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Manila Travel Guide: Unique cafes to try within the Metro

It is no denying that some people need their daily dose of caffeine fix before they can get anything done. But instead of going to the Starbucks branch you frequent to, why not try unique cafes in Metro Manila for a far from usual café experience? For today’s Manila travel guide, we’ve rounded up a list of unique cafes in the metro the next time you are catching up with a friend, finishing a deadline or having the much needed me time!


Located at Maginhawa – one of Manila’s famous food hubs, Caffera is the country’s first photography-themed café that is a delight for both coffee and photography lovers. Enjoy your favourite espresso-based drinks served in lens-themed cups that give a whole new café experience. Once in a while, they also conduct photography seminars and discussions which are open to everyone. You can visit their Facebook page for updates!

Opening Hours: 11:00am – 11:45pm
2/F Dona Zenona Suites, 54 Maginhawa St. cor. Mahusay, UP Village, Quezon City

Hello Kitty Café

The Hello Kitty Café located at the 3rd level of Uptown Mall in BGC opened in July 2017 and has been nothing short of kawaii. Characterized by the cute interior painted with pastel colours and a hint of gold, the Hello Kitty Café is truly a paradise for any Sanrio fan – and will sure to look good on your Instagram feed. Aside from the cuteness overload, the fans of this popular Japanese character can enjoy snacks that are not only delicious but are as charming as the cafe’s interior! Imagine having their Roasted Pumpkin Soup topped with edible flowers and a Hello Kitty cut-out. Totally adorable!

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00am – 10:00pm 
3/F Uptown Place Mall, 36th Corner 9th Avenue, Uptown Bonifacio



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If you ever dreamed of becoming a chemist, you’ll enjoy our next featured Manila attraction, Chemistea. It’s a quirky café that lets you make your own blend of tea, coffee or chocolate drinks that are served in cool laboratory flasks! For milk teas, they even have Asian favourites such as Matcha latte from Japan, Nai Cha from Hong Kong, Masala Chai from India and Cha Yen from Thailand. For your caffeine fix, their coffee formulas range from the simple Americano to the special Café Latte. Aside from their branch at Project 8, Quezon City, they also have one near the University of Santo Tomas – a perfect stop and one of the places to visit in Manila for when you’re touring the busy streets of the Philippines’ capital city!

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Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
44 Shorton Street, Barangay Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City


If a relaxing day means a cup of coffee in hand while playing your favourite music in the background, at Satchmi, you can enjoy exactly this while munching on good food, too! It’s a lifestyle café with vinyl records, books, film cameras, accessories and of course, quality coffee. Some days they even offer live music from talented artists – so it’s a free concert, fine coffee and good food altogether. What else can you ask for?

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
4/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

Zoo Coffee

Originally from South Korea, our last entry for today’s Manila travel guide is an animal-themed café which opened in Makati last 2016. But instead of real, wild animals, Zoo Coffee filled their café with cute and cuddly stuffed-animals you can dine with while enjoying your coffee. Their menu also offers a wide selection of dishes like Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich, Baked Macaroni plus desserts such as Mang Bingsu, Banana Chocolate Waffle and many more.

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Lower Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

If you’re looking for other places to visit and a list of things to do in Manila, read through our travel guides and be assured of an exciting and adventurous Manila travel experience! We also have Philippines travel guide if you’re planning to explore places outside the capital city.

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