Book & Borders Cafe Opens In Cubao

I write for a living, which affords me the freedom to enjoy a peripatetic work routine. My day consists of shuffling from client meetings, interviews and shoots, to cafes and coworking spaces where I just park myself to hammer out an article or two. Of late, I’ve been finding myself working around the Cubao area, usually at the Coffee Bean at Gateway Mall (so appropriately named as it is my gateway from Marikina, where I live, to the rest of Metro Manila) or the Tully’s in Ali Mall. There’s a new option, though, which holds promise: Book & Borders Cafe at the Manhattan Parkview.

There’s something tasty for everyone on the cafe’s menu.

Book & Borders Cafe Cubao held its grand opening last Wednesday to a full house packed with celebrity special guests, reps from the Araneta Center and the media. This is already the fourth branch of the cafe I used to visit in Tomas Morato, when I still worked in that area. Glad to see that a homegrown brand can compete against foreign franchises.

Kylie Verzosa is Instagrammable against the Mondrian shelves.

If you haven’t been to any of the branches, the whole concept of Book & Borders Cafe revolves around the love for reading, championed by owner and young entrepreneur Kristine Simisim. It’s a space where one can enjoy a cup of good coffee while getting lost in a book. A wide selection of reading material is available to customers, whether you’re into YA novels, coffeetable references, kid lit, trashy romance, SF, technothriller, or what have you. No judgments here, just read what you want.

Half library/half cafe and wholly-Instagrammable, Book & Borders Cafe can easily grow to be a favorite for the residents of the nearby condos and the mass of people that pass through the area every day, resonating as an oasis in the frenzy that is Cubao. For most, it will be a place for family dinners or friendly chats. For me, it’s a peaceful, comfortable space where I can gather myself, whether I’m headed out or going home. It’s like a welcome pause in the middle of the overly-long paragraph that is my daily commute.

A respectable selection of books from mainstream genres is available.

Book & Borders branches are located in Tomas Morato, Bonifacio Global City, Eastwood, and Manhattan Parkview, Araneta Center. To know more about Book & Borders, visit the official Facebook page here.