10 Cool Themed Cafés in Manila to Fit Your Every Mood
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(SPOT.ph) There’s no denying our love for cafés. After all, they offer a relaxing place to chill and, of course, supply us with our much-needed caffeine fix. For days when you want a little something extra with your coffee, tea, or snack, these cafés can provide that much-needed escape from everything else that's ordinary.
Hello Kitty Café
Sanrio has finally brought their super cute concept café to Manila! Anyone who’s known the popular Japanese character would adore their Hello Kitty-themed sweets and treats (Hello Kitty cupcakes, anyone?) that look almost too good to eat. Don't forget to order the L'Opera Cake (P269) if you're a sweet tooth, a classic French pastry made of sponge cake and silky smooth buttercream.
There are cool cameras on Shutter Café's shelves and awesome photographs on the walls, so you’ll always have something to look at while sipping Sagada Coffee (P100) or munching down their scrumptiously thick Quarter Pounder Burger (P165). You might even find your next photography-related buy at the café’s retail store. Shutter Café also invites photographers to give useful workshops from time to time, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.
Shutter Café is at 118 Scout Lazcano Street, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City.
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Hugot Café has branches at 1166 Quirino Avenue, San Dionisio, Parañaque City; 577 Suntrade Building Alabang, Zapote Road, Las Piñas City; and Lot 10 Block 83 Regalado Avenue, North Fairview, Quezon City.
Zoo Coffee, originally from Korea, is an animal-themed café that was launched in Manila in 2016. While there aren’t any actual zoo animals, they’ve got a better alternative through their cute stuffed-animal plushies lying around the café. Plus, you can always find a friend in their adorable panda dolls! They have a selection of dishes you can enjoy, like the savory Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich (P170) all the way to sweet Mango Waffles (P190) for dessert.
Zoo Coffee is at G/F Alphaland Makati Place, Ayala Avenue corner Malugay Street, Makati City.
Diligence Café is a place to meet, work, and have good food, or even stay the night if you really need to pull an all-nighter. Aside from their unlimited coffee and juice, you can order dishes like the Chicken Pesto Pasta (P140) or Pepperoni Pizza (P80) to serve as your brain food. The place even has a shower if you need to head straight to work or school after all that hard work.
Diligence Café is at Elizabeth Hall, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
This café near the University of Santo Tomas can either help cure or feed your wanderlust. The
Laruan Atbp. Café
Laruan Atbp. is a haven for anyone who loves games: Board games, tabletop games, you name it, this café probably has it. It’s the best place for hanging out when you and your friends are looking to have some fun while enjoying delicious food and coffee. Their Pizza Sticks (P175) and Breakfast Medley (P195) will put you in the right mood for competitive games.
Laruan Atbp. Café has branches at G/F Luisa Building 2, 107 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City; and 16 United Street, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Now here’s a science lesson we’ll always understand: Caffeine alchemy. This is a quirky chemist-themed café that serves its coffee and milk tea in cool laboratory flasks. Cool down and have some of their Wintermelon (P80) or Salted Caramel (P85) milk tea when you stop by. You can even make your own blends from their lab-like syrup dispensers to match your taste. Talk about perfect chemistry!
In Metro Manila, hanging out at a garden can be a rare luxury. Coffee Project is a beautiful garden-themed café that will satisfy your soul. It’s got pretty flowers hanging from the ceiling and draping around lights, so you’ll feel like you’re in a magical wonderland as you sip your beverage. Try some of their rich Iced Chocolate (P115) to really get you in that enchanting mood!
See a list of Coffee Project branches.
Café Aquatica is both a fish store and concept café. The interiors will remind you of being underwater, so it’s a refreshing and relaxing experience. The awesome aquariums might even inspire you to keep one at home, so dive right in. You can order Filipino meals like their Corned Beef (P220) and Chicken Inasal (P220) for something filling.
Café Aquatica is at 619 Norberto Street, Binondo, Manila; and Unit G1 Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan City.