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Get Sweet Treats and Design Inspiration from these Cute Cafes

We can't get enough of the Instagrammable decor features and desserts

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Photography: @hellokittycafeph and @ydgcoffee on Instagram (Main Photos)

Let’s be honest: Nowadays, interiors serve as a key ingredient in an F&B enterprise’s recipe for success. Of course, the quality of dishes remains the deciding factor (as the popular IG account Masarap Ba? would point out) but it wouldn’t hurt to inject captivating and inspiring décor features to draw people in and establish the brand image.

Satisfy your sweet tooth, get your coffee fix, and be inspired to revamp your home when you visit these adorable cafes:

Hello Kitty Cafe

3/F Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City

The younger fans of Hello Kitty who associate Sanrio’s most iconic character with pastel pinks might be surprised to see a slightly more sophisticated version of her at the very first Hello Kitty Café branch in the Philippines. With a theme inspired by Western royalty, the café boasts playfully luxe details. Imagine getting invited to Princess Hello Kitty’s parlor for some afternoon tea and dainty pastries!

Cozy up with friends in an inviting booth decked in golden cage. No image of Hello Kitty here but her presence is clearly felt by way of her signature bow accenting the cages and back of chairs.

This shelving unit delivers punches of pastels in storage cubes and slots. Each vignette is styled with plates and trinkets.

The café serves their Biskies, cookies piled with cream and syrup, in a caged footed plate —fancy and a wee bit theatrical.

The Nook

164A Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

“We are not affiliated to Warner Bros. The Nook Cafe is a small quaint cafe along Maginhawa street that aims to be anyone’s little corner,” says The Nook on their Facebook page. This endearing neighborhood café offers Harry Potter-inspired drinks (Butterbeer!) and interiors.

This eye-catching rug welcomes guests and clues them in on what to expect inside.

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A slim staircase can work to your advantage! Take your cue from The Nook’s stairs painted blue (with the steps in wood) and partnered with a simple red railing. The striking white mural against a black wall sets the mood and adds whimsy. And in keeping with the Harry Potter theme, there’s a little room under the stairs.

The textured wallpaper helps amplify the Hogwarts ambiance of the place.

Miao Cat Cafe

#7 Congressional Avenue, Quezon City (2nd Floor of Cake2Go)

A few years ago, cat cafes were all the rage. Miao Cat Café was one of the first ones to open and is still around to give a dose of feline cuteness in cozy surroundings spruced up like a tree house. Upon entry, they will ask you to wear slippers and sanitize your hands, which contribute to the neatness of the place. The wooden furnishings and accents add to the warmth of being around adorable furry creatures.

Pet their resident cats as you catch up with a friend over drinks and pastries—the low tables and floor pillows make a great casual and totally relaxed set-up.


A growing collection of classic Instax prints looks good against a wooden panel.

A regular sight here: cute sleeping cats perfectly balled up in their beds. When buying furniture for your pet, consider a neutral-colored one so it will not stick out like a sore thumb in your space.


YDG Coffee

2100 ID Center, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

Your Daily Grind (YDG) Coffee has a branch in Mandala Park, Mandaluyong, which is much bigger than the one in Pasong Tamo. However, we think the latter is a bit more charming despite its shoebox size because of how every inch was smartly designed. The square-in-a-whole Makati branch has slim counter tables that aren’t exactly comfortable for long chikahan and coffice session but cozy enough for a quick me-time and coffee fix. Bonus: It’s inside a furniture store complex!

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The mixed-wood herringbone door matches the green exterior well. The lone set of table and chairs outside completes this picture-perfect frame.

On the wall are tiny shelves that corral some magazines and decorative items, and small simple framed accents.

The black-and-white tiled tabletop lends a refreshing retro feel to the space…and serves a cool surface for your Instagram flatlay of their Honey, Wake Up or Gingerbread White.

Third Space Studio Cafe

Banawe corner N.S. Amoranto, Quezon City

Interior stylist Elle Uy Aguell and husband Yuseff Lee Aguell’s café is an eclectic dream with one-off furniture pieces and décor from the couple’s now-closed furniture shop. It’s a visually inspiring place to unwind and eat comfort food like fried chicken arroz caldo, lechon sisig and have refreshing drinks.

A Picker’s Corner was added to the café decked with cool pieces for sale, from the cheeky pink bust, the rocking horse, to the antique-style table.

Third Space does cool, eclectic interiors right: Effortlessly shabby but still looks put-together and refreshing—thanks to the avocado walls and touches of happy colors here and there. The mix of frames is spot on!

Guests would be pleasantly surprised to see this courtyard where they can ride the bike or take a breather as they wait for their orders. The color blocks will remind you of a Rubik's Cube, while the sunny yellow door bring an added dose of cheer.

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