The weather may be getting cooler but ‘tis definitely the season to feel warm and jolly. After almost two years of being cooped up, finally being allowed to intimately gather with our loved ones is the Christmas miracle we have all been hoping for. And while it’s important to still practice safety precautions, the Yuletide cheer is here and we are definitely getting into the holiday spirit!
Since almost all Filipino gatherings are centered on food, now is the best time to support local, and visit some of the new restaurants that opened during the pandemic. Since there will certainly be a lot of photos taken, better make sure your backdrop is IG-worthy, too! Don't worry, we got you covered. We listed below all the aesthetic newly-opened restaurants for you to try this season.
8 Newly Opened Aesthetic Restaurants in Metro Manila for Your Intimate Christmas Gatherings:
1. Le Petit Café Fleur
With its breezy, resort-inspired interiors, the “dough eyed baby sister” of Pampanga’s Café Fleur is an absolute breath of fresh air. Helmed by Chef Sau del Rosario, they serve an array of colorful dishes that taste just as delicious as it looks. Make sure to leave room for dessert!
For bookings and more information, you may visit their official website, Facebook, and Instagram.
Location: 5893 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati
2. Tablo Quezon City
What once was the South’s best-kept secret has made its way North this 2021. The casual kitchen café boasts of fun, modern-eclectic interiors, with just the right touches of quirk. Even with a generous sprinkling of patterns and bold colors, they were still able to make the space still feel light and contemporary. PS: Ask about their speakeasy!
Location: 14A Sct. Borromeo Street, South Triangle, Quezon City
3. Jones All Day
Millennials, rejoice! In case you’re still not over Mr. Jones closing its diner doors, you will be pleased to learn that this bistro and bakery descends from the same line. While carrying some nostalgic favorites, like the Eggs Benny and the Tapa, Jones All Day is a much cozier and chicer brand of its own—they even have a raw bar! Totally instagrammable is their marquee that changes with every day of the week.
Location: Serendra Piazza, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
4. Café Guilt
Positioned as a neighborhood café, stepping inside Café Guilt feels just like entering a dear friend’s lanai. The interiors, although veering towards minimalism, are extremely homey with its wicker and solihya furniture. The glass-enclosed café also opens up to a scenic al fresco dining area that is rich with thriving greenery.
Location: Sct. Castor corner Sct. Reyes Street, South Triangle, Quezon City
Feel the dazzling energy of Madrid pulsating in this modern Spanish taberna. With decorated high ceilings, intricate art deco walls, and vibrant velvet and dark wicker seating, the ambiance is upscale and luxurious with a dash of youth and playfulness. Sophisticated as it appears, the all-day dining eatery remains to be fresh and unintimidating by incorporating sunny pops of colors.
For bookings and more information, you may visit their official Facebook and Instagram.
6. Esmeralda House
Incredibly charming is the Esmeralda House in Quezon City. Only opening their stylish bungalow for dine-in this November, the tropical-inspired establishment is both lush and inviting. Serving classic Filipino comfort food, their breads and pastries are baked daily, while their cured meats and deli products are made in-house with no artificial coloring and preservatives.
Keeping it simple with clean lines, bright whites, and no-frills décor, Sundays is a must-have on your feed. Start by snapping a photo of their distinctive exteriors that reflect Spanish-villa vibes with its bright terracotta awning, then head inside to enjoy sumptuous café staples such as Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, Homemade Bacon Slab + Kimchi Rice, Chicken and Waffles, before taking more photos with their iconic “Sundays” wall.
Location: JP Rizal Street, Brgy. San Roque, Marikina City
8. Bon Appetit Cafe
Delightful, airy, and romantic, the French countryside aesthetic of Bon Appetit Café is the stuff of every soft girl’s Pinterest boards: "uninhibitedly feminine, somewhat doll-like, youthful, and sweet". It is the ideal venue for Christmas brunch with the girls, as well as mother-and-daughter dates.
For bookings and more information, you may visit their official Instagram.
Location: 1120 House, The Metropolitan Club Compound, Estrella corner Amapola Streets, Makati City
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