Taste the Sweet Life at Presents and Such Tea Room and Cafe
A colleague of mine once asked me what's the best place for a foreign tourist to visit within the metropolis of Cebu. I told her that somewhere which translates the history and culture of the Cebuanos would be nice. My answer might be biased because I based them on my personal interests. My colleague didn't give any comment on my response partly because we might have the same answer if I were to ask her the same question. Right after I gave her my prompt response, she went ahead and asked me if I know somewhere good, but is not tainted by false popularity. I pondered deeply to give her an answer, but I couldn't think of any place at that time.
Looking for a quiet place within a busy city might seem impossible especially for millennials like me whose main sources of information is the internet. That is why as much as I could, I'd like to observe places whenever I have to go out.
In the very occupied Gorordo Avenue, I discovered a whimsical place which sat humbly unmindful of the passing cars. I have introduced some of my favorite cafes in my blog before, but this one's the sweetest so far. Named as Presents & Such, the family-owned gift shop turned cafe and tea room offers a number of services which will give their customers an idea of how sweet life can be. Regardless of its limited space, customers can shop, eat and read inside the quaint shop.
Presents & Such has only three tables with three-four chairs each.
It's overall facade will paint a picture of modern English countryside inside your head without leaving Cebu.
Fanciful handmade gift items such as figurines, jewelry boxes, card holders and tea cups are available in a very affordable price. Rare book collection by Cebuano writers are also available inside the shop. Some of the books were written by the cafe's owner who is also a writer.
Their menu changes from day to day except for their bestseller Apple Pie A la Mode which is available daily. How does the pie taste like? I really want to try it, but it was already sold out when I visited the place. I hope there would be a slice left for me the next time I'd visit the cafe.
They don't have so much items in their menu as well, so if want to enjoy a number of food items for your gastronomical adventure, then the cafe won't be the best for you. Though I believe that their menu is enough for everybody to have a wonderful eating experience.
Let's take this time to appreciate their tea box where they store their tea bags.
A tea pot of any flavor costs 75php, a little over a dollar. You get to choose whatever tea flavor suits your palate. I was hoping to have a pot of green tea, but since they didn't have one, I chose the Strawberry-Mango flavor. Luckily, it didn't disappoint. Girl, I feel so British drinking my tea. haha lelz
How cute are their tea pot and tea cup? I wish to own a similar one, but they aren't for sale.
I didn't have my lunch yet when I visited the cafe, so I ordered their rice + dish menu of the day which is their Pork Stew. What they have is inspired by the traditional Callos recipe, but with an added twist which is a brainchild of the owner.
For my dessert, I had Presents & Such's very own Blitz Torte cake which tastes like a dream. It's equally lovely and light texture will satisfy anybody's sweet tooth. Its rich and creamy filling will also melt anybody's heart. It melted mine and I'm willing to have my heart melted by their fancy-looking yellow cake again and again. It felt like the time when I first fell in love. chos! Since, they do accept orders, I'm actually thinking of ordering a whole cake for my birthday next month.
All my love in one photograph <3
As I have mentioned earlier on this post, one can also enjoy reading inside the cafe. The owner put up a bookshelf which houses a number of different books on different interests. I grabbed a health book about the art of aromatheraphy, a delightful book that contains informative notes on how aroma theraphy oils can help us improve our overall health.
A page on the book that shows how to use oils as facial moisturizers. The book made me wanna buy oils!
Christmas is in the air at Presents & Such cafe!
Presents & Such Tea Room and Cafe...
Presents & Such is located at 122 Gorordo Avenue, Camputhaw, Cebu City. The establishment is right across Tonros Apartelle and a few meters away from Handuraw Pizza House.
The cafe is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00Am to 7:00PM.
The cafe doesn't have a website yet, but you can visit their official Facebook account for more details or contact them at 09324171963 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Presents & Such Tearoom and Cafe is a sweet place that enables everyone to experience how sweet life can be as one enjoys reading, shopping and eating. If you're feeling down and bitter from all of the worries brought by this pragmatic world, go ahead and visit the cafe. I'm not feeling blue right now, but I can't wait to visit the cafe again. See you there! :)
This is not a sponsored post. I am not in any way paid by the cafe to write about them. Neither do I work for them. All photos above are taken by me using my cellphone's camera. Pardon their qualities. Thanks!