10 Things About Love: The Artsy Cafe Experience

Christa De La Cruz
Christa De La Cruz | Mar 17, 2015

Clueing in an attention to design through its name, Artsy Cafe along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City brings us dishes we grew up with, shared with family and friends, and cooked by our grandmother whenever we go back to our hometown once in a while.

And aside from the sumptous dishes and interesting interiors are ideas (or misconceptions?) on love that this local cafe imparts (in one way or another). It even has the famous bible verse on love scribbled on its brick-red wall. 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. Love is not rude. It is not selfish. It cannot be easily angered. Love remembers no wrongs, never gives up, never stops trusting, never loses hope, never quits. Love never fails.

Classy ambiance, good food, great company, and these 10 life lessons — how can you not fall in love?


1) Cooking is like love.

"Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all." - Harriet Van Horne

This quote on Artsy Cafe's window display  caught our eye while walking around Maginhawa. It was (very) late in the evening so, of course, the cafe was closed.

We almost forgot about coming back to the neighborhood because going to Kapitolyo or Makati for #TakawDates became more convenient. 

2) Love never gives up.

Until one afternoon, we finally stepped into the doors of Artsy Cafe. 

3) Love is a burst of colors.

Opened in September 2014, the cafe welcomes its visitors with a white picket fence that compliments the colorful front porch. 



4) Love is coming home.

Do not be fooled, however, because behind the all-American facade is a Pinoy kitchen serving your favorite Filipino homecooked meals...

Kare-kare (PhP 260)


Lengua (PhP 180)

...and your not-so-Filipino comfort food that you just love to eat in front of the TV.

Fish & Chips (PhP 130)


Grilled Cheese - Cheeseburger (PhP 350)


LEFT: Chicken Parmigiana (PhP 150); RIGHT: Puttanesca (PhP 120)


5) Love is family.

John Penaflor of the family-owned cafe, revealed to us that most of their ingredients come from their small farm in his hometown — Dagupan, Pangasinan.

Artsy Cafe's staff of 16 serves customers from 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM.

This farm-to-table concept assures visitors only the freshest vegetables and carefully-selected herbs.

Grilled Fish Fillet (PhP 120)


Market Salad with Chicken (PhP 140)


Kani Salad (PhP 140)


Pumpkin Soup (PhP 65)

One dish features a type of small fish usually found in the markets of Pangasinan's neighbor, La Union.

Breakfast Pinka (PhP 110)

6) Love has a multitude of meanings.

And we all know that Dagupan has the best-tasting bangus. Thus, the four types of bangus dishes — fresh from Bonuan Beach — on their menu.

Bangus En Papillote (PhP 300)
En papillote a method of cooking in which the food is put into a folded pouch or parcel and then baked.


Herb & Spice Belly (PhP 260)

7) Love is magical.

That sometimes you can see it in everything.

Filet Mignon (PhP 280)

See the heart-shaped garnish on top of the mashed potato? No? Come back when you're in love.

8) Love is sometimes bitter and just have to stir it.

It's not always as sweet as chocolates. You just have to mix it up a bit much like these calamansi and lemon drinks that have the right play of flavors.

LEFT: Lemon basil (PhP 70); RIGHT: Mint calamansi (PhP 50)

9) Love is sharing the best things in life.

Their regulars range from students to professors, from solo diners to large barkadas, and from couples to families. It has been used as venues for events such as baby showers, surprise birthday parties, and a prenup photo shoot.

John says that some of the delighted customers come back with a different set of friends each time, a proof that word-of-mouth advertising is still effective. Artists want to give their paintings to the restaurant just because they love the place. This may happen soon since an expansion is in order for next year.

10) Love never fails.

Up to its dessert, Artsy Cafe did not disappoint, not even a bit.

Cheesecake Crumble
TRIVIA: The idea behind this dessert is actually a melted down cheesecake (because of transport and heat).


Artsy Cafe

  • 36 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Quezon City
  • Open daily; 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
  • [email protected]
  • (02) 434-9487
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