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5 Artsy Cafes In Manila For Fun Barkada Photo Shoots

February 12, 2018

After seeing our favorite celebrity’s gorgeous photos on social media, we can’t help but feel a tad jealous of the beautiful places they visit, their forever fabulous OOTDs, and of just how picture-perfect their lives must be. While it may seem hopeless to replicate their magazine-worthy pics, it’s never impossible to create your own dream-like photo shoot. All you need is your trusty gear, your barkada, and a super cute, artsy background and you’re good to go.

Need suggestions on great places to shoot? Before you put your sunnies on and walk out the door, here’s a list of the coolest, themed cafes around Metro Manila:

image by Subspace Coffee House

Subspace Coffee House (Ortigas Center, Pasig City)

Known as “Home of Purple Potato Latte”, Subspace Coffee House is a cozy and quirky café that serves a good selection of comfort food and drinks with an artsy twist. Whether you request a unicorn, a cat, or Star Wars latte art, you’ll surely enjoy choosing the best designs with your barkada and posing with your very own Purple Potato Latte. Complete the fun and toss in a couple of instant photos with the instax mini 70. Whether you use it as a prop or for taking pics, the mini 70 makes for ultimate blogger companion.

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Shutter Café (Tomas Morato, Quezon City)

Strongly recommended for photography enthusiasts, and hipsters alike, Shutter Café is a dream come true for those who love anything to do with photography. The coffee shop is reminiscent of an old café in Paris with its cozy and bookish interior, with a menu that offers great pasta, and of course, coffee. Check out their display of several cameras but don’t forget to complete your barkada experience by snapping a fun groufie with your instax mini 90 Neo Classic.

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Wilde (Chino Roces, Makati City)

Wilde, formerly known as Writer's Block, is a premium milk tea hub that caters to both professional and frustrated writers, authors, artists, or any average joe who wants a good cup of milk tea. Wilde is literally a block along the alley that attracts brooding thinkers, as well as curious cats. It is named after the writer Oscar Wilde and has recently changed its concept and is focused on becoming a great spot for people who want to relax while sipping their favorite drinks and plotting their next novel. Though it may not be your typical selfie haven, Wilde offers a nice and cozy space and serves homegrown coffee from Sri-lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand. Pop this "literary" gem into one of your collection of snaps and caption it “lit”.

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Hugot Café (Las Pinas, Metro Manila)

Because why not? While Hugot Café speaks clearly for itself, you won’t regret trying their food, drinks, and lashing out your sad but funny hugot lines while waiting for your order. Ask your barkada for an OOTD shot in front of the hugot wall or hugot menu for a satisfying hugot-filled day. Make it more fun by capturing your friends’ best hugot face for posterity.

image by Juno Badtrip Mercado

Negative Space Café (Maginhawa Street, Quezon City)

This café is anything but negative. With its artsy and laidback ambience, customers are compelled to kick back and chill out with their friends or even by their lonesome while doodling, learning calligraphy, or simply writing with the café’s free art materials. Negative Space Café not only provides a cool atmosphere but offers delicious food and great coffee as well. Don’t forget to take a photo of the best part of this coffee shop—their in-house dog, an Akita—who is more than willing to let you pet him and pose for the camera.