Drop your phones and bring your A-game!
Tired of seeing everyone on the table with their noses to their phones? It’s probably why board games have successfully made a comeback; after all, hanging out is all about creating memories and building friendships. Check out 15 restaurant/cafes we’ve found that offer more than the usual Monopoly or Clue, from Binondo all the way to Baguio! It’s also a way to try a board game before deciding to buy one for the home.
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Moonleaf + Bunnies Cafe – Binondo
Moonleaf + Bunnies Cafe is a new milk tea shop and board game cafe in the heart of Binondo that serves milk tea from Moonleaf, pastries from The Sweet Studio, as well as in-house fresh coffee and comfort food such as rice meals, pasta, fries and more.
TERMS: Minimum purchase of P300 per group for 1 hour of game + P50/succeeding hour
Dyce N Dine – Pineda
Dyce N Dyne is a steampunk-themed boardgame bar and cafe, the newest cafe addition to the Kapitolyo neighboorhood. They have over 1000 board games, card games and other tabletop adventures for geeks, friends, kids and families to enjoy. In house gaming coaches are available to introduce and show you the ropes around the games.
TERMS: No minimum purchase required.
Burger Company – Scout Reyes
Ultimate comfort can be found with Burger Company’s thick and juicy angus burgers, deep fried bacon dippers and their 100+ board games (and counting) that are free to play at the venue. If you’re a newbie, you can find friendly folks eager to teach you how to play.
TERMS: Minimum purchase of P150/head for unlimited playing hours.
Ludo Boardgame Bar & Cafe – Tomas Morato
It’s wall to wall with games here, all free to play as long as you keep on ordering. Try themed drinks, inspired by shows and movies such as ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Star Wars’. People also crave for their gyoza. There’s also coffee on the menu if you see yourself wanting to stay up till late to game. Follow their Facebook for geeky themed events such as murder mystery party games, tournaments, and trivia nights.
TERMS: Purchase any food or a bottle of imported beer for unlimited hours of playing.
(CLOSED) Tobey’s Games Cafe Manila – Mandaluyong
Aside from hefty meals and hundreds of games you can play, Tobey’s also serves as a gaming library where visitors can bring games home to play overnight. Their Belgian Waffles are a customer favorite from their menu. Here’s a fun fact: Tobey’s Game Cafe is actually a board game cafe brand from Taiwan (since 2006) brought in to the Philippines by Tobey himself.
TERMS: Minimum purchase of P150/head for 3 gaming hours.
Reservations are accepted
65 Mariveles St. corner Sultan, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
+63 2 501-9582
The Appraisery – Cubao Expo
The Appraisery is home of the Meeple Power Community, which encourages more people to get into board gaming. Newbies are welcome and will be eagerly recruited to playtest any new games they have on hand. For non-gamers, find a seat and enjoy their specialty coffee and sandwiches.
TERMS: Each person must order a specialty food and drink. Callbacks for orders are done after a certain amount of time has passed.
Puzzles: Board Game Lounge – Aguirre
A board game lounge and cafe in the South, it is a relaxed and interactive space for families and friends to hang out in. They’re opening a second branch in BGC soon!
TERMS: Non-consumable, stay and play fee of P100/head for unlimited hours of playing
Cedric’s Boardgame Cafe – N. Roxas St. (new location)
Cedric’s is a diner serving all day breakfast and rice toppings as well as a board game house for friends and family to enjoy. The shop is named after the owners’ son.
Makati B&B – Pasay Road
Makati B&B, short for ‘beer and boardgames’, seems like a hidden community amongst Makati locals located at the 2nd floor of Pamana Building on Pasay Road. The ‘secret underground’ feel may be intimidating at first but gamers are very diverse but welcoming. Join their membership program to avail exclusive discounts on beers and boardgames. It is a joint venture between the Gaming Library (board games provider), the Makati Marauders (events) and John Bull Brewing (beer provider).
TERMS: Entrance fee of P70/head for unlimited hours of playing.
No reservations accepted
2/F Pamana Building, 926 Arnaiz corner Makati Ave., San Lorenzo Village, Makati
+63 917 805-9936
Exile on Main St. – Malate
Exile on Main St. is a bar and art gallery literally inside a home, primarily catering to students, yuppies and nearby residents of Taft Avenue. The place was named after one of the greatest albums of all time by English rock band, the Rolling Stones.
TERMS: Board game events are held from time to time for a fee. Follow their account for updates.
Reservations are accepted
View their Instagram account
Unit 2 #2428 Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila
+63 917 872-0767
Plaza Cafe – Legaspi Village
Plaza Cafe is a Makati gem, a hidden sandwich shop in Corinthian Plaza which is in Legaspi Village. They serve fresh, simple, Boston grade salads and sandwiches. Enjoy coffee, snacks and desserts while playing board games available in store. Plaza Cafe is also home to the Exit Bar, a speakeasy bar.
Gerry’s Jeepney – Maginhawa
A restaurant featuring one of the country’s most popular mode of commute, the jeepney. They serve 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. Traditional Filipino game sets are available to play as well. They’ve moved to a new and bigger location. Check out 15 other reasons to visit awesome Maginhawa.
Mrs. Graham’s Macaron Cafe – Tomas Morato
Mrs. Graham’s is a quaint little cafe that specializes in unique flavored macarons. The shop also holds pop-up art events and is home to a number of artists and craftsmen’s works. Aside from that, they have stored a few board games for you to enjoy along with their macaroons and coffee. P.S. Newly opened beside them is Mr. Graham’s Sandwich Shop, Mrs. G’s mister.
Cafe Publico – Greenhills
Cafe Publico is an all-Italian inspired cafe, from the news stand to the painted walls, the colorful tables and downright to their delicious food and, did we mention, gelato. It is one of the earlier cafes that offered board games to the public, including a giant table chess. So kick back, enjoy a cup of gelato (and board games) like a true Italian.
Game & Grub Boardgame Cafe – Baguio
A fun place where gourmet sandwiches and coffee are served coupled with the option to play some Board Games. If you’re ever up in chilly Baguio, here’s a cool place to hang out. And while you’re at it, you should also check out these other cool places in Baguio you probably haven’t visited.
TERMS: Rental fee of P35/board game for unlimited time of use.
We’ll probably be seeing more board game cafes build up in the next couple of months, as well as some old ones adding this new feature to their shop. In the meantime, add these restaurants up to your Must Try lists on Booky, which you can download for free at the App Store for iPhone, and at Google Play for Android.