A Room of One’s Own: Where to Write in Manila

Manila, Makati City

Gone are the days when a writer’s room is envisioned as the space where the curtains are blocking the sun’s rays. To be one with the world is to write beyond the Self. Here are the nooks that I found where writing can be done within the historical city of Manila.

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The Den

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Manila, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Outside, the street’s architecture boasts of art-deco design. Inside, the cafe showcases coffee as a craft. Here, we have the culture of the old and the new. Simply put, it summarizes Manila in one visual scene.

  • +63 2 960 3650
  • First United Building, 413 Escolta Street, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Cafe Alicia

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Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

A secret writing place among the writers who live nearby. For those who prefer to be surrounded by greeneries than concrete, the cafe’s patio is a perfect place to chill with a bottle of beer.

  • +63 2 516 0888
  • Third Level Orchid Garden Suites, 620 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen (Agimat)

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Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Admittedly, the place is a little loud at night, but there are those who write better with the barrage of sounds. The place is too mystical, and every drink contains a story within itself. Uncovering it will inspire your mind to wander, and bring you closer to the rich mythologies of our islands.

  • +63 917 530 2580
  • Second Floor, 5972 Alfonso Corner Fermina Street, Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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National Museum of Fine Arts

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Manila, Philippines • Recommendation • 

A no-brainer. Art inspires art— from critique to conversation, and eventually, creation. Most sections have a couple or so benches inside. It is not difficult to imagine opening a journal to write.

  • +63 2 527 7889
  • Padre Burgos Avenue, Ermita, Manila City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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