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co/op manila cafe + gift shop san juan

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CO/OP is the newest addition to the list of hip cafe's in the San Juan/Greenhills area.

Located along Mabini Street, its chic and industrial exterior is hard to miss from the road.

It's a gutted house fitted with ultra-hip home decor - some of which you can even take home!

Only recently opened, I think they are still in their soft opening stage. I visited on a Sunday afternoon for coffee and was surprised to see the place packed.

Ordering is done from the counter:

On the menu are several varieties of coffee, a couple of cakes and cookies + usual cafe food fare like salads, pasta and sandwiches.

A dish averages between P200-400. A bit pricey, but from what I spied on other tables, their servings are quite generous and can be shared between two people.

I read somewhere that their food still needs improvement so during this visit, I decided to skip on it first and go straight for dessert to avoid possible disappointment (and save money).

Besides, my main reason for visiting CO/OP that day was to check out their merchandise:

It did not disappoint. I wanted to take everything home!

Every inch of their space is covered with kitschy home accessories. I was especially drawn to their table lamps, dog busts and pseudo-taxidermy.

They also carry several "out-of-the-box" children's books like these as well as the Star Wars  Darth Vader + child series.

Going back to the food or rather, dessert...

I have to say that the coffee is pretty decent. On the other hand, their  chocolate cake and cookies (not in photo) are extremely delicious.

If you're looking to furnish your home with unique accessories or are looking for a cool place to chill, CO/OP Manila is definitely worth a visit.

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