To communicate with someone in a very personal way. And that, exactly, is what this café is all about—rekindling the art of face-to-face communication over a good cup of joe.
As you walk the streets of Makati’s Korea town, the sight of Commune will automatically draw your attention. Nestled comfortably on the corner of Polaris and Durban streets in Bel-Air, this two-story, supposedly-built-to-be-a-residential-home-turned-café radiates with its all-white façade and glass paneled windows. Commune’s definitely easy on the eye, and is a breath of fresh air amidst a street of bold neon signs and flashing marquees.
Any Manila millennial would probably recognize the coffee shop’s insta-worthy interior design. Hence, we’ve rounded up 6 most instagramable spots in Commune!
The concept was originally a product of a collaboration between Commune and their former Salcedo neighbor, Crafts Smith, for a coffee crawl held in Green Sun. The team now continues to reinvent this phone book pages x photo montage every time there’s a vacant space on the wall.
Replicated from the original café in Salcedo, the pallets are repurposed as shelves. Beams of wood crisscross each other, creating a tic-tac-toe sort of design against the wall. On each narrow plank lies random yet cohesive-looking items such as three dimensional letters, picture frames, mugs, signs and all sort of stuff!
Glass Paneled Windows.
As Commune is happily settled on a nice corner, Ros’ Father and contractor proposed that the shop’s windows be kept nice and clean with following the semi-circle shape of the curb. This design not only boasts the interiors from the outside, but it also manages to rake in some sunlight through the wide glass paneled windows.
Chalkboard Art Wall.
Also originating from the Salcedo store, the Chalkboard art wall has become one of Commune’s signature pieces. Originally designed to be erased and changed every so often, Ros just fell in love with the art and opted to keep it as is! The masterpiece was created by Kaye Aranzanzo of Ilustrador ng Kabataan. (Fun fact: this was the first chalkboard art she’s ever made and it comes to no surprise that she now specializes on this medium!)
We know, you’re probably thinking: a communal table? to share? with strangers? Yup. And that exactly is what Commune is all about. The concept of Commune is simple – you come to the shop alone and possibly leave having met a new friend. It’s all about sharing stories and experiences with new people. The whole dream of Commune was built to become a platform to reconnect with people, and to be an avenue to meet new ones.
Design definitely does not stop at the interiors of the store, oh no. In fact, art is embedded in many aspects of the brand especially when it comes to their coffee. With well-trained baristas, your coffee art will not disappoint and will definitely be insta-worthy!
Address: 36 Polaris corner Durban Streets,
Poblacion, Makati City, PH
landline: +632 275 6324
mobile: +63 919 859 5848
store hours: Mon-Sat 8am-12mn, Sun 11am-7pm