The neighborhood coffee shop has always been a multi-purpose venue. With a cozy ambience and chill music, you can work, hang out with friends, or go on a casual date while enjoying a cuppa. But wait, there’s more: some cafés have gone beyond offering just caffeine and carbs. Here are three local favorites in the metro.
1. Tenant Manila
A five-minute drive from Avida Towers Asten, and a three-minute walk from the upcoming One Antonio, Tenant is a watering hole and surf lifestyle shop in one. Downstairs looks like your typical café offering a calming industrial-zen vibe, coffee and teas, soda, wines, cocktails, and beer along with freshly made sandwiches and pastries. Upstairs has premium surf clothing brands, accessories, sneakers, surfboards, books, and plants for sale. It also serves as a venue for parties, film screenings, and DJ sessions.
Both floors are spacious and well-lit, with sea-inspired décor that adds to the laidback feel of the interiors. Tenant Manila brings together two universally-loved things: coffee and the beach.
#9639 Kamagong Street, Makati
Open Tues-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 12pm-7pm
2. Caffeined by Mozaic Living
Here’s where you can buy artisanal coffee plus a coffee table to go with it. A 10-minute stroll from Avida Towers Centera, Caffeined is the aptly named in-house café of Mozaic Living, a two-floor bespoke furniture shop and showroom featuring locally crafted pieces.
Aside from the usual beverage offerings, Caffeined offers savory sandwiches, salads, sweet pastries, and ice cream. Unlike in most stores, guests here can try out not only the food but also the furniture pieces for sale at Mozaic Living. The overall vibe is like lounging in your own home, except with every corner always tastefully decorated.
#7 1550 Sheridan, Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong
Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm
3. Vibe Superfood at LiFE Mind Body Soul
Vibe Superfood is the in-house café of LiFE, a mere five-minute drive from Avida Towers Turf in BGC. Formerly Vibe Café and LiFE Yoga Center respectively, they recently relaunched after upgrading into a more holistic wellness club and adding more superfood ingredients into Vibe’s menu. Since LiFE is all about wellness, the caffeine options at Vibe are limited to cold brew concoctions (mixed with cacao, soya milk, and/or cold-pressed juices) served hot or cold. That said, Vibe delivers the same goods as typical cafés: free WiFi, a relaxing atmosphere, and a boost of energy. The menu includes all-natural juices, smoothies, superfood parfaits, flavorful salads, sumptuous sandwiches, rice bowls, wraps, and healthy pastas.
Guests can drop by for a bite, as well as sign up for any of the different types of yoga classes. On one corner is a yoga shop selling mats, headbands, towels, crystals, and accessories, as well as a mini library of coffee table books and magazines. It’s the perfect spot to begin and/or conclude one’s day.
Forbestown Road, Bonifacio Global City
Open daily 7am-10pm
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