21 Unique Themed Restaurants to Visit in the Philippines


We looked outside of Manila, too!

The food industry moves so fast that it takes someone faster to keep up with all the trends and be competitive. Now more than ever, the concept of the restaurant is as important, if not more, as the food itself. So what better way to stand out than picking a specific unique theme and going all out from design down to the dishes?

Here we are a year later publishing Part 2 of our list of themed restaurants. You can read part 1 here: 22 Crazy Fun Themed Restaurant Concepts to Experience in Manila

Shutter Cafe – Tomas Morato

Shutter Cafe is a place for photography enthusiasts, the place is adorned with vintage cameras and what nots. It serves caffeinated beverages, fruit and milk tea chillers and hosts photography and arts classes as well.

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118 Sct. Dr. Lazcano St. cor. Tomas Morato, Quezon City
(02) 413-6628
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Designer Blooms Cafe – Alabang

You probably know Designer Blooms is a flower shop, but did you know that they have one branch that is part cafe too? Only at Molito, Designer Blooms Cafe serves some of the best pizza, pasta and croughnuts in town! Check out other dessert stops down South here.

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Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 808-9569
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Zoo Coffee – Makati

Zoo Coffee is a Korean-franchised zoo-themed cafe, founded by Kim Kun Woo in 2009. Today, there are over 100 stores in South Korea, with international branches in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Taiwan. The original concept here is to allow the customers to relax in a comforting ambiance and setting of nature surrounded by animal-inspired furniture and stuffed toys. Read More.

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G/F Alphaland Makati Place, Ayala Avenue Extension cor. Malugay Street, Bel-air, Makati
(02) 998-7608
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Hugot Cafe – Manila

Hugot Cafe is a fun student-friendly cafe with hugot-inspired dishes and beverages. Diners are entertained by servers who shout out hugot lines and are encouraged to express and write their feelings on their #HugotWall. It may not be the best place for couples, but it’s definitely for hearty conversations with friends. P.S. They have open mic nights and poetry nights.

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2/F XRC Building, 3702 Hermosa cor. Limay St., Tondo, Manila
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Hello Kitty Cafe – SM North EDSA

After a successful pop-up store at Duty Free Philippines, Hello Kitty Cafe opens another store at SM North EDSA. This Sanrio-themed cafe serves cute character-inspired dishes, pastries and desserts that kids will surely love. Not to mention they’re cute for your Instagram feed! 

INSIDER TIP: Hello Kitty flagship store is set to open at Uptown Mall BGC soon.
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No reservations accepted
3/F SM North EDSA, The Block, Quezon City

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Coffee Project – Wil Tower

Coffee Project is a beautiful garden-inspired cafe adorned with furniture and display items from its neighbor, AllHome, a one-stop shop for home essentials. Everything you see in the store, you can actually buy. This is the first of its 3 branches with this themed interiors. Read More

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Wil Tower Mall, Eugenio Lopez Drive, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 832 1072
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Game Over PH – Xavierville Ave.

Game Over is the newest bar + gaming area concept in Quezon City. It’s owned by a group of people who all share the love for games, food, and booze. The spacious area houses top of the line desktop computers, PS4 consoles, Nintendo Wii, classic Street Fighter arcade games, and board games. Read More

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31 Xavierville Ave, Loyola Heights. Quezon City
(0933) 028-5298
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Cafe Aquatica – Greenhills

Cafe Aquatica is a fish shop and cafe in one where customers can purchase a new fishy friend at their restaurant. Rice meals, pasta, sandwiches, and espresso blended drinks are served. A number of aquariums are installed all around the place so diners are in for a visual treat as well.

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G1 Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan
(02) 242-3143
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Boracay Toilet – Boracay

Boracay Toilet is the first toilet-themed restaurant in the Philippines, which opened just last year. It was inspired by the owner’s first-hand experience at the Modern Toilet restaurant in Taipei. It offers Filipino fusion dishes with quirky pun titles, served in mini toilet bowls and urinal-shaped glasses. Read More.

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No reservations accepted
Balabag Plaza, Station 1, 5608 Boracay (near the Holy Rosary Parish Church)
(0917) 826-8001

Ahi Hawaii – Maginhawa

They call themselves “home of Manila’s #1 poké bowl.” Ahi Hawaii is a hip little Hawaiian-inspired joint serving healthy to-go meals. The small takeout counter, bar area with stools, the surf board and hanging signboards instantly takes you away from Manila and transports you to a beach side stall on a tropical beach in Waikiki. Read More.

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#3 Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
+63 917 827-4919

Warung – Kapitolyo

Regular Legaspi Sunday market goers will probably be most excited as Warung Warung finally opens its first full-fledged branch in Kapitolyo after 7 years. Warung Kapitolyo is a Bali-inspired haven that serves authentic Indonesian specialties by sisters Louh Decena and Tess Doctora. Both have lived and worked in Indonesia for several years. Read More.

