The Honesty Coffee Shop


The Ivatans are well known for their honesty. I have personally experienced it when I visited the beautiful province of Batanes.

"Honesty is the best policy" his statement remains true in the province of Batanes particularly in the municipality of Ivana.

The shop is owned and operated by married couple Jose and Elena Gabilo. The store opened in 1995 after Elena's retirement.  This coffee shop was originally named Honesty Cafe in 1998 while some local residents call it Honesty Store.

The shop is located beside the Port of Ivana.

Honesty Coffee Shop isn’t your ordinary shop. The store remains unmanned the entire day and it is always open. You will not find a cashier or security guard in it.


It is a typical Pinoy Sari-Sari store and Coffee Shop combined where you can sit, relax and have some coffee. Let me mentioned that I love their brewed coffee. Each item has a price tag while some item prices are listed on the wall. Aside from snacks you can also buy souvenirs in the store.


You can get what you need or what you want then just write down the items that you took with its corresponding amount. You can drop the payment on the designated boxes. Because of the way they do business the Coffee Shop became a tourist spot on its own. It is famous not just in the Philippines but worldwide.


You can find an interesting sign on the wall that says “This store is too small for dishonest people.”


Simple rules hung on the wall of the shop.

  • Self-service only
  • Get what you need
  • Pay for whatever you need
  • If you have no change, knock at the next door
  • If no one answers, sorry you give more than the price
  • Always remember, "honesty is the best policy"









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  1. 소설 속 ‘지음’은 작가가 어린 시절 살았던 탄광 인근 마을의 기억과 군 제대 후 카지노 근처에서 아르바이트한 경험을 녹여 탄생시킨 공간이다. 현직 출판 편집자이기도 한 수상자 강성봉 작가는 탄탄한 문장력을 바탕으로, 위태로운 한국 사회의 문제의식이 압축된 지음이란 가상의 도시를 생생하고 핍진하게 묘사해냈다. 전체 범위의 설계 도구 및 제품 문서를 포함하는 견고하고 혁신적인 제품 및 솔루션을 사용하여 세계 최고의 설계를 효율적인 방식으로 구축하십시오. 시스템 통합자, 리셀러, 소프트웨어 또는 코인카지노 기술 공급업체에 관계없이 Axis는 귀사의 목표를 강력하게 지원하는 파트너 프로그램을 보유하고 있습니다. 박스 포장은 택배 배송이 가능한 규격과 무게를 준수하며, 고객의 단순변심 및 착오구매일 경우 상품의 반송비용은 박스 당 부과됩니다.

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