Here in the Philippines, bread and pastries are a staple! Who can resist the smell of freshly baked goods straight from the oven? Or that heavenly first bite that feels like a warm hug and a rush of nostalgia? Good thing for you, we have a Philippine food and restaurant guide on the best pastries in Manila.
Since we’re starting a new year, why not try something new as well? Take a break from your favorites, and try out these unique and under the radar pastries. Read on!
Queso De Bola Burnt Cheesecake: Bo’s Coffee
Queso de bola is the Filipino term for Edam cheese which literally translates to “ball cheese.” It is incredibly tasty and Bo’s Coffee understood that fact too well. They took advantage and introduced the Queso De Bola Burnt Cheesecake. Enjoy this freshly baked, creamy, and velvety cheesecake that melts in your mouth!
Black Velvet Cake: Mary Grace Cafe
You’ve probably already heard about the famous Red Velvet cakes that have a rich crimson color topped with cream cheese frosting. But have you tried a Black Velvet cake? This revered pastry definitely deserves a spot on your New Year food must-try list.
Mary Grace Cafe took a different route to this pastry by carefully layering chocolate cakes and covering it with luscious cream cheese frosting. The cake itself is light and fluffy and the cream cheese captures the right amount of sweetness — complementing every ingredient and not hogging any texture or flavor.
Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread: Boulangerie 22
Let’s admit it. People love anything with cheese on it, especially if it’s paired with bread. Good news! Boulangerie 22’s take on the Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread is here to make you rethink why you enjoyed plain pastries in the past.
This popular street food treat from Korea will surely make you feel like strolling on the streets of Hongdae. Enjoy the crisp crust of sourdough bread which is sliced like a flower. It is then soaked in a Korean-style garlic butter sauce and filled with whipped cream cheese to give that delicious and moist flavor.
The Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread can be pulled apart for sharing (or not).
Monggo Rolls: Clyde’s Bread and Pastries
When you think of rolls, chances are, plain fluffy buns come to mind. So you’ll find the Clyde’s Bread and Pastries Mongo Rolls a surprising delight.
These elevated roll pastries pack in so much mouth-watering mung bean filling, making it a favorite for those who need a quick heavy meal. It’s also perfectly baked and has just the right kind of sweetness. Plus, it’s great for munching on with friends and family.
Ube Cheese Ensaymada: Mister Donut
Would any list of pastries be complete without ensaymada? This pastry can be perfectly paired with coffee as a breakfast or merienda. Mister Donut took ensaymadas to another level by making it ube-flavored and filling it with everyone’s fave: cheese.
With shreds of cheese sprinkled on top of the fluffy ube bun, it truly elevates the well-loved Pinoy ube flavor experience.
Bacon Cheesy Mushroom Croissant: Dunkin Donuts
Spice things up by heading over to Dunkin Donuts. This coffee and donut company goes beyond crowd favorites Choco Butternut and Bavarian Kreme to offer unique pastries like the Bacon Cheesy Mushroom Croissant. Savor the perfectly melted cheese and savory slice of ham with bacon and mushroom that offer a delight to your senses!
Spring In The City: Bread Talk
You might already be familiar with Bread Talk’s best-selling Floss buns. But if you want to try a unique pastry, their Spring in the City will be your next go-to. True to its name. it’s equal parts savory, sweet and filling. The flaky bread crust is laced with egg cream, ham, carrots, spring onion, and the crowd-favorite pork floss.
Cinnamon Rolls: Annipie Bakery Cafe
Aren’t the sight and smell of cinnamon rolls enough to make anyone drool? Satisfy your cravings freely—and sweetly—at Anniepie as you enjoy their heavenly signature Cinnamon Rolls.
Anniepie revamps the usual cinnamon roll by adding gooey goodness of sweet icing, chocolate syrup, and mini choco chips at the top of the cottony-soft bread. Plus, there are options for other toppings such as caramelized walnuts, chocolate sprinkles, or caramel syrup. This has been one of Davao’s best pastry offerings. Trust us, you’ll be asking for more once you get a bite!
Coffee Waffle: Tully’s Coffee
Head’s up, coffee lovers! We’ve got a treat for you. Unlike the waffle you’ve had before, Tully’s Coffee offers a delectable Coffee Waffle. Capping off a day with this tasty and decadent dessert will surely have you ready to start the day. You can never have enough coffee so order a cup as well! Tully’s Coffee has a wide array of delicious beverage selections.
Bonus: Drinks To Pair With Your Pastries at Café Amazon
Match all those delicious pastries with a drink from Café Amazon! Originating all the way from Thailand, they are ready to bring you the goodness of refreshing beverages like Iced Green Tea Latte, Iced Thai Milk Tea, Iced White Chocolate Macchiato, Honey Black Tea, Lychee Frappe, and Hot Cappuccino.
The best pastries in Manila can easily satisfy anyone’s palate and hungry tummies. What are you waiting for? Don’t miss out these selections by heading to SM Supermalls branches.