Written by Ina Louise Manto
A trip to Batangas will probably make you think of getting a dose of sun and sea due to its many beach towns, but there are plenty of spots for foodies too — if you know where to look. This cafe may be named Lihim, but it’s a secret spot you will keep coming back to, especially if you love green spaces, a relaxing ambiance, and an expansive menu that will keep you full for hours.
A not-so-secret spot
Unlike typical cafes you can easily go to as it’s just by the highway or at a commercial building, Lihim Cafe is a destination you would have to drive for. If you’ve ever visited the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, you would have to spend a little more time on the road to reach this quaint cafe.
Trust that the drive will be worth it, as the cafe is already a sight to behold the moment you enter the resort grounds. Lihim Cafe is tucked inside Gunita Villas and Pavillion, which is known for its event facilities and exclusive stays. Surrounded by vast green space and fruit-bearing trees, the location of this cafe is already relaxing to look at. Lots of fresh air to breathe in, which is something you might’ve been craving.
Offering both indoor and alfresco dining options, Lihim resembles a glass house, making it an Insta-worthy location. Its design also adds to the dining experience: what’s more pleasurable than feasting on good food and enjoying meaningful conversations with your company while getting to appreciate a relaxing nature view?
If you’re visiting during the day, it’s better to stay indoors and feel comfy in the air-conditioned ~goodness~. But if you’re visiting late in the afternoon or in the evening, go for the alfresco seats. Relish the cool breeze and be illuminated by the dreamy fairy lights, especially in the roof deck area. If you’re bringing a date, definitely go for the second floor!
Make sure to visit Lihim Cafe on an empty stomach because its expansive menu will make you want to try everything. From its cafe choices to its mains and rice bowls, there’s truly a menu option for every type of foodie. P.S. They serve big portions too!
If you’re visiting for snacks and a quick chikahan with your barkada, Lihim has the usual coffee and non-coffee-based drinks you can pair with their selection of cakes and pastries. They have partnered with Ijo Bakery and now offer its cult fave and best-selling croissants, so you’re in for a treat already! No need to line up outside the bakery in Lipa, Batangas; you can get the flaky goodness everyone can’t get enough of right at Lihim Cafe.
If you want to have a feast with friends or family, there are plenty of filling dishes at the cafe: tender steaks, pasta, rice bowls, sandwiches, and more.
See their full menu here.
Location and operating hours
Lihim Cafe is located inside Gunita Villas and Pavilion in Santo Tomas-Lipa Road Barangay San Francisco, Santo Tomas City 4234 Batangas.
See their operating hours here:
This article was republished with permission from Windowseat.ph. Minor edits have been made for Bitesized.ph.