15 Best Cafés For Bookworms To Hangout
A cozy space and a good read are the only things a bookworm needs to have a great time. Lucky for you, we found the best cafés for bookworms providing exactly those.
Besides serving good coffee and cakes to patrons, some coffee shops are also the ideal spaces for book lovers to geek out about their latest books, to join bookish conversations, to exchange paperbacks, and to get comfortable in one corner doing their favorite thing—reading.
1The Nook Café – Quezon City
For Potterheads, there’s nothing quite like being in a place that reminds you of your favorite magical world. From their menu that includes Butterbeer to the wall decorations that resemble the aesthetics of the movie, re-reading Harry Potter while drinking an enchanting concoction (aka coffee) is the most sensible thing to do in the café.
2Local Edition – Makati
If you have a hard time separating from your books, then you may find this activity difficult. But for some bibliophiles, sharing is caring. The Makati-based coffee shop partakes in a book exchange activity called #TheBookProjectManila that works on a simple premise—leave behind one book before you take one home.
3Cool Beans Library Café – Quezon City
We already love Cool Beans Library Café for bringing the taste of Kalinga, Sagada, and Benguet roast to the city. And we love them even more for providing thousands of reading materials to patrons. They have a wide selection of Filipiniana books that can get you started with reading local. But of course, they have foreign titles, too!
4Book and Borders Café – Taguig and Quezon City
True to their motto, Book and Borders Café is definitely the ideal spot to enjoy your cup of coffee while reading. They have a wall lined with bookshelves, and the place is spacious enough to allow breathing space for people deep in their books. They have a library-like system in place. But instead of a library card, you need to give your ID in exchange for the book.
5Tweedle Book Café – Quezon City
Unlike most cafés on this list, Tweedle is more like a library than a café! With more than 1,000 books from pretty much every genre available in their collection, there’s no way you won’t find a book perfect for your mood. Partner your reading time with their awesome cakes and tea and you’ll soon find yourself in Wonderland.
6Sunday 2PM Café – Cebu
If you ever find your way in Cebu on a Sunday afternoon, try getting your afternoon coffee and reading time at Sunday 2PM Café’s happy hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. In fact, the café is named such because the owner, Resi Cloud, finds 2 p.m. on a Sunday the most relaxing time of the week.
The coffee shop, which has a book club theme, encourages visitors to read any book from their shelves. The interior is also very homey. The walls are peppered with sticky notes, a usual colorful staple in Korean cafés. Why not join the fun by scribbling on your favorite book quote?
7The Sweet Spot Bakery and Café – Quezon City
Pretty much everything great in the world can be found here—coffee, desserts, and books! With almost 300 books in their collection, visitors will have a great time choosing one from the selection. From manga to Murakami novels to Stephen King thrillers to graphic novels, there’s definitely a lot to choose from.
The Sweet Spot Bakery and Café
G/F Maginhawa Building, 189 Maginhawa St. cor. Makadios St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Whatever it is between Korean and books, we’re just thankful that they open coffee shops providing books for readings to their customers. Caffe Bene is one such coffee shop that has 70 books or more available in each store.
For students cramming for an exam or writing research papers, Cafe-Uk Co. is a pretty popular spot. Of course, due to its quiet atmosphere and good food, any book lover will fit right in. They have three locations, and for each location, there can be 300-500 books available for visitors to read inside the café.
10Dorissimo Pastries – Quezon City
When you’re in search for sweets and books, then you can head to Dorissimo Pastries where both goodies await. It’s not just another café in Maginhawa—it’s the sweet spot in Maginhawa when you’re looking for the perfect place to read your book. The walls are lined with possibly cutest bookshelf you can find in the metro. Take a pick from their selection of pastries, cakes, and drinks, and choose a book from their shelves.
122 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
11Plaza Café – Makati
Just a few steps away from Greenbelt and right next to the Asian Institute of Management lies Plaza Cafe. Books and magazines can be found on the shelves under the counter, free for customers to consume along with their latte and cakes. Try their cookies the size of a small plate and you’ll be good till you reach the last pages of your paperback.
12Neil’s Kitchen – Alabang
Though known more for its Filipino fusion dishes, Neil’s Kitchen is not just Instagram-worthy, it’s also bookworm-friendly. A little corner of the dining spot is dedicated to My Father’s Bookstore, a bookstore that mostly offers inspirational and Christian books.
Westgate Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
13Antiteasis: Books and Brew – Quezon City
Wooden boxes serve as tables in this café, where visitors are encouraged to sit on floors and be as comfortable as they can be with the throw pillows and mats. Antiteasis is more of a tea house than a coffee spot, and their amazing brews of tea prove that they’re more than worthy of the name. And of course, they’re a library, too, and an entire wall is lined with books, resembling your dream home library.
14Press by Fully Booked – Makati and San Juan
Who doesn’t love Fully Booked? No bookworm will answer yes to that question. But you know what makes the loved bookstore even more precious? A café right in the middle of it, of course. Now, you don’t have to wait to get home to read your new books.
15Café Talk Library – Cebu
For bookworms and board game lovers, Café Talk Library in Cebu is pretty much heaven. Customers can choose from the selection of books free for reading in the café. To make the place even more comfortable, you can cuddle with a throw pillow and life-sized teddy bears. While their other branch in Cebu has laptops on the tables, Café Talk Library has none to encourage visitors to read.
Café Talk Library
Capitol Urgello, N. Escario Street, Cebu City
You no longer have to worry about leaving home without a book in hand! These best cafés for bookworms are waiting for you to explore their shelves and dive your nose into reading. But if you wish to bring your own book to read, check out August book recommendations from Phili’s Book Club!