Along with the rise of the Manila indie culture (proof is the recent MMFF), concept restaurants have been spouting like mushrooms. These restaurants double up as coffee shops by day and dining hubs by night, offering a wide array of local and internationally inspired meals.

One such dining place that has been gaining attention down south is the upstart yet promising Buku-Buku Kafe, owned by mother-daughter-son creative trio Lyn Santiago, Jessica Santiago and Nicholas Santiago.

The cafe is relatively new but has been gaining a lot of attention from locals, weekenders, who frequent the south, artists and even style bloggers who enjoy this Instagram-worthy place, with each corner offering a unique character.

Buku-Buku Kafe also serves as an avenue for upcoming artists and musicians to get more visibility and tap a distinct market sector without the need to spend so much promotions.

More than just a dining spot, Buku-Buku Kafe serves as a ‘book reading space’ which bookworms like us will definitely enjoy. What we love about the cafe, is you can also purchase books and give support to local authors.

Apart from the creative interiors, the menu is impeccably exceptional. Love for comfort food is the one thing that the owners enjoy the most. Whenever they travel, food tasting is on their priority list. Across their travels, they’ve explored different dining gems in Malaysia and Europe, the founders decided to add a well-curated full dining menu to their café. 

The emergence of dining spots like Buku-Buku Kafe is a testament that the food and art scene down south is surely picking up.

Buku-Buku Kafe is located at the upper ground floor of SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Piñas. For more information, follow us on Instagram and Facebook, @bukubuku.kafe or email bukubukukafe@gmail.com.

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