If you love basketball, music, dogs, cats, cars, planes, movies, the ocean, surfing and many more in between, then you should definitely save this list.
In the world of food today, it’s not just about the taste anymore. More often than not in this digital era, it’s about food presentation, ambiance and how ‘instagrammable’ your restaurants and dishes are. In this list, we collected 22 unique and inspired cafes and restaurants around the metro that will surely get you excited. Foodies who love Instagram will most likely be the first to complete this list.
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Plane Bistro – Espana Blvd.
Plane Bistro is an air travel-themed restaurant offering the experience of dining “inside” an actual airplane, on plane seats with windows to boot. Even more exciting is being served by uniformed flight attendants/crew.
Reservations are accepted
1920 Espana Blvd. cor. Kundiman St., Sampaloc, Manila
UKE Box Caffe – White Plains
A brand new ukelele and beach themed concept cafe bringing people together through music and coffee. They aim to cultivate a community and build relationships by providing a venue for meeting friends, ukelele lessons, and a recording booth. You’ll be excited to know they’ve launched their new Selfie Coffee, see your photos get printed on their coffee foam.
NBA Cafe Manila – SM Aura
The NBA Cafe is an American sports bar designed to provide basketball enthusiasts with a tangible connection to the NBA through an immersive dining experience with memorabilia and collectibles are plastered all over the place.
Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe – Katipunan
This place not just serves coffee, tea, rice meals, sandwiches, pasta, and dessert, they also serve an overload of cuteness because of the dogs you can pet and play with when you visit. What a way to kill off stress after a long hard day. Unfortunately, you can’t bring your own dogs to the place. Barkin’ Blends is one of the most go-to places in Katipunan, if you’re in the area, you should check out this list to see where Ateneans hang out the most.
Movie Stars Cafe – MOA Seaside Blvd.
Movie Stars Cafe is a movie-themed restaurant, bar and cafe serving international a la carte and buffet meals. The restaurant features all sorts of movie memorabilia, employees in your favorite movie character costumes, and live stage performances. Live entertainment begins at 7pm and recur every 30 minutes, while the all-stars performance is at midnight. Kids will definitely enjoy this place the most, for other kid-friendly restaurants in the metro, read this.
Gerry’s Jeepney – Maginhawa
A restaurant featuring one of the country’s most popular mode of commute, the jeepney. Customers are served classic Filipino favorites like grilled foods, sisig, binagoongan and lechon kawali, boodle-style. If you’re lucky, you can even get a seat inside an actual jeepney to dine in. Maginhawa is just full of new restaurants to explore, here are 16 new reasons to visit again.
Precious Moments Restaurant & Gift Shop – Gil Puyat Ave.
The official distributor of the Precious Moments line of characters did more than just sell the figurines and other merchandise of its characters, they made an entire cafe around it. It’s pink, pretty, and their Chinese and Filipino dishes are pretty good. The place is best enjoyed by families, or those who just want to feel a little touch of nostalgia for simpler times.
Sunrise Buckets – Greenhills
Sunrise Buckets is a surfers’ paradise, it’s a Hawaiian-themed wings joint famous for its bucket full of chicken wings and flavored beers. It’s definitely a hip spot for friends looking for a casual hangout spot after school or work. You can even pose a shot on a mock surfboard and waves. Here are 12 other new restaurants to check out when you’re in Greenhills.
Ristorante delle Mitre – Intramuros
What can we say? It’s blessed Filipino food. Ristorante delle Mitre, named after the traditional bishop headdress, is an ecclesiastical-themed cafe run by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and shares the compound with them just around the corner from the Manila Cathedral. Its fun dishes are named after Philippine bishops, priests and nuns.
Velvet Friends Cat Cafe Company – Blue Bay Walk
Velvet Friends Cat Cafe is the newest cat cafe in Manila where guest will be able to experience different breed of cats in a homey and warm atmosphere. Unlike other cafes, customers are allowed to bring their own cats here to savor their treats. Check out all 9 Adorable Pet Cafes in Manila.
