For a tropical country, it may seem that milkshakes are far less common than the zesty and refreshing fruit shake. But look closer and you'll see that these creamy and frozen concoctions are everywhere! Although it's often listed at the bottom of restaurant menus, we're giving you some cool joints that put the spotlight on this classic milky-cold drink. Don't blame us if you end up wishing for summer all-year-round!
Milkshake fans celebrated when this British dessert chain made its way to Manila. And who wouldn't be excited? With their wide assortment of flavors, you'll be wishing you had enough space in your tummy to try them all. For the uninitiated, the Instagram-worthy Mae (P250/regular, P310/large) will probably the best decision you'll make all week. If the sight of its toffee popcorn don't make you want to down the whole cup, we don't know what will.
Shakeaway has branches at Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio and UP Town Center, Quezon City.
2) Starr's Famous Shakes
Starr's Famous Shakes is probably the O.G. of downright thick milkshakes in the Metro. Their Katipunan branch is an institution, serving all-time classic beverages to Quezon City residents and students of nearby universities. Their Make-Your-Own milkshakes start at only P95 where you can choose from any of their rich drink bases: Strawberry, Toffee, Banana, Vanilla, and more. Each of their sweet toppings, like mini mallows and Nestle Crunch, range from P30 to P50âa steal, which lets you pack on your preffered add-ons without limits!
See a list of Starr's Famous Shakes branches.
There are many good things about Farmacy, but it's time to put the limelight on their no-fail milkshakes, which are considered some of the creamiest in town. Their milkshakes use Farmacy's homemade ice cream and are deliciously indulgent. Start with their Very Thick Strawberry Milkshake (P260)—and don't doubt it when they say "very thick."
Farmacy has branches at Net Lima, Bonifacio Global City and Greenhills, San Juan City.
4) Sweet Ecstasy
They're called Sweet Ecstasy for a reason—their thick-and-creamy drink creations will send you to milkshake heaven! This burger shop offers a slew of milkshake options, from classic Vanilla (P200) to adult flavors with alcohol like Sex Berry (P230). Pro-tip: They go perfectly with Sweet Ecstasy's crispy fries.
Sweet Ecstasy has branches at Jupiter Street, Makati City; Uptown Parade, Uptown Bonifacio; and Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig City.
The Lost Bread wins this round when it comes to borderline wild cold beverages. From the looks itself, the Popshake (P295) seems too difficult to finish everything by yourself. The creamy base is made with a smooth mixture of chocolate and hazelnut. And it doesn't stop at chocolate syrup and whipped cream extras, as it's topped with a chocolate-and-pistachio-covered banana popsicle, too.Â
The Lost Bread is at 4/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City.
6) Sunnies Cafe
Chic space? Check. Yummy tacos? Yup. Super creamy shakes? Yes, they got it. Many people go to Sunnies Cafe for their picturesque interiors and food, but people also often come back for their milkshakes, which they offer in many exciting flavors. The Kimye (P190) is a crowd favorite, with cookies and cream ice cream, Nutella, crushed Oreos, whipped cream, and malted milk.
See a list of Sunnies Cafe branches.
Sebastian's Ice Cream became popular for their—what else—ice cream and sorbets that come in unexpected Filipino themes such as mangga't bagoong and sapin-sapin. Now, they're taking their chances a notch further by offering equally surprising flavors at their latest Ayala Mall Vertis North branch. Say hello to the Taho (P160) and Birthday Cake (P160) milkshakesâboth unique, fun, and somewhat weird...in a good way. The former features the same ingredients you'll get from your friendly neighborhood magtataho, like arnibal, the sweet syrup; soft and chewy sago; and a layer of silky tofu, all on top of Sweet Cream ice cream.
Sebastian's Ice Cream has branches at Ayala Malls Vertis North, Quezon City and Regis Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
Served in pastel lightbulb-shaped glasses, Megawatt's milkshakes are very IG-worthy. But it's not only their visual appeal that makes people order them—these milkshakes taste pretty darn good, too. Don't leave without trying the Ube Milkshake (P158), which flaunts a distinct earthy taste from the ube, combined with the creaminess of the ice cream.
Megawatt is at N. Domingo corner Gilmore Avenue, Quezon City.
9) Grind Bistro
Who's crazy enough to top milkshake with a slice of cake? Well, Grind Bistro is. This mind-blowing drink (is it still even called a drink?) called Vanilla Earthquake (P450) is already good for two hungry and sweets-loving adults. The colorful masterpiece is covered with candy sprinkles and chocolate syrup, and finished with a moist rainbow cake—talk about being extra.
Grind Bistro has branches at Net Park Building and SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.
This dessert joint doesn't only serve up handcrafted ice cream and some of the best churros in town, they also have dreamy milkshakes, which don't scrimp on the toppings! The Peanut Butter Brownie Shake (P350) is the perfect exampleâyou'll get a big glass of peanut butter-Nutella milkshake with chocolate-coated wafer balls and a warm chocolate brownie.
St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert is at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.