In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Cagayan de Oro, comes another hiding spot for caffeine-lovers. Spotted just right along South Bank, Yacapin, fronting City Central School, you’ll find a coffee shop so small, that it’s almost hidden behind its glass doors. This is Cafe Pilar.

Its interiors — a touch of minimal and Scandinavian design, is perfect for caffeine-induced afternoons one can relax and spend time on peacefully. Apart from serving coffee, you can also dig into their carefully crafted set of pastries. The cafe is perfect for lunch meetings or dates with your significant other because they also offer delectable meals.

Our stay in Cafe Pilar was short but sweet. If you're a big fan of matcha-flavored drinks, their version of the Matcha Frappe is a must try especially when the heat is unbearable. Their cappuccino doesn't disappoint too. We can see ourselves spending a lot of time in this cafe, brainstorming for article ideas.

If you need a new place to catch up with your friends or family, Cafe Pilar is a great place to get a cup of coffee and exchange long conversations in. They're located in Stronghold Insurance Building, Yacapin-Velez Sts., Cagayan de Oro City.


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