5 Interesting Themed Cafes
Gone are the days when being cool means getting spotted at Starbucks. With the advent of the specialty cafés in the Philippines, coffee consumers have suddenly been presented with a lot of options. It’s a brutal competition; it’s not enough that a café serves good specialty coffee, they should also be interesting enough to attract patrons, and the business owners are paying attention if the rise of cafés with unique themes and concepts are any indication. It’s time that you pay attention too. We’ve rounded up some of the interesting cafés you should check out in the metro.
1. Shutter Cafe
Are you a shutterbug? Then you’d be glad to know that there is a camera-themed café in Quezon City. Shutter Café has a collection of vintage cameras that are on display. On the menu, you will find pasta, sandwich, pastries, and cake, and for drinks, they offer specialty coffee, e.g., Sagada Arabica, Mandheling G1, and fruit-flavored coolers. Shutter Café also holds workshops and short courses on film and photography. Just beside the café is a camera store called, Shutter Master.
Address: 118 Scout Dr Lazcano, Diliman, Quezon City
Business Hours: Monday-Tuesday 10AM-9PM / Friday-Saturday 10AM-10PM / Sunday 2PM-9PM
Telephone no.: (02) 413-6628
2. Hugot Café
“Hugot” in Filipino means “pull out” or “draw”. The word, however, has another connotation more popular than its literal meaning and that is “feelings drawn from within”. This is the inspiration of Hugot Café, a café that will appeal to your emo tendencies. Its first store was opened in Manila in 2016 and today, it has branches in Quezon City, Las Piñas City, Alabang, and Parañaque. Brokenhearted or not, you will be amused by the hugot lines that they have on display, contributed by some of their patrons. If you’re feeling creative, you may also share your own hugot feelings on their #HugotWall. They also keep their food and drink selections with the theme, with corndogs named as Single, In a Relationship, and It’s Complicated, milkshakes flavors named as Stick to One, Walang Tayo, and Friendzone, and coffee selection named as Feelingera, Third Party, and Move On.
Address: 2/F XRC Building, 3702 Hermosa cor Limay St, Tondo, Manila
Business Hours: Monday-Sunday 11AM-10PM
Telephone no.: (02) 287-3197
Can’t decide between a dog café or a cat café? Why choose when you can visit both. Introducing, Bengal Bre/Wolf & Bear, the first twin café in the country. Bengal Brew houses not just your usual cats but the domestic cats bred to look like the exotic jungle cats. TV director, Don Michael Person, a cat lover, is behind the Bengal Brew concept. Wolf and Bear, on the other hand, is home to huge furry dogs like Alaskan malamute and Bernese mountain dog. Now, you can enjoy a cup of joe with these cute furry friends.
Address: Manhattan Parkview, General Malvar Ave, Cubao, Quezon City
Business Hours: Monday-Thursday & Sunday 12-9PM / Friday -Saturday 12-11PM
Telephone no.: (02) 366-8287
Born with a wanderlust? There is a café for you. Café Terminal is known for its travel-related theme and has been a favorite among young people for its instagrammable interiors. The café’s most notable feature is the large world map on the wall as well as travel photos that are on display, shared by their previous diners. Aside from good coffee and delicious cookies and waffles, Café Terminal is best known for their bacon fried like chicken.
Address: Unit 3, G/F, 3 Joroma Place, 652-C Congressional Ave. Extension, Pasong Tamo, 1107 Quezon City, Philippines
Business Hours: Monday-Sunday 3AM-9PM
Telephone no.: (02) 261-0422
Born from a shared passion for board games, a group of friends established Laruan Atbp. Café in Maginhawa, Quezon City. Here, customers can not only enjoy delicious meals and drinks but also a variety of tabletop games, such as Jenga, Avalon, Splendor, among others. Are any of the games unfamiliar to you? Don’t worry because the café has game masters who are willing to teach their guests how to play the games. Laruan Atbp. has another branch inside The Alley, a hidden restaurant complex in Kapitolyo.
Address: 16 United St, Pasig, 1600 United St, Pasig
Business Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4PM-12AM / Friday-Saturday 4PM-2AM / Sunday 4PM-12AM
Telephone no.: (63) 999-104-9009