Not Your Ordinary Joe: 6 One-of-a-Kind Coffee Places in the City
From caffeine...to caf-fun!
It seems like there’s decent coffee shop in every major street corner in the metro—a fact your perpetually sleepy brain will always be thankful for. Anytime you need a quick pick-me-up, a reliable cup of coffee is never more than a couple of blocks away.
The thing with ubiquity, though, is that having a cup is no longer an occasion. It’s been demoted to just one more thing you need to get in your day. You grab, gulp and go, without taking the time to savor every fragrant sip while basking in the delightful or relaxing ambiance.
These one-of-a-kind coffee spots will rekindle your love for coffee and cafés. Trust us, when you visit these places, you’ll be coming up with reasons to have your coffee “for here” instead of to go.
1. Motora Azul 1955 Cafe
Why it’s unique: Imagine parking your bike inside a coffee shop. No, we’re not talking about a bicycle—we’re talking about your snarling beast of a motorcycle, pulled up into the brick-walled facade of this newly opened café. That’s pretty sweet for a biker dude. Don’t have your own rocket of a bike? That’s okay. You can ogle the custom creations of Todee Teodoro on display as you fuel up with their coffee.
Not into motorcycles? You might just be interested with the help of celebrities, like Jake Cuenca and Jericho Rosales who ocassionally drop by for a drink and check out the vintage rides.
Address: Unit 1, The Portal, Sto. Cristo St., Greenfield District, Mandaluyong.
2. Zoo Coffee
Why it’s unique: An import from Korea, the first Philippine branch of this franchise goes all out with their animal theme, complete with zebra-print walls and panda stuffed toys. Yes: panda stuffed toys! A better companion than your surly date, that’s for sure. If you’ve already hit your coffee quota for the day, their special “I’m Korean” menu also offers honey teas and lattés.
Address: G/F Alphaland Makati Place, Ayala Avenue Extension cor. Malugay Street, Bel-air, Makati.
3. The Washery
Why it’s unique: Cafés are already havens for multitasking. Drink! Eat! Chill! Study! Work! Flirt! In The Washery, you can add “doing the laundry” to the list, since this café concept combines a coffee shop with a full-service laundromat. And whereas most cafés have predominantly brown interiors to keep a homey, earthy vibe, The Washery puts a cool spin with aqua blue counters and menu, and water-drum-based counters.
Bonus: If you spill coffee onto your shirt, a washing machine is just a few steps away.
Address: I-103 Industria Mall, Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.
4. Maximus Athlete’s Coffee Shop
Why it’s unique: Hardcore triathlete and serious coffee fan? Then this is the shop you’ll need to head to right after training. Sample their great brews as you browse their extensive collection of specialized race bikes and gear that are for sale. If you want to get some useful tips, have a chat with owner Andy Leuterio, who’s a triathlon coach himself.
Address: Sparta Sports Complex, 126 Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong.
5. Books & Borders
Why it’s unique: If curling up with a great read and a steaming cuppa joe sounds like your kind of day, Books & Borders is your café. Every branch houses a sizable library, carrying everything from Lang Leav to Milan Kundera. Bookworms are more than welcome to while away their afternoons with a good book or two. Heck, why not three?
Address: 281 Tomas Morato Street, Diliman, Quezon City, with other branches in Eastwood and McKinley Hill.
6. Uke Box Caffé
Why it’s unique: Music to go with your coffee? Definitely sounds better than cream. In Uke Box, you can enjoy single-origin mountain coffee in a laidback surfer hostel ambience, complete with bean bags, bunk beds and loft seating. If you’re feeling a little musical, you can grab one of their many ukuleles, head up to the corner stage and sing your heart out.
Address: Unit 12, 187 Village Center, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Bagumbayan, Quezon City.