10 Cute Coffee Shops For Winding Down
Milk isn't the only thing getting whipped in these adorable places. You'll be whipping your camera phone out too, so you can Instagram all that cuteness.
(SPOT.ph) Way back when six (fictional) Friends hung out at Central Perk, all they were concerned about was having a comfy spot to sit while sipping from oversized java cups.
Today, coffee shops don't just need to make sure their brew's on point, they also have to make sure that they've got Instagram game, too. Ambiance—plus a cute wall—is everything.
Check out these 10 must-visit (and must Instagram/Snapchat) cute cafés.
Books & Beans
This café is a hidden little nook along Pioneer Street. The interiors are rustic and very homey, but what we love most is there is a small National Book Store right next to it. You think, "Duh, but National Book Stores in malls have different cafés next to or near them!" The building where Books & Beans is located also happens to be the location of National Book Store's head office, then right next door is a warehouse. Just the thought of being that close to so many books makes us giddy, even if we can't see them. (Any bookworm can feel their presence.) Sit by the window with a cup of coffee and a book. Sure, you're probably overlooking Pioneer traffic, but the natural light makes for great reading.
Books & Beans is at G/F Quad Alpha Centrum Building, Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City.
We've been longtime fans of this pretty café inspired by Seoul's many coffee places. Indulge your inner hallyu here and guzzle a classic purple potato latte while sitting on a pretty chair you'll probably want to buy (interiors are designed by Space Encounters), while waiting for your very own Lee Min Ho or [insert your favorite oppa's name here] to come inside and fall in love with you.
Subspace is at Unit 103 G/F Grand Emerald Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
The Bunny Baker Café
If you love pink and fluff, and all things twee makes you squee, The Bunny Baker Café is the stuff pink and fluffy dreams are made of. The chair backs are two bunny ears and even their macarons are bunny-shaped. Make sure to order one of their lattes—the baristas have got their cute latte art game on.
Tweedle Book Café
Blink and you'll miss this little café tucked into one of the Scouts in Quezon City—make sure to Waze or Google Maps this, especially if you're a bookworm because this café was designed with the avid reader in mind. Wooden tables and chairs are reminiscent of old-school school libraries while the wood plank-covered ceiling has the names of beloved authors printed on them. There are floor-to-ceiling shelves stuffed with books in case you forgot your daily read at home.
Tweedle Book Café is at 106B Scout Gandia Street, Diliman, Quezon City.
Book & Borders
Allow us to show you how old we are, but back when e-books were still high concept and "paper books" were the only ruler of the reading world, there was a small membership-only library in Park Square and Robinsons Galleria called "The Armchair Reader." Being a member entitled you to borrow from a wide array of constantly updated titles for a small daily fee.
The place was like a bookworm's sanctuary in the middle of the mall and our parents liked to deposit us there when they would shop for breakables. The Armchair Reader had plush, cozy seats and warm reading lights that invited you to stay, linger, and read, read, read. We were sad when it closed, so we were thrilled to discover Book & Borders. While they don't rent out their books, you can read any of their selections for free while sipping a latte or tucking into one of their sandwiches. The seats are as plush and cozy as that book place we loved and lost.
Book & Borders is at 281 Tomas Morato, Diliman, Quezon City.
Mrs. Graham's Macaron Café
This teeny-tiny macaron café is so adorable that it looks almost unreal, like it was a set created for the latest rom-com or kiligserye. We love the pretty macaron lamps (we wish they made real macarons that big, too, we'd use it as a pillow before we tore into it), the quaint chairs, and the pink and white awning that looks even prettier at night.
Uke Box Caffe
If you loved Pixar's "Lava" short that accompanied Inside Out, then you'll love Uke Box. No, they don't have lovelorn, singing volcanoes, but they do serve ukeleles with your coffee. Settle into one of their cozy, fort-like booths and check out the ukuleles on display that you can buy. They also offer lessons and there's a small corner for intimate jamming sessions. It's the perfect college/high school tambayan.
Uke Box Caffe is at 2/F Village Center, 187 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Libis, Quezon City. Read more about Uke Box Caffe.
You'll be hard-pressed to suppress the English accent threatening to come out when you step foot into Costa Coffee's Angliophile-friendly surroundings. It's Union Jack central, with the U.K. flag all over the plush couches. There's a phone booth by the entrance, too. Warm shades of yellow, red, and green remind us of autumn and we love the large bespoke table that gives it such a rustic character.
This Costa Coffee branch is at Eastwood, Libis, Quezon City. They have branches at One World Place, Bonifacio Global City and Robinson's Ermita, Manila. Read more about Costa Coffee.
The Nook Café
This Harry Potter-inspired café draws a full house even on a random weekday afternoon. We got there a little before their 1 p.m. opening, and when we returned 20 minutes later, the small café was packed with Potterheads taking photos by the cupboard under the stairs, of the Marauder's Map, and hanging out at the loft-type second level where robes and other wizard paraphernalia were stashed (along with Muggle board games and the Harry Potter tomes, naturally).
We stayed outside where they even had their own version of Crookshanks, an orange stray tabby very comfortable in her digs (the café leaves out a tiny saucer of milk for her). She loves to welcome outside diners by hopping on the table and engaging you in a staring contest (could she be an Animagus?). She also serves as ad hoc quality inspector, she tried to lick our latte to make sure it wasn't doused with Polyjuice Potion.
The Nook Café is at 164A Maginhawa Street, Quezon City. Read more about The Nook Café.
Vanilla Cupcake Bakery
A swing, floral patchwork overstuffed chairs, pastels everywhere, pretty chandeliers, plus cupcakes...we'd be tempted to say this is heaven, but we don't see Bradley Cooper anywhere so we'll just settle for this being one of the most adorable cafés in Manila. Instagram the decor and stay for the yummy cupcakes.
This Vanilla Cupcake Bakery is at Two Parkade, 30th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Click here for a list of Vanilla Cupcake Bakery branches.
Photos by Patrick Martires