Coffee with a side of clever and chic

THE options in the city may be endless but navigating its sea of cafes can be tough. If you make your way to Cafe Selva though, you’ll find its interior looks like it was plucked straight out of Pinterest. You will want to have your daily caffeine jolt but upon seeing the cakes and pies on the glass display, as well as the generously portioned brunch selection, the urge to share to your followers will be stronger than your coffee.

More than being aesthetically pleasing, Cafe Selva is an oasis in the neighborhood that takes pride on serving superior coffee, hot meals and desserts. Run by Mikaela Pacubas and her brother, it is meant to provide an exceptional dining experience in the Talamban area which, according to Mikaela, has a limited number of restaurants. “Selva” means tropical rainforest in Spanish which explains the green leafy accents in and around the industrial yet homey cafe. “We wanted to create a space where you can feel at home, whether you’re catching up with friends and family, working on a project, or simply having ‘me time.’ The green is also to spark creativity,” said Mikaela.

Highly recommended are the chicken parmesan, malunggay pesto pasta, homemade chorizo and corned beef, chocolate banana pie, mango cheesecake and triple chocolate mousse. While the serving size is something of epic proportions, you won’t find it hard to finish a meal on your own because it’s so darn good, you’ll want to exclaim expletives (or at least that’s how we felt when we first bit into the chicken parm). The desserts are deceptively decadent to the eye, but to the palate, they are actually light and have just the right sweetness to sate any sweet tooth. Also, nothing above P350 on the menu.

With its distinctive furnishings, relaxed vibe and a wait-staff that’s helpful and gracious, the sweet and savory concoctions (both food and drinks) are just icing on the cake. Cafe Selva boasts a perfect atmosphere where you can unwind, a bright space where you can be on your laptop for hours, a nook where you can read a book, have a quiet lunch or just drop by for a pastry. But we do suggest you take a seat, coffee and treat in hand, for the complete experience.

Located on Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Talamban, Cebu City, Cafe Selva is open from Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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