THE BEST COFFEE IN DUMAGUETE: ShimmerSpill Cafe Review

Best Coffee in Dumaguete

Maybe it’s the Australian in her, but Zowie is constantly on the hunt for good coffee. After 8 months spent in Dumaguete sipping every cuppa she could get her hands on, she may have just found the best coffee in Dumaguete at ShimmerSpill. This newly opened cafe in downtown Dumaguete serves up the goods and is a must visit for coffee fans.

HOW TO GET TO SHIMMERSPILL CAFE

If you’re looking to try the best coffee in Dumaguete, you’ll find ShimmerSpill across the street from the West City Elementary School. It’s on the second floor, right above Jocsonalized Beauty Salon, or you can just use the map below.

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AMBIENCE AT SHIMMERSPILL CAFE

ShimmerSpill is cosy and intimate, with a main seating area decked out with lounges, bench style seating, pretty lanterns and fairy lights.

Shimmer Spill Cafe - best coffee in Dumaguete
Shimmer Spill Cafe - best coffee in Dumaguete

Through the archway you’ll find the bar and display cabinet, showcasing all the delicious desserts. ShimmerSpill isn’t only a great daytime spot to find the best coffee in Dumaguete, it’s also an inviting place for casual drinks and dinner with friends.

Shimmer Spill Cafe - best coffee in Dumaguete
Shimmer Spill Cafe - best coffee in Dumaguete

OKAY, BUT WHY IS IT THE BEST COFFEE IN DUMAGUETE?

Leave your expectations of brewed coffee at the door. The coffee at ShimmerSpill is creamy, smooth and has just the right amount of froth (if you’re ordering a latte). These are the things Zowie looks for in a coffee, which is why ShimmerSpill has taken the crown for the best coffee in Dumaguete. At just $2 USD for a latte and $1.70 for a cappuccino, you can’t really go wrong. ShimmerSpill also earns bonus points for having an adorable kitty to play with.

Best Coffee in Dumaguete

WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE?

The good news is that ShimmerSpill isn’t one of those places that specialises in coffee and serves mediocre food. The food is as exceptional as the coffee! We’re creatures of habit and keep going back to the same tried and tested dishes, and Shimmer Spill consistently delivers quality food. Their grilled chicken salad with balsamic dressing is one of our favourites, and their buttered chicken is up there with the best in the biz.

Food at Shimmer Spill
Food at Shimmer Spill

Not just home to the best coffee in Dumaguete, ShimmerSpill also serves up some mean desserts. Their raspberry cheesecake is superb if you like your sweets with a little tang, and their brazo de mercedes is for the real sweet tooths out there.

Dessert at Shimmer Spill
Dessert at Shimmer Spill

The next time you’re in town, be sure to stop by ShimmerSpill and get yourself the best coffee in Dumaguete, and stay for a meal or two. You won’t be disappointed!

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WHERE TO STAY NEAR DUMAGUETE

Most people who visit Negros Oriental are told to stay in Dumaguete, but what they really mean by that is stay around Dumaguete. True, Dumaguete City has plenty of tourist inns and budget hotels, but it’s the surrounding towns of Dauin and Zamboanguita that offer the best spots to stay. There’s not a whole lot to do in the city itself, so when you stay in the nearby municipalities there’s plenty of nature to explore whilst still being nice and close to Dumaguete City. Check out our top picks for accommodation near Dumaguete City.

LUXURY: Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, Dauin

Atmosphere Resorts & Spa in Dauin is the resort to stay at if you’ve got a big budget and fancy the finer things in life. Atmosphere has hosted its fair share of local celebrities and deep pocketed divers looking for the best beachfront luxury in Dauin. Read our full review of Atmosphere Resorts & Spa here.

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MIDSCALE: Mike’s Dauin Dive Resort, Dauin

If you want to stay by the ocean without breaking the bank, Mike’s Dauin Dive Resort in Dauin is a comfortable midscale accommodation option perfect for diving enthusiasts. If you’ve never dived before, you can get your certification at Mike’s, and divers of all skill sets can enjoy the abundance of macro diving opportunities in and around Dauin.

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BUDGET: Bongo Bongo Divers, Dauin

Bongo Bongo Divers is one of the most popular hostels in Dauin for backpackers looking for cheap accommodation in a convenient location. The rooms are simple, without any glitz and glam, but the vibe is fun and welcoming. They have a variety of room styles to choose from, ranging from couples rooms to AC or fan only dorms.

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AIRBNB: Villa Amani, Zamboanguita

Villa Amani in Zamboanguita is the perfect holiday home for small families or groups of friends looking for privacy that a traditional resort or hotel can’t offer. The main house sleeps 4 with additional space for 2 in the guest house, or you can book the guest house separately if it’s just the 2 of you and you’re on a budget. The property has a swimming pool, an unbeatable view of Apo Island and kayaks to use whenever you want. Read our full review of Villa Amani here.

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MORE NEGROS ORIENTAL GUIDES:

Baslay Highland Brew Coffee, Dauin
Best Burgers in the Philippines, Cliff House Valencia
Boho Dreams Grill & Cafe, Dumaguete
Forest Camp Review, Valencia
Atmosphere Resorts Review, Dauin
Street Food, Dumaguete Boulevard

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