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