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Maginhawa’s Snacks and Ladders: No To BOARDom and Yes to More Fun

Tired of the same old spot where your barkada usually hangs out after class? Fret not. If you think you’ve checked out all the interesting themed-restos out there, think again. You probably haven’t. You probably haven’t tried Snacks and Ladders on Maginhawa Street, which is the latest craze. I mean Snakes and Ladders…Oh no, right, it is Snacks and Ladders!

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Snacks and Ladders, a board games-themed resto, just opened October 15 of last year. Louie Lao, the owner of Snacks and Ladders in Maginhawa, says his family is a big board game collector. His love for playing board games translated to the idea of coming up with a hub where people can get lost in their delight in good food over good games. Lao got the idea of setting up a board game-themed restaurant from board game cafes abroad, particularly in Canada. In fact, the name Snacks and Ladders is inspired by Snakes and Lattes, a favorite board game café in Toronto, Canada.

The first floor is dedicated to foodies, where large tables are set up to accommodate customers who want to munch on food while playing board games. The tables are built with extra tops where customers may put their things so they can have a larger space for their food and board games. The second floor, meanwhile, has no chairs. Lao wanted the place to be homey for customers who would like to stay and play games a little longer, so they put pillows and bean bags all over.

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Lao says Maginhawa’s Snacks and Ladders is not necessarily for hardcore gamers. In fact, they set the mood of the place in so much that casual gamers like typical families and friends would come over to have a fun time over good food and good games.

“We didn’t expect that a lot of people would like it. We had to add extra chairs and tables to accommodate everyone,” said Lao about the overwhelming reception from people. Most of his daily customers are students from the nearby universities, UP and Ateneo.

snacks and ladders shelf

Shelves of board games are all over the place, stacked with the classic and latest board games on the planet. Modern ones are in demand, such as Jenga, Cards Against Humanity, Wink, Buzz Word, A Game of Thrones, and much more. Customers just have to pay PHP 150 for an unlimited use of board games, PHP 50 of which is for board game use while PHP 100 is consumable. Snacks and Ladders in Maginhawa also has a wide variety of food to offer, from pasta to pizza, from nachos to fries, and from teas to milkshakes.

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PHP 50 may be too little for a fee for unlimited use of board games but according to Lao, human connection is more important to them. “Hindi mo naman pwedeng sabihing, ‘Time na po,’ just when they are starting to enjoy the game.”

At the end of the day, it is how we spend our quality time with the people who matter. Board games may sound a little child-like, but it is one of the rawest connections families and friends could have—concentrating on the game, having fun with your playmates and most of all, setting aside your phones for a while. You are just playing board games, right here, right now. All of which you can do at Maginhawa’s Snacks and Ladders!


Snacks and Ladders is located at 188 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. It is open from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Tuesdays to Thursdays, and from 3:00 p.m. to 12 midnight on Fridays to Sundays. Snacks and Ladders is closed on Mondays. You may contact them at +63995 448 9346 and (+632) 710 3128. You may also visit their Facebook page for more information.

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Glad Alvero is a BA journalism graduate from UP Diliman. She now writes documentaries for TV. She writes 24/7 while going for photo walks in between.
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