• BOOK AND BORDERS CAFE

    An urban haven for book lovers

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    When you want a break from the bustling city life, sometimes a cup of coffee in one hand and a book on the other could be the simplest, yet most satisfying thing to do.

    Thankfully, more spots in Metro Manila are marrying the joy of reading and drinking a cup of Joe with the trend of book cafes.

    Books and Borders is the brainchild of young entrepreneur Kristin Simisim (inset)

    Books and Borders is the brainchild of young entrepreneur Kristin Simisim (inset)

    One of first to open such a destination is Book and Borders. With three branches now primarily servicing bookworms and coffee addicts, Book and Borders continues to give space and encourage guests to read, helping them beat the sometimes-gloomy atmosphere of the city.

    During the grand opening of the latest Book and Borders branch in Eastwood City, owner Kristine Simisim shared to The Sunday Times Magazine her inspiration for opening the unique café concept.

    “I want to travel and I also love books, so I combined the idea to create a book cafe. Book and Borders stands for both. Aside from books, you’ll also see a lot of figurines inside the café that are travel-inspired, representing the ‘Borders’,” the young entrepreneur intimated.

    Modish and inviting, Book and Borders Cafe targets customers who share the same love for good book, adventures, food and coffee. Moreover, this latest themed cafe has arranged special servings to alleviate one’s day such as their signature Salted Hot Chocolate, Iced Coffee Fudge, and Hazelnut Frappe. If those can’t perk up one’s mood, delicious comfort food such as Liempo with Rice, Fried Tuyo with Kesong Puti Pasta and Seafood Aligue Pasta will surely get the job done.

    Asked how theirs stand out from the countless cafes around the metro, Simisim confidently answered, “There are a lot of cafes around the area but what made us different is our drinks and food. For example, we have our iced coffee series wherein we use ice milk balls.”

    Artists (from left) Christian Bautista, Bullet Dumas and Keiko Necesario serenaded the crowd at Book and Borders’ Eastwood City branch opening

    Artists (from left) Christian Bautista, Bullet Dumas and Keiko Necesario serenaded the crowd at Book and Borders’ Eastwood City branch opening

    She revealed they were the ones who started the trend in using ice milk balls instead of regular ice, making the coffee still delicious after two hours of paying attention to books.

    Aside from the delicious treats and refreshing drinks, the cafe eagerly promotes the habit of reading by engaging their customers with extensive selection of good books.

    Presenting its ambassadors at the ribbon cutting ceremony, Karylle and Benjamin Alvez set the perfect models for this proposal, as both of them are self-confessed book lovers.

    Adding all these elements, Book and Borders offers not only a cozy escape to read and study but is now also a welcoming space where guests can enjoy a quiet meal.

    Book and Borders is located at the ground floor of Olympic Heights Condominium, Eastwood City.

    For updates, visit facebook.com/bookandborderscafe

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