Looking for a café with a soul? A café with a real commitment in promoting local products and talents? Head to the Chillage! The café is a gem in Cebu, the kind of place you would expect to find in a corner of Manhattan, London or Paris.
CHILLAGE was created last year, and its owner describes it as a “concept urban lifestyle shop”, half store space and half café. The name Chillage is a play on words combining the words “chill” and “village”, testament to its laid back nature.
All the accessories you will find here come with their own story: the ukulélés are made by skilful Cebuano craftsmen of Huni, a local brand aiming at representing the rich culture and craftmanship of the Cebuano. The ancestral art of the luthiers are still up and living on the island!
More into jewels? I fell for the lovely bracelets of Tejo, made by underprivileged Filipino women. They are so vibrant, feminine and unique. Isn’t it a great feeling to do good while shopping for little marvels?
They also have a great collection of vintage goggles, hand-made shorts from the The Best Finds Thriftshop (BFTS), an online thrift store based in Cebu. It is specialized in low priced and quality items ranging from clothing to shoes. Some clothes are altered and with a glimpse of pixie dust, they can turn a vintage short into:
Looking for a présent for your man? The t-shirts from Aframeclothing.com are unique picks! Aframe Surf/Clothing Company is a boardriding company born, raised, and bred in Cebu. It is the brain child of surfers united under one strong vision – to create affordable and lasting apparel for the growing boardriding industry in the country. Not only the Tshirts are awesome, but once you know they are made “with love by Nice people from Cebu”, you wont resist to buy one or two.
In case you still have some room in your shopping bag, check out the sweet jams and sauces from Bohol.
And to perfect the trip to Chillage, stop by the restaurant to indulge in tasty bites and mouthwatering sweet treats. Prices are as friendly as the place, nothing above 200 pesos. While waiting for your order, you can chill out in the play room and explore all the vintage little treasures hidden there too.
Chillage is located at the Ground floor of Adnama Bldg., Larrazabal Avenue, North Reclamation, Mandaue City. For more info, you may visit http://thechillage.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/thechillagestore. It’s open from 10 AM to 10 PM at Mon-Thurs and 10 AM to 12 AM at Fri-Sat.