Tired from work and all the lifting of heavy boxes, I headed straight home to rest. My family was missing in action. Although, they told me we were going to try the cafe I pointed at the night before. At the middle of relaxing they texted me and demanded me to go down right away.
This cafe we were going to was a place that has always been there. We have been in this area for around 3 years but never did we try this out which is why we were surprised when we entered the place.
Cafe Alicia is located on Pablo Ocampo St. It is part of the Orchid Garden Suites. It is a small hotel found in the heart of the busy city of Manila. The cafe itself was a whole different story. Part of the hotel and most of the cafe was the original house or ancestral house of the owner, the Roces family. They converted it into a hotel and cafe and was recently renovated and turned into this quaint, cozy cafe.
I didn’t expect we’d find a quiet place in this city that could be chaotic at times. It was a house before as I said, so the interiors are very homey and just like what my brother said nostalgic, it reminded him of home.
We were very impressed by the way they set up the place. Given that it was an ancestral house before, old pictures were displayed and the vibe was very vintage-y. Old books were available for reading about the old Manila, a black and white film was playing in the background and an unmistakable 20’s music in the air. The place was picture perfect. I couldn’t help but take lots of pictures. While waiting for our food, we were toured around the cafe. There was a function room in the upper floor and a view of the pool could be seen from the veranda. The food was great and the price very reasonable.
As we were about to leave the place, my aunt decided to inquire inside the hotel about their facilities. The lobby was very pretty, homey as well.
We were once again toured around and brought to the different function rooms, each varying in size and ambiance. One staircase led to a bar named after the owner.
The place was amazing. The fact that it was a house before gave it an extra charm. The cafe itself drew me in but the hotel too got my heart. It feels good to find places like this in the city, gives me a feeling of comfort in this crazy city. Definitely going back!