by Mich Escultura
When your eyes are tired of looking at a screen all day, it’s always nice to take some time off while bonding with some friends. But instead of the usual dinner, drinks or coffee, why not add a bit of competitive fun to your bonding sesh with some board games to keep you all constantly entertained.
No idea where to find the best board game cafes are in your area? Here’s our list of board game cafes that cater to classic and contemporary tabletop tastes.
With a ton of games in their arsenal, Fire Sword Board Game Café is chock full of games you can play with friends and family. Just pick out one of their many games and start playing as you feast on one of their Artisan Sausage Meals or their milkshakes. And if you happen to fall in love with the game you’re playing, you can even purchase the game!
2. Puzzles Board Game Lounge
With its clean, crisp ambiance and more than 150 games in their collection, Puzzles Board Game Lounge has evolved from the South’s first board game cafe to two game lounges located in Paranaque and BGC. Sit back and relax as you and your friends enjoy games like Traders of Osaka or Ticket to Ride after a long day of work!
Stay and Play fee: Php100 per head
287 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque
The Fort Strip, 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
+63917 326 1599
Whether you’re an ultra-geek or just a regular Joe looking for something to do in Pasig City, DyceNDyne gives you a safe little steampunk haven where you can enter the world of tabletop adventure games with a flask of tea in tow. The best part is DyceNDyne’s noob-friendly Gaming Coaches that are there to explain the rules of each game to you, saving you from having to read pages upon pages of rules!
Unit 3 Elements Rosemarie Bldg. Pasig Blvd., Pasig
+63906 307 8465
4. The Appraisery
While not exclusively a board game cafe, The Appraisery offers a diverse mix of activities that anyone can enjoy. For those hardcore tabletop gamers looking for a fun time in Cubao Expo, The Appraisery offers an entire shelf of board games to choose from. But for those looking to play games while enjoying a little something extra on the side, just waltz right in and you might find yourself captivated by a night of open mic poetry, acoustic sets, and even visual arts! It’s all a mix of culture at The Appraisery!
61 – 62a Cubao Expo. General Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
+63998 551 3006
5. Cedric’s Boardgame Café
You’re drawn in by the games, but you just have to stay for another glass of their Chocolate Monster shakes! The chill, homey vibe of this popular student hangout is home to a vast selection of games, some of which are even for sale. With card games, adventure games, and the intriguing Jenga-like game Wonky in their arsenal, you might find yourself staying here for hours on end as you enjoy each round!
43 N. Roxas Street corner Apo Street, Quezon City
+632 553 7310
Undoubtedly one of the most popular board game cafes in Quezon City, Ludo has become a quiet little gaming hub for all the folks who are sick and tired of the endless bars crowding the Morato area. This cozy corner in Sct. Torillo St. is home to over 700 in-store games and numerous regulars whose infectious love of tabletop games will convert any non-board game enthusiast!
7. Gerry’s Jeepney
Craving for some old school games and Pinoy comfort food? Gerry’s Jeepney in Maginhawa St. is where you should be heading! This balikbayan friendly restaurant is known for its all-Pinoy ambiance, from the “dirty ice cream” stands to the soothing OPM tunes they play, down to the traditional games you used to play as a kid like sungka, dama (a.k.a. draughts) and jackstones. So hop into a jeepney, order from their pasada-themed menu and pick out your favorite childhood game at Gerry’s Jeepney!
7 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City, Philippines
+632 435 6824
Games aren’t just for kids. Even adults like us need to unwind and have a little competitive fun. Whether you’re into classic games like Magic: The Gathering or relatively new games like Cranium or Exploding Kittens, there’s bound to be a game that you and your friends will become obsessed with! So check out these 7 board game cafes all around the Metro and let us know which ones you like best!