Snacking and Dessert-ing in Davao

If you have a sweet tooth—or even if you don’t—you will be very pleased to know that aside from scrumptious meals, Davao City also serves yummy, happy snacks, and delicious, mouth-watering, close-your-eyes-in-bliss desserts.

Disclosure: Our visit was sponsored by the following restaurants. All opinions remain my own and are in no way influenced by the establishments. (Just by the food!)

Our “headquarters” during DFAT 2010, Mam Bebs is a snug bakery serving bread, pastries, and also meals for merienda, lunch or dinner at student-friendly (or, employed-people-on-a-really-really-tight-budget-friendly) prices. They’ve got pancit, spaghetti, mami, batchoy, siopao, and pies.

Mam Bebs Bakeshop in Davao
I stuffed my plate with food, yes. Presentation fail.


My personal favorites: the potato rolls—aiyayay!— and the mango squares. OMG THE MANGO SQUARES. There are many times after I’ve returned to Manila when I suddenly have a craving for these mango squares… I wonder if I can have some shipped? Haha!

I shared my table with Mica and Melo, who took pictures WAY better than mine. I think I was too busy gobbling up mango squares while he was doing that. Haha!

Price Range: Hot Meals – P30 to P80, Pastries – P300 – P600
Location: CVA Building, CM Recto Street, Davao City
Contact Numbers: +6382-22718131, +6382-3018691
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KANGAROO Coffee Company
I’m no coffee connoisseur—seeing as I’m actually not supposed to drink coffee…supposedly—but I do love me a cup of flavored caffeine. I usually go to coffee shops not for the coffee, really, but to smell the fresh brew, relax, read, and spend time with friends.

The moment I entered Kangaroo Coffee Company, I knew it’s one coffee shop where I can do that. Cool paintings adorned the walls, tables are arranged for relaxed meetings, and the friendly staff are…super friendly.

The place also gets plus points for clever cake names.

Yeaaaaah ’80s reference!

I ordered the blended Durian coffee, seeing as I was in the Durian city and all. I LOVE IT!!! I wasn’t so full still (and if we weren’t about to have dinner in about an hour) I probably would have ordered another one.

I love the blended Durian Coffee!

Ria makes this her office, I think. And if I lived in Davao, I’d probably do the same thing.

KANGAROO Coffee Company
Tionko Street corner V. Mapa Street, Davao City
Contact Numbers: +6382-2222766
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LACHI’S Sans Rival Atbp.
Do not be fooled by the restaurant name. Lachi’s is more than sans rival. In fact, I would like to focus on the “at iba pa” part of their name.

Lachi’s is known for its desserts, but they also serve sandwiches, sausages, and other “Tummy Warmers”. There’s a whole list to choose from, each plate is for only 60-150 pesos.

The Unforgettable Pork Ribs


Tofu in Teriyaki Sauce


Pork Marinara


My personal favorite is the laing. Laing isn’t one of my favorite food, so I didn’t take a photo of it, but one bite of LACHI’S laing blasted it into my Top 10 Favorite Dishes Ever.

After the main course comes… the REAL main course.

There was sans rival, three kinds of cheesescake, sylvannas, a mocha cake, and four—FOUR—kinds of chocolate cake. Ooh-lala, I have died and gone to chocolate heaven.

But the most incredibly delicious thing I had that night would have to be the durian cheesecake. Look at this photo:

DFAT bloggers at Lachi’s


See that? See that goofy smile on my face with a fork in my mouth? I blame this cake right here:

photo from Kusina Maria

Again, I was too busy eating and being deliriously happy that I skipped taking photos. Yeeeeah, I let the other bloggers do the work. Like Cai, I just waited for my turn to eat. Haha!


LACHI’S Sans Rival Atbp.
Price Range for Hot Dishes: P60 – P150
Price Range for Pastries: P50 – P100
Location: VAL Learning Village, Ruby Street, Marfori Heights, Davao City
Contact Number: +63916-9841183
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After a full, busy day of running (and eating and eating and eating) around Davao city, Jose Rafael Fine Coffee was the perfect place for a night cap. It was already around midnight, and by this time I was exhausted. Fortunately, I was able to secure a corner seat on the sofa and zone out while inhaling the sweet scent of coffee beans. How I managed to intelligently participate in conversations, I have no idea. But I do know that I chatted pretty enthusiastically with Winston, Dulce and Brendel.

I did perk up, however, when I smelled something aside from coffee: I smelled the heavenly aroma of chocolate. And then there appeared before me was a Choco Chip Jaffle.

Made of two layers of waffle folded together, and with chocolate chips in between. Served hot and melt-in-your mouth. Jose Rafael’s Choco Chip Jaffle is something that, from that moment on, will continuously crave for. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Literally.

Jose Rafael serves coffee blends that use coffee beans from different parts of the world. They also serve local coffee blends—which I’ll try when I go back—tea selections, and chocolate drinks.

Price Range: P80 – P200
Locations: Door 2, Phase 1 Insular Village, Lanang, Davao City (Next to China Bank); Buhangin Branch
Petron Complex, Airport View, Diversion Road, Davao City
Contact Numbers: +6382-3055698 and +6382-2351647
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7 thoughts on “Snacking and Dessert-ing in Davao

  1. Cesar Noel December 26, 2010 / 10:37 pm

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  2. Cesar Noel December 26, 2010 / 10:37 pm

    Try to visit Wings and Dip, Tiny Kitchen and Pepper and Peppers next time you visit.

    • Sarah December 27, 2010 / 4:51 pm

      Aha! Noted. 😀 Thanks!

  3. Ria Jose December 27, 2010 / 1:10 am

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  4. Ria Jose December 27, 2010 / 1:10 am

    Come back soon! 🙂

    • Sarah December 27, 2010 / 4:51 pm

      Will do, will do 🙂

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