Taste the Sweet Life at Presents and Such Tea Room and Cafe

Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
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 and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Presents & Such has only three tables with three-four chairs each.
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
It's overall facade will paint a picture of modern English countryside inside your head without leaving Cebu.
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room 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.
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
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.
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Let's take this time to appreciate their tea box where they store their tea bags.
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
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
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
How cute are their tea pot and tea cup? I wish to own a similar one, but they aren't for sale.
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
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.
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
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. 
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
All my love in one photograph <3
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
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.
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
A page on the book that shows how to use oils as facial moisturizers. The book made me wanna buy oils!
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Here's another page that shows different aphrodisiac oils. No, I'm looking for aphrodisiacs, I just find the page visually appealing because it has photographs and watercolor paintings of flowers.
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Christmas is in the air at Presents & Such cafe!
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Hi there!
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu
Presents and Such Cafe and Tea Room Cebu

Presents & Such Tea Room and Cafe...
  • accepts food orders and reservations. If you love to enjoy any item from their menu, you may place an order or arrange reservations. Although, the cafe isn't always fully-occupied at all times, table reservations would be great if you want to visit the place during peak hours like lunch breaks.
  • has a restroom available. 
  • has an impeccable service. You know how much I love it when a place offers a really good service right? Presents & Such has a wonderful service person. They only have one person who will cater to your needs who is Ate Alwina (her nickname). She's a very wonderful woman and a great storyteller as well. She actually made me feel very comfortable throughout my entire stay in the cafe. She even shared to me some of her life experiences which are very interesting. It was raining when I was about to leave the cafe and she gladly offered me an umbrella. Though I didn't borrow their umbrella and decided to stay and wait for the rain to stop, I highly laud her sense of customer service. 
  • sells gift items and offers personalization services such as the creation of wedding invitations, business cards, giveaways and any other services. 
  • doesn't have FREE WiFi service. They have internet connection, but they don't provide free WiFi service, which is good for anyone to declutter their mind from the digital world.
  • accept reservations for photo shoots and private parties. Depending on the time that you wish to occupy the whole cafe, the management will charge a certain amount of money. Because of the cafe's limited space, they have to close the whole place if you want to use it for photoshoot sessions or for private parties. You may contact the owner for the price. See contact details below.

Address/Location: 
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.

Business hours: 
The cafe is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00Am to 7:00PM.

Contact details:
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 presentsnsuch@yahoo.com

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! :)

love lots,
Tin

*Note:
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!

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12 comments:

  1. Wow, Tin! Where do you find these places? I really need to visit Cebu and the amazing cafes and restaurants you have introduced to me! This place looks so unique and quirky - like a doll house! I love when places have a story, therefore, I was surprised to read that the owner is also a writer and has displayed some of written books. How cool is that?
    And, yum, the meals look absolutely delicious, that cake definitely made my mouth water! <3

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  2. amazing post :)
    have a nice week :)

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  3. You always find the sweetest places. Presents & Such seems such a lovely place to hide away from the world in. It is lovely that is both a shop and a cafe/restaurant....and you can even read in it. How sweet is that! So lovely they also offer books for sale.

    The menu might not have that many options, but I always think it is better to have less choices but to keep them fresh. For a small restaurant, it is always best to go with less just because it is not possible to stock up if there aren't that many orders. So cool they have they own specialty- I hope there is a slice of that pie for you when you visit this place next time.

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  4. I would live there my whole life !!! so cute :)

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  5. OMG I want it all!! Have a nice day sweetie!!

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  6. You always find the cutest places, Tin. This place is like out of a fairy tale. Cute cute cute.
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  7. Hey Tin! How you doing? Hope you're having an awesome week so far :)

    First of all I read every single of your comments and they make me so happy, of course we can hug! It is amazing to make new blogger friends across the world... SERIOUSLY, thanks for reading, means a lot! ;)

    OMG, I just adore to discover new places around the globe, even if it is kind of virtual reality haha, but that's the magic of the internet! I will have this place in mind just in case one day I land in Cebu ;) wish I could travel more often but you know.... haha! It is just the kind of place that I look for when I want to try coffee or a slice of cake! Seriously everything on the photographs look delicious, please send some for Barcelona!

    Also the decoration is just a blast of inspiration, wouldn't mind to have a photoshot there, it is cool to have places that allow you to do photos, is a win win ;)

    Have a good night, Tin!
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  8. Nice photos.
    xx

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  9. I noticed that the photographs are getting better and better esp how you arranged the subjects. I love tea and my days of sipping coffee and having a biscuit or two at a hotel in here were spectacular, and very expensive, ha,ha,ha.

    I will visit Cebu next year and hope to see you and this quaint little shop.

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  10. It looks so fancy and girly but I love it :) Would be so relaxing and a sweet time in more ways than one. My only worry is the name. I crusade against naming stores "Something & Such" or "Something N Things". Around my part of the world it is the lazy way to name your business. But for this tea room I make an exception, it looks wonderful :) Lots of love -- Sham

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  11. OMG such a lovely place to relax and sip a cup af good tea! ^-^
    xoxo

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  12. oooh *-* lovely place, so cute*
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