Pristine white sand beaches, century-old Baroque-style churches, world-class diving spots, different adventure parks, the famous Chocolate Hills and let’s not forget the tarsiers. But Bohol is more than that, it is also home to Café Lawis.
A fusion of a museum, a souvenir shop and a restaurant. Plus a scenic view. That’s how I define Café Lawis.
The café is located beside Dawis Church (Our Lady of Assumption Church), which is 3 km away from the capital Tagbilaran City. You can have a jeepney or tricycle driver bring you there. However, if you are luxurious enough, then ride a habal-habal that gives a perfect trip at night. The main concept of this cozy café is an incorporation of a museum, a souvenir shop and a restaurant – yes all that in one establishment!
Expect a relaxing step back to the past as you enter the age-old building. On your left is an exhibit of antique items and religious sculpture relics. On your right is the souvenir shop area that features various handicrafts like artisan jewelry and traditional accessories with a modern twist, all made by the locals.
Handumanan roughly translates to remembrance or memento
Now for the café, its menu ranges from Italian to (mainly) Filipino cuisine. They serve salad, soups, paninis, pastas, rice meals, seafood, hot chocolate and hot coffees, and shakes. Its friendly staff are always ready to chat with the customers. I had a good conversation with them and felt like I was taste testing their food while they stood in front of me. Approach them and you’ll never regret it.
Fiesta pork humba with bananas for ₱125
Freshly-baked Chocolate Soufflé with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream for ₱95
The food is quite pricey but the taste will explain to your tastebuds why the menu is priced that way. The pork humba is served fairly. The chocolate soufflé is indeed worth it. You should give it a try! One of their bestsellers is panini (which I also ordered but too much excitement made me eat it right after it was served lol).
Reservation is not necessary. You can dine inside the restaurant or if you opt for a more relaxing and more picturesque view, I highly suggest you to try al fresco dining under the tall and wide centuries-old acacia tree.
Such a romantic scene right?
Here’s their contact information:
+63 38 411-4904
Make sure to include it in your itinerary and tell me what you think about it!