This eye-catching signboard along Calle Agoncillo at the Heritage Town of Taal would make you wonder how this coffee shop was named. The café was named after the painting of Juan Luna, where a male and female local looked to opposite directions as if they are not in good terms.
Tampuhan Café, owned by Mr. Benj and Atty. Marjorie de Castro, does not only serve food and beverages, but also provides bed and breakfast service. The café is built on the ground floor of this “bahay na bato” and the room accommodations at the upper floor.
After a worthwhile yet tiring day exploring Taal Town, I decided to stay for the night so I could visit the old Taal Church ruins at Barangay San Nicholas the next day. I checked in at Tampuhan Café to rest my weary feet. The staff were friendly and extended their kind services during my stay.
Place for Hangout
Take an enjoyable coffee break at the café with friends and be engaged as you learn from the Batangueno vocabulary posted on the wall. You may also post your notes on their freedom board and leave your memories of happiness from the café.
The café also offers delectable snacks such as pasta, pizza, crepe and pastries ranging from P70-P100. Beat the heat with their refreshing ice blended drinks such as cucumber mint shake, choco java chip, iced turtle mochaccino, and tasty tampuhan halo-halo (P55-P135). Try their loming Taal (P85) and rice meals like Tapsilog, Spamsilog, Vincent Tapalong and Hunghangsilog (P120-P130).
Relaxing Overnight Stay
If you are daydreaming of sleeping in a Spanish-inspired quarter, Tampuhan Café could share this experience with you. Like any other ancestral house, the house maintains wooden squash stairs, hanging lamps or chandeliers, and windows with capiz shells. The owner also preserved an old ceramic chess board and a vintage camera.
Tampuhan Café’s bed-and-breakfast services cost P800/person per night complete with what you need for your overnight stay.
The casa offers two air-conditioned rooms with four-poster beds and bath towel.
Beside the rooms lie the mini-sala, mini-library and dining area overlooking the peaceful Pansipit River from the window. Two open windows invite the refreshing cool breeze of the day. By the way, the Pansipit River connects the Taal Lake and Balayan Bay. According to history, ships have once crossed the river until the eruption of Taal volcano, which caused the river floor to rise and making it less navigable.
The dining area could accommodate around eight (8) people. At night, the yellow light from the hanging lamp radiates both a homey and romantic ambience (depending on who you’re with – your friends or your date hehe).
The house has a common comfort room that is kept clean, with hot and cold shower and toiletries like soap, body wash and shampoo. What entertained me were the presence of the chandelier in the comfort room and the life-sized mural of a Filipino lady dressed in saya and covering her nose beside the toilet.
For breakfast on my Day 2 adventure, I ordered Tapang Taal. The serving went with caesar’s salad, egg omelet and fried rice cooked the Tampuhan Café way.
I met two new friends who occupied the other room in Tampuhan Café. Together, we jumped into the car of Sir Benj, the owner, as he cheerfully toured us around Taal Town, to as far as the Old Taal Church ruins and Taal Lake at Brgy. San Nicolas. I express my sincere gratitude for his kindness and generosity to visitors like us. We had the opportunity to get to places that our feet could hardly reach. 🙂
With all these, I would like to say, there’s no “tampo” in Tampuhan Café, just good memories.
For inquiries and reservations,you may contact the owners at 0917 890 3566 or visit Tampuhan Cafe on Facebook.
Check out the significant places to visit around the Heritage Town of Taal here.
Get to know more about the Balisong Art of Taal here.