Most authentic cafe to visit in Boracay, Philippines

Boracay is one of the most beautiful destinations in Asia to visit for all things beach life. Fruit shakes, sunsets, water sports — everything comes in the boldest of vibrant colours! We hope you’ve written these 5 fun things to do into your Boracay itinerary.

For all other moments in-between, Real Coffee & Tea Cafe is our favourite spot to slow down, put our feet up, hang out with a good book and friends.

Established over 20 years ago, this cafe was once tucked away a little further inside the island. I had loved taking a nice slow morning stroll to the hidden cafe before my first dive of the day. It’s always quieter at dawn at Real Coffee & Tea Cafe. The staff greeted chirpily and everyone seemed to be enjoying me-time over a platter of fried eggs and toast, not without the legendary Calamansi Muffin.

The Calamansi Muffin is not your typical tourist gimmick. Locals have been fans of this fresh bake since the cafe’s earlier days in its hidden spot. I’ve witnessed locals making purchase in dozens. The bake is moist and tangy, and it tastes more like a cupcake than a muffin. I love it with hot tea.

Today, Real Coffee & Tea Cafe has moved and is now a waterfront cafe, located above Sea World at Station 2. Things have changed but the good remained. Staff are as welcoming as the morning sun. The food looked as amazing and authentic as ever. All pastries are baked from scratch.

Founder mama Lee and Nadine opened the cafe to serve simple Filipino fare and they kept well to their mantra. You can enjoy freshly fried eggs and toast here, accompanied by a simple yet strong cup of hot coffee. Don’t forget the Calamansi Muffin too!

2/F Sea World, Station 2, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Contact number: (036) 288 5340
Operating hours: Daily, 7am to 7pm
Budget: Php100 to 300, cash only

Anna lives to explore. She loves digging toes into warm sand, diving, hugging trees, eating with locals, yoga and meditation. She enjoys stuffing her face with good food and prancing through back alleys of urban spaces. Some say Anna lives carelessly, she says "live wild, live carefree."