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Buku-Buku Kafe Imus, Cavite

Now that I'm done with the realizations and reflections part of turning 3-0, let me overshare once again how I celebrated my birthday, which of course involved... eating. ヘ(^_^ヘ) First, I think I've mentioned this on a previous entry, I had lunch with my friends from work at Locavore in Forbeswood (finally popped that Locavore cherry!) Second, my folks and I had breakfast at Charity by Bag of Beans in Tagaytay after hearing mass. And the final stop was with my childhood friends at this little place called Buku-Buku Kafe in Imus, Cavite.

I first picked up about Buku-Buku Kafe (Bahasa, translates to many, many books in English) when I read that Ourselves the Elves (!!!) and Oh Flamingo have already performed there prior and during the cafe's official launch. I am in love with Ourselves the Elves and I don't know how that particular knowledge escaped me! Also, I try as much to support the Cavite local scene by doing it best the way I know how, and I'm really interested in discovering and further promoting more hole in the walls and art events this side of town.  

We went there on a Monday afternoon, and although the mall was bustling and busy, the inside of the cafe had that relaxed, 'hey, let's take a moment to breathe' atmosphere to it, which, frankly, I really love.

Hi, Cydell. Haha! :P
The first thing you will notice, without the doubt, are the books. True to its name, there are books on every surface of the cafe -- yes, even on the ceiling! I think it's definitely one of the highlights of Buku-Buku, as well as the big shelf of titles at the opposite end of the cafe (well, the cafe has 2 doors so it really depends on where you enter but I'm very sure you won't miss it!) I bet you'll find yourself looking up for quite a while just to read the titles of the books suspended there.

The industrial chic decor isn't really new nowadays since a lot of cafes I visited have the same aesthetic but the way the books peppered the entire place makes all the difference! The books softened all the metals and grays and projected this homey feeling instead. The books on the ceiling was really clever and it gave Buku-Buku a whole new level of personality! I also love the wine bottles as lamps!

Another reason why you should visit Buku-Buku Kafe: they support products made by local artists by way of consignment! This is a big help to start-up brands to better spread their products to consumers! They have books and bookmarks, coffee, handmade postcards and even the Poetry Magnets ❤️ available!

Simply Spaghetti (PhP 199), Chicken Alfredo (PhP 199), Pork Barbecue Satay Rice Bowl (PhP 159),
Mang-Mango Smoothies (PhP 155), House Tanglad Iced Tea (PhP 99) and
Sansrival for my birthday cake! :P
All their dishes definitely had a hefty serving. We were all full after we finished what's on our plates. I picked the Pork Barbecue Satay because it's not everyday an Indonesian dish is part of the menu and the variety was a surprise. I really enjoyed munching on this dish as the balance of sweet, savory and spicy was there. Cy had the Chicken Alfredo and Cydell had the Simply Spaghetti, which they both found to be okay. Filling, yes, absolutely, but nothing too unconventional. Cy also bought me a mini Sansrival cake of sorts and they sang Happy Birthday to me and I got to blow a candle for the third time! (☉‿☉✿) Their Mango-Mango Smoothie was really good! It was tall, smooth, creamy and refreshing without being too sweet! There are actually other interesting options in their menu that I'll probably try when I visit next month.

That sums up our happy afternoon at Buku-Buku Kafe! Their staff were really accommodating because I had too many questions regarding the #ManilaArthop brochure and the CVT-X Art Fair that's going to be held there on November 3! I ultimately ended up buying a ticket this early. LOL. More than the food, the creative juices-inducing atmosphere of the cafe is more than enough reason to try this place out. I wouldn't mind spending an entire afternoon here to finish all my blogging backlog! :)

Happy Birthday, self! Thank you, Cy, for the treat! *hug* *hug*


Buku-Buku Kafe is located at Ground Floor, Promenade Wing, The District Mall, Imus City, Cavite
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
You can view their full menu here.
Contact No.: (046) 543-0048
Official Facebook Page
@buku.bukukafe on Instagram