After having lunch at Corner Tree Cafe in Bel-Air, we drove up to Poblacion to try Commune’s fluffy animal 3D coffee art which has been trending on Instagram lately. The designs look unbearably artistic and inspiring! If you’re like us who are into ridiculously cute-looking stuff like this, it’s a no-brainer to visit Commune PH in Makati. 🙂 Otherwise, I think you’ll be fine at the confines of this chic cafe while taking a step back and simultaneously admiring the tremendous level of skill involved in making coffee.

Review of Commune PH (Poblacion, Makati)

Ambiance: ★★★☆☆

The aesthetics of Commune looked clean and almost monochromatic, as is the architecture of the space itself. Each of the sections was arranged in a way that encourages social behavior but that also respects privacy. The one at the left of the serving counter featured a tall, high-top, bar-height set of table and stools, offering a comfortable setting for solo eaters.

Running down the central portion was the long communal table, which is most ideal for those who have a sense of kinship and are fine to overhear their neighbor’s conversation. The one at the right side had regular dining tables, perfect for people who do not like rubbing elbows together with seatmates. When you’re seated here though, you get less opportunity to meet a new friend or a cute stranger. 😛

Overall ambiance was bright but not too cozy and inviting as more cafes in the city. Adding perspective and working as an accent, the chalkboard wall with writings and scribbles makes up for a more fun and playful environment. The only thing I didn’t like and almost could not stand was the heat. Perhaps this was because we were so near the windows.

Service: ★★★★★

Service was kind and accommodating. Seeing the process of how the staff made our coffee was a good experience. It could be tricky to get a grasp on the dynamics. Truly, the execution of the art of the cappuccino we ordered requires some skill that elevates an ordinary cup to something special. There’s a theatrical aspect to it and it’s so satisfying when the outcome looks right.

Food: ★★★★☆

We had a quick scan on the menu and did not hesitate to ask the staff which item has the 3D art on it. It’s the Cappuccino (PhP 120), he replied. We had the bear, cat, and dog designs. 🙂 These coffee were blended to perfection and they felt like liquid silk on the tongue. The milk was a little too foamy and frothy but nothing disastrous. We took some minutes taking photos of the “character coffee” before finally taking our first sip.

Price for Value: ★★★★☆

High expectations were met at this cafe with its irresistible coffee designs. Commune must be a new local favorite. It certainly attracts a casual crowd that relishes a “quiet enough to talk” setting. Reasonable prices matched with fair value seal the deal for a great moment to share with friends. Food entrees, and not only coffee, are also available. We have to be back next time to try! 🙂

Because of my Gourmet Society card, I scored 20% discount off the bill! I won this card from Sam Oh’s Instagram contest a few months ago. Gourmet Society Philippines is a dining privilege card that provides its members 20% off their restaurant bill. With more than a hundred restaurants, they are rolling out more exciting offerings that will change the way dining is done here in Manila. Check out their FAQs page to learn more. 🙂

36 Polaris Street, Poblacion, Makati City
For inquiries, call (02) 2756324
Date Published: 02/13/2016
16 / 20 stars


Health and technology freak. Food and lifestyle blogger with a large appetite for food and travel.

Related Posts

24 Responses

  1. Aileen Adalid

    This is so cute! I haven’t been back in the Philippines for quite a while now and I miss all the quirky places there. I might be stopping by sometime this March so I’ll keep this in mind 😉

  2. Jaclyn Anne

    I have never seen 3D coffee art in person, but I would love to – I would be snapping tons of pics as well! Those cute little animal designs are so cute, and I bet the coffee tastes great as well. Thanks for the review, I really hope to have the chance to try these coffees myself one day!

  3. John Jackson

    I’m not too much into coffee, but I do like cappuccino. Here in Calbayog City we do not have too many place nice like this. We do have a Bo’s Coffee though. I recently found out that the 3-1 coffee that I’ve been drinking is not really so good for me, so I maybe get into the habit of going to Bo’s and next time I’m in Makati, maybe I’ll stop in here at Commune to check them out also. I’m a bit jealous that there are so many nice restaurants around Makati and I wish that they’d spread them out a little bit, especially in the Samar area. Oh well, this was a nice story and well written. I’m glad I took the time to read it.

  4. Shubhada

    Coffee with a 3D art seems to such a novelty! Looks like nice place. PH has so many places to visit.

  5. R U S S

    Where is this close to? I wanna bring my howe there. The interiors are impressive, clean but elegant. I like that the place is well-lit too.

  6. Tiffany Yong

    I love the coffee/… they look so adorable and cute! Simply instagrammable and fun! I think there’s one in Singapore too, so gonna find them!

  7. Katrina Centeno

    I want to try this. I just I remember this when I am in Manila. I like the no-nonsense design of the cafe. I will take note of the heat. I do not mind meeting a new friend at that communal table. 😉

  8. Elizabeth O.

    Who wouldn’t love a clean looking coffee shop full of hip art, right? That’s really nice, I like the ambiance. The coffee looks great as well, it would be nice to spend time here while catching up with friends.

  9. ARISA

    That latte art is so adorable, reminds of of all the hipster cafes we have here in Malaysia, you should come by and visit!

  10. Lori

    I saw so many fluffy 3D art, but never had one. I want such a coffee too. Too bad I’m far away from this lovely coffee house you present… But the 3D art looks great!

  11. Fred

    I get confused with Makati because I rarely go to other places there except for Glorietta and Greenbelt. I noted there were black “stains” (?) on the white ceiling. What are they? They do not look too clean given the chic decor, judging on the photo.

  12. Danessa Foo

    The idea of open bar concept is very refreshing… customers rarely get a chance to see exactly how their coffee drinks are made. This cafe looks nice and cosy for a warm cuppa on a rainy day :))

  13. Erica

    I like the homey neighborhood ambiance! And though I’m not a big coffee drinker, I’d give those a try for the cuteness overload.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.