Monday, February 1, 2016

Café Laya Inspires Creativity

If you are looking for a place that can help unleash the inner artist in you, Café Laya is the place to be. Located at the ground floor of EGI Tower along Taft Avenue, a short walk from De La Salle University- Taft, Café Laya inspires creativity for artists and non-artists alike, and starts to make itself known in the themed café industry.

Creativity is Freedom

Launched in December 2015, Café Laya is a dream project of friends/business partners Joan, Kat, and Tricia. And dream that was finally realized when Joan and Kat quit their corporate jobs.

“Think of it as a blank canvas where you are free to write or draw anything you like”, said Joan when I asked her about the concept of the café and why it was dominantly white. Café Laya showcases different exhibits every two to three months, thus, expect that the look of the café would differ every so often. In January 2016, a group of Instagrammers launched its exhibit titled #SINOPINAS, a photo exhibit that featured various beauty shots from all the provinces in the Philippines. According to Joan, when she told the group who set up the #SINOPINAS exhibit that they could do whatever they want  with the space, the walls, and the ceiling, they were shocked (“Gawin ninyo kahit ano”, she said.) Perhaps, Cafe Laya gives that much freedom!
Cafe Laya
#SINOPINAS Photo Exhibit

Aside from the #SINOPINAS exhibit, mounted on the walls were the artworks created by their guests and clients when they visited the place. There are papers, paints, pens, pencils, watercolors, and brushes available to use for free. The first time I visited the café was in December 2015 with my friends, Mars, Adrian, and Mariol. I was glad to see that the Little Prince-inspired watercolor artwork I did was already posted on Café Laya wall!

Cafe Laya
See my Little Prince-inspired watercolor artwork?

To further inspire creativity, Café Laya conducts Passion Workshops, such as Basic Painting. Just recently, in partnership with our group ALAB, Café Laya has successfully held SIDHA: Sulat Baybayin, a workshop on the ancient Tagalog handwriting system (baybayin is popularly known as alibata, which is a misnomer.) Soon, Café Laya will be opening its doors for open mics, as well.

Cafe Laya
The mezzanine where the Passion Workshops are held

Support Local

Café Laya supports local artists and promotes local products. The café is open to artists who would want to exhibit their artworks for sale or just for display. Available in the café as well are locally made products, such as products from Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm, and Theo + Philo chocolates (whose flavors are quite interesting!), among others.

Even the coffee that they offer are local! According to Joan, they use Arabica beans from the mountains of Benguet.

Cafe Laya
Artisan products for sale at Cafe Laya

Signature Bestsellers

Aside from the ambiance, it’s their menu that includes “a selection of indulge-without-guilt meals, carefully crafted drinks, and desserts” that guests look forward to whenever they visit the café. The price of the meals start at Php 155, the drinks at Php 100, and desserts at Php 70. Café Laya’s signature pasta, which is definitely a must-try is Tuyo Pesto served with buttered bread, priced at Php 200. Being a pasta person, I love what they did with Tuyo Pesto because it is not salty.

Cafe Laya
Keso de Bola Carbonara (Php 200), Tuyo Pesto (Php 200),
and Kesong Puti Cheesecake (Php 155)

Cafe Laya
Salted Caramel Mocha (Php 150)

Visit and like Café Laya’s page on to know more about what they offer, and for updates about their Passion Workshops. Explore your creative side over a cup of coffee at Café Laya.

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