Are you looking for the best-tasting coffee in Iloilo City? Then, you should head to the La Paz Public Market for a cup at Madge Cafe. The coffee shop is so famous in the area that you need not know its exact location. Just ask the cab driver to drop you off at the market and ask directions from anyone there.
So, what makes Madge Cafe special? Well, it was not quite as I expected. But then, a famous coffee shop shouldn't be located in the market, right? Wrong, of course. We’re talking here of a cafe whose origins date back at least 70 years ago.
Who is Madge, anyway? Well, it’s not the lady at the counter who will mix your drinks. The “Madge” in the café’s name was Margarita, the wife of the founder, Vicente. It was Mang Vicente who created the recipe and set up the famous shop.
The ambiance is no match to the high-end coffee shops in the city but the friendly, welcoming atmosphere makes it a truly unique place to hang out – and a hangout it is! At any given day, it is said that the coffee shop is bustling with people from all walks of life: teachers, government employees, students, market vendors, market shoppers, or tourists who are drawn to the coffee shop’s now-famous coffee.
|Mr. Peter dela Cruz, third generation owner of Madge Cafe while preparing coffee drinks for #BlogtheCityofLove participants|
The cafe serves its own brew, made from delicious and aromatic native Arabica coffee beans harvested north of Iloilo. Even non-coffee drinks would be tempted to try their delicious coffee, which are prepared barista-style at the counter, right before your eyes.
The freshly brewed coffee from Madge Cafe comes in light, regular, and strong variations. A cup of their coffee is perfect to drink while digging into a plate of native goodies, toasted bread, or tasty treats also offered in the shop.
coffee and chocolate drinks are prepared and served in traditional way
|coffee and chocolate drinks are best paired with suman and puto|
|photograph by: Sinjin Pineda of Libotero.com|
Would you believe a cup of this famous coffee just costs P25? Yep. That’s right. This delicious brew is so affordable – no wonder people hereabouts love Madge Café. If you want proof of the cafe’s popularity as hangout? Just look at the walls lined with personalized mugs. Those are the mugs of regular clients. It goes to show this quaint little coffee shop is an extension of many people’s kitchen. Truly a nice place to hang out when you're in the City of Love.
Address:Rizal St, Iloilo City
Facebook Page: Madge Cafe
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|Injap Tower Hotel is the official residence of Traveling Morion and Blogger Participants during the 3-day (August 16-18) Blog the City of Love Event. Organized and sponsored by Injap Tower Hotel, it aims to promote Iloilo City as one of the country’s premier tourist destinations.|