For someone who enjoys food, dining out is one of the many “normal” things I used to do before the world turned upside down. While staying at home is ideal during the general quarantine, it’s normal to miss a favorite pastime like dining out or visiting a cafe. After all, food is the key factor in deciding where to eat, but a great interior can make a difference to your experience.
But the good news is, Manila’s got a good number of aesthetic cafes that you can check out in the new normal! Here’s our list of cafes in Manila with snap-worthy interiors and good food!
Le Petit Souffle
Located in Century City Mall, Le Petit Soufflé offers French and Japanese fusion comfort food. Its name translates to “small souffle” because of the wide selection of souffle on their menu. The interior resembles a colorful French cafe with a garden dining ambiance and hip Japanese accents as if you’re outdoors, dining al fresco. Because of the new normal, they now have a QR code on the table that will show a digital menu where you can put your order and pay your bill for a contactless transaction.
Recommended dishes: Pork Bouirguignon and Chicken Ratatouille Souffle
Address: 3F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 8 PM daily
La Cathedral Café
Bring your significant other to enjoy a stunning view of the Manila Cathedral when you dine in at La Cathedral Cafe. This cafe is located right behind the historical church and decorated with beautiful Capiz lanterns that seem like a perfect date setting. Visitors can also feast on a wide range of Filipino comfort food, hot and cold beverages, and pastries! If you want to make a reservation, shoot a message at La Cathedral Cafe’s Official Facebook page.
Recommended dishes: Beef Mechado and Chicken Alfredo
Address: 398 Cabildo Street corner Beaterio Street, Intramuros, Manila City
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 9 PM daily, walk-ins from 8 AM to 3 PM
Black Sheep Coffee
In need of a chill and hip place to sip coffee and cocktail? Black Sheep Coffee is the place to be! It is originally from London, and the branch in Manila is its first international shop. This cafe has a rustic and industrial look with neon lights and artwork on the walls. Their concept is to function as a cafe during the day and a bar at night, which makes it the black sheep of coffee shops in the metro.
Recommended drinks: Espresso Martini, Flat White, Japanese cold brew
Address: Ground Floor, O Square 2, Greenhills, San Juan City
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 7 PM (Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday), 10 AM to 8 PM (Friday and Saturday)
If you’ve been dreaming of a cherry blossom experience, Sakura Hanami will give you that feel within reach! Hanami, which means “flower viewing” in Japanese, is the traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms. The café is full of faux pink flowers, cozy couches, chic tables, and an IG-worthy flower wall. From the interior to its menu, they made sure to give their visitors a complete cherry blossom experience.
Recommended drinks: Traditional Cherry Blossom Tea, Cherry Blossom Fizz, and Lava Pearl Latte
Address: 168 Maginhawa Street, Diliman, Quezon City plus other branches in Manila, see their Official Facebook page for locations.
% Arabica is a Japanese specialty coffee shop known for its minimalist, clean aesthetic, and IG-worthy interior. Everything about this place is aesthetic! You’ll come for the coffee, but you’ll stay for the cozy yet cool ambiance. Fun fact: Their logo ‘percent sign’ is a coffee branch with two coffee cherries.
Recommended drinks: Iced Mocha and Spanish Latte
Address: 25/7 McKinley Building, 25th corner 7th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Opening Hours: 6 AM to 10 PM (Monday to Friday) and 10 AM to 5 PM (Saturday to Sunday)
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar is a 2D black and white café that will make you feel like you’re in a cartoon universe! And since we can’t travel anytime soon, you can get a similar experience like the Greem Cafe in Seoul without having to fly out of the country. Aside from the aesthetic interior, the café offers a wide variety of milk tea drinks made with tea sourced from Taiwan!
Recommended drinks: Kurimi Baby Milk Tea Special, Taro Cheesecake, and Milk Tea Cappuccino
Address: 88 Scout Limbaga Street, Sacred Heart, Quezon City plus other branches in Manila, see their Official Facebook page for other locations.
*Featured image via La Cathedral Cafe and Kurimi on Facebook