Tips and Guides

5 Things to Love About 55Square Cafe

This new café in Katipunan has a few things to teach you about coffee, art appreciation, and community

Photography: Tala Singson

“I just wanted a space [where people can] share coffee and knowledge, enjoy coffee, have conversations over coffee, 'yun yung vision ko talaga, says Kit Singson, one of the owners of the newly opened hangout along Katipunan Avenue. “Kasi we are championing Filipino coffee kasi sobrang laki ng potential niya. We source our beans from Bukidnon and Cordillera.”

This champion of the small scale producer of superb coffee beans shares space and vision with Vongarde Art Gallery. “The vision is to help small people, start up, and scale up. Ganoon din yung gallery eh. I came from commercial galleries catering to masters," explains Dan Villacruel, gallerist of Vongarde Art Gallery and also a partner in the café. “Artist din ako. And nakita ko yung struggle nung artist na naka-akyat ng gallery level so I wanted to share my knowledge regarding the market, collectors, how to scale up from being a start up na artist. Ito yung space for artists na nagsa-start pa lang."

Tala Singson, the interior designer amongst the three, was the one tasked to make the space work as a cafe and an art gallery. “It's a cafe and a gallery and I have to consider both sides. So wala lahat na walls, wala akong nilagay. When it comes to ornaments or décor, it's minimal. Para hindi ma take-away yung eyes dun sa mga pieces.” 

Can't wait to visit soon? Here are some of the reasons why the two-in-one concept works and what we love most about it:

The bare walls make the art pieces stand out.

“We wanted the space to look very raw, unfinished. Para yung contrast nya sa art—maganda. It would really showcase the art pieces and the coffee,” says Tala.

The minimal accessories add to the laid-back feel of the cafe/gallery.

“Like yung mga centerpiece, low lang sila, para hindi matakpan yung artwork. Yung couch, maliit lang sya. Para yung wall space andyan pa rin, para ma-appreciate pa rin yung art. “ 

The hints of color on the floor and in the kitchen keep the place from feeling cave-like.

Lahat ng furniture and yung walls and lights, walang color except sa floor kasi si Kit gusto ng pop of color. Besides sa floor, walang color lahat. Para sa artwork yung color.”

Rows of screws underneath the beam line hold and showcase the works of art.

For the art gallery to hang its pieces perfectly on the wall, Tala decided to create a hanging rail system that works with the café’s industrial look with the use of screws.

Black grout makes the kitchen unique and interesting.

Some might shy away from using black grout for a number of reasons—why would you use it if it looks like grime? In the case of 55Square Cafe, it adds spice to the place as well as help highlight the light tiles and art on the wall.

55Square Café is located at G/F ALCAL Bldg. 285 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. For inquiries, you can email them at hi.55squarecafe[at] For Vongarde Art Gallery, you can send messages through e-mail at vongardeartgallery[at]

More on

RL News: 55Square Cafe Is Now Open in Katipunan

4 Design Ideas that We Can Learn from Coffee Shops

4 Things to Love About this Enchanting Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Branch


Latest Stories

3 Bathroom Styles We Can Learn from Kris Aquino

From colorful to masculine—we’ve got looks that can spruce up even the tiniest of T&Bs

A Tiny Studio Unit Becomes A Hotel-Style Home

In another makeover marvel by Elle Uy, the decorator transforms a dark studio unit into a chic and airy space

Get the Look of Iza Calzado’s Bedroom

Give your sleeping space an easy, dainty makeover with the right pieces

5 Amazing Closet Cleaning Tips You Can Try

Achieve your dream wardrobe with these handy tricks

How To Vacuum Your Home Properly

Here’s how to avoid all the usual vacuuming mistakes. Plus, learn about a revolutionary new material that will help you bust all that dirt at home.

A Cozy and Modern Family Home in Quezon City

Works of art, beautiful fabrics, and a mix of old and new pieces bring this townhouse to life

5 Things To Never Clean With Baking Soda

This finely milled powder has its downsides, too

There's An Affordable Way To Keep Your Home Smelling Good 24/7

Say no to artificial fragrances with this three-step hack

A KonMari Reality Show Is Coming To Netflix

Will de-cluttering diva Marie Kondo's new show spark joy?

You Only Need P5,000 To Work On These Home Improvement Projects

The best part? These can increase the value of your space, too.

What's Inside The Vatican Walls?

Aside from having one of the largest collections of art in the world, the Vatican holds many other treasures

Meet The Architect Behind This Industrial-Pinoy Home

Inspired by the Bahay Kubo, this architect worked with industrial details and affordable building materials to create an inviting space
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!