10 Cool Cafes for Every Personality
We are firm believers that there's a place—a café, rather, for everyone. After all, the full coffee experience wouldn't be complete without an ambience that we love and great coffee, of course. Whether you're into fashion, art, books, or music, we round up the best cafés that will fit your interests.
Tweedle Book Café
Perfect for: The bookworm
Tweedle Book Café is every bookworm's dream come true. The shelves are filled with books and comics, the ambience is quiet and cozy, and the food is comforting (their pastries take center stage!). This café is a haven for those who want to curl up with a book and a warm cup of coffee to drown out the world.
Must-tries: Iced Café Super Chocolate (P170), Bacon Mac and Say Cheese! (P240)
Tweedle Book Café is at 106-B Scout Gandia Street, Sacred Heart,ÂTomas Morato, Quezon City.
When Uan Met Sally
Perfect for: The fashionista
This shop-slash-café has a charming facade that will instantly catch your attention. When Uan Met Sally is a quaint café that doubles as a trove for handmade bags, vintage clothes and accessories for the shabby chic (think Friends' Phoebe Buffay!). The al fresco seating area is quiet and surrounded by more interesting pieces. Their menu is small, but the excellent coffee and tea makes up for it!
Must-tries: Batangas Brewed Coffee (P75), White Jade Cheesecake (P150)
When Uan Met Sally is at 39 B Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City.
Hillside Café & Juice Bar
Perfect for: The fitness junkie
From the outside, you can tell that Hillside Café is an organic restaurant—the amount of hanging plants and an actual plant store beside it is a dead giveaway. This café is all about natural ingredients that are locally and organically sourced—from the coffee beans to cold-pressed juices, pumpkin soup to meatless mac and cheese, Hillside Café and Juice Bar will surprisingly satisfy your meat-loving palate!
Must-tries: Organic Brewed Coffee (P85), Greek Mac and Cheese (P275)
Hillside Café & Juice Bar is at Cedarhills Garden Center, 57 Mother Ignacia Street, Paligsahan, Quezon City.
iChill Theater Café
Perfect for: The movie and theater buff
iChill Theater Café is the place to be for aspiring actors, singers, and performers in general. This two-storey café holds open mic nights on both floors, where if one is brave enough to perform a piece, they get a free drink and meal! The walls are lined with old movie and theater posters; some of them starred in by the owner, Kuya Manzano, a theater actor and singer himself.
Must-tries: Cafe Latte (P120), Spicy Beef Ramen (P100)
iChill Theater Café is at 1125 Dos Castillas Street, Sampaloc, Manila.
Mom and Tina's Bakery Café
Perfect for: The tita
Mom and Tina's has everything that a tita looks for—comfort food, pastries, and picture-perfect interiors to cap off the tita session. They serve an array of home-cooked meals made with fresh ingredients, and the smell of freshly-baked pastries and goodies will draw you in.
Must-tries: Pecan Chocolate Chip Muffin (P60), Vanilla Iced Coffee (P110)
Mom and Tina's Bakery Café has branches at Unit 14, G/F Tropical Palms Condominium, 103 Dela Rosa Street corner Perea Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City; 58 Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City; FRDC Building, 106 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City; and 2/F Regis Center, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Photos courtesy of When Uan Met Sally, Mom and Tina's Bakery Café, iChill Theater Café, Satchmi Store, Artists Haven, and from the SPOT.ph archives.
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* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.
On a platform we stand
Faces seen all in a blur
Relentless searching led by a spur
To find someone, to feel something
Aren’t we fools to waste away time?
To look for one man’s treasure
Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile
As a bond built in crime
But aren’t we just like every weary heart?
Hoping for an oasis
In the midst of the desert
Wanting to quench our thirst
Aren’t we all like frosted windows
Of old and battered houses on winter?
Wishing for the sun to give us warmth
To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made
Aren’t we maven pretenders?
A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?
A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?
Let down the walls, It’ll be okay
Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating
Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,
Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end
Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear
Realization dawning as loud as a thunder
As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber
Waking up from this reverie
Truth slapped me back to reality
Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see
Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free
From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,
What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April
We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked
Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey
What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower
Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss
Unbounded joy brought by your presence
Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven
Now the heart weeps for evanescence
A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain
But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .
Written by me, the one-shot story
Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________
It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.
"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.
"What size?" she asked.
"Small." I said.
Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.
Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad. I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.
"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.
"Yes. Thank you." I said.
"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.
"Oh thanks." I said .
"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.
I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.
And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....
I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BROKE FANGIRL/FANBOY
One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.
It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!
Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?
Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020