Dine with a View at These 7 Scenic Cafes in Busay & Beyond
November 1, 2022
Take your cafe-hopping experience in Cebu to a higher level (quite literally) by going to the mountain barangay of Busay, along the Transcentral Highway. The road will lead you to awe-inspiring landscapes and scenic spots. If you simply want to chill and dine with a view, take your pick from our list of overlooking cafes in Busay and beyond.
Reminder: Don’t forget to check the respective social media pages of these cafes in Busay for the latest operating hours. Some of them may change depending on travel restrictions and holidays.
Overlooking cafes in Busay and beyond with breathtaking nature views
1. Serenity Mountain Cafe
Serenity Mountain Cafe tops our list of must-visit cafes in Busay. We’ve visited it several times already, and each time, it didn’t disappoint. As the name suggests, it’s a place to find “serenity” as it sits on top of a mountain with panoramic nature views. Here, we were treated like VIPs by the friendly staff and were spoilt for choice with its wide selection of good food and drinks. Our favourites include shrimp salad, beef salpicao, crispy pata, and their special ube pie paired with a cup of hot latte.
And did you know you can actually spend a night here? The cafe is part of the Serenity Farm and Resort that offers different resthouses for couples, friends, and families. It’s truly an all-in-one destination for those who want to escape the busy city life.
We visited Charlie’s Cup at the height of the pandemic, and we must say, it gave us the needed breath of fresh air. Though the drive going there is a bit long, about 40-50 minutes from the city proper, the amazing views and comfort food that await you here will certainly make up for it. They have all-day breakfast meals, snacks, and drinks like coffee and milk tea. We suggest that you check their menu ahead to save time. We tried their suman with latik, ube halaya cake, yema cake, spam fries, cookie, and iced latte. All so yummy!
And fur parents would be happy to know that this roadside cafe is pet-friendly. As you have probably guessed, this roadside cafe is named after the owner’s corgi dog Charlie.
21 Kilometers Coffee takes pride in their specialty coffee, some of which are sourced from different parts of the Philippines like Benguet. They also serve all-day breakfast meals and snacks. They are highly rated for their good coffee and expert baristas. So, if you’re looking for the perfect place to sip your cup of java with a view, this is it.
The cafe is also a popular pitstop for cyclists and bikers who brave the challenging trails in Busay. And yes, it is located exactly 21 kilometers from the city center, thus the name.
Looking for an adrenaline rush? Adventure Cafe and Zipline is the place to be. There is no need for an introduction. From the name itself, you will already know what you’re up for in this mountain cafe. Zipline over trees and astounding landscape as you feel the fresh air touching your face. Then, chill at the cafe with some hearty snacks and drinks.
As of writing, there is no entrance fee, but you have to pay ₱205 each for the zipline ride (₱200) and environmental fee (₱5). The place can also be rented out for events like company outings and weddings.
Situated along Tops Road, where the popular Tops Lookout is also located, La Vie in the Sky is one of the most elegant Busay cafes. People come here not only for its sweeping city views but also because of its French bistro vibes and IG-worthy corners. Though they didn’t serve any coffee when we came here, we enjoyed their good selection of wine, gelato, and pizza.
Do note that La Vie in the Sky charges a ₱100 consumable entrance fee per person. La Vie also has another branch along Gorordo Avenue in Lahug called La Vie Parisienne, which translates to “Parisian Life”. So, if you ever want to experience a slice of Paris in Cebu, this is the place to go.
Just 15 minutes drive from the metro, Fabio’s – Busay is hard to miss when cafe-hopping in Busay. You can easily spot this quaint cafe in Busay as it is just along the main road, before Maria Luisa Busay exit. We just confirmed that Fabio’s Busay took over Crate Cafe’s location. According to them, Fabio’s and Crate Cafe were originally sister establishments, but have now merged into one ownership under Fabio’s FabCup brand.
Needless to say, the overall ambiance, the delish food and drinks, and even the overlooking views are still pretty much the same. We tried their Hawaiian pizza and carrot macapuno cake paired with a glass of iced latte as we waited for the spectacular sunset.
Dolce Cafe Cebu is not new to the coffee scene in Cebu. In fact, they are proud of their artisan coffee and sweet treats. Dolce means sweet in Spanish so you can already imagine the selection of sweet desserts specialised by the cafe. Try their best-selling Toblerone Cake and Matcha Mousse best paired with a cup of hot cappuccino or latte.
You might probably ask why Dolce Cafe Cebu is included on this list when it doesn’t have views like the rest. Well, they used to. There was an al fresco area where you can see a relatively good view of the city. Still, the cafe is worth hitting up even without it. Plus, it’s the nearest Busay cafe for your coffee crawl in Cebu City.
Address: Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills Cebu City, Cebu City, Cebu Facebook: Dolce Cafe Cebu