Nearly two years ago, we listed seven pop culture-themed restaurants and cafes in the country. A lot of things have happened since then but one thing seems to stick. Themed cafes are still a thing in the local foodie scene.
Now here’s a rundown of 10 more themed cafes here in the metro! There’s one that’s under the sea-themed, one that’s camera-themed, and another that got its inspiration from Alice in Wonderland!
1. Flossom Kitchen + Cafe
The first of two garden-themed cafes on this list, Flossom Kitchen + Cafe will leave your palms itching for your phone because of how Instagrammable it is! From the pastel-colored chairs to the fresh flowers on the wall, everything about Flossom is bright, refreshing, yet homey at the same time.
Expect to see all-day breakfast staples on the menu when you dine here. In her looloo review, Felina Katrina Kaye A. calls the Ube Champorado, which is topped with tuyo flakes and a drizzle of caramel sauce, a “must try” and said she was “really surprised with how awesome it tasted.”
Flossom Kitchen + Cafe can be found at Flossom Place, 18 N. Avecilla Street, Barangay Sta. Lucia, San Juan.
2. House of Unicorns Cafe
Unicorn-themed cafes aren’t exactly a new trend any longer but foodies still love them anyway! House of Unicorns Cafe is one of the latest additions to the trend that you can find in Marikina. It’s not just a unicorn-lover’s paradise, but also a gold mine for anyone looking to snap super cute photos for their social media accounts!
“My camera couldn’t take all that cuteness in,” Mae A. said in her looloo review. “Every nook and cranny was filled with anything related to the magical creature. The interiors were very girly with all those pops of color.”
It’s difficult not to be snap happy in this cafe but don’t forget the food either! Not only are they picture-perfect, a minimum order of ₱250 worth of food and drinks is all you need to borrow one of the unicorn onesies available!
House of Unicorns Cafe can be found at 51 Lilac Street, Marikina.
3. Alice Tea Salon
Wonderland is one of those fictional places that you probably wished you could go to. Well, now it’s possible to get a glimpse of it with an Alice in Wonderland-themed cafe in Ortigas!
From the the red double doors inspired by the Queen of Hearts to the floors that will easily remind you of a chess board, Alice Tea Salon will make you feel like you walked straight into Wonderland. Its menu even channel’s the Mad Hatter’s eternal love for tea with its selection of drinks that include milkshakes, smoothies, and lattes that have been infused with tea!
Alice Tea Salon can be found at The Pearl Place, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig.
4. UKE Box Caffe
We won’t be surprised if you start daydreaming about carefree days enjoying the sun, sand, and sea the moment you see the beach-themed Uke Box Caffe. “You will never doubt going here,” Dee V. says in her looloo review. “It’s always summer at Uke Box Caffe.”
And as its name suggests, ukuleles are a big part of the cafe. In fact, there’s a whole picture-perfect wall lined with colorful ukuleles! But these instruments aren’t meant to be just decorations in Uke Box Caffe. In fact, the cafe regularly holds ukulele lessons and events featuring artists who play them!
Uke Box Caffe can be found on the G/F of Manhattan Parkview, Araneta Center, Quezon City.
5. Under The Sea Cafe
In Little Mermaid, Ariel was so curious about humans that she ended up trading her voice in exchange for feet. On the other hand, we humans can’t help but want to be mermaids and mermen even just for a short time. And since trading our feet for a tail is impossible, why not go for the next best thing by going to Under The Sea Cafe?
Under The Sea Cafe is the first mermaid-themed cafe in the Philippines, having opened just last August. All it takes is one look at the walls painted with corals and fish, the pillows, stuffed toys, and even the food to feel like you’re a mermaid or merman underwater! And the best part is, looking the part is easy! All you need is a minimum order of ₱150 and you can borrow a tail, head dress, and even clam-shaped bras!
Under The Sea Cafe can be found at 80 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City.
6. Shutter Cafe
From its name down to the vintage cameras you on display, you can easily tell that Shutter Cafe takes photography seriously. The cafe, which is located in Quezon City, is found next to a camera store where you can shop for camera necessities. Shutter Cafe itself also holds regular photography, lighting, and even filmmaking workshops!
“I loved the ambiance! A great place to relax,” Roy T. says in his looloo review. “Very nicely designed with photography-related murals or stickers at the walls, some quotes, and artifacts. Really interesting to check them out.”
Shutter Cafe can be found at 118 Scout Dr. Lazcano Street, Sacred Heart, Quezon City.
7. Coffee Project
Coffee Project easily made its rounds in social media when it opened its first branch. It’s no surprise given how the cafe went all out with its garden theme. And by all out, we’re talking about an explosion of flowers, including flower chandeliers! “By far the most Instagrammable / Snapchatable coffee shop I’ve ever been to,” Denise J. says in her looloo review. “Heck, even their bathroom is so pretty it hurts!”
Luckily for those who want to get their shots (both of the coffee and photography varieties!), there’s no need to go too far! Coffee Project now has 15 branches and can even be found outside Metro Manila in places like Antipolo and Laguna!
Coffee Project can be found at these locations.
8. Zoo Coffee
Stepping inside Zoo Coffee is like walking into a jungle safari in the middle of the city. But instead of wild animals and lush greenery, you’ll get comfy seats, good food and drinks, stuffed toys, and other animal-inspired decor. This means that it’s entirely possible to find yourself eating with a tiger staring at you or a gorilla seated right next to you.
As for what you can eat and drink, Chyme P. recommends the Chai Tea Latte in her looloo review, calling it a “must have” on cool nights. Brie K., on the other hand, found the strawberry waffle “enticing” and said in his looloo review that the waffles are “soft and really matched the fresh strawberries, berries and a single serving of strawberry ice cream.”
Zoo Coffee can be found at these locations.
9. Cafe Aquatica
Ever visited a pet store and found yourself pressing your face against an aquarium to get a good look at the fish swimming inside? Well, you’ll probably end up doing the exact same thing when you dine at Cafe Aquatica!
Cafe Aquatica actually serves as both a cafe and a store selling fish and aquariums. The cafe is designed to feature aquariums housing a variety of colorful fish and some of them are placed right next to dining table! It’s hard not to be mesmerized by the fish while eating or sipping your coffee! But be careful though! As AlwaysHungryPh P. notes in his looloo review, “if you break it, it’s sold. One aquarium costs as much as Php 450,000. Yikes.”
Cafe Aquatica can be found on the G/F of Greenhills Promenade, Annapolis Street corner Missouri Street, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan.
It’s the tale as old as time that we know so well. We’ve enjoyed the movies, listened to the songs on repeat, and now we can even eat in a cafe that’s inspired by Beauty and the Beast!
Vandarah is actually like a jack of all trades. Not only is it a cafe, it’s also a spa and a fashion hub. It’s the only stop you need for all your beauty needs. Pretty cool, right? And the best part is, you’ll find the Beauty and the Beast references everywhere! From roses in glass cases to cupcakes decorated with characters from the story, Vandarah will surely appeal to every Disney fan out there!
Vandarah can be found at 15 KL Building, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.