Read Up! Four Book Cafés in Metro Manila
Enter Platform 9 ¾ at Tweedle Book Café in Quezon City (Photo from: Tweedle)
When it’s raining more often, it’s the perfect time to read a book with a cup of coffee. Thankfully, a number of book cafés have cropped up around the Metro to give us time for ourselves to read some books while having a cuppa. If you are not the kind of person who always brings around a book or an e-book reader, feel free to visit these cafés and borrow their books while you are there.
1. Book and Borders Café
The most interesting feature of Book and Borders’ interior are the colorful chairs. There are pink, orange, green, and cyan chairs that you can choose from – at least that’s what’s inside the Morato Branch. Book and Borders Café already has four branches and all of these have the coziest interiors.
Book and Borders’ McKinley branch (Photo from: Book and Borders)
You can check out their cafés in Eastwood, Araneta, and McKinley as well. Their libraries-slash-cafés are truly Instagrammable. The books are perfectly shelved and almost untouchable – but of course they are very much touchable. Go ahead and read at one of their branches!
Mondrian-inspired Book and Borders Araneta Branch (Photo from: Book and Borders)
Branches and Hours:
281 Tomas Morato, Quezon City (Daily, 9AM to 12 MN)
G/F Manhattan Parkview, Araneta Center, Quezon City (Daily, 9AM to 10PM)
Bldg. 5, Tuscany McKinley Hill, Taguig City (Daily, 8AM-11PM)
Ground Floor, Olympic Heights Condominium, Eastwood Mall, Quezon City (Daily, 7AM to 11PM)
2. Tweedle Book Café
This café in Scout Gandia, Tweedle, would have to be my favorite among the book cafés in Metro Manila. Aside from the good selection of books – and board games – the ceiling has an interesting touch. Writers’ names are written on wooden planks lined up for you to gaze at when your eyes are too tired from reading. Along Shakespeare and Tolstoy is the country’s own Rizal. There are wall clocks referring to fictional places and time zones like Rivendell – and their own Platform 9 ¾!
Tweedle always leaves me with cozy memories including lazy afternoons and birthday surprises. Although I can swear by their Truffle hot chocolate, you might want to try Tweedle’s Unlimited Wine at PHP 300 and PHP 600, too.
Check out Tweedle’s interesting ceiling! (Photo from: Tweedle Facebook Page)
Address and Hours:
106B Scout Gandia, Quezon City (Monday to Friday: 12PM to 12MN, Saturday and Sunday: 10:30AM to 12MN)
3. Cool Beans Library Café
Cool Beans Library Café has a noble mission: ” to promote Philippine Coffee, and to reintroduce or spark along with it a love for reading.” Located along the enjoyable (and busy) eat street of Maginhawa, Cool Beans is a small book café with the friendliest staff. You can ask them about the different books that are stacked up in their shelves.
Drinks from the first Library Café, Cool Beans (Photo from: Cool Beans)
Open for more than four years now, Cool Beans “boasts of being the FIRST ‘LIBRARY CAFÉ’ in the Philippines.” The café offers travel books, graphic novels and comics, contemporary novels, non-fiction, and even National Geographic magazines, among others. For coffee, you can try their Sagada, Benguet, and Kalinga varieties, top-grade Philippine Highland Arabica, which come directly from the Cordilleras.
Cool Beans feels the most library-like to me as the people value silence and respect others. (Photo from: Cool Beans)
P.S. If you watched the movie, “English Only, Please,” then you would say this café looks familiar.
Address and Hours:
67-B Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Quezon City (Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 2 PM to 10 PM; Friday, Saturday, 2PM – 12MN; Wednesday: Closed)
4. 8065 Bagnet and Coffee 8065
Yes, 8065 Bagnet is not really the coffee kind of café. It’s more for your favorite take on the delicious bagnet – original, sinigang, binagoongan, pakbet, spicy gata, sisig, dinuguan, kare-kare, and even curry! And yet, they have curiously quite a few number of books, including classic and modern ones. So if one day you find that craving for bagnet and books, go to 8065 Bagnet. But if you do really want a lot of coffee, Coffee 8065 (from the same group) is nearby and you can have unlimited brewed coffee for PHP 65 paired with a silvana. Yum!
Good food, coffee, and books at Coffee 8065 (Photo from: Coffee 8065 Facebook Page)
8065 Bagnet Branches and Hours:
8065 Estrella St. San Antonio Village, Makati City
Leon Guinto St. cor. Estrada St., Malate, Manila
(Monday to Saturday, 11AM – 11PM, Sunday, 5PM – 10PM)
Coffee 8065 Address and Hours:
7700-A St. Paul Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City (Monday to Saturday, 9AM – 12AM)