On the ground floor of SM Southmall lies one of the best themed cafes you can ever visit. Buku Buku Kafe is a café – restaurant that serves not only tasty food and sweet pastries but also a mini-hub filled with artsy designs and comfy corners for you to relax on your stay. “Buku-Buku” means “many many books” in Bahasa which the place really offers and more.
The café inside SM Southmall is just a small branch of Buku Buku Kafe in Las Piñas owned by mother- daughter-son trio Lyn, Jessica and Nicholas Santiago.
The interior is magnificent! Each corner you could see surely screams Instagram-worthy. What differs from this branch to the main branch in Dasmariñas, Cavite is their Feels Board while the main branch has a Hugot Board. They not only offer books for you to read, but even magazines and comic books made by local artists.
First is an unusual yet tasty combination, the Kalamansi Leche Flan (Php 75.00) served in a comforting mug. This dessert gave us a taste of four different flavors from its four distinct layers which makes it different from the usual leche flan. Topped with egg white whipped cream and brown sugar, it has a layer of a crispy melted sugar with an aftertaste of a kalamansi flavor on top of a caramel glazed leche flan.
Mesmerized with its size and color, we tried their Roasted Peanutbutter Choc Nut (PHP 85.00). It is like an oversized Choc Nut bar but with a peanut butter and brownie taste. One more thing that we’ve loved about this is because of its softness, the peanut toppings became a plus just for the added texture.
Buku-Buku Kafe is truly a good place to just chill at and before you leave do not forget to check out their souvenir corner on where they sell accessories like bracelets, bookmarks, stickers, magnets, stationaries and notebooks. And if you do not want to leave yet, there are board games that await you and your friends there.
Buku-Buku Kafe also holds events regularly. Follow them on Facebook to stay updated.
Visit Buku-Buku Kafe:
G/F SM Southmall, Food Street
Alabang-Zapote Rd, Almanza Uno
Las Piñas City