Filipino families are usually very close knit up to 3 or 4 generations and oftentimes have large gatherings during life events where we often meet for to eat together.

My sister arranged a party for such an occasion and came across this cafe in Maginhawa Street that has pinterest-like interiors and an artsy vibe altogether, hence, it’s called Artsy Cafe.

Since their Panay Avenue branch is a lot bigger, they helped arrange a private family party for 40pax with a catering setup and a desert buffet.

We have a large extended family, I know!

It’s the Filipino way. Filipino families stick together through anything.

My kids loved this decorative bicycle that serves as a floral holder and I had to keep this little one from trying to ride the bicycle. Yes, it’s a bicycle, No you cannot ride it. Haha. The overall mood in the exterior was fresh and light as the floral decor and colorful turquoise park benches meshed well, opening into the vibrant colors of the cafe as seen through the wide boutique windows.

The interior of the Cafe felt like a crafty artist’s home with a mandala mirror on one side. Directly facing the door are scribble murals on the stark black wall and on the right, were mural wall drawings on white brick walls. A long dining bench sits at the wall under the mirror and even the bench had carvings that made it look like a cityscape of urban houses. Adding to the artsy vibe were colorful framed fabric of varied colorful prints that matched the printed throw pillows on the extremely long dining bench.

This brick wall art was the backdrop for the desert buffet table.

I really love the ceiling which was an upside down meadow that made you feel like you were having tea with the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.

Tasseled Petal chandeliers added a bit of elegance to the cafe. Tiny bushes and a hidden rabbit here or there popping out of the ceiling brought some unexpected giggles when my daughter said pointing,
Mommy, look, it’s a rabbit!

Chevron style panels and a mini-garden on the ceiling.

Personal touches like these made Artsy Cafe give us a warm,homey feeling inside.

I am a huge fan of refurbished chandeliers and even though this one was a bit topsy-turvy and I had the strong urge to straighten it out I still loved it, its tiny petals hanging about.

Blue owl in teal cage.
Teal bench.
Cage on pillow.
Teal Petal hanging lamps.
Teal floral print on pillows

Everything was just so cute.

We ate almost immediately after arriving since it was already after lunch. We had a custom menu with a DIY Salad Bar, Rosemary Chicken in Tomato Sauce and Beef Tenderloin Tips. They also served Baked fish but it was gone in minutes and I wasn’t able to take a photo. For desert, we had nutty sans rival like pastry in a small cup.

The food served on large catering trays with 2 servers assisting us while we were getting food.

The kiddos ate from the menu.My kids devoured the chicken fingers but the Pasta Bolognese, not their favorite they didn’t really touch it because they ate the Rosemary Chicken in Tomato Sauce with some rice. We got it for takeaway instead and I ate it myself when we got home.

You can never lose with kids when it comes to chicken fingers.

Pasta Bolognese Php 165 Chicken Fingers Php 195

The Beef Tenderloin Tips and Baked Fish was so good I came back for seconds. I ordered a coffee, too because it was afternoon nap time and I felt the need for coffee. Naptime, yet the kids were in high spirits and were running around with their cousins. My daughter went for seconds also on the Rosemary Chicken in Tomato Sauce while my son ate all of the chicken fingers on our table, eventually when he and his cousin settled in their seats.

Their brewed coffee had a caramel candy when you get to the bottom of the cup which was a nice touch on the usual brew that I get. Seems like they had a pot of brew ready because a few of us coffee addicts ordered a cup and it was served quite fast.

Brewed Coffee Php80

I didn’t really know about the salad because I just got whatever since my cousin said she liked it, mangoes on top. There was a bowl of singkamas or turnip and mangoes but I opted out on those and stuck to carrots and dressing with my greens.

I think you can tell I was so full after!

Family is love. 

Look at the smile on my grandmother’s face, she’s 93! The kiddos look so kulit or mischievous, we finally got them to settle down a bit. We took it outside to the spacious parking lot and watched the kids play tag while catching up with cousins.

My son had to change to his aquaminnow shirt and he posed like a steemit superhero.

Artsy Cafe was a great place for our small family gathering and we really loved everything about it, from the ambience to the accommodating personnel.

I took a snap of their menu because I knew I wouldn’t remember what we ate, then I learned some of it wasn’t on the menu.

Artsy Cafe is located in 23 Panay Ave, Diliman, Quezon City. Click on the image for Google Maps directions.

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