Plakafé: Baguio's gem hiding in plain sight

Local artist Oliver Olivete has transformed this coffee shop into a visual feast

Published: 7:30 AM September 9, 2018

Updated: 8:13 PM September 8, 2018

GEM. Baguio's Plakafé is a visual treat for coffee and music lovers. All photos from Plakafé

Cold weather, piping hot coffee, and warm analog sound from vinyl records? Yes, please!

Hiding in plain sight, Plakafé, a former bar and restaurant, was tranformed by local artist Oliver Olivete into a functional art installation.

Every nook and cranny of this coffee shop is made from recycled and upcycled materials that Olivete got from FC construction company. He used retasos (scraps) to build the interior of Plakafe, and reused some of the items of the previous establishment.

Every single piece in this place is a work of art – from old chipped cups that were transformed into a chandelier, to stairwells you can eat at.  

Chandelier made of chipped cups

Staying true to its roots, Plakafé's menu is filled with Filipino favorites, including fresh lumpia, pancit, chicken mami, and goto. Rice cakes are also available for dessert.

As part of its conscious effort to support local products, 80% of Plakafe's menu is sourced locally. Try the crafted beers from Sagada, or sip a cup of tea from Laguna. For their coffee, Plakafé uses dark roasted Baguio coffee beans. 

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