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Monday, February 6, 2012

Cafes in Naga: Rafabel's Cakes and Patisserie

Naga City - Our city is home to many homegrown cafe brands. At SM City Naga, there are two homegrown coffee shops and one is presently located just right outside the SM Cinema.

The second homegrown cafe that we have in the mall is the Rafabel's Cakes and Patisserie. Prior to their branch at SM, they started along Panganiban Drive fronting St. John Hospital. Unnoticed by many back in the days, Rafabel's was already sampling Naga City with junior sizes up until they offered whole cakes plus cookies and other pastries. I remember dropping by along Panganiban just to buy a solo cake from them. There was a time when the coffee shop closed their SM Branch for quite some time and kept me wondering that it's impossible for them to close because its obvious they have many regular customers. Only to know that they underwent renovation and that was a big relief.

I don't know if you will agree but Rafabel's has indeed established their brand especially in terms of cakes. Boxes and boxes of cakes are usually all out during special days of the year. No themed cakes but only relying on the classic cakes but all are exquisitely baked. Their cakes are not that sweet but just sweet enough for the palate. They also serve Baked Lasagna which also tastes good. 

Clearly Rafabel's has drawn a lot of regulars at their SM City Naga branch which is right in front of the boutique Von Dutch. Now after quite some time, rumor has it that they will be joining the food and entertainment strip of Magsaysay Avenue. Now as one of the tenants at the ground floor of Villa Caceres Hotel, Rafabel's has found a match of their store concept that will complement the Venetian design of the hotel's newest wing. The cafe is beside the new Bistro Roberto also a decades-old entertainment provider to many Naguenos. 

So yesterday, September 3, I asked my friends who would want to go with me to Rafabel's Magsaysay just to see the store up close and personal before everybody gets to enjoy the place haha. My only break from my Saturday routine was 12 noon to 2pm. So, I haven't eaten my lunch that's why coffee and cake became my lunch instead. I learned that they will be having their grand opening today, September 4. Congratulations to Rafabel's for this new venture! Thanks for adding up to Naga's fine coffee experience. Here's a few photos of their newest branch. Enjoy!

My favorite cakes would be Oreo Cheesecake, Ube Cake and Choco Mousse. For the drinks, I like the Choco Mudslide and their Dilmah Tea. 

Rafabel's Naga Cakes and Patisserie
Facebook Page: Rafabel's Naga
SM City Naga Branch: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
 Magsaysay Avenue Branch: 8:00 am to 2:00 am


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