Cuaderno Fil-Mex Book Cafe: A Hidden After-School Spot in Malate, Manila


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For students, finding an after school spot to 1) unwind, 2) eat food that’s actually good, and 3) get some actual studying done is easier said than done. Cuaderno Fil-Mex Book Cafe in Manila, however, hits all three marks.

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When you first enter, Cuaderno looks like it’s a place for a proper fiesta with their Mexican inspired decor. However, your second step gives you a view of piled bookshelves that make it a haven for students in the area.

Insider Tip: You can read the books on the shelves while you're there but Cuaderno also has books available for sale.
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You can’t get your brain going without something to fuel it. If you are a fan of Filipino food, Mexican food, and fusion cuisines, Cuaderno is probably up your palate’s alley. The Fil-Mex restaurant boasts of a menu of innovated favorites like sisig nachos, Mexican braised beef ribs, and nacho chili con rice.

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Nacho Grande

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Cuaderno’s menu is Fil-Mex but some dishes lean more towards one or the other cuisine. Sweet & spicy lechon belly adobo, sisig tacos, and Filipino breakfast burritos are just some of the things that make their offerings so unique.

Beef and Cheese Quesadilla

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Buffalo Wings

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Since they are located in the Malate-Taft area, Cuaderno is favorited by students, however, that doesn’t stop families or “adults” from the workforce from frequenting the place for a bite to eat or to catch up on some quiet reading time.

Chicken Tenders

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While they aren’t late enough to accommodate your all nighters, they do serve a selection of coffees and lattes to help you stay up while studying.

Cuaderno’s Mexican Braised Ribs

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You’ll also notice the intricate lettering that plaster’s Cuaderno’s walls. Getting lost in the calligraphy is a common occurence so they put up a corner in the restaurant with a basket of art-filled postcards that are for sale.

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So from the hungry to the artsy to the ones that need to study, Cuaderno has something for everyone.


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Strada Street Food Park, 1013 Estrada Street, Malate, Manila
(0935) 523-6438

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