Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book and Borders Cafe Opens in Manhattan Residences, Araneta Center Cubao

Whoever thought to combine books and coffee was onto something. Just like Book & Borders Café, it takes every customer into a whole new level of experience. At this aptly named cafe, all the books face out from the shelves so you can digest their covers and gobble them up as you please.

This may be the ideal curl-up café: aside from an array of best-sellers, the store has cozy ambiance and comfy seats, while the balcony fronting the other buildings is a perfect spot to indulge in their ridiculously large number of food offerings (including, er, awesome pasta, sandwiches and sweet pastries!). But the walls inside this buzzing café are the highlight; the large colourful bookshelf reminiscent of London and Paris street scene with some of the best-selling books as well as new releases. And there is also a small space, which is used for local artists to perform.

Ribbon Cutting of Book & Borders Cafe Manhattan Araneta Center Cubao
Book & Borders executives: Ms. Mary Simisim, Ms. Nancy Go, Ervic Vijandre,  Book & Borders ambassador Benjamin Alves, Ms. Korina Sanchez along with other VIP guests during the grand opening.

This third branch of Book & Borders Cafe leads a double life: café by day, tapas bar by night… dealing in books on the side. Literally – one side of this café are filled with books, some rare, some can only be found at this café.  During their opening night, they had guests like Karylle who rendered a few songs, Shiela Valderrama, a veteran stage and musical actress and Bossa Nova singer, Sitti. I wonder if they could also feature open mic poetry nights which could draw in the hip young crowd who sit in the outdoor establishments to soak up the world’s literary greats—and some caffeine fix perhaps. 

It's Showtime host and singer Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon sings for the guests of Book & Borders Cafe opening

Book & Borders Café’s warm lighting, rustic wooden chairs and nostalgic feel with modern chic look lure in passersby to enter the cafe. But apart from its ambiance, it is their delicious pastries and coffee/tea that bring people back again and again. 

Iced Cold Butter Mocha

If you need a jolt in the morning, the locally-sourced coffee here at Book & Borders Cafe is said to pack a punch. But the fresh and seasonal menu featuring organic and bio dynamic food and pastries will undoubtedly tempt you to linger a little longer. Gastronomic delights don’t stop in the kitchen, either; Book & Borders Cafe specializes in an extensive range of new release books, which can be perused over your caffeine at the communal table.

Book & Borders cafe Kimchi fries

For those who can’t get enough of the sweet stuff: this is your bookstore. Book & Borders Cafe specializes in cakes and pastries like Midnight Chocolate Ganache, Blueberry Cake and Cupcakes to name a few), which promise sugary deliverance while you sit in the ‘Book Nook’ and peruse their extensive range of gorgeous literature. Of course, if you’ve reached your sugar limit, there’s also a weekend breakfast menu, which includes savoury options such as scrambled eggs with potato pancake, [their soft shell crab linguine pasta are also good!]and so many other options to choose from. One thing is for sure, they’re all delish.

Book & Borders Cafe Tuyo Pasta

Book & Borders Cafe Beef Nachos with cheese dips and salsa

Book & Borders Soft Shell Crab Linguine pasta

Book & Borders Midnight Chocolate Ganache

Book & Borders Cafe Cotton Blueberry Cake

Established by young entrepreneur, Kristine Simisim, Book and Borders Cafe had their first branch in Tomas Morato in Quezon City back in June 2015. Since then, it had opened two more branches: McKinley Hills in Bonifacio Global City and Eastwood City in Libis. Their latest branch is located in Manhattan Parkview Residences in Araneta Center, Cubao. 
With its vision to encourage more people to love reading books, Book and Borders Cafe provides both book and coffee enthusiasts a haven where they could spend time curling up with a good book in hand as they sip on their favorite drink or enjoying some bites from the cafe’s menu. 
Come and visit any of Book & Borders Cafe’s branches for their awesome collection of books, gastronomic offers and Instagram-worthy space. 
Book & Borders Cafe are located in Tomas Morato, Bonifacio Global City [McKinley], Eastwood City [Libis], and Manhattan Parkview Residences in Araneta Center, Cubao. 

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