(SPOT.ph) Sometimes, all you need is a breather. One afternoon with your friends, no phones, no responsibilities, just a fun and relaxing afternoon that will take away the stress of the real world. One way to do just that? Games.
While the concept of board game cafés may not be new, it certainly doesn’t mean that they’re no longer fun. In case you're tired of the same old cafés, we round up an updated list of places for food and games.
Snacks and Ladders
Snacks and Ladders is a board game-themed café that boasts over a hundred games. The café is located on the first floor, while the second floor features shelves of games, low tables, and bean bag chairs, giving off a casual vibe. From the classic Monopoly to amusing Cards Against Humanity, Jenga to Twister—it’s practically impossible not to find an enjoyable game for you and your friends.
Best played with: Battle Chips (P69), Card Against Humanitea (P89)
Rules of playing: First come, first served. Play all you want for a minimum fee of P150 (P50 for the gaming fee and a consumable P100 for snacks and drinks) for each player.
Snacks and Ladders is at 188 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
You’ve probably seen Laruan Atbp.’s brick wall sign all over Instagram, but this place offers more than just a picture-perfect ambience. Their shelves are brimming with numerous board and card games that range from popular to obscure. They frequently add games, too, so there’s always something new to try. And in case you enjoy the game too much, you can purchase it! Just check with the staff for the availability.
Best played with: Nachos (P185), Dark Chocolate Shake (P185)
Rules of playing: A consumable fee of P150 gets you unlimited play.
Laruan Atbp. is at G/F Luisa Building 2, 107 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Chemistea is a quaint café known for their unique concept of serving drinks in laboratory flasks. While their collection isn't as extensive as most, they do have the old favorites that everyone knows how to play such as chess and UNO cards. It doesn’t matter, though. Drinking pineapple tea from an Erlenmeyer flask is fun enough!
Best played with: White Chocolate Cafe Mocha (P135/450 ml, P150/600 ml)
Rules of playing: No extra gaming fee! Just head over there, place your order, and play the afternoon away.
Chemistea is at 2/F Legacy Building, 44 Shorthorn Street, Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City.
Puzzles: Board Game Lounge
If you didn’t already get it from their name, Puzzles is a café, a restaurant, and a game hub rolled into one. It’s jam-packed with puzzles and board games for everyone. Whether you’re into strategy games, trivia games (they have a Game of Thrones version!), word games, or card games—you won’t run out of options.
Best played with: Chicken Fingers (P220), Milo Godzilla (P180)
Rules of playing: Aside from your orders, there’s a P100 gaming fee for every player.
Puzzles: Board Game Lounge has branches at G/F Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City; and 287 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Enjoy a night of games with a side of liquor and brews at Onboard Game+Gastropub. This place makes “drinking games” an actual thing with choices such as Adult Loaded Questions, Never Have I Ever, Cards Against Humanity, Curses, and more. It’s quite spacious, too, so expect a lively crowd.
Best played with: Sriracha Buffalo Wings (P255), Craftpoint Summer Session (P175)
Rules of playing: Order up and scour their shelves for games. There are no additional charges.
Onboard Game+Gastropub is at Level 1, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, A.P. Reyes Street, Olympia, Makati City.
Antiteasis Books and Brews
Antiteasis Books and Brews is the place to be if your workload gets a little too overwhelming. The throw pillows, dim lighting, and relaxing music make up a cozy ambience that won’t let you get any serious work done (hence, their name). Their selection of board games is quite limited, but it's always nice to unwind with something familiar, like Monopoly.
Best played with: Banana Cinnamon Smoothie (P110), Cream Cheese Bagel (P110)
Rules of playing: There’s no gaming fee to add to your troubles. Just order up, relax, and enjoy.
Antiteasis Books and Brews is at Unit C, 154 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Book and Borders Café
If you're not much for loud places, give Book and Borders Café a try. It's a cozy, vibrant spot that's perfect for a chill afternoon. Their board games are limited to the usual chess, snakes and ladders, and Monopoly, but if what you're after is some quiet downtime, this is the place for you.
Best played with: Grilled Mozzarella Sandwich (P185), Flat White (P135)
Rules of playing: Order, play their games all you want, there are no extra charges.
Book and Borders Café has branches at Tuscany, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig City; and 281 Tomas Morato Avenue, Sacred Heart, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Cedric’s Boardgame Café
“Eat well, relax always, play often” is what Cedric’s Boardgame Café is all about. They carry over a hundred classic gateway games such as Time’s Up, Zooloretto, and Memory. If active games are more up your alley, they also have stacking games (a Naruto-themed one!), a mini pool table, and Twister.
Best played with: Double Sausage Cheese Burger (P185), Choco Godzilla (P95)
Rules of playing: Order one meal per person and that’s it. Enjoy all their games for free!
Cedric’s Boardgame Café is at 43-A N. Roxas corner Apo Street, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City.
Laro Board Game Café
The long commute to Fairview won’t seem so far once you reach Laro Board Game Café. Their wide selection of games include party games (like Ca$h 'n Guns and Battle of the Sexes), strategy games, card games, and even adventure games. Have a couple of their quirky-named eats on the side while you’re at it.
Best played with: Taco-Taguan (P90), Strawberry Milk Float (P120)
Rules of playing: Play all you want for a minimum purchase of P150 each. The gaming fee of P150 will only apply if the minimum required order isn’t met.
Laro Board Game Café is at 59 A Regalado Avenue, Fairview, Quezon City.
Fire Sword Board Game Café
Fire Sword Board Game Café is where you come for great food, great ambience, and great games. While they have a small library of board games, they have one for every category you’d possibly want to play—from classics to battle games, word to strategy games (they have a Stranger Things-themed one!)—you’d be surprised at how fast time flies by at this cafe.
Best played with: Tuna Melt Panini with Chips (P140), Coffee Milkshake (P170)
Rules of playing: There’s a P180 consumable gaming fee upon entry.
Fire Sword Board Game Café is at Unit 201, Times Square Building, 57 Examiner corner Times Street, West Triangle, Quezon City.
Photos from Laruan Atbp., Chemistea, Puzzles: Board Game Lounge, Onboard Game+Gastropub, Antiteasis Books and Brews, Book and Borders Café, Cedric's Boardgame Café, Laro Board Game Café, and Fire Sword Board Game Café