Cafe Aquatica

Photo credits to Jan Sy

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!

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Food: Cafe Aquatica Manila

Good news for everyone! 

Cafe Aquatica, that famous and relaxing fish shop / cafe in Greenhills, just opened their 2nd shop in Binondo, Manila!

It’s very near my workplace, about 5 minute walk.  This new branch is just a quaint coffee shop / restaurant.  Don’t expect something like their branch in Greenhills.  

It still has those nice aquariums though.  And when you enter the place, it’s like you’re transported out of the hustle and bustle of Chinatown!

They don’t offer everything in this branch. The menu is limited

This is what we ordered.  Take note, we were only 2!

Appetizer: Nacho Cups 

(super sulit – yummy and crunchy – only Php130.00)

Main Dish: Grilled Chicken & Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Drinks: Almond Shake

They also offer a variety of cakes and I can’t wait to taste them all!

Let’s go to the Aquariums.  

These are Albino Angel Fishes.  They are not available in the market.  

I think the next one is called Mickey Platy because of its inborn black Mickey figure in its tail.

This next one is the Neon Fish.

If you’re in the area, why don’t  you try Cafe Aquatica. We went there for our lunch and it surely took away the stress we were feeling at work.  Such a relaxing place to be in.  With its extraordinary aquariums and soothing music, this one’s really a keeper!

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