Beat The Rain With These 10 Authentic Board Game Cafés In Manila
Have you ever been told off by a staff member to put away your UNO cards at a café? Don’t feel bad because we’ve been there *glares at Ate*. Whether it’s to kill time with friends or to keep you distracted from stressful exams, we can always use a round or two. Good thing these board game cafés in Manila entice you and your competitive buddies to stay and play.
1Laro Board Game Café
If you live in Quezon City, you’re pretty lucky considering that it’s home to plenty of board game cafes. One of the many board game cafés in Manila includes Laro Board Game Cafe. Order a yummy milkshake and perhaps a plate of Pak-Pak-Ganern-Ganern a.k.a. buffalo wings from their board game-inspired menu. In order to enjoy all your favorite games here, you just have to order a minimum of PHP 150 per person. If you plan to work here, you’ll be content with their Wi-Fi connection. It’s pretty speedy!
Even though the milk tea craze is over, you can still satisfy your fix at this not-so-ordinary teahouse. Milk tea and slushie fans will know that Moonleaf is one of the biggest names out there. You’ll have to shell out more than the usual. You’ll need to consume at least PHP 300 worth of food and drinks. Playing time is normally restricted to one hour. They have a wide variety of breakfast favorites, appetizers, and even cakes! If there’s one thing you must try is their signature chunky yet crispy flavored French Fries!
3Boards and Pieces
What’s perfect about these board game cafés in Manila is that they merge the gap between the young and the old. Whether you bring the kiddos or grandparents, you’ll definitely see their competitive side never seen before. The first thing you’ll probably notice is that it has great interiors that include hand drawn cartoon characters and writeable chalkboard surface. Coffee lovers will enjoy their latte art. You’ll get a few chuckles from their board game-inspired menu with names like Fries of the Dead and Burger Against Humanity.
4Laruan ATBP Café
One of the most popular board game cafés in Manila is Laruan ATBP Cafe. Don’t stick to the tried and tested ones. Why not explore new games with the help of gamemasters? Each person has to spend a minimum of PHP 150 for unlimited playing time. Expect large servings that are good for sharing. They have an excellent selection of ice cream shakes and flavored beers to try out! Pizza Sticks are a hit here! If you plan to go here, go early because there are some pretty serious gamers here.
5TableTaft Boardgame Café
Perhaps one of the busiest streets in Manila, TableTaft Boardgame Cafe attracts students from neighboring schools. With a student-friendly price at PHP 100 (that’s consumable), you can select any game from their large collection. Kill time by making tambay here especially if you’re waiting for your next class or the rain to die down. They have an amazing selection of food and drinks especially their milkshakes which are highly recommended! Out of all the board game cafés in Manila, this one is budget-friendly!
6Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Bistro
Have you ever been in a place where the atmosphere was so energetic and contagious at the same time? This is it! After all, everyone is entitled to have fun. There are so many games that the majority of their collection you probably haven’t even heard of. Call any Game Master to his attention and he’ll be more than willing to help your group out. Avoid Fridays and Saturdays as they are the most popular and busiest days as board game cafes in Manila usually are. Parking space is limited so make sure you reserve a table early. This one of the best places to unwind, eat, and play!
7Snacks And Ladders
For your next birthday, why not celebrate it at a fun place like this? It certainly is big enough to accommodate large groups. They have a kid-friendly area where you can just plop on any of the welcoming beanbags. This carpeted area is where you can take off your shoes and go Indian sit (criss-cross applesauce style). The gaming fee for each person is PHP 150 (wherein PHP 100 is consumable). They have cute board-inspired menu items like Jenga Cheesesticks and Dominonachos. Wi-Fi is rumored to be fast if anyone plans on using it, but we say, ditch it!
If playing games and eating great-tasting hot dogs are your kind of thing, come on over to the most wicked of board game cafés in Manila! This small but quaint place has quirky interiors like swings hanging from the ceiling! The first thing you’ll notice is that its ceiling lamps are refurbished gas tanks. Sitting anywhere in this restaurant definitely, deserves a spot on Instagram. Any big group should take advantage of the elevated area that gives a sense of privacy. Wicked Dogs may not have the largest game collection, but this place makes you want to stay and eat hot dogs all day!
9Onboard Game + Gastro Pub
If coffee shops are too dull for you, maybe you’ll enjoy this one! Its spacious and retro-inspired interiors scream diner. Good thing they have a wide range of board games for killing time. Their game curators are on standby, ready to help you out. To enjoy them, you just have to pay a minimum of PHP 185 that’s consumable. Sample their Nacho Hai that puts a Japanese twist to nachos. It cleverly uses sinfully fried wonton chips, crab sticks, tuna cubes, and nori strips! Plan ahead to save you from disappointment as this place gets crowded on weekends.
Onboard Game + Gastro Pub
2/F Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, A.P. Reyes Street, Olympia, Makati City
Open daily Monday to Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
+63922 886 6823
10DECK MNL Board Game Café
This one of the few board game cafés in Manila that caters to students from nearby schools at Taft. The relaxing ambiance, brightly colored and minimalistic interiors, and student-friendly priced meals attract plenty of customers. This cafe is the perfect venue to hold small events, reunions, etc.
DECK MNL Board Game Café
866 Pablo Ocampo Sr. Street, Manila
Open daily Monday to Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
+63927 917 1157, +63917 515 5975
Board games are making a strong comeback now that the rainy season has made its way. It’s a great way to unplug from the digital world for a couple of hours. There was one time in our lives when we couldn’t get enough of Monopoly and Scrabble! Good thing we can relive those moments with our favorite company in these board game cafés in Manila! So, are you ready for some action? Did we miss out any of your faves? Inform us by commenting below! Don’t forget to post that victorious win by tagging #Philihappy or @Philihappy on Instagram!