Itching to relive your best moments from your last trip to Japan? Look no further as stores and shops right in Manila give you the whole 9 yards of an authentic Japanese experience (no travel required!). What’s on the itinerary of your next big date? Here are 3 ideas you can definitely plan with your beau over the weekend!
1. Visit an exotic cat café.
Your feline friends are now scurrying around the metro in adorable coffee shops, complete with toys and treats (Neko Atsume anyone?). Tokyo is home to 60+ cat cafes that are novel to all blacks, exclusive strays, and rare breeds. Manila has now followed suit to setting up shop with adorable kitties ready to relieve people of their stresses.
2. Have your very first curry house experience.
Forget sushi bars and ramen joints, the true Japanese locals satisfy their spice craving through another local delicacy: curry rice! You can now customize your own plate with steamy Japanese rice smothered in fresh curry broth, topped with mouthwatering slabs of meat (katsu and cheese-injected hamburg? Yaaas!). Coco Ichibanya, a popular curry house in Japan has now opened its doors in Manila, ready to serve the Filipino palette.
Branches in Metro Manila: Robinsons Place Manila | Eastwood Mall | Burgos Park, Bonifacio Global City | Estancia, Capitol Commons | Greenhills Shopping Center | One Rockwell
3. Do a Japanese coffee crawl.
One coffee underdog will definitely be of the Japanese persuasion. They surely nail tea and sake on a global pedestal, now their coffee is slowly gaining recognition through their third-wave coffee shops! The artisanal trend of personalizing and hand-prepping has sprouted in Manila, especially in the coffee industry. You can now kickback and relax with Japan’s finest at UCC Clockwork – the newest addition to the Japanese café family. Enjoy a cup of artisanal bliss in hip and zen interiors that will teleport you back to the busy Tokyo cityscape.
Branches in Metro Manila: Estancia, Capitol Commons | Bluebay Walk, Pasay | Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita | Venice Grand Canal Mall, Taguig | Uptown Mall, Taguig