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We, Filipinos, are naturally food lovers. When we were young, there were these foods that our parents and our grandparents, especially, will surely love to prepare for us. There were also these foods that are distinct dish or menu of our family, and are even pass on from generation to generation. During feasts or occasions, there are still these foods that will always be present on our table tops. Who are not familiar with foods like biko, suman, puto and bibingka? These are just some of the foods I grew up munching that are really prepared at home and are made with love. As you are reading this, do you have in mind that famous delicacy your family is known to prepare? (Let me know through your comments below).

You are for sure familiar with these foods, right? Which one’s your favorite?

As I came to Cebu last year, I became fascinated with the city’s lights, with the unlimited offerings of some food shops and restaurants and its interior designs, the tastes of trendsetting milkteas and frappes and mostly with the instagrammable designs most of cafés and coffee shops have. However, my country-girl heart still seeks for that dishes I grew up with, and sometimes miss and wish to find some of those delicacies in the heart of Cebu. As I was browsing my Facebook newsfeed, I happen to see this post and my heart skipped a bit!

A similar post like this one on FB had caught my attention. I wanted to check the place for myself, and of course I cannot let that day passed without also getting this one good shot!

Thank God, that in this vast town like Cebu City,  I finally found the meriendas and local delicacies I am mostly familiar with. Not only that I found them, but what also delights my travel-spirit heart is I can pair these delicacies special in my heart while having a scenic mountain view. How lovely would that be, right? So with great excitement and without a doubt, to finally taste these long-time favorite delicacies we all grew up loving, I invited my friends to come and have fun!

L-R: The Minkay Life, Wife and Friend of Bisayang Lolo, Pink na Baboy Diary, Bisayang Lolo, Miss Divine (co-owner of Maharlicup), Chasing James and yours truly. The more, the merrier!

As we arrived in the place, it was raining so hard, so hard that we can hardly see the mountain top. However, this did not worry us, because we were welcomed by a foggy mountain which we can rarely see and experience in the city, so we were enjoying our mug with that foggy background. The fun just started…

The heavy rain welcomed us!
Wanting to get that perfect “mug” shot, but yeah,that fog is legit! No filters,no edits needed!

We had the chance to interview one of its co-owner, Ms. Divine Valiente, and we were inspired by their aspirations for the café. Maharlicup does not only give you a perfect view for your perfect mug, but more importantly, they showcase varied local delicacies all over the Philippines. Each delicacy has its own story, each representing its town. When you come to Maharlicup, you’re like touring around the Philippines, each is represented with a famous local delicacy. At the moment, most of their delicacies come from the different towns of Cebu, so more like you’re knowing the culture of Cebuanos through their delicacies served at Maharlicup.

Below are Maharlicup’s main local delicacies that you can check and taste when you visit at their place.

Bibingka from Asturias – the pride of Northern Cebu. I personally love the soft texture of this delicacy… and the taste? Similar to that bibingka our aunt prepares before when I was a child.
Naaay! Who wouldn’t love to lick those overloaded grated cheese atop of ensaymada? Definitely, this one is attention-stealer!
I quote Minkay’s line, “Only Filipinos eat morons”! Yessss! This is Leyte’s pride – MORON! I had the first taste of this last year when my husband’s classmate, who later became my classmate,too (Hi, Ma’am Khul!), brought morons to school and we all had a taste of this yummy delicacy! It’s a rice cake that is rolled and wrapped in a banana leaf. Sometimes, it comes with chocolate fillings, too.
DaanBantayan’s famous Royal Bibingka. Maharlicup was rooted from the term Maharlika – an ancient classification of Filipinos for noble or those with royal blood. So, I think, you’ll surely feel ROYAL with this supersized bibingka! 🙂
Presenting the pride of Argao – TORTA!
FUNFACT: Torta de Argao’s secret ingredient is the coconut wine or “tuba”, plus the sugar sprinkles and grated cheese atop.
This Yema Cake is very delightful and inviting to the eyes, something that you really can’t resist! I think millenials will surely love this delicacy as this one is very pleasing and indeed salivating!
Maahrlicup’s flagship! The famous Puto Maya– made of sticky rice and coconut milk, plus Cebu’s pride Sikwate, is indeed a perfect match! The ripe mango even adds to the perfect combination!

At some random times, Maharlicup also serves varied delicacies that some locals would bring into their café. They support micro entrepreneurs by purchasing these homemade delicacies and displaying it in their shop. By doing so, they help the small entrepreneurs get a sustainable living.

Imagine yourself having snacks here with your friends and families, and automatically, you were able to help out and support local communities without getting an idea! But now that you’re reading this, I hope you’ll support even more by spreading the news and sharing this good news to everyone!

I hope that you can come by at Maharlicup if you want to escape the noisy and busy street of the city. Or if you will bring some friends to Sirao, don’t miss the chance to drop by at this café as this is only by the Transcentral Highway. It is highly encouraged to come at golden hours to maximize the mountainous view. Most of the café’s loyal customers are bikers who pass by at 6AM having their runs.

Brgy. Malubog, Busay Transcentral Highway, Cebu City
Experience great delicacies with a great view at Brgy. Busay! Experience it at Maharlicup!


Other Information

Location: Brgy.Malubog, Transcentral Highway, Busay, Cebu City

Operating Hours: 6AM to 10PM

Facebook Page: Maharlicup

How to get there?

  • From JY Mall, ride a motorcycle (habal-habal) with a one-way fare of 75php to 100php.
  • You may ride a taxi or grab, however oftentimes, it is difficult to go back to city proper unless you ask the driver to wait for you and pay them with meter off.
  • You can also ride a taxi/grab going there and ride a habal-habal in going back to JY Mall.

Here’s a google map when you are coming from JY Square Mall to Maharlicup.

Happy munching, my dear laagans! Don’t forget to tag me when you had the chance to come by! Happy wandering!