Don’t you just enjoy lazing around every Sunday (or any free day), where you get to sip your favorite beverage over an interesting book? If you are somebody looking for the perfect homey atmosphere to relax or enjoy the company of your friends, visit Sunday 2pm Café, located at Sarrosa International Hotel, F. Cabahug Street.
Don’t be misled with the café’s odd name. Of course, Sunday 2pm Café isn’t only open at that specific day and time. The owner simply believes that two o’clock in the afternoon on a Sunday is the perfect time to relax, when one can wake up late and just read a book while drinking coffee or tea. Indeed, Sunday for most of us is the best time to unwind and recharge ourselves for yet another busy week. The concept is basically a book café suitable for people who need some quality time alone or with their friends. The place is also perfect for those who need a quiet space to concentrate or study.
Saying that the ambiance of this unique café is cozy is definitely an understatement. A lot of coffee shops claim to have a comfy atmosphere, but staying at Sunday 2pm Café is like hanging out in your own room, plus a few delightful additions. Your room does not have that heavenly coffee and pastry aroma, right? Plus, this place is filled with colorful and charming knick-knacks that would really lighten your mood. The cute details of the place make you reminisce about your childhood. It has desks and bookshelves, a big clock, a huge home refrigerator, lamp shades, and other charming decorations.
The café has more than 1,000 books and magazines in English and Korean. However, this does not mean that it looks and feels like a library. The shelves are perfectly incorporated in the place. If you spot a reading material that you like, you may read it for free. If you are unable to finish the book for the duration of your stay, you may take it home with you for a deposit of Php200. They also have DVD’s that you may borrow for the same deposit amount. Of course, you will get back 100% of the money you deposited as soon as you return the materials in good condition. That definitely saves you a lot of money. Imagine, you just spend a few pesos for some snacks, and you get to read a new book or watch an interesting movie as well.
Sunday 2pm has instant and SLR cameras that customers may use for free. You may leave your instant pictures in the photo wall or take them with you. You may also request to have your DSLR-taken photos scanned or uploaded. Do other coffee shops do that? Another fun thing you can do is use their writing and coloring materials, as well sticky note pads to doodle or draw. Of course, a café will not be complete without a free WI-FI connection. Most people would not leave this place without checking in on Foursquare, uploading a photo on Facebook and Instagram, or sharing their great experience on Twitter.
Complementing the great atmosphere are mouth-watering food offerings. Apart from the usual coffee shop pastries, Sunday 2pm sells yummy toasts. Their Caramel Loving Toast, which is toasted bread generously dipped in caramel and topped with whipped cream, is the perfect choice for dessert lovers. For those who prefer something savory, try the Sunday 2PM Toast, which is traditional Korean toast that has egg, ketchup, mustard, and sugar. This kind of toast sounds very simple, but you won’t find another café that sells this.
We all love freebies. All avid 2pm Café customers have a chance to get freebies as they will be given a reward card. A hundred-peso purchase is equivalent to one stamp. Once you get 10 stamps, you will get a free beverage.
The café offers different coffee and tea concoctions served hot or cold. Don’t leave the café without trying their best-selling Italian espresso called Shakerato. They also have traditional Korean drinks that you may want to try. Order the Sikhye or a sweet rice-based drink or the Sujunggwa, for people who enjoy fruity drinks. Their beverages cost between Php80 and Php150.
Have a laid-back time and visit 2pm Café now. It is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays, and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, you may visit their Facebook fan-page at facebook.com/sunday2pmcafe