Satchmi – SM Megamall
Satchmi is a breakout concept store, the square amongst circles of digital frenzied music lovers. From bazaars to SM Mega Fashion Hall, Satchmi is a curator of functional luxuries, including new and vintage vinyls, record players, as well as quality leather goods, cameras, art books, fun socks and more. Not to mention, they also serve awesome coffee from EDSA Beverage Design Group. If you love specialty coffee, here are 10 places to get the best brew in Manila.
The Nook Cafe – Maginhawa
Harry Potter fans rejoiced at the news of a Potter-themed book cafe. From the walls down to the menu, The Nook Cafe aims to be everyone’s little corner for recess by transporting muggle guests to the magical world of ‘the boy who lived’. They are closed on Mondays. If you’re already completed your Maginhawa list, you may want to check out Malingap St. as well.
Perichor Laundry and Coffee – Sampaloc
For those who have long hoped for a local coin laundry, this is the place to visit. While waiting for your clothes to dry, you can wait in their coffee shop area which has Wi-Fi, by the way. It primarily caters to dormitory students around UST area, but this kind of cafe is just the kind a foodie will travel for.
No reservations accepted
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G/F iTower 2.0, 954 P. Campa Street, Sampaloc, Manila
+63 2 714-5896
G’s Cafe – Banawe
If there’s Blackbird for plane enthusiasts, then there’s G’s Cafe for automobile aficionados. The road sign fixtures on their wall are hard to miss. Snag a spot at one of their race car seats while enjoying their 2 pizzas promo or a cup of coffee. See other awesome Banawe restaurants to try here.
No reservations are accepted
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802 Banawe St., Sienna, Quezon City
+63 2 516-3352
Easy Skate + Surf – Kapitolyo
EASY Skate + Surf is a cafe and sports shop made by skaters and surfers for skaters, surfers and the overall sports enthusiast. The store features a curated mix of established international and local brands selling sports gear, safety, apparel, and accessories, while the cafe serves coffee from specialty cafe, EDSA Beverage Design Group. If you’re a morning person, here are 18 breakfast spots in Kapitolyo area. [UPDATE: Easy Skate Surf is closed for the Easter break. Stay tuned for further announcements!]
The Eatles – P. Noval St.
The Eatles is a cool hub that showcases British memorabilia and other icons reminiscent of the swinging sixties. It is the latest addition to the popular food strip in UST area, P. Noval street. The Eatles offers a unique British-inspired menu.
Mitsuyado Sei-Men – Blue Bay Walk
Mitsuyado Sei-Men is an international franchise by the UCC Group and is widely known as ‘The House of Tsukemen‘ (meaning ‘dipping noodles’). Blue Bay Walk is their second branch (the first one being on Jupiter St.) and has the same beautiful old town Japanese-themed interiors.
Cafféra – Maginhawa
Cafféra is the first photography-themed coffee shop in Metro Manila. From their walls to hanging lights and even mugs and cake toppers, prepare to see photography-themed designs and art. If it’s your first time in Maginhawa, you may want to check out the new StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park as well.
Bag O’ Shrimps – McKinley Hill
Bag O’ Shrimps is a casual ocean-themed ‘Wharf in the City’ seafood shack that specializes in bags by the pounds of shrimps, mussels and crabs combined and served with your choice of sauce. The strict ‘eat with your hands’ table culture is also a move towards a ‘hands off your gadget’ dining experience.
Caffe Piansa – Marikina
Caffe Piansa is the first jail restaurant in the country that allows guests to enjoy delicious food inside a jail or courtroom. Step into the world of a lawbreaker, take snapshots at their different jail sections, including an electric chair. There are so many restaurants to explore in Marikina, create your own Marikina food trip adventure, check out other new specialty joints here.
Genki Sushi – Bonifacio Stopover
Genki Sushi from Japan is the pioneer of Kaiten Sushi, or sushi served on a revolving conveyor belt or speed trains, in this case. Menu includes a variety of fresh and quality sushi, maki, ramen, tempura and more. This is their flagship outlet in the Philippines.
Ice Flower – Alabang
Ice Flower is a dessert cafe serving Korean bingsu or shaved ice garnished with fresh fruits, nuts, syrup and other toppings of your choice. Aside from the notably beautiful furniture, it’s the first amongst all Korean bingsu shops to offer a small snow playground where customers can actually play with artificial snow. Check out 16 Best Restaurants in Alabang to Discover Great Food.
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