10 Cafes in Manila for the Design Lover in You

Whether it’s time to slow things down, or to keep on finding ways to progress our imagination, we constantly look for spaces that give us inspiration and spark the inner artist in us. Here are some cafes that you can visit around the metro that can be given kudos for their great interiors, where you can just chill, take Instagram worthy photos, and to keep not only the creative juices flowing but the drinks and scrumptious meals too!

1. Coffee Project

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If you’re in the mood to simply relax in a garden type atmosphere, you’ll find that coffee project explores interiors that are industrial with a feminine touch! There are areas in the cafe when you will feel like you’re in an outdoor cafe, and as you look up, floral decorations are hanging above your head, even on the sides as there are more flowers on the shelves.

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From the signage, to the brick wall, and even in the loo, you’ll see bikes around on display which adds to the outdoorsy vibe. For the coffee fanatics, every corner has witty sayings about how coffee fuels your day, and other words that can motivate you to re-energize. Another great thing about this place is the veranda at the back, located outside the coffee shop, where you can feel the breeze. You can grab a drink and talk for hours on the cushioned seats, wrapped with plants around the edges, and the bulb lights that look magical at night.

The Wharf at Lakefront, E Service Rd, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila
Opening hours: 7AM-11PM

2. Artesania MNL Cafe

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A one stop shop for artists, crafters, and local coffee addicts – we just found a cafe where you can unleash the inner dreamer in you and create those visions into masterpieces while enjoying good food that are artsy as well!

Artesania MNL Cafe is the home of Galaxy Lattes, artsy dishes and creativity-inducing menu where you can escape the daily stresses in life and a comfortable place to meet your friends and loved ones to bond.

The interiors are simple, with wooden tables and chairs, and cemented walls that resemble most industrial themed restos. It’s minimalistic theme is much like a canvas area that leaves it up to you to fill the room with your own ideas. All the arts and crafts to choose from are on the shelves, so you can sit down, grab a drink , and #artTambay all the way, as you bring out the inner artist in you.

2f 140 Maginhawa St. Sikatuna Vill. QC
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays at 11am to 10pm

3. Vanilla Cupcake Bakery

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Walk in this chic dollhouse-like bakery if you’re into pastels, cute designs, and all things sweet. You’ll never run out of things to look at once you step in Vanilla Cupcake Bakery, with its feel good vibe seeing that the whole room is filled with so much color. It’s a good hangout spot to meet with your girlfriends, but no one’s stopping guys from enjoying this place as well! With comfy printed chairs, and pillows, feel like you’re having a tea party with the feminine and dainty touch of the interiors which is actually designed by Heim Interiors.

Two Parkade, 30th Street Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Opening hours: 7AM-12midnight

4. Artsy Cafe

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Maginhawa street is already known for having an array of food choices for foodies who are on a budget. Another cafe that was spotted in Teacher’s village is another find for those who love homey spaces with colorful tones. From the outside, it really looks like a small house with white picket fences. It also has that Mary Grace kind of ambiance, with calligraphy writings on the walls, windows, and murals. The atmosphere is light and playful so you’ll surely feel at home at the same time be inspired to create your own art.

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36 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City,
Opening hours: 11 AM-10 PM

5. Farmer’s Orchard

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Northside foodies have their Maginhawa Street, while southerners look for spots around Aguirre Avenue. If you’ve been looking for a place to fulfill your new year resolution on being a new and improved, healthier you, Farmer’s Orchard is the place to be. A relaxing and cozy cafe to unwind, hang out with your buds, or catch up on some work.

As soon as you open their doors, the first thing you’ll see is a bunch of flowers, a bike, and apples in a basket which already sets the mood in full bloom. You can pick whichever spot you like from the white tables or the cushioned seats and pillows with colored geometric shaped ceiling lamps hanging from above. You can also entertain yourself with their witty fruit sayings on the wall and murals (it’s up to you to find where they are) to brighten up your day. From the affordable and guilt-free food choices to their calming ambience, you’ll be one step away from achieving that #fresh look.

