee, tasty food and a drink or two while discussing matters while in a cozy environment. Until it came to the point people began to spill that it became necessary to set-up extra chairs and tables outside the cafe to accommodate its burgeoning clientele. By the 1980s, Café Adriatico has become a blueprint for an exciting addition to the urban lifestyle of that era. 




Café Adriatico has been our favorite restaurant where we have our breakfast or dinner usually after hearing mass at nearby Malate Church. For breakfast, I particularly like their generous serving of the Pinoy Breakfast combo which they called the Landlord’s Breakfast. For dinner, our family enjoys their flavorful pastas and Filipino dishes which they served with culinary twist.  




But what made us keep going back to Café Adriatico aside from the good food is the old world charm where the eccentric mix of art and antiques fills the café’s cozy space. 




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  1. hi meron bang official website ung cafe adriatico? need lng tlga.. pls let me know asap..

  2. I want to bring all my family members to the place i had so many memorable souvenirs.The first place i had lots of good taste.CAFE ADRIATICO keep up the good work and long live..CHEERS

    • CHEERS to great food Brenda!

  3. sana makakain ulit ako jan as soon as possible.very long time no drop in your good place,foods and drinks are so good taste..long life ….

  4. hi, just want to know how much is the Filipino breakfast combo of cafe adriatico… hindi ko pa kasi na-try… just curious… email me.. thanks! nga pla, nice blog…

    • You what JIA, I can’t recall. But that I think its be less than 500 pesos.

  5. thank you Lavern

  6. Wow, nice blog. Kaka gutom! Keep up th good work…

  7. Thanks for sharing you’re experience at Malate Palma.

    We seldom go to Malate because its far from out place. We only go there to to here mass at Malate Church on Saturdays if time permits. Usually we end up having breakfast or lunch at Cafe Adriatico or Aristocrat.

  8. Cafe Adriatico for me, back when I’d party until I drop in Malate back in the 90’s, was always my last stop for the night with my friends. And it’s always the same order, Tsokolate E and Tapsilog. Lol! I realized I’ve been ordering the same thing when one night I came in and a few minutes later, the waiter Bong placed my regular plate in front of me without having to order. LOL!

    I would argue though that Malate is not the bohemian place it used to be. But it’s good to know that some of the old reliable places are still there.

  9. try having breakfast at Cafe Adriatico bertN. Masarap talaga yung Filipino breakfast combo meals nila.

  10. Parang ang sarap nung Pinoy Breakfast combo mo. Ginutom tuloy ako LOL.

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