After abruptly closing in Battersea due to issues with a landlord at the end of 2021, Filipino coffee shop and bakery Kapihan has announced that it’s returning to the neighbourhood. Founded by brothers Nigel and David Motley, and run with their family, Kapihan was all about celebrating the best of Filipino cafe culture, brewing speciality coffee sourced directly from independent farms in the Philippines and serving up traditional breads and pastries.
The new site will be a modern take on a Bahay Kubo, a traditional Filipino stilt house, which the Kapihan team have had designed and made using sustainable materials in the Philippines. Baked goods will be a key part of the cafe, with bibingka, leche flan, pandesals and ensaymada on the menu, with the Espesyal Royale Bibingka (with house cured salted egg, ube halaya & queso de bola) available in limited numbers on weekends. And of course there’ll be coffee too, with their own blends including Barako (with jackfruit and cacao nibs notes) and Sitio Belis (with calamansi and toasted nut notes).
The team also revealed that they pulled out of a site in Vauxhall for a big Kapihan with a panaderia and roastery but are still working on the idea, so there could potentially be another new opening in the pipeline.
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Opens January 2023
547 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 3BL