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271 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Opening hours: 9AM-12AM

6. Another Story

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This whimsical themed cafe in the south will make you feel like Alice in wonderland who fell in a rabbit hole to search for a drink and a bite. Ica Sebastian, the owner of another story, was inspired to put up another resto that is similar to Cafe Voila located in Crosswinds, Tagaytay. It’s also called another story because bits and pieces of Ica’s life story can be seen around the place through the different quotes and words on the ceiling and walls.

It’s such a vibrant spot, with lighted lamps, comfy sofas, colorful chairs and table displays, giving you that happy feeling as you enjoy their great food and ambiance. The area is spacious since they also have tables outside, so you’ll probably be able to get a spot especially if you’re a big crowd. There’s also a part in the entrance, where mirrors are hanging on a corner wall which goes with the storybook inspired design. Here, you can feel like you’re part of a story, and even be inspired to write one yourself!

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Second Floor, Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Almanza, Las Piñas City
Opening hours: 10AM-11PM

7. Cartel

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Whether you need your ‘me’ time to just chill, to do some work or to have a chat with someone, this quaint small space is the place to go. Industrial in design, it’s wooden furniture, walls, and warm lighting gives off a pretty laidback ambiance. Plus, their coffee comes from Yardstick, a company which is known for being passionate about creating great beans.

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119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opening hours: 630AM-11PM

8. Cafe IF

Have you ever wanted to just read a book under a tree, but maybe it’s too hot to do that or there’s no place available for you to do so? Well, what IF we told you that we found a place to do just that – sort of.

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Around BF Homes, there’s a Bingsu cafe, where you can have enough space to lounge around and grab your favorite book and cozy up in a room that looks like you’re in the outdoors. The brick walls and parts of the ceiling lamps are hugged by vines, giving off a rustic garden vibe. But don’t worry, it won’t be too hot for you because you can order shaved ice desserts to cool off. At the center, there’s a tree surrounded by hanging wooden cocoon-like chairs with lamps on tables which is perfect for that moment we’ve been asking for – a comfy place to nest in if we just want to read, to study, or to be swallowed up in our own thoughts of what if’s.

Second Floor, GLT Building, Presidents Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Opening hours: 10AM-11PM

9. Zoo Coffee

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Animal lovers out there will surely be smitten with this Korean cafe in Makati, where you won’t feel so alone seeing there are stuffed animals inside to keep you company. As if you’re actually in a zoo, you can spot pandas and gorillas chilling on the wooden chairs, monkeys just hanging out, a tiger near the counter which seems to be checking out what you’re ordering, and a life sized giraffe that will welcome you at the entrance. There’s also a man-made tree, with snakes on the branches (but don’t worry they don’t bite!) and a wooden giraffe shaped stand where the tumblers are placed which look like it’s eating the leaves. It’s spacious, cozy, and a relaxing place to get a feel of what it’s like to be in the jungle but even better because you can get bingsu, drinks, and other desserts!

Alphaland Makati Place, 7232 Malugay, Makati, Kalakhang Maynila

Opening hours: 7AM-11PM

10. Uke Box Cafe

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A chill hawaiian inspired cafe filled with ukeleles is a fun place to go if you’re looking for a spot to channel your creative and sound energy. Aside from the instruments on the wall, you can see lei’s, known as a necklace made out of a garland of Hawaiian flowers traditionally given as a way to welcome visitors. The tables and chairs are mostly made out of wood which goes with the natural look and feel of the nook. They also have bean bags in double-deck bunks if you want a more private area to chat, or to play music by bringing your own ukelele! 

If you don’t have one, no worries, because you can rent one which costs P100 per hour. You can also enroll in their Sunday free tutorial if you’re interested in learning how to play for real and maybe invest in a ukelele which they sell for prices ranging between 15000-3000. While learning how to play, just by looking at their wall filled with ukelele chords, you can actually figure out how to work with the strings. And maybe if you’re up for it, you can join their open mic sessions since they have a corner for their performances.

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187 Village Center, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Libis, Quezon City
Opening hours: 9AM-10PM

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