I’ve been in Taal, Batangas a number of times. If you want to get in touch with the country’s history, Taal is one of the places to visit. It’s like another version of Vigan, only, it’s from the South. Aside from the infamous Taal Basilica, and the heritage houses, there are actually other places to visit in Taal. I was told by a good friend that there is this cozy coffee place in the said town.
It’s the Tampuhan Cafe.
I went there (first I was with my close friends, then two days after, with my co-Rotaractor friends) to try the coffee and at the same time find out what the place looks like.
“What? Tampuhan? Just make sure we won’t have a quarrel after.”
“Hahaha. No, we won’t.”
So what’s with the name?
The Tampuhan Cafe, as I have heard from one of the waiters there, was named after the favorite painting of the owner, the Tampuhan by Juan Luna.
The location of the cafe is just near the boundary of Taal and Lemery. The facade of the place very well resembles the heritage theme of the Taal town.
The first floor offers a kind of modern ambiance, but when you get to the second floor, that’s where you’ll feel like you are in an old house during the time of the Spaniards. It’s the old and antique stuff that are interesting.
The place accepts accommodations overnight, so if you want to experience the ‘old times’ you can stay here.
I’ve been in the cafe during the day and during night time. I would say night time is the best time to stay there. Well, on the second floor in particular. However, the first floor is air conditioned.
The coffee that I ordered tastes good. I have only tasted the choco java chip though (parang Starbucks lang ang peg). I guess the rest on the menu taste good too.
I was with my good friend Radney during my second time there and he took these photos. #SelfieDin
So to all coffee lovers who will drop by Taal, Batangas, you might as well check out this place. It is located at Calle Marcela Agoncillo at the heritage town of Taal, Batangas. You can check out their facebook site here. :)
There will be no lovers’ quarrel that will take place here. Just pure reminiscing and chillin’.
Have a nice day!