It’s that frightening time of the year again.
For years, October has been considered as the time to creep people out with carved pumpkins called jack o’ lanterns, skulls, candles, tombstones, and bats. If you were already alive in the year 2005 or earlier, you’d know how hair-raising Magandang Gabi Bayan‘s Halloween special is. Even stories in booklets of the Philippine True Ghost Stories can play tricks with your mind. Kids too, love to trick and treat.
It’s also the perfect occasion to dress up as that basic white lady, mummy in white bandages, witch or pale vampire. Others who love being extra imitate their favorite cartoon or movie characters.
But what if you can just wait for All Hallow’s Eve on October 31 eating in multiple restaurants and cafes? Well, we’ve got you covered.
Here are eight themed food places perfect for that Halloween food adventure:
1. Caffe Piansa (San Roque, Marikina City)
If you feel like playing the role of an inmate for an hour or two, this jail-themed restaurant is the place to be. With dining tables literally behind bars, courtrooms and electric chairs, you’re guaranteed to have a unique dining experience. It’s also impossible to bail on Caffe Piansa’s full range of food and drinks for your fake ‘last meal in prison.’ You can even take your mugshot for memory-keeping.
2. Chemistea Cafe (Project 8, Quezon City)
Put on your lab coats and get to experimenting. Feel like Professor Utonium by mixing and matching your own teas, flavors, and particles from a total of 17,892 unique blends. Enjoy Asian specialty teas, coffee and even drinkable cakes (yes, they have it in black forest and red velvet) served in beakers, test tubes, and Erlenmeyer flasks. Pick your board game of choice and reveal the geek in you.
3. Pan de Amerikana (Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City)
Everything else will turn upside-down except your intestines here at Pan de Amerikana. It is the only and the first of its kind in the entire Southeast Asia, serving Ilokano, Bikolano, Cebuano, Kapampangan, Batangueno, pasta, steaks, seafood, and Chinese fusion dishes. You can also have Filipino favorites such as tapa, daing, longganiza and tocino for breakfast, alongside their bestseller, the 1950s pan de sal and ensaymada. With ceiling decorations such as tables hanging upside down, we can’t help but feel like this is a restaurant you can only see in Wonderland or Hogwarts. But if you’ve ever seen Kirsten Dunst’s science fiction movie, Upside Down, it’s easier to understand this concept.
4. Hello Kitty Cafe (Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City)
Who says Halloween should be scary? With this Sanrio-themed cafe, spending the Halloween can be as cute as Hello Kitty. The cafe serves cute character-inspired dishes, pastries and desserts that kids and kids-at-heart will surely love.
5. Movie Stars Cafe (new location to be announced)
If you feel like dressing up as your favorite film character while munching on food, this movie-themed restaurant, bar and cafe won’t judge you. The place is adorned with movie memorabilia while the staff dress up as your favorite Marvel heroes, serving international a la carte and buffet meals for the family or barkada. Live stage performances like the Lion King complete the experience. Just a reminder, though. Movie Star Cafe has announced that they will be leaving their MOA Seaside Blvd. location and will be moving to a new one. We still don’t know where but we’ll keep you updated.
6. Amidala Cafe (Cebu)
The force can be with you in this Star Wars-themed restaurant. If you’re ever in Cebu, dress up as a Clone trooper or Yoda and try out Amidala Cafe’s coffee blends. They also serve IG-worthy and character-inspired milk shake bestsellers such as Force Choke, Choco CarameLeia, Wookies Milkshake and the new Millenium Muffin.
7. The Nook Cafe (Maginhawa St., Quezon City)
No matter what house you were sorted to, channel your inner wizard just like ‘the boy who lived’ and the rest of Hogwarts Academy at The Nook Cafe. This Harry Potter-inspired book cafe lets muggle guests enjoy butter beer while re-reading J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series for the hundredth time. Be careful in chanting expecto patronum, though, because others might be just as absorbed in the magical world as you are.
8. Rainbow Dreams Cafe (Maginhawa St., Quezon City)
Just like the Hello Kitty Cafe, this little wonderland stands out in a horror-filled Halloween, bringing unicorns and food splashed with colors and glitters to the table. Feel all warm and fuzzy with the star-filled, pink and purple pasta carbonara and blueberry waffle topped with colorful rainbow cereal toppings and candy sprinkles. Drink up the pastel-colored goodness of their strawberry cheesecake shake and the ube macapuno shake. You can dress up in unicorn jumpsuits,too!
Which of these themed restaurants and cafes will you visit this Halloween month? You can try one food place at a time.
Photo from The Nook Cafe
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