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Bo’s Coffee in Island Central Mactan: Digital Nomad Cebu Hotspot

The latest Cebu branch of the Philippine coffee chain is a cozy two-storey location in a new mall in Lapu-Lapu City- the Island Central Mactan. We went there when it…

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The latest Cebu branch of the Philippine coffee chain is a cozy two-storey location in a new mall in Lapu-Lapu City- the Island Central Mactan. We went there when it was newly-opened and so it wasn’t as crowded as most coffee shops are in the city.

On the ground floor of Bo’s Coffee in Island Central Mactan is a long and high table that can be a good place to work on, especially for a group of friends or colleagues. It has a number of power outlets that should be enough to handle several laptops and other gadgets.

Bo's Coffee Island Central Mactan

BO’S COFFEE ISLAND CENTRAL MACTAN. This branch is open from 6 a.m. until midnight.

Ample power outlets

There are a few more tables on the ground floor as well as outside the cafe. Both the ground and second floors have ample power outlets. While not all tables have sockets, there are more than what is available in your average cafe.

The visually appealing industrial finish of the ceiling, however, turns the 2nd floor into an echo chamber that can be quite distracting when you work. Voices and laughter are amplified. Whenever the barista pounds on the filter of the coffee machine to clean it, you’d think someone was operating a jackhammer. Still, the noise can be cancelled out by a decent headphone playing Vivaldi close to the maximum volume.

Bo’s Coffee Island Central Mactan

ECHO CHAMBER. Noise is amplified on the 2nd floor and could be quite distracting if you’re working on something.

Average WiFi connection

The coffee shop’s free WiFi connection is about average – repeated Speedtest checks logged download speeds of about 2 Mbps and upload speeds of .253 Mbps. The area, however, has good Smart LTE coverage and you’re better off using an LTE device or your phone as portable hotspot.

The cafe has enough parking spaces since it is located in a mall. Island Central’s basement parking, however, is still undergoing works and can be difficult and tight to maneuver.

The coffee shop opens daily at 6 a.m. and closes at midnight.

Your other options in the immediate area are the nearby Starbucks in Marina Mall, Coffee Way a little farther away and the Uke Hub Cafe, which has been generating quite a buzz (we’ll write about it in a future post). Nothing outstanding will make you choose this coffee shop over the nearby locations. Of the coffee shops in the vicinity, however, Coffee Way stands out for being open beyond midnight.

Bo’s Coffee Island Central Mactan

POWER OUTLETS. While not all tables have power outlets, there are more than what is available in your average cafe.

BO’S COFFEE ISLAND CENTRAL MACTAN
DIGITAL NOMAD HOTSPOT RATING: 8.14 out of 10

Connectivity: 7
The cafe’s free Wi-Fi connection offers average to below average speeds. The area, however, has strong Smart LTE signal.

Power source: 8.5
The cafe has ample power outlets for its users.

Work ambience: 8
Second floor can be noisy

Coffee: 8.5

Food: 8.5

Parking: 8.5

CR: 8
It doesn’t have its own CR. You can use the mall’s CR, which are, as of this writing, clean and well-maintained.

(Are you a digital nomad? Have you worked here? Share your experience in a comment below.)

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#DigitalNomad hotspot: Figaro in IT Park

If you are within the IT Park in Lahug, one of the best places to work in is Figaro in The Walk. Whenever we need to work within the vicinity,…

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If you are within the IT Park in Lahug, one of the best places to work in is Figaro in The Walk.

Whenever we need to work within the vicinity, we almost always choose Figaro because of 3 things: 1) it has strong LTE signal from Smart, 2.) it serves good food, and 3) it isn’t as noisy as the nearby Starbucks, Bo’s and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf outlets.

Figaro also provides enough power outlets for its customers: perfect for the digital nomad. Based on our experience working here, the place seems to have a regular set of loyal customers: some meeting clients, others working on stuff.

GREAT PLACE TO WORK IN. If you need a place to work in near the IT Park, Figaro should be top on your list.

GREAT PLACE TO WORK IN. If you need a place to work in near the IT Park, Figaro should be top on your list.

What helps Figaro stand out is the good food — mostly pasta dishes — that it offers on the menu.

Its staff is also polite and cheerful.

Figaro opens at 7:30 a.m. every day and closes at 1:30 a.m. on Sundays until Thursdays and 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Figaro IT Park

FUEL FOR AWESOME WORK. Figaro serves good food, particularly pasta dishes.

DIGITAL NOMAD HOTSPOT RATING: 9 out of 10

Connectivity: 9
The café’s Wi-Fi offers good speed. Site has strong LTE signal for Smart.

Power source: 9
The café has ample power outlets for its users – at least 12 outlets indoors for a café that can accommodate about 20 people

Work ambience: 9
No noisy teenagers shouting in conversation – a common scene in nearby Starbucks and CBTL outlets. Figaro seems to be a favorite of people who are doing work or holding meetings.

Figaro IT Park

AMPLE POWER SOURCE. Figaro provides enough power outlets for its customers.

Coffee: 8
Good tasting coffee.

Food: 9
Figaro serves great food—especially its pasta choices.

Parking: 9
With its location inside the IT Park, Figaro has ample parking space

CR: 7
It doesn’t have its own CR (the old comfort room was turned into a stock room). The Walk, however, has its own CR albeit it isn’t as clean as you’d want it to be.

Figaro The Walk

CENTRAL LOCATION. Figaro is located in The Walk in the IT Park in Lahug.

(Are you a digital nomad? Have you worked here? Share your experience in a comment below.)

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