Coffee klatch is a term for an informal social gathering that features coffee and conversation. It comes from the German words Kaffee, which is pretty much self-explanatory, and Klatsch, which means gossip. A number of places in Cebu can be interesting venues if you feel like having a little coffee klatch of your own.
An establishment that’s arguably the most appropriate one for coffee klatch is Vienna Kaffeehaus. It was founded in Cebu City on December 19, 1983, and was the first to offer Viennese and Austrian dishes along with its special blend of coffee. Cebu got its first genuine taste of truly continental coffee in a number of brewed varieties: mélange, cappuccino, decaf, espresso, filter, Irish coffee, mocha, milk & flavored, original Vienna Eiscoffee, and Caféccino. The ownership of Vienna Kaffeehaus changed in 2008, bringing a rebirth of the brand.
With a Caffe Hansy espresso, you could have Frucht Palatschinken, which are crepes with a fruit filling. If you prefer a dessert that isn’t as hard to pronounce, maybe you’d like the blueberry cheesecake instead.
Vienna Kaffeehaus also serves up European savory delights like classic Hungarian sausage, bacon-wrapped Berner sausage, Gulaschsuppe (goulash soup), Gebackener Leberkäse (a baked meat loaf), Chicken Cordon Bleu, or fish & fries. Maybe you’re in the mood for some breakfast food, and you’d like to nibble on some Vienna toast. To satisfy customers’ need for reading material in which they can find things to discuss, Vienna Kaffeehaus provides a reading corner where coffee lovers can catch up on world news while they relax and enjoy the various delights the place has to offer.
To contact one of the branches of this franchise café that has even reached Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro, you can look up the contact numbers on their Web site viennakaffeehaus.com or you can write [email protected] an e-mail message.
For fans of a specialty Asian coffee, Kopi Roti may be found at The Gallery, in the Mabolo area. It serves the eponymously named Kopi, which calls for coffee beans roasted according to a special recipe, in traditional Hainanese style, and brewed in the Singaporean tradition (served with sweet milk).
At Kopi Roti, breakfast food is served all day, so people who adore the most important meal of the day can eat their fill. You can pair your richly fragrant Kopi with a Kopi bun, French toast with Kaya spread, blueberry toast, choco toast, choco milk toast, peanut butter toast, homemade Kaya toast, or Kaya puff. For a well-rounded breakfast, you can have perfectly soft-boiled eggs in special soy sauce and white pepper. People who would like to have beverages other than coffee can try the homemade iced tea or iced barley, a refreshing pandan-flavored drink.
For those unavoidable times when you need to study or work on something instead of talking with others while you have your coffee, Kopi Roti has free Wi-Fi for your use. You can find out more about this specialty coffee place by visiting the Web site kopiroti.com.ph or Kopi Roti Cebu’s Facebook page. The phone number to call is (032)233-5281.
Hollywood Coffee Lounge
Another place where plenty of talk or klatch goes on is the beauty salon. Some enterprising people in Cebu got the idea of combining a salon with a café. Hollywood Coffee Lounge is one such place that resulted from the idea. It’s integrated with Hollywood Nails Beauty Salon (HNBS) and is located at Level 2, The Walk, I.T. Park.
HNBS, by the way, is a family business founded in 2007, and it received a Business Achievement and Recognition Award for 2011 as nail salon of the year and beauty specialist of the year. It offers discount deals for barkada nights and spa parties.
When you get a foot spa treatment done at HNBS, you could also grab some European dark hot chocolate. Other caffeinated beverages you could grab from the café’s range of specialty coffee drinks are café latte, espresso and white café mocha. Blended smoothies made with real fruit and cold fruit drinks are also available. Pair your beverage with healthful delicacies like carrot cake, mille-feuille (a puff pastry layered with a filling), muffins, pastrami & salad, chicken & salad, or cottage pie salad.
Those who like to use their computers to go online in cafés will be pleased to know that this one has free Wi-Fi. The café’s operating hours are as follows: from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday and from 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. on Friday to Saturday. For your inquiries about the Hollywood Coffee Lounge, you may call (032)266-1812 or send [email protected] your e-mail message.
Hendy Mitchel’s Café
A second example of the café and salon combination is Hendy Mitchel’s Café‚ Salon and Spa. Two cousins named James Hendy Oberes and Rolly Oberes first opened their establishment in Lahug, in October 2010. Later on, they set up shop in Capitol Site.
While your female companion is having an ÉpSA botanical hair rebonding or a keratin hair treatment done, you can nurse a refreshing drink or two while you wait until she’s finished with her beauty treatment. Maybe you’re already pretty fabulous, so more often than not, you don’t avail of such enhancements, or maybe you would rather indulge in one of the professional massage packages offered that are inclusive of a free hot or cold drink afterward.
Those who seek the comfort of a hot drink can sip a variety of beverages while lounging on a comfortable sofa. Caffeine devotees can try Americano, latte, or mocha beverages (whether served hot or iced). Other coffee treats you can order are Hendy’s signature frappuccinos like White Choco Oreo with Choco Chips. Non-coffee drinkers can opt to sip chamomile jasmine or mint tea, while chocoholics can enjoy Hot Choco or White Choco Mocha.
The operating hours for Hendy Mitchel’s Café are 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight. It is located at the 2nd level of the M2 Business Center on Escario Street, in between Capitol Centrum and Ninoy Payag. You can contact Hendy Mitchel’s via Facebook on.fb.me/nG485D or by calling the following phone numbers: (032)520-2860, (032)511-1376, and (0922)932-9405.
A) Vienna Kaffeehaus: Banilad
Ground Floor Ford’s Inn Hotel
AS Fortuna St., Cor. Banilad Rd., Cebu City
B) Vienna Kaffeehaus: Mandaue
Ground Floor Orchard Hotel and Suites
A.S. Fortuna St., Bakilid, Mandaue City, Cebu
C) Vienna Kaffeehaus: Mactan
Quezon National Highway, Pusok, Lapu lapu City
D) Vienna Kaffeehaus: Gorordo
Pedro Calomarde St., Cor. Gorordo Ave., Cebu City
E) Kopi Roti and Vienna Kaffeehaus
J. Luna Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City
F) Hollywood Nails Beauty Salon
Level 2 The Walk
I.T. Park (Lahug), Cebu City
G) Hendy Mitchel’s Café
Level 2 M2 Business Center
Escario St., Capitol Site, Cebu City