This Historic Malate Building Has A Library Cafe That Serves Christmas Drinks

IMAGE MIA RODRIGUEZ of Spot.ph

Tucked into a corner of the Ramon Magsaysay Center's main floor is a gem you can't miss out on: The Library Café by Gourmet Farms. The little nook occupies a refurbished corner of the center's own room of literary archives, which you can't access (as of now), but dang, does it link you up with quality drinks, Manila sunset views, a chance to check out a historic building, and most importantly, a bit of peace and quiet.

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Look for these doors on the Roxas Boulevard frontage of the building.
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With the same brains behind Silang OG Gourmet Farms backing this café, there's no denying the place has a certain vibe. It mixes coffee and libraries after all, as well as a bit of history via its unusual location. Yup, you can check out one of Manila's heritage buildings up close thanks to the café.

If you're looking for more reasons to go, the cafe now serves holiday drinks on the menu which were launched last November 1. 

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You can view the archives from behind the bar.
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Sit in one of the cozy booths or chill outside.
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Get into Christmas mode with The Library Café's Special Holiday Drinks

Kiddie parties are what barista Baron Dizon had in mind while creating this special line of drinks. With cups full of warm (or cold) festive cheer and a whole lot of marshmallows, we can say he hit the nail right on the head.

First up on the list is the kid-friendly Choco Mallows Latte (P180), available in hot or cold cuppas. This treat takes the classic mix of milk and chocolate syrup to a higher level with a topping of crushed cookies and marshmallows. The drink itself is smooth and not too sweet, hitting all the right childhood notes, but the torched top gives it textural depth and added flavor.

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Nothing says "Christmas" like a cup of cocoa.
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The White Mallows Latte (P168), meanwhile, is for those looking for a new, more festive way to get their daily caffeine hit. With espresso, milk, and a topping of torched marshmallows and crushed white chocolate cookies, too, it's a childhood dream all grown up.

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Smooth and almost toffee-like.
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Now for a caffeine rush all wrapped up as a dessert, the Affogato Supreme (P275) answers wonderfully. A shot of dark espresso is poured over two scoops of vanilla ice cream, then the glass is crowned with a slice of coffee brownie and a sprinkling of cashew. The vanilla gently takes the edge off the espresso's depth without muddling the coffee-on-coffee combo, making for one heck of a bittersweet treat.

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Make it double.
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This is a seasonal line of drinks at The Library Café so we say make some time. Find yourself seated at the café's al fresco tables right in front of Roxas Boulevard and watch Manila life pass by while you sip on a treat.

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Yummy.ph editors.

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