Calling all Southies! We once again present to you a hidden gem in your neighorhood that's worth a visit: Kalyehon Cafe. This charming cafe is also an art gallery, which makes it an ideal hangout spot for art enthusiasts, too. Located in Imus, Cavite, Kalyehon Cafe is a family-owned business that should be part of every coffee and art lovers' South bucket list.
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Kalyehon Cafe is a business that was created and currently operated by the Buxani family. Richard Buxani, a full-time artist, aims to offer the immersive artistic experience to locals without the need to travel to Metro Manila. He and his wife, who are long-time coffee enthusiasts, briefly operated a small cafe just a few years ago. Now with better opportunities and support from their children, Isis and Seth, who are also artists and coffee-lovers, the family decided to bring their passions to fruition.
Fun fact: The name of the cafe, kalyehon, is derived from the Spanish word “callejon,” which translates to the Tagalog word, eskinita. This is because the cafe is situated within a small and narrow alley that is primarily accessible by foot or small vehicles like bikes or motorcycles.
Going along with the local theme, the design and aesthetic of Kalyehon Cafe can be described as an eclectic mix of Filipino vintage and modern architecture and interior design. You'll definitely spot pieces and areas reminiscent of a traditional Filipino home!
As an art gallery, Richard's works serve as the mainstay in one part of the gallery. Other artists find a home for their art here, too, but they change on a monthly basis ranging from private collections to for-selling pieces.
Both the cafe and the art spaces showcase structures and fixtures built from recycled materials and junk shop finds that were repurposed with modern, and borderline minimalist sensibilities.
Those craving for coffee will surely get their fix from the assorted selection of affordable hot and iced coffee. First-time visitors should try the Caramel Latte (P150) or the Specialty Latte (P150). As for food, options may be somewhat limited at the moment, but the Taiwanese Crepe, Dan Bing (P80) and the brownies (P45) are definitely must-tries.
Kalyehon Cafe is located at 147 Legaspi-Sanez St. Medicion 2A Imus Cavite. They operate daily except on Wednesdays, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.. For more information, you. may visit their official Facebook page.
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