Along the best-kept food alleys abuzz with patrons, getting a table on Valentine’s Day may be more daunting than expected. Explore unconventional, romantic reservations with these wonderful discoveries that are sure to make this special day one to remember.

From the quirky to the most intriguing, we’ve rundown some of the most exclusive and downright sneakiest hole-in-the-wall spots in the Metro.


Don’t be intimidated by its French-ness. The Le Jardin Manila in Bonifacio High Street is the newest it place in the BGC strip. Despite its overtone impression, it is surprisingly one of the most accommodating venue for that romantic dinner. Complete with the neutral tones of a French country aesthetics, Le Jardin is a worldly spectacle of fine wine and superb dining experience.


Cozy with a rustic feel of mid century home, Pio’s Kitchen in Timog Avenue is a Pinterest-worthy, private restaurant in the Metro. An open kitchen of Chef Chin Gallegos-Bagis, Pio’s is not just a chic place to dine but a place to appreciate great food. Strictly a reservations-only restaurant, Pio’s is amassing a following of food enthusiasts hungry for Chef Chin’s latest concoctions.


Popular with young couples as a pre-nup shoot location, 14 Four Café is one of Taytay’s best-kept secrets. A restaurant that doubles as an exhibit of furniture pieces of the country’s best local artisans, this quaint house-turned-restaurant is a venue for privacy and authentic home-cooked meals.


Perfect for a cuddle fix, Barkin Blends Dog Café and Miao Cat Café give you a private space to express the animal lover within. Much like the dog and cat cafe’s in Korea and Japan, these cute nooks are not just a romantic setting for couples but for anyone who enjoys the company of pets. The interiors are even designed to be pet-friendly, as well as Instagram-worthy.

NOTE: Both cafés offer a consumable package of “pet interaction” and food and beverage.


Reminiscent of roof deck bars in Europe and New York, the Bunk bar in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City is among the most cherished gems of the local art scene. Bespoken for its surreal setting overlooking the cityscape—not to mention its stunning view of Manila’s sunset—it is a haven of hipsters, beanbags, candlelit coffee tables, and affordable grubs and drinks. With the recent closing of Sev’s Café, Bunk is one of the burgeoning outlets for Spoken Words.


Le Jardin Manila [5th Avenue corner 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City] lejardinmanila.net | Pio’s Kitchen [Scout Fernandez, near Timog Avenue, Quezon City] pioskitchen.com | 14 Four Café [Magnolia Lane, Taytay Rizal] 14fourcafe.com | Barkin Blends Dog Café [Rosa Alvero, Manila] barkinblends.com * Miao Cat Café [2/F #7 Congressional Avenue, Quezon City] facebook.com/miaocatcafe | Bunk [8th floor Jovan Building, Shaw Boulevard corner Samat Street, Mandaluyong City] facebook.com/Bunkph


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