It’s simply one of Leyte Island’s most beautiful urban cafés. Ciudad Coffee & Bar in Baybay City was tastefully-designed by its owner, Simoune (he’s a guy) to make the locals adapt to the modern approach of cafés found mostly in major cities in the Philippines. And you’re right, the name Ciudad directly translates to city in Spanish.
Let’s get straight: Baybay is still a 9-year old city so don’t expect supermalls and high-rise buildings. The city is quaint and houses that date back during the 1940s can still be found around downtown where most of its ground floors are now converted into commercial spaces.
In Ciudad, the laid-back provincial setting and urbanscape has intertwined and it’s sensational! The cafe is perfectly situated at Veterans Park, facing directly at Camotes Sea. And the best part? since Baybay is nestled on the west coast of the island, the sunset at sea is captivating!
Simoune himself is passionate in cooking. He studied culinary arts in Manila and did his research to ensure that the café’s menu is appealing and feasible to the Leyteño market especially in Baybay City—and he never failed on that. Here are my top picks that you should definitely try in the cafe:
TOP 5: Clubhouse Sandwich – ₱135
The Clubhouse Sandwich is the cafe’s best seller—toasted wheat bread, fried ham, lettuce, mayonnaise and a poached egg + fries. You simply can’t go wrong with this classic!
TOP 4: Bolognese – ₱145
This Italian pasta dish is a combination of ground beef, carrots, celery sticks, diced tomatoes, parsley and oregano, topped with parmesan cheese and garnished with blue chai flowers.
TOP 3: Pork Barbecue – ₱100 (promo) Chicken Barbecue – ₱70
Baybay is famed for its tender and juicy chicken barbecue. Ciudad improvised the classic barbecue recipe by adding more spices to it—the smokey flavor is such a delish!
TOP 2: Buffalo Wings – ₱185
The chicken wing section is deep-fried, unbreaded, and coated in vinegar, cayenne pepper, Sriracha sauce and mojos, paired with a ranch dip. This American recipe is truly flavorful.
Sesame Beef – ₱125
It’s basically rice topped with thinly sliced beef cooked in soy sauce and lemon juice and garnished with caramelized onion rings and sesame seeds.
Cassava Chips – ₱100
It’s a Ciudad original recipe. They made use of Baybay’s famous kabkab and invented a thick, white sauce. Trust me, I have no words to describe how fantastic the white sauce is! The dish is sprinkled with Blue Chai flowers.
and the winner…
TOP 1: Randolf Burger — ₱300
Double pure beef patty + cheddar cheese + fresh lettuce + cucumber + mustard + tomato ketchup + mayonnaise + pickle relish = burger perfection. I know, it’s pricey for a piece of burger but it’s worth it. The pure beef patty is thick.
So there you have it. I’m not telling you to try everything all at once. haha! Ciudad is innovative in cooking and food presentation. Kudos to Chef Simoune Astorga for the great food!
- Location: Seaside Promenade – Veterans Park, Baybay City, Leyte
- Business Hours: 7:00AM – 12:00MN
- Website: http://www.ciudadcoffeebar.com
- Contact Number: +63 (053) 563-7627