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. (Except you, Uno.)
Check out 17 restaurant/cafes we’ve found all over the metro that offer more than the usual Monopoly or Clue! It’s also a way to try a board game before deciding to buy one for the home.
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Whether you’re within the vicinity of a school or simply out with family on your weekly outing, Manila’s got board game cafes that’ll make your bonding experience much more fun.
Moonleaf + Bunnies Cafe – Binondo
Moonleaf + Bunnies Cafe is a 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
Cranium Board Game Lounge + Resto – Taft Ave.
A restaurant located within the vicinity of La Salle, Cranium Board Game Lounge + Cafe is the perfect de-stresser for students and even office workers alike. Chow down on their snacks and play board games that’ll make you forget of your responsibilities at least even for a while.
TERMS: Play for as long as you want by ordering one (1) drink per person (except sides & extras) or by paying a ₱50 fee.
Deck MNL – Malate
A place with simple interiors and an even simpler menu, Deck MNL offers
TableTaft Boardgame Cafe – University Mall
A student diner offering a fun dining experience through its affordable meals and a variety of over 100 board games, TableTaft Boardgame Cafe is a place where big groups of people can bond over food and games.
It comes as no surprise that most of the board game cafes/restaurants are located in this area. Quezon City may be big but once you try playing board games at any of their cafes/restaurants, you’ll realize that there’s an even bigger world out there – one that’s only limited by your imagination.
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
A cafe where you’re free to play as long as you order, Ludo doesn’t only offer their famous gyoza and themed drinks inspired by movies but also board games and activities such as tournaments and trivia nights when you check their Facebook.
TERMS: Purchase any food or a bottle of imported beer for unlimited hours of playing.
Gerry’s Jeepney – Maginhawa
A restaurant featuring one of the country’s most popular mode of commute, the jeepney. They serve classic Filipino favorites and 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.
Laruan Atbp. – Maginhawa Street
Laruan Atbp. is a board game cafe that offers affordable light meals and a growing library of popular tabletop games. They also sell selected local and award-winning Pinoy comics and hosts local band performances.
Snacks and Ladders – Maginhawa Street
Offering over 400 board games, a giant chess board, a giant Snakes and Ladders board, and many more, Snacks and Ladders Board Game cafe is a go-to place for when you’re craving Filipino American fusion snacks and meals as well as a good time.
Game Over PH – Xavierville Ave
A bar + gaming concept in Quezon City, share your love for games, food, and booze with your friends or with like-minded people at no other place than Game Over PH.
Hungry Meeples – Congressional
Hungry Meeples is a neighborhood gaming cafe offering small international plates and fun board games that you’re sure to spend your time on.
Fun fact: A "meeple" is a small person-shaped figure used as a player's token in a board game.
Work can be stressful and tiring and what better way to de stress than to head on to the board game cafes/restaurants located in the area.
Onboard Game + Gastro Pub – Circuit Makati
Onboard Game + Gastro Pub is the first gaming pub that serves internationally inspired comfort food and craft beers which you can pair with a good time of playing over 300 board game titles.
Happy Beans – Metrowalk
A quirky cafe inside the mall of Ortigas that’s the first in the Philippines to serve rainbow latte as well as pasta, pizza, and rice meals to pair with their famous coffee, Happy Beans is a place to be when you just want to chill and relax on a hot summer’s day.
All Over (and Beyond) the Metro
Don’t let your bonding experiences be limited by the places you cannot go to, with these board games/cafes all over the metro, you and your friends/family can have fun no matter where you are in the metro.
Grid x Griddle – Greenfield District
Take game night to the next level at Grid x Griddle! More than your typical board game lounge, Grid x Griddle offers up a fun, welcoming ambiance paired up with cozy interiors and mouth-watering food. You’ll definitely be a winner when you visit Grid x Griddle!
A restaurant serving up meals most especially make your own mac & cheese, as well as craft your own cookies, Scout’s Honor, will surely earn a badge in your heart because of both its food and interesting games you can play while bonding with friends/family.
Secret Base Gaming Lounge and Board Game Cafe – Caloocan and Marikina
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Books and Borders Cafe – 5 branches in the Metro
Book and Borders
Chemistea – QC and Manila
A milk tea place offering the unique experience of allowing you to mix your own milk tea with lab equipment, you don’t have to be a scientist to have fun at Chemistea; all you need’s a sweet tooth, a love for milk tea, and penchant for board games and good times.
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.