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83 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(0917) 800 9158
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Amidala Cafe – Cebu

Amidala Cafe is an out of this world, Star Wars-themed cafe located in the heart of Cebu. It opened in 2014 and is known for their over the top character-inspired milkshakes; bestsellers include the Force Choke, Choco CarameLeia, Wookies Milkshake and the new Millenium Muffin Milkshake! Read More.

Amidala Cafe
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Maria Cristina St. Maria Cristina Arcade Building, Kamputhaw Cebu City
(0933) 1336277
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Megawatt – N. Domingo

Megawatt is a power plant-themed, a carwash concept diner and is the first solar-lighted restaurant in Manila. It is a family-owned business and specializes in Tex-Mex dishes including burritos, pizzas, ribs, burgers and more. Read More.

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41A N. Domingo cor Gilmore Ave, Valencia, Quezon City
(02) 501-2987

Vikings Luxury Buffet – Bacolod

Vikings opened its first branch at the Mall of Asia in 2011. Whether it’s a birthday celebration, a reunion, a graduation, or an office promotion, Vikings, with its lavish buffet setup, hundreds of food choices and affordable rates make it one of the best value-for-money buffets in the country today. Vikings SM Bacolod is inspired by the Manhattan Skyline. Read More.

FUN FACT: Did you know that each Vikings branch has its own unique theme for their interiors?
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Participating branches:
SM City BF Paranaque | SM Marikina | SM Jazz

Camping Date – Baguio

Camping Date is a Korean restaurant that offers a unique indoor camping dining experience. On top of this are their much talked about signatura Korean fried chicken and pizza selections available in various flavors. All ingredients are said to be imported from Korea to provide the most authentic taste.

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Camping Date Korean Restaurant Baguio
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363 Legarda Road, Ferdinand Barangay, Baguio City
+63 927 487-8282
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Gefseis Greek Grill – La Union

Make the most out of your surfing trip in La Union by visiting this authentic Greek restaurant along the beach front area of Hacienda Peter’s Surf Resort. Their Santorini-inspired decor and open kitchen setup is the perfect venue to enjoy your freshly-made gyros and dips. Also read: 10 Best Places to Eat in La Union

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Urbiztondo, 2514 San Juan, La Union
+63 921 604-9989

oh, Bento – Nuvali

oh, Bento offers a fun and kid-friendly dining experiencing with its themed bento sets by Kat Ishizuka. Bento tools and toys are available for sale in store. You can even hire them to make customized bento sets for your children’s party. Also read: 10 Great Restaurants You Can Only Find in Nuvali

Oh Bento PH
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3FF 4 Solenad 3, Ayala Malls, Nuvali Sta. Rosa Laguna

Ichiba: Japanese Market – Newport Mall

Ichiba, meaning ‘market’, is the first ever Japanese seafood market concept in the Philippines. Inspired by the large, bustling seafood and wholesale markets in Japan, Ichiba sought to bring the same lively and gastronomic experience to the Philippines. Experience a taste of Japan’s best through Ichiba’s 10 food stations: Takoyaki, Gyoza, Tempura, Yakitori, Ramen, Donburi, the fresh market display, a live seafood market, fishing area and the Asahi Bar. Read our full feature here.

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2/F Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay
+63 917 732-2176
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PopCafé – SM Fairview

PopCafe by Kettle Korn is the first ever popcorn cafe in the country. With a big advantage on its tail being a big popcorn retailer, its first branch in Fairview aims to reintroduce our well-loved movie finger snack to a whole new unique dessert item and experience. Enjoy their Popstix, Poprocks, or just go for a bucket of classic and flavored popcorn. Know more about Popcafe here.

Pop Cafe
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Pop Cafe
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G/F SM Fairview Annex, Fairview, Quezon City
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Seoul Train Korean BBQ – Tomas Morato

Seoul Train is an immersive locomotive Korean BBQ grill owned by husband-and-wife Vernon and Happee Go, who are K-pop concert promoters. Their work allowed them to discover authentic Korean restaurants around the city and Seoul Train became the product of their shared love for food, travel and music. Read more here.

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#28 Sergeant Esguerra Ave, near Tomas Morato, Quezon City
(02) 287-2446
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Dinner in the Sky (Opening Soon)

Dinner in the Sky is a Belgium-based novelty restaurant service which uses a crane to hoist its diners, table and waiting staff 150 feet into the air. It’s been listed one too many times as one of the most unusual, crazy and most unique restaurants and dining experiences in the world. We have great news because they’re actually coming to Manila before the year ends! Read our full feature here.

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Add these places to your Must Try lists on Booky so you don’t forget any of them. Tag us on Instagram @bookyapp when you visit these places so we can drool over your food-ventures!

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