This Pop-Up Turned Coffee Shop in Marikina is a Local Favorite You Should Try

It’s a small space well-loved by locals.

A lot of coffee shops have popped up around and outside the metro since the pandemic started, especially with more and more people turning to starting their own microbusinesses. The same goes for this new coffee shop in Marikina called Inarawan Cafe, but they’ve got quite the interesting beginning.


Inarawan Cafe

Inarawan Cafe found its beginnings when owners Nicolette Gutierrez and Paul Torzar began selling coffee and water during their visits to Marilaque Road, where riders took notice of their products. They became a regular fixture along the Marikina-Infanta Highway every Sunday, where they set up a tent right beside the other vendors, offering an al fresco coffee shop experience with a view.

After witnessing the success of their small business venture, the owners decided to open up an actual coffee shop nearby. The new Inarawan Cafe in Concepcion Uno, Marikina opened just last December 2020. It only occupies 40 square meters of space, but locals flock the well-loved coffee shop everyday.

The cafe features a rustic industrial design with a galvanized iron roof and metal-fence-style walls wrapped in greenery. The whole place is surrounded by huge trees all around, giving the cafe a cozy and refreshing vibe. After long hours of commuting, grabbing a cup of coffee with some sweet pastries and snacks from Cafe Inarawan would surely be a great way to end your day.

Their menu has offerings for both caffeine and non-caffeine drinkers, with milk tea and fruit tea as alternative to coffee, while their coffee is sourced locally from Batangas farms. They also offer breakfast meals, rice meals, and breads and pastries like ube cheese pandesal. They even have black kutstinta on their menu!

Location

Inarawan Cafe is located at 2 Sampaguita St, San Isidro II, Concepcion Uno, Marikina City, which is near St. Vincent Hospital. You can find them on Google Maps or Waze as “Inarawan Cafe x Pastileria.” They are open everyday except on Mondays. They start serving at 9 AM and close at 9 PM on Tuesdays to Fridays and 8 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

As of this writing, they’ve temporarily stopped putting up their pop-stand along Marilaque, but they’ve said that they plan on going back soon. Follow their socials to keep posted if you want to see where it all began!

 

Have you ever been to Inarawan Cafe or their pop-up coffee stand? Tell us about your experience below!

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Meryl Medel

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