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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Food Quest : Ustingan Cafe, Laguna

Photo taken by cousin Len
After eating lunch at my lolo's place who was celebrating his 94th birthday, me and several members of the clan revisited Ustingan Cafe. It's located a few blocks from the public market with  views of Mt. Banahaw as part of its backdrop. 

Started in 2002, Ustingan Cafe in  Luisiana, Laguna was the brainchild of the Igloria siblings who wanted a place where locals can hang-out and celebrate important events without traveling to nearby Lucban (less than 20 minutes away by jeep), which is famous for its annual Pahiyas Festival and flavorful cuisine. 

The siblings' penchant for coffee and the arts is showcased on the cafe's decors, most of which are their creations. 

We had chilli pops and cups of various brews. To deviate from my usual cup of Americano, I tried cinnamon coffee. It was served in a pretty cup with cinnamon sprinkles on top. When I took a sip, I had to smile. The mixture of cinnamon and coffee made me feel energized and giddy instantly. 

Chilli pops. This one's really good, the wraps crunchy and not spicy at all. Only 20 Pesos! :) 
Aromatic Cinnamon coffee (30 Pesos)
Most of the items in the menu cost less than 50 Pesos. With 100 Pesos, you can go home perky and full. :P 

Ustingan Cafe
Dela Torre Street. Brgy. Zone II, Luisiana, Laguna
A few blocks from the public Market
Mobile Number : +63 916-664-4529 / 0949-892-3646

How to get to Luisiana :
From EDSA-Boni (Southbound), ride one of the buses bound for Sta. Cruz. At the Pagsawitan terminal, ride a jeepney to Luisiana. Total travel time from Manila would be 4-5 hours. Safe budget for the fare would be 500 Pesos (round trip). 


  1. Natuwa ako sa directions! Sakto for me dahil nasa EDSA-Boni ako mismo. =))

    Weird lang kung puntahan ko to mas mahal pa bus kesa sa gagastusin ko sa cafe. Hahaha.

  2. Very interesting! Hope you'll feature more about this place soon! :)


  3. @Robbie - korek! Mas mahal ang fare so I suggest magside trip ka na din sa Lucban (visit Kamay ni Hesus) since there isn't much to see in Luisiana, pwede din sa Liliw or sa Paete (for wooden carvings and an art gallery). Btw, icontact mo sila bago ka pumunta kasi I think 2 or 4pm sila nagbubukas and may days na close sila. I haven't gone to Kamay ni Hesus, mukang okay doon. May nakita ako blog ni Brenna about it. Ang ganda tignan eh.

    @Mich - thanks! Haven't ordered much pero babalikan ko uli at magttry ng iba. Normally, super busog kami pag nagpupunta dito kasi yung tita ko, lagi dami pinapakain sa amin kaya we just come here for coffee para matunawan. :P

  4. Sana ma-visit ko din ang cafe na to when we visit Laguna soon. :)

    Dimple Santiago
    sta rosa laguna restaurant | Nuvali


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