The Introvert in me is super curious about the Book & Borders Café. I love the idea of reading a book, while sipping coffee in a quiet and cozy corner! It’s one of my me-time dreams.
I appreciate the chance to visit the newly opened Book & Borders Café on Banawe St. in Quezon City. It was my hubby who saw it and told me to wait there. He probably remembered all the times I gushed about books and coffee.
Upon entering, I made a beeline for the shelves that held various books and interesting tchotchkes that decorate the place. There were books by Dr. Seuss, Rick Riordan, Danielle Steel, Sophie Kinsella, Kiera Cass, and many more.
I picked up The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin before proceeded to order a breakfast set that came with an Americano. That’s their soft opening promo. One could also opt for a glass of iced tea.
My brekkie costed Php200. Rix ordered the sausage with garlic rice and egg. It was Php290. Came with coffee also. Maybe if it was in a local eatery, it’s called sausage-silog. :-p
I tried the sausage, and it reminded me of the Hungarian Sausage we bought in S&R: chewy and peppery. My omelette was cheesy, it had bell peppers, too. I am not sure if there were mushrooms, though, which the barista told me there was. The hash browns were the usual hash brown potatoes, crunchy on the outside, potatoey on the inside. I liked them because I like potatoes!
True to my personality, I chose the corner spot. I noticed that the pendant light hanging above the table was bright. Perfect for reading. Too bad the table was wobbly. I accidentally bumped it and spilled my coffee. To my relief, it didn’t wet the book. That’s the hazard of reading while drinking, a risk I have to take.
That’s probably why the prices are so steep. Customers also pay for the time spent there – reading, sipping, dining; therefore the customer turnover is slow. I also noticed they have board games, which reminded me of Neighborhood Game Café. Add playing games to the list!
Quirks to note
On top of a pile of books on the children’s books shelf, I saw this “interesting” book. I somehow doubt that it’s targeted to kids.
Speaking of books, what if I started reading this tiny book on How to Avoid Love & Marriage and did not finish it? Well, they have a wooden box of index cards sorted by the alphabet. On these index cards, one can write down the title of the book one wishes to finish. Upon coming back, it can be read again. At least, that’s what the instructions said.
One advantage of sitting in the corner is I get to observe the happenings in the coffee shop; read: people-watch. Since I was there just when it opened and there were no people to watch, I just took a quick video of the place.
As you can see from the video, there was a projector hanging from the ceiling. A screen rolled high up on the opposite wall. Meetings, events or workshops can also be conducted here.
So, here is my question. Would you read the book How to Avoid Love & Marriage? Haha! Just Kidding!
Would you visit Book & Borders Café? Do you also like reading books while sipping coffee? 😀