In the midst of bustling Binondo, a hidden cafe has emerged! Located at the roofdeck of a newly constructed building along Quintin Paredes Street in Binondo Manila, this gem takes you away from the hustle and brings you to a serene place that is R Cafe and Bar.
It’s the new place in town so we decided to hold our Christmas Party at R Cafe and Bar last December 20, 2019. They have a private function room good for 15 people. The room was spacious enough that we were able to play table games.
They also have another area that can be booked for private parties.
The food was great. We ordered plated meals for everybody plus a few ala carte orders to share.
Their serving is just right for a plated meal. One person can get filled, especially when you order the meal with one of their coffee drinks.
R Cafe also boasts of a roofdeck open area overlooking the Manila skyline. It’s a nice view to look at regardless if it’s daytime or nighttime.
Here are some more shots. We really enjoyed taking pictures in the al fresco area. Hope there will be live bands performing next time.
I’ll be visiting R Cafe and Bar soon. I just hope they are more organized with their reservations now.
This is a really good place to hang out after a long day at work.
A trip to Manila would bring you to Divisoria – a shopping haven and Binondo – a food haven!
Divisoria is everything in terms of inexpensive and practical shopping but it’s so stressful and super traffic to go to, so I have an idea on what you can do after your shopping, or maybe even before!
Photo credits to Jan Sy
Head on to Cafe Aquatica! It is located just beside Binondo Church so it’s gonna be easy to find. Even in the midst of Chinatown, once you enter the coffee shop, you will be taken away to a different dimension.
Upon entering the cafe, you’ll immediately be relaxed with the soothing sound and the lighting. The main attraction in this concept cafe are its Patented Underwater Falls Aquariums!
There are 5 aquariums with different designs, but all with underwater falls.
Let me take you to my favorite aquarium and the most coveted spot inside the cafe.
It’s a volcano and instead of lava flowing, there are sand-like particles that are coming out. How it doesn’t float inside the aquarium filled with water remains a mystery. 😉
Here are the other 4 equally beautiful aquariums:
Just looking at the fishies swimming inside the aquariums makes you feel super relaxed already!
And what’s nice is that you could either drink, eat or both inside this cafe! They serve coffee and shakes! They also serve sandwiches, pasta and rice meals! Of course, they also have cakes for sweets lover like me!
First on my list is my favorite Almond Shake concocted by the owner, Kenbert Chua, himself.
Their Nacho Cups are also a favorite! Crunchy thin nachos in a cup filled with ground beef, cucumber and tomato bits.
Kids got their own Double Chocolate Shake, gladly split into 2 by Cafe Aquatica staff!
I also ordered chips for them.
They played their little jenga while sipping their shakes!
And I got to taste the new thing on the menu, Angus Beef Salpicao. I love that it’s super garlicky and that it’s sauteed on olive oil!
Cafe Aquatica’s concept started when its owner, Kenbert, together with his wife, turned a hobby into a full time business. You see, Kenbert is a Champion in Premium Dragon Bettas. He has won a lot of awards here and out of the country.
Photo credits to Kenbert Chua
Outside the cafe is their concept store. They sell these unique underwater falls aquarium and their premium dragon bettas with champion blood lines.
If you want you to check what else they offer, here are some of the items on their menu (photos taken from the official Facebook and Instagram pages of Cafe Aquatica):
I’ll definitely be back one of these days! See you there!