Honesty Coffee Shop Batanes was a bit misleading to me because I thought it was an actual cafe, but in reality, it’s more of a tourist pitstop.
Although you can get freshly brewed coffee and some local cookies, it’s the unique concept that covers its entirety.
How it works
Honesty Coffee Shop Batanes is basically a self-service store originally built to serve travelers a “home away from home.” All you need to do is choose your items, pay honestly, and list them on the logbook. If you have extra bucks to spare, I encourage you to give more to support the old couple behind the store.
It’s cool because its history is painted on the wall just outside. People might think it’s pure business, but I’d like to believe that it’s also a sincere way to believe in people.
Cookies range from PHP 20 up to PHP 150. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of these cookies because they taste somehow paper-like, maybe because of the packaging. There’s also an unusual aftertaste, which may be the result of exposure to the ever-changing temperatures.
I would love to try them when they’re freshly baked.
There is freshly brewed coffee available to warm you up. I forgot how much it costs per cup but I’m sure it’s below PHP 50. The strong aroma will tease you into getting one. Other snacks and bottled drinks are available, too.
If you’re still confused about how it works, here are some reminders! I honestly wish we could be more like this in Manila.
Honesty Coffee Shop Batanes is located in Ivana, South Batan. Not sure about their store hours, though.
You may make Honesty Coffee Shop your side trip when going (or maybe after) your Sabtang Island tour.
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